Where to Find Slot Machines in McHenry County

Commenter Mark researhed where people can find video poker games in McHenry County.

The criteria for a gaming establishment to be categorized in a city / village in the list, is the physical address of the establishment, as opposed to the establishment being within city limits.

Thus some of the 244 establishments on the list may be in unincorporated McHenry County.

Here are the names of the 244 establishments, categorized by City / village.


Algonquin: 14 establishments

Buddyz a Chicago Pizzeria
Chinga Dragon 1
Creekside Tap
Cucina Bella
Donkey Inn
Golf Club of Illinois
Kostas Gyros
La Palma Mexican Cuisine
Port Edward Restaurant
Riverview Restaurant & Tavern
Sushi King II
Tavern at the Bridge
Town Liquors
Twisted Rose


Bull Valley – Boone Creek Golf Club


Cary – 14 establishments

750 Cucina Rustica
Coleman’s in the Park
Cuckoo’s Nes
Cary Country Club
Galati’s Hideaway
Hidden Tap
Lucky Esther’s
Lucky Penny’s
Maple Tree Inn
Orchard Prime Meats
Tobacco Stop
Tony V’s
Tracks, The


Crystal Lake – 22 establishments

Asian Buffet Hibachi Grill & Sushi
Ava’s Place
Breakers, The
Buffalo Wings & Rings of Crystal Lake
Carlos Mexican Grill 3
Coleman’s Crystal Lake
Cottage, The
Crystal Bowl
Crystal Lake Rib House
Finn McCool’s
Fire Bar & Grill
Goal Line Sports Bar & Grill
Kumi Sushi Restaurant
Las Cazuelitas
Matt’s Taverno
Riverside Pub
Village Squire
Whiskey Bungalow
Williams Street Tap
Wings Etc.


Fox Lake – Rock Corner Marathon


Fox River Grove – 8 establishments

Dead End Bar & Grill
King Ping Lanes
New China Restaurant
Sticks Pub & Grub
Tinman’s Sports Pub
Villa Bleu


Harvard – 18 establishments

Big Foot Inn
Bopp’s Grille & Saloon
Bunk’s Place
Cardinal Wine & Spirits
Cool Music Stop Bar & Grill
Front Street Tap
Harvard Moose Lodge 1289
House of Lawrence
Hub Lounge
J’s Lanes
Kozy Nook Restaurant
Lexies Lucky Slots
McGarry’s Bowl
Rosati’s Pizza
South Side


Hebron – 4 establishments

Hart’s Saloon
Hoops Sports Bar & Grill
Lucky 7’s Gaming Cafe
Tobacco Shop


Holiday Hills – All Inn Pub & Grub


Huntley – 11 establishments

American Legion Post 673
BBQ King Smokehouse
Bowl Hi Lanes
Lucky Bernie’s
Offie’s Tap
Parkside Pub
Pub 47
Sal’s Pizza Place
Sammy’s Bar & Grill
Soula’s Village Inn
Tee 2 Green Indoor Golf


Island Lake – 2 establishments

Chi-Town Dogs
Maverick’s Gaming Spirits & Crafts


Johnsburg – 12 establishments

Big Frans Boardwalk Gaming
Cabana’s on the Chain
China Bar & Restaurant
Duffy’s Palace Bowl
Halftime Bar & Grill
Johnsburg Quik Shop
Moose Lodge, McHenry
Oak Park Lounge
Raymond’s Bowl & Entertainment Center
Stucky’s Bar & Grill
Sunnyside Tavern
Waterfront Hotel & Marina


Lake in the Hills – 13 establishments

American Legion Post 1231
Bistro Wasabi
Butcher on the Block
Dino’s Pizza & Pasta
DM Prime Burgers
Grove Mart, The
Lake in the Hills Property Owners Association
Moretti’s Pizza
Stella’s Place
Tacos El Norte
Woods Creek Tavern


