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PA Commonwealth Court Rules in Favor of POM Skill Games

Jan 27, 2020 9:31:00 AM • By Michael Barley

Pace-O-Matic of Pennsylvania (POM of PA), the entity that markets Pennsylvania Skill games, received two decisive wins this week in Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court.

On Tuesday, Matt Haverstick, Esq., who represented POM of PA in the lawsuit said, "The Commonwealth Court agreed that our games are presumptively legal.”

Pace-O-Matic Director of Communications Mike Barley added, "We understand the confusion that exists as law enforcement has a difficult time discerning between what is a legal skill game and what is an illegal gambling device. Our commitment is to continue working with the legislature to regulate, tax and provide strict enforcement of the legal skill game industry."

Tuesday's decision was followed up on Wednesday, when the court blocked the Bureau of Liquor Control & Enforcement's (BLCE) appeal of its recent loss that the Gaming Act does not apply to skill games.

In refusing to allow the BLCE to appeal its Gaming Act loss, Commonwealth Court ratified its earlier decision and effectively concluded there is no debate that the Gaming Act does not apply to skill games, or the Pace-O-Matic machines made by POM of PA.

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Tags: Skill-based Gaming, Legal Updates

About The Author: Michael Barley

Michael Barley

Michael is the Chief Public Affairs Officer for Pace-O-Matic, Inc.