MOKENA - At 65 locations throughout Illinois Tuesday, video poker machines were opened in local restaurants and bars, delighting neighborhood gamblers who no longer will need to travel long distances to casinos and off-track betting sites. Depending on local ordinances, video poker and the funding payoff it promises may be within walking distance.
And even the most conservative towns are changing their laws to allow video gambling. The village of Mokena rescinded their ban on video poker Monday night just in time for the local VFW Hall to bring in video poker machines, and state officials look for the more to follow suit.
The new state-licensed gambling machines are linked to a statewide system that calculates the amount of winnings distributed to the state, local municipalities, and venues. "It'll be a good thing," one business owner said on this NBC Chicago report.
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