August 18, 2021 12:21 AM
There’s a push to bring gambling back to Virginia’s convenience stores and bars. 8News has learned the next Vegas-like entertainment could be video gaming terminals or VGT’s.
They’re a lot like slot machines but offer more gaming. Some state lawmakers believe they could be a winning bet for the Commonwealth and small business owners hurt by the state’s ban on skill games.
Keyur Patel who own Virginia Food Mart in Richmond says his bottom line has been hurt by the state’s ban on skill games. “The sales have dropped,” he said.
He estimates he’s lost 25-30 percent of his revenue. He says when customers came in to play, they would buy chips and soda as well.