You Get A License! And You! Trio Of Casinos Get OK To Add Sports Betting, Including Newbie Bally’s

Written By Joe Boozell on June 10, 2021
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The Illinois Gaming Board ( IGB ) announced at Wednesday & rsquo, s meeting that Bally & d’s Corporation has formally taken ownership of Jumer & dsqua, the casino and hotel, and the hotel.

To add to the positive Illinois information, the IGB also granted the regional gambling company a financial sports gambling license.

Harrah’s Joliet and Harrah’s Metropolis also received retail sports betting licenses during the IGB meeting.

The casinos had then request approval from the IGB before they can start providing sports betting. Every game in Illinois may offer financial sports betting once it has been approved.

Bally’s will likely rebrand the Jumer’s casino, though the new name of the Rock Island location is to be determined.

Bally & rsquo, S.W.S., does not currently offer online sports betting in Illinois. However, assuming it obtains a smart permit, its sports betting app is known as Bally Bet in Colorado and is currently active there.

In a similar vein, theScore Bet has a market access deal with Harrah’s Joliet, while a potential Harrah’s Metropolis mobile partner is unknown. Caesars owns both Harrah’s casinos.

At any rate, the Illinois sports betting field is expanding. Though given the in-person registration requirement for online sportsbooks, it’s a strange time in an undeniably popular market.

The activities gambling landscape in Illinois is complex.

There are both good and bad reasons to be optimistic about the Illinois sports betting industry andnbsp.

On the one hand, Illinois was No. 2 among all US sports betting states in handle in April. The Land of Lincoln took in $537.2 million worth of bets, finishing ahead of Nevada and Pennsylvania for the first time.

The US standing is incredibly impressive, despite a sharp decline from the$ 633.6 million in handle in March, Illinois & rsquo. Therefore, it is simple to understand why any sporting gambling controller would want to enter Prairie State.

On the other hand, Illinois also requires in-person membership. And that won’t likely change until 2022.

And at this point, sportsbooks such as DraftKings, FanDuel and BetRivers have established themselves in Illinois. They’ve been operating online since last summer.

Therefore, it could be tough to crack the Illinois market once in-person registration is lifted. On top of that, we’re still pretty far away from the possibility of online sign-ups.

In other words, it will be difficult for new users to succeed.

The fact that new operators are also actively pursuing the El market speaks to its potential. At various stages of the process, BetMGM, Unibet & nbsp, and Golden Nugget are also attempting to enter.

How does IL’s online registration be reinstated?

The IGB may issue a smart license for Illinois to resume distant registration.

However, applications for a portable license won’t be made available until December. A mobile license won’t likely be granted until 2022 due to the IGB & rsquo’s slow process in other areas.

However, the fact that mobile-only certificates are expensive complicates the situation. a hefty $20 million apiece. The legislature originally included them to entice companies like DraftKings and FanDuel, but they found loopholes into the IL market.

So, will anyone bid? We can’t say with certainty, but given the amount of operators currently lining up for a slice of the Illinois pie, it feels like someone will fork over the cash.

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