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J&J Ventures Acquires Melody Music & Gaming Operations!

April 16, 2019 (EFFINGHAM, IL) – J&J Ventures Amusements, celebrating its 90th year, announced today its recent acquisition of Melody Music & Gaming operations. In the transaction, J&J is purchasing the amusement and gaming operations of Melody Music & Gaming, a leading supplier of gaming, jukeboxes, dart machines and pool tables to the greater Champaign and Kankakee area.

With this purchase, J&J Ventures Gaming now serves over 1,200 customers throughout Illinois. J&J Ventures Gaming plans to maintain the Melody operations center in Champaign and Kankakee.

“We are eager to share our knowledge in the industry and expand our service area into Champaign and Kankakee even further. We look forward to working with each location individually to provide them with the customer service, gaming expertise, and philanthropic outreach that both Melody and J&J are known for,” said J&J Ventures Gaming CEO, Bob Willenborg. “We value our partners, and we look forward to helping each location maximize their gaming area to increase the client’s customer base and profits.”

Willenborg added that J&J will retain all the Melody team members. “We look forward to welcoming the new employees to our J&J team and working with them to ensure all of our clients are getting the exceptional service that both Melody and J&J deliver 24/7,” said Willenborg.

“Being in business for the past 70 years has allowed us to build not only partnerships, but friendships with our customers,” said Tom Fiedler of Melody. “All of us at Melody sincerely thank each person that has partnered with us over the years. All of our success is attributed to you.”

Fiedler continued that their customers will soon experience the first-class excellence J&J Ventures beholds. “Melody is a family owned company who values relationships, service, topnotch equipment, and provides the ultimate gaming and amusement experience. We know that J&J Ventures will continue this tradition. The importance of finding the right successor who is not only a leader in gaming and amusements, but who also ethically sets the stage was key,” said Fiedler. “We have complete confidence J&J Ventures will continue to help our gaming and amusement customers thrive.”

The Illinois Video Gaming Act was enacted and approved by Illinois lawmakers in 2009 as a way to help raise funds to repair schools and fix roads. State and municipalities share in the revenue generated through gaming. J&J Ventures Gaming was one of the first terminal operators to be licensed in Illinois in January of 2012 and went ‘live’ in October of 2012.

The companies, headquartered in Effingham, Illinois, have been innovating and operating since 1929. Today, the J&J Ventures Gaming division provides unparalleled expertise in gaming management and route operations to the video gaming terminal business. J&J Ventures Amusements is a leading operator for dart machines, pool tables, jukeboxes, ATM, etc.

Spring Sweepstakes

The entry period for our $175,000 Jackpot Extravaganza is officially closed. Thank you to all the establishments that participated and the gaming patrons who entered! We will continue to announce our daily winners here and on our social media pages!


  • Elizabeth Saurin
  • Sam Davis – Linda Lou’s 119 in Lacon, IL
  • Meredith Blankenship – The Abagail in Clinton, IL
  • Andy Sanders – The Wine on Broadway in Quincy, IL
  • Randy Stecyk – The American Legion in Carmi, IL
  • Bradley Patterson – The Lawrenceville County Country Club
  • Connie Cleveland – S.A.T.T. Enterprises in Streator, IL
  • Eugene Bitondo
  • Pat Bergbower – The Jasper Columbian in Newton, IL
  • Judith Erpenbach – Bubba’s Too in Nason, IL
  • Connie Newman – Danny’s Pool Room in Carmi, IL
  • Barbara Elam – VFW Kaskaskia Post 3553 in Chester, IL
  • Richelle Jarvis
  • Gertrude Church
  • Stacy Higgason – NMN Clib in Flora, IL
  • Martina Huff – The Curve Inn in Springfield, IL
  • Tricia Wilson – Mike Stan’s in Charleston, IL
  • Ellen Biggs
  • Nancy Tieman – Eagles in Chester, IL
  • Nancy F.
  • Sunny Young
  • John Fehrenbacher – Deuces Wild Saloon in Olney, IL
  • Gordon Mazeika – Rockview Tap in Rockford, IL
  • Marge Sooter
  • Marianne Wood
  • Jamie Poulaki – Shamrock Slots in Ottawa, IL
  • Sarah Reynolds
  • Michael Irelan
  • Ralph Lankford – Diamond Jean’s in Jacksonville, IL
  • Brenda Alvis – Chucktown Lanes in Charleston, IL
  • Brandy Richardson – Knapp Oil in Xenia, IL
  • Debra Hilliard – Vic’s Cafe in Newton, IL
  • Michael Coonrad – Longbranch Tavern in Athens, IL
  • Victoria S. – Ashley’s Gaming in Springfield, IL
  • Clinton Donaldson – Bub’s Pub in Sandoval, IL

*Must be 21. See Official Rules and Regulations for details.

Responsible Gaming Cards

We now have responsible gaming cards! Please contact 855-752-9558 to order cards for your establishment and get involved with Responsible Gaming!

J&J Ventures has received a Conditional VGT Operator License in Pennsylvania!

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Get daily updates from J&J about:

Featured Establishments: J&J Ventures will host a “Featured Gaming Establishment” on the J&J Facebook and Twitter page each Tuesday and Thursday. These status updates will showcase photos of an establishment’s gaming area and inform gamers on any special promotions / incentives that are offered.

New Gaming Establishments: J&J Ventures will post about new establishments that have just went live with Video Gaming. These posts will notify gamers on where they can find the new gaming locations and inform them about special promotions / incentives that are offered as well.

Weekly Hot Spots: J&J Ventures will share the top 20 payout locations for each week on Wednesdays. We will take the ratio of Amount Won compared to Amount Played from the weekly video gaming transaction report from the Sci Games operator portal.

Other Promotions: J&J Ventures offers other various video gaming promotions on Facebook to interact with gamers. By participating in these promotions, gamers can be entered to win a J&J prize! Find out more about our promotions on the J&J Ventures Facebook page in the ‘Notes’ section!
*No purchase necessary. Must be 21.