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Illinois video gambling law doesn’t extend to social clubs

Updated: January 25, 2013 12:13AM

The 2009 law that permitted video gambling machines to be installed in restaurants and bars doesn’t extend to private social clubs, the Illinois Gaming Board ruled Thursday.

Some 20 such clubs statewide had applied in recent months to be licensed to offer video gaming, and on Thursday the board rejected those types of applications, said Gene O’Shea, a spokesman for the Gaming Board.

“It was just basically a point of clarification for some of these social clubs that have applied, saying you’re not going to be be allowed to have video gaming because they don’t fall under the legal definition of a retail establishment,” O’Shea said.

O’Shea said gun, fishing and hunting clubs are the kinds of clubs that wouldn’t qualify to be allowed to install the gaming machines.

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