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Barbara Sims, of Bloomington, visits the All Seasons Off Track Betting parlor in June 2014, when California Chrome was vying for the Triple Crown.

CARLOS T. MIRANDA, Pantagraph file photo

NORMAL — All Seasons Off Track Betting, 1304 Cross Creek Drive on Normal's west side, was set to close at the end of business Wednesday, according to its manager.

Swinger's Grille, located at the same address, will not be affected.

Jay Hollis said the betting parlor would close at 10 or 10:30 p.m., and referred calls to the Balmoral Park and Maywood Park company headquarters. A spokesman there confirmed that all Illinois OTBs owned by the company would close, but said further details were not available.

All Seasons also has betting parlors in Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove, Lockport, North Aurora, Niles and Champaign.

Calls to the Illinois Racing Board were not immediately returned.

The OTB betting parlor opened at the Brandtville Center in Bloomington in 1992 to much fanfare and some controversy. Some residents welcomed the venue as a new form of entertainment, while others voiced opposition to the presence of legalized gambling in the Twin Cities.

It moved to the Cross Creek Drive location in 2006.

OTB parlors operate on a parimutuel system in which the horse racing industry, government and gamblers share the money wagered.

According to the Illinois Racing Board 2014 Annual Report, $3,247,621 was bet that year at the Normal OTB. Of that, the town of Normal and McLean County each received $32,476, or 1 percent of the amount wagered.

​Follow Kevin Barlow on Twitter: @pg_barlow.

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