Colorado casino customers prosecuted for playing abandoned slot credits

Colorado casino customers prosecuted for playing abandoned slot credits

Prosecuting customers for playing abandoned credits on machines

Now this takes customer services to another level and is quite unbelievable to me personally. I have been involved in providing electronic data relating to fraudulent activities here in the UK. There is a definite line you cross from a one off mistake then repeating the action to obtain monies you are not entitled to. Its a simple as if you go to the cash machine to ask for £20 then it spits out £50, if you repeat the process at that point you are committing fraud.

The claim by the casino that any leftover credit in a machine belongs to them is a little shocking, I would have presumed that it technically still belonged to the patron who put the money into the machine, right up to the point the button is pressed and that credit turns into debit to play the game. Its more surprising that the owner who originally put the money in is not suing the other punter for his lost money.

Would any Casino Group in the UK act in the same manner?  The casinos would be empty

Now to the story

BLACK HAWK, Colo. — Casinos in Colorado have been quietly helping prosecute hundreds of everyday gamblers under a little-known law.

Court records show in the past five years, 728 casino customers in Black Hawk and Central City, and 202 more mostly slot machine players in the Cripple Creek area, have been cited or arrested under Colorado Statute 12-47.1-823(1)(c).

Their indiscretions range from innocently playing abandoned slot credits left on machines by other customers, cashing in credit vouchers found on the floor, or finding forgotten or dropped chips — to a series of less innocent crimes such as cheating at roulette or trying to swipe blackjack chips.

By law, casinos own lost, forgotten or abandoned “property” inside their establishments — and they don’t mess around with enforcing their rights to retain those credits or money.

Dan was prosecuted for using $2 in abandoned slot credits.


Casino security, working with Department of Revenue Gaming Division Enforcement agents, put customers in jail if necessary to collect every penny.

In fact, court records show in Gilpin County since mid-2012, 469 casino customers were arrested and at least were 78 jailed after being accused of misdemeanor casino “fraud.”

Court records in Gilpin County district court show Dan went to Johnny Z’s Casino in Central City earlier this year to hit the slots.

The next time he visited and swiped his players card into Johnny Z’s system, casino security and state gaming enforcement officers approached him.

“I go upstairs to the third floor into a dirty little room and someone tells me I stole $2 from the casino,” Dan said.

Dan said he told security and gaming agents he was glad to pay the $2 back, unaware it was a crime to play abandoned credits. He said they refused and handed him a citation.

Court records show Dan had to pay more than $250 in fines, plus pay for his own FBI criminal background and fingerprinting, pay for probation services, perform at least 24 hours of community service and be banned from all casinos for a year.


The Gilpin County prosecutor and courts gave Dan a criminal record several months later.

He said he felt forced to plead guilty to misdemeanor fraud in order to be offered a deferred sentence.

The plea would allow him to have his criminal record sealed if he successfully negotiated all of the stipulations.



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