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Casinos and Gambling

The latest news and updates about Illinois' gambling expansion, which will bring a casino to Chicago and legalized sports betting across the state.

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No to Bo? Gaming board deals Lynwood and Bo Jackson backed Calumet City bids out of south suburban casino game

Regulators on Wednesday advanced proposals from Matteson and a site straddling Homewood and East Hazel Crest. The final selection is expected to be made by early next year.

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Bo knows casinos? Bo Jackson joins investment group looking to open casino in Calumet City

"The thing we want to do is bring life back into the South Side of Chicago and the suburbs — make it a place where people want to go instead of avoid," the two-sport legend and entrepreneur told the Sun-Times.

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Gambling company withdraws Waukegan casino bid hours after announcing Arlington sale to Bears

The move could suggest billionaire Neil Bluhm is focusing efforts on landing the long-sought Chicago casino.

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Chicago banker, lawyer who served 5 governors rejected for state gambling license

The Illinois Gaming Board rejected former Illinois Tollway board member James J. Banks for the coveted license, saying his ‘business and social associations . . . would discredit or tend to discredit the Illinois gaming industry.’

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Chicago teams are betting on a Daley to win City Hall OK for ‘sports book’ wagering at arenas

Cook County Commissioner John Daley’s son is lobbying the Chicago City Council to approve sports betting at or near Sox park, Wrigley Field, Soldier Field and the United Center.

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Vegas bookmaker Dave Sharapan is back from the brink

He’s sharing lessons in life and betting after nearly succumbing to a blood clot in his brain.

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Slow play? Gaming board seeks final bids for Waukegan, south suburban casinos next month — so it can decide early next year

The winning bidders could receive initial approvals in January, about two and a half years after the new casino licenses were created — "a snail’s pace," one state legislator said.

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Sports bettors have no faith in Matt Nagy, Ryan Pace

Vegas isn’t too keen on the Bears’ chances this season with a weak offensive line and the defense in decline.

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Sports gambler steps out of the shadows to help other bettors

From a problem gambler to a problem solver, Van Rhinevault aims to offer tips to prospective bettors on his website.

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Wisconsin looks to cash in with sports betting

The Badger State should get a boost after altering its gaming compact with tribal casinos to allow sports wagering.

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Aaron Rodgers’ reconciliation with Packers has bettors cheering or cursing

The plot of "As Aaron’s World Turns" thickened July 22 when someone slapped four grand on the Packers at the Westgate SuperBook.

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Calling a redeal: Lightfoot pushes back casino application deadline, hoping to draw some action to the table

The mayor’s office is moving back the deadline by two months to give developers "more time to fully assess" the project. But one major casino operator already said "I’ve got no interest in Chicago," and another said "Chicago is just complicated."

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These wagers are trending

Take the Cubs on home Fridays (not Sundays), whoever is hosting the Fire and the Sky when the WNBA returns to action in mid-August.

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A scratch for Arlington next year: Track passes on race dates as owner mulls potential sale to Bears

Horse owners and trainers accused the track’s corporate owner of "writing the book on bad faith," but Arlington president Tony Petrillo insisted "there’s been no decision to abandon thoroughbred racing."

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Former Bucks part-owner Bruce Mertz knew Milwaukee was a good basketball town

The Chicagoan and a team founder recalls its 1971 title and revels in its latest crown from a hospital bed after breaking a hip.

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Chicago casino too risky for some industry players

Two major companies, MGM and Wynn, are cool to the city’s desire for an investment that could exceed $1 billion.

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Alderman wants to lift ban on sports betting in Chicago

The Cubs’ partnership with DraftKings could put Major League Baseball’s first stadium sportsbook at Wrigley Field. But first, the City Council must lift the ban on sports betting in Chicago. Ald. Walter Burnett, whose ward includes the United Center, wants to do just that.

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Derek Stevens provides service with a smile in Las Vegas

Michigan native’s customer-friendly approach at Circa Sports and Stadium Swim has served him well on Vegas’ ultracompetitive sportsbook scene.

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Bears partner with Rivers Casino on sponsorship deal

Rivers Casino in Des Plaines will be the official casino of the Bears and BetRivers the team’s official sportsbook under the multiyear deal.

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Masked man strikes in Las Vegas

Chicago native Murges was one of many duped by a well-connected scammer who vanished without a trace.

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Bids in for Arlington Park sale — and Bears move still ‘on the table,’ mayor says

Only one group has made their offer for the historic racetrack public. The Chicago Bears have yet to rule themselves out.

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Old-school horse game Sigma Derby still has its charm in a digital world

Even if it is a bad bet, the one-of-a-kind game is a favorite of some gamblers at the D Hotel in Las Vegas.

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Illinois college sports could be on the board for football season under new sports betting bill

Bettors haven’t been able to get in on any action involving Illinois college teams since wagering became legal last year, but they might be able to soon — despite the objections of athletic leaders.

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Sportsbooks competing for content, creating another branch of sports media

DraftKings, FanDuel aren’t the only sportsbooks pushing their way into mainstream sports media, but they’re certainly the boldest.

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Washington will host first sportsbook at major pro sports venue

The William Hill Sportsbook is directly accessible from Capital One Arena, home of the NBA Wizards and NHL Capitals.

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Medina Spirit wins Kentucky Derby, giving trainer Bob Baffert his record 7th Derby win

Medina Spirit finished ahead of Mandaloun, Hot Rod Charlie and favorite Essential Quality. 

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On Shecky Greene and greener pastures

Chicago native and famous comedian Greene still has a passion for horse racing at 95.

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Eddie Olczyk still high on Known Agenda, despite No. 1 post position

"He’s gonna have to work out a trip," said Olczyk, who will appear on NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage. "Is he gonna be my win bet? I don’t know. But he is going to be a part of all my bets."

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Suburban slot machine kingpin ‘vindicated,’ his lawyer says after settlement with state gambling regulators

After a year and a half of scrutiny — and after a foiled attempt to open a new racetrack and casino in the southwest suburbs — Gold Rush Amusements founder Rick Heidner is "in good standing" with the Illinois Gaming Board.

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Eddie Olczyk leaning toward Known Agenda in Kentucky Derby — but hold all tickets

Essential Quality figures to be the favorite when the odds post Tuesday, but the Blackhawks analyst and NBC handicapper has other ideas. Of course, a lot could change between now and May 1.

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Lightfoot invites would-be casino developers to show their cards — and urges state regulators to ‘speed up’ the game

Days before Thursday’s invitation for developers to submit bids for the long sought Chicago casino, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she’d like the Illinois Gaming Board to investigate and authorize the city’s eventual choice as "expeditiously" as possible.

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NBC Sports Chicago will present betting-centric broadcast of Bulls game Thursday

The network and PointsBet are partnering to give viewers data, analysis and commentary with a gambling focus. The alternate broadcast will air on NBCSCH+.