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90% of Louisiana’s Casino Slots Not Audited for Fairness

15 December 2009 by Devon Chappell

Louisana Casinos

Here’s one for the Louisiana State Attorney General. A recent report prompted by the Louisiana Police Commander and issued by the State Legislative Auditor, cites that several of Louisiana’s land-based casinos are not meeting regulatory compliance standards. I suppose it’s only fair to point out that many casinos couldn’t meet such standards, for they weren’t even being inspected.

Yep, that’s right. According to the audit, many required casino inspections this year had not even taken place. Most alarming of all were findings that no more than 10% of casino slot machines were inspected to verify monitoring systems were properly synced with the games. In other words, 90% of casino slot machines in Louisiana could have potentially been dishing out unfair odds – whether intentionally or not.

Additionally, some 13% of all businesses with video machine licenses were not inspected. Louisiana truck stops, in particular (which commonly offer video poker machines), were not being audited according to fuel sales that determine how many video poker machines are allowed to be on premise. And while 13 fines were handed out to businesses not properly displaying their video poker license, there were some twenty additional warnings given by State Police. Police Commander, Mike Edmonson, said the report is accurate, and that “higher standards” will be enforced in the future.

Well, how about meeting the current standards first before trying to raise the standards? Shall we begin with taking a new approach to online casino gambling and player protection, in general? Let’s not forget Mr. State Attorney General, that Louisiana was super busy this year trying to hunt down online gambling companies doing business with Louisiana citizens.

In other words, rather than protecting your citizens from potentially unfair and under-regulated betting practices that are legal, mind you, it was more important to make online gambling illegal (Louisiana is one of the few U.S. States that specifically prohibits online bettting), issuing arrest warrants in the meantime and extorting money from offshore operators, i.e., BetOnSports, accused of receiving wagers – no matter how safer than your non-monitored casino slot machines?

And to think you were doing it in the name of protecting minors and family values. Think again, Louisiana.

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