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Another found money story

19 July 2010

John,

I was at the Hard Rock Tampa when a situation came up where I flashed back on all of those question about found money a few months ago.

I was down maybe $200 playing .25 video poker. I play Double Double Bonus and even though I was only one card from a royal twice, I just couldn't get a big hit. So, I was on my way out when I decided to play one more round on one of the $2 machines because they have a much better pay table. I only play 1 coin per spin.

The high-stakes area was pretty quiet and I was the only person playing VP. I sat down, put in my players card and I was about to put in $100 when I noticed that the machine had 250 credits. I didn't notice the credits before I sat down. I don't think they show on these new video machines until you enter your card or money. They sort of sleep.

Later, I figured that someone was down to their last 5 credits when they hit quads and walked away without noticing that they had hit. Four 7s through Ks pay exactly 250 credits.

I should have called security, but I hit max credits and played 5 credits per spin for a while. I cashed out at 300 credits for $600 and never looked back.

Thank you, Father, now I'll say five hail Marys and pray for forgiveness.

Bill

Dear Bill,

I think the statement in your next-to-last paragraph is correct: You should have called security. There's a chance this person may realize he or she left money in the machine and try to get it back.

I don't have a rule for when I when switch from "finders keepers, losers weepers" to alerting security, but as I imagine myself in your situation, I think once the amount gets to $100 or more we should let casino personnel know that someone left a significant amount of money in a machine.

Here's an idea: You earned the extra $100, so you can keep it. But how about donating the $500 you found to charity?

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
John


Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at slotexpert@comcast.net. Because of the volume of mail I receive, I regret that I can't reply to every question.

John Robison

John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots
John Robison
John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots