Cairo, IL - Debbie Chumbley of the Spirit House 1 in Cairo is very excited about having video gaming machines on the premises. Debbie said that it took a year for the application process and approval by the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) to get the machines. These machines are the first machines made available in Cairo.
Route Operator Carl Fenske of Bourbon Nais, and two technicians, one of which was representing the manufacturer were on hand to install three video gaming machines. According to Fenske, a total of five machines may be located at each establishment. Fenske is tentatively scheduled to install four machines at the Spirit House on the east end of Cairo this week. Each machine has twelve slot machine games and eighteen poker games for a total of thirty games per machine. Fenske said, “It is like having thirty casino video game machines.” These video gaming machines only accept cash and bets are from a minimum of five cents up to two dollars.
The video gaming machines are directly tied to the Illinois Gaming Board. Fenske said that the bank account is tied to the IGB and the IGB distributes the monies collected. The distributions of funds are as follows: 35% Retail establishment, 35% Bourbon Nais, 25% to the IGB and 5% to the community where the video gaming machines are located.