Pennsylvania: Proposed Video Gaming Plan Draws Opposition From Horsemen, Casinos

by | 06.21.2016 | 9:20am

Pennsylvania casino operators and horsemen's groups have voiced their opposition to proposed legislation that would allow installation of video gaming terminals in bars and taverns.

The Blood-Horse reports that the Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering video gaming as part of the state's budget negotiations.

Currently, racetrack purses and the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund (RHDF) receive a share of the slots revenue generated by the state's 12 casinos. In 2015, the amount received was over $243 million.

A recent study, however, indicates that placing video gaming terminals in bars and taverns would lead to a 25 percent to 30 percent reduction in revenue for racing.

The Pennsylvania HBPA said in a statement that “This legislation would provide VGT companies a third of all revenues generated by the new machines, taking money out of the pockets of property owners, the local horse racing industry, its employees, and the farmers who depend on it.”

Read more in the Blood-Horse


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