Woman Keeps Gambler's $100k Slots Jackpot After Pushing Spin Button

Woman Keeps Gambler's $100k Slots Jackpot After Pushing Spin ButtonOn January 31st, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood was the setting for one of the most bizarre and troubling incidences to hit the gambling headlines in quite some time. That was the day in which Jan Flato (photo) entered the casino, met his friend Marina Medvedeva Navarro at the center bar, and after playing a $50-a-spin slot machine in its high-roller room, allowed his “friend” to push the spin button for luck.
It should have been congratulations all round after the machine’ s $100,000 jackpot was hit, but instead the casino awarded Navarro the win, and having taken the money, she subsequently asked the casino for protection as she walked out of the casino, and out of her “friend’s” life.
Interestingly, Marina Medvedeva Navarro still had the nerve to send a text to Flato a few weeks later asking if he still hated her, and stating that she missed him. In response, Flato texted back “How could you do that to me?” and has since warned against allowing anyone to push their slots buttons for them while at a casino. Apparently, the person pressing the button is considered to have placed the wager, and as Flato explains:
“I want everybody to know what happened so it won’t happen to them. I’ve played slots all over the country and never had a problem like that. Even the people handing out the money said, ‘This isn’t right.’
In the meantime, it appears the casino rules, although not widely known, are clear in that whoever pushes the button wins the money. As a result Flato has no legal recourse, and as the unfortunate gambler explains: “No one would take the case. That jackpot money is long gone.”
One industry expert, Frank Legato, editor of Global Gaming Business magazine, seems to concur on the issue, also adding that the slot’s pseudo random number generator (PRNG) would have returned a different result had Flato pressed the spin button, on account of his timing, and as Legato explains:
“It is accurate to say that that same jackpot result would not have landed if Mr. Flato had pressed the button. For that to happen, Flato would have had to press the button at the exact same nanosecond that the woman did, which is practically impossible.”


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