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Official: Illinois Will Not Allow Gray-Area Operators To Participate In VLT Market

by Staff Reporter
Posted On: 1/22/2010

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SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Gaming Board last week formally adopted rules to prevent former gray-area poker operators from participating in the state's planned legal video lottery market. IGB chairman Aaron Jaffe had previously signaled his strong intent to adopt such a policy in late December, as reported by VENDING TIMES. Under the IGB rules, no person may manufacture or operate VLTs, or own locations that host them, if they have a prior conviction for a gambling-related offense.

In addition, any person whom the IGB accuses of involvement in the gray market after Dec. 16, 2009, can also be excluded from the VLT market -- even if no conviction was obtained or formal charges were ever made, according to a report in The Chicago Sun-Times. The IGB said it will investigate suspect gray-area involvement on a case-by-case basis, including situations in which operators paid fines to settle charges of illegal gambling activity.

Illinois passed the Video Gaming Act in July of 2009. Under the act, a new market of up to 45,000 operator-run video lottery terminals is expected to begin operations in December 2010.