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Deberg_1990
12-14-2011, 09:44 AM
http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/13/9424054-casino-nixes-57-million-slot-payout-jilted-swiss-to-sue



Sorry, but that $57 million you thought you won at the slots? Computer error.

That was the message that a casino in Bregenz, Austria, gave to Behar Merlaku, 26, after he got a really exciting return on a slot machine, the UK's Daily Mail reported.


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Merlaku got only four of the slot machine's five required matches, but a winning bell went off and a flashing screen told him he had won the big jackpot on March 26, the Daily Mail said. But when the Swiss man tried to claim the prize, the casino operators blamed a software error and offered him $100 and a meal instead.

Now his lawyers say he's entitled to the huge prize and he plans to sue Casinos Austria AG; a court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10. The Daily Mail said it's thought that such a civil action would be the largest of its kind anywhere in the world and the case is being keenly watched by gaming operators.

His lawyers say that when he refused the casino's offer, he was banned from the establishment. They say that the company said the slot machine manufacturer was responsible and cited Austrian law that jackpots cannot normally be higher than two million euros, the Daily Mail reported.

htismaqe
12-14-2011, 09:47 AM
Casinos are legalized robbery. Another vehicle for the government bureaucrats to line their pockets at our expense.

Rain Man
12-14-2011, 09:54 AM
Casinos are legalized robbery. Another vehicle for the government bureaucrats to line their pockets at our expense.

When I was in college I lived in Missouri, and they had a vote to bring in the lottery. I thought, "Why the heck not? Sounds fun."

Now I look at the things that like that where the government says it's illegal for everyone but them, and I recognize that it's just a big ol' dump truck full of hypocrisy and power abuse. Voting for the government to get involved in gambling was a mistake.

I am, however, interested in seeing how they eventually manage government-only brothels, because I'm sure that's next.

Gonzo
12-14-2011, 09:55 AM
Casinos are legalized robbery. Another vehicle for the government bureaucrats to line their pockets at our expense.

Not if you have a "system."

You see, I only play the nickle slots on Tuesday after a 70+ year old woman has been playing on the machine I intend to use. When you pull the handle, you have to pause mid pull and wink twice.

Deberg_1990
12-14-2011, 09:55 AM
When I was in college I lived in Missouri, and they had a vote to bring in the lottery. I thought, "Why the heck not? Sounds fun."

Now I look at the things that like that where the government says it's illegal for everyone but them, and I recognize that it's just a big ol' dump truck full of hypocrisy and power abuse. Voting for the government to get involved in gambling was a mistake.

I am, however, interested in seeing how they eventually manage government-only brothels, because I'm sure that's next.

But Casino money is for the Schools!!

Brock
12-14-2011, 09:57 AM
Casinos are a fun waste of time and money.

MoreLemonPledge
12-14-2011, 09:59 AM
What you don't realize is that the government WANTS him to win that so they can tax it. If the combination had been 5/5 with no bells or lights, he would have been paid. Trust me. Just a shitty situation all the way around.

htismaqe
12-14-2011, 10:00 AM
When I was in college I lived in Missouri, and they had a vote to bring in the lottery. I thought, "Why the heck not? Sounds fun."

Now I look at the things that like that where the government says it's illegal for everyone but them, and I recognize that it's just a big ol' dump truck full of hypocrisy and power abuse. Voting for the government to get involved in gambling was a mistake.

I am, however, interested in seeing how they eventually manage government-only brothels, because I'm sure that's next.

In this state it's illegal to smoke in any building that's not a private residence.

Or a casino...

Rain Man
12-14-2011, 10:03 AM
But Casino money is for the Schools!!

It was almost comical a few years back here in Colorado. Some vote came up for a tax increase that was "to be devoted to highways and schools". (Technically, it was the continuation of a temporary tax that was expiring, but same thing.)

I didn't vote for it, but here in Denver you could tax anything and it would pass. You could propose a tax on tax payments to be used for political campaigns to further increase taxes on tax payment taxes and it would pass.

So of course this passed. And I think it was about a week past the election when the governor said, "Okay, this is going to highways and schools. And now we're going to cut the base budgets for highways and schools by a remarkably similar amount and use that extra money however we want."

