Posted on: Jun 28, 2018, 1:30 a.m.
Last update on: July 3, 2018, 05:57 am.
Pennsylvania casinos are asking the administration of Governor Tom Wolf (D) to suspend online lottery games, which operators say are too similar to internet slots.
The State’s 2017 Gambling Expansion Package allows up to 10 satellite casinos, online gambling, daily fantasy sports, truck stops, airport gambling lounges and sport bets.
The bill also allowed the Pennsylvania Lottery to offer certain interactive online games, as well as instant scratch tickets. However, the law requires the lottery to avoid casino-style games that work or resemble poker, roulette, slots, and blackjack. The 13 licensed casino operators claim that this condition has not been met.
In a letter to PA Revenue Secretary Daniel Hassell, the gaming companies are calling on the governor’s administration to create “a legal iLottery program.”
âOverall, the games have essentially the same backbone as a slot machine; an outcome determined by a random number generator with animated graphics and computer operations used to provide a visual representation of that outcome, âthe casinos wrote.
Anyone over 18 can play the Pennsylvania lottery, but must be 21 and over to enter a casino. Profits from the lottery benefit older Pennsylvanians.
The iLottery site started offering interactive games in May, and 12 titles are currently live.
Games include “Slingo”, a bingo-style format, and “Volcano Eruption”, a game where players scratch squares while trying to match three pictures. A spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority’s Revenue Ministry said the agency was reviewing the letter and would comment later.
Online gambling problems
Pennsylvania casinos can apply for online casino licenses from the State Gaming Control Board (PGCB) at a cost of $ 10 million. The high fees, coupled with a 53% tax on interactive slots and 15% on table games, keep them away.
An anonymous spokesperson for the PGCB recently said Online poker report that no candidacy had been received.
After an initial 90-day application period, the state will begin offering land-based casinos the ability to purchase licenses to operate online slots for just $ 4 million. Operators will also be able to purchase table game rights for $ 4 million, excluding poker, which would cost an additional $ 4 million.
With iPoker’s life-sustaining revenue in the three states where it’s legal (Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware), casinos in Pennsylvania are likely waiting to be able to forgo the package in favor of betting only on the slot machines. under the Internet.
Pennsylvania casinos want to make sure their $ 4 million buy-in for online slots doesn’t compete with lottery games. Operators argue that current games are more like slot machine games than traditional lotto offers.
Casinos also believe that the Pennsylvania Lottery has aggressively marketed its online games with free play and rewards programs, two key pillars of a physical casino operation.
“In virtually every way imaginable, Lottery’s iLottery program mimics a casino operation offering simulated casino-style games in direct violation of the express prohibition of lottery law offering” interactive lottery games that simulate games casino-style, âthe letter concludes.