Video poker machines turned on in Illinois
8 months, 1 week ago
The Illinois Gaming Board said video gaming has begun at 65 locations around the state
Tuesday's official launch of video gambling at such places as bars, truck stops and fraternal organizations in the state came almost 31/2 years after approval by the General Assembly.
There are 65 locations — with a total 278 gaming terminals — that were among the first to be allowed to operate the machines, according to the Illinois Gaming Board. More machines are expected to be running soon at other locations.
Video gambling was proposed as a way to fund capital improvement projects in Illinois. The state will get 25 percent of net profits, while local communities will receive 5 percent. Machine operators and business owners will divide the rest.
None have been activated in Quincy yet. Macomb has the nearest one.
** See the full list of locations (pdf) **