Pritzker Again Renews Executive Order For Remote Registration In Illinois

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker again renewed Executive Order 2020-41, which suspends the in-person registration requirement and allows remote registration for mobile/online sports betting.

Pritzker’s latest set of directives contained in Executive Order 2020-59 include a second consecutive renewal of 2020-41 through Nov. 14. It was originally issued June 4 and renewed June 26 before being allowed to lapse the following month. An online push originating with DraftKings to have registered users email their elected representatives and Pritzker may have contributed to the governor restoring 2020-41 on Aug. 21 through Executive Order 2020-52. It was again renewed Sept. 18 as part of Executive Order 2020-55, which was set to expire Saturday.

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FanDuel later revived the email push to the governor and state legislators through the Fans for the Future website to extend Executive Order 2020-41, or permanently end in-person registration in the days leading up to the most recent deadline. There are five mobile sportsbooks in Illinois — BetRivers, DraftKings, FanDuel, William Hill, and PointsBet — and seven retail ones.

August revenue report made renewal easy decision

Though the Illinois Gaming Board has yet to release sports betting revenue numbers for September, its report for August offered a window into the potential of just how large sports wagering can become in the Land of Lincoln. An overwhelming majority of the $139.6 million handle was generated by BetRivers, which took in $106.3 million in online handle alone.

BetRivers was the only online sportsbook available to bettors the entire month of August, and it, FanDuel, and DraftKings all were operational throughout September. Additionally, PointsBet commenced mobile wagering Sept. 12 and William Hill followed suit three days later. The combination of those elements should result in Illinois being another state to post a record handle as a result of the rejiggered sports schedule from the COVID-19 pandemic and associated shutdowns.

While the next IGB meeting is not scheduled until Oct. 29, Administrator Marcus Fruchter noted at the Sept. 17 meeting that the “total number of online sports wagering account registrations in Illinois surpassed 230,000” as of the afternoon of Sept. 15.

Renewal almost carries all the way to veto session

Pritzker’s latest renewal of 2020-41 expires Nov. 14, three days before the start of the General Assembly’s first veto session. There is another three-day veto session in December. Though the extra session is referred to as a “veto session,” lawmakers can revisit other legislation.

Though Pritzker did not veto a bill this year, there is a chance that the in-person registration provision of the gaming expansion bill he signed into law in June 2019 could be among the issues revisited. The provision is highly unpopular among sports betting operators.

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