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FanDuel Par-A-Dice Sportsbook is now up and running for online sports betting in Illinois.
According to a representative from the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB), the group today sent Par-A-Dice Casino, FanDuel’s licensing partner, an approval letter for its request to commence online wagering. Hours later, the FanDuel site was operational.
The approval comes ahead of the start of the NFL season, which kicks off Sept. 10.
“We have been waiting for this day for quite some time,” said Mike Raffensperger, CMO of FanDuel Group. “Sports are back, so we are going to show sports fans in Illinois an innovative sports betting app experience with industry leading promotions and consumer protections that have made FanDuel the #1 sportsbook in the US.”
FanDuel customers can register remotely
FanDuel joins the Illinois online sports betting market at the right time.
Last week, Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued an executive order suspending the in-person registration requirement through at least Sept. 19.
That means bettors won’t have to make the trek to Par-A-Dice, located in East Peoria, to bet with FanDuel. Sign-up can be completed entirely on your phone or computer.
According to the IGB, in-person registration at Par-A-Dice is not available at the moment. Par-A-Dice still needs to get approval for the internal controls involving in-person registration, which it might want to do before Sept. 19. Until then, registration can only be done remotely.
Par-A-Dice also is not yet approved for in-person sports betting at its facility.
FanDuel Sportsbook now online in six states
Through its partnership with Boyd Gaming, Illinois is the sixth state in which FanDuel operates its online and mobile sports betting platform.
The FanDuel Par-A-Dice Sportsbook is available for download via iOS and Android for residents and visitors of Illinois.
FanDuel joins DraftKings Sportsbook and BetRivers as online sportsbooks operating in Illinois. They are likely to be the only Illinois sportsbooks up for the beginning of the NFL season.
The IGB has yet to receive a rule 1100 request to commence wagering from PointsBet through partner Hawthorne Racetrack. It took nine days to complete the FanDuel approval, which was submitted Aug. 19. That provides a small window for PointsBet.