Lakemoor – 3 establishments

Long Shots Pub
Red House
Sweet Melissa’s Pizza & Pub


Marengo – 13 establishments

Fire & Ice Smokehouse & Creamery
Glo Bowl Fun Center
House of Bottles
Joe’s Place
La Placita Taqueria #2
La’s Cafe
Maggie O’Neill’s Public House
Marengo Ridge Golf Club
Miss Kitty’s Saloon
Niko’s Pointers Saloon
Northside Tap
Sam’s Tavern
Spot of Marengo, The


McCullom Lake – 2 establishments

Hickory Lodge
Lady Luck Poker


McHenry – 44 establishments

3 Queens
Addison’s Steakhouse
After the Fox
Betty’s Bistro
Big Frans Boardwalk Gaming
Bolt-On Inn
Buddyz Pizza
Bulldog Ale House
Chen Asian Cafe
Corkscrew Pointe
Corner Tap
DC Cobbs McHenry
El Gordo Mexican Restaurant
Fox Hole Pizza
Gambler of McHenry, The
Gin Mill, The
Green Street Cafe
Henny Penny
Hickory Pit, The
Jexal’s Wingzeria
Kief’s Reef
Lacey’s Place, 341 Front St
Lacey’s Place, 3515 Diamond Dr
Liberty Club
Lucky Poker
Mackey’s Hideout
Main Street Station
McHenry Recreation
Meat n Potato Eatery
Moe’s on Main
My Place Bar & Grill
Patroons Mexican Restaurant
Plub Garden McHenry
Salerno’s Pizzeria & R Bar
Snuggery pub
Stella’s Place
Sushi King
Town Club
Village Squire McHenry
VFW Post 4600
Vickie’s Place
Windhill Pancake Parlor


Oakwood Hills – Chalet Hills Golf Club


Port Barrington – 2 establishments

Broken Oak Marina Bar & Grill
Hermann’s Rest a While


Prairie Grove – 2 establishments

Lucky Lulu’s
Prairie Isle Golf Course


Richmond – 13 establishments

American Cafe Restaurant
Doyle’s Pub & Eatery
Gigi’s Place
Hot Slots Getaway
Marathon, 8618 US Route 12
Olive Black Martini Lounge
Paisano’s on Broadway
Panino’s Italian Sandwiches & Crab Shack
Papa Saverio’s
Red’s Steak & BBQ
Richmond Liquor & Tobacco
Tobacco & Dollar Up


Ringwood – 2 establishments

O’Leary’s Pub & Grub
Rusty Nail


Spring Grove – 11 establishments

Billy’s Beef Hot Dogs & More
Bricks & Ivy Sports Tavern
Brit’s Street
Grove, The
KC’s Cabin
Lucky Bernie’s
Tammy’s Pizza & Pasta
Tobacco & LIquor
Whiskey Waters
Wild Crab Boil


Union – 3 establishments

Checker’s II
Station 4 BBQ & Grill
Union Quick Mart


Wonder Lake – 6 establishments

Busy Bee Restaurant
Dusty’s Pizza
Ed’s Wonder inn
Grand Old Mill
Horizontals Saloon
Sunrise Food & Liquor


Woodstock – 21 establishments

3 Brothers Restaurant
Best Western Woodstock Inn
Cabin, The
DC Cobb’s
Kingston Lanes
La Placita Taqueria
Liquid Blues
Lucky Bernie’s
Main Street Pour House
Moose Lodge No 1329
Napoli Pizza
Noko’s Red Mill Tavern
Offsides Sports Bar & Grill
Old Rivers Inn
Ortmann’s Red Iron Taverno
Penny’s Place
Public House of Woodstock
Rosati’s of Woodstock
Town Tap Woodstock
Wayne’s Lanes


Where to Find Slot Machines in McHenry County — 36 Comments

  1. This isn’t a whole lot of “research.”

    It’s publicly-available information on the Illinois Department of Revenue’s website with a few filters applied.

