Famous Casino and Slot Machine Makers seem ready to make a concerted Push in Virginia’s General Assembly.
“More than a dozen lobbyists have registered to represent casino and gambling interests, including some of the big names, like MGM Grand and Caesars, ahead of the General Assembly session early next year” said reporter Ned Oliver, of the Virginia Mercury.
Analyst Oliver also said, “That probably has a lot to do with the interest of MGM Grand and Caesars,” said Oliver.
“Their Customers are in some cases just an eight minute drive away from Alexandria, and they could mostly be interested in protecting their existing interest. But if something is coming down the pike in the General Assembly in Virginia, they want to make sure they’re in on the game.”
Oliver has also said two recent events serve as strong indicator that virginia may be ready to capitalize on casinos and sports betting with new legislation.
“First, the supreme court earlier this year gave states the ability to legalize sports betting,” said Oliver. “And the General Assembly opened the door just a Crack when they gave the operators of Colonial Downs, a horse race track in New Kent County, permission to install 3,000 slot machines.”
The Indian Tribe Pamunkey is pursuing a $700 million casino in New Kent Country.