Illinois governor extends sports betting remote registration order for fifth time

The governor of Illinois has once again renewed an executive order that allows residents in the state to create online sports betting accounts remotely from anywhere within the state.

Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker has renewed an executive order allowing residents to create online sportsbook accounts remotely from anywhere within the state for the fifth time since he initially issued it in June.

Pritzker permits remote sportsbook registration again

On Friday, Pritzker renewed Executive Order 2020-71 which renewed several orders including Executive Order 2020-41 which suspends the in-person registration requirement to create a mobile or online sports wagering account.

Under the order, Illinois customers can sign up to mobile and online sportsbooks in the state remotely without having to visit a casino sportsbook. 

The order was initially introduced on 4 June in response to a surge in coronavirus cases in the state. Since then, Pritzker has renewed the order on four occasions since 21 August with Executive Order 2020-52.

However, between 27 July and 19 August, the order permitting online registration ended and during this period, residents were required to visit a casino in person. During this time, DraftKings led a campaign which encouraged users to send emails and letters to the governor’s office and local representatives calling for remote registration to be reinstated.

Illinois sports betting market reports strong September

Pritzker’s decision to reinstate the Executive Order comes after the Illinois Gaming Board released its September revenue figures.

According to the figures, the state’s sportsbooks processed $285.2m in sports wagers, $264.4m of the state’s betting handle came from online and mobile sportsbooks.

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