CHICAGO – June 18, 2020 – Just in time for this summer’s return to live sports action, Rivers Casino Des Plaines and Rush Street Interactive (RSI) are launching the award-winning online sportsbook BetRivers.com at 10 a.m. Central time. Players can sign up from home.
BetRivers.com will offer players the chance to be among the first sports fans to ever place legal online bets in the state of Illinois. Premier League Soccer begins this week, the NBA, WNBA and NHL are scheduled to resume play next month. Bundesliga soccer, UFC, motorsports and professional golf recently resumed televised events with media reports of major league baseball returning soon. BetRivers.com sites will live stream hundreds of sporting events so that players can bet while they watch the action.
“We are excited to make history in bringing the first online sportsbook to sports fans in our home state just in time as American sports are coming back into action,” said Richard Schwartz, president of Rush Street Interactive.
Because of the COVID-19 crisis, Governor Pritzker’s June 4 executive order temporarily allows players to sign-up on-line or via mobile app and begin placing bets on BetRivers.com from the safety of their homes without first having to visit a casino as the Illinois sports betting statute otherwise provides.
“While entertainment options are limited as we seek to minimize the spread of the virus, we are focused on BetRivers.com providing sportsbook players with a high-quality on-line product with exciting sports betting options,” Schwartz said. “We will have great customer service with fast payouts and an overall friendly approach that treats every player with honesty and care.”
Players can register online and instantly place bets from anywhere in the state via desktop, on Android, or Apple mobile devices by simply visiting BetRivers.com. Based on the type of device they are using, players will be guided by prompts through the quickest and simplest way to get in on the action. Android users must go to the same BetRivers.com website to download the new Illinois app to wager on their mobile devices. Apple users can register and bet using the browsers on their mobile devices. The BetRivers iOS app for Illinois is expected to launch soon. Players will receive a match bonus up to $250 on their first deposit. Participants must be physically located within state borders and be at least 21 years old to wager.
Not valid for any participant of the Illinois Gaming Board Statewide Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program. Must be 21 years of age or older. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537).
ABOUT RUSH STREET INTERACTIVE
Founded in 2012, Chicago-based Rush Street Interactive (RSI) launched its first betting site, PlaySugarHouse.com, in New Jersey in September 2016. The company subsequently made history by becoming the first operator in the United States to offer a fully integrated online sportsbook and casino. In addition, RSI was the first company to launch legal online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania (PlaySugarHouse.com) as well as Colorado and Indiana (BetRivers.com) along with being the first to open a legal sportsbook in the state of New York (@ Rivers Casino in Schenectady) and, most recently, in Illinois (@ Rivers Casino in Des Plaines). RSI also operates in-casino sportsbooks at Rivers Casinos in Pittsburgh & Philadelphia and at the historic French Lick Resort in Indiana. BetRivers.com is also the exclusive official sportsbook partner for the Philadelphia Flyers & Wells Fargo Center. RSI was the first US-based gaming operator to launch a legal and regulated online sportsbook in Latin America (Rushbet.co in Colombia). Rush Street Interactive is also the developer and operator of a leading social gaming platform currently deployed at the group’s affiliated land-based casinos and selected third party partners. Rush Street Interactive was named “Mobile Operator of the Year” in North America at the EGR North America Awards 2019 and “American Operator of the Year” & “Casino Operator of the Year” at the American Gambling Awards in 2019. For more information, visit rushstreetinteractive.com.
ABOUT RIVERS CASINO DES PLAINES
Rivers Casino Des Plaines is the most successful casino in Illinois and jointly owned by Rush Street Gaming and Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN). CDI is an industry-leading racing, online wagering and gaming entertainment company anchored by its flagship event – The Kentucky Derby. The company owns and operates 10 regional gaming facilities in eight states, as well as Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights.