Limitations on Illinois sports betting discussed at the House Committee meeting
Several Illinois Sports betting issues were discussed during a Executive Committee of the House Meet at Wednesday.
The IL sports betting landscape could change this year as wagering on state college sports and the elimination of personal registration were among the proposals discussed during the meeting.
Committee members briefly discussed nearly a dozen game suggestions during the meeting. Other topics include horse racing, iGaming and video slot machines.
Illinois personal registration continues to have vital support
William Hill Head of Government Relations Trevor Hayes proposed to personally remove the registration requirement for Illinois. John Pappas, a spokesman for the gaming industry trade group iDEA growth, also aided his removal.
Both said personal registration was not essential to the success of the state sports betting industry. Said Hayes 75% The number of bets at William Hill is placed online with some states exceeding expectations 90%.
Jeff Kaplan, Vice President Strategy and Finance at Penn National Gamingwas a proponent of the elimination of the registration requirement. Penn operates three casinos in Illinois.
Representative not receptive
Several representatives, including the chairman of the committee MP Robert Ritadefended the original intent of the 2019 Legislation that requires personal registration.
The 2019 law contained one 18 months personal registration deadline.
Rita reiterated the importance of the requirement to support the stationary locations, although there is no evidence that online registration harms the casinos.
Personal registrations limit the sports betting market
Illinois is a case study of the limitations on personal registration. Governor JB Pritzker Personal registration was suspended twice during the pandemic following the closure of casinos.
The suspension likely helped fuel the explosive growth in the state’s sports betting as it outperformed Pennsylvania in the February handle with $ 509.8 million. Pritzker let the personal suspension expire earlier this month, saying it was no longer necessary.
Next door, Iowa is also a shining example of how personal registration restricts the market. Iowas January The handle snapped shut $ 149.5 million, a 42.7% Increase of December‘s $ 104.8 million after the end of the state’s personal registration requirement.
Goodbye to Illinois state college sports betting ban?
MP Michael Zalewski, an original supporter of IL Sports Betting, proposes lifting the betting ban on state universities.
Zalewski said with neighboring states and offshore books offering the betting, the well-intentioned ban is not achieving its goal.
Pappas said it restricts the market by up to fifteen%This reflects Zalewski’s views that the intended benefit to college players and the integrity of the betting will not be achieved.
Illinois colleges are opposing the idea
University of Illinois Sporting director Josh Whitman spoke out against the proposal on behalf of the state 13th NCAA First League Sports programs.
Whitman said student-athletes are more susceptible to undue influence from their peers. He also said the ban will help protect athletes’ mental health by limiting negative online news.