Virginia bet on games of skill to bring in COVID-19 relief money, and now lawmakers want to allow machines to continue | Latest Headlines

Virginia bet on games of skill to bring in COVID-19 relief money, and now lawmakers want to allow machines to continue | Latest Headlines

Similar battles have played out in other states. In Pennsylvania, the casino industry has clashed with gaming machine distributors. Casino revenue last fall was higher than the previous fall, thanks to online gaming and sports betting. People shifted their gambling online during the pandemic, and revenues at brick-and-mortar casinos were down.

Pilot Flying J, which has 22 travel centers in Virginia, has urged legislatures to keep the games up and running.

“We are closely evaluating the potential impacts of removing gaming from our locations, including reduced revenues and taxes to the state and less amenities for the professional driver to enjoy during their breaks,” said Scott Klepper, senior manager of facility revenue for Pilot. “Our goal is to provide our guests with a great experience and a variety of offerings to make road travel easier.”

Krizek’s bill is expected to get its first hearing at the ABC and Gaming subcommittee of the House General Laws Committee on…

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