Unrecognized slot machines spread in all stores, at gas stations and on the main streets of Pennsylvania, despite the fact that gambling in the state is allowed only in special gaming zones and mini-casinos.
In the US state formed a “gray zone” for illegal gambling
In fact, such a gaming machine is a machine with gaming lines, that is, a slot machine. The player makes a monetary contribution, certain coincidences bring him a win. However, this device is distinguished by the fact that there are additional tours that are designed for certain skills. Therefore, this slot and was called the game of skills.
The gambling law passed in the state in 2017 contained an expanded definition of gaming machines, which included skills games that some government officials interpreted in their own way, which resulted in such machines appearing in licensed casinos as well.
However, a representative of the Pennsylvania regulatory body, Doug Harbah, said that no casinos had applied for such games. Probably conditional approval for operators, in addition to inaccuracies in the law, became a precedent in the court of 2014, when these gaming machines were not qualified as gambling and thus were exempt from tax.
The distributor of such machines in the US is Pace-O-Matic. According to her reports, none of the cars raised questions from the police since the decision was made in December 2014. Moreover, despite the exemption from taxes on games, the company paid in 2017 only $ 2.3 million to the state.
“We pay taxes for everything we do,” said Jeff McGuinness, director of the company for compliance with government regulations.
He stressed that the company encourages its landlords to control the age of the players, and also refuses to rent more than five cars for one room.
According to critics, the state creates an unregulated situation of the “Wild West”, where market players do not comply with strict state regulation rules. This will also affect the work and income of state-sanctioned games, such as a lottery or small rooms with gaming devices.
Recall, Pennsylvania was one of the first states in America, which legalized the fantasy sport.