Tim Kiser

Tim Kiser

Posted on 05/13/2012


Photo taken on July 15, 2010



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I found big daddy's hot spot.

I found big daddy's hot spot.
The bigger the daddy the hotter the spot! The hotter the spot the bigger the daddy!

This is true: One of the funfacts about West Virginia is the 1,556 (as of March 6, 2012) little roadside videogame casinos scattered around, many of them occupying abandoned gas stations and abandoned fast-food restaurants.

Estimates have found that upwards of 80% of the casinos are trashy-looking.

The casinos, which are referred to by the state government as "Limited Video Lottery Retailers," are regulated by the West Virginia Lottery Commission per the 2001 "Limited Video Lottery Act."

The govt's rules require that the casinos "shall not use a name that contains any word or wording commonly associated with video lottery and/or gambling/gaming, including, but not limited to, 'casino,' 'slots,' 'royal flush,' 'poker,' etc."

So the casinos announce themselves in code words, one of the most common of which is "cafe." It's a passable workaround because there are very few actual cafes in West Virginia.

Someday some enterprising young photographer is gonna sweep through and photodocument them all!

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At the north end of St. Marys, West Virginia, on July 15th, 2010, "Big Daddy's Hot Spot Cafe" along the east side of West Virginia Route 2, north of North Bradfield Drive.

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Library of Congress classification ideas:
NA6810 Casinos—United States—Pictorial works.
HV6715 Gambling—United States—Pictorial works.
HG6126 Lotteries—United States—Pictorial works.
NA3008 Canopies, Architectural—Pictorial works.
TL153 Service stations—Remodeling for other use—Pictorial works.
QC929.F7 Fog—Pictorial works.
F249.S16 Saint Marys (W. Va.)—Pictorial works.

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