A short time ago, a coalition of seven casinos was formed in the state of Pennsylvania, as a way to state their displeasure with the new gaming changes taking place with the State Lottery. After voicing their opinions as to how the new online games were infringing on the online gaming industry –set to begin soon in the state– the coalition has now decided to take legal action.
Casino Coalition vs Pennsylvania Lottery
Last week, the group filed a lawsuit within the Commonwealth Court, seeking an injunction to stop the Pennsylvania State Lottery from providing what they are calling illegal simulated casino-style games online. In the suit, the coalition noted that a consumer must be 21 years of age to play at an online casino or a physical gaming venue in the state of Pennsylvania. The online lottery games, however, are open to individuals who are 18 years of age or older.
Who Is Suing and Why?
Summarizing the side of the coalition, was spokesman David La Torre, who stated that the actions of the Lottery are illegal and the group is promoting casino-style gambling to teenagers. La Torre pointed out the strict regulations that the casinos of the state must follow regarding underage gaming or fines are imposed, while the lottery is “openly violating the law and marketing these games to anyone as young as 18”.
Gaming Venues Making Up The Coalition
The gaming venues involved in the coalition suing the Pennsylvania Lottery include:
- Valley Forge Casino Resort
- The Meadows Casino Racetrack Hotel
- Stadium Casino
- Parx Casino
- Mohegan Sun Pocono
- Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
- Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack
The Suit in a Nut Shell
Together, this group is targeting the Lottery, stating that their choice of gaming offerings are an imitation of slot machines, complete with the same look and feel as the casino games. The group is calling out specific games in the suit including Robin Hood, Monster Wins, Volcano Eruption Reveal and Big Foot.