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Illinois Sports Betting Will Lift In-Person Registration on March 5

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Come March 5, state sports bettors will no longer be required to register Illinois online sports betting accounts in person at a casino.

In December, Gov. Jay Pritzker signed HB 3136 into law, amending the state’s sports betting law to do away with the much-maligned in-person registration requirement on Saturday, March 5. The bill also allows Illinois to offer certain sports bets on in-state colleges for the first time.

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Seven Illinois online sportsbooks will be available

For the last two years, new Illinois sports betting users looking to create an online sports betting account had to do so in-person at one of five brick-and-mortar casinos in the state. For example, if a user wanted to register an account with DraftKings, they had to do so at the DraftKings Sportsbook at Casino Queen Sportsbook.

Come Saturday, March 5, bettors will be able to register accounts online over their mobile devices. The following sportsbooks are expected to begin accepting online registration on March 5:

BetMGM, the latest addition to the Illinois online sports betting world, could potentially be ready to launch on Saturday.

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BetMGM received approval for Illinois online sports betting earlier this year and is tethered to the Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria. BetMGM submitted an application to be an Illinois online sports betting operator in September 2020, but the approval was delayed due to COVID-19 and FanDuel initially receiving an online partnership with the Par-A-Dice Casino.

FanDuel transferred its online sports betting license from Par-A-Dice Casino to Fairmount Park in November 2020, rebranding the facility as FanDuel Sportsbook & Horse Racing, leaving Par-A-Dice Casino open for an online sportsbook partner.

Collegiate sports betting is on the horizon

The bill also includes a clause that allows for limited in-state collegiate bets only to be placed in-person at retail sportsbooks. Bets on in-state colleges will still not be accepted by online sportsbooks. A state law has prohibited sports betting on in-state collegiate programs since sports betting was legalized in June 2019.

Bets on Illinois collegiate programs will be limited to “tier 1” wagers and will be based on the final score or outcome of the event. Any bets on Illinois collegiate programs will not be based on an individual athlete’s performance.

The amendment to the sports betting rule will run through July 1, 2023. The new collegiate sports betting rule could be extended by the Illinois legislature at that time.

Chicago Sky seeking sports betting license

The bill also includes language to allow Chicago’s WNBA franchise, the Chicago Sky, the ability to apply for a sports betting license. The Sky were not initially included in the Illinois sports betting bill that allowed the state’s professional sports franchises the ability to purchase a license.

The bill includes language that would allow WinTrust Arena, the home of the Sky, to apply for the purchase of a sports betting license.

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Author: Kyle Scott

Kyle Scott is the founder and editor of CrossingBroad.com. Here at BN, he's helping us out with our sports betting work.