Gaming Board says video poker now live in Illinois

Gaming Board says video poker now live in Illinois

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: A poker table from "The One and Only Ocean Club" which featured in the James Bond film "Casino Royale" at Christie's Auction House on September 28, 2012 in London, England. 50 lots of Bond memorabilia are due to go up for auction to celebrate Global James Bond Day on October 5, 2012. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

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by KMOV Web Producer

KMOV.com

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Illinois Gaming Board says video poker machines have been activated at 65 bars, restaurants and other locations throughout Illinois.

The board released a statement Tuesday announcing the long-anticipated start of video gaming. It says it's processing license applications for more than 2,200 other establishments, including fraternal organizations and truck stops. Each site must undergo a background check.

The manager of Chino's Pizzeria in the Chicago suburb of Justice says the restaurant's three machines came on around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Jeff Glover says he'd just finished mopping when he saw the machines lit up as actual games, instead of with the "out of service" message.

The state approved video gambling in 2009 to help fund a $31 billion construction program to fix schools, roads and other transportation projects.
 

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