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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." 

"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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