Fan Duel is getting ready to launch its online betting services in Illinois. The plan is to launch the services before the National Football League kickstarts on September 10. The Fan Duel requires the Go Live signal from Illinois Gaming Board for partner Boyd Gaming’s Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria.
Boyd has applied with the Gaming Board on August 19. The gaming board generally takes 2-3 weeks’ time for approval. It looks that the Go Live Signal would arrive just before the NFL.
However, Fan Duel is in no mood to waste time. They have been urging the fans to register as Illinois is allowing online registration once again. However, the online registration is allowed only until September 19 and Fan Duel would want to make the most of it.
On the other hand, Illinois has been witnessing operators in-fighting. The CEO of DraftKings, Jason Robbins took to twitter recently and expressed joy after Governor JB Pritzker allowed it. He also blamed Rush Street Gaming for trying to block it.
He later deleted his tweet though. In his tweet, Robbins blamed Rush Street CEO Neil Bluhm for being the influencer behind the decision of not to allow online registration of Governor in late July this year. However, Robbins is not the first one to blame him. The reports suggest that he is behind the decision of the governor.
The enmity between the two operators started last year when both DraftKings and Fan Duel started TV commercials blaming a casino owned by a billionaire is using legal powers to cease the competition of the state. Later, the commercials were removed at the request of Governor Pritzker.
Rush Street responded to Robbins sarcastically and said they were never asked to leave, paid taxes on every wager, and does not have multiple consumer class action suits against them.
It looks both the operators have started another duel altogether.