Australia’s biggest online bookmaker PointsBet has just launched its online, mobile and retail sportsbook offering in the US state of Illinois.
The operator’s sports betting website and mobile app will be made available to players all over the state. Players will be able to place wagers on various professional and collegiate sports.
PointsBet will also be releasing a series of retail sportsbooks across the state’s Chicagoland area, including the Hawthorne Race Course, which was able to secure approval to go ahead with its $400 redevelopment project in July.
The racetrack, which is the state’s longest-running legal gambling business, will be converted into a multi-dimensional gaming destination which will feature table games, slots, pari-mutuel wagering and dining concepts.
The redeveloped Hawthorne Casino and Race Course is predicted to open to the public around late 2021, pending final license approvals.
Online bettors in the state will be required to sign-up in person at the Hawthorne Race Course in order to bet online with PointsBet in Illinois.
PointsBet’s other retail sportsbooks will act as the operator’s off-track betting facilities in Oakbrook Terrace, Crestwood, and Prospect Heights—all of which are found in Chicagoland.
“PointsBet possesses competitive advantages by owning our technology environment from end to end, such as unrivaled speed and ease of use on a personalized platform,” Johnny Aitken, PointsBet USA chief executive, said.
“We, together with our partner Hawthorne Race Course, are thrilled to provide the Illinois consumer with exactly what they’ve been craving,” he added.
Time Carey, Hawthorne president and chief executive, also commented saying: “There are a lot of good reasons why we chose to partner with PointsBet, but most importantly it’s their commitment to innovation and customer excitement.”
“They truly know the passion and needs of the player and that has always been our focus in horseracing, just as it will be in the casino that we’re developing. Illinois gamblers are going to quickly realize PointsBet provides the best spots betting experience by far,” he added.