According to a recent report from The New York Times, Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY is facing a continual slew of assaults by angry players against its gambling machines.
“I lost $300 without a bonus, so yes, I broke the machine,” George Govan, a 56-year-old man from Brooklyn, told security guards when he punched through a terminal screen in January, according to court records. “And I’d do it again.” (Mr. Govan pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.)
Apparently this is not a new phenomenon.
Marcus Prater, executive director of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers, which represents many gambling machine companies, said these attacks occurred at casinos across the country. But as more casinos switch from old-fashioned slot machines with spinning reels behind glass panels to all-digital versions, with multiple LCD or touch screens, pulverizing one can result in thousands of dollars of damage.
It pays to play for both gamblers and casinos. Next time you want to punch out a slot-machine or throw your wii-mote through the tv-screen, try to remember, it’s just a game.