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Gaming Occupations

Occupation Gaming Occupations
Agency Gaming Board
Phone 312.814.4700
Job Description

Individuals employed at a riverboat gaming operation are required to hold a license. A licensee may perform any activity included within the licensee's level of occupation license or any lower level.

There are three levels of occupation licenses for gaming workers in Illinois.

LEVEL ONE - People who have authority to develop or administer policy, long-range plans, or to make discretionary decisions regulating gaming operations; people responsible for major sections within the casino or its property, even if no gaming is conducted in the area (such as a hotel or restaurant). Level One occupations include chief of security, casino manager, audit manager, and table games manager.

LEVEL TWO - Employees who operate or maintain casino games, or who come in contact with gaming money, chips, tokens, credit slips, etc., but who are not supervisors. Level Two occupations include accountants and financial controllers, card dealers and other table game workers, and cashiers.

LEVEL THREE - Employees who work in an area where gaming is conducted, or in areas that directly affect gaming, but do not conduct the games or come in contact with gaming money, chips, tokens, credit slips, etc. Level Three occupations include housekeepers in casino area, non-gaming maintenance staff in casino area, waiters/waitresses in casino area, and security guards.
Statute 230 ILCS 10 Riverboat Gambling Act
Type of Regulation License
Number Regulated
Age At least 21 years of age if the applicant will perform any function involved in gaming by patrons. Any applicant seeking an occupation license for a non-gaming function shall be at least 18 years of age.
Education/Experience Each casino establishes its own requirements for education, training and experience. Applicants for occupation licenses must be photographed and fingerprinted at the time of application. The licensing application process also includes a background investigation.
Exam No exam required
Exam Type NA
Administered NA
Exam Fee NA
Passing Criteria NA
Repeats NA
Continuing Education No requirement
Citizenship Federal law
Other 230 ILCS 10/9 Sec. 9 Occupational Licenses. To be eligible for an occupational license, an applicant must not have been convicted of a felony offense, violation of Article 28 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or a similar statute of any other jurisdiction, or a crime involving dishonesty or moral turpitude.
Note Licensure requirements, licensure fees, examination fees and exam administration are subject to change.
Application Fee Occupation License, Level 1 - $1,000.00; Occupation License, Level 2 - $200.00; Occupation License, Level 3 - $75.00
License Fee $50.00
Renewal Fee $50.00
Reinstatement Fee NA
License Period One year
Reciprocity/Endorsement No