Statewide video gaming terminal rooms closed
HARRISBURG –The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has ordered the closure of Video Gaming Terminal (VGTs) rooms located in truck stop establishments statewide beginning at 12:01 a.m. today, Dec. 12, as part of a COVID-19 mitigation order announced by Governor Tom Wolf on Friday.
A total of 40 truck stop establishments, each operating the maximum allowable 5 machines, are affected by this shutdown.
Under the Governor’s order, the operation of VGTs may commence again at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of gambling legalized under 2004’s Race Horse Development and Gaming Act and the Gaming Expansion Act of 2017. In addition to slot machine and table games gambling at land-based casinos, the expansion includes online casino games available to date on 12 sites; sports wagering offered through sportsbooks at 13 retail locations and through 10 online outlets; video gaming terminals (VGTs) offered as of this date at 40 qualified truck stops; and, fantasy sports contests through six providers.
The mature land-based casino industry in Pennsylvania currently consists of six racetrack (Category 1) and four stand-alone (Category 2) casinos in, along with the two resort (Category 3) casinos and one mini-casino (Category 4). These facilities collectively employ over 16,000 people and, along with other types of Board-regulated gaming, annually generate over $1.5 billion in tax revenue. Construction of an additional Category 2 casino is currently underway along with a number of Category 4 casinos which are expected to begin operation over the next couple of years.