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Rivers Casino launches first Illinois sports book

Mar 11, 2020 - Chicago Tribune

As Rivers Casino in Des Plaines took the first legal sports bet in Illinois Monday, the point spread grabbing most of the headlines was on Wall Street, where the stock market suffered its worst one-day loss since the Great Recession.

The BetRivers Sportsbook launched ahead of the potentially lucrative March Madness basketball tournament, but with growing fears over the coronavirus outbreak roiling the economy, the timing may be less than auspicious.

"We'll get through this virus," sa...