Pointsbet receives Illinois betting permit
Australia-based sports betting operator PointsBet has received a temporary operating permit from the Illinois Gaming Board.
The certification will allow to operator to roll out retail and online wagering in the state, once its partner, the Hawthorne Racecourse in the Southwest Chicago suburbs, receives a master licence.
After Governor J.B. Pritzker signed sports betting legislation into law in June 2019, sports betting launched in Illinois on 9 March this year, when the BetRivers sportsbook at Rivers Casino Des Plaines took the first legal sports bets in the state. However, the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), quickly led to a suspension of all retail gambling activity.
BetRivers took the first online sports bets in the state last month, via its Kambi-powered platform.