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Betway Is the Sole Applicant for Illinois’ Online-Only Sports License

August 2, 2023 | By: Chav Vasilev

Betway is the sole applicant and winner of an Illinois online-only sports betting license. During the July 27 Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) meeting, IGB Administrator Marcus Fruchter pointed out that identifying Betway as a winning bidder does not grant the operator a license. The IGB added that there was another bidder, which withdrew its application […]

Bally’s Chicago Granted Preliminary Suitability by Illinois Gaming Board

June 20, 2023 | By: Robyn McNeil

Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) has deemed Bally’s application for its future Chicago casino “preliminarily suitable.” The board voted 4-0 in favor of the plan’s suitability, allowing Bally’s to focus on the remaining regulatory requirements. At the same meeting, the company secured a license extension for its existing property in the state, Bally’s Quad Cities. Several […]

Illinois Gaming Board Grants a Mob-Related Man a Gaming License

May 22, 2023 | By: Chav Vasilev

Here’s a question for the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB). How can a man connected to organized crime be granted a gaming license? At first glance, there is nothing unusual about Jeffrey Bertucci, who operates six video gaming terminals (VGTs) in his Steak ‘N Egger franchise in Cicero, Ill. However, records show that in testimony, Bertucci […]

Illinois Sweepstakes Machines May Remain Unregulated Amid National Quagmire of Gray Machines

Illinois sweepstakes machines seem to be gray gaming devices by another name. The machines are often found in gas stations like slot-style skill game machines are in other states. Similarly, members of the Illinois General Assembly are attempting to outlaw the currently gray gaming machines, as other states have done. However, SB1504 may not meet […]

Bally’s Two Steps Closer to Realizing Its Chicago Casino Project

May 10, 2023 | By: Chav Vasilev

Bally’s upcoming Chicago casino resort is a major project, but the company has taken two significant steps forward. It has begun hiring for roughly 700 positions at its temporary location, which it expects to open in July. Meanwhile, Bally’s has reached a deal with the Chicago Tribune to vacate the printing facility currently occupying the […]

Illinois Sports Betting Suppliers Seek $10 Million Fee Reduction

April 19, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

If state lawmakers approve SB323 amending the Sports Wagering Act, Illinois sports betting suppliers may pay $10 million less in renewal fees during the next eight years, according to the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB). However, that’s money the state needs and that suppliers agreed to pay, said state representatives during an April 19 Illinois House […]

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