Sportsbook Facility In Des Plaines Opens As Illinois’ First Sports Gaming Site
In this Jan. 29, 2020 photo, a man makes a bet on the upcoming Super Bowl at Bally's casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Business was brisk at sports books around the country on Super Bowl Sunday, with customers risking money on everything from the coin toss at the start of the game, to the color of the Gatorade dumped on the winning coach, Kansas City's Andy Reid, at the end of it. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

The first ever sports betting facility in Illinois opened for business today in Des Plaines. The Bet Rivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino started taking bets at noon after the opening ceremony at 10:00 a.m. There will be five betting windows in the sportsbook and a total of 30 sportsbook kiosks. Bet Rivers will launch the Illinois website and mobile app later this year. Illinois legislators approved sports gaming last year, but regulation concerns led the Illinois Gaming Board to delay when bets could start being taken.