Sports betting activities won’t be operational in Illinois during the 54th Super Bowl. But, bettors in the state will have an opportunity of wagering in the NCAA Tournament or the March Madness. Sports’ betting in Illinois was approved this year as part of broader gaming expansion, but very little has been done to bring betting in action. In an interview with The Center Square, State Rep. Michael Zalewski indicated that bettors could be able to stake during March Madness.
Zalewski added that the state would miss the Super Bowl 54, an event that is heavily wagered in the US. The Super Bowl games are scheduled to start on 2nd February in Miami, Florida. According to Casino.org, Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) will start receiving licenses application in this month. Casinos, horse racetracks, professional sports arenas are expected to apply for the license. However, they haven’t announced the time this exercise will take.
Illinois is among 19 states that have legalized sports betting, but only 13 have operational sports betting market. Neighboring states of Indiana and Iowa have operational sports wagering, and there is no reason to distract the implementation of legal wagering in the Land of Lincoln. The state’s lawmakers approved sports betting as a means to improve the weak state finances. In the past decade, West Virginia and Illinois have been viewed as least stable states in financial matters. While sports’ betting is unlikely to solve all economic difficulties, it will at least help to address illegal gambling menace.
Zalewski hopes that IGB will pass sports betting rules on 17th December, but still, that won’t leave a space for wagering in February. That is to say, Illinois will miss revenue from Super Bowl. However, there is hope that Illinois residents will have an opportunity to wager during the NCAA Tournament.