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Chicago

  • West Jackson OTB
    223 W. Jackson, Chicago
    Tel. No.: +1 312 427-2300

  • State and Lake OTB
    Chicago Theater Center
    177 N. State, Chicago
    Tel. No.: +1 312 419-8787

  • Weed Street OTB
    901 W. Weed St., Chicago
    Tel. No.: +1 312 787-9600

  • 111th St.& I-94 OTB
    11203 S. Corliss St, Chicago
    Tel. No.: +1 773 995-8238


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Outside Chicago

  • Alton
    315 Belle St., Alton
    Tel. No.: +1 618 465-1006

  • Carbondale - University Teletrack
    1360 E. Main St., Carbondale
    Tel. No.: +1 618 457-2877

  • BloomingtonOTB
    1035 Wiley Drive, Bloomington,
    Tel. No.: +1 309 827-2791

  • Champaign OTB
    2002 W. Springfield, Champaign
    Tel. No.: +1 217 398-8238

  • Crestwood OTB
    13148 Rivercrest Dr., Crestwood
    Tel. No.: +1 708 489-4700

  • Danville OTB
    Ramada Inn, 388 Eastgate Dr., Danville
    Tel. No.: +1 217 442-3900

  • Effingham - The Finish Line
    (I-57 & I-70
    1208 N. Keller Dr., Effingham
    Tel. No.: +1 217 342-3377

  • Grayville - Windsor Oaks Teletrack
    2200 S. Court St., Grayville
    Tel. No.: +1 618 374-2881

  • Joliet OTB
    Jefferson Square Mall
    2450 Jefferson St., Joliet
    Tel. No.: +1 815 744-6500

  • McHenry OTB
    2816 Route 120, McHenry
    Tel. No.: +1 815 385-5278

  • Mokena OTB
    19031 Old LaGrange Rd., Mokena
    708/478-1670

  • North Aurora OTB
    230 S. Lincolnway, N. Aurora
    Tel. No.: +1 630 892-6200

  • Oakbrook Terrace OTB
    17 W 648 22nd St., Oakbrook Terrace
    Tel. No.: +1 630 627-8238

  • Peoria OTB
    Landmark Recreation Center
    3225 N. Dries Lane, Peoria
    Tel. No.: +1 309 687-3062

  • Peru OTB
    124 May Rd., Peru
    Tel. No.: +1 815 224-2000

  • Rockford - Sports Spectrum
    5011 E. State St., Rockford
    Tel. No.: +1 815 398-2300

  • Romeoville - Boomerangs OTB
    1401 N. Independence Blvd., Romeoville
    Tel. No.: +1 630 739-1660

  • Sauget - Route 3 OTB
    2400 Mississippi Ave., Sauget
    Tel. No.: +1 618 274-6468

  • South Elgin
    335 N. McLean Blvd., S. Elgin
    Tel. No.: +1 847 695-6666

  • Springfield - Capital Teletrack
    1764 Wabash Ave., Springfield
    Tel. No.: +1 217 546-2111

  • Waukegan - Sports Spectrum
    630 S. Green Bay Rd., Waukegan
    Tel. No.: +1 847 336-1400

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THE PARIMUTUEL SYSTEM

Parimutuel betting (French for mutual betting) is a betting system in which all bets of a particular type are placed together in a pool; taxes and a house take are removed, and payoff odds are calculated by sharing the pool among all placed bets.

The parimutuel system was invented by Parisian perfume maker Pierre Oller in 1865 when asked by a bookmaker friend to devise a fair system for bettors which guarantees a fixed profit for the bookmaker.

The large amount of calculation involved in this system led to the invention of a specialized mechanical calculating machine known as a totalisator, "automatic totalisator" or "tote board".

The first was installed at Ellerslie Racecouse in Auckland, New Zealand on 1913. Since then totalisators came into widespread use at race courses throughout the world. The first totalisator in the US as installed at Arlington Park, near Chicago, Illinois in 1933.

The parimutuel system is used in gambling on horse racing, greyhound racing, jai alai, and all sporting events of relatively short duration in which participants finish in a ranked order.

A modified parimutuel system is also used in some lottery games such as Lotto South.

Parimutuel gambling is frequently state-regulated, and offered in many places where gambling is otherwise illegal. Parimutuel gambling is often also offered at OTB facilities, where players may bet on the events without actually being present to observe them in person.

Parimutuel betting differs from fixed odds betting in that the final payout is not determined until the pool is closed - in fixed odds betting, the payout is agreed at the time the bet is sold.