Hawthorne, PointsBet To Launch 3 Sports Betting Sites At OTBs In Suburban Chicago

Written By Joe Boozell on September 17, 2020Last Updated on June 23, 2021

PointsBetlaunched its Illinois sports betting app last week, and its retail operations are coming soon.

Three Chicago suburban off-track betting ( OTB ) parlors will also have retail sportsbooks run by racino & rdquo at Hawthorne Race Course, PointsBet & nbsp.

They’ll get in Crestwood, Prospect Heights, and Oak Brook Terrace.

PointsBet would be the first sportsbook in Illinois to have multiple retail locations. DraftKings eventually will once its sportsbook at Wrigley Field is finalized, and others may follow.

For the time being, PointsBet is establishing itself in the Chicagoland region.

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Player’s Pub & Grill is home to one OTB. Its sportsbook could launch as soon as Oct. 1, a representative told the Daily Herald.

The bar’s interior renovations, which include the development and reconstruction of wagering windows, are almost complete. The city already receives tax revenue from Player & rsquo, s Pub, and in 2016 it contributed to the funding of a 2,500-square-foot OTB addition.

According to Dan Peterson, the city & rsquo’s director of building and development, we see this as a very simple transition to bring in new revenue streams for one of our excellent business partners.

Tuesday saw the release of the first Illinois sports betting revenue report, and as anticipated, smart wagering predominated. But, PointsBet seems ready to succeed in any sign-up setting.

PointsBet’s in-person membership setup is excellent.

In the event that Gov. PointsBet is in a better position than its Illinois rivals when JB Pritzker decides to reinstate the in-person registration requirement later this week or in the upcoming weeks.

A PointsBet representative confirmed that people could go to their racecourse or OTBs to sign up for PointsBet Sportsbook if online registration ends.

For the typical Chicagoan or northerner, that still wouldn’t be appropriate. However, PointsBet would be the owner of a number of the most practical choices.

The distance between all four bookmakers and downtown Chicago would be 45 minutes. Des PlainesRivers Casino is also in a desirable area, but PointsBet & rsquo’s presence in the west and northwest is preferred.

By contrast, Chicagoans would have to drive almost five hours to East St. Louis to sign up for DraftKings Sportsbook. And they’d have to travel nearly three hours to East Peoria to sign up for FanDuel.

The Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin, which is partners with William Hill Sportsbook Illinois, is about an hour away from Chicago.

Choosing to work with a racecourse is an appealing choice.

There are two Illinois racetracks without a sports betting dance partner: Arlington International Racecourse and Fairmount Park.

FanDuel was reportedly in talks to buy Fairmount, and the two could still come to an agreement. Arlington, meanwhile, is no longer interested in pursuing sports betting. Parent company Churchill Downs Inc. already owns a 61% stake in Rivers Casino.

From the perspective of a sports betting operator & rsquo, having access to multiple OTBs should be advantageous. Particularly in Arlington, there are some alluring OTB spots( Joe & rsquo, Chicago’s Bar on Weed Street stands out). Fairmount also has a OTB. situated in the state capital of Springfield.

The sole operator in Illinois to collaborate with a track as of right now is PointsBet. And it might soon paid off.

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Boozell, Joe has also been a college sports writer for NCAA.com since 2015. His work has also appeared in Bleacher Report, FoxSports.com and NBA.com. Growing up, Boozell squared off against both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicagoland basketball scene … you can imagine how that went.

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