Haven Gaming LLC published its plans to develop a property in Danville, Illinois. The cost of investment will be $230 million and the facility should be an impressive one. It will have 40 table games and over 1,800 slot machines. At the same time, the statement from Haven Gaming comes just as other info on the state of Illinois gambling industry is in.
According to them, the 10 existing casinos continue to see their revenues falling. Danville officials are fully behind the project and many of them showed a lot of enthusiasm for the casino. The potential benefits of such a facility would be a game changer for the area. Some estimates see it cashing out almost $22 million in annual revenue.
Besides the advantages of Danville, there is also a wider regional picture that needs a good new facility in the state. Recently, Indiana began offering sports betting at the start of October. Now, Illinois is surrounded by a territory that offers legal sports gambling. Not long ago, only the US state of Nevada provided this possibility but this changed quickly after a Supreme Court decision.
But, Heaven Gaming is not counting only on sports betting or even the standard casino model. CEO of the company, Bill Bembenek, the casino-goers require much more than the vintage gambling-only experience. This is why the Danville facility will focus on a broader offer with more potential things to enjoy and at the same time, attain revenue from. The operator also hopes to turn the casino into a base for other local businesses.
Gambling Addiction Fears
The project is also getting some flack from the local community. Here the fears for the younger generations take precedence. John Kindt, the UI professor Emeritus said that gambling is becoming crack cocaine for young people. He warned about the easily accessible brick and mortar facilities. He also noted the presence of numerous online and mobile gambling options. The region currently offers more than 300 venues that feature some kind of gambling service.
Kindt explained that many students believe that gambling could be a real income source and thus make an actual job optional. It is well-documented that this kind of outlook is almost certainly an inroad into a range of problems, including financial difficulties and gambling addiction. Still, the support of the local authorities in the case of Danville shows that a facility there will not be derailed anytime soon.
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