PRINCETON — Suzi’s Video Poker and Slots is set to open Friday at 1669 N. Main St. in a building located next to the Sherwood Antique Mall.
Suzi McAfoos is the owner of the business that will have five different machines where people can play video poker or slots.
Customers will be able to play multiple games on each machine, both slots and poker, explained McAfoos, who lives in the Quad Cities.
“We want to create a different atmosphere where people who don’t want to go to a riverboat or local bar can gamble,” she added. “We are here for people who don’t like the noise and want to socialize.”
Suzi’s will be open seven days a week. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
McAfoos will also be opening another Suzi’s in Ottawa with plans to expand to other markets in the future.
“We want people to have a place to go without going to a casino,” she said. “We chose Princeton because it is between Joliet and the Quad Cities.”
McAfoos and her husband, Jeff, got the idea to open a place like Suzi’s in Princeton and Ottawa after taking a trip two years ago to West Virginia where many such establishments were available.
McAfoos said they thought this kind of business would work in Illinois prior to the state changing its video gaming act, allowing up to five video poker or slot machines in qualified locations around Illinois. The Illinois Gaming Board regulates the placement of these machines in Illinois, mainly in bars.
“We think this is a great location,” she said. “It is high traffic, and this is a nice quiet place.”
Free coffee and soda will be available for customers. Beer and wine will also be available. People can relax in a television lounge with a sofa, table and chairs to socialize.
The city of Princeton gets 5 percent of the net revenue from the five machines located at Suzi’s, which will employ five to six people.
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