Wire Act Changes Require 90 Day Compliance

Summary: After a change to the Wire Act by the Department of Justice was made public this week, a memo has been released giving businesses 90 days to make changes.

Sports BettingThis week, it was made known that the Department of Justice has decided to rule that the federal Wire Act applies to all forms of interstate gaming. In the past, the Act applied to only sports betting. With the change, online poker and lottery gaming will be affected and possibly the online casino industry as well. Now, a memo has been issued by the US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that states the new opinion will take effect in 90 days. In this time frame, the office will be making guidelines.

90-Day Time Frame

During the 90-day time frame in which the federal government will be making prosecutorial guidelines, there will be no safe harbor so to speak for those who are in violation of the law based on the new opinion. All types of legalized online gambling may be affected with this new change, as any online gambling is considered illegal if it takes place across state lines.

In several states, online casino gaming, lottery, sports betting, poker and daily fantasy sports takes place. Sometimes, the transactional data involved will travel across states lines. Yet the actual gaming will take place within a single state. However, there are some instances where gaming does take place across state lines and payment systems as well. Due to the new interpretation, even the payment methods may be an issue which could leave some online gambling operators in hot water.

In the memo, Rosenstein has designated the Organized Crime and Gang Section of the Criminal Division to review the Wire Act and approve any proposed charges. The Justice Manual will soon include the findings of the review and approval process for prosecutions to be made based on the Wire Act interpretation. Further guidance can be provided for department attorney’s who have any questions regarding the implementation of the Wire Act.

Confusion Remains

Since the new opinion has been provided, there has been much confusion as to what will happen. It is believed that action will be taken to take the matter to court. Experts feel that the issue will be in litigation within the 90 day time frame set for the guidelines to be created. States may decide to sue the federal government in the hopes of obtaining a judgement that the Wire Act still only applies to sports betting.

As of the release of the Wire Act change, there has yet to be any change in a state offering online lottery ticket sales or online gaming. It seems that states are pushing ahead with any new changes, such as Rhode Island, one of the latest states to put forth legislation that will legalize applications for sports betting within their borders.

In reality, there was great clarity as to what was allowed for online gambling with the Wire Act from the changes made in 2011. This new opinion simply creates more obscurity and a sense of unknowing that only causes confusion instead of actually helping.

For now, it seems that operators are going to continue as normal. As the guidelines are created by the federal government, we will have a clearer picture as to what is expected of operators. Hopefully, the online gambling industries will not be affected in such a way that will cause strain or the ceasing of operations.

New Wire Act Opinion by the DOJ Could Spell Trouble for iGaming Industry

Summary: The United States Department of Justice has changed their opinion on the Wire Act of 1961, ruling that all interstate online gambling is illegal.

In 2011, the Department of Justice, under the Obama Administration, ruled that the Wire Act of 1961 was to be changed. The new opinion was that the act only applied to sports betting. This paved the way for individual states to begin legalizing online gambling. New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada have been successful in offering online casino and/or poker gaming. Pennsylvania has legalized the option too, and should start sometime this year.

This week, the DOJ decided to rule that the Wire Act was not interpreted correctly in 2011 and have now applied it to all interstate online gambling. It is rare for the DOJ to issue a new opinion on a subject when it was recently changed, but this administration seems to be set on making changes to the overall landscape of US legislation.

The new opinion was dated the 2nd of November and states that the Wire Act applies to gaming beyond sports betting. It also states hat the 2007 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act does not change the Wire Act.

The UIGEA legislation created an exception for fantasy sports involving restrictions of online gaming. With the new opinion, it states that based on the Wire Act, there is no such exemption. With this decision, daily fantasy sports operators need to be worried.

Daily fantasy sports companies and lotteries in the states sell tickets for multi-state draw games. Examples of this would be the Mega Millions and the Powerball. These legal gambling activities would be in violation of the law now based on the change to the Wire Act. But, what action will the federal government take?

Online poker gaming will also be affected. In Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware, online poker player pools are shared. Players in Delaware can access sites in New Jersey and vice versa. The online poker industry in the United States is already struggling so if the player pooling is taken away, revenue numbers will dwindle.

It is possible that the Department of Justice will not take action against states that offer interstate gaming. But why make the change then? The current administration is real chummy with anti-gambling activists like Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. It could be that the change was made to try and shake up the online gambling industry, in any way possible.

