I found a series of deceptive slot machines in Las Vegas. (Unusual, because the Nevada Gaming Commission is unusually strict with stuff like that.) They were high top modern ones … penny slots … with 210 coins max bet. The deceptive part was that they reset after an idle period to indicate 1 coin – 1 line – 1 (something). Regardless of what the last play was. No accident I watched it happen. (Where’s a video cam or camera when you need one!)
It’s deceptive because there are slot players, like myself, who look for slots where the last player “tapped out”. Some people will play a slot down to their last credit. A 1/1/1 is a sign that some one just played out their allotment for that machine without winning. (Akin to the “jump in one’s grave” strategy where they watch you lose and then as soon as you leave, they play and hit “your jackpot”. Argh!) Some players, like myself, don’t like to play slots where someone has one big as indicated by a big cash out. (Not completely reliable.) Some players, like myself, like to play machines where there’s a big last bet and no big cash out. (Indicating a big player tapped out on the machine without hitting.)
So, I’ll be looking into what it takes to make a complaint to the NV state gooferment.
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HERE’S THE RESPONSE TO MY INQUIRY
From: Howie, Gordon [mailto:GHowie@gcb.nv.gov]
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2007 7:42 PM
Subject: Slot Machine Question
Mr. Reinke, Unfortunately there is no requirement that I am aware of that a slot machine keep the information displayed relevant to what the prior player was wagering or cashed out. In reality and statistically the information you think you gain some insight from has nothing to do with the outcome of the next game played. There are a lot of changes in the way modern gaming devices present the games and some do not keep any prior information available for the review of another patron who is trying to find just the right machine. We are also receiving a lot of questions about why the tokens and coin hoppers are being replaced with ticket in / ticket out. It is all part of the technology which is changing very rapidly in the industry.
If I can be of any additional assistance please feel free to contact me.
Gordon R. Howie, Jr.
Special Agent, Enforcement Division
Nevada Gaming Control Board
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So shut up and just lose your money quietly?
It was a prompt reply. :-)
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