Wed October 10, 2012
Video Gaming Rolls Out in Illinois
There are 65 establishments in Illinois that can now legally pay out for video gaming wins. Illinois lawmakers approved it back in 2009, but it's taken that long for regulators to set it up.
WEB EXTRA: View the list of live video gaming establishment here
"It's All About Wine" - a wine shop and bar in Springfield is one of the more than 300 bars, fraternal organizations and truck stops that have a license to operate video poker machines.
But owner John Roman says he can't turn his on yet. The Gaming Board has to do final checks first. Roman says he hopes it'll be good for business:
"We're an adult business, and video gaming's an adult business so it was a fit."
- John Roman, Illinois business owner
He says he understands the long wait. That way regulators could do it properly. But an employee of a capital city tavern waiting for a license says it's frustrating - he says while regulators drag their feet, bars have watched money go down the drain.
A list of pending/denied/licensees can be found here
FAQs regarding video gaming here
Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky contributed to this report