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PGCB Seeks to Join Lawsuit Against Skill-Based Machines

After months of being partial to the issue of the legality of the controversial skill-based gaming machines, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has recently decided to weigh in on the matter. The Keystone State’s gambling regulator has petitioned to join the lawsuit against the machines and they have pretty hard-hitting claims that will certainly […]

Pennsylvanian Court Ends Halt to Seizure of ‘Skill Games’ by State Police

Last Tuesday, Commonwealth Court Judge Ellen Ceisler delivered a ruling on a request that was filed by Pace-O-Matic. The company, which is known for designing and assembling gaming machines under the Pennsylvania Skill brand, sought to have an injunction against the seizure of their machines extended. There has been a tug of war between Pace-O-Matic […]

West Virginia Speeds Up Online Gaming Plans After Benchmarking in Pa.

It goes without saying that Pennsylvania is currently one of the most lucrative gambling destinations in the United States. In fact, it has grown so immensely that other states have begun to see it as one of the best benchmarks for their gaming industries. The latest state to consult with the Keystone State is West […]

Pennsylvania ‘Skill Games’ Still on the Spotlight

Earlier this month, “game of skill machines” which are classified under the “Pennsylvania Skill” brand were subject to lots of drama. These gaming machines which are very similar to slot machines have been on the receiving end of a number of rather controversial decisions with a number of police raids being organized and court orders […]

Did Pa. Lawmakers Overlook Terms of Mini Casino Sports Betting?

In a rather unexpected twist, there seems to be a possibility of an uneven playing field in as far as sports betting in the Keystone State is concerned. It is hard to tell if this was an intended move or whether it is a mere consequence of the way the state’s lawmakers dealt with the […]

US Department of Justice Files Notice of Appeal for Wire Act

On Friday, August 16, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) officially filed a Notice of Appeal in the civil case that it recently lost to the New Hampshire Lottery Commission (NHLC) over the reinterpretation of the 1961 Wire act opinion. The Notice of Appeal was filed by the DOJ, led by Attorney General William […]

PGCB Criticizes Plans by Operators to Reduce Slot Machines

On Wednesday, August 14, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board held a hearing in Harrisburg that saw to the unfolding of a number of regulatory actions. However, most of the time was spent addressing three petitions that sought to reduce gaming floors at certain venues. The most notable petitions were filed by Presque Isle Downs Casino, […]

Legal Sports Betting Finally Comes to Illinois

Last Friday, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill that effectively made the state the fifth one to officially legalize sports betting in the country following the May 2018 Supreme Court ruling that abolished PASPA and legalized sports betting. The bill that was signed into law included a wide-ranging $45 billion capital funding package. Work […]

Congress Reportedly Planning to Defund DOJ Wire Act Opinion

Just a little over two weeks after a federal court ruled against its recent reinterpretation of the 1961 Wire Act, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has suffered yet another potential blow. This is because Congress has taken a keen interest in fighting against the recently-published Wire Act opinion that was set to effectively […]

Federal Court Delivers Decision on the 1961 Wire Act Case

Last Monday, the state of New Hampshire won the legal challenge against the US Department of Justice’s revises opinion of the 1961 Wire Act. Paul Barbadoro, the federal judge who presided over the case, ruled that the Wire Act applies only to sports betting and not all forms of online gambling as stipulated by the […]