After a few months of figuring out licenses and rules, Illinois has finally opened up the books on sports betting. Keeping good on their promise to be ready by the start of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

This morning, Blackhawks announcer Eddie Olczyk, went to Rivers Casino in Des Plaines and laid the first bet. As a former NHL player and HUGE fan of horse racing, his first bet has nothing to do with either. Instead he wagered $100 on the White Sox to win the American League Pennant. He's getting 16-1 odds for those interested.

The Sun Times reports that most, if not all, of Illinois' 10 existing casinos are expected to lay sports wagers and up to six new ones. Possibly including Rockford's Hard Rock Casino. You can even lay a wager down at the state's three racetracks and larger stadiums, such as Wrigley Field and the United Center.

Early predictions are Illinois could handle up $5 billion a year in sports betting!

Maybe with all these new avenues for revenues and taxes, like legal marijuana and sports betting, we could see some relief when it comes to our taxes..... but don't hold your breath.

Will you make any sports wagers if the Hard Rock offers it? Would you go to a casino to place a sports bet? Let us know in the comments below!


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