Dave & Buster’s plan to allow betting on arcade games draws regulatory scrutiny

Dave & Buster’s plan to allow betting on arcade games draws regulatory scrutiny

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  • Jessica Golden, CNBC
May 4, 2024 12:43 PM

Arcade chain Dave and Buster’s plan to allow customer betting isn’t winning over everyone.

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Software company Lucra Sports announced on Tuesday that it was working with the entertainment chain to allow customers to place wagers on their arcade games through the Dave & Buster’s app.

But some lawmakers are calling foul.

Illinois State Rep. Daniel Didech, a Democrat from Buffalo Grove, filed a bill on Thursday that’s designed to prohibit family amusement establishments from facilitating wagering on amusement games. He is also looking to criminalize the activity by amending the Illinois Criminal Code. His bill has bipartisan support and is backed by more than two dozen other state lawmakers.