Grey Machine Debate Adds Another Chapter In Pennsylvania

A recent Pennsylvania court ruling is reflective of the ongoing debate over so-called grey market gaming machines in states throughout the country.

Pace-O-Matic (POM) of Pennsylvania contends its “Pennsylvania Skill” machines are skill-based gaming rather than slot machines, a claim that has run into resistance from the state's Department of Revenue, as well as casinos in the state.

The company received a favorable ruling from a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court panel of judges last month, which held that the state’s 2004 gaming expansion law does not supersede the state’s crime code and bring regulation of the grey market machines under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

The company called the ruling a “decisive victory.”

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