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Des Plaines Casino’s Owner Plans Bid in State’s Gaming Expansion

The owner of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, IL plans to expand the facility and also to throw its hat into the ring for one of six new casino licenses under the state’s expanded gaming program. “We expect to participate in a bid for one of these casinos, and we’ll reveal the details in good time,” CEO Bill Carstanjen of Churchill Downs Inc. said on an earnings call.

At Rivers Casino, which is 61% owned by Louisville-based Churchill Downs, plans call for expanding capacity from 1,200 positions to 2,000, as permitted under Illinois’ recently-enacted casino legislation.

“To install the full 800 positions, Rivers will need to expand the existing building footprint, construct an extension of the parking garage and invest additional capital to support the expansion,” said Carstanjen. However, the casino could quickly add up to 250 positions within the existing space if it received approval to do so.


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