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Unattended Money

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Unattended Money

If a person was to sit at a machine and no one was playing on either side of them and they noticed a bucket with change in it (quarters, nickles) between the two machines that obviously someone had left there. This person left it sit there while they played for quite some time and no one came around to collect the money, would you take the bucket when you cashed out? Also, in the same token, if you were to go up to a machine to play and there was some change in the tray, would you play that change, or if you found credits left on a machine you are getting ready to play. If the casino "eye in the sky" noticed any of these situations, what would they do. Is this considered illegal. Yes, I know some of you will tell me it is stealing and maybe it could be looked at like that or maybe "finders, keepers", but what would you do in any of these situations?? Just a curious question.

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1. Re: Unattended Money

I would definately play credits left in a machine...but I had a really slack dealer that was paying out a win on a LIR poker table and she left a stack of chips right next to me, it was at least $100. I didn't know what to do but I figured someone was watching me so I told her she left it there. Maybe VEGASMAN knows the answer, would I have been in trouble if I grabbed the stack of chips?

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that's a very good question. honestly part of me would love to come across some extra money but at the same time I don't want my memory of vegas to be one of me with "silver jewelry" sitting in the back of a car.

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kit: This happened to me once...I took the bucket of coins to security...they told me if no one claimed it after a certain number of days, that it was mine...next trip, couple months later, went to lost and found and, sure enought, no one had claimed it and I played on it for a couple hours...I didn't want to have to worry about the cameras, etc the entire trip..

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If the person that walked away leaving the money on the machine returns to the machine and does not find ot and say "oh well", not much of a problem. But if that person returns to the machine see's his money missing and reports it to a cashier or security, the as you stated "eye in the sky" will be reviewed to see how and where it disappeared to. Then, if you are still in the casino, they will come and speak to you, if that was to happen - fess up, give back the money.... IF you say "no I didn't take it - then you have crossed the line from legal to criminal.... Gaming control really doesn't think about it as "finders keepers"....

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5. Re: Unattended Money

Taking a stack of chips off a table that is not yours is theft and will be dealt with accordingly.

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6. Re: Unattended Money

What about credits on a machine?

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7. Re: Unattended Money

Is this really "just a curious question" ?

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8. Re: Unattended Money

Yes, what about the credits left on a machine?

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"Taking a stack of chips off a table that is not yours is theft and will be dealt with accordingly."

It's been awhile since I've been to Vegas, but I always felt it was perfectly safe to leave my checks on the table (even huge amounts) if I got up and left for a few minutes (go to the bathroom, etc.). Is this still the case?

It was the same way when I played in Louisiana and Misssissipi casinos. However, one time I did this in Atlantic City, and they acted like I was crazy (although this was back in the late 80s and might be different now).

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10. Re: Unattended Money

Reno - regarding credits still on the machine... question would be, how long did it sit unattended. Some people have bladder attacks, hope up run to the restroom with the intention of coming right back and playing it out....or cell phone rang, they couldn't get good reception and got up to locate a good spot they could pick up the signal, with thoughts of coming right back to finish the game. In smaller casinos or in the stores, they can ask the clerk to hold the machine for them, but in large casinos such help is limited.

I have seen many with problems like those above, and I have seen that when they come back someone has been nice enough to play out the credits and because of that I have seen security get involved.

If you are sitting at the machine upon return, they can push it and get you into a little hot water.

If you have waited ample time to cover most possibilities and no one has returned, and if it is not a jackpot amount of credits, then again play it out, but if they return - be fair and give them the $$$ for the credits are they can push it and you would end up looking the fool.

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