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29 July 2015
By John Robison, Slot Expert™
Laws differ from state to state, so I'll just deal with Nevada. In Nevada, markers are no different from checks written against a bank account. This is the same situation as a check that the decedent wrote from the account. The estate is responsible for paying any checks that the decedent wrote against a checking account.
Something similar happened to me last week. I was playing a Super Times Pay video poker machine at the Suncoast in Las Vegas. I was trying to get four aces on at least one of the ten hands I was playing. After a long stretch of frustrating ace pairs and triplets that never led to quad aces, the machine dealt me four aces. That's the good news. The bad news is the hand paid $1200 -- I also won a tax form. My picture may still be on the winners' page.
I moved up to quarters and down to five hands and, at some point, hit a royal flush. I thought there was no way I could lose back that $1000, but the extra quarter per hand is a drain on your bankroll when you don't hit a four-of-a-kind, which pays extra over the normal paytable with that extra bet. I ran when I saw that about half of that was gone.
It's definitely possible to hit some nice-paying hands or combinations and play most or all of those winnings back.
Let's say your buddy did play away some of your wins. How did he get the money out of the machine? Did you cash out, redeem the ticket, and split the cash?
I think the most likely explanation is you played away most of your winnings. It's really easy to do -- drunk or sober.
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