Illinois Senate passes online gaming, DFS bill

1 June 2017

The Illinois Senate has given the green light to a bill that would legalise online gaming and daily fantasy sports (DFS) in the US state.

According to Onlinepokerreport.com, the Senate passed House bill H 479 on the final day of the session by a vote of 42-10, and it will now progress to the Illinois House.

The bill was one of two up for discussion, although Senate bill S 1531, which only included language for legalising DFS, did not advance.

The House has now adjourned until June 8, when it will reconvene to discuss the bill alongside a number of other major issues, including a state budget.

Analyst forecasts on Onlinepokerreport.com suggest that online gambling could generate more than $100m (€89m) for the state of Illinois in the coming years.

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