A Rockford business gambles that video gaming systems will pay off. The machines have only been live in Illinois for about four months. Only a week after getting its games one bar has already added hours and employees. Stumpy's Pub says it is going after the gamblers who leave Rockford to play.
"We are hoping we can pull a lot of the people in from the community that are traveling to actually just come here," says Reanna Zaccard, Stumpy's Pub manager.
That's why a little more than a week ago stumpy's pub changed its hours to open at 8 a.m. It says if things go well stumpy's won't be the only area business profiting from video gaming.
"We're going to start serving breakfast from Sunrise across the street. They are going to deliver over so we can have a breakfast selection as well," says Zaccard.
Since it doesn't serve food Stumpy's already has a similar deal with the restaurants Spanky's Gyros and Maciano's Pizza and Pasta. Stumpy's just got its video gambling license a week and a half ago so it's too soon to say if this new plan is paying off. At least one gambling machine supplier says the whole industry in Illinois is moving cautiously.
"Generally it's a slow rollout based on background checks that are required by the state gaming board but for me that's going just as planned," says Tony Harrolle, Slot Kings Gaming, general manager.
Harrolle says there's no immediate jackpot for his company. As an operator Slot Kings Gaming gets 35% of the gaming revenue from the businesses it has machines in. That's after the state, local government and the establishments take their cut.
"As it stands we are still looking for more staff so we are doing just fine," says Harrolle.
Along with the new hours Stumpy's also hired two more employees.
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