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Calls Mount for Regulation of Skill Games in Pennsylvania

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Pace-O-Matic, a leading developer of skill games, has been calling for better regulation of the games. Skill games have seen growing in popularity across Pennsylvania, leading to a debate on their regulation and taxation. This has only intensified since last month when the Commonwealth Court upheld a lower court’s decision, deeming winnings from skill games legal.

Vital Revenue for Small Businesses

Local establishments such as restaurants and bars are enjoying the revenue generated by skill games. However, casino operators have complained, arguing that skill games are affecting their profits. Casinos in Pennsylvania, including Parx Casino, have reported increased revenues, boosted by sports betting and online gambling.

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Mike Barley, Pace-O-Matic’s Chief of Public Relations, highlighted the record revenues of casino operators while criticizing their stance against skill games.

They continue to attack small restaurant and bar owners and fraternal groups for wanting the opportunity to have a few skill games that provide much-needed supplemental revenue.

Mike BarleyPace-O-Matic Chief of Public Relations

He urged casino operators to reconsider their position on skill games, recognizing the benefits these bring to small businesses. Barley added, “Maybe, this time, the big guys can allow the little guys a small victory. Especially one that is allowing them to hang on during difficult economic times.”

Hopes for Regulation in 2024

The recent court ruling has fueled growing hope among supporters of skill game that lawmakers will enact effective regulation this year. Senator Gene Yaw has proposed a bill for the taxation and regulation of skill games, potentially generating an estimated $300 million in the first year.

Despite this, casino operators are still resistant to such regulations. Barley claims that the casino industry is repeating “the lie that the businesses and clubs involved with skill gaming don’t want to be taxed and regulated.” He emphasized that large casino operators are hindering the regulation of skill games but he affirmed Pace-O-Matic’s support for the regulation of skill games and called on lawmakers to act.

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