weren't serious about the "tickling" slot machines, were you?
Wouldn't such "tickling machines" (machines that are linked
so that playing both would generate wins) be illegal?
February 19th article (in part):
went into the backroom behind the bar and returned with the slot mechanic.
He then repeated the question that she asked him. The slot mechanic asked
her to follow him and she did. The went to a slot nearest the entrance
and he to open the slot and tinkered with it for a few moments, closed
the machine and told her "Go ahead". She began dropping quarters
and immediately won forty dollars. She was screaming as if she hit a million.
She grabbed her winnings and began to leave the slot when the mechanic
stopped her and ask her where are you going? "The machine is set"
he continued and so did she.
Isn't this illegal?
I am disappointed in your response to this story. Instead of condemning
the management for cheating, you more or less condoned it.
I hope you
will rethink your position and write another article that addresses the
obvious problem in that casino: they're cheaters and breaking the law.
No, I wasn't serious about the tickling slot machines.
I guess I was too subtle in nearly completely disregarding most of the
letter in my reply, so I'll address the incidents discussed in the letter
The first incident was giving someone $300 to play the
slots with the understanding that he could not keep any of the money he
won. Certainly there have been shills at table games in the past, but
not today, and I've never heard of shills at slots. Table game players
may not want to play at an empty table, but slot players have no qualms
about playing at an empty bank of machines.
I'm skeptical that this incident happened exactly the
way it was described.
The second incident is the one described in the excerpt
above. A slot tech set a machine for a player.
If this occurred 30+ years ago, it's possible that the
technician could have removed a bug that was placed on a reel to prevent
the reel from landing on that particular stop. With today's computer-controlled
stepper slots, there is nothing the tech can do to make the machine tighter
or looser -- other than changing the programming of the machine, which
can't be done in "a few moments".
The last incident was about neighboring machines tickling
each other. This is utter nonsense. Until recently, data flowed away from
the machines only, to the slot club and slot accounting systems. Today's
machines will accept data, like free-play credits and randomly awarded
bonuses, but nothing that affects the results of a spin. Unless the machines
could communicate telepathically, there is no way for one machine to influence
I don't think the casino cheated in the second incident.
I think what happened in both the second and third incidents is that casino
employees pretended that they were setting a machine or letting players
in on a secret, while in reality they were just playing the odds and doing
nothing. If the players were lucky, they would think the employee helped
them win and tip accordingly. If the players were unlucky, the employees
would probably have some reason for why things didn't work out this time.
It's just like asking a slot floorperson which machine
to play. The floorperson has nothing to lose by recommending a machine,
even if he or she has no knowledge of it. If you win, you'll think the
floorperson helped you and you'll tip them. If you lose, you just won't
ask that person for advice again.
Because I can't see the people asking me questions, I
can't tell how serious they are. Sometimes I wonder if they're pulling
my leg. I think the person who wrote the original letter was serious and
I believe that the the last two incidents described in the letter happened
as described. I also believe that the casino employees were pulling her
leg when they "set the machine" or said the machines tickled
Best of luck in and out of the casinos,