HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania State Police announced that troopers and liquor control enforcement officers confiscated 71 illegal gambling machines, including 65 video gambling devices, from 17 licensed liquor establishments between January 22 and February 25, 2020. The seizures include gambling devices marketed as “skill machines.”
The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement (BLCE) has confiscated machines manufactured by several companies. Additional investigations are ongoing, and more seizures are expected.
“Illegal, unregulated gambling is a serious – and growing – problem facing the commonwealth, with video gambling devices spreading beyond licensed liquor establishments into convenience stores, malls, and restaurants,” said Captain Jeffrey Rineer, acting director of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. “So far in 2020, gambling machine seizures have been reported from every BLCE office, in counties from Erie to Philadelphia.”
Along with illegal gambling devices, more than $115,000 was seized as part these investigations. People who engage in illegal gambling risk criminal prosecution. In addition to criminal penalties, licensed liquor establishments engaging in illegal gambling activity are subject to administrative penalties under the liquor code.
A summary of gambling device seizures by each BLCE office is below. More information on each enforcement action may be found on the bureau’s press release page at psp.pa.gov.
|DEVICES SEIZED BY DISTRICT OFFICE|
|TOTAL DEVICES SEIZED||71|
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