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Video Gaming goes live in Illinois

By on October 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm

This is a depiction from Scientific Games’ website of what some video gaming systems may look like. Scientific Games operates the system for Illinois. (

Video gambling went live this week across Illinois, but local establishments are still awaiting word on if they will get the green light to install machines. Video gaming machines were turned on at 65 licensed locations throughout the state, the Illinois Gaming Board stated in a news release.

So far, licenses have been approved for 324 eateries and taverns, 12 truck stops, four veterans groups and one fraternal organization in the state. More licensed locations will become operational as operators continue to install terminals in licensed locations. Both Waterloo and Columbia passed measures to allow for video gambling in their city.

Jeff Vogt, owner of JV’s Downtown Bar & Grill in Waterloo and president of the Illinois Licensed Beverage Association, said the nearest tavern he knows of that has the machines up and running is No-Jacks in Smithton. No-Jacks’ machines will go live on Thursday. Vogt said his bar as well as The Acorns and Outsider in Waterloo have all applied for licenses but have not yet been contacted by the gaming commission for inspection as a part of the lengthy approval process.

The state’s Video Gaming Act was enacted in 2009, but the regulations and process for putting it into place were not settled until earlier this year.

Illinois receives 30 percent of the net terminal income, with 5 percent of that going to the local government that issued the liquor license. Scientific Games, which operates the system for Illinois, receives 0.7275 percent of the remaining 70 percent, while the rest is split between the operator and location.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.