Illinois Gaming Licensees:
Stay In Compliance
passed and slowly rolled out legalized gaming machines about a year
ago the rules and regulations, or rumors about them, seemed to
change on a weekly basis. Now that things are up and running,
the key to continued income is as simple as the prompt filing of your
One piece of
the compliance puzzle that has the potential to go overlooked
involves the US Department of Justice and
the Gambling Devices Act
of 1962 (which modified an older gaming bill called the Johnson
Act), which requires:
by any person or entity engaged in the business of manufacturing,
repairing, reconditioning, buying, selling, leasing, using or making
available for use by others any gambling device..."
registration with the DOJ is required if you have gaming devices,
it's not something the Illinois Gaming Board is actively
checking for. So the potential exists for a licensee to miss their
annual registration with the DOJ, only to have the IGB, or the
DOJ, decide to start cracking down on it later. Better to
be safe than sorry when it comes to your video gaming license.
The DOJ offers
a cheat sheet of tips on getting
your annual registration through expediently. The form for registration
is available on their website. It is a very basic, two page document
that will only take a couple of minutes to complete. They also
attempt to tackle some of the more frequently asked
Have you had
problems registering with the Department of Justice? Ever heard
of the IGB actually checking for DOJ registration when issuing or
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