I am interested in getting a video poker machine for my home, I think it would be a neat thing to have and practice on. The website ohiogaming.com sells them, anyone have any experience with these? Is there a way to login to the system and alter the pay tables or make the machine able to dispense/hold coins? I would not run a machine out of my house for people to gamble on but it would be a neat thing to have. If you go to http://www.ohiogaming.com/videopokermachine.htm there is a game on the second screen shot down called Wizard of Odds, I think thats interesting!
Your local jursisdiction might or might not care. If you allow it to take, hold, and pay coins IMHO you would be walking a thin line. Even if it is in your house it would be "possession" with possible intent. DA might say, "So, son, what bar were you fixing to put it in?" Same as having a bag of dope?
On "Pawn Stars" they mentioned that having a roulette wheel in some state (NY I think) could get you in trouble with the law.
Now, I doubt anything would ever come of it, but a cursory check w/o giving your name would be a good idea.
Well I live in San Francisco, I see your point but it would be such a cool thing to have! I am curious to know about anyone else that has thought about getting one of these toys.
I agree 100% on the coolness factor, but becoming a guest at San Quinten is a steep price to pay for "cool" :-)
You might consider asking on LinkedIN. I always get good answers there and you can limitg your question to CA only. My best guess is you can have it but would have to modify it not to take cash or allow payouts.
Operating a residential slot machine in that manner should provide the coolness and the entertainment for your friends, while any hotshot prosecutor with a burr up his backside would just let it go, realizing that he could never actually convict you of an offense. (I expect any judge -- and certainly the press -- would laugh at him.) I have friends in VA who have an operating slot machine in their basement. I think they do actually let guests play/gamble, but it's really there for their own entertainment between visits to Las Vegas.
From my experiences with MAME and several Player's Edge Plus ROM sets, you CANNOT change paytables unless you get a different ROM set that's programmed with a different paytable. This is probably not a comprehensive list, but it should give you the general idea.
Thought I would bring this up in case you or someone didn't know. I'll grant you some of your practice needs to be on the real thing.