  2. ProPublica

    The Bad Bet

    How Illinois Bet on Video Gambling and Lost

    “Legalizing video poker and slots was supposed to generate billions of dollars for the state.

    A decade later, that hasn’t happened.

    Now, legislators want to double down on gambling.”

    by Jason Grotto and Sandhya Kambhampati, ProPublica Illinois, and Dan Mihalopoulos, WBEZ

    January 16, 2019

    This story is a collaboration between ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ Chicago, co-published with the Chicago Sun-Times.


  3. YouTube

    Vox channel

    Vox + ProPublica (Producer Ranjani Chakraborty brings ProPublica’s reporting to the Vox audience.)

    published January 17, 2019

    “What happened when Illinois legalized machines known as ‘the crack cocaine of gambling’.”

    Nearly a decade ago, Illinois lawmakers legalized video gambling.

    They hoped that the machines, which offered up electronic versions of games like slots or poker, would generate billions of dollars of revenue for the state.

    So they passed a bill quickly, with little debate, to expand the industry dramatically.

    Illinois now has more than 30,000 of these machines, and more locations to legally place a bet than Nevada.

    A ProPublica Illinois investigation has found that the expansion of video gambling hasn’t pulled Illinois out of debt – it’s actually accelerated it.

    While people in Illinois have gambled a lot more on machines that can be highly addictive, most of the additional money has ended up in the hands of a small group of companies behind video gambling.

    Watch the video above to find out what this could mean for the states and cities across the country considering gambling expansion.”


  4. ProPublica Illinois

    The Bad Bet

    Do You Know Someone Struggling with Video Gambling?

    Help Us Understand Video Slots and Poker Addiction in Illinois

    – More than 30,000 video gambling machines are scattered across Illinois, and gambling addiction appears to be on the rise.

    by Logan Jaffef

    January 16, 2019


  5. ProPublica Illinois

    The Bad Bet

    How We Analyzed Video Gambling in Illinois

    Here’s how we conducted an in-depth look at the rapid expansion of video gambling in the state and its financial and social costs.

    by Sandhya Kambhampati and Jason Grotto

    January 16, 2019

    From our series The Bad Bet: How Illinois Bet on Video Gambling and Lost.


  6. ProPublica Illinois

    The Bad Bet – How Illinois Bet on Video Gambling and Lost

    – This is the main page for the series of articles.


  7. ProPublica

    The Bad Bet

    How Has the “Crack Cocaine of Gambling” Affected Illinois?

    The State Hasn’t Bothered to Check.

    Since video Gambling went live in 2012, more than 30,000 video slot and poker machines have been installed in the state and gamblers have lost more than $5 billion.

    Yet Illinois has failed to address the issue of gambling addiction in any meaningful way.

    by Jason Grotto and Sandhya Kambhampati, ProPublica Illinois


    Dan Mihalopoulos, WBEZ Chicago

    February 20, 2019

    This story is a collaboration between ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ Chicago, co-published with the Chicago Sun-Times.


  8. ProPublica Illinois

    The Bad Bet

    The New Gold Rush: Illinois Lawmakers Are Growing Worried as Neighbors Move to Expand Gambling

    by Derrick Clifton

    May 9, 2019

    As part of an ongoing investigation into video gambling and its impact in Illinois, ProPublica Illinois is keeping an eye on broader gambling issues here and around the country.

    Help us by sending your suggestions and tips to gambling@propublica.org, or tweet us at @ProPublicaIL.


  9. Northwest Herald

    Patrons in McHenry County spend $294M on video gaming

    Revenue source benefits economy

    by Brittany Keeperman

    September 23, 2018

    “Patrons spent more than $294 million gambling on McHenry County video gaming machines in the past year, although municipalities and businesses only see a portion of the profits.

    That report is based on gaming numbers provided by the Illinois Gaming Board from July 2017 to July 2018.”

    “Video gaming law in Illinois stipulates that vendors and business owners evenly split 70 percent of revenue generated by the machines.