Possible Issues

Because we have no idea how the DOJ will move forward now that the new opinion has been made public, it’s anyone’s guess what could become an issue. Take for example banking. In the past, online operators had trouble getting banks and financial institutions to allow payment processing for online gaming sites. Over the years this issue has been resolved. However, now that interstate change is in play, banks might not be too willing to process payments for gaming in one state when they are based in another.

It could be that payment processing could become a big issue for operators. Banks want to avoid any federal issues. To avoid any risk of prosecution, the financial institutions may stop processing payments in specific states for that reason.

I imagine over the coming weeks we will learn more about what the new opinion of the DOJ on the Wire Act will entail. We will keep our readers updated on any changes and how it affects online gambling in the US.

Penn National to increase presence in Pennsylvania via video gaming terminals

Summary: Operator of the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Penn National has announced plans to further their presence in Pennsylvania by operating video gaming terminals.

Since late 2017, Pennsylvania has seen a boom within their overall gambling industry as operators and partners begin to set up for various expansions within the industry. Online casino and poker gaming is set to begin this year, with operators setting up partnerships last year and gaining licensing in preparation. Penn National is a gaming operator in the state who is preparing to provide additional gaming options, including video gaming terminals. The company announced last week that they had partnered with Rutter’s convenience stores to get started.

VGT gaming

Penn National GamingAs an operator of the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Penn National had the ability to apply for video gaming terminal licensing, or VGTs for short. The company has announced a deal has been signed with Rutter’s, with the company set to provide five VGTs within 20 locations of Rutter’s convenience stores throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

VGTs were part of a gaming expansion package created in 2017 that was signed into law. Because so many new aspects of the gaming industry were approved, it has taken some time for gaming to get started. Now, it seems Penn National will be the first to get started and in a big way.

Senior Vice President of Regional Operations for Penn National, John Finamore, commented on the new deal, stating that the company is looking forward to working with Rutter’s to introduce VGT gaming to the state. Penn National is excited to be combining their expertise with the established success of Rutter’s convenience stores to offer the new gaming option via qualified locations.

VGTs were an issue when legislation was being considered back in 2017, as some casinos were opposed, afraid the machines would cut into their slot profits. However, in the end, the option was added to legislation and will begin this year.

Qualifying Properties

To be able to offer VGTs, locations have to meet a certain set of criteria. The VGTs must be added to locations that meet certain standards. The property must sell 50,000 gallons of diesel fuel on average per month. The property must also have 20 parking spots minimum that are dedicated to commercial vehicles. The property must also be located on three acres of land or more.

VGTs are similar to slot machines as players will be wagering and see the outcome based on a random number generator. Players can wager $5 max on the machines and the top payout cannot exceed $1,000.

Back in May, the Gaming Control Board began excepting applications. Since that time, a total of 60 locations have requested to house the machines. Each location can have as many as five machines. Over 20 locations have been given conditional approval.

Penn National was one such group that was given conditional licensing by the Board. Rutter’s still has to be approved before the gaming option can begin.

Hopefully, the new games will be up and running in the next few months. It will certainly be interesting to see if the games provide an additional source of revenues and just how much time and money players will spend on this new type of gaming in the state. We should see more interest from operators once the VGTs are up and running and they have an example to go by to see just how the machines will fare.

New Hampshire House of Representatives Introduce New Sports Betting Bill

Summary: A new sports betting bill has been introduced in New Hampshire that would create the first standalone retail shops for the industry in the US.

In the United States, sports betting continues to be the hot topic of discussion. State after state are introducing legislation as the New Year begins to get in on the action. Close to ten states already offer the activity and several have already introduced legislation this year to get the ball rolling to join in. This week, New Hampshire lawmakers decided to introduce a bill that will not only start offering services in their borders but they will also see retail shops added, which would be a first for the United States.

HB 480

New HampshireThe New Hampshire House of Representatives saw HB 480 introduced this week, a bill with a goal of establishing a system within the Lottery Commission to see sports betting legalized in several formats. Online, mobile and land-based are being considered. A Division of Sports Betting would be created inside the Commission, helping to regulate the new industry.

