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$10 Million Detroit Lawsuit Alleges Rigged Slot

5 August 2001

DETROIT, Michigan –– As reported by the Detroit News: ``A Macomb County woman has filed a $10 million class-action lawsuit against Detroit casinos over their use of Wheel of Fortune slot machines, claiming that the spinning wheel that appears to come to rest so randomly on the venerable TV show can be rigged on the namesake slot to give lower payouts.

``In a suit filed last month in Wayne County Circuit Court, Mary Kraft alleged fraud and the violation of Michigan's consumer protection act.

``The way the slot works, when a "Spin" symbol appears on the payline, the player -- in a sort of "bonus round" -- gets to press a button activating a wheel consisting of 22 pie-shaped spaces. Each shape has a value ranging from 20 to 1,000 coins.

``Kraft, including patent documents as exhibits, argues that the wheel `is rigged by an internal computer to stop more on spaces' awarding fewer coins and complains the casinos don't disclose that.

```Regulators in casino states nationwide have certified it as a completely fair and honest game,' Greektown Casino spokesman Roger Martin said.

``…Informed of the suit, Las Vegas Adviser Publisher Anthony Curtis said some gamblers underestimate slots' complexity.

```...Most people, when they walk into casinos, know the games are engineered in the casinos' favor. Come on, this is crazy,' he said of the suit…"

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