Prereveal Slots – Why They’re Illegal & Why the Law Hates Them

Florida state judges recently ruled that prereveal slots found in bars across the state are illegal. Some Florida businesses thought that they could offer prereveal machines (a.k.a. Version 67), because they differ from traditional slots. But they were proven wrong when state judges ruled against the unlicensed games. Keep reading to find out more about […]

Florida state judges recently ruled that prereveal slots found in bars across the state are illegal.

Some Florida businesses thought that they could offer prereveal machines (a.k.a. Version 67), because they differ from traditional slots. But they were proven wrong when state judges ruled against the unlicensed games.

Keep reading to find out more about prereveal slot machines along with why they still constitute gambling.

What are Prereveal Slots?

A prereveal slot machine offers a “preview” feature that gives players a hint on the next spin’s outcome. Proponents of Version 67 have argued that the preview feature means these games aren’t truly gambling.

However, state officials counter that the preview feature still doesn’t eliminate random chance on future spins Furthermore, these machines use random number generators just like real slot machines.

Why does the Law Hate Prereveal Slots?

Three judges from the 1st District Court of Appeals cited the following section from Florida’s gambling laws when making their ruling:

“[Illegal slots] turn on whether the user may receive something of value ‘by reason of any element of chance or any other outcome unpredictable by the user.’ The element of chance or unpredictability must be inherent in the machine itself.”

The judges continued by offering their reasoning on why they think Version 67 games are illegal when not licensed:

“We hold that the trial court was correct in determining that Version 67 is a slot machine because the element of chance is inherent in it given that it has a preset win/loss ratio … and that the game outcomes are determined by the machine by chance, via an RNG (random number generator), and there is nothing the user can do to affect the outcomes.

“Furthermore, Version 67 is a slot machine for the additional and independent reason that also inherent in it is an outcome unpredictable by the user.

“While it is true that the user is advised of the outcome of the game at hand ahead of time through the preview feature, the user cannot predict that outcome until it is randomly generated and then displayed by the machine. Nor can the user predict the outcome of Game 2 while playing Game 1.”

Long story short, any business that offers prereveal slot machines in Florida needs to obtain a gaming license just like any valid casino.

 

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