ABC Consulting is excited about helping our Virginia businesses figure out how to make more money in a downward-turning economy! We recently licensed Quickstop 777 (in Weber City) with a Grocery Store with Beer off premises. They are a store first, but because they have an ABC license AND received their ABC license by the June 30th (deadline for all games to be placed), thanks to our help they were able to offer Skill Games to their customers. Skill Gaming license! This game’s taxes are paid for by the distributor, but the Quickstop gets the business and a percentage of the sales. All taxes go toward the COVID-19 relief fund for the state of Virginia. Win:Win!
If you don’t even know what Skill Gaming is, these are the slot-machine-looking devices that are in convenience stores and truck stops. A player puts cash money in and if they win they get a printed ticket that is redeemable for cash. The game prints a ticket and the ticket is given to an employee of the location – that employee gives that player cash.
Well, let’s go back and recap what has happened, at the beginning of 2020. The General Assembly voted to ban skilled gaming, in Virginia. Then COVID-19 happened and the Governor overturned the ban on Skill Gaming, provided that these Skill Gaming distributors pay a $1,200 tax, to the COVID-19 Relief Fund. So now, all distributors of these Skill Games must pay $1,200 per month, per machine, to the state of Virginia, and all games must be registered with the Virginia ABC Authority. ABC Consulting is helping with that – and this time, we helped Quickstop 777!
Quickstop 777 (931)728-6855
1624 US Hwy 23 North Ste 106, Weber City, VA 24290-7341
ABC Consulting has an online training course that is available (right now for $29.95!) at www.ToastVA.com for alcohol seller/server training – and we have added a module, specific to Skill Gaming regulation. If you are an alcohol licensed location and you are going to add Skill Gaming to your business, or you are a distributor of these games, it would be important for you and your sellers/servers to know the regulations around placing games and serving alcohol.
If you would like to schedule a consultation call, we’ll be happy to sit down and discuss your business and alcohol license needs.
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*Disclaimer: This article and its contents represent the opinions of the author only and is not intended to convey or constitute legal advice. ABC Consulting is a private consulting firm, in no way do we represent the VA ABC Authority. You should not act upon any such information without seeking qualified professional advice, based upon your situation.