Pennsylvania skill games host sues Philadelphia over proposed ban

Pennsylvania skill games host sues Philadelphia over proposed ban

In a legal showdown with the potential to reshape the gaming landscape of Philadelphia, a convenience store equipped with a Pennsylvania Skill gaming machine has boldly taken a defiant stand against the city's proposed ban. Tariq Jalil, the owner of a “7-Eleven” franchise in South Philly, in conjunction with Pace-O-Matic (POM), has filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of the impending prohibition on skill gaming terminals in most local businesses.

The city’s proposed legislation, Bill No. 240010, aims to outlaw gaming machines that feature elements of skill in most businesses. The city cites concerns over public safety and criminal activity. However, Jalil and POM argue that such measures unfairly target small businesses, endangering their livelihoods as well as legal rights.

Adding fuel to this legal battle is POM, which is reportedly bankrolling the lawsuit. With powerful backing, Jalil and his legal team are determined to challenge the status quo and protect the rights of small business owners in the city.

POM President and CEO Paul Goldean said, “We are seeking a regulated market that evens the playing field and gives our operators, locations, and law enforcement clear guidance on the legality of skill games.”

On the hand, Councilmember Curtis Jones Jr., who authored the proposed skill gaming law, remains resolute in his commitment to curb the spread of such gaming machines, despite the looming threat of legal action.

The casino industry has also significantly supported the push to regulate skill games, arguing that they divert revenue from heavily taxed and regulated slot machines. Leveraging the backing of powerful lobbyists and substantial financial resources, the casino lobby poses a formidable hindrance to Jalil and POM's quest for justice.

However, amidst the legal squabbling and political maneuvering, one thing that remains clear is that the fate of skill gaming in Philadelphia hangs in the balance. Anyways, the outcome of this legal battle could have far-reaching implications for the entire gaming industry in the entire state.

In the face of uncertainty, Jalil and his supporters remain undeterred. Their quest for a regulated market and clear guidance on the legitimacy of skill games echoes a sentiment shared by several others across the Keystone State. Unquestionably, the eyes of the gaming world remain fixed on Philadelphia, eagerly anticipating a resolution that could reshape the landscape of gaming regulation in the state and beyond.

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