Sports wagering is officially off and running in the Chicagoland area.
On Wednesday, former Bears running back Matt Forte was part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, as they officially opened their sportsbook for customers to place their bets.
‘The Book’ in Hammond is taking sports wagers for all professional sports, including those outside of MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL.
On May 8, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb officially signed a new law allowing 13 brick-and-mortar casinos to apply for licenses.
Two months later, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker followed suit. But the two-month gap in-laws passing has allowed Indiana to get the first crack at the Chicago market, which is significant.
The goal for Indiana all along was to be open for business by Week 1 of the NFL season when the Bears host the Packers in the kickoff of the 100th season of the National Football League.
What does it mean for Illinois? Well, for now, Illinois has to wait.
The positive? The bill has been signed into law.
The negative? Several hurdles remain before a brick-and-mortar casino will be good to go for customers to place sports wagers.
While Indiana offers a short commute to place a sports wager, it looks like Illinois may have to wait as long as Super Bowl Sunday before they can say the same.