Online sports gambling registration comes to an abrupt stop in Illinois
By Bob Garcia
Governor Pritzker unexpectedly withdrawals the option to register online with a sportsbook
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker finally made a decision last week on Executive Order 2020-41, and he explicitly said it would not be renewed. This measure gave state residents the ability to register online for legal sports betting, but it appears that this option will no longer be available. The decision wasn’t expected and its sudden implantation caught plenty of sports gamblers off-guard.
Prior to the advent of this order, which was implemented in August 2020, Illinois residents had to physically appear at casinos in order to register for legal sports betting. However, the idea was to keep people at home as much as possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why online registration was allowed, making access to legal sports gambling much easier for all interested gamblers.
This decision is still surprising, especially for a state that does not have a clear status when it comes to the pandemic. Sunday, April 3, was the deadline for residents to have done their online registration. Since then, the service has not been available. Therefore, now people have to go back to the old format and have to go to the designated casinos to be approved in person.
This news has clearly not been welcomed by all those residents who had not yet completed their registration or were close to doing so. The online proposal was considered much easier and definitely much safer in terms of health. The reason for the decision was not fully detailed and it is not known when a similar proposal may be brought back to the state of Illinois.