DraftKings launch Illinois sports betting

Viktor Vangelov | Published 7 Aug 2020, 2:56 p.m.

We’ve been reporting on the events and initiatives in several US states lately. There are many states where sports betting and gambling in general, in certain forms, has been legalised and there are many more where such initiatives are currently in place. At the begging of the summer last year we reported that Illinois is to legalise sports betting and the decision was paired with a decision to establish casinos in the city of Chicago.

Last month we reported that FanDuel and DraftKings the two largest players on the daily fantasy sports market are about to enter Illinois and the newly established Illinois daily fantasy sports market. Here we are, two weeks later and DraftKings have already launched their sports betting app in Illinois. The app is launched together with the state casino operator Casino Queen.

Mobile betting soon to be offered

Players who are registered in the state will be allowed to place wager on a wide range of sports via the dedicated app developed in cooperation with the brick-and-mortar casino based in East St. Louis. The co-founder of DraftKings was very excited about the launch and stated that Illinois is the state were some of the most popular and most iconic sports teams in the US are based in Illinois.

He added that the company’s goal is to provide their customers with an exquisite betting experience, via the developed sports betting app. Representatives of the Casino have also stated that two iconic brands come together to create an unforgettable experience. People at the casino are also quite excited and believe that fans and punters would love the app and the service provided by the two brands’ joint venture.

As we mentioned last month, the two largest daily fantasy sports brands received temporary sports betting permits that will become fully functional as soon as their chosen partners in the state receive their licenses. In the case of DraftKings, that happened now.

Earlier this summer, in June, the Illinois Government signed an order which permits punters to register online and be able to bet via their mobile devices, as it wasn’t possible to register in person due to the new restrictions.

William Hill also launches sports betting in Illinois

Earlier this week we reported that a total of 119 William Hill venues will not reopen, but also that William Hill is set to open its first betting venue that’s located inside a sports stadium. This time we bring you news that together with Grand Victoria Casino in Illinois, William Hill has opened their new bookmaker in the US.

The casino is located just outside of Chicago, and it is interesting to note that the William Hill’s president of retail operations, David Grolman, used similar phrases when describing the importance of the new operation. He said that this is the company’s first sportsbook in Illinois and that the partnership with Caesars Entertainment, the company that’s in charge of Grand Victoria, will enable the company to expand across the country.

Once William Hill gets the appropriate license, the company will be permitted to offer mobile betting, in addition to retail.

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