Illegal gambling terminals are a growing problem in PA

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Sep 24, 2017 8:56 AM

(AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

(Harrisburg) -- Illegal gaming terminals in bars and other venues in Pennsylvania continue to be a big problem for law enforcement and the state's Liquor Control Board.

State Police Major Scott Miller heads up the Bureau for Liquor Enforcement. He says illegal gaming terminals are not only on the rise in bars, taverns, hotels and other traditional venues...but they are also spreading to places like truck stops and convenience stores, including the so-called "stop and go's".

Major Miller briefed members of the Senate Law & Justice Committee and explained why these liquor license holders are risking running afoul of the law.

"We have received information from liquor licensee's who have stated that they believe the machines are illegal but have resorted to putting them into their establishments because they are losing business to other licensees who have machines in their facility," he said.

While vending companies have tried to be clever in dubbing these "games of skill", Miller told lawmakers the only legal gaming terminals are in Pennsylvania's 12 casinos. 

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