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BetRivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino Des Plaines opens Monday, becoming 1st Illinois sports gambling brick-and-mortar site

9th March, 11:25

DES PLAINES, Ill. (WLS) -- The first brick-and-mortar sportsbook in Illinois opens for business on Monday.

The Bet Rivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines will start taking bets at noon after an opening ceremony at 10 a.m.

It's just in time for the NCAA March Madness tournament, which is one of the most popular times of the year for sports betting.

"The BetRivers Sportsbook will take March Madness out of the office pool and into an exciting, elevated live sports wagering experience," said Corey Wise, senior vice president and general manager of Rivers Casino. "We are grateful to the Illinois Gaming Board staff for their work approving our sportsbook in time for the college basketball tournament."

There will be five betting windows in the sportsbook and a total of 30 sportsbook kiosks, casino officials said.

BetRivers will launch the Illinois BetRivers.com site and mobile app later this year.

State lawmakers approved sports gaming last year, but regulation concerns led the Illinois Gaming Board to delay when bets could start being taken.

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