© Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Guests and media crowd into the sports book area on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines. The space has a long bar and dozens of large screen TVs as well as a kiosk to place betting as well as a customers service area where workers called \”sports book writers\” help customers place bets. Rivers Casino opened the state’s first legal sport book today.
Professional sporting events may still be few and far between under wide-ranging coronavirus restrictions, but as of Thursday, sports fans in Illinois can bet on games online.
Rivers Casino Des Plaines and Rush Street Interactive launched the state’s first online sportsbook at 10 a.M. Thursday at BetRivers. Users can sign up from home and place bets from their desktop or mobile device as they watch games live from the site, the companies said in a news release.
“We are excited to make history in bringing the first online sportsbook to sports fans in our home state just in time as American sports are coming back into action,” Richard Schwartz, president of Chicago-based Rush Street Interactive, said in the release.
Users can bet on Premier League soccer, golf, motorsports and UFC, all of which started up again recently. The NBA, WBNA and NHL are scheduled to begin next month, the release noted. And MLB is negotiating with the players’ union to restart its season in July.
Users must be physically inside state lines and at least 21 years old to bet, and the process varies based on the device they use. Android users must download an app from the BetRivers website, while Apple users can bet through the website using their browser. An iOS app will be available soon, the companies said.
The launch comes two weeks after Gov. J.B. Pritzker temporarily suspended the in-person registration requirement for sports wagering while the state remains under a disaster proclamation. Though many Illinois businesses have started to welcome back customers under the state’s five-phase reopening plan, Illinois casinos remain closed.
Illinois had projected sports betting would generate between $384 million and $680 million per year in adjusted gross wagering receipts — revenue after winnings are paid. At the enacted tax rate of 15%, that would result in annual state tax revenues of between $58 million and $102 million.
Rivers and Argosy Casino Alton briefly opened their bricks-and-mortar sportsbooks in March under provisional licenses before the operations were shut down by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Earlier this month, the Illinois Gaming Board approved seven of the state’s 10 casinos sports betting licenses through 2024.
The licenses are part of a massive gambling expansion signed into law last year allowing casinos, racetracks and several large sporting venues to offer legal sports betting in Illinois.
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