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Shady side of gambling in Las Vegas on display at Springs Preserve

The artifacts are being presented by the Museum of Gaming History, which also has other exhibits and displays around Las Vegas, including the El Cortez Hotel and Casino

A special exhibit devoted to casino cheating at the Spring Preserve has been extended through June.

The exhibit collection of unusual devices used through the years by people who unsuccessfully tried to beat the system.

The artifacts are being presented by the Museum of Gaming History, which also has other exhibits and displays around Las Vegas, including the El Cortez Hotel and Casino.

“They come to us from the Nevada Gaming Control Board on loan to the Museum of Gaming History,” said museum board member Jim Follis.

Some of the more interesting devices include a 9V battery powered circuit board attached to a plastic panel with five buttons, that could supposedly tell the person wearing it when a slot machine’s random number generator was about to produce a winning combination.

Another device is a piano string attached to a flat steel strip used to slide into a slot machine to make it think coins were being dropped in.

The exhibit also includes a device designed to look like a watch that could tell its user what cards were coming out of the shoe on a Blackjack table.

For more information on this exhibit, along with where to see other artifacts from Nevada’s long gaming history, visit the Museum of Gaming History’s website at themogh.org.

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