Friday, January 25, 2008

Casino's Wonky Cash Machine paid out 20s instead of 5s!

Did you guys hear about this? It's showing up all over the internet.

What a big pay day for the players!

Thanks,

Preston
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Regina gamblers cash in on wonky payout machine
Thu Jan 24, 11:01 AM

Some Casino Regina patrons who hit the jackpot at a cash payout machine are finding out the hard way that the house always wins.

After taking more than $27,000 they weren't entitled to, some have had to pay it back, while others have been kicked out of the casino and could be looking at lawsuits.

It all stems from an incident in October 2007, when an employee mistakenly loaded $20 bills into the $5 bill holder at a self-redemption kiosk. The goof meant that on Oct. 26 and 27, anyone who used the kiosk to redeem a slot ticket or break a large bill got 20s in place of fives.

"Many patrons used the machine repeatedly and either knowingly or unknowingly took money which was not theirs, which totalled $27,500," Bill Davies, Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation's vice-president of corporate affairs, said Thursday in a news release.

One customer took $11,000, making some 180 trips to the cash machine.

According to Davies, a customer eventually tipped off casino staff. Pretty soon it was payback time.

Casino officials used their electronic surveillance footage to track several people who went back time and time again.

They said they've recovered more than $13,000 from patrons who did so.

People who repeatedly took extra money from the machines have been banned from the provincially owned casino and other Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation facilities.

The employee who put the $20 bills into the machine is still employed at the casino.

"It was a mistake ... human error," Davies said.

The Crown corporation is resigned to the idea it won't get all of the money back. It's looking at suing to get more of the missing cash. Regina police are also investigating.

"It's important for the public to have confidence in the financial integrity of the casino," Davies said.

In the meantime, the casino has changed its procedures to make it tougher for staff to mistake bundles of 20s for fives.
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Now here's the deal. There is no need for the casino to sue the patrons to get its money back. All it has to do is threaten to ban them for life from the casino and that will be enough to have them return all of the money.

No gambler wants to be banned from a casino. They will gladly return all of the money. They would probably be willing to pay a stiff fine too--anything, as long as they can still gamble.

Thanks,

Preston

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Preston L. Allen is the recipient of a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature and the Sonja H. Stone Prize in Fiction for his short story collection Churchboys and Other Sinners (Carolina Wren Press 2003). His works have appeared in numerous publications including The Seattle Review, The Crab Orchard Review, Asili, Drum Voices, and Gulfstream Magazine; and he has been anthologized in Here We Are: An Anthology of South Florida Writers, Brown Sugar: A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction, Miami Noir, and the forthcoming Las Vegas Noir. His fourth novel, All Or Nothing, chronicles the life of a small-time gambler who finally hits it big. Preston Allen teaches English and Creative Writing in Miami, Florida.