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58 Pa. Code § 501a.7. Advertising.

§ 501a.7. Advertising.

 (a)  A licensee, certified or registered entity, or its agent may not employ or contract with an individual or entity to persuade or convince a person to engage in gaming or play a specific slot machine or table game while on the gaming floor of a licensed facility.

 (b)  A licensee, certified or registered entity, or its agent shall discontinue as expeditiously as possible the use of a particular advertisement upon receipt of written notice that the OCPG has determined that the use of the particular advertisement in, or with respect to, this Commonwealth could adversely impact the public or the integrity of gaming.

 (c)  Advertisements used by a licensee, certified or registered entity, or its agent may not:

   (1)  Contain false or misleading information.

   (2)  Fail to disclose conditions or limiting factors associated with the advertisement.

   (3)  Use a font, type size, location, lighting, illustration, graphic depiction or color obscuring conditions or limiting factors associated with the advertisement or the statement required under subsection (d).

 (d)  Advertisements must contain a gambling assistance message that is similar to one of the following:

   (1)  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available. Call (toll free telephone number).

   (2)  Gambling Problem? Please call (toll free telephone number).

   (3)  Gambling Problem? Call (toll free telephone number).

 (e)  The complete text of the gambling assistance message and the font to be used for the statement, if it has not been previously approved, shall be submitted to the Director of OCPG for approval utilizing the process in §  501a.2(g) (relating to compulsive and problem gambling plan) and comply with the following:

   (1)  For signs, direct mail marketing materials, posters and other print advertisements, the height of the font used for the gambling assistance message must be the greater of:

     (i)   The same size as the majority of the text used in the sign, direct mail marketing material, poster or other print advertisement.

     (ii)   Two percent of the height or width, whichever is greater, of the sign, direct mail marketing material, poster or other print advertisement.

   (2)  For billboards, the height of the font used for the gambling assistance message must be at least 5% of the height or width, whichever is greater, of the face of the billboard.

   (3)  For video and television, the gambling assistance message must be visible for either:

     (i)   The entire time the video or television advertisement is displayed. The height of the font used for the gambling assistance message must be at least 2% of the height or width, whichever is greater, of the image that will be displayed.

     (ii)   From the first time a table game, table game device, slot machine, associated equipment or casino name is displayed or verbally referenced, and on a dedicated screen shot visible for at least the last 3 seconds of the video or television advertisement. If the licensee elects to utilize this option, the height of the font used for the gambling assistance message displayed:

       (A)   During the advertisement must be at least 2% of the height or width, whichever is greater, of the image that will be displayed.

       (B)   On the dedicated screen shot must be at least 8% of the height or width, whichever is greater, of the image that will be displayed.

   (4)  For web sites, including social media sites:

     (i)   The gambling assistance message must be posted on each webpage or profile page and on a gaming related advertisement posted on the webpage or profile page.

     (ii)   The height of the font used for the gambling assistance message must be at least the same size as the majority of the text used in the webpage or profile page.

     (iii)   For advertisements posted on the webpage or profile page, the height of the font used for the gaming assistance message must comply with paragraph (1).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  501a.7 issued under the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act, 4 Pa.C.S. § §  1202(b)(15) and (30), 1207(2), (5), (8) and (9), 1212, 13A02(2), 13A26(c), 1509, 1516, 1518(a)(13) and 1602.

Source

   The provisions of this §  501a.7 adopted November 7, 2014, effective November 8, 2014, 44 Pa.B. 7057.

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  464a.2 (relating to conduct of a slot machine tournament); 58 Pa. Code §  501a.5 (relating to signage requirements); 58 Pa. Code §  813.2 (relating to advertising); and 58 Pa. Code §  1118.4 (relating to advertising).



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