The Positive Impact of Pennsylvania Skill Games on Small Businesses: A Conversation with Luke Gacci

The Positive Impact of Pennsylvania Skill Games on Small Businesses: A Conversation with Luke Gacci

In the town of Cheswick, Pennsylvania, small businesses faced a challenging period three and a half years ago. Bars and taverns were struggling to retain patrons, with the competition from larger establishments making it difficult for mom-and-pop shops to stay afloat. However, a positive change was on the horizon in the form of Pennsylvania Skill games. Luke Gacci, a local advocate for these skill games, shares insights into the transformative impact they've had on the community in an exclusive interview.

According to Luke Gacci, bars were grappling with the challenge of keeping patrons engaged beyond a couple of drinks. The introduction of Pennsylvania Skill games proved to be a game-changer. The skill games created an environment where patrons could stay longer, spend more money, and enjoy various entertainment options, revitalizing the local establishments.

Luke emphasizes that many small businesses owe their continued existence to Pennsylvania Skill machines. With larger competitors taking six-pack licenses from other restaurants, it became increasingly difficult for smaller establishments to compete. The revenue generated from skill games not only kept these businesses afloat but also enabled them to make significant improvements. From fixing roofs to renovating floors, the impact of Pennsylvania Skill games reached beyond entertainment, contributing to the overall betterment of the community.

One notable example shared by Luke is the Springdale veterans organization in Springdale, Pennsylvania. This century-old club was on the verge of deterioration before the introduction of Pennsylvania Skill machines. The organization, which hosts weddings in its hall, was struggling to maintain the venue's condition.

However, over the last three years, the revenue generated from Pennsylvania Skill machines played a pivotal role in transforming the Springdale veterans organization. With the newfound funds, they were able to completely redo their hall, turning it into a sought-after venue for weddings. The positive ripple effect extended further as they built a gazebo for wedding photographs, adding a touch of beauty to the surroundings.

Luke Gacci proudly mentions that these changes were not just about financial gains but also instilled a sense of pride in the community. The Springdale veterans organization became a thriving hub, booking weddings throughout the year and contributing to the overall charm of the town.


Pennsylvania Skill games have become more than just entertainment; they have become a lifeline for small businesses, breathing new life into struggling establishments and fostering community pride. As the campaign continues, the story of Luke and the small businesses in Cheswick serves as a testament to the transformative power of skill games, bringing longevity to the patron experience and leaving a positive imprint on the fabric of local communities.

This blog was originally posted on Feb. 22, 2024, by Pace-O-Matic.

About Miele Manufacturing

Miele Manufacturing provides quality, contract manufacturing for world amusement leaders. Miele Manufacturing builds legal games of skill in partnership with Pace-O-Matic for states coast-to-coast. As a manufacturer, Miele supports U.S. companies and gets the majority of its supplies for Pennsylvania Skill from fellow PA businesses. Miele Manufacturing builds innovative products for the Amusement Industry that support Operators and create supplemental income for Locations.

About Pace-O-Matic

The More Than A Game campaign, powered by Pace-O-Matic, shines a spotlight on the positive impact of skill games like those in Pennsylvania. Luke Gacci's interview reveals a narrative of resilience, community support, and transformation.  

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