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‘The Book’ in Hammond brings sports betting to Chicago

‘The Book’ in Hammond brings sports betting to Chicago

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.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: MLB sign-stealing scandal continues

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: MLB sign-stealing scandal continues

David Haugh, Hub Arkush and Matt Spiegel join Leila Rahimi on the panel.

0:00- MLB's sign-stealing scandal continues to dominate the sports world as Carlos Beltran is let go by the Mets. So what could possibly happen next? And Commissioner Spiegel gives his plan for riding the game of this menace.

14:00- The Bears keep adding new offensive coaches. Will they make Mitch Trubisky better?

23:00- Can the Titans pull off another huge upset or is the Chiefs' offense unstoppable? And can Aaron Rodgers find a way to beat the 49ers defense? The panel dissects the conference title games and weighs in on the latest controversy surrounding Odell Beckham, Jr.

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Houston Texans DE JJ Watt’s fiancée Kealia Ohai traded to the Red Stars

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Houston Texans DE JJ Watt’s fiancée Kealia Ohai traded to the Red Stars

JJ Watt has been having an exciting week. Not only did the Houston Texans beat the Buffalo Bills this past Saturday, winning the AFC Wild Card Game and advancing in the playoffs, but his fiancée Kealia Ohai was traded from the Houston Dash to the Chicago Red Stars.

After the trade was announced today, Watt took to social media to celebrate her success.

Ohai has played in the NWSL with the Houston Dash for six years. In a video posted to Twitter, Ohai thanked the organization and the city of Houston for their support. Ohai explains that to be the best player she can be, she needed to grow in a new environment.

Ohai and Watt have been engaged since May 2019, but neither seems too stressed about their new long-distance relationship. Watt posted pictures of him decked out head-to-toe in Red Stars gear.

Welcome to the Red Stars, Kealia! And who knows, maybe her three-time NFL Defensive Player Year fiancée will like Chicago so much he might want to move, too. 

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