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New York-listed Penn National Gaming has confirmed plans to launch sports betting in Indiana at its Ameristar Casino East Chicago on 1 September.

Subject to regulatory approvals, Penn National will offer a new retail sportsbook near the Stadium Sports Bar and Grill and main entrance to the property. It will feature sports betting kiosks and ticket writer stations to support thousands of sports betting options for its customers.

The first wagers at the casino will be placed by Chicago Bears legends Mike Ditka and Devin Hester.

In addition to being a Pro Bowler with the Bears, Ditka coached Chicago to its only Super Bowl championship during the 1985/86 season, while Hester was a three-time First Team All-Pro who also holds the NFL record for most kicks returned for touchdowns.

“Penn National looks forward to opening a sports book and providing our customers with another great amenity at Ameristar Casino East Chicago,” said Penn National Gaming chief executive Timothy Wilmott. “Indiana will soon become the 12th state to legalize sports betting following the repeal of the federal ban last year, and our patrons in Northwest Indiana can expect an incredible sports wagering experience at our facility.”

Ameristar Casino East Chicago general manager Matt Schuffert commented: “Our customers are very excited to start wagering on sports. The passion for Indiana and Illinois sports teams runs deep in this region, and we look forward to becoming a destination for fans all year-round.”

Shares in Penn National Gaming Inc (NSQ:PENN) closed up 4.64 per cent at $18.28 per share in New York Monday.