skill-games

IRS Calls For Some Employees To Return To Offices To Deal With Backlog

IRS seizes former skill game executive’s cash, accounts as part of tax investigation

BY: - January 9, 2024

Federal investigators have seized more than $400,000 from a retired Pennsylvania State Police corporal who, until recently, served as compliance director for Pace-O-Matic, the maker of Pennsylvania skill games at the center of a legal quandary over whether they are gambling devices. The Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation branch posted a notice of forfeiture on […]

Commonwealth Court rules skill gaming terminals are not slot machines

BY: - November 30, 2023

The appellate court sided with POM, the developer and distributor of the machines in question, that their gaming terminals are not slot machines as the Commonwealth argued, but are instead “primarily games of skill and, thus, not gambling devices per se,” ending a years-long legal battle over how to categorize the company’s machines. 

In the face of a call to ban skill games, Pa.’s biggest player is pushing back hard

BY: - September 10, 2023

For nearly a decade, Georgia-based Pace-O-Matic has been fighting to cement the legitimacy of a billion dollar gambling business that has flourished in the back rooms of bars and social clubs across Pennsylvania. Pace-O-Matic is the state’s leading distributor of skill games – slot machine-like devices that allow users to pay to play a game […]

Pennsylvania could cash in on ‘skill games,’ but some just want them gone

BY: - August 23, 2023

[*This article was updated at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023, to correct Jeff Morris’ name.] Pennsylvania misses out on an estimated $250 million in revenue that could be collected by regulating and taxing so-called skill games that have proliferated across the commonwealth, a state Senate panel heard Wednesday. And without the oversight of the […]

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Republican again proposes taxing skill games, calling them part ‘of the small business economy’

BY: - April 13, 2023

Sen. Gene Yaw proposed that all skill games in Pennsylvania be “connected to a terminal collection and control system."

Pa. Sen. Gene Yaw announces plans for legislation to tax, regulate ‘skill games’

BY: - November 10, 2021

Some want so-called "skill games" banned, arguing that they result in millions of dollars lost by the Pennsylvania Lottery and casino industry each year, one Republican state lawmaker — who considers them a lifesaver for businesses — wants to tax the machines.