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It appears that FanDuel is on track to launch its mobile sportsbook in Illinois just in time for the start of the National Football League (NFL) season. According to SportsHandle, Par-A-Dice Casino, FanDuel’s brick-and-mortar partner in the state, has filed the required paperwork with the Illinois Gaming Board to allow it to begin offering online and mobile sports betting.
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puts a possible go-live date at September 9, exactly one day before the NFL season kicks off
The East Peoria casino submitted the forms on August 19, a key date because the Board tends to take two to three weeks to approve applications. Three weeks from August 19 puts a possible go-live date at September 9, exactly one day before the NFL season kicks off. Football season is the biggest money-making season for American sportsbooks.
FanDuel jumped the gun a bit last week, inadvertently posting an Illinois sports betting-related page on its website before anything was confirmed. It was clearly meant as an invisible placeholder, as the URL even included “sportsbook-IL-hidden.” The page was taken down not long after it was published, but it is now back, without the “hidden” part, indicating that the operator is confident that the countdown is on. It is offering a $50 bonus promotion to Illinois customers who sign up early.
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It sounds like the launch with Par-A-Dice was not necessarily FanDuel’s first choice for its Illinois entry, but it is the best choice for the operator given the current situation. FanDuel originally planned to launch its sports betting product with Fairmount Park. Fairmount even went so far as to file the paperwork with the Illinois Secretary of State to change its name to “FanDuel Sportsbook and Horse Racing” in January. The advantage this presented for FanDuel was sole billing for the sportsbook.
it looks like its brand will not get top billing
But Fairmount has yet to receive an Illinois Master Sports Betting License, so FanDuel went with “Plan B” to get to market before the football season begins. In August 2018, the company inked a sports betting deal with Boyd Gaming, the owner of Par-a-Dice, hence FanDuel’s pairing with the casino. The downside for FanDuel is that it looks like its brand will not get top billing.
Illinois’ current rules state that casinos can only offer internet and mobile betting “under the track’s or casino’s brand or a brand owned by certain related entities with an 80% ownership interest” and that “displaying multiple brands” is not allowed.
Thus, FanDuel cannot be the brand for Par-A-Dice’s sportsbooks. SportsHandle surmises that it can likely still have its name on the product somewhere, but it would be something along the lines of “Par-A-Dice Sportsbook Powered By FanDuel.”
Online operators avoid the penalty box
Illinois regulations also impose an 18-month “penalty box” on digital-only sportsbook operators. Thus, sites like DraftKings and FanDuel are technically not permitted to operate mobile and internet sportsbooks in the state for a year and a half after the first license is issued. Both companies, however, have dodged this restriction.
DraftKings and FanDuel are able to jump into the Illinois market using the casinos’ master licenses
The casinos are allowed to partner with software providers, which is exactly what Casino Queen and Par-A-Dice did. Qt connect slot. Because of this, DraftKings and FanDuel are able to jump into the Illinois market using the casinos’ master licenses.
They also saved money. A mobile-only license costs $20m, but a Management Service Provider License, which is what the two sites were granted, costs half that.
The idea behind the penalty box clause was to both give local casinos a headstart over the digital-only giants and penalize DraftKings and FanDuel for operating daily fantasy sports contests in the state illegally.
Create strong passphrases with EFF's new random number generators! This page includes information about passwords, different wordlists, and EFF's suggested method for passphrase generation. Use the directions below with any set of dice.
And now, a message from internationally renowned security technologist, author, and EFF Board Member Bruce Schneier:
We’ll walk you through how to use EFF's Long Wordlist [.txt] to generate a passphrase. For most applications, we suggest making a six-word passphrase.
Step 1: Roll five dice all at once. Note the faces that come up without looking at the wordlist yet. (On our dice, the EFF logo is equivalent to rolling a one.)
Step 2: Your results might look like this reading left to right: 4, 3, 4, 6, 3. Write those numbers down.
Step 3: Open EFF's Long Wordlist [.txt] to find the corresponding word next to 43463.
Step 4: You will find the word 'panoramic.' This is the first word in your passphrase, so write it down.
Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 five more times to come up with a total of SIX words.
When you are done, your passphrase may look something like this:
panoramic nectar precut smith banana handclap
Step 6: Come up with your own mnemonic to remember your phrase. It might be a story, scenario, or sentence that you will be able to remember and that can remind you of the particular words you chose, in order. For example:
The panoramic view, as I tasted the nectar of a precut granny smith apple and banana, deserved a handclap.
This passphrase is one of 221073919720733357899776 (or about 2⁷⁷) alternatives that could have been chosen by this method. With so many possibilities, this passphrase will be very hard to guess by brute force.
Why Use Passphrases?
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The word 'passphrase' is used to convey the idea that a password, which is a single word, is far too short to protect you and that using a longer phrase is much better. The increased length can allow for a greater number of possibilities overall, even if you use a passphrase made of random words to help you remember it. Passphrases made of randomly-chosen words can be both easy to remember and hard for someone else to guess, which is what we want out of a passphrase. While the EFF random number generators are not casino-grade dice, we believe that they are sufficiently random for these purposes.
Computers are now fast enough to quickly guess passwords shorter than ten or so characters - and sometimes quite a few more. That means short passwords of any kind, even totally random ones like nQm=8*x or !s7e&nUY or gaG5^bG, may be too weak, especially for settings where an attacker is able to quickly try an unlimited number of guesses. This is not necessarily true for an online account, where the speed and quantity of guesses will be limited, but it could be true in other cases (for instance, if someone gets ahold of your device and is trying to crack its encryption password).
When to Use a Passphrase
Your passphrase is especially suitable when directly used to encrypt information, like for full-disk encryption on your laptop or mobile device. The large number of possibilities makes it much harder for someone to crack even if they get ahold of your device and use encryption-cracking hardware. Other great uses are the passphrase for an encryption key (like your PGP or SSH key), or, especially, for unlocking a password safe or password manager application.
Your passphrase should only be used for a single purpose, and especially should not be used for more than one online account. Sometimes password databases or websites get compromised. If you reuse a passphrase and it ends up being leaked in a data breach or otherwise discovered, it can be used to try to access your other accounts.
Notes on Using the Different Wordlists
EFF's new long list, referenced in the directions above, is designed for memorability and passphrase strength. We recommend selecting a minimum of six words from our long wordlist, or when using any other list of this size. The more words you use, the stronger the passphrase. Different wordlists may produce passphrases with different degrees of memorability, but you don't get a significantly different passphrase strength by using one wordlist over another, if the lists are the same length.
When using one of our short wordlists (which contain 1296 words), roll only four dice at once. You can follow our passphrase-generating instructions above, using four dice instead of five. As mentioned elsewhere, passphrases created using one of the short wordlists might be easier to remember and type, but don't provide as much strength per word.
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EFF's Long Wordlist [.txt], for use with five dice
EFF's Short Wordlist #1 [.txt], featuring only short words, for use with four dice
EFF's Short Wordlist #2 [.txt], for use with four dice, featuring longer words that may be more memorable.
The creator of our wordlists, Joseph Bonneau, has written a deep dive about passphrase security, and the methodology and criteria he used to create our EFF wordlists. You can also use Arnold G. Reinhold's Dicewareword list, the original and still very popular list for using dice to create passphrases.
Learn about password managers! These are a great way to avoid the pitfall of reusing passwords and passphrases. You can use the long, random passphrase that you've created today to protect an entire database of login information that your computer can remember so you don't have to. This makes it straightforward to use a different password for every online account, which is good security practice. Visit the password manager overview on EFF's Surveillance Self-Defense guide to learn more!
Your passphrase that protects a password vault is now a very important key! Forgetting this passphrase is also a serious risk which could result in permanently losing data, and some people might thus prefer to have the passphrase written down, especially while first trying to memorize it or if they won't be using it every day - but if so, it should be kept in a safe place, not in the same place where the data it protects will be stored. What counts as a safe place for you depends on what you anticipate might happen. It's safer to write on a single thickness of paper on a hard surface to avoid leaving an imprint of the passphrase.