although it was not my intent that all the content of this blog be related to gambling, thinking about the victimization of the horse player by way of increased takeout reminded me that racino VLT patrons — at least those who think they’ve found well-paying video poker machines — are being had by these establishments and their partner in deception, the State Lottery. Any video poker aficionado knows that a 9/6 Jacks or Better video poker machine returns, on average, about 99.5% of the money wagered through it, assuming proper play (which is not hard to learn). Because of the laws governing gambling in New York, such a machine cannot legally be offered here. However, offering what appears in every way to be such a machine, but what in actuality is a game that returns 92%, regardless of the player’s skill, is not illegal. The Government Law Center of Albany Law School explains the scam. It is shameful that an agency of our government participates in such deception.
And furthermore . . .