Pennsylvania Skill Games

Are Pennsylvania Skill Games Legal?

Pennsylvania Skill Games are 100% legal. The legal status was adjudicated by the Beaver County Court of Common Pleas in 2014. In it​s decision, the Common Pleas Court ruled that our Pennsylvania Skill Game is a true game of skill, and not a game of chance.

Our Compliance Team reports illegal games to law enforcement. We know that individuals who once used illegal machines are now utilizing legal Pennsylvania Skill Games. Over a nine month period, an estimate of 100 illegal machines were replaced with legal Pennsylvania Skill Games.

Are Pennsylvania Skill Games the Same as Video Game Terminals?

Pennsylvania Skill Games are legal and have​ been adjudicated in a Pennsylvania Court of Law and ruled a skill predominate game. Players utilizing Pennsylvania Skill Games can win every time based on skill and not chance.


​Video Game Terminals, also known as VGTs, are a game of chance — like a slot machine — and prizes are awarded accordingly. Due to a 2017 legislative action, VGTs are now legally permitted in Truck Stops that meet a certain criteria. To date, no VGTs are operational at Truck Stops since the enactment of this legislation.​​ VGTs are illegal at any other location.

Do Pennsylvania Skill Games Hurt the State Lottery?

According to the Pennsylvania Lottery, profits for the 2017/2018 fiscal year were at a record high of $4.2 billion. They distributed a record number of prizes of more than $2.7 billion and generated over $1 billion to benefit older Pennsylvanians.


Pennsylvania Skill Games have been in existence since 2014 and lottery revenue has increased all but one year. Now, they are at record highs. It is difficult to make a case that Pennsylvania Skill Games hurt the lottery when their profits have never been higher.


Pace-O-Matic Skill Games are also located in Virginia, known as Queen of Virginia, and he VA Lottery determined that their top lottery locations were at establishments that also had skill games.

Do Casinos Oppose Pennsylvania Skill Games?

Unlike VGTs, most Pennsylvania casinos do not oppose Pennsylvania Skill Games. We are only aware of one casino —  Parx Casino — who opposed Pennsylvania Skill.


VGTs are essentially slot machines and casinos nearly universally oppose them being located at additional establishments.

Does the Manufacturer, Operators, and Locations pay taxes?

Yes. Pennsylvania Skill's manufacturer and game developer (Miele Manufacturing and Pace-O-Matic), Operators, and Locations have paid millions in sales and income taxes.