Rivers Casino Near Chicago Unveils $87M Expansion Plans, Includes Poker Room

Written By Joe Boozell on February 22, 2021

Des Plaines’ Rivers Casino has significant development plans in mind.

The casino filed its plans with the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) and the city of Des Plaines last week. If approved, Rivers Casino’s 78,000-square-foot expansion will include a two-story addition, a pokerroom and more slots and tablegames.

Rivers Casinowould accommodate an additional 725 new seats, gaming positions, and & ldquo. The Illinois game would become the first to reach the maximum of 2, 000 games positions permitted by state law as a result.

Incorporated Churchill Downs

A new restaurant and a 10,000 square foot room for activities are also part of the proposed$ 87 million growth.

Rush Street Gaming and ChurchillDowns Incorporated own Rivers Casino, which easily brought in the most revenue of any Illinois casino last year.

Rivers Casino’s senior vice president and general director, Corey Wise, stated:

The most well-liked game location in Illinois is & ldquo, Rivers, and with this rise, we are still concentrating on our customers to win their loyalty. We were the first game to open a physical location to increase the size of our game floor. The state & rsquo, the first sportsbook to open, was BetRivers, and we gave fans access to their first mobile sports betting option. When finished, we’ll be the first game in Illinois to provide 2,000 games positions to our patrons. & rdquo,

IGB authorization is needed for the plans, and city of Des Plaines authorization for zoning.

Design can start in the springtime and be finished in first andnbsp, 2022, if the game plans receive a green light.

Rush Street Gaming’s CEO GregCarlin, a co-founder, stated:

We will be able to provide our guests with more entertainment and dining options, as well as more games opportunities and a long-desired poker room, thanks to this proposed expansion. We have often provided our visitors with a first-class knowledge. We & rsquo are eager to raise the bar and give them an even better experience as the economy reopens. & rdquo,

Illinois may see the arrival of new games

The most well-liked game in Illinois right now is Rivers, and it should stay that way for a while.

But thanks to the 2019 gaming expansion bill, six new casinos can be built in the Land of Lincoln.

So far, the Hard Rock Casino Rockford has been found preliminarily suitable by the IGB, and is only one step away from final approval.

With that said, Rivers’ most significant competition would likely come from the future downtown Chicago casino that was included in the gaming expansion.

Illinois is likely years away from the downtown Chicago casino coming to fruition, though. The IGB has moved at a slow pace in assessing applications, and downtown Chicago doesn’t seem to be close to submitting materials.

The other casinos would be in the southern cities, Waukegan, Danville, and Williamson County.

Did Rivers benefit from an Illinois online blackjack as well?

The succinct response is of training. However, Rivers Casino might benefit most from it.

State Rep. Bob Rita filed an online casino bill last week, which will be a significant ongoing topic in the Illinois gaming industry moving ahead

The bill included a six-month, in-person registration period, similar to the one briefly experienced with Illinois sports wagering.

Rivers will benefit if the plan is implemented because of its popularity and location. Until a game is built it, it will be the closest game to the downtown area and is located just outside of Chicago.

These development plans had undoubtedly improve the first-time visitor experience at Rivers Casino.

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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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