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Can I Bet Sports on Fanduel From Illinois?

Written by:
Aaron Goldstein
Published on:
Jul/08/2019

FanDuel will be able to enter the Illinois sports betting market after initially being blocked until 2022.  You can still bet with any number of offshore sportsbooks, some of which have been in business for over 20 years and offer up to $1500 in signup bonuses.  

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The state of Illinois will soon be offering sports betting from kiosks strategically placed at sports arenas and ballparks such as Wrigley Field in what will be the most ambitious plan to date for stateside sports betting.  Just about the only exclusion will be wagering on state school teams such as Northwestern and the University of Illinois, and no betting on the Loyola Ramblers college basketball team either.

Oh, and there are two other inclusions: Online fantasy and sports betting power houses Draftkings and FanDuel.

Both are on a two-year probation from entering the new Illinois sports gambling market due to their business in states that prohibited daily fantasy sports contests.

Some surmise the real reason behind Drafkings and FanDuel's exclusion is to help already established casino companies in Illinios gain a sufficient enough head start. More specifically, that would be Rivers Des Plaines Casino and owner Neil Bluhm of Rush Street Gaming.

Both companies planned to launch a $1 million ad campaign targeted at Rush Street Gaming.

"… Advocacy advertisements will air on radio broadcast and cable, state- and city-wide, including morning and evening news, late-night talk shows and live sporting events. There will also be a multichannel digital engagement campaign across social media, search, YouTube and over-the-top streaming providers, including Hulu, Roku and radio providers like Spotify and Pandora.”

No in-state run sportsbook is likely to offer wagering online or via retail operations until the earliest the 2019 College Bowls, but more likely the 2020 NFL Playoffs, and that might be a little ambitious.  Until that time, Illinois residents will need to rely exclusively on offshore sportsbooks.

Mobile sportsbooks on iPhones probably will not be available until some time in the spring of 2020, if at all, due to a newly implemented Apple policy on gambling.

The new guidelines state the following:

“HTML5 games distributed in apps may not provide access to real money gaming, lotteries, or charitable donations, and may not support digital commerce. This functionality is only appropriate for code that’s embedded in the binary and can be reviewed by Apple. This guideline is now enforced for new apps. Existing apps must follow this guideline by September 3, 2019.”

- Aaron Goldstein, Gambling911.com

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