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Marion County Businesses Profiting from Video Gambling

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

Several businesses across the state of Illinois, and in Marion County are already profiting from video gambling games that went live statewide late last year.  

Accoding to the the state's video gambling report for December 2012, players in Marion County fed about $1,156,921 into machines operating in three-establishments across the county.  The state kept $20,333 for their share.  

The Salem Bowl reports they took in $161,502, with players winning about $154,572.  The City of Salem saw $307 in newtax revenue for the month.  The 101 Club in Central City reports they took in $480,281, with players winning $447,844.  The village saw $1,622 in tax revenue.  The Caddy Shack bar in Centralia reports they took in $515,138, with players winning $473,175.  The city saw $2,098 in tax revenue.      

Players statewide in December fed $91.8 million into machines.  Establishments kept $2.45 million, the state earned $1.75 million and cities and counties combined made about $350,000.  All stakeholders may see their revenue increase soon after the Illinois Gaming Board licensed dozens of more bars two weeks ago.  More applications are pending. Each establishment can have up to five machines.

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