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What is the skill in a ‘skill game’? It’s akin to Tic-Tac-Toe, Simon Says

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 1/15/20

The “skill” involved in Pace-O-Matic skill games is that the player is presented with a puzzle game offering multiple combinations, from which the player must choose the right one to win …

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What is the skill in a ‘skill game’? It’s akin to Tic-Tac-Toe, Simon Says

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The “skill” involved in Pace-O-Matic skill games is that the player is presented with a puzzle game offering multiple combinations, from which the player must choose the right one to win money, said Mike Barley, director of communications for Pace-O-Matic.

It’s akin to playing Tic-Tac-Toe, Barley said.

If you don’t pick the right one, the game offers a second chance where you play a memory game akin to Simon Says, Barley said.

“If you are skillful and patient you can win every time,” Barley said, adding that the Pace-O-Matic skill games “pay out” money to players 92 percent of the time.

Barley said Pace-O-Matic believes its games are legal, and that this position is supported by courts in Pennsylvania.

Pace-O-Matic does not oppose the games being regulated by the state, he said.

“We are up there in the (state) capital strongly advocating for (being regulated),” Barley told the Press & Journal. “We believe we are legal. Regulate us, tax us, and then provide enforcement.”