That's Not What They Said in Court...
Updated: Oct 28, 2019
The race tracks seem proud to be bringing "Vegas-style gaming", "Spin & Win", and "GAMING, GAMING, GAMING" to Kentucky... at least when they aren't in the courtroom.
Inside the courtroom, they present these games as merely historical horse racing machines... a form of pari-mutuel wagering on horse races.
Don't pay any attention to how they are advertised...
Don't pay attention to their appearance...
Don't pay attention to how the manufacturer describes them...
Triple Cherry Pop
"All the excitement of the original Triple Cherry Pop with the explosive prizes of Big Spin Win. One spin symbol on reel three gives you a chance to spin the BIG wheel."
Blue Diamond Mega Pay
"This 3-reel classic pays big when you line up 3 natural blue diamonds. Timeless symbols and traditional game play will bring players back to this memorable high denom game."
"40-lines of steam-powered machinery and industrial gadgets inspire this unique and interesting game. Gears click and clack as the reels spin to reveal their rewards. Distinctive stacked symbols and stacked wild flags enlighten the mind as they pay. FREE SPINS further the journey into the bizarre as the player is mesmerized by the intricacies of the curious steam punk genre."
Don't pay attention to the fact that they can't be pari-mutuel... because, among other reasons, no two players are wagering on the same uncertain event and the wagering is not mutuel, i.e. reciprocal.
After all, a non-lawyer New Jersey Gambling Consultant told the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission the machines were legal... Just don't pay attention to the fact his firm was paid $860,849.67 by interested vendors and certain Kentucky race tracks invovled in the court case.