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15 May 2013
By John Robison, Slot Expert™
Thanks for the kind words about my column and thanks for the suggestion.
Licensing music -- especially well known music -- is so expensive, I find it unlikely that a slot would feature a popular tune without publicizing that fact. Still, if the Goldfish slots use licensed music, one of these song identifier apps may be able to recognize it.
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Thanks for the kind words.
Each machine determines its results independently, so the fact that other machines of the same type are down will have no effect whatsoever on the machines that are still in operation. Those machines won't even know that their brethren are offline.
Did you really go 200 spins without hitting anything on the Double Diamond machines? Double Diamonds is not a high hit frequency game. Still, it hits more frequently than Five Times Pay or Ten Times Pay, really low hit frequency machines. I've never gone more than a dozen or so spins without hitting something on a Double Diamond machine. It's possible that you just had an extraordinarily bad run of luck. The only good thing I can say about it is that it was extraordinary.
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You didn't mention where you're located, so I couldn't try to find your state's regulations. I did easily find a FAQ page for Colorado and it has a regulation that states that the person playing a machine is the only person who can receive the awards from the machine. It doesn't say anything about penalties and the regulation is directed to the casino, not the player.
I'm sorry to add to your woes, but I think you have another problem. The document you signed was a tax form and now you'll have to declare the jackpot on your tax returns.
Two lessons: Always know what you're signing. Don't sign for another player's jackpot.
I suggest you contact an attorney.
Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert™, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Because of the volume of mail I receive, I regret that I can't reply to every question.
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