The Illinois Gaming Board Gives Danville Casino its First Approval

Illinois has a thriving casino industry. Reports state that six casinos will be opened in the state soon, including in the city of Danville. They state that the Illinois Gaming Board has approved the Danville Casino.

Even so, the property's construction hasn't started. The project still requires to undergo several stages before it can commence.

Regulators Approve the Danville Casino Plans

Illinois is famous for its broad casino market in the Midwestern U.S as it allows commercial and tribal casinos to operate. Governor Pritzker approved a state Capital Plan in 2019, which allowed six casinos to operate in the region. Even so, the process of starting their construction has taken longer than it was expected.

Most of the focus is on setting up a large casino resort in Chicago. A few delays have prevented this from taking place, including selecting the most appropriate location for the new property.

A few groups have tried pushing to establish a casino in Danville in recent years. Surprisingly, Chicago officials have supported the plans, and they claim that it will boost tourism and the gross revenue it generates. Still, several anti-gambling groups have consistently opposed these plans claiming that they will adversely affect the city.

The Illinois Gaming Board granted the property its first approval this week. It is a huge achievement for Golden Nugget, a popular chain of luxury casinos and hotels, intends to build a casino with over 500 slots and a 41,500 square foot floor space.

Also, it will open a sportsbook and two restaurants on the property. Bettors in Danville are eager to see what will happen next.

The Debate About the Perfect Chicago Casino's Location Continues

Chicago will soon be a leading gambling destination in the United States. Its officials approved the construction of a casino in 2019. But, the project has made little progress, as its location hasn't been selected.

The city's officials haven't agreed on where the casino should be built, as Chicago has many possible locations. Some people feel that McCormick Place is the ideal spot for the casino, while others are opposing it, claiming that it is a popular family destination. This makes it unsuitable for gambling.

The 78 Megadevelopment is another suitable site for the property as it attracts many residents. Besides, a casino will increase local businesses' revenue. Unfortunately, some locals have opposed this idea claiming that it will increase crime in the area.

The State's Sports Gambling Industry Got a Major Boost

The country has many leading bookmakers in the world. More than 25 states have legal bookies that are running, including Illinois. The state launched the first legal betting companies in 2020.

Its leaders changed the law that required gamblers to sign up in local bookmakers in-person. The unexpected move encouraged thousands of players to register at various online sportsbooks.

The regulation was set back after the state managed to control the spread of the Coronavirus. It appears like its officials don't see the essence of gamblers registering in person. College basketball diehards will be able to wager on their teams and earn more money.


A sports enthusiast, Ryan helps cover sports betting news from around the country, highlighting some of the more interesting events going on in the USA.