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Rivers Casino In Des Plaines Goes Live For Customers Today

The road to today was long and sometimes hard for the owners of Illinois' newest gaming facility. Rivers Casino opens to the public for the first time today, and thousands of Des Plaines residents are looking forward to the festivities.

Over the weekend, VIP clients were invited to Rivers to see what the future of casino gambling in Illinois had to offer. Jim Belushi performed during the event, and gamblers were also free to play slots and wander around the new casino.

Rivers will get a chance to gain loyal customers at a time when loyalty may be tested in the near future. The state of Illinois currently has a casino expansion bill on the table that would change the state's gaming industry drastically. The bill would bring five new casinos to the state, and also allow for slots at Chicago airports.

The gaming floor at Rivers will be somewhat of a spectacle for those used to riverboat casinos in Illinois. Back in the early nineties when casinos were first approved in the state, riverboat casinos were the only types allowed. Rivers will show off 44,000 worth of gaming floor space when it opens today.

The casino is clearly catering to the high rollers of the state. With blackjack and baccarat tables that take bets up to $100,000, the objective of the new facility is obvious, bring in the gamblers who like to play for big stakes.

As for the gaming bill that could cut into Rivers' profits, Governor Pat Quinn is deciding whether or not he will veto the legislation. Senate President John Cullerton has stayed the bill, understanding that Quinn is leaning towards a veto. Lawmakers have been meeting behind closed doors to try and work out a compromise between the governor and themselves.

Illinois is one of the many states that has turned to casino gambling as a way to rebound from the economic recession. California, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, New York, and West Virginia have all expanded their gaming industries in the three years since the economic recession of 2008.

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