What you should know before applying to have VLTs at your licensed tavern or restaurant lounge:
- Eligible Sites - To apply for VLTs, sites must have applied to Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) for a tavern or restaurant (with a lounge endorsement) liquor permit with a minimum 30 seat capacity (390 square feet of continuous useable floor space) in the age-restricted area. The approval of VLT sites is conditional on having an age-restricted liquor permit that meets minimum seat and space requirements. Seasonal sites are not eligible. Sites located in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District (NSAD) should contact LGS prior to completing the VLT application as additional eligibility requirements must be met. By applying for and/or keeping VLTs on your site, you agree that all information in respect of your liquor permit and VLT site will be shared between LGS and SLGA on an ongoing basis for the purposes of administering the VLT Program.
- Site commission – Sites receive 18 per cent of net sales, which is cash into the VLT less cashout tickets.
- Float – A cash float of $1,000 per VLT is recommended in order to pay cashout tickets at the players' request. Cash float requirements may vary and need to be adjusted based on experience.
- Minors – Persons under 19 years of age are prohibited from accessing or viewing the play of VLTs, this includes both inside and outside of the site. If the liquor permit has a Daily or Sunday Family dining endorsement, VLT access to minors must be restricted.
- Automated Banking Machine (ABM) Placement - The placement of an ABM in a site with VLTs must be approved by LGS. The overall objective of this policy is to have the ABM in the most socially responsible location available to the site.
- Advertising – A standardized 'VLTs HERE' exterior and interior sign will be provided to be installed on site property or placed in a window. No other advertising is allowed.
- Number of VLTs – New sites receive three VLTs, as they become available.
- Communication requirements:
- All VLTs must be connected to a Site Controller within the site. It is the site’s responsibility and cost to install the required communication cable.
- The Site Controller must be connected to the central operating system (typically through a dedicated telecommunication line). The activation of an existing line and the monthly charges are covered by LGS. However, LGS does not pay for the installation of a new line. Once your application has been reviewed, the connectivity at your site will be investigated. If installation of a new line or a cellular solution is required, a quote will be provided to you. If you are unwilling to pay the installation cost, or if no connection to the central system can be established, your application will be declined.
- Electrical – It is the site’s responsibility and cost to install the required electrical circuits. One will be required to power the site controller and additional circuits are required to power every four VLTs. A representative will assist you in identifying where these outlets will need to be located once your application has been approved (110 volt 15 amp, dual outlet receptacle, no other equipment plugged into or grounded to these circuits).
- Security cameras – One or more cameras will be installed above the VLTs at your site. The recording is not a live feed, but will be stored at the site and downloaded by WCLC as required.
- Footprint – The approximate size of the VLT, on a base, is 31" wide, 30" deep and 6'6" high. In addition a site controller (display, computer, and printer) will need to be available for staff use. (display: 10"w x 12"h x 7.5"d; Computer: 11"w x 4"h x 12"d; Printer: 5"w x 5"h x 7"d).
- VLT training – VLT training on basic maintenance, cleaning, care, operation and accounting will be provided at the time of installation. In addition, it is mandatory that at least one owner or site manager receive certification in the Responsible Gaming for VLT Site Operators online course.
- VLT bank account – Sites will be required to provide the WCLC with bank account information and authorization to withdraw the government’s share of the VLT funds.
- Deposits and NSFs – Sites are required to remit the Government’s portion of VLT sales, on a weekly basis, through the VLT bank account. Late deposits result in escalating NSF fees and eventual contract termination. Lost or stolen cash is the responsibility of the site. It is imperative that business procedures are established to ensure the security and timely deposit of funds.
To apply to have VLTs at your licensed tavern or restaurant lounge, download the application. To fill out and submit the application successfully, please open the file using Adobe Reader and save it to your computer or device.
If you would like to speak to someone about becoming a VLT site contractor, or have questions about the VLT Program, call 306-787-9493 or Contact Us.