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Ask the Slot Expert: Changing denomination on a video poker machine9 December 2015
What I said was that the only thing that could differ between the various denominations of Double Bonus is the paytable. Paytables are very small and all payables for each game/denomination combination could easily fit on one memory chip.
There is no chip that regulates the game and ensures the results are random. The program uses output from the Random Number Generator to choose the cards for each hand. The Random Number Generator ensures randomness.
When you switch games, the machine has to load the program to play that particular game. The only thing that differs in the various game programs is the hand evaluation algorithm. For instance, a Deuces Wild game program needs to know that all 2s are wild.
When you switch denomination, the machine only needs to load the paytable for the new denomination for the currently selected game. The game program doesn't need to change.
Now, I think what you're saying is this. You're playing quarter Double Bonus and switch to 50 cents. Your last hand at quarters is displayed again. But if you change to dollars, a different five-card hand is displayed.
This machine may have a separate program for each game/paytable combination, regardless of denomination. If the paytable is the same for quarters and halves, the two denominations could share the same game program. If the paytable is different for dollars, which is not unusual, it may have a different game program for that denomination. When that program is loaded, it shows the last hand played using it.
New York's racinos are run by the New York State Lottery, so anytime you have a win of $600 or more, you will have to provide ID. Here's an excerpt from the lottery's FAQ page:
By law, the Gaming Commission is also required to withhold overdue taxes owed to New York State, past-due support and prior public assistance from any Lottery prize of more than $600.
You've gotten yourself into quite a strange situation. In trying to evade the mechanism set up to capture money from tax scofflaws and deadbeat parents so you could keep the money, you enlisted the help of a "friend" to cash the ticket for you and he ran off with the money. You ended up not getting the money anyway. And if you are able to recover the money from the thief with the casino's or police's help, the money will go right to the state. If you had just cashed the voucher yourself, you would have gotten the money back if your tax dispute was settled in your favor.
Your only recourse now may be to go to the local police. They may be able to get the identification information your "friend" gave to the casino and track him down.
Of course, it's possible that he used fake ID.
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