Illinois bettors can register for online sportsbooks without signing up in person — at least for another month.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker once again extended his executive order permitting remote signups, meaning eligible bettors in Illinois can deposit and wager from any of the state’s five live online sportsbooks without completing registration in person at their respective brick-and-mortar partners. The latest executive order extension — the fifth this year — lasts until Dec. 12.
Pritzker’s extension comes days after Illinois lawmakers announced they would not return for the legislature’s 2020 fall veto session due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gaming stakeholders had hoped lawmakers would amend the existing sports betting bill’s registration requirements, which aren’t set to sunset until 2022.
Instead, with no legislative answer in sight, it’s up to Pritzker for a possible sixth extension to determine whether or not Illinoisans can still register remotely come Dec. 13.
In-Person Registration Hurts Illinois Sports Betting
Industry stakeholders (and Illinois bettors) have supported these orders, especially as state officials have recently curtailed casino hours, but they’re still hoping for a more permanent solution instead of the month-by-month orders that threaten the state’s sports betting market if they aren’t renewed.
Increasing positive case results and hospitalizations could lead to further limits or even another shutdown like the one that shuttered all state casinos earlier this year. If casinos close again and the in-person registration mandate remains, new customers are effectively barred from signing up