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US – XB Net pens multi-year global distribution deal with Hawthorne Race Course in Chicago

XB Net has agreed to a distribution deal and multi-year contract renewal option with Hawthorne Race Course in Chicago, Illinois. The racetrack is embarking on a $400m redevelopment to add sports betting, casino-style gaming and other entertainment amenities to the new Hawthorne Casino & Race Course. The deal helps to leverage the 50 thoroughbred race-days that…

US – Chicago forced into extending deadline for casino applications

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot confirmed that the City of Chicago has extended the deadline to respond to the casino Request for Proposal (RFP) to Friday, October 29. This extension gives potential bidders more time to fully assess the Chicago casino opportunity; conduct additional due diligence; assemble more competitive bid packages; and explore financing opportunities. “This…

US – Racing returns to Chicago’s Hawthorne Race Course

On Friday, May 7 Standardbred race horses returned to the track at Hawthorne Race Course for a summer of live harness racing. “Chicago’s hometown track” will host racing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Capacity is currently limited to 50 per cent, but now includes expanded outdoor seating in the new First Turn Terrace. “There’s…

US – MGM says expanded New York gaming more appealing than Chicago investment

MGM Resorts seems to have pulled out of the race for a casino in Chicago citing a ‘complicated and tax structure’ that didn’t ‘marry up’ there. Speaking at the company’s latest earning call, MGM Resorts CEO Bill Hornbuckle said: “We’re just not keen or focused on it at this time.’ Instead he said: “With recent…

US – Chicago launches tender for city’s first casino-resort

The City of Chicago officially issued a Request for Proposal for the opportunity to apply for the sole casino license in the country’s third-largest metropolitan market. The selected partner will be able to propose its optimal site for the project, pending the approval by the City. Chicago aims to welcome the new casino-resort by 2025….

US – Chicago to issue request for proposals for casino in USA’s third largest metropolitan area

In early April, the City of Chicago expects to issue its Request for Proposal (RFP) for the introduction of a world-class casino-resort to the City’s landscape. An initiative decades in the making, Chicago’s sole gaming owner’s license will introduce a new entertainment destination to the heart of one of America’s most dynamic cities. The single…

US – Chicago race course partners with Virtual Live Racing’s CGI experts

Hawthorne Race Course in Chicago has created a brand new revenue stream using a world first in regulated virtual racing wagering enabled technology solutions. The track has partnered with pioneering software developers Virtual Software who used state of the art technology to create the first virtual version of the track ever produced. Marketed as Virtual…

US – Hawthorne Race Course and PointsBet open Illinois’ newest retail sportsbook

Hawthorne Race Course and PointsBet have partnered together to open Illinois’ newest retail sportsbook and the closest in-person sports betting destination to downtown Chicago. PointsBet, a premium global sportsbook operator, debuted its mobile app and digital sports betting product in Illinois at the start of the NFL season. The brick and mortar sportsbook at Hawthorne…

US – Illinois General Assembly misses chance to restructure Chicago’s ‘onerous’ tax

The Illinois General Assembly has adjourned until next year without voting on whether the tax structure presented for its Chicago casino needs to be made more operator-friendly. Chicago City Mayor Lori Lightfoot wanted the Assembly to amend the tax structure after it was described as ‘very onerous’ by gaming analyst Union Gaming who conducted a…