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Daniel Wallach+ Your Authors @WALLACHLEGAL Gaming law & #sportsbetting attorney. Founder, Wallach Legal LLC & @UNHLaw Sports Wagering & Integrity Program. Legal analyst @TheAthletic. Host @ConDetrimental Aug. 05, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

With the recent rise in #Covid19 cases in Illinois and expected surge within the next 2-4 weeks, how is it anything other than an increased public health risk to require residents (many of them young) to visit a casino of all places just to register a mobile sports betting a/c?

"Lengthening the delay between a rise in cases and a rise in deaths is the fact that most of Illinois’ uptick has been traced to young people, aged 29 or younger."  https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/8/4/21354803/illinois-coronavirus-cases-deaths-lag-pritzker-covid 

"They’re much less likely to suffer severe symptoms or require a hospital bed — but are much more likely to spread the virus to older, more vulnerable people who will."

The largest % of confirmed #Covid19 cases in Illinois has been among those aged 20-29. Per a 2018 Nielsen study, 44% of sports bettors are adults under the age of 35. Yet, in the face of these numbers, we're going to require them to visit a casino just to open a mobile account?

For those customers who want to engage in casino gambling in IL, there is no other option but to visit a casino. But for those who want to wager remotely on sporting events, they are seeking to do so precisely b/c they want to avoid having to visit a casino just to place a bet.

Put simply, thousands of IL residents (many < age 35) will unnecessarily visit a casino just to sign up for remote wagering via a mobile device, thereby increasing the risk of developing symptoms that will spread to others and causing some # of fatalities, just to benefit Rivers?

To lobby political officials to rescind an emergency order designed to protect the public health and save lives during a pandemic (with over 188,000 cases in Illinois) purely to ensure a commercial advantage is pretty abominable, and then to deny doing so is especially cowardly.


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