A southcentral Pennsylvania bar has been awarded the first-of-its-kind small games of chance license under a new state law allowing taverns to join non-profit organizations in raising money through certain regulated games.
But, those counting on the program to add money to the state’s coffers are disappointed by the unexpectedly slow response by potential license applicants.
A tavern in eastern Adams County received the first new small games license on Wednesday. When the new small games law was approved in November, state officials were hoping to garner about $100 million dollars per year in revenue, and state budget analysts thought licenses would go out to about 2,000 bar owners. So far, only ten applications have been filed.
The owners of the first license told Radio PA News the licensing process, which starts with a 22-page application, can be improved upon. They added they have also applied for a license for another tavern they own.