Barman Jailed For Selling Super Bowl Squares: Cops

The manager of the Penalty Box Bar & Grill was jailed for allegedly selling Super Bowl squares and running another game of chance.

Michael Magers. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
Michael Magers. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
Plainfield, Illinois – The manager of the Penalty Box Bar & Grill on South Route 59 was jailed for allegedly selling an undercover state agent a $100 Super Bowl square.

Michael Magers, 51, of 15153 S. Freedom Way in Plainfield was charged with money laundering and syndicated gambling. Magers was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and remains at the Will County jail.

A second man associated with the bar, 33-year-old Robert Arkeilpane of Plainfield, also was arrested in connection with the alleged gambling endeavor, said Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Tony Zurek.

Arkeilpane was released on his own recognizance, Zurek said. The state police are investigating whether either Magers or Arkeilpane has a stake in the ownership of the Plainfield bar.

Magers sold the agent the $100 square on Jan. 29, Zurek said.

"There were multiple games going on" at the bar, said Zurek, who added that the investigation into gambling at the Penalty Box is continuing.

A law enforcement source said Magers also offered to sell the agent squares for $200 and $500, and that he was running flip-card wagers.

The payouts for the various games exceeded $2,000, Zurek said.

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Frank J Thierer February 06, 2014 at 04:32 PM
At first I thought don't the police have anything better to do. Do you know how many places you go to that sell squares. It was going on at schools,public and catholic.so I was a little pissed at first. If you read further into the article it looks like this guy was almost running a gambling casino. There was a lot more going on there than selling super bowl squares according to the story. It's one thing selling super bowl squares, but when you are selling other forms of gambling, not good. Kudos to the various police agency's involved. You did a good job. If there was something improper in the arrest it'll tossed in court. Lets try to keep outright gambling out of the bars and the like. It's no good for the neighborhood,coming from Lyons I know what I'm talking about. Thanks
Matt B. February 06, 2014 at 04:44 PM
State regulated video poker machines are ok, cause they get to tax it. But super bowl squares that are run in a lot of bars are not. Didn't the Revolutionary War start over a lot less than this?
holeinone February 06, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Thanks for the insight Frank. Plainfield will be the next Vegas according to you with this all this "big" gaming going on...yahwhoooo.
Tracy Naylor Luna February 06, 2014 at 05:37 PM
Seriously who cares! Squares? Really? I am sure Father George and Sister Mary made a wager on the game. Where do I picket to set him free. Dumb
holeinone February 06, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Right on Tracy! Enough is enough with Big Brother watching everything we do.
Leave a little sparkle wherever you go :) February 06, 2014 at 06:51 PM
Haha! Seriously!?!? I mean come on let's be real, you know them cops are buying squares too! Everyone does (with a small percentage that don't) I bet a cop lost and got all salty and busted the guy....lol
Suzi D February 06, 2014 at 07:10 PM
They couldn't find Stacy Peterson, but they found the guy selling Super Bowl squares? Great job state police....great job! Our streets are now safer with that evil square pool guy off the streets! someone wrote this and I had to share it....
Doctor Zeus February 06, 2014 at 07:24 PM
I had money on the 0 Denver, 8 Seattle square. Can I still contact the state police and claim my winnings?
Frank February 06, 2014 at 09:26 PM
This may appear humorous at first, but this town has been getting a lot of bad press lately that's really not too funny. Bad press draws those looking for bad things because they know they'll easily find it. When you look, you find. This sleepy little town is gradually earning the moniker of "South-Cicero" lately and big brother knows it. It's less about the squares and more about the reputation our town is gaining. Sermon over.
Dave Papes February 07, 2014 at 01:39 AM
HA! We should be so lucky. You should see the level of services they get there. Especially seniors. State of the art facilities and parks. Check out the Bobby Hull ice rink. If not for the crime and corruption it would be great. "Bad press draws those looking for bad things"? yeah lots of criminals sitting around reading the paper to figure out where to pull off the next caper.
Hugo February 07, 2014 at 09:14 AM
Ace, This should give you an idea of how naïve plainfield residents are...but they don't think they are. Superbowl squares is what THEY are imagining, because that's what they relate to. They don't think beyond themselves. But that's fine...that's why Plainfield is a relatively nice place to live. Kind of like Hobbiton. Peaceful, sheepish residents.
Hugo February 07, 2014 at 10:03 AM
So this guy does get around...? He does "a little of this, a little of that...." I read you loud and clear.
Hugo February 07, 2014 at 10:41 AM
I don't know him, but nothing about this seems like the police randomly chose one guy in one bar in one town; and then deciding to simply make his life miserable for their personal enjoyment. If one thinks that, he or she is a moron.
Carrie Turnquist February 07, 2014 at 05:24 PM
Wow, that's really pathetic. I bought a square from a little league baseball fundraiser. Better go after those lil guys too!
JR Mariottini February 07, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Funny, whenever I go to a Bulls or Blackhawks game, the first thing they hit me up with a "split the pot" game. Where are the state agents there!?
Hugo February 07, 2014 at 11:31 PM
Is there any evidence that they launder money too? Because apparently there is for this winner.
Sheila m February 08, 2014 at 01:15 AM
Makes me wonder what cop wife he was giving it toor politician's hand he didn't grease.
David Potter February 08, 2014 at 04:56 AM
Any form of Gambling in a Liquor establishment is against the law in Il ! There is an unwritten rule that small game square boards are ok as long as it doesn't exceed 10 dollars a square and nobody selling the squares profits from them! This guy was clearly doing this to make money. You will notice, if you look back on any arrests for Sports Boards in Bars,that the few arrests have always been about huge payout ,large prize winning,money making obnoxious Boards! The cops know what they are doing!
Randy Wayne February 08, 2014 at 05:32 AM
Magers was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and remains at the Will County jail. "So, what are you in for?" "Rape and murder, how about you?" "Oh, I'm in for selling Super Bowl squares..."
Hugo February 08, 2014 at 08:03 AM
"....and money laundering; and what drew attention to me in particular is decades worth of organized crime association."
Eric February 08, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Obamastate mentality. Undercover Gestapo making the rounds......
comic relief February 08, 2014 at 12:07 PM
a case of "must have pissed off da police" at some point or another
Gina Porter February 09, 2014 at 08:51 AM
Wow don't the police and officials have more important things to take care of! If football squares are making news, my tax dollars are totally wasted! This is as about important as the photo light inforcement tickets. Get real people......
The Sofa King February 09, 2014 at 10:14 AM
I wonder how many police departments had their OWN Super Bowl squares game going on?
TB Plfd February 09, 2014 at 07:16 PM
The Police are not here to Serve and Protect now days its all about the Money.
Robert Wolfe February 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM
No gambling. Good, now you have money for a lottery tickey Difference???
Robert Wolfe February 11, 2014 at 11:09 AM
No gambling, just buy lottery tickets instead! Difference??
Tom Hollman February 12, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Make all fines payable to the state would weed out crooked police traffic speedtraps & quotas
Donald Carlin February 12, 2014 at 11:52 AM
John Higgins February 13, 2014 at 10:24 AM
This is just silly. City official's can bet steaks and barbeque and everything else they want on a game through the press. Are they to be charged with crimes? Bet you every cop involved had at least one square that they were watching. Seems to me this guy was targeted for some reason.


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