Video gaming is an immediate windfall for the City of Grayville with total wagering approaching $300,000 for the first month.
As issuer of liquor licenses to the city’s two legalized gaming outlets, the city reaps 5 percent of the profits generated.
For January, the first month video gaming was in place in Grayville, the city realized tax proceeds of $1,118.
Total wagering amounted to $285,268 on the city’s video gaming terminals. Chappy’s Bar and the Seasons Grill at the Super 8 Motel both have five terminals, the legal maximum under state statute.
The handle was $119,204 at Chappy’s and $166,064 at Seasons, according to the Illinois Gaming Board. Winnings were $111,084 at Chappy’s and $151,814 at Seasons, resulting in net income of 22,371 between the two locations.
Video gaming is expected to swiftly expand throughout the area. Tequilla Sheila’s in Grayville is seeking video terminals, and an application from the Grayville Moose Lodge No. 1960 was listed in the Gaming Board’s updated list issued Tuesday.
S&K Enterprises of Illinois, LLC, holders of the Seasons Grill license, includes principals involved in the Nikki’s Place, a new wine and beer bar in Carmi seeking a gaming license under the name WABB Enterprises of Illinois, LLC.
WABB is also seeking gaming terminal licenses in Mt. Carmel, at a location at 331 N. Market, as well as Christopher, Herrin, Eldorado, DuQuoin, Harrisburg, Sesser, Salem, Olney and Anna.
Lefty’s Bar & Grill in Fairfield is seeking a gaming license as are the VFW and American Legion posts there. The Norris City American Legion is applying as is the Pundrake truck stop in Carmi, owned by A&S Enterprises of Illinois, LLC.
The VFW, Elks and Eagles in Mt. Carmel have all applied.
Video terminals are already in place at Danny’s Pool Room in Carmi and Brewsky’s tavern in Mt. Carmel.