As reported recently, one of the biggest United States-based gambling operators, Rush Street Gaming had unveiled its long-anticipated plan for building and operating a gambling venue situated in Waukegan. Waukegan is the biggest city in Lake County, Illinois. As a part of the bigger Chicago Metropolitan Area located around thirty-five miles from the Downtown Chicago area, Waukegan serves as a perfect area for all sorts of entertainment facilities.
Before unveiling its plan for building a brand-new gambling facility in this area, the American operator has partnered with Churchill Downs Incorporated, which is also focused on gaming, online gaming, and entertainment industry. The company has evolved from a small racetrack in Kentucky to a multi-billion worth company with multiple casinos and racetracks across the United States.
With more than four thousand employees, Churchill Downs Incorporated is one of the leading, United States-based companies in its industry. It started its business after opening one of the most legendary racetracks in Kentucky back in 1875. Shortly after, the company created its Kentucky Jockey Club with more tracks added in the following years.
Launching TwinSpires Wagering Service
When it comes to its online gaming and gaming industry-related businesses, Churchill Downs Incorporated, the company started operating a gaming facility in 2010. Three years prior to this in 2007, Churchill Downs Incorporated launched its wagering service named TwinSpires which is now the official deposit service for all of the company’s racetracks and other business ventures including both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.
In December of 2012, the company purchased another gambling facility, the Oxford Casino situated in Maine for around $160 million. Two years later, the company’s officials decided to purchase twenty-five percent of shares in the Saratoga Casino Holdings company and signed a business deal to manage popular Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Capital View Casino and Resort and Saratoga Casino Black Hawk.
In order to expand its presence in the gaming industry, Churchill Downs Incorporated purchased a developer of casual casino games, Big Fish Games for around $885 million. Later on, it also partnered with Saratoga to acquire a racing track and casino, Ocean Downs located in Maryland. In February of 2018, the company also agreed to purchase two other casinos, Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg located in Mississippi and Presque Isle Downs located in Pennsylvania.
Partnering with Rush Street Gaming
The company’s latest partner Rush Street Gaming also overseas multiple casino properties all over the United States. It was founded back in 2009 in Chicago where it operates today among other cities. Rush Street Gaming was the very first online gaming operator based in the United States to launch a fully regulated and licenses sportsbetting platform in South America, Columbia. The company operates a number of gambling facilities and its plan is to open and operate one in Waukegan alongside Churchill Downs Incorporated.
The latest plan revealed regarding this venue reveals that this more than 1,620-seats gaming venue would also include a massive poker room alongside a gastro-pub on thirty-two cares in the southwestern suburbs. The company also revealed that this venue would create full-time jobs for more than one thousand and two hundred people in addition to creating more than nine hundred construction jobs. Rush Street Gaming and Churchill Downs Incorporated are yet to be given permissions to build while five other companies have also applied. All in all, the state’s officials will soon submit their final recommendations.