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Gaming execs: Illinois could join states allowing internet casino gambling.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Illinois is among the states most likely to soon adopt internet gambling, according to panelists in a major casino conference in Atlantic City.

Speaking Friday at the East Coast Gaming Congress in Atlantic City, executives of online gambling companies said the rapid growth of sports betting provides a ready-made infrastructure and regulatory apparatus for online casino games.

As sports betting has swept across the country, internet casino games have grown much more slowly. It’s currently legal in only six states: Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware and Connecticut.

The panelists named Illinois as one of the additional states that could soon adopt internet gambling, along with Indiana, Iowa and New York. All of these states allow sports betting, which is currently legal in a total of 30 states and the District of Columbiia.

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