Illinois Remote Sports Betting Registration Extended Again

Illinois Remote Sports Betting Registration Extended Again
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With coronavirus cases surging in Illinois and the U.S., Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker extended remote registration for new sports bettors in the state on Friday.

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Pritzker reissued Executive Order 2020-41 that allows remote registration. The latest extension lasts until at least Dec. 12, according to the Illinois General Assembly website. Pritzker issued the original order on June 4.

The governor’s previous executive order would have ended on Saturday.

It comes at a time when Pritzker is considering another statewide stay-at-home order if the coronavirus numbers keep rising, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. New cases reached 15,415 (confirmed and probable cases) on Friday, the fourth day in a row with a record high. The state has seen daily numbers above 10,000 per day for a week.

A day after Chicago issued a stay-at-home advisory, Cook County health officials on Friday issued one. Cook County’s advisory takes effect at 6 a.m. Monday.

Illinois Sports Betting Handle Rises

The Illinois Sports Betting handle in September reached $305 million, according to the latest numbers released Friday by the state. Of that, $283 million — 92.7% — of the amount wagered was on mobile.

The mobile total in September was a 128.3% increase over the amount wagered on mobile in August.

In his earnings report conference call on Friday, DraftKings CEO Jason Robins noted that the revenue projection for his company was, in part, based on Pritzker continuing to allow remote registration.

Pritzker’s executive order “has taken Illinois from a market that barely registers to our second-largest market behind New Jersey and the fastest growing so it’s a pretty big deal whether that continues to be extended for several months,” Robins said. “That could have a significant impact on our player acquisition and therefore, on our revenue for next year.”

Robins said that among the 10 states where DraftKings Sprtsbook operates online sportsbooks, Illinois is second behind only New Jersey, which generates the largest online sportsbook handle in the country and announced another record handle for October on Friday.

Only Once Was the Order Not Extended

On July 26, when his original order from June 4 expired, Pritzker decided not to extend Executive Order 2020-41.

But on Aug. 21 he reinstated the order that suspended the in-person registration requirement. The day before it was set to expire, Sept. 19, he extended it again and again in mid October.

Friday’s decision allows BetRivers Sportsbook, DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet Sportsbook and William Hill to continue signing up new bettors remotely.