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How could tickets be matched with their owners?

21 September 2009

In your September 14 column you discuss "finders keepers" in regard to finding money or TITO slips in casinos. You made this statement: "Unlike coins, today's tickets could conceivably be matched with their true owners."

Could you expound on this? Is there information on that slip (hidden in the bar code) that indicates who it belongs to, or would it just be a situation where the person who left it behind could identify the amount, the machine, the time of day, etc. and the casino puts 2 and 2 together?

Thank you.

Joe

Dear Joe,

Conceivably, when a player presses the Cash Out button, the program running the slot machine could query the slot club card reader to get information (e.g., account number, name) about the player playing the machine and provide that information to the ticket system to print on the ticket. I don't know of any machines that do this now, but it could conceivably be done.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
John


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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