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Clearly this is a metaphor for something.
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To retain new customers at gaming operations give them more frequent payoffs than normal to help create a thirst for play.
If not already available, tests are done to establish
the body and facial behavior of experienced versus inexperienced gamblers. Also gather data on the electrical and perspiration
characteristics of each. When smell detectors are perfected the machines can sniff the player for CO2 output and drug alcohol content (those who have less discretion). Another indicator of the cash output potential of the player might be determined by the type of perfume worn and food consumed (pricey or cheap). Camera and motion detectors sense movements and expressions. Sensors on the the pull handles (for example) of one armed bandits detect sweat -- and electrical properties like those sensed by lie detectors. Remote laser temperature sensors determine optimal temperatures for the greatest income yield.
Tests can be done using digital displays on machines to determine which sights are most productive, sound cards test for the most appealing sounds, smell generators determine what smells like a large payout and smell generators are installed to produce the cash cow inducing scents. Different textures on handles and knobs and varying resistance on pulling arms might produce surprising results. Place a weighing device under the feet of the player to detects patterns in weight.
Program the machines to look for and sense the traits. After the amateur becomes more confident, and the facial recognition cameras in the machines recognize their regular presence, the payoffs would be reduced. This is likely to be highly illegal, but if the increased tax benefits to local and national jurisdictions were quietly announced in a private hotel room pre-sniffed for monitoring devices, a non-transparent authorization might be acquired through a Black Project designated Executive Order or equivalent. The plan would otherwise have to remain a secret so it could not be used knowingly. It's a fun thought none the less :-)
||I bet this might not work.
||Would it be illegal if the game had a normal set of
fixed odds for playing that were lower than
normal, but these slot machines would also
advertised bonus prizes. It would be up to the
casino to decide how to award these prizes. They
could have the decision made by an employee
using whatever criteria they felt like that day.
They could have various sensors as you
mentioned. The algorithm could be designed to
favor new gamblers sometimes, but it would
probably be best if the method changed every
day. People would try to figure out what the
method of the day was. You could expect to see
all kinds of strange behavior.
||There might need to be a notice that "bad
behavior will not be rewarded", and a little light
that comes on to notify the user that they
definitely will NOT be getting any bonus prize if
they continue their current behavior. Heck you
could even have a series of lights indicating how
close they were to getting a prize on the last spin.
Some days it might use these lights to tell users
when they were close and even to distinguish
between a normal and a bonus prize. Other days,
there would be no indication that there had been
any bonus prizes. But every day, the total number
and average size of the previous days bonus prizes
would be posted.