The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has been lauded for a blow to illegal gambling and a win for families and communities, as Parx Casino encourages law enforcement to take action.
The court ruled in a new decision that video game machines produced and distributed under the name ‘ Pennsylvania Skill’ by the company POM are considered slot machines under the law of the region.
POM argued that their machines should be considered a skill game and thus not a slot machine. Under the Keystone State Crime Code, Title 18 Section 5513, the manufacture, installation, selling, lease or possession of a slot machine for gambling purposes is unlawful and these machines are subject to forfeiture under the statute.
Thomas Bonner, group VP of legal and chief counsel for Parx Casino said: “With this decision, we urge the Pennsylvania State Police, the Office of Attorney General, police departments and District Attorneys across the state to enforce Pennsylvania law to halt the proliferation of thousands of illegal Pennsylvania Skill slot machines now in convenience stores, bars, restaurants and other establishments in communities across the state.”
The clarification of the Commonwealth Court that the Pennsylvania Skill games are state law slot machines was praised for providing “concrete and clear legal justification for law enforcement at the state and local levels”. These deals shall be confiscated and those responsible for the production, sale, lease or possession of the accused machines shall be confiscated.
Bonner added: “We know that illegal slot machines and full-blown illegal casinos are popping up all over Pennsylvania. We know that minors are gambling, and we know that the state lottery is losing tens of millions of dollars that should be going to our seniors because of these illegal machines. It’s time to confiscate these machines and put these illegal casinos out of business.”