A federal judge in Las Vegas this morning dismissed federal charges
against the men, ending a nearly two-year-long legal battle over when
beating the house becomes a crime.
John Kane, now 55, was arrested in July 2009 at the Silverton Casino
Lodge after the casino noticed suspicious play on one of their video
poker machines. An avid gambler, according to his attorney, it turned
out Kane had discovered a firmware bug in IGT’s Game King machine that
allowed him to effectively play back a prior winning hand at ten times
the original value; he’d been using it to rake in winnings from casinos
all around Las Vegas.
Kane’s friend and codefendant, 42-year-old Andre Nestor, was arrested
in Pennsylvania for allegedly using the bug at a casino there to the
tune of $400,000 in winnings.
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