Czech Gambler Jailed For Cheating at Slots

In the first court case ever to have the accused charged for using smartphones to cheat at casino play, 40 year old Czech national Radoslav Skubnik was sentenced to 22 months and sent off to prison on Tuesday, June 28.

Namely, Skubnik used smartphones to record slot machines at Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands last month, but he wasn't working alone. Back in 2012, he joined a Russian syndicate - an elaborate network operating across the US, Europe and Macau, targeting certain slots and using different techniques to cheat for profit.

Syndicate teams consist of Master and Players, who are trained to record the play patterns of slot machines and then send them off to the Master for decoding in order to predict the next mass payout of the games. The decoded patterns are distributed among the Players who then return to the same machines knowing when the next mass payout hits.

Players receive 10% at the end of each successful job, 5% goes to the Master, and the Syndicate gets the rest. Although Skubnik has performed these fraudulent acts all over Europe, the evidence for the prosecution was mostly gathered from his last job in Singapore casinos between May 5th and May 7th. when according to Police, he managed to accumulate over $ 120,000 via cheating on 5 compromised slots.

Since Skubnik was facing seven years in jail and a $150,000 fine for each of the three charges under the Casino Control Act, it can be said he was very lucky to receive only 22 months for committing these criminal offenses.
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    Fridayhigh

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    The article mentioned "Compromised Slots" That is the clue, they don't work like a standard slot with a reel strip real or video that the RTP is coded into the game with a RNG then deciding the outcome. They are in fact compromised like the old fruit machines in British pubs. They are compensated to pay out a theoretical return always and are not random, In fact this is the architectural gaming platform used by some of the biggest casino software providers today on flash multiplatform casinos. Only possible now with the advent of high bi directional data transfer between all players and central servers, so as to continually change the return so as to stay within the parameters of the return they set. Sometimes referred to class 2 or class 3 machine..
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    Because most newer slots are a program , and much like a video game ( re : Mrs. Pacman ) are programmed to follow certain patterns for maximum efficiency .This is of course is like comparing dollars to doughnuts as the video game , made for entertainment , the slots , one could argue has entertainment value for some , but slots are ultimately programmed to make $$$$. And also you must factor in the presumption that the software is in fact fair , which is not always the case , no matter how much some casino reps claim.
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    coolsongss

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    How could the pattern be detected. I don't really understand this point. You know, we are playing in online casino and record it anytime and as much as we want. So, I suppose that the slot machine is not the Video-typed slot, but more like a classic type? Is it really possible to read the pattern ? Maybe only a few types of old Classic Slots have some flaws regarding the pattern. Anyway, it is still a little weird.
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    how is this a crime its not like he rigged the machine he simply just guessed basic when it would hit I think most real slot players have some sort of strtergy when they play if I'm reading this right but if he was cheating then cool . I will follow up to see.
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    I think there must be something big missing from this article. Casinos make millions off slot players who think they found a pattern on a certain slot that could make them rich. If they put predictable slots on their floor, they should blame the provider, regulator and themselves before blaming any players. Even if they were "Master/ player teams" !

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