Penny Wise, Player Foolish? Slot-Hold Regulation and Consumer Preference

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Casino gambling is a heavily-regulated consumer service available to the public, with state oversight of a variety of business functions, including the “pricing” of slot machines via mandated minimum hold percentages. But states typically define minimum slot-hold percentages that are well below those actually found on slot floors. State-mandated minimum paybacks are almost entirely irrelevant; industry standards honed by competition keep average payback rates high above the state minimums in all jurisdictions, with no direct correlation between the state-mandated minimums and actual payback rates: the market, instead, determines the “cost” of playing slots.


Casino gambling; Casinos; Casinos--Government policy; Casinos--Law and legislation; Consumer protection; Gambling; Regulation; Slot machines; Slot machines--Prices


Consumer Protection Law | Economics | Gaming Law | Public Policy


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