Governor JB Pritzker possibly adjust the THE Sports betting market some time ago this weekend when it again finished remote registration for Sports betting Accounts.
Why didn’t Pritzker renew his executive order to allow remote registration in the state? because COVID-19 is no longer a problem as these are casinos.
Pritzker’s press officer Jordan Abudayyeh said LSR:
“Illinois is currently in phase four and vaccination rates are rising rapidly. Casinos across the state have reopened with security policies in place so there is no need to suspend sports betting registration requirements.”
The unexpected move was not popular in the Illinois sports betting market.
Upset about it? We also! @FanDuel and @DraftKings fought with all their might to keep a personal login mandate out of the original law. And we’ll fight to change it for good. But we need your help! Tweet @GovPritzker and let him know Illinois deserves better! https://t.co/sFggLvEFPp
– Jeremy Kudon (@JKudon) April 4, 2021
Pandemic not just over
Not everyone in the Land of Lincoln is equally positive about the pandemic that is weakening.
Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady warned last week that covid infections in the state “continue to increase” with no signs of decrease.
The number of new COVID-19 cases diagnosed daily in Chicago increased 45% this week from the previous week to NBC Chicago.
Beyond considerations for Pritzker?
An IL gaming source told LSR that the governor was likely facing pressure from local casino operators to end his executive order.
The issue has caused problems in Illinois before.
When remote login was first allowed due to the pandemic, DraftKings Chairman Jason Robins celebrated on twitter, call BetRivers–parent Rush Street “Corrupt idiots” for trying to keep DK out of the market.
Rush Street fired back in kind:
Rush Street has never been asked to leave any state, pays taxes on every bet, and has not been featured in multiple consumer class action lawsuits.
Not good news for the growth of IL sports betting
Whatever the reason for going back to personal sign-ups, it’s not good for the growth of the market.
Illinois was on a rapid growth path to become one of the three largest sports betting markets in the United States.
Now it faces a significant roadblock. The restrictions will hurt newer operators the most Bar stool sports betting and future books like BetMGM.
If Pritzker doesn’t restore the order, Illinois sports betting will have to wait months before remotely logging in again.