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Slot Machine Cheats and How They Get Away with It

As part of our Casino Game Cheats and Fraudsters series of articles in this one we take a look at slot machine cheats and will take a look at just how they have been able to defraud huge amount of cash from slot machines all over the world.

Slots machines being both mechanical and electronic devices are always going to be vulnerable to some form of attack and this is a fact that has not gone unnoticed by land based casinos who have many security procedures in place which can help them spot when a slot game is being cheated.

Not only do casinos have security cameras watching over all gaming floors and a security team who also walk around the gaming floors undercover, but many casinos now have all of their slot machines linked up to one central computer and that computer monitors each slot for any unusual activity such as a door on the slot being opened or a lot of credits suddenly being added to a slot game.

However, no matter how advanced a casino security measures are it is always going to be possible for a determined slot machine cheat to outsmart those security measures and defraud a slot machine by one way or another, and below we take a look at some of the many different ways of cheating a slot machine.

Strimming

One of the oldest ways of cheating a slot machine into giving you as many credits as you want is by doing something known as strimming. This is where a slot cheat will simply attach a high valued coin onto a piece of strimming wire and will then insert it into the coin mechanism and pull it in and out obtaining credits as that coin passes through the mechanism and back out again.

Strimming wire is the plastic wire that is found on garden strimmers and this is a quite flexible piece of wire and being non metallic the sensors in the coin mechanism which detect the width, diameter and the metallic make up of the coins inserted does not detect it.

Even the most technically advanced coin mechanisms are prone to this very basic of scams and over the years you may have notice coin slots on slot machines changing in their design and each new design has come about as a way to hopefully deter this type of crime.

Due to the sheer speed at which it is possible to add credits to a slot machines using this method many casinos are alert to is and will have staff monitoring the live data sent via the linked computer system for any slot machine which is having a lot of credits credited to it in a short period of time, and when detected will then watch those slots via CCTV very closely.

Light Wand

Another method in which slot machine cheats could empty a slot machine of its cash float in a very short period of time was by using something known as a light wand. In all modern slot which which still payout coins as opposed to the printed tickets some slot machine now payout instead of coins, you will find a large hopper type device which is where all of the float for that machine is stored inside the slot game.

As soon as a player has won when playing a slot and presses the cash out button the hopper will start to spin and the coins will fall down a chute one at a time and will pass through a light sensor which counts the coins out and as soon as enough of them have been dispensed the hopper will stop spinning.

However, by inserting a small bit of wire with a small light attached to the end of it and a small battery at the other end of it (known as a Light Wand) into the payout shoot it was possible to position that light in front of the light sensor on a slot machine, and as such when a player tapped on the cash out button the hopper would start to spin and the coins would then work their way down the count shoot.

But as the light sensor on the payout shoot was being blinded by the Light Wand then it would not be able to count any of the coins being dispensed and as such that player would get paid out all of the coins in the hopper.

This slot machine scam cost the industry a huge amount of money over the years it was being carried out, and that was one of the main reasons why many land based casinos moved over to slot machines that instead of paying out coins paid out tickets instead as that instantly made those machines no longer vulnerable to the Light Wand scam.

Cash Out Ticket Scam

As soon as the ticket dispensing slot machines started to make their way onto gaming floors there have been many cheats looking at ways in which they can beat this new system for paying out slot machine winners.

There have been quite a few successful ways of doing that over the years however as soon as a new way of cheating comes to light casinos are very quick to react and will put measures in way to stop those scams ever happening again.

One way a team of casino cheats did manage to defraud a casino for only a short period of time was that those cheats noticed that at very busy times in the casino there would be a few members of staff patrolling the casino floors who would exchange a players winning cash out tickets for cash without that player having to join the queue at the cash desk or cashiers window.

However, as that member of staff didn’t validate the tickets as will happen when you hand the ticket to the cashier in the cash deck, those cheats then went about photocopying high value cash out tickets and would get the casino staff to give them cash for those photocopied tickets! It was only when the staff then went to reconcile their cash flot and get each ticket they had redeemed for cash validated did they realise they had been cheated, and by that time the cheats had long left the building.


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