Some Illinois bar owners say they're already profiting big from video gambling games that went live statewide late last year.
The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports that players fed more than $1 million into machines operating in 35 establishments around the metro-east area. In December, the machines kept $350,000, which represent the take for the bars, machine vendors, the state and local governments, all of whom get a slice of the revenue.
Players statewide that month lost nearly $7 million. 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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