PointsBet Sportsbook at Hawthorne Race Course has opened and is the closest Illinois sportsbook to Downtown Chicago.

  • Hawthorne Race Course’s new Illinois sportsbook is powered by PointsBet.
  • The sportsbook was approved for opening back in July.

CICERO, Ill – Hawthorne Race Course has partnered with PointsBet and has opened its new Illinois sportsbook on Wednesday.

All new Illinois sports betting venues must be approved by the Illinois Gaming Board. The Board approved the new PointsBet sportsbook back in July. Now Hawthorne Race Course has everything they need to accept wagers on sports.

Bringing On More Competition

The legal sports betting market thrives on competition. More competition in a given area means fairer lines for everyone. Illinois was lacking in competition before the new PointsBet sportsbook opened up.

Rivers Casino in Des Plaines has been seeing most of the sports betting action in Illinois. Being first in the market has its benefits. However, now another major branded sportsbook has joined the market.

On top of that, the PointsBet brand has an extra advantage in Illinois. PointsBet has recently announced a partnership with the Chicago Bears.

“We really view this as an opportunity,” said Tim Carey, CEO and President of Hawthorne Race Course. “We view this as a privilege, and we will certainly take that to heart.”

Hawthorne Race Course has everything set up to be a major competitor in the Illinois Market. Remote registration for mobile sports betting is still available to start. On top of that, their sportsbook is the closest one to downtown Chicago. Being that close to a major city means that in-person registration should be high.

On top of all of that, being partnered with a major sportsbook like PointsBet will give Hawthorne Race Course the boost they need to remain competitive.

Nevertheless, Hawthorne Race Course PointsBet Sportsbook is open for business. Bettors in Illinois can use this new sportsbook to wager on upcoming NFL games or the NBA Finals.

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