Following a 10am opening ceremony at Rivers Casino Des Plaines, the BetRivers Sportsbook is set to officially open for business today (March 9) and become the first legal sports book in Illinois in the wake of regulatory approval.

The new sportsbook will feature a 4,840 square foot state-of-the-art sports bar and a 47-foot-wide ultra HD LED video wall. Moreover, there will also be five betting windows and a total of 30 sportsbook kiosks located within the Rivers Casino.

Corey Wise, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Rivers Casino, stated: “The BetRivers Sportsbook will take March Madness out of the office pool and into an exciting, elevated live sports wagering experience. We are grateful to the Illinois Gaming Board staff for their work approving our sportsbook in time for the college basketball tournament—one of the greatest sports events of the year.”

In addition to the video wall, punters will also be treated to a panoramic view of live sports events thanks to the sportsbooks selection of 10 86-inch and four 75-inch HD televisions placed throughout the lounge. 

As well as this, a full-service island bar in the space is also set to offer seating for 32 patrons, with the sportsbook also offering 26 bar-top video poker games, 29 leather lounge chairs and additional table seating options.

“Whether you are a seasoned sportsbook player or a casual sports fan interested in this new entertainment option, we’re dedicated to an environment where all customers will enjoy themselves in this great venue within our premier casino,” added Greg Carlin, CEO and co-founder of Rush Street Gaming, Rivers’ parent company.

Building on the official opening of its sportsbook, BetRivers has also scheduled the launch of its site and mobile app later this year.

Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Rivers’s co-owners Churchill Downs Incorporated, concluded: “BetRivers Sportsbook meets the high bar established by the team at Rivers Casino Des Plaines as one of the most successful and unique regional gaming destinations in the country. We’re excited to add this top-flight amenity to what is already a premier destination.”