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Authorities Battle High-Tech Casino Cheats

20 February 2001

NEWARK, New Jersey – Feb. 20, 2001 –As reported by the Associated Press: "Thieves are keeping pace with the technological advances that have revolutionized casino slot machines, gaming enforcement officials say.

"Regulators say the problem is widespread but have a hard time placing a dollar figure on the losses.

"Although they do not track slot cheats' crimes, state police with the Division of Gaming Enforcement in Atlantic City say they recover evidence of slot cheats' work most often shaved coins and slugs almost on a daily basis.

"…But cheaters also try to beat the house by introducing flaws into the slot machines' computer programs or by manipulating hoppers' payouts.

"…Other cheats have stuck wires up coin trays to block a beam that counts coins being paid out. Still others have made money by teaching their techniques to others.

"Slot manufacturers have changed machines to make the wire a less lucrative trick, but cheaters have happened upon an optic device that can also block the counter beam.

"…Cheaters who use counterfeit coins or slugs will often play using separate cups to keep the real coins from becoming mixed with fake ones. Players who feed slot machines coins with strings attached then pull back the coin once the reels have been spun look like they are playing with yo-yos…"

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