Illinois

FanDuel opens second retail sportsbook in Illinois

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anDuel Group held a grand opening of its new retail sportsbook at the former Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Illinois, now rebranded as FanDuel Sportsbook & Horse Racing. 

The FanDuel Sportsbook’s retail location opened to the public Monday when St. Louis sports legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith placed the first bet.  

This is the second retail sportsbook for FanDuel in Illinois, the other being Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria, which opened in mid-September. It is the second track to open a retail sportsbook in the state, with Hawthorne Race Course teaming with PointsBet to open in late September in the Chicago suburb of Stickney. Overall, there are 10 retail locations for sports bettors in Illinois — seven casinos, both racing tracks, and Hawthorne’s off-track betting site in Crestwood.

Just in time for the NCAA March Madness, the FanDuel Sportsbook is located in the Clubhouse and features a 98-inch LED video wall with twenty-four 65-inch LED video displays throughout the sportsbook. The state of the art sportsbook features five live betting windows, a large sports ticker and 20 IGT PlaySports self-service betting kiosks. FanDuel will provide its proprietary risk and trading technology that leverages the IGT PlaySports platform to offer bets on all major U.S. sports, including professional football, basketball, baseball, tennis, MMA, soccer, golf, motorsports racing and more.

“This has been a special project for us because our name isn’t just on the sportsbook, it’s on the track itself,” Keith Wall, Vice President of Retail, FanDuel Group said in a press release. “FanDuel has made a commitment to revitalize this location by making capital improvements and hiring from within the local community.  The opening of the sportsbook is the first major step in this project.”

The sportsbook inside FanDuel Sportsbook & Horse Racing is the company’s 17th retail sportsbook in the United States. The FanDuel Sportsbook mobile sports betting option is available for iOS and Android in 10 states and the FanDuel Casino mobile offering is available in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.  

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