About the Author

Cole Rush

Cole Rush is a Chicago-based freelance writer in the gambling, media, and entertainment space. His work has been showcased in various gaming industry magazines and online columns. Prior to freelance writing, Cole spent seven years in communications at a gambling and lottery supplier. Cole writes for a number of online and print publications, including The Quill To Live, a book review site.

Twin River To Acquire Jumer’s Casino & Hotel For $120 Million

October 2, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Twin River) has agreed to acquire Jumer’s Casino & Hotel in Rock Island, Ill. for $120 million in cash. Twin River is purchasing the property from Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Inc., which has owned the casino since 2010. “Even in the current operating environment amid COVID-19, we advance […]

William Hill Launches Sports Betting App in Illinois

September 15, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

William Hill is officially the fifth online sportsbook in Illinois. The platform launched today, Sept. 15. William Hill is partnered with the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin. The company also operates Grand Victoria’s retail sportsbook.  The launch rounds out the Illinois betting market to include five operators. Aside from William Hill, four other Illinois online […]

PointsBet Is Live In Illinois: What To Know And How To Sign Up

September 14, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

PointsBet has launched mobile and online sports betting in Illinois. This marks the fourth online sportsbook to go live in the Prairie State, following BetRivers, DraftKings, and FanDuel. Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney, Illinois is the operator’s land-based partner. PointsBet Illinois also plans to open three off-track betting facilities in Prospect Heights, Oakbrook Terrace, and […]

10 of Chicago’s Best Sports Bars

September 8, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

Chicago is one of the most sports-crazed cities in the Midwest, and for good reason. The Second City (a name that comes from its reconstruction after the Chicago Fire of 1871 and not from playing second fiddle to New York), hosts a whole slew of pro teams. The Chicago Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, and White […]

FanDuel Sportsbook Is Live In Illinois

August 29, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

On August 28, FanDuel launched Illinois’ third online sportsbook, following competitors BetRivers and DraftKings. Following weeks of rumors surrounding which partner the company would select in The Prairie State, FanDuel announced its team-up with Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria. Par-A-Dice is owned by Boyd Gaming.  Mike Raffensperger, FanDuel’s CMO, emphasized the company’s excitement to launch […]