By Tony Romeo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Liquor Control Board has voted to reduce the $2,000 license fee for taverns to operate small games of chance to $500 in a bid to stimulate interest in tavern gaming, which has so far been a flop in Pennsylvania.

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To date, only two dozen or so taverns have gotten or have been approved to get licenses to offer three small games of chance — pull-tabs, daily drawings and raffles.

Amy Christie, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage Association, says two major obstacles have emerged: One is the cost of a gaming license and the other is concerns tavern owners have that violations associated with the gaming license could jeopardize their more valuable liquor license

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“From the calls that I’ve received over the last six months, I’d say it’s 50-50,” says Christie.

She believes lowering the cost of gaming licenses will help, but she’s also calling for action on legislation that would relax the linkage between a tavern’s gaming license and its liquor license.


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