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Press Release: Sports Bar Opening and Gaming Floor Expansion

Press Release: Sports Bar Opening and Gaming Floor Expansion


Illinois’ First Land-Based Casino Continues Expansion To Provide Enhanced Gaming Experience

Des Plaines, Ill. – Dec. 13, 2019 – Rivers Casino Des Plaines has opened its new 4,840 square foot stateof-the-art BetRivers SportsBar—which features a 47-foot-wide ultra HD LED video wall—and a new tablegame area on the casino floor.

The opening of the BetRivers SportsBar comes a few weeks after Rivers became the first casino in Illinois to move to land-based gaming and expand its gaming floor with additional gaming positions.

The BetRivers SportsBar will eventually be home to the casino’s sports book, once regulatory approval is granted by the Illinois Gaming Board. The BetRivers space was designed to provide an ultra-luxury viewing experience for Chicago’s sports fans looking for an engaging game-day experience.

“We’re proud to open the ultimate game-day destination for sports fans who want to have an elevated viewing experience at a world-class gaming destination,” said Greg Carlin, CEO of Rush Street Gaming. “The BetRivers SportsBar will be one of the most exciting locations to watch live sports anywhere in Chicago, while we wait for approval to offer legal sports wagering.”

In addition to the video wall, the SportsBar will feature ten 86-inch and four 75-inch HD televisions placed throughout the lounge offering patrons a panoramic view of live sports events. The new lounge will also have a full-service island bar with seating for 32; 26 bar-top video poker games; 32 leather lounge chairs and additional table seating options.

“The BetRivers lounge will provide an experience that rivals a live game-day stadium,” said Corey Wise, General Manager of Rivers Des Plaines. “We will offer sports fans a premium luxury experience with great visuals, acoustics, service and comradery with fellow sports fans.”

The BetRivers SportsBar was designed by Chicago-based DMAC Architecture, designers of luxury lounges at Rivers’ properties in New York state, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

In addition to opening the sports lounge, Rivers has been taking advantage of expansion opportunities afforded by Illinois’ recently enacted casino expansion law. Rivers reserved 800 additional gaming positions from the Illinois Gaming Board and has expanded its gaming floor within the footprint of the casino’s existing structure.

“Through this expansion, we’ve brought some of the newest and most-desired games to our expanded gaming floor, enhanced the customer experience throughout the facility and created a new state-of-the-art sports bar,” said Carlin. “The best is yet to come, and we are committed to remain one of the most unique regional gaming destinations in the country.”

The casino opened an additional table gaming area adjacent to the new sports lounge. In total, this phase of expansion has resulted in an increase of 115 electronic gaming devices and 8 table games. Other improvements, such as additional viewing screens have been added to the Lotus cocktail lounge in the center of the property and an expansion of the parking garage is expected to be complete by mid-summer 2020.


About Rush Street Gaming

Founded by Neil Bluhm and Greg Carlin, Rush Street Gaming and its affiliates, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, have developed and operate successful casinos in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Des Plaines, Illinois (Chicago area) and Schenectady, New York. Rush Street Gaming and its affiliates has become one of the leading casino developers in the United States and operators of online casinos and sports books. Additional information at:

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI") (Nasdaq: CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is an industryleading racing, online wagering and gaming entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event - The Kentucky Derby. We own and operate Derby City Gaming, a historical racing machine facility in Louisville. We also own and operate the largest online horseracing wagering platform in the U.S.,, and are a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with approximately 11,000 slot machines / video lottery terminals and 200 table games in eight states. We also operate sports wagering and iGaming through our BetAmerica platform in multiple states. Additional information about CDI can be found online at

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