Army discipline applied to rules

The Army Recreation Machine Program doesn't track demographic data about its military gamers, but IT specialist Mike Kuiper said they include contractors and retired military personnel stationed or living abroad.

'The program is totally self-supporting and receives no appropriated funds,' Kuiper said. 'We return the income to Army morale, welfare and recreation programs, and we spend no funds to market the program as a casino might do.'

The program has a 7 percent hold rate, which means 93 cents of each dollar are returned to the players'more than in Las Vegas.

To keep everything honest, Kuiper said, there is a three-party system for collecting money from the gaming machines. A local Army representative verifies the count and deposits what the Army keeps. A third command representative also verifies the count, and in some locations the servers conduct a fourth count electronically. To keep the program on the up-and-up, an outside auditing firm does surprise audits.

'The most popular game categories are multigame slot machines such as IGT Gameking's poker, bingo, keno and reel-spinners.


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