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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: April 29, 2024 11:33 AM
From: Senator Daniel Laughlin
To: All Senate members
Subject: Modernizing Pennsylvania's Slot Machine Regulations
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation aimed at eliminating the minimum number of slot machines required on the gaming floors of Pennsylvania casinos.

Currently, Category 1 and Category 2 casinos are mandated to maintain at least 1,500 slot machines in operation at all times. However, the proposed bill seeks to remove this requirement while still maintaining oversight through the Gaming Control Board.

Under the proposed legislation, casinos would no longer be bound by a minimum slot machine count. Instead, they would have the flexibility to adjust their slot machine inventory based on market demand and operational needs. However, any reduction exceeding 2% of the total slot machine count would require approval from the Gaming Control Board.

Casinos seeking to reduce their slot machine count would need to present a compelling case to the Gaming Control Board, demonstrating that such a reduction would not adversely impact revenue, taxes, casino employees, local governments, or the Commonwealth. This regulatory oversight ensures that any changes made to the slot machine inventory are done responsibly and with careful consideration of their potential effects.

Pennsylvania's gaming landscape has evolved significantly since the inception of its casino industry in 2006. With increased competition from both in-state and out-of-state entities, the rigid requirement of maintaining a minimum number of slot machines is no longer necessary.

In fact, the Gaming Control Board has already approved the elimination of numerous slot machines from Pennsylvania casinos since 2021, indicating a shift in the industry's dynamics.

A few of the reductions include:
  • Harrah’s was granted a reduction in 2021 of 563 slot machines and an additional 145 machines in 2023.
  • Rivers was granted a reduction in 2022 of 97 slot machines.
  • Wind Creek was granted a reduction in 2022 of 655 slot machines.
  • Mohegan was granted a reduction in 2023 of 120 slot machines.
By eliminating the minimum slot machine requirement, this legislation will empower Pennsylvania casinos to optimize their gaming floors without compromising revenue or taxes. It will provide them with the flexibility needed to adapt to changing market conditions and ensure their long-term viability.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation to modernize Pennsylvania's gaming regulations and promote a more competitive and sustainable casino industry.

Introduced as SB1210