Strike gold on the Carlinville Plaza
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Flashing neon lights, whirring machines and the ka-ching of coins clinking together may bring to mind the casinos of Las Vegas, but these sounds can also be heard in Carlinville. Gold Mine Gaming was among the seven businesses who participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony on the Carlinville Plaza. The business officially opened on May 4 and offers video gambling services. However, business owner Pete Summers and business manager Bethany Murphy explained what they believe separates them from similar area organizations.
According to Summers and Murphy, Gold Mine Gaming provides a casino-like atmosphere in a small town setting. “We want our organization to have the look and feel of a casino rather than just offering slot machines,” said Summers. To accomplish this goal, the pair provide players with free refreshments and a sitting area with a television for those who need a break from the screens.
Summers and Murphy also noted that Gold Mine Gaming strays from the bar vibe that they believe turns away video gamblers. “We offer a more discrete, relaxing area that’s free from the noise and bustle of a bar,” said Murphy. “Gamers should be able to enjoy their entertainment experience.”
Gold Mine Gaming currently offers five live video slot machines since that is the maximum allowed by Illinois state law; however, Summers and Murphy believe that law may change to 10 machines soon. Summers added, “This is why we decided on this particular location, so we could have the space when that law is put into place. We just want to be prepared.”
Gold Mine Gaming is currently open every day: 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. from Monday to Saturday and 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday. For those who have further questions about the business, Summers and Murphy can be contacted via phone (217) 930-2777 or found on Facebook. Additionally, they hope to start a customer loyalty program soon that will keep track of spending and offer rewards.
Summers noted that clients have been returning to Gold Mine Gaming and giving positive feedback. “We’re hoping to help bring the [Carlinville] Plaza back to what it used to be,” he said. “We are also working to promote and boost the neighboring businesses.”