Judge tosses gambler’s lawsuit

Feb 6, 2018 3:00 AM

The closely followed Australian court case against Crown Resorts and slot machine maker Aristocrat Leisure, accusing both companies of misleading gamblers on their chances of winning, has been tossed out of court.

Late last week, Federal Court Judge Debra Mortimer dismissed the case Shonica Guy filed against Crown and Aristocrat on grounds the former gambler failed to prove misleading or unconscionable conduct on the part of the defendants.

Guy said she incurred major financial losses playing the Dolphin Treasure poker machine over the past 14 years because the machines “deliberately give people false hope that they have a chance of winning to keep them playing.”

Of particular issue was the machine’s oversized fifth reel, which contains 44 symbols rather than the 30 featured on the first four reels. Guy’s attorneys argued the design features amounted to deception because an average player would not be aware of the extra symbols.

The judge did say she agreed with Guy’s claim that the machines might confuse ordinary gamblers, but such an impression would only be brief.