The Illinois Gaming Board “may enter into agreements with other jurisdictions to facilitate, manage, and regulate approved multi-jurisdictional internet gaming, including, but not limited to, poker,” reads one section of the bill.
The bill also calls for regulators to adopt emergency rules within 90 days of the bill’s passage, which would likely make Illinois the fastest state to go from legislation to implementation related to online gambling.
If enacted, Illinois would become the seventh state to legalize online poker. Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Michigan all have active online poker markets. West Virginia legalized it in 2019 but has not launched the market yet.
Some reports suggest the state is waiting for a Wire Act decision as the market would be too small without a shared player pool from other markets.
Illinois would charge operators a $500,000 fee for their license and a renewal fee of $250,000. All funds collected from internet gaming would go into the state’s gaming fund.
The bill has been referred to the Rules Committee. If it passes, it will head to the floor for a full vote. An Illinois lawmaker has introduced a proposal that would legalize online poker and other casino games in the state kunjungi situs judi Tujuhnaga.
Rep. Bob Rita filed HB 3142, which, if enacted, would allow casinos or racetracks to offer three platforms for online gaming. Within the legislature, this is referred to as the Internet Gaming Act.