Illinois’s first legal sportsbook reopens – remotely released.
Nearly paid off after Governor JB Pritzker approved a bill announcing the legal sports betting industry to the state as part of the massive gambling win – and three months after the state’s first required bet on the city betting exchange visit poker88 – Illinois gamblers can now buy from their phones after being approved Thursday morning the country’s first online sportsbook.
Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, which opens the state’s first retail book March 9, is first out of the gate once again with the mobile-buying app BetRivers through partner Rush Street Interactive.
Neil Bluhm, chairman of Rivers Casino, speaks during the public opening of BetRivers Sportsbook, the first brick-and-mortar sportsbook presented by the Illinois Gaming Board, on March 9. Neil Bluhm, chairman of Rivers Casino, speaks during the public opening of BetRivers Sportsbook, the first brick-and-mortar sportsbook presented by the Illinois Gaming Board, on March 9. Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Sun-Times “We are thrilled to make history in doing the first online sportsbook for sports fans in our state just as the American sports compilation returns to action,” Rush Street Interactive president Richard Schwartz said in the talk.
This online launch gave Rivers’ billionaire chairman Neil Bluhm the first to play in the Illinois online betting market, making a larger share than any other state where the industry is legal.
The lobbyist brought forward by Bluhm and other casinos in Springfield last spring, an Illinois gambling bill issued to give casino beginnings in the sports betting market compared online giants like DraftKings and FanDuel. Companies locked in the “penalty box” 18 months before they bid to pay $ 20 million each.
For a fraction of that fee, six other casinos were granted sports betting licenses by Illinois Board Games last week next to Rivers. Each can seek approval from the regulatory body administrator to start offering bids online. No other requests were asked for Thursday morning, a spokesman for the Board Games said.
The Argosy Alton River and Casino that lies below it received their brick-and-mortar Sportsbook, which broke down within days of when all gaming operations in the state closed on March 16 to stem the movement of COVID-19. They are still closed indefinitely.