    The state gets 25 percent, leaving 5 percent to the municipality.”


  10. How much of the 249M is real money?

    Lets say a person puts $50. into the machine. wins $500, on his last pull.

    Plays $400.

    back and walks away with $100 on a fifty dollar investment.

    The machine will register 450 dollars as played, when only 50 of real money was played.

    249M is a misconception when you are playing on house money>

  11. Here is the source of the list of video gaming establishments by municipality in McHenry County:

    Illinois Gaming Board

    igb.illinois.gov/VideoLists.aspx > Comprehensive List of Applicants > Licensed Applicants

  12. The $294M from the Northwest Herald article seems to be “Funds In” which is gross money into the terminals (does not accounting for winnings).

    There are various reports on the Illinois Gaming Board website so without more information it’s hard to compare apples to apples.

    The Illinois Video Gaming statewide detailed report for July 2017 to July 2018 run just now indicates net terminal income (does account for winnings) was about 26% of the Funds In.

    So $294M x .26 = $76.4M net terminal income ballpark.

    The good news is McHenry County gamblers did not lost $294M on video gaming machines from July 2017 to July 2018.

    The bad news is McHenry County gamblers lost about $63M from July 2017 to July 2018.

    Roughly without knowing more info.


    Looking into the matter further.


    Illinois Gaming Board

    Video Gaming Revenue Reports

    Statewide Detailed Report

    Starting Month: July 2017

    Ending Month: July 2018


    July 2017 – July 2018 is 13 months to match what the Northwest Herald defined as a year.

    There are 254 establishments in that report.


    That statewide detailed report does not include a column for county.

    Since municipalities can fall in multiple counties, there’s no quick way to sort all locations by county.


    The Northwest Herald article defined one year as July 2017 to July 2018 which is 13 months.


    From that statewide detailed report

    Funds in: $209,309,722

    NTI: $53,519,554.

    In that example NTI is 26% of Funds In.

    Nice gross profit margin.

    $76.4M – $53.5M = $22.9M which is a very large discrepancy.


    Here’s how the revenue recognition works in Illinois Video Gambling.

    Amount Played – Amount Won = Net Wager.

    Funds In – Funds Out = Net Terminal Income (NTI).

    Net Wager = Net Terminal Income.


    Net Terminal Income: money put into the terminal less the winnings paid to the player.

    Net Wager: amount played less amount won.




    An outside firm, BKD, acted as the Special Assistant Auditor in lieu of the Illinois Auditor General, in performing a compliance examination of the Illinois Gaming Board and its financial statements, for the two years ended June 30, 2018.

    The report was dated February 25, 2019.


  13. Preston, you know damn right well they aren’t.

    You hang out at the Old Mill near Wonder Lake, an UNINCORPORATED area.

    Do you ever win on the slots there?

  14. Too funny Prince.

    Haven’t been there in 20 years, but if you say it’s true then it must be.

    I don’t gamble,
    but I’m wondering if it is more difficult to meet requirements out in the county rather than in municipalities.

    Be sure to take your medication.

  15. The Illinois Gaming Board classified the following establishments as unincorporated McHenry County in its March 2019 Video Gaming revenue report.

    The municipality and name of the establishment are from the Video Gaming licensed applicants report accessed May 7, 2019.

    So for instance, Big Foot Inn is in unincorporated Harvard, as Big Foot is an unincorporated area north of Harvard in McHenry County.

    The Snugger is in unincorporated McHenry.



