Slot Machines Legal In Florida



We can ONLY ship to states that can legally have slot machines for home use. STATE AGE OF MACHINE Alabama Any Machine PROHIBITED Alaska Any Machine Legal Arizona Any Machine Legal Arkansas Any Machine Legal California 25 Years or Older Colorado Pre-1984 Connecticut Any Machine PROHIBITED Delaware 25 years or older Florida 20 years or. Whether a company may lawfully possess and/or manufacture slot machines and/or component parts for slot machines in the State of Florida if the slot machines are not used or displayed in contravention of sections 849.15-849.23, Florida Statutes (1993), and are ultimately shipped to states where possession of slot machines are legal. Casinos offering slots and table games are legal in Florida, but they are limited in where they are allowed to operate. The State of Florida has an agreement with the Seminole Indians to allow them to be the only operators of casino-style games in Florida. When it comes to legal poker rooms in Florida, the net gets cast a lot wider.

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Siding with state regulators, an appeals court Thursday ruled that controversial electronic games played in bars and other establishments are illegal slot machines.

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal upheld a circuit judge’s decision that what are known as “pre-reveal” games violate laws preventing slot machines in most of Florida. The panel’s 10-page ruling found, in part, that the games meet the definition of slot machines because they include an element of chance.

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The ruling backed the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, which prompted the long-running dispute by ordering two businesses to remove the machines. That move drew legal challenges from Blue Sky Games, which developed the games, and Jacksonville-based Gator Coin, which leased the games to businesses.

Supporters of the games, which also are known as Version 67, have contended that the machines are legal because they include a “preview” feature that advises players of the outcome of the games.

But regulators and other critics have argued the preview feature doesn’t matter because the “random number generator” used to create the games equates to the definition of slot machines, which are games of “chance,” under state law.

Also, a key issue has been whether the slot-machine law applies to playing a single game or a series of games. While the outcome of the first “pre-reveal” game is known in advance, a player at the outset does not know the results of subsequent games.

The ruling Thursday, quoting a section of state law, said the determination of whether the games are illegal slot machines “turns on whether the user may receive something of value ‘by reason of any element of chance or any other outcome unpredictable by the user.’ The element of chance or unpredictability must be inherent in the machine itself.”

Slot Machines Legal In Florida

“We hold that the trial court was correct in determining that Version 67 is a slot machine because the element of chance is inherent in it given that it has a preset win/loss ratio … and that the game outcomes are determined by the machine by chance, via an RNG (random number generator), and there is nothing the user can do to affect the outcomes,” said the ruling, written by appeals-court Judge Joseph Lewis and joined by judges James Wolf and Stephanie Ray. “Furthermore, Version 67 is a slot machine for the additional and independent reason that also inherent in it is an outcome unpredictable by the user. While it is true that the user is advised of the outcome of the game at hand ahead of time through the preview feature, the user cannot predict that outcome until it is randomly generated and then displayed by the machine. Nor can the user predict the outcome of Game 2 while playing Game 1.”

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The games have drawn attention in the gambling industry and in the Legislature, which this year debated a proposal to outlaw the machines. The legislative proposal did not pass.

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The appeals court upheld a decision last year by Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper, who originally sided with Blue Sky Games and Gator Coin but then reversed himself. The reversal came after the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which became involved in the case, asked Cooper to reconsider his initial decision. The tribe operates casinos that include slot machines.

The ruling Thursday described Version 67 as “profitable game that depicts traditional slot machine symbols, such as reels; it takes $1 to $20 bills; and the amount of return to the player varies by the amount of money played. Version 67 has a mandatory preview feature that displays the outcome of the game selected before the insertion of any money and before the play button appears.”

“When the first game is played, the outcome of the next game is automatically generated by the RNG and is stored in memory, and that outcome is displayed when the player presses preview for the next game,” the ruling said. “There is nothing a player can do to change the outcome that is randomly generated by the machine from among millions of potential outcomes.”

by Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida

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Are Slot Machines Legal In Florida

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  1. Pensacola Ed on September 1st, 2018 8:47 am

    I guess the State wants the Government to be the only organization that can legally rip you off.

  2. Real deal on September 1st, 2018 1:12 am

    They Have the “element of chance ” and a preview of possible outcome !! So what about the stuffed animal grab machines .same principle behind them as well as a lotto ticket

  3. Rodney on August 31st, 2018 11:08 am

    How is it that this type of gaming is illegal but we have a statewide lottery, bingo halls all over, and dog racing with poker rooms? What is the difference between a slot machine and any of these “games”?