Gambling at Springfield

More People Gambling at Convenience Stores and Storefront Parlours at Springfield

More and more people are opting for gambling online than in a land-based casino. But one does not even need to log in online when gambling options are available in convenience stores and small gaming outlets. According to a report that is published annually by the Illinois Gaming Board, storefront parlours that offer games and convenience stores are some of the most busiest stops for gamblers in Sangamon County and Springfield in 2015. Only a lone restaurant called Godfather’s Pizza that is situated on South Dirksen Parkway was on the long list.


It was in 2012 when the state approved gambling, and with it video gambling took a hit and stopped. There were about 529 terminals at more than 119 locations in Springfield that went up by 8.5 per cent since 2014. But if state figures are to be believed, then the figures dwindled quite a bit. From 542 terminals across 126 locations, they have been going downhill since then. Tim Griffin who is the coordinator for the city council said in statement that they get about a couple every week, or sometimes even less than that. Even he agrees that the volume has come down a bit.

According to the laws of the state, gambling should have a license that is approved by the city council. Another source of revenue at these places is by food and drink. Hence, keeping that in mind, aldermen in 2014 took out an ordinance stating that new licensees can earn up to 60 per cent from food, beverages and drinks. One can have only five terminals in a specified region or area. All the people entering or gambling in such premises should be 21 and above. These were some of the laws put down by the state.

Interstate Traffic

Another revelation by the state data was that interstates 55 and 72 were the major players in gambling traffic in Sangamon County and Springfield. In terms of local parlour that generated the maximum number of revenue, Qik-n-EZ topped the list. It is a service station situated at Peoria Road at 2800. According to data revealed by Illinois Gaming Board, about $4.4 million was gambled away at this venue. That is quite a bit of people when the minimum payouts were already pre-determined by the state. When it comes to dividing the share of business, the rules are very clear as well.

Under the rules and regulations in the state law, as much as 25 per cent of the income that is net-terminal directly finds its way to the state, and the local government gets about 5 per cent of it. The maintenance section gets about 1 per cent, and the remaining goes to the terminal owners and the business. The officials at Springfield have concluded that the traffic and the city’s large distance between the riverboat casinos have some part in the rise in gambling. Among other cities with lots of gambling terminals, Rockford was after Springfield in 2015. It had about 425 terminals spread across 89 locations. The third on the list was Decatur that had 287 terminals across 61 locations.