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Baseball great Ozzie Smith opens new FanDuel sportsbook in Illinois


US betting giant FanDuel today announced the opening of its new retail sportsbook in Collinsville, Illinois in the Greater St Louis area. 

The new location is situated within FanDuel Sportsbook & Horse Racing, formerly known as Fairmount Park Racetrack, and the first wager was placed by baseball hall of famer Ozzie Smith – $20 on the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series outright.

“This has been a special project for us because our name isn’t just on the sportsbook, it’s on the track itself,” Keith Wall, FanDuel vice president of retail, said.

“FanDuel has made a commitment to revitalize this location by making capital improvements and hiring from within the local community.  The opening of the sportsbook is the first major step in this project.”

This new retail sportsbook is FanDuel’s second in Illinois, and its seventeenth across the United States.

It will contain live betting windows, a large sports ticker and twenty IGT PlaySports self-service betting kiosks.

This will give customers the chance to bet on the most popular sports in the country, including football, baseball, basketball.