PointsBet has continued to build a retail presence in Illinois after opening its latest retail sportsbook in Villa Park in partnership with Club Hawthorne.
Making up part of its deal with Hawthorne Race Course, the sportsbook is positioned at Club Hawthorne, one of the firm’s off-track locations, and is designed to offer ‘an immersive online and in-person betting experience’.
The PointsBet Retail Sportsbook is a 15,000 square-foot venue with a full-service bar and restaurant, over 160 high-resolution TVs – including a 26-foot-wide screen – and five jumbo displays.
“With a full roster of NFL playoffs, NBA, and NHL games, we couldn’t be more excited to be offering a new destination for Illinois sports fans to enjoy and bet on their favorite sports,” said PointsBet USA CEO Johnny Aitken.
“The PointsBet Retail Sportsbook is part of PointsBet’s continued efforts to expand our footprint in a key state like Illinois, and we’re thrilled to be able to provide the Illinois sports community with another premier location that caters to both sports fans and bettors – and everyone in between.”
A 400-capacity venue, Club Hawthorne is already a ‘renowned suburban destination for watching major sports’ in Chicago. The sportsbook’s presence will aim to capitalize on this reputation by offering three betting windows and eight self-service kiosks.
The venue also has Crazy Pour’s full-service food and drink options available, with over 150 whiskeys, craft beers, pizzas, burgers and more on offer to patrons.
The PointsBet Retail Sportsbook at Club Hawthorne is the fourth retail sportsbook that the operator has opened in Chicago in partnership with the racetrack as it seeks to build a strong retail presence in Illinois.
“There’s nowhere else in Chicagoland where you can bet on sports, horse racing and video slots,” said Tim Carey, CEO of Hawthorne Race Course. “Only Club Hawthorne betting bars have it all. We’re building an integrated on-site entertainment experience with great food and drinks, and excellent service for the next generation of sports fans.”