FanDuel and DraftKings were both granted temporary sports betting permits which allows them to operate in Illinois. Both operators will be able to launch in the state where their land-based partners receive master licenses.
Both operators were given management service provider permits last week, which allowed them to operate a sportsbook on behalf of a land-based license holder.
Illinois’ sports betting rules includes a “bad actor” clause which prohibits companies who had previously offered betting or daily fantasy sports—which was offered by both operators—in the state from receiving a master betting license for 18 months.
But by entering into partnerships with a land-based operator, the two betting giants may enter the state without having to obtain a master license of their own, so long as their partner holds such a license.