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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 14:43 
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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 15:04 
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I have no doubt it happened, but I wonder how many times they pay out those figures. It seems a huge coincidence it happened to an active poster on a casino forum.

On the one hand, those are the people who play more, so are more likely to hit big, on the other hand, it is a trifle convenient and if it had to happen to someone, then that is the best person it could have happened to from the perspective of the casino, in terms or marketing and getting their money back in the long run...


Well the developer of the game has an active rep on the forums and they confirmed it was a legit win and also replayed the bonus round to make the video, so there'd have to be a lot of folks in cahoots.....

As a multiplication of stake the win isn't off the scale ridiculous, it's the fact the guy was playing £20 spins that really sent it into the stratosphere.

As Grim... says, that sort of figure is pocket change to the casino, the fact that they've chosen to allow such big bets on a highly volatile slot says they're quite happy with that sort of potential exposure.

(For example there's a slot called Dead or Alive 2 which can hit for 110,000x stake, some casinos limit that to £3 spins at a maximum, whilst the developer allows for up to £18 spins.)

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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 19:05 
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Like I said, I have no doubt it happened.

If it was me, and I wanted someone to win to get some visibility, and to get vulnerable people chucking in more money, I would choose an active forum member to win big..


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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 19:32 
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Trooper wrote:
Like I said, I have no doubt it happened.

If it was me, and I wanted someone to win to get some visibility, and to get vulnerable people chucking in more money, I would choose an active forum member to win big..


But they can't 'choose' who wins, the games are totally and 100% random, by law.

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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
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Here's an interesting one, we've caught the Coral and Gala casinos advertising that they're running slots at 96% RTP, but analysis of the network traffic when the slot is loading shows that they're running the 94% maths model, that's a 50% increase in the house edge.

This has already been submitted to the UKGC as a formal complaint, we've also made Coral aware (and indeed gave them ample opportunity to respond before going public).

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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 14:59 
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Sorry it's a still from my video and it was running at 480p.

It's the network trace that you can run in Chrome by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + I.

When loading in slots from a provider called Play 'N Go, you can see the server passes the value '94' for the RTP, the help files state they're running in the 96% maths model.

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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
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While I agree it's dubious, it's not proof that's what it's doing unless you've got access to the rest of the code showing it doing something relevant with that value.

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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 15:07 
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We tested it at a fuckton of casinos. Play 'N Go release their games with five different maths models, 96, 94, 91, 87 and 84. Everywhere else we tried the value in the network trace matched the help file.

However, the help files are ordinarily served up by Play 'N Go themselves, but Coral and Gala do their own help files.

It'll be a mistake rather than deliberate maleficence, but it's still ripping off their customers and in breach of their LCCP licence.

More info here - https://www.casinomeister.com/forums/th ... nse.90445/

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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
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Yes, quite. Or I don't even do anything with that variable any more, it's from 8 revs back.

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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 19:28 
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Yes we have considered all those kinds of things, and indeed before going public I said to the guy I was working with that we don't actually have cast iron proof of what that value means.

However, if you look at the thread you'll see all the work that went into it, one really good 'tell' was a casino that recently changed from running the 96 maths model to the 94 maths model, and that value had changed to 94.

There's also a load of extra stuff from Russia that kicked all this off, but that's more detail that's not necessary here.

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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 20:06 
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But they can't 'choose' who wins, the games are totally and 100% random, by law.
And we can certainly trust them not to break the law.

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Here's an interesting one, we've caught the Coral and Gala casinos advertising that they're running slots at 96% RTP, but analysis of the network traffic when the slot is loading shows that they're running the 94% maths model, that's a 50% increase in the house edge. This has already been submitted to the UKGC as a formal complaint
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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
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The irony is not lost on me.

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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 20:11 
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Oh yes and Coral have just pulled all Play 'N Go slots from their casino, so make of that what you will.

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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
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Just to catch me up, 96% RTP is over time, for every 100 you pop in, you get 96 of them back?

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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 20:17 
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And now they're coming back with new help files.....

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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
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MaliA wrote:
Just to catch me up, 96% RTP is over time, for every 100 you pop in, you get 96 of them back?


In simple terms, yes. Although to give you an idea, developers usually run simulations over some 5-10 billion spins before releasing a new slot, to make sure it's keeping to its RTP correctly.

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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
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And we've now had it confirmed by a representative from the casino group, they were indeed advertising the wrong RTPs, they are of course saying it was a mistake ('internal communication breakdown'), they removed all the games from their casinos and are bringing them back online with the correct help files.

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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
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Well no, obviously not. That's what the official complaint to the UKGC is for.

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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
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Stu on the telly!

The subject of the video is the infamous 'Fairplay' campaign, which targeted cheating fruit machines.

The main video is not mine, but a chum of mine who goes by the name 'Fishsta'.

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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
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I didn't watch all of that (natch), but I hadn't realised you were such a "face" on the scene (the bit where he talks about being directed to Degsy's web hovel by Stuart Campbell).

Are you a fruitie influencer?


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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
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I didn't watch all of that (natch), but I hadn't realised you were such a "face" on the scene (the bit where he talks about being directed to Degsy's web hovel by Stuart Campbell).

Are you a fruitie influencer?


I realise it's not much of a claim to fame but I created and hosted the first fruit machine emulation site on the entire internet.

Going back to 2001, I had heard of the emulator via a small UK fruit machine Usenet group where the author was offering it for sale, but no one was really showing any interest. (Apparently he sold fewer than 10 copies.) I bought a copy myself for £50, not really believing it would be 'proper' emulation, and a CD duly arrived in the post with the emulator and layouts + ROMs for about 40 machines or so. Pretty much as soon as I loaded it in and started to play, I realised that there would be a considerable amount of interest in a genuine fruit machine emulator (because it was indeed the real deal).

As such I started up my site, the very first fruit machine emulation website, and it quickly generated quite a bit of traffic, turns out there were many people out there forlornly typing 'fruit machine emulation' into Google/Yahoo/etc search on a reasonably regular basis, and my site was the first site that ever generated any results.

It's still hosted by a current fruit machine emulation website, my site was last updated in 2002...... - http://dadsfme.co.uk/hovel/The%20Hovel/index.html

I made a video about it as well.


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 Post subject: Re: The pointless emulation thread - fruit machines
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Still one of our favourite insults that is.....

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 19:44 
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You dedicated an entire CD-R to Outlook Express??


I am a very diligent archivist. I can recover a copy of my 'My Documents' folder from mid-1999.

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I assume that by "Outlook Express", it means the email data then rather than the program itself? Because if it's the program, then that's a bit further than "very diligent archivist".

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It's the .dbx files (each of the folders in Outlook Express had its own .dbx file associated with it), which can be opened using a modern program, the name of which currently escapes me. I use it in the video linked above to restore emails from the very earliest days of the fruit machine emulation scene.

Hang on, SysTools DBX Converter, that's the fella.

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