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Illinois Gaming Board Backtracks on Licensing of Mob-Connected Man

August 25, 2023 | By: Robyn McNeil

The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) plans to revoke the gambling license of a man with mob ties after a Chicago Sun-Times (CST) investigation published in May revealed the connection. When Bonus last covered Jeffrey Bertucci, we asked how a man with mob ties could receive a gambling license. While we suspected politics played a role, […]

Betway Is the Sole Applicant for Illinois’ Online-Only Sports License

August 2, 2023 | By: Chav Vasilev

Betway is the sole applicant and winner of an Illinois online-only sports betting license. During the July 27 Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) meeting, IGB Administrator Marcus Fruchter pointed out that identifying Betway as a winning bidder does not grant the operator a license. The IGB added that there was another bidder, which withdrew its application […]

Bally’s Chicago Granted Preliminary Suitability by Illinois Gaming Board

June 20, 2023 | By: Robyn McNeil

Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) has deemed Bally’s application for its future Chicago casino “preliminarily suitable.” The board voted 4-0 in favor of the plan’s suitability, allowing Bally’s to focus on the remaining regulatory requirements. At the same meeting, the company secured a license extension for its existing property in the state, Bally’s Quad Cities. Several […]

Illinois Gaming Board Grants a Mob-Related Man a Gaming License

May 22, 2023 | By: Chav Vasilev

Here’s a question for the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB). How can a man connected to organized crime be granted a gaming license? At first glance, there is nothing unusual about Jeffrey Bertucci, who operates six video gaming terminals (VGTs) in his Steak ‘N Egger franchise in Cicero, Ill. However, records show that in testimony, Bertucci […]

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