The legislation essentially puts the Commission in charge, allowing the group to decide if wagering will be offered directly via an authorized Sports Betting Agent or through the agent via mobile devices and physical retail facilities.

It is the physical retail facility portion of the bill that is getting headlines. The state currently does not have any land-based casino facilities. In other states, casinos are the platform for sports betting. Existing operators are able to apply for sports betting licensing and then use their existing facility to open a sports book. That luxury is not available in New Hampshire.

So, the state will have to do something similar as to what is found in the United Kingdom known as betting ships. This would be a first for the United States and certainly something that other states who do not offer casino gaming could consider.

According to the legislation, the cities and towns of the state would have to approve any betting shop installations with a ballot referendum before any sports betting would be authorized in a region. Any anti-gambling municipality will not be allowed to interfere with the digital wagering operation of the state.

Players who took part in sports betting would have to be at least 18 years of age and wagering would not be allowed for college events involving teams of the state or games that take place in the state in general.

Progressing Forward

If the option is approved, the Commission created could decide to launch their own wagering option. If they do, then they would be given the ability to hire vendors to manage the operations. If a betting agent were to be hired, the agent would have to give a percent of revenues back to the state. The amount is unknown at this time. 10% of that amount would be placed in a fund going to responsible gambling initiatives.

The timeline for the new industry would hopefully see the bill approved by July 1st. Then the process of selecting a betting agent could begin by the first of next year. Legal wagers would then be in operation possibly by the summer of 2020. It will certainly be interesting to see how the legislation progresses and if New Hampshire will be one of the next to launch sports betting services in the US.

Washington D.C. Decides to Halt Sports Gambling Legislation

Summary: While Washington D.C. quickly moved sports betting legislation through the system, it seems the region is now halting their efforts.

In the United States, efforts have shifted from online gambling legislation to sports betting. After the US Supreme Court ruled that individual states could legalize sports betting when the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was shut down, state after state began to pass bills to get started. Late last year, Washington D.C. was one region that proposed legislation and moved quickly to see the option become a reality. However, it seems that efforts have now stalled, with a decision by the city council being postponed.

Halting Efforts

Sports gambling legislation has come to a stand-still in Washington D.C. as the city council decided this week to postpone a decision involving the measure that will allow competition when it comes to the management of sports betting in the city. The council stated that they want to give the community additional time to provide their opinion before making a final ruling.

The concern regarding sports betting in the region is that the council will be choosing an entity to manage the industry instead of allowing companies to bid to be the provider. In the United States, it is typical for the bidding process to be open so that there are not any deals made that are considered shady or unfair to the industry.

According to council members, months may be lost in progress. The area may be delayed in offering sports betting, but the process would be more in line with what is currently going on the nation, instead of setting up a group without competition beforehand.

In December, the city council of D.C. approved sports betting. With the approval, they became the first jurisdiction to give approval in the Washington area for the wagering activity. There are no casinos in the region that would be able to offer sports betting, but D.C. is home to the lottery.

The lottery is operated by Intralot and the D.C. Lottery is the overseer. The group has pushed to see Intralot in charge of sports betting, with the organization stating that delays in this decision will cost the region millions of dollars. According to Beth Bresnahan, the Executive Director of the D.C. Lottery the process of bidding could take three years and cost tens of millions of dollars of lost revenues.

Bresnahan also pointed out that if nearby Maryland and Virginia begin to offer sports betting in the meantime, then the District would be behind when it comes to establishing customer relationships with residents in these regions as well as their own. Because of the location of the district, commuters from other states could easily begin taking part in the activity, if the lottery is able to have control now.

Council Members Stand Strong

Despite the argument by the Lottery, the members of the city council have remained firm in their decision to allow the public to have a say so. The council wants to see what the public has to say on the matter and ensure that the D.C. residents understand what will take place before moving forward.

The Chairman of the Council has agreed to withdraw an emergency measure involving sports betting and a bill will be introduced next week that will look to approve public bidding.

Parx Casino Set to Launch Sportsbook This Week

Summary: Sports betting continues to grow in Pennsylvania, as the Parx Casino prepares to launch their sportsbook this week.

Sports betting continues to grow in the United States, as individual states continue to pass legislation to legalize the new industry. Several states approved the option last year either before the Supreme Court ruling involving the Professional & Amateur Sports Protection Act or after the Act was struck down, ready to offer sports wagering services. Pennsylvania was one such state that approved the industry, with the Parx Casino set to begin offering services this week.