Honest to god, I have no idea how any person with intelligence votes for a new tax in Colorado or anywhere else.

Rain Man
12-14-2011, 10:05 AM
In this state it's illegal to smoke in any building that's not a private residence.

Or a casino...

Heh-heh.

I wonder if the government will ever come up with a thug service. Pay them $35 and a 40 oz. can of beer and they'll go beat someone up for you. It's illegal to do that in the private sector, but hey, if we do it here at county headquarters the money will go to schools.

htismaqe
12-14-2011, 10:12 AM
I read somewhere that when you factor in the hidden costs of casinos, like government-run rehab programs, the increase in subsidy payments to cover gambling losses, etc. that casinos actually pull FOUR TIMES the amount of money out of the local/state economy as they put in in taxes.

Hydrae
12-14-2011, 10:14 AM
In this state it's illegal to smoke in any building that's not a private residence.

Or a casino...

and Bingo halls here in Austin.

Fish
12-14-2011, 10:18 AM
Casino gambling is a tax on people who are really really bad at math...

Deberg_1990
12-14-2011, 10:18 AM
I didn't vote for it,

Why do you hate the children so much? : )

Rain Man
12-14-2011, 10:19 AM
I read somewhere that when you factor in the hidden costs of casinos, like government-run rehab programs, the increase in subsidy payments to cover gambling losses, etc. that casinos actually pull FOUR TIMES the amount of money out of the local/state economy as they put in in taxes.

That's interesting. A little surprising given the amount of gross money they produce, but ... shrug.

Or maybe I'm thinking of lottery money. But I think casinos produce a lot, too.

Rain Man
12-14-2011, 10:20 AM
Why do you hate the children so much? : )


Well, in fairness they hate me, too.

Rain Man
12-14-2011, 10:22 AM
and Bingo halls here in Austin.

Nothing invokes a greater picture of fun than the words, "smoke-filled bingo hall".

http://onlinecasinosuite.com/casino-blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/bingohall.jpg

Saulbadguy
12-14-2011, 10:29 AM
They have signs posted everywhere that state that payouts are void on malfunctions.

htismaqe
12-14-2011, 10:50 AM
That's interesting. A little surprising given the amount of gross money they produce, but ... shrug.

Or maybe I'm thinking of lottery money. But I think casinos produce a lot, too.

We've had the lottery for like 25 years and I heard a commercial the other day touting about the $1.4 billion dollars they've contributed to local/state causes.

Seriously, that's it? It's been over TWO DECADES.

It's not surprising - that "gross money" is lining people's pockets.

boogblaster
12-14-2011, 10:54 AM
is gambling rigged .....

htismaqe
12-14-2011, 10:56 AM
is gambling rigged .....

Why would you need to rig something that has a million-to-1 return on investment?

Bob Dole
12-14-2011, 11:01 AM
I read somewhere that when you factor in the hidden costs of casinos, like government-run rehab programs, the increase in subsidy payments to cover gambling losses, etc. that casinos actually pull FOUR TIMES the amount of money out of the local/state economy as they put in in taxes.

Did they figure in the increased pawn business?

htismaqe
12-14-2011, 11:02 AM
Did they figure in the increased pawn business?

ROFL

trndobrd
12-14-2011, 11:03 AM
I am, however, interested in seeing how they eventually manage government-only brothels, because I'm sure that's next.

Sounds HOT!

loochy
12-14-2011, 11:04 AM
Casinos are legalized robbery. Another vehicle for the government bureaucrats to line their pockets at our expense.

Nobody is forcing you to go.

htismaqe
12-14-2011, 11:07 AM
Nobody is forcing you to go.

No, but I am forced to pay for all of the people who do.

Rain Man
12-14-2011, 11:12 AM
Sounds HOT!


"No, sir. You filled out Form 6274-B. That's for a Bangladeshi hooker. If you want a redhead you have to fill out Form 6274-R. You'll have to go through the line again when you get that form."

Demonpenz
12-14-2011, 12:10 PM
When I worked at a gas station people would go through their 10 casino vip cards to hand me their EBT card and get their food. and booze, then I would look out at what they are driving, and it was always a nicer car than mine with an xbox in there.