Slot Machine Law and Legal Definition

A machine that is operated by the insertion of a coin in a slot is known as slot machine. This type of machine is very commonly used in gambling. This is also known as one-armed bandits.

In the United States, the public and private availability of slot machines is highly regulated by state governments. Many states have established gaming control boards to regulate the possession and use of slot machines. Nevada is the only state that has no significant restrictions against slot machines both for public and private use. In New Jersey, slot machines are only allowed in hotel casinos operated in Atlantic City. Several states like Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana and Missouri allow slot machines, as well as any casino-style gambling only on licensed riverboats or permanently-anchored barges.

The following is an example of a State Statute (Alabama) defining Slot Machine:

Code of Ala. § 13A-12-20 (10) defines Slot Machine as “a gambling device that, as a result of the insertion of a coin or other object, operates, either completely automatically or with the aid of some physical act by the player, in such a manner that, depending upon elements of chance, it may eject something of value. A device so constructed or readily adaptable or convertible to such use is no less a slot machine because it is not in working order or because some mechanical act of manipulation or repair is required to accomplish its adaptation, conversion or workability. Nor is it any less a slot machine because apart from its use or adaptability as such it may also sell or deliver something of value on a basis other than chance.”