Racing & Wagering Licensed for Illinois Residents to Wager on Races Online

| Churchill Downs Communications | 10/15/2009 # was licensed Tuesday by the Illinois Racing Board to offer online and telephone wagering on Thoroughbred racing, Standardbred racing and Quarter Horse racing from tracks from coast to coast as well as selected international racing venues including Arlington Park when the track reopens for live racing on April 28, 2010.

To welcome Illinois residents to, "Where Players Win," is making a special offer of a $100 sign-up bonus and their first bet free to residents of the Prairie State., the new face of online wagering in Illinois, offers the most innovative products and features to its customers including:

  • No subscription or per-wager fees
  • Free Brisnet Ultimate past Performances
  • TwinSpiresTV - the best online video experience in racing
  • Twin Spires Club rewards & VIP program plus you can also earn points at Arlington Park and Trackside OTBs
  • Full Track Menu and Prices
  • TwinSpires Mobile - racing info, wagering and live video on the go
  • Live operator and touch-tone wagering
  • Online contests - is the leader in offering qualifiers into major Las Vegas tournaments
  • Coming soon: One Account will allow customers to use their accounts at Arlington Park and Trackside OTBs
  • Coming soon: Deposits and withdrawals can be made to/from their accounts at Arlington Park and Trackside OTBs

Full details on the Illinois Sign-Up Bonus and its official rules are available on the Web at

"We are pleased to provide Illinois residents the flexibility to wager online, over the phone, or offline at Arlington Park and Trackside OTB locations," said Rohit Thukral President of "With no subscription or per wager fees, Free Brisnet Past Performances, Twin Spires Club rewards, and the best online video experience in racing - TwinSpiresTV, we are confident Illinois residents will see why is Where Players Win."

Customers may open a TwinSpires account and wager through their TwinSpires accounts online at or via telephone by dialing 1-877-SPIRES-1 (1-877-774-7371). After an initial $50 deposit to open a TwinSpires account, there is no minimum deposit amount. Customers may deposit funds into their TwinSpires accounts at any time via their phone, the TwinSpires Web site or postal mail. TwinSpires charges no fees to register, wager or to maintain an account, and TwinSpires offers live video streaming of races and free race replays to all wagering customers through its revolutionary TwinSpiresTV video player.