The gambling expansion proposed in Pennsylvania faces the opposition of the skill-based gaming and casino industry. The industries warn that if the bill is approved, there may be as many as 85,000 gaming machines in the state, which is more than five times the current number.
The Debate on Gambling Expansion in Pennsylvania Continues
The debate for introducing slot-like game terminals to bars, restaurants, and social clubs in Pennsylvania continues. Earlier this week, a Senate panel was conducted where legislators heard arguments by both supporters and opponents of the expansion. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman is the author of Senate Bill 1256, which proposes changes to state law, allowing video-gaming terminals (VGTs) in bars, taverns, and other establishments. But so far it looks like the bill is facing heavy opposition.
The chief administrative officer of Pace-O-Matic that manufactures skill gaming devices, Paul Goldean testified in opposition to the bill. According to him, the new bill would kill the skill gaming industry. Furthermore, Goldean stressed that the number of slot machines will dramatically increase and there will be a slot machine “in every business across the Commonwealth“.
“We cannot and do not compete with VGTs or the slot machines in casinos,”
Paul Goldean, Pace-O-Mati chief administrative officer
Moreover, Goldean noted that the bill is not a “VGT and skill games bill” but rather supports only VGTs. He outlined that the bill puts VGTs and skill games under one hat while at the same time calls