Overview for Video Gaming Site Inspection
The first inspection was completed in Southern Illinois in a community that is listed as a “Y” on the IGB website (i.e. only the towns/municipalities that permit/allow video gambling). There is likely to be a team of agents that will conduct the inspection and the location is likely to receive some advance notice. The following information is an overview of what took place: – All of the people disclosed on the application need to be present. The IGB agents will take pictures of these individuals for the file. – The agents will ask how the location intends to protect against under-age gaming. The IGB is looking for a specific plan to address this issue – The agents will look for unlawful games, as well as other evidence of illegal activities. – This will likely include looking in attics, basements, closets, cabinets, drawers and detached structures that are on the property. – The agents will ask where the VGT’s are going to be placed. If the location is not sure, the agents will likely require another site visit once it the area is determined. – The agents will ask for a copy of the game placement agreement with the terminal operator. If the location does not have this, as required under the Act, the agents will have to set an additional site visit. – As a result, locations can take certain steps to be prepared for their inspection. Things the Applicants MUST DO : – Make sure all owners, officers and the gaming manager be present. This includes the President, Vice President and Treasurer for a Fraternal or VFW. – Be prepared to show where the VGT’s will be located and have in place whatever “separation” is intended to be implemented. – Have a copy of the agreement between you and your terminal operator. – Make sure that all areas are accessible. – Have a plan on how you intend to protect against underage gaming. – Make sure you comply with all laws related to gambling in Illinois. If you conduct raffles or other charitable gaming, make sure you have a copy of your current license. If you have an amusement only device, make sure you have access to the device and can demonstrate that it is compliant with Section 35 of the Video Gaming Act. Please continue to check back for additional updates. If you have any questions and/or concerns please contact me directly.