PA Commonwealth Court Ruling A Big Win For Skill Games

In a major decision last Thursday, the Commonwealth Court has upheld a lower court ruling that Pennsylvania Skill Games are legal to operate in the state. The court agreed in a 7 – 0 decision with a previous Dauphin County court ruling that declared that the games are not gambling under Pennsylvania law because they involve use of eye -hand coordination -and not chance- to win. The state Attorney General’s office indicated it would appeal the decision to the State Supreme Court.

Skills games have been the subject of controversy in the state Capitol, with the casino industry and the lottery working to ban their use. Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) previously introduced legislation that would affirm the legality of the games and establish a tax structure for their operation (read more here). The bill has not seen action up to this point because of the pushback from gaming interests.