Will Barstool Sportsbook, More Operators Launch In Illinois In Time For The Super Bowl?

Written By Joe Boozell on January 25, 2021Last Updated on February 22, 2021
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Illinois currently hosts five wireless casinos, and it has been that way since the middle of September.

It’s a bit surprising that we haven’t had a new sportsbook launch since then, as Illinois was the No. 4 sports betting market in the US in October. When November revenue numbers come out, IL might vault into third.

It & rsquo is undoubtedly a top priority for operators. Therefore, when will the record grow longer?

At least three operators — Barstool, BetMGM & nbsp, and Unibet — are known to be planning a launch in 2021.

And with Jumer’s Casino & Hotelapplying for a retail sports betting license, we will likely see Bally’s in Illinois at some point.

For now, let’s focus on Unibet sportsbook, Barstool and the BetMGM sportsbook app in Illinois.

We are aware of Here & rsquo as well as potential obstacles that might get in the way.

Barstool Sportsbook Illinois did debut when?

Barstool hopes to be live in Illinois in time for March Madness betting, but not for the Super Bowl, according to sources.

Penn National Gaming now holds a Management Services Provider license, so that doesn’t mean it will be.

In Aurora and Joliet, Barstool is likely to start up financial casinos at one or both Hollywood Casinos. Both casinos are owned by Penn, which also provides access to the El industry.

As of now, the Barstool online sportsbook is only live in Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Expect it to become a major player once it debuts in Illinois. Chicago has a sizable and active Barstool fan base, and since there are currently only five website operators, the business isn’t nearly as congested as it is in some state.

When did Illinois’ BetMGM Sportsbook debut?

On September 4, BetMGM submitted an application for a Management Services Provider license, but the Illinois Gaming Board ( IGB ) has yet to rule.

The situation at BetMGM & rsquo is complicated. It initially appeared as though it had no financial entry into the business unless it collaborated with a professional sports team.

Then, FanDuelannounced it was transferring its primary sports betting license to Fairmount Park, leaving Par-A-Dice Casino available.

As a result, BetMGM and Par-A-Dice may soon be able to collaborate. However, until that occurs, FanDuel & rsquo’s license transfer to Fairmount Park is not yet official, and BetMGM cannot operate.

By the way, FanDuel says it will continue to run the retail sportsbook at Par-A-Dice, but Illinois law only allows one mobile skin per entity. That’s why BetMGM can theoretically claim the mobile license once it’s up for grabs.

We & rsquo anticipates that FanDuel’s license transfer will be completed within the upcoming months after it was announced in November.

That & rsquo, pending IGB approval, is when BetMGM should be able to launch.

When does Illinois’ Unibet Sportsbook debut?

Unibet & rsquo, the situation is simpler.

There are no obstacles in that relation because it has a financial partnership with Argosy Casino Alton.

On November 16, Unibet submitted an application for a Management Services Provider registration. It may begin whenever the IGB permits. its use.

Senior vice president of Kindred US Manuel Stan toldPlay Illinois in October that Unibet was planning an “early 2021” Illinois launch, and it appears to be on track to do so.

Currently, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey are even home to Unibet. Additionally, it intends to start soon in Iowa.

Where in Illinois is you place a Super Bowl wager?

Although it doesn’t look like Illinoisans will be able to bet on the Super Bowl with Barstool, BetMGM or Unibet, there are currently five mobile betting options in Illinois. They are:

The most well-liked of those casinos according to the most recent earnings statement, DraftKings received$ 141.4 million in October wagers.

However, some heavy-hitters seem to be on the method. It will also be exciting to see how they compare to the current market leaders once they reach Illinois.

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Boozell, Joe has also been a college sports writer for NCAA.com since 2015. His work has also appeared in Bleacher Report, FoxSports.com and NBA.com. Growing up, Boozell squared off against both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicagoland basketball scene … you can imagine how that went.

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