(KMOV) -- Video gaming is booming in the Metro East. Gamblers are wagering big bucks as more establishments are having gaming machines installed.
From November to January the Illinois Gaming Board approved video gaming licenses for 59 Madison County and St. Clair County businesses. Gaming machines have been installed at bars, and the latest figures from the IGB show they’re being played often. In Belleville, 75 machines are spread out over 19 businesses. Those machines racked up more than two million-dollars in bets in December, according to the latest figures from the IGB.
“A lot of people are telling their friends, and they’re telling their friends then they’re stopping in and seeing what we’re about,” says Lucy’s Place assistant manager Antwanette Huston.
The video gaming revenue is split up mainly between the establishment, the owner of the game, state taxes, and the local municipality. State records show Belleville’s December cut was $8700.