Walker’s Bluff Casino Gives Update But Still Waiting For Update From IGB

Written By Joe Boozell on March 26, 2021

We now have more information about the proposed hospital, and Elite Casino Resorts is vying for the County of Williamson game license. We are unsure of the Illinois Gaming Board’s decision regarding its passport application.

The Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort is set to include over 650 slot machines and 20 table games, along with a sportsbook. It would also provide a hotel, pool, spa, and event center.

Currently, Elite Casino Resorts, which owns three casinos in Iowa, is the sole applicant for the County of Williamson license.

The County of Williamson is situated in Southern Illinois.

Elite Casino Resorts initially planned to divide the structure into several parts, but now intends to build everything in one go.

Dan Kehl, CEO of Elite Casino Resorts, stated, “The newly proposed construction schedule will enable us to inaugurate the casino, hotel, spa, and all of our exclusive Elite amenities ahead of time. This will provide an excellent first impression to new patrons of the upcoming Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort.”

Naturally, the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) has taken an extended period to welcome new casino players.

Nonetheless, there’s a chance that Elite Casino Resorts may glean something positive in the upcoming month.

By May, Illinois casino applicants may receive a response.

In 2019, Illinois’ Governor JB Pritzker endorsed a gaming expansion law. This legislation introduced six new casino licenses in the Land of Lincoln.

In 2021, no official licenses have been distributed yet. The IGB deemed Hard Rock Casino Rockford as “preliminarily suitable” for a license in February, a crucial stage in obtaining final approval.

However, no other applicants have managed to reach that stage. The expectation was for applicants to receive a response by October 2020, a year after most of them applied. The deadline for the decision was purportedly one year.

Alternatively, the IGB postponed making a decision by advising candidates to expect a response within six weeks.

The upcoming IGB meeting is scheduled for April 21, and we will hit the six-month milestone by the end of April. During this meeting, we may acquire some information about the game.

Considering the detailed advancement of the process so far, it might be unnecessary for us to proceed.

Bluff is the only applicant for a County of Williamson license from Walker & rsquo.

Now that the Hard Rock Rockford has been preliminarily deemed acceptable, five casino licenses are currently available. They are located in the following areas:

  • County of Williamson
  • Waukegan
  • South neighbourhoods
  • Danville
  • Chicago

This is the list of pending applicants, and you’ll see that Walker’s Bluff is the sole contender for the Williamson County license:

    Rivers Waukegan Casino & nbsp, CDI-RSG Waukegan, LLC

  • American Place   Full House Resorts, Inc. (License for Waukegan)
  • North Point Casino, operated by Lakeside Casino, LLC under a Waukegan License.
  • Live & nbsp, operating under Southland LIVE, LLC (South Suburban License)
  • LLC South Suburban License
  • Casino Resort, LLC at Walker’s Bluff (Licensed in Williamson County)
  • Wind Creek, LLC: South Suburban License

Walker & rsquo, Bluff thus has a reason to be optimistic. Unlike the other applicants on the list who face the risk of losing to another bid, Walker & rsquo, s Bluff only needs acceptance from IGB.

Did Walker’s Bluff alter the building timeline because they believed it might increase their chances of getting IGB approval? Possibly, and we should find out by April 21.

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Joe Boozell has been contributing as a college sports writer for NCAA.com since 2015. His work has also been featured on platforms like Bleacher Report, FoxSports.com, and NBA.com. In his early years, Boozell competed against renowned basketball players Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the basketball scene of Chicagoland, the results of which can be easily guessed.

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