Virginia locals launch coalition advocating skill games

August 15, 2023
By
Leer en Español

The General Assembly tried to outlaw skill games in 2020.

A group of small-business owners formed a coalition to advocate for the legalization of skill games. 

The General Assembly passed legislation outlawing skill games in 2020. In recent years, Virginia has gone back and forth on whether skill games are allowed — with a court order currently allowing only some establishments to provide them.

The ban went into action in 2021 until state Senator Bill Stanley filed a lawsuit on behalf of Hermie Sadler, alleging it violated small businesses’ constitutional rights to free speech.

Rich Kelly, President of the Virginia Merchants and Amusement Coalition said, “We want to reach out to legislators and say, ‘Hey, we want the skill games to continue,’ They have been an integral part of our recovery from Covid-19 and they have not damaged the community.”

Those who oppose skill games argue that they are harmful to Virginia’s casino industry and the state lottery - of which its profits contribute towards K-12 grade education.

Certain people contested how skill games have been a useful resource throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, as skill games provide location partners with 40% of profits. One cafe owner stated, “The profits from the games helped keep stores alive. If we didn’t have the games, we wouldn’t still be in business.”

The coalition’s release added that the group supports law enforcement efforts to combat illegal gaming.

It states, “Regulating and taxing legal skill games will also help law enforcement better identify bad actors and put a stop to illegal gaming operations. These entities harm our communities and jeopardize the success of legitimate establishments.”

State-by-State

Product Spotlight

Bragg Gaming Group

Bragg Gaming Group is a global content-driven iGaming technology provider, serving online and land-based gaming operators with its proprietary and exclusive content and cutting-edge technology.
GA HUDDLE #087

John Connelly - Interblock preparing to launch online by the end of year

John Connelly, the Global CEO of Interblock, joins the Huddle to talk about:
- The company's conversion to the online space
- The performance of ETGs
- Interblock's new philanthropic efforts
- The trend of companies going private
- And more!
GA HUDDLE #086

Michael Hershman - Dispelling casino 'myths:' New York needs to lose fear of the unknown

Michael Hershman, CEO of the Soloviev Group, joins Tim Poole on the Huddle to put forward his case that the Freedom Plaza is the way to go for one of New York's casino licences. He fields a variety of questions - not shying away from any of them - on why 'myths' about casinos and a fear of the unknown should be dispelled, as well as acknowledging the strength of rival bids and discussing opposition to the project.

As the Tribal gaming sector congregates once more in the Golden State, is it too cliché of me to suggest we are heading for a golden era of Tribal gaming? With the industry set to meet at the Indian Gaming Association t...

10-11-From-the-top
From The Top: Will youth be served by Sports Betting?
Two recent interviews in our Huddle podcast revealed to Las Vegas correspondent Brian Joseph just how young sports betting entrepreneurs are becoming.
12-GA-MAR-10-year-v2
The Global Gaming Awards: Rewarding Excellence
The 10th edition of the Global Gaming Awards took place in Las Vegas last year. Gaming America looks back... and ahead to this year's.
16-18-IGA-Preview
Preview: Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention
Gaming America looks ahead to the 2024 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention and what attendees can expect when they arrive at the Anaheim Convention Centre.
20-22-GA-Mar-888-Holding-article
888 and the US Market: A cautionary tale
Gaming America explores the risk of resting on your laurels and the challenge of remaining relevant in a rapidly expanding market.