FanDuel Is 3rd Sports Betting App to Go Live in Illinois

FanDuel Is 3rd Sports Betting App to Go Live in Illinois
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Hoping to go live in Illinois before the NFL season begins, FanDuel is up and running much sooner, launching in the state on Friday.

FanDuel is partnering with Boyd Gaming’s Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria and the app is called the “FanDuel Par-A-Dice Sportsbook.” That helps satisfy the state’s co-branding rules.

It’s the third mobile sports betting operator in Illinois, joining DraftKings and BetRivers. And it’s a good time for FanDuel to be going live as Gov. JB Pritzker has reinstated his executive order allowing remote registration in the state at least until Sept. 19.


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The launch of FanDuel in Illinois has been anticipated since the Illinois Gaming Board approved temporary operating permits for FanDuel and rival DraftKings on July 17.

“We have been waiting for this day for quite some time,” Mike Raffensperger, chief marketing officer of FanDuel Group, said in a news release. “Sports are back, so we are going to show sports fans in Illinois an innovative sports betting app experience with industry leading promotions and consumer protections that have made FanDuel the No. 1 sportsbook in the U.S.”

There are plenty of sports to bet on. The second leg of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs is this week at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois.

The Chicago Cubs and White Sox are contending for MLB playoff berths with half the season remaining. And the NFL season begins Sept. 10. The Chicago Bears open the season on Sept. 13 at the Detroit Lions. The NBA’s Chicago Bulls and NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks have ended their seasons.

Remote Registration in Place for Now

Betrivers.com at the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines took the first mobile sports bet in the state on June 18. DraftKings went live on Aug. 5 at the DraftKings at Casino Queen.

Remote registration is key for FanDuel and DraftKings. While the Rivers Casino is just about 20 miles from Chicago, the Par-A-Dice Casino is about 160 miles from the state’s highest-populated city. DraftKings at Casino Queen in about 300 miles away.

Pritzker had suspended the in-person requirement on June 4 because the state’s 10 casinos were closed in mid-March because of coronavirus concerns. Remote registration was in place when some sports returned in June.

But the original order ended on July 26 when Pritzker did not extend executive order 2020-41. He reinstated it on Aug. 21.

Who has Next in Illinois?

PointsBet was approved for a temporary operating permit on July 15 and two weeks later the Illinois Gaming Board approved a master sports wagering license for its partner, Hawthorne Race Course. PointsBet has prioritized going live in Illinois and Colorado as soon as possible.

On Aug. 1, William Hill opened its first Illinois retail sportsbook at Grand Victoria Casino Elgin. Pending regulatory approval, William Hill will also offer mobile sports betting at some point.

Two new retail sportsbooks opened on Aug. 20 at Hollywood Aurora and Hollywood Joliet casinos. They are the fifth and sixth retail sportsbooks in Illinois. The casinos are owned by Penn National Gaming.

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