    Town Liquors, Algonquin

    Hidden Tap, Cary

    Lucky Esther’s, Cary

    Tony V’s, Cary

    Ava’s Place, Crystal Lake

    Breakers, Crystal Lake

    Crystal Bowl, Crystal Lake

    Riverside Pub, Crystal Lake

    Whiskey Bungalow, Crystal Lake

    House of Lawrence, Harvard

    Big Foot Inn, Harvard

    All In Pub & Grub, Holiday Hills

    Maverick’s Gaming Spirits & Crafts, Island Lake

    House of Bottles, Marengo

    Marengo Ridge Golf Club, Marengo

    Bolt-On Inn, McHenry

    Gin Mill, McHenry

    Henny Penny, McHenry

    Kief’s Reef, McHenry

    Mackey’s Hideout, McHenry

    McHenry Recreation, McHenry

    Snuggery Pub, McHenry

    Chalet Hills Golf Club, Oakwood Hills

    Whiskey Waters, Spring Grove

    Busy Bee Restaurant, Wonder Lake

    Dusty’s Pizza, Wonder Lake

    Ed’s Wonder Inn, Wonder Lake

    Grand Old Mill, Wonder Lake

    Horizontal’s Saloon, Wonder Lake

    Sunrise Food & Liquor, Wonder Lake

    Old Rivers Inn, Woodstock

  16. Thus 32 of the 244 video gaming establishments in McHenry County are located in unincorporated McHenry County.

  17. The Illinois Video Gaming Act is the result of three bills signed into law by Democrat Governor Pat Quinn on July 13, 2007.

    Video gaming was not the sole purpose of at least some of these bills.

    House Bill 0255 (HB 0255) was signed into law as Public Act 96-0034 (PA 96-0034).

    House Bill 2424 (HB 2424) was signed into law as Public Act 96-0037 (PA 96-0037).

    Senate Bill 0349 (SB 0349) was signed into law as Public Act 06-0038 (PA 96-0038).



    HB 255 > PA 96-34

    HB 2424 > PA 96-37

    SB 349 > 96-38


    The Video Gaming Act has since been modified.

    Most recently, Democrat Governor Pritzker signed Senate Bill 690 (SB 690) into law as Public Act 101-0031 (PA 101-0031) on June 28, 2019.

    Included in SB 690 / PA 101-31:

    – Increases the maximum bet from $2 to $4.

    – Increases the number of allowable terminals per location from 5 to 6.

    – Large truck stop establishments may have up to 10 terminals per location.

    – The maximum cash award from the maximum wager is increased from $500 to $1,199.

    – Progressive jackpots are authorized.

    – The tax imposed on net terminal income is increased from 30% to 33% beginning July 1, 2019, and to 34% beginning July 1, 2020.


    Taft Law

    Summary of Illinois Gaming Expansion Bill

    Prepared by Taft’s Gaming Practice Group

    July 2019 update


  18. Here are some additional articles in the ProPublica Illinois series, The Bad Bet.


    Riverboat Gambling Eyes a Move to Dry Land, Sports Teams Backing Sports Betting and Other Quiet Expansions

    by Derrick Clifton

    April 25, 2019



    Excerpts from that article.

    The following are Illinois statewide figures

    SEPTEMBER 2012

    State Revenue Projected by Lawmakers – $650M

    Actual State Revenue – $22,513

    Amount Gambled – $263,716

    Video Gambling Terminals – 61

    Places to Play – 31


    NOVEMBER 2018

    State Revenue Projected by Lawmakers – $2.5B

    Actual State Revenue – $1.4B

    Amount Gambled – $21.7B

    Video Gambling Terminals – 30,735

    Places to Play – 6,792

  19. ProPublica Illinois

    As Illinois Expands Gambling, It Will Also Try to Determine How Many Gambling Addicts It Has

    – Illinois will finally conduct a thorough study of the gambling problem in the state — the first such survey in nearly 30 years.

    It said it will spend more money to treat addiction, too.

    by Dan Mihalopoulos, WBEZ Chicago,


    Jason Grotto, ProPublica Illinois

    June 10, 4 a.m. CDT


  20. Senate Bill 262 (SB 262), part of the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 2020) state budget, signed into law as Public Act 101-0007 (PA 101-0007) on June 5, 2019 by Democrat Governor JB Pritzker, included $6,800,000 from the State Gaming Fund for grants and administrative expenses associated with treatment of individuals who are compulsive gamblers.


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