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Sly bar staff know when fruit machines pay out

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My gripe is the sly practice of staff or management playing fruit machines etc. when the pub or similar licensed premises are closed to the public.  Certain staff watch the machines and can apparently work out when a jackpot is due.  The really cheeky ones actually turn the machines of if they consider a jackpot is due so that regular punters can't win the top prizes.  They then collect it themselves when the premises are closed.

Poker cards used to be the same, when the unsold cards in the box outweighed the cost of those remaining, the management would just buy all remaining cards.  This is not gambling, this is robbery pure and simple, and personally I think that this kind of thing should be made illegal!

In the real world family members or members of staff are barred from taking part in the lottery or the pools.  They should also be barred from playing fruit machines in the premises that they work or manage.  The practice is sly and dishonest.  Gamblers have enough to contend with, with their unfortunate habit without crooked staff robbing them as well.

Close up shot of a fruit machine A proportion of licensed premise staff consider this insider knowledge a perk of the job, they even have a rotor system in some places to sort out whos turn it is to rip Joe public of next!

My partner knows exactly what goes on, she even knows when a particular fruit machine has paid out because the manager warns her, but her compulsion to gamble is so strong she still plays the machine anyway.  I shrug my shoulders and sip my pint.  The manager of the pub shrugs his shoulders too and my partner rejoins us when her money has gone.  The mind of the gambler is a strange place indeed!

By: Boblet


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jacque

jacque

worse is when they steal the money you have won when the machine is faulty and doesn't pay out! I have had £120 denied me by a pub this week. They have cleared used a scam and I am so angry!
jacque
4th Oct 18 12:57

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Nick

Nick

...and the same applies to bookies staff - they know exactly when a jackpot is due and they just shut the door, hit the jackpot, split the money and go home.
Nick
7th Jun 13 11:52

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Pete

Pete

Fruit machine payouts are set by law - not by anybody else! However, is that 74% over a day? a Week? a Year?
Pete
26th Nov 12 19:04

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Ozzie

Ozzie

I am disgusted with you useless Brits. Don't want to work for a living, but cheat your government and even your employers. You used to be looked up to as examples - your useless generation are just useless thieves and wasters. No wonder your education system is now second class!
Ozzie
26th Nov 12 18:59

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anon

anon

Clever thieves never admit to stealing especially on an open forum, these two are all mouth and trousers.
anon
1st Oct 12 16:58

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Lightf00t

Lightf00t

Given the paltry hourly wage bar staff receive, I don't blame them one bit.

In my student days, I had a job behind the bar in a nightclub. I was treated like scum, so I started robbing the till. This way I supplemented my income by £20-£50 a night. Never got caught. Do I feel guilty? No, because this is the money I should have been getting anyway - unsociable hours.
Lightf00t
1st Oct 12 14:17

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Baiting Boblet

Baiting Boblet

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Glass houses...stones, Boblet.
Baiting Boblet
16th Jul 12 17:00

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boblet

boblet

Sorry mate your summery is a bit off centre, however feel free to reread my posts & have another go, self education is a worthwhile pursuit for the educationally challanged.
boblet
16th Jul 12 15:55

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Boblet isn't very clever.

Boblet isn't very clever.

So...to summarise your gripe, woman continually uses fruit machines and surprisingly walks away with less cash than she previously had? If my girlfriend did that, i'd be questioning her intelligence rather than the integrity of the bar staff.

Then again Boblet, maybe your girlfriend is just plain unlucky?

However, having such an intelligent, witty, insightful partner such as you...she certainly struck the jackpot there eh?
Boblet isn't very clever.
16th Jul 12 15:11

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Boblet

Boblet

Artuk Do you have an opinion please on the practice of certain management & staff playing the fruit machines in licensed premises?
Boblet
1st Mar 12 22:31

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artuk

artuk

Re my previous comments, yes the percentage profit is guaranteed to the machine operator, they cannot lose. It is a very sophisticated business, my friend who writes software even logs into machines remotely and changes software and various options for his clients, many, by the way are illegal gambling joints where the payout percentage is often set to as little as 20% of takings.
artuk
1st Mar 12 19:44

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Boblet

Boblet

jesus man there is a war going on in afganistan and you are whining about £25.

The war in Afghanistan has been going on for over a century, P.R. they like war. They do not grow coffee they grow poppies. They are not a civilised nation. I could not give a sh!te for Afghanistan. As for smelling the coffee, you are reading my gripes, enough said.
Boblet
6th Feb 12 10:09

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Boblet

Boblet

I am a collector of memorabilia, books, postcards & the like. Being a collector of fruit machines must be a very expensive hobby for you & require a lot of space.
Boblet
1st Feb 12 23:28

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collector

collector

Never heard such rubbish Boblet. I am a collector of these machines. I would not be working if they paid out as you say. I wouldn't have to, could just win all day. Dont talk about stuff you obviously know nothing about.
collector
1st Feb 12 14:48

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Boblet

Boblet

When was the last time you dropped a jackpot? What a load of rubbish
Boblet
19th Jan 12 22:09

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