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The history of sports game in Illinois is interesting. As with many stories concerning the gambling world, there are unexpected twists and turns.
Originally in 2019, when sports betting was legalized in Illinois, a personal registration requirement was introduced to give an advantage to the existing, taxable, stationary casinos in Illinois.
Then the pandemic hit and the casinos were one of the first to close. To ensure the sports betting industry wasn’t destroyed, Governor Pritzker signed a temporary waiver of the “personal” clause and allowed people to register on their mobile devices from anywhere in the state.
It worked. People signed up in record numbers and Illinois is now one of the more profitable states when it comes to gambling revenues.
Then, for some seemingly unfounded reason, Governor Pritzker signed a bill that would reintroduce the requirement that new accounts must be opened in person.
SunTimes – For most of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor JB Pritzker has waived a provision in state gambling law requiring bettors to personally log into a casino before they can place bets on the mobile apps that the vast majority of the Pandemics attract legal betting.
But that will end on Sunday because it’s a precautionary measure that the governor’s office said “is no longer needed” – even as his public health team struggles to fend off a third wave of the virus.
The new rule will take effect on Saturday evening April 3rd at 11:59 p.m.