Four Operating Sportsbooks

PennsylvaniaWith the launch of the Parx Casino sportsbook, the state will be home to a total of four operators offering land-based services. The Parx Casino is the market-leader, so all eyes are on the operator and how well they will fare with the new industry.

Last Friday, owner of the casino, Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, announced that they would begin the soft launch of their land-based sportsbook beginning Tuesday at 2pm. A soft launch is mandatory for a 48-hour time frame before full wagering is allowed. The sportsbook will be powered by Kambi and full wagering should be offered by the provider by 1pm on Thursday, as long as the soft launch runs smoothly.

When the sportsbook opens at the Parx, the facility will be a smaller version offering only temporary space until the permanent sportsbook is completed. The temporary option is located in the former 360 bar and lounge. The permanent location should be ready by summer to be able to prepare any changes before the next NFL season begins at the end of the year.

Greenwood Gaming also operates another facility in the state of Pennsylvania. Owner of the South Philadelphia Turf Club, the operator has yet to state if they will be offering sports betting at the venue. Online gaming is also in the mix. The Gaming Control Board has not approved any online betting product and Parx has plans to get started online as well. The casino has stated that they will be offering a mobile betting application soon, but details of the new option have not been revealed.

The first sports betting facility opened in the state back in November via the Hollywood Casino at the Penn National Racecourse. The SugarHouse Casino along with the Rivers Casino began offering services once month later, in December.

Focus on Sports Betting

For the past few years, any changes to the gambling landscape have involved discussions that include online casino and poker gaming. However, the SCOTUS decision involving the PASPA quickly saw all eyes focused on sports betting. The industry has huge potential and states are already earning millions as players place their sports wagers day after day.

The Hollywood Casino was able to see a betting handle of $1.4 million with revenues over $500,000 within just two weeks of operations in November. The industry is set to be big business and the total number of revenues and bets placed will only continue to increase as more states get in on the action.

This year, several states have already either started discussions or legislation is set to be considered beginning this week. Tennessee, Missouri and South Dakota are just a few examples of states that are looking at sports betting as a new way to bring in revenues to the state. We will continue to monitor any changes and report any new legislation or efforts in the US involving sports betting as well as other changes in the gambling industry as a whole.

Danville City Council Tries to Get the Ball Rolling for Virginia Casino Gaming

Summary: The Danville City Council has approved a resolution to try and bring casino gaming to a minimum of three cities in the state of Virginia.

While several states have expanded to offer online gaming and sports betting, states like Virginia are struggling to even get started with traditional casino gaming. There are still states in the US that do not offer casino gaming or they have limited options for players to enjoy. In Virginia, the state have several cities that could benefit from casino gaming and the Danville City Council are hoping to use gambling as a way to bring in much-needed funds.

Approving Casino Resolution

Virginia CasinosThe Danville City Council approved a resolution this week that could see at least three cities in the state adding casino gaming. The vote was unanimous in support of an effort to legalize casino gambling in the state. The push to see casinos come to the state began in Bristol as a group of investors were seeking the ability to create a $150 million casino resort in the area where the Bristol Mall was formerly located. The city council of Bristol approved a resolution for casino gaming back in September, and argued that the facility could give a huge boost to the city.

In October, Portsmouth was in on the idea, with their city council approving a casino resolution as well. Now that Danville is on board, along with two state legislators, the idea is to work together to see changes within state Legislature to allow residents in each community to vote on whether or not they want to see a casino added to their city.

Both Senator Bill Carrico and Delegate Israel O’Quinn have announced they plan on introducing a bill that would cover the cities casino ambitions. The piece of legislation would have to pass within several areas before it would make it to the governor’s desk. Then, of course, residents in each region would have to vote yes on a referendum for the option to be legalized. It will take a great amount of effort to see any legislation move forward and be approved.

Are Residents Interested?

So now the question becomes, are residents interested? Even if the bill is able to move forward within the legislature and signed by the Governor, will voters say yes? An independent report on the matter has been conducted by Chmura Economics and Analytics, showing that a casino in Bristol would create more than 5,400 direct employment positions and just over 1,400 indirect positions.

