Pennsylvania cracking down on illegal gaming at bars, clubs

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 26, 2017 4:37 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania is cracking down on illegal gambling machines at businesses.

The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement says it conducted inspections Tuesday in 48 bars and clubs around western Pennsylvania, resulting in the seizure of 215 illegal gambling devices and over $177,000 cash. The businesses were in Washington, Westmoreland, Fayette, and Allegheny counties.

Major Scott T. Miller says such devices and video gaming terminals result in lost revenue for Pennsylvanians, and victimize families who have loved ones with gambling addictions.

Illegal machines are unregulated and don't operate on true odds; the amount of money retained by the machine is determined by and set by the vendor.

In 2016, the agency seized 706 illegal video gambling devices and over $167,000 from illegal gambling activities.

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