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Video gambling machines becoming a draw

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(Sandy Bressner – sbressner@shawmedia.com)
Angie Brink of Sycamore plays on one of the video gambling machines at the Winner's Circle Bar & Grill in Maple Park.

When the Sugar Grove American Legion pushed for the village to allow video gambling machines in its facility, officials there said the very existence of the building was at stake.

The machines have been installed since April, and Bob Beetham, the legion’s finance officer, said “it’s helping us.”

“It’s to get more people in,” he said. “They like to play the machines.”

Such machines are allowed in Maple Park, Sugar Grove, North Aurora and Elburn, as well as in unincorporated areas of Kane County. And several locations do have video gambling in western Kane County.

Numbers are available to measure the machines’ success. For instance, in the period from April to September, the machines at the Sugar Grove American Legion netted $54,274.53.

Among other locations, Winner’s Circle Bar & Grill in Maple Park brought in a net of $86,776.55 from December 2012 to September; the Blackberry Bar and Grill in Elburn netted $189,852.25 from October 2012 to September; and Calamity Jane’s near Sugar Grove netted $106,011.69 from March through September.

And the Illinois Gaming Board continues to approve new licenses. In August, Run-A-Way in North Aurora received a license. In September, machines were cleared for the Turf Room and Oak Street Restaurant in North Aurora. And just this month, Maple Park Pub and Grill got its license, as well as Stanley’s Ale House in South Elgin.

Jay Spoden, the president of Sugar Grove-based Tiger Amusements, handles the installation of the machines in the area. He said to expect Schmidt’s Towne Tap in Elburn to be cleared to get machines soon.

Spoden said the numbers show there is an appetite for the machines, and that they are working to draw in customers.

“It’s been excellent for everybody,” he said. “More people are going out to local places.”

By the numbers

The performance of video gambling machines in the area:

Blackberry Bar and Grill

1S731 Route 47, Blackberry Township

October 2012 to September 2013

Funds in: $595,425

Funds out: $405,572

Net terminal income: $189,852

State share: $47,464

Municipality share: 9,494

Calamity Jane’s

9S593 Route 47, Sugar Grove Township

March to September 2013

Funds in: $302,496

Funds out: $196,484

Net terminal income: $106,011

State share: $26,502

Municipality share: $5,300

Winner’s Circle

50w226 Old State Road, Virgil Township

December 2012 to September 2013

Funds in: $343,680

Funds out: $256,903

Net terminal income: $86,776

State share: $21,694

Municipality share: $4,339

Sugar Grove American Legion

65 First St., Sugar Grove

April to September 2013

Funds in: $182,257

Funds out: $127,982

Net terminal income: $54,274

State share: $13,568

Municipality share: $2,713

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