Prosecutor Won't Charge Gamblers Who Played Generous Slot Machine

ELIZABETH, Ind. (AP) - A county prosecutor says he won't file criminal charges against gamblers who pocketed $487 thousand from a malfunctioning slot machine at an Ohio River casino.

Harrison County chief deputy prosecutor John Colin says the actions of some patrons of Caesars Indiana casino may have been immoral, but not criminal.

Casino executives urged officials to file theft charges against the gamblers, saying they took advantage of a machine that was improperly set. It gave players credit for ten dollars for each dollar they spent.

More than two dozen people played the machine in July 2006 before one gambler alerted Caesars employees.

The Associated Press left a message with a casino spokeswoman seeking comment.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by glenn Location: lexington on Sep 6, 2007 at 01:13 PM
    How about that. An honest prosecutor who is not bought out by the casino. You can bet that this woul;dn't happen in Nevada! Who was the idiot that went to the casino and told them the machine was malfunctioning. Probably the same lady that told the dealer she was overpaid for her blackjack. Don't you know its impolite to point out other people's mistakes? All these people did was increase the time required for the casino to get their money. No crime as the prosecutor said.
  • by carl on Sep 5, 2007 at 09:25 AM
    Why is it that when something goes amiss against a business it is the customers fault but when it goes against the customer they are just out of luck. If Caesars feels like it got ripped off then they have probably known it when they saw it.
  • by gail Location: winchester on Sep 5, 2007 at 09:02 AM
    I am glad they decided NOT to press charges... The casino is responsible for their equipment from purchasing the machines they use to setting them up and making sure they are working appropriately... So if someone didn't DO THEIR job at the casino then that person should be held responsible by the casino... Not the lucky people that happened to use the machine!


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