By the year 2028, the report suggests that such gaming could bring in as much as $1 billion in that time frame. It seems that the casino gaming would have a strong impact on the economy, which is something that voters could get behind. Danville, Portsmouth and Bristol are all strapped for cash and the massive revenues that would be created from casino gaming would certainly be helpful.

In Danville, residents are reportedly in strong support of the idea. The majority of the citizens in the region are in support. But just like with any change, there are those who are opposed. Some residents are concerned that crime will increase as well as social problems arising due to gambling.

For now, the legislators on board are working on their bill and should introduce it soon. Lawmakers in the state will be back in session on the 9th.

Looking Ahead: Which States Could Legalize Sports Betting in 2019?

Summary: 2018 ended with several states legalizing and beginning sports betting services. Which states could join them in 2019?

Over the past few years, all eyes have been on the online casino and poker industries of the United States. Since 2013, New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware have offered online casino and/or online poker gaming. Pennsylvania passed legislation in late 2017 and should begin offering online gaming services sometime this year. In May of last year, the United States Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on sports betting, which led to several states legalizing the option and starting services as quickly as possible. For 2019, there are several states that are set up to possibly legalize sports betting, helping the overall industry to continue to grow and expand.

Who’s In the Mix?

Sports Betting in New JerseySo, which states are in the mix to possibly pass sports betting legislation this year? Several states have bills on file so they will be ready to consider legislation as soon as their next legislative sessions begins. One such state that has a bill on file is Kentucky. The state is already known for wagering, being home to a strong horse racing industry.

The state created a panel last summer to study sports betting and to draft legislation for the industry. A public hearing took place in October with the state’s AG announcing he was for the option in November. This year, there are two bills that will be considered; BR 15 and BR 320. Both proposals include the Kentucky Lottery Corporation as the group building the framework for the industry. One bill would see the state’s Gaming Commission in charge while the other would see the Horse Racing Commission in charge of regulation.

Surprisingly, Tennessee is also on the list of state’s that have introduced legislation. The state is one that does not have any gambling on offer, with casino and poker gaming prohibited. Late last year, H1/S16 was pre-filed in the House to be considered this year. The bill would see a state Gaming Commission created to regulate retail as well as online and mobile wagering.

Missouri is also a state to watch as they were very active last year in trying to see sports betting come to pass. Lawmakers introduced six bills, but progress was limited. The issue for the state is in the details as lawmakers cannot seem to agree on what a bill should entail. The subject of an integrity fee has been one issue of contention, as with other states.

For 2019, the state has a bill pre-filed. S 44 will be considered this year, with language not including a fee to any league as well as placing a 0.5% fee on the sports betting handle to be applied to construction as well as the maintenance of sports and other facilities.

Will Online Casino and Poker Gaming Be Back?

With sports betting so heavily considered in 2018, it seems that online casino and poker gaming has been pushed to the side. Some states are looking at all areas of gambling, including online casino/poker gaming along with sports betting, but for the most part, the sports wagering industry is taking center stage.

For proponents of online gaming, the hope is that states will see the benefits of online gaming along with sports betting and decide to legalize it all. If this were to happen, the US would begin to see a gambling boom, one that has not been seen in some time.

New Sports Betting Operations Begin in West Virginia

Summary: Two more casinos in West Virginia are now offering sports betting, including online wagering.

Sports betting has been steadily increasing in the United States, as state after state passes legislation to legalize the gaming option. West Virginia was one of the first states to pass legislation and casinos in the region are slowly beginning to start operations. The Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack and the Mardi Gras Casino & Resort are the latest to begin sports wagering in the state.

Delaware North Properties

West Virginia CasinosBoth casinos are owned by the same parent company, Delaware North. Along with land-based sports betting, the company has decided to launch an online option, available via desktop and mobile application. BetLucky.com allows players across the state to access the sports betting product of Delaware North.

The timing of the sports betting launch was perfect as the state’s University team is preparing to compete in the Camping World Bowl this weekend as well as the semifinals and finals of the College Football Playoff are set to take place.

Three other casinos in the state already offer services. They are the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort, The Greenbrier Resort and the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Racetrack. These were the first venues to offer sports betting in the region.

