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All slot machines must display winning odds by October

Rule for casinos by next October is to deter people from excessive gambling

Published on Oct 25, 2012 6:00 AM
 
An example of the information display showing the high odds of hitting certain combinations. All slot machines have to display such information by October next year to deter people from over-exuberant gambling. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

By October next year, all slot machines at the two casinos here must display the odds of a punter hitting winning combinations.

The Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA) implemented this requirement earlier this month to highlight how unlikely it is to end up with such combinations - in a move to deter people from over-exuberant gambling. So far, about 20 per cent of the 5,000 slot machines in the casinos have complied with the rule.

The information, for example, that the odds of getting five of the same in a game is as high as one in 53,615, is displayed on the machines.

Mr Lee Kwong Yee, deputy director of CRA's gaming technology and information communication systems department, said the purpose is to let players know exactly "how remote it is to hit certain combinations".

 
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To change the settings of the machines, the seals would have to be broken. If the casino operators need to troubleshoot the machine, they have to inform CRA.

- Mr Lee Kwong Yee, deputy director of CRA's gaming technology and information communication systems department