Legends offering video gambling

Legends offering video gambling

CHAMPAIGN — Video gambling has come to the University of Illinois campus.

Legends sports bar on Green Street in Champaign announced on its Facebook page on Friday afternoon that it has begun offering video gambling.

Legends features four video gambling machines — including “Illinois Pick’n’Play,” “Bonus Deuces Wild,” “Vegas Jackpot” and “Secrets of the Forest” — in a cordoned off area of the bar.

A sign in front of the terminals says it is a restricted area, with a note that says, “You must be 21 years old to be in the gambling area.”

Nobody at Legends was authorized to speak to media about the bar’s new addition.

While nobody was playing the four machines early Friday evening, Josh Jansen of Arlington Heights said he had won about $10 earlier in the day.

“They are very much like the machines you would see at a riverboat casino,” Jansen said. “It wasn’t hard to play.”

Susie Nettles of Aurora said she was waiting for other people to start playing before she would try her hand at the machines.

“I’m a penny gambler, but these machines look like they would be a lot of fun,” Nettles said.

University of Illinois Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Renée Romano said having a gambling site in Campustown is a concern.

“We are concerned about it because we believe that gambling can be a problem for college students,” Roman said on Friday evening. “We know that gambling can be a problem.”

John W. Kindt, professor of business and legal policy at the University of Illinois, said he believes having gambling machines in Campustown may become a new temptation for college students.

“I don’t think having that temptation so close to campus is a good idea at all,” Kindt said. “People can get addicted and find themselves spending too much money on gambling. Having this so close to campus is a problem and a temptation for young people who many not make good decisions. I don’t think this distraction should be so readily available.”

According to the Illinois Gaming Board, there are currently 14 licensed applicants for video gaming in Champaign County, including seven in Champaign, two in Rantoul, two in Savoy, one in Mahomet, one in Tolono and one in Urbana.

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Joe American wrote on November 03, 2012 at 9:11 am

What an excellent idea!  With student debt at an all time high, why not put gambling right in front of their noses so that they..........oh, wait.

Sid Saltfork wrote on November 03, 2012 at 10:11 am

Why not put machines in the Union, and the Undergraduate Library?  It may defer the cost of tuition.

Students are over the age of 18.  Thousands of similar aged young Americans are in harm's way in war.  The idea that students need protection from vices is absurd.  The students drink in the campus bars.  They revel in the Unofficial on campus.  Do they need adult supervision in gambling?  Let mommy, and daddy decide when to cancel the credit cards.  Better to have the students gambling in campus bars than disrupting the townies in off campus bars.

It's Illinois. They are sheep are to be shorn.

brock landers wrote on November 03, 2012 at 5:11 pm

While i am not a person totally against gambling and these types of revenue makers in Illinois, i find it amazing that a campus bar is the 1st in Champaign to have these machines.  Its one thing to offer them at a VFW or that type of establishment where 65+ year olds frequent, its entirely another when you are catering to 21 year olds who barely have enough money to pay rent and tuition.

It will be interesting to see the results of this in a few years!

Sid Saltfork wrote on November 03, 2012 at 6:11 pm

The 21 year olds may have more money to blow than the 65 year olds.  The 65 year olds no longer have parents who financially sponsor them.  The 21 year olds are old enough to vote, serve their country, buy liquor, and legally enter into marriage.  Surely, they are old enough to gamble without adult supervision.  Bars outside of military bases with gambling machines serving 21 year olds seems to be okay with the public; but goodness forbid the same thing happens with bars outside of campuses.  Legends will be followed by the other campus bars in order to keep up with the competition.  

Play daily.  Illinois is broke.  Illinois needs the money. 

    

illini_trucker wrote on November 04, 2012 at 12:11 am

Why is it assumed to be the governments job to "babysit" the People. We aren't talking enforced rules, there shouldn't be government involvement in bad but legal choices. That's why America is supposedly "free."

But anyways, if it makes anyone feel better, Legends is not the only place in Champaign County to have the new machines.  The Road Ranger truck stop also has them; just saw them there today...

illini_trucker wrote on November 04, 2012 at 12:11 am

After reading some more, this quoted passage made me laugh....

 

“I don’t think having that temptation so close to campus is a good idea at all,” Kindt said. “People can get addicted and find themselves spending too much money on gambling. Having this so close to campus is a problem and a temptation for young people who many not make good decisions. I don’t think this distraction should be so readily available.”

 

I guess my thought on the defensive side of this argument is that this is a responsibility choice. There are much harder choices, choices embedded into our genes, like maybe procreation... But u don't see a segregated campus.. Lolz! 

Maybe I'm just tired.. Goodnight all..