Legal sport betting is ready to start in Illionis next week, with the opening of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines which will surely increase the March Madness. On Friday the Illionis Gaming Board gave its approval for Rivers to start taking sports bets from Monday afternoon. The first bet of the state’s first ever sports book will be placed by the former Chicago Blackhawks star Eddie Olcyzk.
The general manager of Rivers Casino, Corey Wise said in a press release on Friday that, “The BetRivers Sportsbook will take March Madness out of the office pool and into an exciting, elevated live sports wagering experience.”
In the beginning, Rivers Casino was among six casinos across the state to filed applications for sports wagering licenses. Eventually in December, the gaming board of the state formally decided to open the application, with officials and applicants alike aiming to open by the time the NCAA men’ basketball tournament tips off March 17.
Finally last year i.e., in 2019, the Illinois Sports Wagering Act was passed as part of a broader gambling expansion bill, granting the state’s 10 casinos, three horse tracks and seven of the largest sports venues to acquire a sports gaming license. Along with this, it will also issue three extra online –only licenses 18months after the first on-site license. In addition, the sports book locations will also be able to offer online betting as well, but that will perhaps come after the bricks –and-mortar facilities open.
Rivers Casino got quite lucky in terms of its opening of BetRivers where it got a head start as a sports bar in December. It has 29 leather chairs, a 47-foot-wide video wall topped by a sports ticker and five betting windows. A 30 self-service kioks will be there as when it opens for sports betting on Monday.
The Rivers Casino has further revealed that it will launch its website BetRivers.com and mobile app later this year.