PointsBet and Hawthorne Race Course have debuted Illinois’ latest retail sportsbook entity, hailed as “the closest in-person sports betting destination to downtown Chicago”.
The brick and mortar sportsbook at Hawthorne is the first of four Chicagoland locations that the companies will open as Illinois partners, with three off-track betting sites in Prospect Heights, Oakbrook Terrace, and Crestwood to follow in the coming weeks.
Furthermore, the grand opening also serves as a precursor to the PointsBet Sportsbook that will be a part of Hawthorne’s $400m casino development, scheduled to open in late 2021 pending final regulatory approval.
“The next year is going to be action-packed for Hawthorne as we prepare to redevelop the race track into a fully operational casino and premier gaming entertainment destination,” said Tim Carey, president and CEO of Hawthorne Race Course.
“And that action starts now with the opening of our new PointsBet Sportsbook. We partnered with PointsBet because they have the best technology and are truly innovative, but also because they put customer service at the forefront, which is critical to our long-term success particularly for the on-site experience.”
The PointsBet Sportsbook at Hawthorne features a ‘bet-and-go’ lobby with six self-service kiosks as well as a modular ‘watch-and-wager’ sportsbook with ample space for social distancing.
Furthermore, the entity also encapsulates over 60 HD TVs, 20 self-service kiosks, a 3-person betting concierge counter inclusive of a dedicated high denomination wager desk, and a VIP lounge with reserved seating.
Jeff Walik, mayor of the village of Stickney, where Hawthorne is located, and Illinois State Representative Bobby Rita, who was the chief architect of the gaming expansion bill that legalised Illinois sports betting and permitted casino-style gaming at race tracks, placed the ceremonial first wagers.
“PointsBet has been successful in making a name for itself by offering a personalised mobile sports betting experience with unrivaled speed and ease of use, as well as the most bet types across every game,” explained Johnny Aitken, CEO of PointsBet USA.
“At the heart of that effort is our passion for live sports and entertainment, and our desire to always put the bettor first. While most stadiums across the country are currently closed to fans, our sportsbook is a place for sports lovers to engage together and share that game day excitement in a safe and responsible manner. We, together with our partner Hawthorne Race Course, are thrilled to provide the Illinois consumer with exactly what they’ve been craving.”