Are casinos under legal obligation to run their games fairly and randomly?

Are there any such laws?

e.g. poker machines easily draw cards that make the player lose, a dealer deals the cards in favour of the casino, ONLINE casino sites as well are huge - roulettes for example roll 15 blacks if the casino needs it.

Are these legal?

If not, what claims can you bring against them? Can you prove the casino was unfair if let's say they won hands or bets which were only probable less than 1% and this happens like a few times until the player eventually losses?


4 Answers

  • 8 years ago
    Best answer

    As already mentioned, casino games are carefully chosen to be stacked ever so slightly in favour of the casino than the gambler. You get evens on red or black, but although there are 18 reds and 18 blacks, there is also a 0 and possibly a 00, so if you bet red, it is slightly more likely that the casino will win. Same if you bet black. These slight advantages are just enough to tip the chances of profit in favour of the casino.

    But ignoring the maths, what about the fairness? The question was are they playing fair and does the law require them to?

    English law used to ignore wagers, taking little interest in enforcing them. Now we have the Gambling Act 2005 which created the Gambling Commission. The Commission deals with licensing gambling at casinos, betting shops, race courses, even gaming machines in pubs and takeaways. Fairness is a condition of licence and the Commission also has the power to declare bets void.

  • WRG
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    In the US in every jurisdiction where casino gambling is legal they must be fair. To use your example poker machines must be programed to produce the same odds that a deck or decks of cards would produce.

    While your average slot machine though is not random. It can be set to produce whatever pay out the casino wants and is legal in the jurisdiction. 90%-98% of what goes in is what usually is paid out.

    As for online casinos since they are generally run offshore in places that don't have te strongest laws in the world or where the government simply chooses to ignore any cheating that might go on all bets are off (pardon the pun). There is very little chance you could take any action against them because the country where they are based couldn't care less or are in on the deal themselves.

  • 8 years ago

    Yes casinos have to operate fairly, and stick to the rules of the game. They don't need to cheat as all the games are biased in favour of the house.

    Roulette offers 37:1 but the gambler only gets 36:1 (36 numbers + the 0)

    Pontoon/Blackjack you have to beat, not equal the dealer; and so on

  • $_$
    Lv 5
    8 years ago

    Casinos are usually based on luck/ chance. Casinos do not make money by scamming people by rigging their games. To me, it is more like the odds are against you. However, that is not always the case. Sometimes, people can recognize these odds and find ways to benefit from them.

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