When the state passed the legislation, it was estimated that sports betting would create around $5.5 million in revenues during the first year of operations. It is expected that the majority of the revenues will be generated from mobile applications.

Partnered with Miomni Gaming

Back in October, Delaware North made their partnership with Miomni Gaming made known. The gaming company is well-known for providing mobile sports wagering technology in the United States as well as providing mobile and turnkey retail solutions. After the announcement was made, the companies have focused their efforts on launching in land-based venues as well as online.

In West Virginia, the BetLucky site is the first to offer online as well as mobile gaming in the state. The app is free and can be downloaded at the BetLucky site or via the Apple App Store. Players located anywhere in the state can take part.

Commenting on the new application, Delaware North’s Vice President of Marketing for the Gaming Division, Luisa Woods stated: “We think West Virginians and visitors to the Mountain State are going to love how easy it is to register and use the app. The platform was designed to be flexible, easy to use and reliable, with innovative features designed specifically to engage and entertain U.S. sports fans. Patrons at the casinos can use the app or the betting tellers in the sportsbooks.”

Within the two land-based venues owned by Delaware North, the sports betting experience is one that offers a casual atmosphere with social interaction. Players are located near bars, food and beverage options as well as a heavy event calendar that focuses on major sports events.

The goal is to provide a casino experience along with a sports environment. Players can choose to enjoy casino games along with placing sports bets with options for drinks and food in the same vicinity. Taking part in events provides an added level to the overall experience.

It will be interesting to see how sports betting increases over the next few months as players begin to take part in the new offerings. The state should see a solid revenue increase as the new land-based and online options begin.

Video Gambling Terminals Finally Moving Forward in Pennsylvania

Summary: Video gambling terminals were legalized in late 2017 with the first of next year to signal the first machines becoming operational.

Towards the end of 2017, lawmakers in Pennsylvania decided to pass a gaming reform package that gave the gambling industry a huge expansion. Along with online casino and poker gaming, the state allowed for satellite casinos to be created, sports betting and video gambling terminals, among other changes. The video gambling terminals approval has been swept to the wayside for some time as the state focused on sports betting and online gambling. Now it seems that VGTs are back in the spotlight as the state prepares to launch machines at the first of the year.

VGTs are Coming

PennsylvaniaWhen 2019 begins, players in Pennsylvania can expect to see video gambling terminals being placed at truck stops in the state. The games are expected to be installed during the first quarter of the year, according to Doug Harbach, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

The machines offer various games all in one tiny vessel. Players will be able to enjoy a quick game or two when stopping at a truck stop for gas, a snack or rest. So far, 62 venues that have a truck stop have applied for licensing to be able to offer video gambling terminals. Only 23 of that number have been able to gain conditional approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Truck Stops have to meet certain criteria before they will be approved by the Board. The facility must sell 50,000 gallons of diesel fuels each month as well as have a minimum of 20 dedicated parking spots for commercial vehicles. The facility must also be located on three acres of land. Back in May, the state Board began accepting applications for the VGTs. The applications that have been received so far are requesting to offer as many as five machines at each facility.

The truck stops have to create areas where the machines can be placed for gaming. The games will only be available for players 21 years of age or older. Live surveillance or video surveillance must be installed at the venue to watch the play area. Employees have to be trained to recognize any problem gambling issues to help consumers enjoy themselves.

Opting Out

Counties in the state that already host a casino could chose to opt out of video gambling terminals at truck stops in their area. Each county that is home to one of the 12 casinos decided to opt out. Counties with qualified truck stops that do not have gaming venues in place do not have the ability to opt out. If a facility in such a region wants to offer VGTs they can apply to do so.

Opponents do exist regarding VGTs despite their legality in the state. Opponents have been hard at work to try and deter facilities from offering such gaming options. Advertisements were created to condemn the machines when lawmakers starting suggesting the option within the 2017 bill. The ads along with opinions that were published led to a certain belief about the games.

The games were represented in a negative fashion, with opponents stating that the games would line the streets, being placed near schools, in nursing homes, in restaurants, and more. However, the games are legal and will be regulated by the Board, ensuring player safety.

The truck stops can only offer five machines or less. With all 60 applicants being approved, this would only be 300 machines, a low number when compared to casino games.

It will be interesting to see how the games fare once the VGTs are up and running. It won’t be long before we see the games installed and operational.