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Our Vets were there for us.
Now skill games are there to help them.
Many non-profits and VFWs are supported by skill games. In addition to veterans' groups, this includes food banks and other charities. Without this revenue, many of these organizations would not be able to survive.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The Pennsylvania Taverns and Players Association (PA TAP) is a 501(C)(4) organization whose membership comprises small businesses (including bars and restaurants), fraternal clubs, veterans’ groups, fire halls, and other social and charitable organizations. We all share a goal of earning revenue while creating spaces where our customers can go to enjoy themselves.

Our primary legislative focus is to pass legislation that further regulates and taxes the skill game industry, allow restaurants and bars to sell “ready to drink” cocktails to go, provide bars and restaurants with greater discounts on spirits purchases, and give bars and restaurants more flexibility on beer purchasing.

Unlike slot machines which rely on a game of chance, skill games require a player to use their skill, patience, and hand-eye dexterity to win. A patient, skillful player has a chance to win every time.

Yes. In Pennsylvania, skill games were ruled a game of predominant skill in 2017 by a Pennsylvania court.

Unlike gambling devices, skill games are specifically designed to not meet the definition of a video gaming terminal or slot machine. Gambling activities are defined, by law, as meeting a three-factor test. The first factor is consideration, which is when a player puts cash or a cash equivalent in the game terminal. The second factor is chance, when a player presses a button and wins or loses based on a pre-programmed determined outcome. The third factor is reward, where a player receives cash or a prize for winning the game. Skill games remove the second factor of chance and replaces it with predominant skill.

In other jurisdictions with similar laws to Pennsylvania, skill games are also legal. In Wyoming, Georgia, and the District of Columbia skill games are regulated and taxed.

Skill games support Pennsylvania small businesses and fraternal organizations by providing additional revenue to supplement their traditional income base. For many businesses, these games have made it possible to recover from the income losses experienced during the pandemic, manage the increasing price of goods, and meet higher expected wages during the current labor shortage. Additionally, if regulated, skill games would produce millions in tax revenue directly to the state per year.

Skill games provide partners with 40% of profits with no hidden fees or additional costs. Another 40% goes to a local operator. Our Pennsylvania-based distributor also makes a percentage of the profit ensuring that over 90% of the revenue stays in the local community. Once regulated and taxed, skill games will have even more of a positive impact on small businesses and the state economy.