Case Filed Against IGT, GTech and WMS

Case Filed Against IGT, GTech and WMS Auto hold is a function available to video poker players; however it may fail to deliver the best decisions from the player’s point of view, which if proven, could have legal implications.

In Oregon, a player, Justin Curzin, has filed a case against the Oregon State Lottery and gaming software companies including IGT, GTech and WMS claiming that the auto hold function is actually a disadvantage to the player.

The case could mushroom into a $134 million class action as Curzin's legal counsel says that the auto hold feature on ten land based machines featuring Jacks or Better Poker, Triple Ace Poker and Joker's Vault Poker, do not always maximize the players' chances a win.

Curzin says that the Oregon State Lottery and software companies know of this flaw and have nothing to make players aware of the efficiency of auto hold.
  • The only reason i can think of to use something like auto hold is because you are not wanting to pay full attention to the game. the game you are paying to play. wow. really. let me get this are not wiiling to value the $ being anted out if it means staring at a game that last less than a minute at a time and that u like playing anyways but u are jerk enough to turn around and place a boatload more value on the resultant wins that you yourself were too good to waste your own brainpower on and then have the guts to pass judgement on a computer and the poor choices that IT makes. i wonder how they would know the computer should have moved a way that was different because if they are paying so close attention to the game why would autohold be on for anyway
  • The way that I am reading this it is talking about land based machines right? It does say, "ten land based machines," so I'm assuming not anything online. The part that really bothers me is this $134 million class action suit. I have seen and been involved in a few of these so called class action suits. Sure, they can be for enormous amounts, but come on, you know that $130 million will go to the attorney and with a lot of luck the remaining $4 million will go to the plaintiffs, again that's if their lucky.
  • This has been going on forever with these sites, and it is certainly annoying, but a class action suit? Wow. I suppose there is some validity to the argument that they are purposely attempting to deceive or mislead the player, but if you can't recognize which cards you should keep based on the game you are playing, then it's incumbent on you to learn the odds instead of relying on an automated program provided by the people against whom you are playing! Yes, it's sleazy and somewhat dishonest, but that kind of goes with the territory when you're talking about faceless, offshore gaming sites looking to fleece you for all you're worth. It's just a bit more overt in this case.

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