|Jeff Simpson at LasVegas.com reports that Nevada gaming regulators have introduced to about 100 casino industry executives a “groundbreaking plan that would require the state's casinos to keep closer tabs on their slot machines through the use of online metering systems.” |
If the proposed regulations and standards are enacted by the Nevada Gaming Commission as they are expected to be, operators would be required to “store a range of data” on each new slot machine so that its performance could be monitored, by means of an installed meter, by both casino owners and state auditors. “Casino operators would also have to install online metering systems,” Simpson wrote.
Gaming Control Board Chairman Dennis Neilander agreed that the changes would be costly to state casino operators. “Sometimes the extra expense is justified by the benefit,” Neilander said. Control Board Chief Auditor Greg Gale told the executives, 'We feel slot machines need to be controlled better than they are right now. We're trying to get a better handle on what's really going on with the machines.'
The metering would allow officials to see if individual slot machines, or various different games within the machines, are paying out more or paying out less than the statistical norm. A slot that pays out too little would obviously be unfair to gamblers, but a slot machine that pays out “too much” might indicate employee or player theft, Neilander said.