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Old July 17th, 2008, 10:58 AM
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There is a reason the casinos are only open in International Waters. The ships don't have to follow any gambling regulations at sea or pay any taxes. Even in ports were gambling is legal, like New Orleans, the cruise lines don’t want their casinos regulated. I have heard that sometimes ships stay in port overnight and of those sometimes the casino opens sometimes not, depending on the regulatory enforcement of the port.

The Gaming Commission in Las Vegas controls how the slots work there. They set a minimum payback but it is way lower than the market competition generates but they also require that the functions, payback, or odds of the slots cannot be changed on the fly. The slots must have static programs and a commissioner has to review and approved the machines any time they are changed. I don’t know if any other state has the same rules. Technology wise it would be easy to make the payout odds variable and even controllable from a central site.

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