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Tribal Gaming Regulations30 September 2005
You're missing an important step in how a slot machine operates.
The random number is used to pick an outcome at random from a population of outcomes that has an average payback of a certain percentage.
For example, let's say that the population has 1,000 outcomes; 750 outcomes are losers, 200 are pushes, 30 pay two coins, and 20 pay five coins. The average payback for this population is: (750(0) + 200(1) + 30(2) + 20(5)) / 1000 = 460/1000 = .46 or 46%.
The random number is used to choose an outcome from this population in which the different outcomes are not equally likely. Over time, the payback we experience will get closer and closer to the payback of this population.
Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
I broke my policy of not printing complete names because I believe this gentleman is connected with a casino operated by the Lac du Flambeau tribe in Wisconsin. He didn't say so, but let me tell you how I came to this conclusion.
I was somewhat skeptical of this message because the from line was "Fuzzy" and the from e-mail address was fuzzy at a particular domain. When I did a WHOIS on the domain, I discovered that it is registered to the tribe. So, I believe this gentleman does work in the industry.
Unfortunately, I don't have extensive knowledge about any jurisdiction's regulations. But I don't know if anyone does. I have some sections of New Jersey's regulations and some sections contradict statements in other sections.
I wrote the article in question in November 2003 and it referred to a casino in Mainstee, MI. In 2003, tribal gaming, both Class II and Class III, was just beginning to be seen as the powerhouse it has become. As more and more people asked questions about tribal casinos, I did some research on IGRA and tribal gaming.
I would like to direct Mr. Schuman's attention to this statement from my column on 12/04/03:
As I've learned more and more about Native American casinos and how they're regulated, I've discovered that it's not the "Wild West" free-for-all that I thought it to be.
And here is an excerpt from the letter to which I was responding:I've worked native casinos as controller for over five years.... Fact is, we almost have to have a direct mandate from God to change the payouts - NIGC and our local auditors would crucify us. In most cases, we don't even have control of the chips, the gaming commission does.
Mr. Schuman -- or anyone else-- if there are any webpages that describe the slot regulation for Native American casinos and what Native American casinos can and can't do with their slots, please let me know and I'll publish the links in a future column. We hear a lot about sovereignty, but not much about regulation.
If you or someone else could please send me the complete paytables for the games, I'd be happy to calculate the long-term paybacks.
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