Indiana businesses push to legalize video game terminals in bars, restaurants

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Small businesses and veterans’ organizations joined together calling on legislators to legalize the use of video gaming terminals in Indiana in bars and restaurants.

Supporters say House Bill 1662, the legalization of video game terminals, will create a new form of entertainment for Hoosier adults while helping create jobs.

VGTs are pay-to-play electronic video games that simulate common games that you may see in a casino like Blackjack or Poker.

VGTs award lucky patrons with free games or credits that may be redeemed for cash.

Over 370 bars and restaurants from around the state have expressed support for the legislation.

Numerous veteran service organizations like the VFW or American Legion have praised VGTs to improve programming and resources available to veterans.

According to a recent study by Union Gaming, the legalization of VGTs would have economic benefits, creating or retaining over 32,000 jobs and it could result in over $700 million in investment in the state.

The same study also found that VGTs would bring over $100 million in new revenue for the state in the first full stabilized year alone.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Public Policy.

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(This story was originally published on February 13, 2019)

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