Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker extended remote registration for new sports bettors in the state until Jan. 9, with the continuing increase of coronavirus cases in the Midwest and the U.S.
The prior extension was due to expire on Saturday. Executive Order 2020-41 was re-issued on Friday to allow remote registration and will now be in force until at least January 9. It was part of Executive Order 2020-74:
”Executive Order 202-41 is re-issued in its entirety and extended through January 9, 2021.”
Pritzker’s initial remote registration order was issued on June 4. The previous extension by the governor would have ended in Illinois on Saturday, but it is seen as a health move to postpone the in-person registration requirement for Illinois sportsbooks.
Illinois health officials on Friday confirmed 9,420 new COVID-19 infections and 190 more deaths in the state. According to Illinois Department of Public Health statistics, there were 11,101 new confirmed and likely cases of coronavirus disease and 196 deaths on Thursday.
Just before Thanksgiving, the state of Illinois imposed Tier 3 limits, shutting all gaming facilities and casinos starting Nov. 20. Theaters have had to close, while new limitations, including lower capacity limits, were provided to restaurants and bars, museums, health and fitness centres, hotels and other businesses where people meet.
Pritzker agreed not to extend Executive Order 2020-41 on 26 July, when his initial order expired on 4 June.
But he restored the order on Aug. 21 that suspended the requirement for in-person registration. Each month since then he has extended it.
While Illinois did not report its October sports betting figures, with a total handle of $305 million, the state had the fourth-highest sports betting handle in the US in September.
In October, Indiana and Iowa, the Midwest states set monthly records for total handling and smashed those marks for November, according to figures released this week. In September, about 93 percent of the record handle registered in Illinois was from mobile.
In Illinois, September’s overall handling was a 117.9 percent improvement over the $140 million total in August, and that was with remote registration in place.
Illinois bettors will soon have another online option available, especially with remote registration enabled. Golden Nugget Online Gaming announced on Nov. 19 that when it was legalised, it had entered into an agreement with Danville Creation LLC for market access to Illinois for online sports wagering and iGaming.