Pennsylvania casinos ask court to stop or limit iLottery games

Charles Thompson | Monday, June 3, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

A group of Pennsylvania casinos have asked Commonwealth Court to either stop or significantly curtail the Pennsylvania Lottery’s iLottery games before commercial casino-based internet gambling gets launched next month across the state.

The casinos have requested an injunction that would require the Lottery to stop offering games they feel too closely mimic the poker, slots and other games they were granted the exclusive franchise for in the state’s 2017 gambling expansion law.

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Betting with a smartphone? The casinos know who you are, and where you are located.

Andrew Maykuth | Wednesday, October 10, 2018, The Inquirer

When online gaming launches soon in Pennsylvania, bettors with a smartphone will be able to gamble from just about anywhere in the state.

You can gamble from work. You can gamble from school. You can gamble in a bar. You can gamble from the bleachers.

You can even bow your head and gamble from a pew. Say amen.

But there is one place in the commonwealth where you can’t engage in interactive wagering — and that is from inside the state’s 13 licensed casinos.

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Sports betting weeks away from opening in Pennsylvania

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania, one of the nation’s most aggressive gambling states, appears weeks away from becoming the sixth state with sports betting after regulators Wednesday awarded the state’s first sports betting licenses to two casinos.

The casinos, however, have other requirements to meet that could take until November to open a sports book. That timeframe would miss baseball’s World Series, but it could mean capturing the last weeks of fall’s college football and NFL seasons and practically all of the hockey, college basketball and NBA seasons.

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Casinos file suit claiming online lottery games infringe on their turf

Gary Rotstein | Thursday, August 23, 2018, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A group of Pennsylvania casinos filed suit in Commonwealth Court Wednesday seeking to stop the Pennsylvania Lottery from offering its new online games that the lawsuit claims are too similar to slot machines.

The seven casinos teaming in the suit — which includes the Meadows Racetrack & Casino but not the Rivers Casino — contend that the iLottery games that began in May infringe upon the type of gambling only they are permitted to offer under state law. They also raised concerns that the lottery is offering such games to individuals as young as 18, while casino gambling is restricted to those 21 and older.

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Pennsylvania Lottery is now offering simulated sports games much to casinos’ dismay

Jan Murphy | Wednesday, August 15, 2018, Harrisburg Patriot News

The Pennsylvania Lottery on Tuesday rolled out the latest addition to its line-up with the introduction of a simulated sports games that may appeal to football and auto racing fans.

Called Xpress Football and Xpress Car Racing, these realistic animation of sporting events allow players to bet on an outcome of a random computerized drawings that occur every five minutes.

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Casinos argue Pennsylvania’s new iLottery games violate law

Mark Scolforo | Thursday, June 28, 2018, Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s 13 licensed casinos say Pennsylvania’s new iLottery online games violate state law and warned the Wolf administration they plan to take action if they aren’t stopped.

The casinos wrote Revenue Secretary Daniel Hassell on Wednesday to argue the games, which in some ways resemble slot machines, violate the law passed last year authorizing them.

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