Area bar tries out video gaming to attract customers

By WEEK Producer

October 26, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2012 at 6:26 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A neighborhood bar is one of the first in the area to have video gaming.

At 12:30 Friday, 5 video poker machines were turned on at Jan's Tap in Limestone Township.

The bar is one of about 90 establishments in the Tri-County area to apply for licenses to offer video gaming.

Owner Jan McAllister estimates the machines will help draw roughly 100 additional customers per week.

"I think its only going to pick it up. It's going to help because a lot of people like to come in and visit with their friends and have something to do," said McAllister. "I just think its going to be great for everybody."

"I got into the bonus spin and I gave me bonus and it kept going and going up and up and then it finally stopped and it gave me 30 bucks," said Angela Alvarez, a customer who tried out the new machines.

According to one gaming industry company, revenue from video gaming in Illinois could reach as much as a billion dollars a year.

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