Ingame – July 2022 | Fox Rothschild LLP

The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) held its hybrid monthly meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2022. Members of the IGB Board of Directors were physically present at the meeting, while few were in the audience. Board members present included Chairman Schmadeke, Member Hayden, Member Bell and Member Garcia.

The meeting began with the approval of the minutes of the regular board meeting of June 16, 2022. There were no comments from board members and the director spoke only briefly to state that it would not provide the monthly income reports, but that the information can be found on the IGB website. The links are below for your convenience:

The meeting continued and the Administrator made only brief comments to discuss the proposed changes to Section 1800 – Video Game Sales Agents. The December 2021 legislation concerning the licensing of commercial agents has entered into force. Proposed rule changes will outline specific duties of commercial agents, licensing commercial agents prior to soliciting a user agreement, issuing temporary identifiers for commercial agents, economic unbundling (including including final payments) of a commercial agent and clarification of Rule 570 (renewal of licenses) and Rule 210 (general obligations of licensees).

You may recall from last month’s meeting that the agenda item, Review and Consideration of In Camera Session Minutes for Release, was tabled for consideration. This was not on the agenda for this month’s meeting, so this item is still outstanding.

Casino

The Casino portion of the meeting began with the presentation and approval of HC Joliet, LLC doing business as Hollywood Casino Joliet’s Owner’s Permit Renewal Review Application.

Then the meeting continued with the approval of Level 1 professional licenses from the following people:

  • Alevtina Panasyuk for his role as internal auditor for Casino Queen, Inc. d/b/a DraftKings at Casino Queen
  • Gregory Demarco for his role as Director of Real Estate Operations for HC Joliet, LLC d/b/a Hollywood Casino Joliet
  • Harry Cochran for his role as Head of Sports Betting for Par-A-Dice Gaming Corporation d/b/a Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
  • Jeffery Rozell Jr. for his role as Chief Compliance Officer for HC Aurora, LLC d/b/a Hollywood Casino and HC Joliet, LLC d/b/a Hollywood Casino Joliet
  • Michael Lee Thomas for his role as Vice President/General Manager of Alton Casino, LLC d/b/a Argosy Casino Alton
  • Paul French for his role as Vice President of Slots for Midwest Gaming & Entertainment, LLC d/b/a Rivers Casino-Des Plaines.

The Council then approved 67 level 2 professional licenses and 80 level 3 professional licenses. The Commission also issued a notice of denial.

Next, the administrator issued renewals to professional license holders who were due for renewal and had provided up-to-date information, paid their renewal fees in a timely manner, and complied with all other requirements. The administrator also renewed Casinomoney, Inc.’s casino provider license.

sport bets

The brief sports betting section of the meeting began with the endorsements of the following Level 1 Professional License holders:

  • Alevtina Panasyuk for his role as internal auditor for Casino Queen, Inc. d/b/a DraftKings at Casino Queen
  • Gregory Demarco for his role as Director of Real Estate Operations for HC Joliet, LLC d/b/a Hollywood Casino Joliet
  • Harry Cochran for his role as Head of Sports Betting for Par-A-Dice Gaming Corporation d/b/a Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
  • Jeffery Rozell Jr. as Chief Compliance Officer for HC Aurora, LLC d/b/a Hollywood Casino and HC Joliet, LLC d/b/a Hollywood Casino Joliet
  • Michael Lee Thomas as Vice President/General Manager of Alton Casino, LLC
  • Paul French as Vice President of Slots for Midwest Gaming & Entertainment, LLC d/b/a Rivers Casino-Des Plaines.

The administrator has approved 149 Level 2 and 3 professional license holders and issued a notice of denial. The Commission then granted renewals to Tier 1, 2 and 3 licensees who were due for renewal, had provided updated information to the IGB, paid their renewal fees in a timely manner and had complied with all other requirements.

Video games

The Administrator began the Video Game session, as he has done during past meetings, by recalling that the licenses of establishments, handlers and technicians now have a duration of two (2) years, while the licenses of suppliers, distributors, manufacturers and terminal operators now have a term of four (4) years and that, although new license terms would begin today, annual dues are still due. He also reminded licensees that due to technical difficulties, including automatically generated notices and programming and system improvements, licensees may receive letters or notices with expiration dates of a year, adding that IGB will provide updates on the Sci Games portal and please note any discrepancies.

Following his comments, the Administrator has renewed the respective manufacturer, distributor, supplier or terminal operator licenses of the following entities for a period of four (4) years:

  • CountR GmbH
  • M3 Technology Solutions, LLC
  • DK Gaming LLC
  • GFM Gaming, LLC
  • Illinois Gaming and Coin-Op LLC
  • Maya Gaming LLC
  • Pocket Aces Gaming Inc.

The administrator also renewed Terminal Manager, Technician, and Location license holders who were due for renewal and had provided updated information to the IGB, paid their renewal fees in a timely manner, and complied with all other requirements.

The meeting continued with the issuance of initial licenses to 13 terminal operators and 119 video game locations. The board also voted to rescind the seven previously issued denials of 101 South Commercial, LLC d/b/a Kay’s Place and re-license or allow the location to reapply, as appropriate.

The Board also issued notices of non-renewal to two terminal operators and two locations, Martin & Bayley, Inc. d/b/a Huck’s #379 and Capone’s, Inc. d/b/a Capone’s.

The Commission then rejected the claims of one material handler/technician and the following nine locations, four of which for statutory ineligibility:

  • 1011 Restaurant & Tapas Inc. d/b/a 1011 Restaurant & Tapas
  • Gold Rush Entertainment LLC d/b/a Gold Rush
  • MJFO Company 2, LLC d/b/a Patsy’s
  • Moonlight Bay Marina, LLC d/b/a Moonlight Bay Marina LLC
  • The Food Dude Catering & Food Truck Company
  • Hideout Bar & Grill by Big Al LLC d/b/a Hideout Bar & Grill by Big Al LLC
  • Diane K Miller Inc. d/b/a Trust Me Tavern
  • Grandview Gaming Inc. d/b/a Grandview Gaming
  • Fatkids Bar & Grill LLC d/b/a Fatkids Bar & Grill

The Commission also rejected a “cluster” of locations. The Group is made up of the following six candidate establishments:

  • Jackpots Hometown LLC d/b/a Jackpots
  • Gelly Wine Bar LLC d/b/a Gelly Wine Bar
  • Kandila Cafe, Inc. d/b/a 4 Acres Cafe
  • Southwest Gaming Cage Inc. d/b/a Patty’s Cafe
  • Lorena’s Luck Inc. d/b/a Lorena’s Luck Inc.
  • Blue Tone Sports Slots Lounge, Inc. d/b/a Blue Tone Sports Slots Lounge Inc.

These locations were treated as a group because all of the locations are located in Hometown Plaza. As you may recall, Hometown Plaza was the subject of the “casino mall” case and was the origin of the IGB rule regarding the number of VGT locations that can be find in a “mall”. Currently, there are seven licensed locations in the 25-unit plaza and adding these six would have brought the total number of video game establishments to 13.

The meeting then ended with the admin commenting only briefly to remind everyone that the next meeting is September 15, 2022 and more details will be provided at a later date.

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