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DraftKings Gets Permit for Illinois Sports Betting

It is reported that DraftKings has received a permit to supply the online sports betting in Illinois. Residents of the Illinois state can head over to Casino Queen Sportsbook to bet on their favorite sports events. The state had prohibited the sportsbook operator from launching for 18 months.

The official date was set for Dec 2021, but DraftKings and FanDuel found a workaround. The daily fantasy sites industry leaders have been in discussions with buying Fairmount Race Track and have put to rest some of the rumors of a penalty by the state.

When was Illinois Sports Betting Legalized?

Sports betting was legalized in Illinois back in June 2019 but only went live in March 2020. The rollout of the gambling industry hit a snag after the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the suspension of the different major league seasons, the launch was not feasible. Now, the governor suspended in-person registration as a result of the virus.

DraftKings Gets Permit for Illinois Sports Betting

There is no release date for the full rollout. However, reports suggest that all of the major sportsbooks will start operating by the end of August. The list includes major players such as Penn National Gaming/Barstool, PointBet, William Hill, as well as DraftKings and FanDuel.  Ironically, BetRivers was the first sportsbook to launch in the state in Illinois. But, other books will soon be competing in that space with online betting offerings.

DraftKings Sportsbooks Launch in Illinois

According to reports, there are about 12.9 million residents in the Illinois state that will be able to bet on their favorite sports events online. This stat makes Illinois the fifth largest population in the country. As a result, the state can compete with some of the biggest gambling hubs such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Nevada.

If Illinois online gambling can rival three of the states revered for their sports betting industry, more states can review their gambling laws. Since the U.S Supreme Court decided to repeal the PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) in 2019, more states have moved in this direction. Check your local gambling laws today see if you can’t enjoy some of the gambling games we offer.

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