Quoted from Darscot:
I have seen the video and there is a fine line between a promotional event with a prize or reward program and being able to cash out for money or goods earned in a competition. Different states/countries/regions all have different definitions or what defines gambling, competitive and addictive functionality. Maybe Stern doesn't realize this yet but they have to be very careful with how they reward anything in the real world, especially when that prize could be contested by people in different areas. Even rewarding points that you can use towards a prize you have to be very careful that you can't compete for points. You can collect and earn points by doing things but it get dicey if there is any kind of competition between people. I am sure Stern will have lawyers that sort all this out for them.
well some things may just be at the location / ops level.
But will need to say can't play for prizes in some states? Like golden tee?
Now one prize seen in the video is an full pinball machine?? They may need offer an free route to get into the prize draw. As just play XXX games makes it an like an lotto also cross state line tax issues?
As for earn points across state lines and top point earner wins an prize?? Stern is bigger target then the IFPA and OPS / arcades are bigger targets then some TD in the eyes of the law.
Pinball may be an game of skill but others laws make it so that you can't just say poker is an game of skill.
Now is stern taking an rake???