Breaking: FanDuel Par-A-Dice Sportsbook To Launch In Illinois

Written By Joe Boozell on August 19, 2020Last Updated on March 23, 2021

FanDuel intends to provide the Illinois sports betting market through a partnership with Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria, according to information posted on the company’s website.

FanDuel has been connected to Collinsville‘s Fairmount Park Racetrack by business sources, so the information comes as a bit of shock. However, based on FanDuel & rsquo, it is not shocking that Boyd Gaming, the parent company of Par-A-Dice, is involved.

Here & rsquo, based on what we currently know.

On their website, FanDuel Par-A-Dice Sportsbook is promoted.

The Boyd property and the FanDuel app are clearly connected on the page, which has been redirected since publication and has the word & ldquo, hidden & rdqua, in the URL. It is likely not yet intended to be forward-facing. The site provides instructions on how to sign up for an account, including the action that involves traveling to East Peoria to record the account in person at the blackjack, in addition to the FanDuel Par-A-Dice Sportsbook logo that has been co-branded.

Play Illinois contacted FanDuel for comment but did not get a reply right away.

Both FanDuel and Par-A-Dice have certificates for sports gambling. Chicago is only a little more than three hours’ drive from & nbsp, which is in East Peoria. In contrast, Chicago is about 4 1 / 2 hours away from Collinsville and East St. Louis, the city where DraftKings is based at Casino Queen. That & rsquo is crucial in light of the in-person registration requirement in Illinois.

FanDuel would have been up against DraftKings in the St. Louis business if it had partnered with Fairmount. FanDuel would have been at a disadvantage to begin with given that DraftKings has been active that for months.

Boyd Gaming and lifelong FanDuel partners

Since 2018, Boyd Gaming and FanDuel have collaborated, and since then, the two have opened four casinos in local Indiana and Iowa. Boyd even operates the FanDuel Sportsbook at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in the Philadelphia area.

“FanDuel Group will market Boyd Gaming properties through its existing daily fantasy sports service and future interactive sports betting and gaming services, while Boyd Gaming will promote FanDuel’s products to its customer base,” the press release read at the time.

What then served as the initial impetus for the Fairmount speculations? especially in light of the fact that Boyd and FanDuel & rsquo, the parent company of Flutter Entertainment, have collaborated in numerous other states?

The two major daily fantasy sports organizations were prevented from entering the market at the same time as the main Illinois casino firms by Illinois’ relatively complicated sports gambling laws.

Just sportsbooks out of the state for 18 months would be to purchase a home in Illinois like Fairmount, according to the idea, which was the way to get around the requirement to keep website. The Boyd option, however, returned to the fore after DraftKings successfully circumvented the problem by changing the name of Casino Queen to & ldquo, and then simply renamed the company as DraftKeys. If the FanDuel name can be added to the casino & rsquo’s branding, it should be able to comply with state laws like DraftKings and Casino Queen did.

Fairmount Park is currently submitting an application for a sports betting passport, but the earliest At the upcoming Illinois Gaming Board ( IGB ) meeting on September 17, that application may be approved.

Illinois’s rivalry intensifying

After BetRivers and DraftKings, FanDuel will probably be the next online betting service to go live in Illinois. The five financial option to enter the market will be this one. PointsBet, which has teamed up with Hawthorne Race Course, ought to launch quickly on the mobile platform as well. Although William Hill & rsquo’s retail book is available, its mobile plans are still a mystery.

And while East Peoria may seem like no-mans-land in terms of location, Peoria and North Peoria are the seventh and eighth-most populous cities in Illinois. It’s also about an hour from Springfield, the No. 6 city. The drive from Chicago, while still inconvenient, isn’t quite as daunting as East St. Louis.

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