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The Video Gaming Act enacted on July 13, 2009, legalizes the use of video gaming terminals in licensed establishments, licensed truck stop establishments, licensed fraternal establishments, and licensed veterans establishments. A video gaming terminal is any electronic game machine that, upon insertion of cash, is available to play or simulate the play of a video game, including but not limited to video poker, line up and blackjack, as authorized by the Illinois Gaming Board utilizing a video display and microprocessors in which the player may receive free games or credits that can be redeemed for cash. This does not include a machine that directly dispenses coins, cash, or tokens or is for amusement purposes only.
What is Video Gaming?
Video gaming is an exciting form of gaming entertainment that provides tremendous revenue generating opportunities worldwide. It is fast becoming a favorite among governmental jurisdictions looking to enhance revenues and players looking for alternative forms of leisure activity. This preference to both groups is due to the following:
- Sophisticated security and accountability for government regulators
- High entertainment value for players
- Niche marketing appeal for gaming and pari-mutuel industry alike Jurisdictions around the world have enjoyed these benefits of video gaming:
- Revenue for social, educational, economic development and other beneficial government-sponsored projects without raising taxes
- Regulation and monitoring of machine play
- Direct benefit to government programs
- Variety of game choice for players (video poker, video reels, video blackjack, etc.); customized for your jurisdiction; greater revenue generating potential and customer satisfaction
- Prompt and accurate revenue collection, typically with electronic funds transfer (EFT), at any interval your jurisdiction determines
How does video gaming work?
Video Gaming Terminal (VGT) - Gaming machine connected to the state central system via a network (e.g., telephone, wide-area). Clusters of VGTs are located at each site. The VGT generates and records an "event" for any change in status of the machine (security breach, door open, touch-screen error, etc). This event information is uploaded continuously from the gaming machine to the site controller, and to the state central system upon request.
Site Controller - A microprocessor-controlled device that acts as the data management liaison between the site location VGTs and the state central system. The site controller performs two major tasks. First, to gather, store, and report gaming machine information to the central system; and second, to provide daily accounting performance, while also functioning as a central display point for gaming machine maintenance and security information.
State Central System - The state central system resides at a secured location where it monitors and controls the activities of the entire video gaming terminal network. The system configuration and software are designed to provide high availability of operation and ensure absolute security of data.