William Hill Opens Sportsbook At Grand Victoria Casino In Illinois

Written By Derek Helling on August 3, 2020Last Updated on June 23, 2021

Until Saturday, bettors in Illinois had one option for legal sports betting. Over the weekend, William Hill Illinois doubled that count, at least on the retail side.

William Hill Sportsbook openedOver the weekend, its betting windows at Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin & nbsp. It & rsquo is a precursor to future expansion.

information about the William Hill Illinois Sportsbook, which is now available

Saturday’s first-ever wager at the book was ceremonious, but that ended up being its extent. The event the bet was predicated upon, the Cincinnati Reds versus DetroitTigers game, ended up being rained out.

But, punters shouldn’t interpret that as a bad sign. The area has all the facilities, including:

    There are three bets windows, though only two are currently in use to allow for social distance.

  • It & rsquo is a bar on the casino floor that is close to the Grand Victoria.
  • a number of high-top furniture.
  • There are seating choices for watching gymnastics for a long time.
  • numerous high-definition displays
  • Every day, gambling periods range from 10 a.m. to 10 pm.
  • Safetymeasuressimilar to routine cleaning and a face requirement, are in position.

The retail launch of William Hill in IL is a key component of doing the same for the online component. Illinois law requires bettors who wish to wager online to register for their accounts in person.

A target date for the William Hill Illinois app and website to go live has not been disclosed by the company, but it is part of the brand & rsquo’s plan.

Given that BetRivers is the only person in the state at the moment, it will probably be the next legitimate online casino operator. But, William Hill does face some opposition in that area.

Playing in Illinois for subsequent place electronically

William Hill’s strongest competition in the Prairie State recently got some good news. The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) issued a master license to the Hawthorne Race Course last Thursday.

That facility has a management services contract with PointsBet. The IGB gave PointsBet its license to operate Hawthorne’s online and retail sports betting platform early last month.

PointsBet is in a prime location to become the next company in the Land of Lincoln thanks to the removal of all those regulation obstacles. The website launch and the wholesale launch could happen at any time.

The IGB has also given similar permits to DraftKings and FanDuel. DraftKings is the closest to launch out of those two, seemingly only waiting for the IGB to license its facility partner, the Casino Queen in East St. Louis.

FanDuel has not yet set up access to the position through a physical location in Illinois. FanDuel might decide to go it alone since the condition will finally issue up to three online-only licenses. For one of those licenses, FanDuel would need to spend$ 20 million and wait for at least two years.

Bettors in Illinois might have four virtual wagering options within a few weeks. They do currently have more than one option for retail betting, and that & rsquo is a step in the right direction.

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Helling, Derek is a lead writer for PlayUSA and the manager of BetHer. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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