Oregon man sues lottery over video poker machines


Love poker? Then you know that it takes instinct and skill to win playing the game. With video poker, a little more luck is involved, but there is still some skill involved. Remember, when you play video poker, you get to decide which cards to hold and which ones to discard for new ones.

There’s some smart strategy involved to help you maximize your potential to win, but once again luck is a major factor here.

Unfortunately, one video poker player in Oregon assumes that there’s no such thing as luck and randomness. He’s suing the Oregon lottery for its automatic hold feature on its video poker terminals.

Oregon offers video poker throughout the state at a number of non-casino establishments. It’s just like video poker at Slots of Vegas, except it’s only available to play at select places around the state.

The game features an automatic hold feature. When activated, the software will decide which cards to hold and which cards to toss. Justin Curzi is suing the state lottery because he thinks that the automatic hold function is misleading.

innervideo08012015He argues that players are led to believe that the automatic hold feature will hold the cards the will lead to the biggest payouts when, according to him, he’s ended up with worse hands that yielded far lower payouts by using the automatic hold feature.

To be fair, the lottery never claimed that automatic hold will yield the best payouts. But Curzi argues that perception leads players to believe that when the computer is doing the work, all calculations will work in the player’s favor.

That’s just not how it works. One can look at automatic hold as somewhat of a Random Number Generator. It yields random results and isn’t optimized to help you win.

The state hasn’t responded to the lawsuit, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that Curzi doesn’t have a leg to stand on. We’ll see how the state plays its cards on this one very soon, and we’ll keep you up to date on what transpires.

Int he meantime, and if you truly understand how random number generators actually work, you’re more than welcome to try our Video Poker games here at Slots of Vegas.

Rose Pratt

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