The underlying complaint was that they altered the element or chance. If someone hit the button at 48 seconds and 'always' won, then this would be a machine malfunction like any other. Sure, the player can sit and play all day, but the casino certainly could refuse to pay based on machine malfunction.
An example of this is also the double up trick. It was just some guys hitting some buttons, but they figured out if they hit them in a certain sequence at a certain time that it changed the outcome. This is the same thing. The guy is hitting a button at a certain time and it changes the outcome.
The double up feature was, and still is at some places, on by default. It required zero casino action for a lot of the double up feature glitch money. Sure some places they asked for the feature to be turned on, but I believe the majority of them were already on.Quote: darkoz
Again i beg to differ. The double up similar to the phil ivey case required some physical action on the part of the casino. Turning cards in ivey case and enabling a double up option normally turned off
Being a programmer, anything that results in a non-desired outcome in a bug. This is definitely a bug. The article simply stated that it would take too much effort/money/whatever to pull and re-program the machines to use a different PRNG. Also, they're not just sitting down "and playing" as you put it. They're sitting down and pressing the button at a specific time to manipulate the outcome. "And playing" would mean they're just hitting the button randomly as most players do.Quote: darkoz
Simply sitting down and playing cannot be considered cheating regardless of what time interval you pick for depressing the button. Also note the article says the casinos are not pulling out and replacing the machines but letting them continue to operate as is. That alone refutes any allegation of machine malfunction. If the slots have a bug then they need to be fixed. That is not the situation here. Instead the slots are working per design. Just someone figured out how to beat them. Assuming you could do it purely by your own brainpower no electronic device that is
Simply sitting down and playing cannot be considered cheating regardless of what time interval you pick for depressing the button.
Rereading the .25 second timing, couldn't you just wait for a string of winners. Even if you misses the payout you were looking for, Perhaps the machine had 3 winners back to back within .75 seconds?
I think that is the disconnect. It doesn't have to be someone cheating for it not to be a fair game. A judge could rule that it is not fair even if it was the casinos fault that it wasn't fair and the judge could still demand the money returned. As someone else pointed out that is pretty much why slot machines have a disclaimer that malfunctions void all pays.