Online Casino & Poker Bill Moves Forward in Illinois

Online Casino & Poker Bill Moves Forward in Illinois
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  • Illinois is considering a bill (HB 2239) to legalize online gaming, potentially making it the eighth state for online casinos and ninth for online poker.
  • The bill allows qualified licensees to offer three individually branded internet gaming platforms.
  • Operators would be taxed at 15% of adjusted GGR, with a $250,000 fee for an internet gaming license and $100,000 for renewals.

A bill that calls for legalizing online casino gaming and poker in Illinois is moving forward.

Nearly one year to the day that Rep. Edgar Gonzalez Jr. (D-Chicago) introduced HB 2239, the bill has been assigned to the House Gaming Committee.

While the bill has a long passage ahead, it is the first step in the process for the Land of Lincoln to become the eighth state with legal online casino gaming and the ninth to legalize online poker.

If online poker were made legal in Illinois, it would be the second-largest market in terms of population, after Pennsylvania.