Illinois May Consider Online Gambling, Says New Report

Online gambling is more convenient than traditional gambling since players don’t have to go to a physical site. One of the main reasons why online and mobile sports betting has been growing in popularity across more states and why online gambling activities may have a similar destiny is convenience.

Increase in Online Gambling’s Appeal

PASPA’s passing limited Nevada’s ability to host sportsbooks in 1992. In 2018, the US Supreme Court declared PASPA unconstitutional, allowing all states to legalize and regulate the practice independently. More than 30 US states now allow sports betting. Thus this was a huge step forward at the time.

In 2018, however, the law was repealed, which boosted internet gaming. Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware were three of the largest markets to legalize the activity before PASPA was repealed. After that, other states, including those with sizable consumer markets like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, followed suit in the wake of the repeal. 

As the use of web technology and interest in sports betting increases, more states may soon authorize online casinos. As a result, the issue is probably not whether the practice will be decriminalized but when. Although there may be a considerable period between the legality of online gambling and its introduction, Illinois is one significant market considering doing so. Illinois gambling market made enormous progress in 2021 toward passing its Internet gambling legislation, but the movement slowed in 2022, and the bill never came up for a vote. Politicians may take up the issue this year, but as usual, they’ll have the last say.

An adequately supervised gaming industry has several advantages. The terrible effect of the epidemic and the need for cash for COVID assistance are two areas where the legality of the activity may unquestionably help. The state of Illinois, like many others, endured a financial pinch due to the epidemic.

Players’ safety may be improved in several ways via taxation and regulation of the activity. The reason being self-exclusion and other player protection measures must be honored by licensed operators. Contrarily, illicit or gray market operators do not follow these safeguards, putting players in danger.

What Makes the Chicago Casino Project Different from Other Illinois Casinos?

The Chicago casino project is far more extensive than any other casino in the state of Illinois. The Chicago casino developer now has the state’s green light to install up to 4,000 gaming positions at the location, according to a recent change in the gambling regulations.

As of today, slot machines, table games, and other gambling terminals count toward the 2,000 total gaming positions legal in Illinois’ brick-and-mortar casinos. The planned Chicago casino, should it include dining, a conference center, cafés, entertainment venues, and a hotel, might become the most significant gaming operation in the United States. Construction in the central business district would complement the surrounding buildings and landmarks.

Off-track betting facilities will also increase in the suburbs of Chicago. For instance, BetRivers Casino collaborates with Rivers Casino Des Plaines to provide various sports betting options (in-person, mobile, and online). DraftKings, a competitor, is in the final stages of preparing to build a retail sportsbook next to Wrigley Field at Casino Queen.

When completed, this Chicago project has the potential to become the crown jewel of Illinois’ casino industry. Even though we got off to a sluggish start, we’re still hoping to make considerable progress toward this long-awaited objective. Following this, Chicago has begun accepting comments from prospective casino operators and developers through October 21, 2020. Four prestigious companies submitted bids, including Rush Street Gaming, Hard Rock International, Wynn Resorts, and MGM Resorts International.

Meaningful progress was made by the end of October 2021, when five proposals were submitted to the city council for the right to run the Chicago casino. This moved Chicago closer to realizing its long-held ambition of opening a casino.

A total of five suggestions were given:

  1. The developer, Rivers 78 Gaming LLC, submitted a single site to the city of Chicago, which would be situated at the 78 Chicago development site south of the Loop. The operator also said Rush Street Gaming would run the new casino.
  2. Rush Street Gaming is already established in Illinois thanks to its partnership with Churchill Downs Inc. in the ownership of the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines. The planned Rush Street Gaming location is at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, in the McCormick Place Lakeside Center, formerly the East Building.
  3. In keeping with the previous plans, Rivers Chicago at McCormick LLC suggested a single site for the casino complex. If the deal is approved, Rush Street Gaming will operate the casino.
  4. The most likely candidate to win the proposal for the management of the Chicago casino complex is Bally’s Corporation. The famous video game software and hardware maker put up a bid for a pair of locations. McCormick Place Truck Marshaling Yard, located at DuSable Lake Shore Drive and 31st Street, would be the first location. The Chicago Tribune Publishing Center, on the southwest corner of Halsted Street and Chicago Avenue, is the site of the second proposed location.
  5. HR Chicago LLC has proposed a single location for a casino in Chicago. If the bid is successful, Hard Rock International will operate the establishment on behalf of HR Chicago LLC.

Still, the Chicago casino project has a long road ahead as the mayor’s office sorts through the proposals in the coming months to find the best one. While the precise locations of the various casino construction sites being considered are currently unknown, there is widespread agreement that the casino should be built within or very close to the city proper.

Final Thoughts

The fact that online sports betting accounts for more than 90% of the total Illinois handle in gaming is not up for debate. Popular retail outlets around the nation are beginning to take notice of this jurisdiction, signaling significant expansion. As an in-stadium sportsbook at the United Center is expected to debut before the end of the year, FanDuel looks to have a head start. Before the 2019 MLB season, DraftKings will build a sportsbook at the home of the Chicago Cubs, the hallowed Wrigley Field.