Government Dismisses Charges Against Video Poker ‘Hackers’
Two gamblers that managed to take advantage of a software bug to win a small fortune from video poker games have been cleared of any wrongdoing by a federal judge in Las Vegas. The judge’s ruling ends a legal battle which has lasted for almost two years and is sure to come as a relief to the accused.John Kane was arrested in July 2009 at the Silverton Casino Lodge after the casino noticed suspicious play on one of their video poker machines. According to Kane’s attorney, he had found a firmware bug in IGT’s Game King machine which allowed him to play back a previous winning hand at ten times the original value. Kane had been exploiting the bug in casinos throughout Las Vegas.
Kane’s friend Andre Nestor was also arrested for using the bug at casinos in Pennsylvania to win $400,000.
The men were charged with computer fraud and wire fraud however, in a court filing last week Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel wrote, “The government has evaluated the evidence and circumstances surrounding [the case], and determined that in the interest of justice it should not go forward.” U.S. District Judge Miranda Du approved the government’s motion to dismiss and closed the case.”