Hey, Illinois slots enthusiast! Have you heard that Illinois is undergoing a massive gambling expansion, including Chicago working toward having a casino the size of any on the Las Vegas Strip? That’s coming up! Hi, my name is Jon Friedl. Welcome to Professor Slots, a channel that’s all about learning casino slots so you can win your way to success. If you’ve ever walked into a casino, looked around, and wondered what’s going on, I can help. A quick, inexpensive, and relatively easy way to improve your slots gambling performance is to review your state’s gaming industry. Let’s review slots in Illinois. Illinois slot machine casino gambling consists of ten riverboat casinos, the second U.S. state to offer them, as well as video gaming terminals (VLTs) in small businesses approved by local governments. Illinois’ riverboat casinos have both minimum and maximum payout limits and monthly return statistics publicly available. The minimum legal gambling age in Illinois depends upon the gambling activity. For casinos and poker rooms, it’s 21. For bingo, the lottery, and pari-mutuel wagering at racetracks, it’s 18. The Illinois Riverboat Gambling Act enacted in February 1990 legalized riverboat gambling on open water outside of Cook County. This restriction protected wagering on horseracing in the Chicago area, approved in 1927. Since 1990, Illinois has offered only ten gaming licenses for riverboat casinos. Originally, riverboat casinos in Illinois had to cruise, but a new state law in 1999 allowed permanent docking. Each riverboat is legally authorized to have up to a total of 1,200 gaming machines including positions available at table games. The Illinois Gaming Board assumes each craps table offers ten positions while all other table games offer five gaming positions. In 2005, the Illinois state legislature established an admissions tax of $2 or $3. Admission is $2 at Jumer’s Casino Rock Island and $3 at all the other riverboat casinos. Illinois riverboat casinos also has restricted hours of operation, closing for two hours each day, usually around 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. In 2009, the Illinois state legislature passed the Video Gaming Act, allowing video gaming terminals in “Licensed Retail Establishments, Truck Stops, Veteran and Fraternal Establishments.” The Act also offered local municipalities the ability to opt-out of hosting these VLT locations. Nevertheless, it took until 2012 for the Illinois Gaming Board to provide mass approvals for these video gaming licenses to many license applicants. The Illinois Gaming Board hosts a website with extensive and thoroughly detailed descriptions of its state gambling laws for Casino Gambling and Video Gaming. In Illinois, it is legal to own a slot machine privately if manufactured 25 or more years ago. The Illinois Gaming Board provides gaming regulations and tax collection for slot machine gambling activities in Illinois. It also has gaming control commissions for other forms of gambling including the Illinois Lottery and the Illinois Racing Board. Further, the Illinois Casino Gaming Association (ICGA) represents nine of the ten riverboat casinos. The ICGA provides statistics on charitable giving by the riverboat casinos as well as supporting responsible gaming. The largest casino in Illinois is Hollywood Casino Joliet with 1,177 gaming machines, 20 table games, and five poker tables. The second-largest casino is Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino with 1,172 gaming machines, 21 table games, and five poker tables. In November 2019, 7,149 retail locations in Illinois offered video lottery terminals. In total, there are 33,019 active VLT gaming machines. Given riverboat casinos have at most 1,200 slot machines each, VLTs at local businesses equate to nearly 30 casinos of a similar size. Illinois has no federally-recognized American Indian tribes. Therefore, there are no tribal casinos in Illinois. Comment below with your favorite casino in Illinois. Be sure to share WHY it’s your favorite! As an alternative to enjoying Illinois slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering Illinois is, to the north, Wisconsin. To the east, Indiana. To the southeast, Kentucky. And, to the west, Iowa and Missouri. Illinois has established payout limits of 80% and 100% over the lifetime of a slot machine. Further, the Illinois Gaming Board provides monthly return statistics for Casino Gaming as well as for Video Gaming. The November 2019 report on return statistics for the month of October at the ten riverboat casinos of Illinois include these Player Win%. Obtain player win percentages from the report by subtracting the entry for Electronic Gaming Device Adjusted Gross Return Percentage (EGD AGR %) from 100%. In the month of October 2019, the statewide player win percentage was 90.91%. The highest payout return was Harrah’s Joliet at 92.24% while the lowest was Harrah’s Metropolis at 89.17%. For VLTs, the statewide player win percentage was 91.7%. Detailed monthly reports at Video Gaming Revenue Reports offer the player win percentage at each of the more than 7,000 retail businesses with with VLTs. To determine the win percentage for where you play VLTs, divide “Amount Won” by “Amount Played” in the VGT Wagering Activity section. In November 2019, there were 7,149 VLT locations with a total of 33,019 VLTs, a 12.4% increase in locations and a 16.7% increase in terminals from the previous year. Annual income tax revenue from gaming increased by nearly 17%. This tax income increase included a share of $83M for local municipalities which offer video gaming. Up to six new casinos may come to the Chicago area, including a 4,000-machine Hard Rock Casino in the city of Rockford. Submitted casino proposals arrived at the Illinois Gaming Board in October 2019. Further, in November 2019, the Illinois Gaming Board approved Rivers Casino to no longer be a riverboat casino. Instead, it has become a land-based casino with unlimited slots and table games. Other Illinois riverboat casinos will also become land-based casinos as part of a planned massive gambling expansion. Make sure you subscribe below, and I’ll see you next time. Stick around for slots in states neighboring Illinois. Have fun, be safe, and make good choices! Bye!