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195.1.    Live event host—contract.
195.2.    Permitted simulcasts.
195.3.    Intrastate simulcasting.
195.4.    Casino simulcasting.

§ 195.1. Live event host—contract.

 (a)  A live horse racing event host duly licensed by the Commission may, subject to Commission approval of the applicable contract, simulcast its races for the purpose of pari-mutuel wagering to another licensed racing entity or SPMO or other authorized entity.

 (b)  Unless otherwise permitted by the Commission, every simulcast shall contain in its video content a digital display of actual time of day, the name of the host facility from where the race originates, the number of the contest being displayed and the minutes to post time.

 (c)  The approved live host licensee, if requested by the Commission, shall provide and maintain security controls including encryption over its uplink and communication systems.

§ 195.2. Permitted simulcasts.

 (a)  Host licensees—The Commission may approve the application of a licensed racing entity or secondary pari-mutuel organization to electronically simulcast horse races to and from this Commonwealth. Upon request by a licensed racing entity or secondary pari-mutuel organization, the Commission may designate the entity as a host licensee, authorized to maintain common pari-mutuel pools on International and interstate races transmitted to and from the racetrack enclosures within this Commonwealth.

 (b)  All simulcasts of horse races shall comply with the provisions of the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 (Pub.L. No. 95-515) (15 U.S.C.A. § §  3001 et seq.) and the laws of each state involved, placed or transmitted by an individual in one state by means of telephone, Internet or other electronic media and accepted and maintained in common pari-mutuel pools.

 (c)  Simulcasts—The following apply:

   (1)  Cross simulcasting of the races described previously may be permitted if all amounts wagered on the races in this Commonwealth are included in common pari-mutuel pools. A host licensee seeking permission to cross simulcast must obtain approval from the Commission.

   (2)  All forms of pari-mutuel wagering shall be allowed on horse races simulcasted. The Commission may permit pari-mutuel pools in this Commonwealth to be combined with pari-mutuel pools created under the laws of another jurisdiction and may permit pari-mutuel pools created under the laws of another jurisdiction to be combined with pari-mutuel pools in this Commonwealth.

 (c)  Taxation—Money wagered by patrons in this Commonwealth on horse races shall be computed by the amount of money wagered each racing day for purposes of taxation under section 9334 of the act (relating to State Racing Fund and tax rate). Thoroughbred races shall be considered a part of a Thoroughbred horse race meeting and Standardbred horse races shall be considered a part of a Standardbred horse race meeting.

§ 195.3. Intrastate simulcasting.

 (a)  The Commission shall permit intrastate simulcasting of live horse racing between the licensed racing entities that conduct live racing.

 (b)  The simulcast signal shall be encoded, and the racetrack receiving the simulcast signal may not send the signal anywhere other than a public location authorized under section 9329 (relating to interstate simulcasting) of the act.

 (c)  All forms of pari-mutuel wagering described in section 9335 (relating to pari-mutuel pool distribution) of the act shall be allowed on a horse race to be simulcasted under this section.

 (d)  The money wagered by a patron on a horse race must be computed in the amount of money wagered each racing day for purposes of taxation under section 9334 (relating to State Racing Fund and tax rate) of the act.

§ 195.4. Casino simulcasting.

 (a)  In accordance with Chapter 13F (relating to casino simulcasting) of the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act (4 Pa.C.S. § §  13F01—13F44) and with 58 Pa. Code Chapter 1001 (relating to casino simulcasting—temporary regulations) of the Gaming Control Board, the Commission shall, in conjunction with, the Board shall review an application for casino simulcasting at licensed simulcasting facilities.

 (b)  Notwithstanding the provisions of the Gaming Act or of the Board’s regulations, the standards and rules of racing, simulcasting and the conduct of pari-mutuel wagering in simulcasting facilities are subject to the act, regulations of the Commission promulgated under 3 Pa.C.S. (relating to Agriculture Code) and the Interstate Horse Racing Act of 1978 (15 U.S.C.A. § §  3001—3007).

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