Remote Registration for Illinois Bettors Extended to Feb. 6

Remote Registration for Illinois Bettors Extended to Feb. 6
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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has extended remote registration for new sports bettors in the state once again, this time until Feb. 6.

The last extension was set to expire Saturday. Pritzker re-issued Executive Order 2020-41 — which allows remote registration — on Friday.

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The continuing surge of coronavirus cases in Illinois and the nation led Pritzker to extend the order, along with other executive orders issued because of the pandemic. Casinos in the state have been closed since November.

Illinois health officials on Friday announced 9,277 new COVID-19 cases and 126 additional deaths in the state, according to Illinois Department of Public Health figures. The number of cases have continued to rise this week.

The remote registration extension for Illinois gambling online was included in Executive Order 2021-01:

”Executive Order 2020-41 is re-issued in its entirety and extended through February 6, 2021.”

Pritzker’s original remote registration order was issued on June 4. Suspending the in-person registration requirement for Illinois sportsbooks has been done for health reasons, according to officials.

Illinois Sports Betting on Mobile at 94%

The total sports betting handle in Illinois for October was $434.6 million, a 42.4% increase over September’s $305 million. It was the fourth-highest total among states with legal sports betting and helped the total U.S. sports betting handle to top $3 billion.

Helped by remote registration, 94.3% of the sports betting action in October was on mobile. The state has not released its November numbers.

Another online option will soon be available to Illinois bettors, especially with remote registration allowed. On Nov. 19, Golden Nugget Online Gaming announced that it would partner with Danville Development LLC for market access for online sports wagering and iGaming, when it is legalized in Illinois.