March Madness is just around the corner and we would like to take a moment to remind you about the requirements for maintaining a video gaming license. Video gaming licensees are required to comply with all laws, including Illinois’ gambling laws. Allowing any illegal gambling activity on the premises may result in substantial fines or the loss of your video gaming license and/or liquor license. The Illinois Gaming Board has made clear that it will NOT tolerate illegal gambling (e.g., use of brackets other sports betting, poker, etc.) in locations.
With March Madness approaching, the IGB will be performing compliance checks, and they will continue this practice throughout the season. They will be looking for any sign of illegal gambling including wagers on the game, card games, sports betting and more.
We strongly urge you to (1) remove all paraphernalia that may be related to illegal gambling from the premises and (2) prohibit your customers from engaging in any illegal gambling activity while at your establishment. The Illinois Gaming Board will hold you responsible and the mere presence of gambling paraphernalia may lead the Illinois Gaming Board, Illinois Liquor Control Commission, or State Police to assume illegal gambling is occurring on your premises. These allegations would be very difficult to refute.
If you have any questions, please let us know.