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.

Golden Nugget Online Gaming Plans To Enter Illinois Gambling Market

November 20, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

Golden Nugget Online Gaming (GNOG) announced a deal giving the company access to Illinois’ online gaming market. GNOG will launch sports betting in the Prairie State using its license, and it plans to launch iGaming if and when Illinois allows it.  The market access comes in the form of a definitive agreement with Danville Development, […]

Chicago Red Stars a Pandemic Success Story During Challenging Times For Sports

October 13, 2020 | By: Cole Rush

Sports have undergone a seismic shift since March 2020. Covid-19 forced leagues to shut down, rethink their strategies, and overcome significant health and scheduling hurdles. The current NFL season is a prime example. Amid rising case numbers, games have shifted on the fly from week to week while fans, analysts, and even sports bettors struggle […]

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 […]