Restrictions in Illinois’ sports-betting legislation mean none of the series of high-profile "market-access" deals struck between casino operators and leading online-betting brands will be applied in perhaps the largest U.S. market to open to date, with the likes of FanDuel, DraftKings and Fox Bet instead facing a battle for three online-only licenses costing $20m each.
Illinois casino operators Boyd Gaming, Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment have all inked so-called “market-access agreements” in recent months to allow Flutter Entertainment’s FanDuel, MGM/GVC, William Hill, The Stars Group and DraftKings to deploy online-betting skins under their licenses in multiple states.
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