Lawsuit: Oregon lottery misleads poker players

The lottery's website warns players they may not do as well relying on the machine

Playing cards (MGN Online, file)
Playing cards (MGN Online, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A lawsuit claims the Oregon Lottery misleads video poker players to think they’ll do better if they let the machines play their hands.

Plaintiff Justin Curzi told Oregon Public Broadcasting he noticed the issue when using the “auto hold” function. It chooses what cards to keep or discard in the game that mimics five-card draw poker.

Curzi said the machines didn’t always make the smartest plays. For example, he said, the machine would hold cards most likely to give him a straight when other available cards would have given him a flush, a better hand with a higher payout.

The lottery’s website warns players they may not do as well relying on the machine. Curzi’s attorney, Jay Zollinger, says the notice is too obscure.

The lottery declined to comment.

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