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Special Report: Distributed Gaming In U.S. States

Although many states restrict Las Vegas-style slot machines to commercial and tribal casinos, a handful of U.S. gaming jurisdictions also permit limited-stakes video lottery terminals (VLTs) or video gaming machines (VGTs) in non-casino venues such as bars, restaurants, and civic organizations.

In recent years, this segment of the U.S. gaming market — sometimes referred to as slot-route operations or distributed gaming — has attracted greater attention among policymakers, in part due to the explosive growth of Illinois’ VGT market.

First authorized in 2009, Illinois’ VGT market surpassed $1bn in revenue for the first time in 2016, with revenues from gaming machines in bars and other non-casino venues now outstripping those from slots in the state’s riverboat casinos.

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