Pittsylvania County Says Stop Using Certain ‘Skill Games’ Machines Or You Risk Going To Jail

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. – Operators of “games of skill” machines in Pittsylvania County have 15 days to cease operations. If they don’t, they risk a prison sentence.

Bryan Haskins, the Commonwealth Attorney for Pittsylvania County, sends a letter to all known operators saying as much.

“It seems that a lot of people believe that any machine, whether it’s a ‘game of skill’ or another machine that’s also considered an ‘illegal gambling device’, is licensed to operate in Virginia. It just isn’t,” Haskins wrote.

He cited a temporary injunction that was issued in Greensville County Circuit Court as the main source of confusion.

The temporary injunction, which is in effect until May 18 this year, prohibits the enforcement of “games of skill” machines that have operated within the ABC regulatory framework.

However, any skill machine operating outside of this scope is considered illegal, even if used in a location previously approved under the ABCs. Any other machine, such as a “fish table” without a game of skill, is still defined as an illegal gaming device and has never been exempted or taken down, meaning the temporary injunction does not apply.

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Haskins’ letter will be sent to any establishment known to operate “games of skill” machines.

Any operator who fails to comply could be subject to a Class 6 felony, punishable by one to 10 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines. They could also be subject to a civil penalty of up to $25,000 for each gaming device.

You can read Haskins’ full letter below:

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