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10 September 2014
By John Robison, Slot Expert™
The Seminole tribe has a compact with the state of Florida, so the Seminole Hard Rock can offer Class III machines. If the machines display a bingo card, then they are Class II. Another way to tell on video poker machines is if there is a fairy godmother or other device that gives you a payout even when you have a losing hand.
Class II devices are not not random. They just use a different method than an internal Random Number Generator to determine their results. On a Class II video poker machine, strategy is useless. The machine is not duplicating the experience of dealing from a deck of cards. Some other system has already determined what you will win on the hand.
Most non-progressive penny slots are like straight multipliers -- there's no bonus for playing max coin on a line. Therefore, your wife isn't giving up anything in long-term payback by playing less than max coin.
As long as she is betting enough coins to enable every way to win, she's getting the maximum long-term payback possible on a non-progressive machine.
On behalf of myself and the Casino City Times staff, thank you.
You're absolutely right that the casino can detect two different people playing on the same card by looking at the distance between machines when the one account is registered in two or more machines at once. Side-by-side machines can very well be one person playing two machines, so that won't raise any alarms. Any distance greater than side-by-side is almost certainly two people using the same card -- especially when one player is in the high-limit room and the other is at the penny slots.
Some casinos don't care if two people use one card. Some let two people residing at the same address link accounts to share benefits. Others strictly enforce a one card/one player rule.
I found the rules for the Genting Rewards Club at the Resorts World Casino site. Rule 3 is (emphasis is mine):
I've never had a problem in Las Vegas locals casinos when I've played using my cousin's card. It seems to be a pattern that Las Vegas, which has had gambling for 80 years and slot clubs for 20, is more flexible than new gaming jurisdictions. But then again, I've played using an extra card on my cousin's account only a few times a year. If I did it regularly, the alarm bells might go off.
This is a good heads up for two people thinking of combining their play on one account. Before you start playing on the same account, it's best to check the slot club rules to see if that is allowed.
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