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100 West Randolph Street
Suite 5-700
Chicago, Illinois
United States 60601-3208

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(312) 814-5062

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This Week in Gambling: News from Nevada and Illinois
This week, J. Todd has some great news out of Nevada, where eSports betting will soon be legal and regulated. Also, the state of Illinois surprised us all when it passed an online gambling bill.

Illinois Senate approves last-minute online gambling and DFS bill
After being approved by the Senate on Wednesday night with a 42-10 vote, HB 479 will undergo another vote when the House reconvenes on 8 June.

This Week in Gambling: Black Friday poker payments. . . after six years
Six years after the U.S. Department of Justice took down major online poker sites, many players are still waiting to have their deposit money returned. This week, it was announced that customers may not have to wait much longer for money from Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet. Also, we look at stories from Mexico and the U.S. states of Illinois and Arkansas.

Trends for US online gambling forecasted through 2020
Growth in the 34-and-younger population and the rise of non-mobile computer device usage has been predicted by global market research firm Technavio.

DFS news roundup: Alabama and Tennessee attorneys general declare DFS illegal gambling
Bills to regulate the industry are still being crafted in some states; and DraftKings and FanDuel have announced they will drop contests on amateur sports.

Hit the road this summer with up to $15,000 in free gasoline from the Illinois Lottery
Illinois Lottery launches new Free Gas instant lottery game.

Ten states that should have online gaming
With Ultimate Poker -- licensed and regulated by Nevada -- now open for real-money business, Casino City's Aaron Todd surveys the landscape and identifies 10 states that should have online gaming.

Video gambling now legal in Illinois
Approximately 280 video gambling machines in about 70 establishments in Illinois are hooked up and ready for use.

Illinois gears up for the start of video gambling
More than three years after Illinois approved video gambling to fund construction projects, the first machines are arriving at approved establishments, like bars.

Perspectives Weekly: Illinois plans to expand online offering; N.J. polls conflict
J Todd discusses the Illinois plan to run online gambling operations through the state's lottery, recent polling data from New Jersey, and interviews Dmitry Bodov, an affiliate manager from Lotos Affiliates.

Illinois

Illinois law currently allows state residents to buy lottery tickets and wager on horse races online. The state does not license or regulate any other forms of online gaming.

The Illinois Racing Board made online and phone wagering options available in October 2009 and gave permission to four companies to host online horse betting. Previously, wagers could only be placed at the track or at an offtrack betting parlor. The authorization to accept bets online expired at the beginning of 2013. In June 2013, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation that allowed the resumption of online horse betting in the state.

Illinois residents may open advance deposit wagering accounts at www.tvg.com, www.youbet.com, twinspires.com and Xpressbet.com.

Illinois took advantage of a revised interpretation of the Wire Act to begin offering online lottery ticket sales.

In September 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a legal opinion on the scope of the Interstate Wire Act of 1961. In the statement, it concluded that "interstate transmissions of wire communications that do not relate to a 'sporting event or contest' fall outside the reach of the Wire Act." By narrowing the scope of the Wire Act to sports, the DOJ freed states to sell lottery tickets online and offer intrastate online gaming.

In March 2012, Illinois began selling individual lottery tickets online. Any Illinois resident over the age of 18 can play on the state's lottery website.

In May 2013, a measure emerged seeking to create a new Division of Internet Gaming within the Illinois Lottery. The new division could grant licensees the right to offer a range of internet-based gambling to the state's residents. Under the new proposal, the Division of Internet Gaming would be granted the right to award five-year licenses to applicants, whose application process would involve gauging suitability as well as an initial $250,000 application fee. Eligibility of the applicants would be limited to those who are already licensed in the state pursuant to the existing gambling and horse racing laws in Illinois. The measure lacked the political support needed to advance.

In April 2017, a measure to legalize fantasy sports betting was introduced. If passed, the bill would override the decision made by the Illinois Attorney General back in 2015 that ruled fantasy sports betting as illegal under state law. The Senate approved the bill in April and it is awaiting action by the House.

In October 2018, a gambling expansion bill from 2017 was discussed by state lawmakers from two House subcommittees. The state Senate had already passed a previous version of the bill, and it was referred to the Rules Committee in May 2018. As of the end of 2018, it had failed to advance through House committees.

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Illinois
Address
Illinois Racing Board
100 West Randolph Street
Suite 5-700
Chicago, Illinois
United States 60601-3208

Website

Email

Fax
(312) 814-5062

General Information
(312) 814-2600

TDD
(866) 323-0273

View All Gaming Jurisdictions
 
Bonuses! New games! Gossip! And all the player news you can handle. Sign up NOW!

Illinois Jurisdiction News

This Week in Gambling: News from Nevada and Illinois
This week, J. Todd has some great news out of Nevada, where eSports betting will soon be legal and regulated. Also, the state of Illinois surprised us all when it passed an online gambling bill.

Illinois Senate approves last-minute online gambling and DFS bill
After being approved by the Senate on Wednesday night with a 42-10 vote, HB 479 will undergo another vote when the House reconvenes on 8 June.

This Week in Gambling: Black Friday poker payments. . . after six years
Six years after the U.S. Department of Justice took down major online poker sites, many players are still waiting to have their deposit money returned. This week, it was announced that customers may not have to wait much longer for money from Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet. Also, we look at stories from Mexico and the U.S. states of Illinois and Arkansas.

Trends for US online gambling forecasted through 2020
Growth in the 34-and-younger population and the rise of non-mobile computer device usage has been predicted by global market research firm Technavio.

DFS news roundup: Alabama and Tennessee attorneys general declare DFS illegal gambling
Bills to regulate the industry are still being crafted in some states; and DraftKings and FanDuel have announced they will drop contests on amateur sports.

Hit the road this summer with up to $15,000 in free gasoline from the Illinois Lottery
Illinois Lottery launches new Free Gas instant lottery game.

Ten states that should have online gaming
With Ultimate Poker -- licensed and regulated by Nevada -- now open for real-money business, Casino City's Aaron Todd surveys the landscape and identifies 10 states that should have online gaming.

Video gambling now legal in Illinois
Approximately 280 video gambling machines in about 70 establishments in Illinois are hooked up and ready for use.

Illinois gears up for the start of video gambling
More than three years after Illinois approved video gambling to fund construction projects, the first machines are arriving at approved establishments, like bars.

Perspectives Weekly: Illinois plans to expand online offering; N.J. polls conflict
J Todd discusses the Illinois plan to run online gambling operations through the state's lottery, recent polling data from New Jersey, and interviews Dmitry Bodov, an affiliate manager from Lotos Affiliates.

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