Argosy Casino On Deck For Illinois Sports Betting, Should Attract St. Louis Bettors

Written By Matt Burke on March 10, 2020
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The dominoes of the betting are beginning to decline in Illinois.

While waiting for regulatory authorization, Argosy Casino Alton will begin to accept sports bets on March 16 in the meantime.

“Selection Sunday is just around the corner, and we plan to open on Monday at noon,” said Michael Barker, Argosy Casino’s Director of Media Relations, in an interview with KPLR 11. “A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place, with Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith making the inaugural bet. I am unsure of what the bet will be, but it certainly won’t involve baseball. However, Ozzie will be present and we’ll commence the event. We’re thrilled about it.”

Argosy is anticipated to outperform all other sportsbooks in Illinois in terms of legitimate betting.


St. Louis is nearby.

The new retail sportsbook at Argosy, which is only 35 minutes from Downtown St. Louis, will undoubtedly attract a significant number of bets from people in Missouri.

According to Barker, it is actually drawing people back to Argosy and across the river for us. Argosy was the first casino in the region and it pioneered the riverboat casino industry almost 30 years ago. We are the first business in the region to reintroduce sports betting. As such, it’s going to be a big deal and an excellent experience. You will be able to place bets on the games, and from now on, you can bet while you play. Therefore, you will have the opportunity to bet on the second quarter if you notice a trend in the St. Louis BattleHawks game.


Argosy Casino is prepared to begin play.

For decades, Argosy Casino has been preparing for the legalization of sports betting.

Barker asserts that approximately 65 gambling machines have been replaced with sports betting shops. Furthermore, Argosy has updated its popular sports club.

Barker informed KPLR 11, “We’ve always had Hops House and have always been at the entrance when you come in. It’s a fantastic sports bar with a lot of energy. We’ve included approximately 38 TVs, all ranging from 65 to 86 inches in size. Therefore, no matter where you look, there’s always something happening. Now, you’ll also be able to place bets on it.”

If you prefer to place a wager in person, tellers are available for assistance. However, we also provide 14 different restaurants where you can opt for self-service.


Timing is crucial.

The goal for Midwest games that have received approval to start legally accepting sports betting has always been to be operational in time for March Madness.

Later this week, Michigan will accept its first legal bet. Meanwhile, Illinois started on Monday with BetRivers Des Plaines taking the first legal sports bet in the Prairie State.

Baker believes that the first two weeks of March Madness are fun, even without betting involved. He says, “Imagine experiencing the first 32 games in just two days, it’s going to be insane.”

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Matt Burke serves as the Site Runner for various online platforms including PlayCA, PlayColorado, Play Illinois, PlayIA, PlayMaineOnline, Play MA, PlayMichigan, PlayNHOnline, and PlayNY. Prior to this, he founded MetroBet, a digital and print sports betting platform, where he also held the position of Editor in Chief. Matt further enhanced his career as the Executive Sports Editor at Metro US Newspapers, catering to audiences in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. His extensive experience includes covering major sporting events like Super Bowls and Final Fours. Matt is also an alumnus of the University of Connecticut.

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