PA bars may soon be able to profit from small games of chance

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 23, 2013 1:18 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A bill has the approval of state senators to allow bars to profit from gambling contests called small games of chance, and its swift passage in the House is possible.

The proposal has passed the Senate 39-to-11.

A spokesman for House Republican majority leaders says its passage was possible there within hours.

It would represent the largest expansion of gambling in Pennsylvania since 2010, when slot machine casinos were allowed to add table games.

Under the bill, thousands of bars and taverns could seek licenses to hold pull-tabs, daily drawings and tavern raffles.

Individual prize limits would be $2,000 for a single game and $35,000 over seven days.

The state would take 60 percent of the bar owner's revenue, an amount projected at  $150 million a year.

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