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Pennsylvania Gambling Laws

Laws with respect to gambling are written and enforced at the state level, with some states restricting the practice to bingo and school raffles. Pennsylvania gambling laws allow for wagering on horse and harness racing, including a handful of satellite facilities.

In 2013, Act 90 of 2013 was signed into Pennsylvania law legalizing tavern gaming. The statute legalized tavern raffles for a charitable or public purpose, pull-tab games and daily drawings at certain licensed establishments. 

Learn more about Pennsylvania gambling laws in the following chart, with links to related materials.

Code Section 18§5513 et seq.; 4§325.101 et seq.
Gambling Elements of gambling are: consideration, element of chance, and reward.
Horse Racing/Off-Track Betting Licensed horse and harness racing; interstate simulcasts; on- and off-track parimutuel wagering legal.
Tavern Gaming Law
Tavern raffles for a charitable or public purpose, pull-tab games, daily drawings  
Casinos Allowed? Gambling houses and devices prohibited.
Other Kinds of Gambling-Related Activities Allowed or Banned Pool selling and bookmaking; punch boards, drawing cards; private wire for gambling information; cockfighting; bullet play illegal. Bingo and local option small games of chance sponsored by charitable organizations; antique slot machines allowed.

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- please contact a Pennsylvania gaming law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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