John Kane was on a hell of a winning streak. On July 3, 2009, he walked alone into the high-limit room at the Silverton Casino in Las Vegas and sat down at a video poker machine called the Game King. Six minutes later the purple light on the top of the machine flashed, signaling a $4,300 jackpot. Kane waited while the slot attendant verified the win and presented the IRS paperwork—a procedure required for any win of $1,200 or greater—then, 11 minutes later, ding ding ding!, a $2,800 win. A $4,150 jackpot rolled in a few minutes after that.

All the while, the casino’s director of surveillance, Charles Williams, was peering down at Kane through a camera hidden in a ceiling dome.


Williams could see that Kane was wielding none of the array of cheating devices that casinos had confiscated from grifters over the years. He wasn’t jamming a light wand in the machine’s hopper or zapping the Game King with an electro­magnetic pulse. He was simply pressing the buttons. But he was winning far too much, too fast, to be relying on luck alone.

At 12:34 pm, the Game King lit up with its seventh jackpot in an hour and a half, a $10,400 payout. Now Williams knew something was wrong: The cards dealt on the screen were the exact same four deuces and four of clubs that yielded Kane’s previous jackpot. The odds against that were astronomical. Williams called over the executive in charge of the Silverton’s slots, and they reviewed the surveillance tape together.

The evidence was mounting that Kane had found something unthinkable: the kind of thing gamblers dream of, casinos dread, and Nevada regulators have an entire auditing regime to prevent. He’d found a bug in the most popular video slot in Las Vegas.

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Top 3 Golf Resorts in the USA

Golf is a wonderful sport, allowing participants to play the game and take long, relaxing walks in nature. It is popular as well - the world has over 35,000 golf courses in function, and half of them is in the US.

Here is the short list of the top 3 golf courses and resorts in the country.

3. The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier is a Forbes four star luxury resort just outside White Sulphur Springs, a town in West Virginia. It offers its patrons AAA Five Diamond Award winning accommodation, medical and sports facilities, a “tasteful” casino club and one of the most famous golf courses in the country.

The Greenbrier’s nine hole golf course was originally designed by Alexander H. Findlay. The course has a significant place in golf history - it was the site of the first Ryder Cup in 1979, and it hosted the Solheim Cup (the female equivalent of the Ryder) in 1994.The PGA organizes the Greenbrier Classic event in this location on the first weekend of July every year, since 2012.

The Greenbrier is part of the US history - a total of 26 US presidents have stayed here over its course.

2. Pebble Beach Resort

A dramatic coastline and a mystical forest combined with a rich history and world-class accommodation - this is what the Pebble Beach resort offers its patrons. Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community in Monterey County, California, a small coastal resort famous for its golf course, the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

The golf course is considered one of the most beautiful golf courses of the world. It offers golfers not just the experience of play, but also an unparalleled view of the Pacific coastline of Carmel Bay. No wonder it was deemed the #1 golf course in America by the Golf Digest.

The PGA Tour and Champions Tour play annual events at Pebble Beach. The course has hosted six men’s major championships - five U.S. Opens and a PGA Championship - and has been included into several golf video games, like the Links series or the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series.

1. The Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

According to the Golf Digest, the Bandon Dunes is the number one golf resort in the United States. Designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd (Scotland is the country with the highest number of golf courses per capita), the first course at the Bandon Dunes resort was opened in 1999, and it instantly gained high praise. Today the resort has four links and a par 3 golf course, and plans to open two more.

The US Golf Association has staged four amateur championship tournaments at the Bandon Dunes, and a fifth is planned for 2015. 

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