Former Emma’s owner sentenced to 4 years

By on May 14, 2009

Michael Alvarez pleaded guilty to gambling charge
An Elgin man has been sent to prison for running Super Bowl gambling pools at taverns in Elburn and St. Charles owned by his wife.

Michael A. Alvarez Sr., 53, of the 39W block of Hogan Hill, Elgin, was sentenced Tuesday by Associate Judge James C. Hallock to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

On March 17, 2009, Alvarez pleaded guilty to one count of keeping a gambling place, a Class 4 felony in this case because of a prior conviction on the same charge.

Between Sept. 1, 2006, and Feb. 28, 2007, Alvarez ran a Super Bowl pool at Emma’s Pub and Cantina in the 1100 block of Main Street, Elburn, and at Miguel’s on the Fox, in the 100 block of West Main Street, St. Charles. The pool had a total value of $60,000 at $600 per square. Alvarez also was running smaller pools at the taverns.

The sentence includes an extended term based on Alvarez’s prior state and federal convictions on gambling offenses and has served sentences in Illinois prisons and the federal penitentiary.

Illinois law dictates that Alvarez must serve at least 50 percent of the sentence. He had been free on $10,000 bond.

Assistant State’s Attorneys Greg Sams and Adam Katz prosecuted the case.