1 VGTs could lead to sleepless nights
2 Not every truck stop will qualify for VGTs Truck stops just got a little more interesting last week. The recently-passed Pennsylvania gambling expansion law contained many new bits of legislation, one of them being the introduction of video gaming terminals (VGTs) into truck stops. The states coffers are happy; more VGTs means more revenue. Casinos, not so much; more VGTs means less foot traffic on their gambling floors. Truck stops and truckers? Thats an interesting one, according to Pennsylvania newspaper The Daily Item, which interviewed truckers and employees at a PA Flying J truck stop. Truck drivers now are mandated to spend hours resting and they need something to do, employee Randy Snyder told the paper. They get bored. Ive seen some people play these non-lottery games for hours. I believe theyd welcome another diversion. It would be a good way to pass the time. The Morning Call talked with a trucker named Barb McDonald, who agreed with Snyder. I think its great. Drivers can sit and gamble when they have their breaks, McDonald said, going on to point out that a truckers break is 10 hours. VGTs could lead to sleepless nights As Snyder mentioned in his defense of VGTs, truckers are mandated to rest for a certain number of hours each day. Truck stops like Flying J provide a place for that rest to take place. Truckers can park their rigs in designated spots, fill up on gas, take hot showers and get a hot meal. Only problem is, the presence of VGTs could pull truckers away from their bunks and into a night-long poker binge. One trucker told the The Daily Item he didnt object to VGTs being in truck stop, but hes concerned that truckers wont use their resting time for resting. Not every truck stop will qualify for VGTs The new Pennsylvania gambling legislation is pretty specific about which truck stops are allowed to have VGTs and which ones wont. First, its important to point out that eligible locations will be allowed to have up to five video poker terminals. Second, truck stops will have to meet the following requires in order to be eligible for video gaming:
Average diesel sales of $50,000 per year
At least 20 truck parking spots
Property includes a convenience store
At least three acres of non-turnpike land These regulations do the obvious work of making sure a business is a legitimate truck stop and not a gas station parading as a truck stop just to get their video poker terminals.