It was possible to cheat plying slots even in the 19th century

It was possible to cheat plying slots even in the 19th century

Fraud in the gambling industry has been existing for several centuries already. It is interesting that both players and owners of the first slots, who didn’t want to award lucky visitors with big prizes cheated. The most popular fraud was detected long time ago, but many American gambling establishments still managed to use it.

At the end of the 19th century when slots had become incredibly popular in New York, they were placed almost everywhere. The player, who had collected the winning combination, asked a bartender or cafe employee he was playing at for his prize. The first slots had great casino odds and made players to leave a lot of money at slot machines. But that profit was not enough so slot owners thought up an unprecedented trick.

Few cards were simply withdrawn out of the slot and the quantity of winning combinations reduced significantly. In practice slot owners found out that, for example, the slot machine without 10 peaks and a jack of hearts would seldom produce the winning combination, therefore the players would get less money.

In those days players thought up a slot concept which "handed out well". The matter is that such slot machines were based on a full pack and therefore the quantity of prizes wasn't artificially reduced. Nowadays the number of winnings is automatically controlled. In such systems players’ fraud is simply physically impossible.

 
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