What is the protocol in a casino considering a machine NOT be played?

someone standing next to it, no money in the machine, no one sitting at it and that person not allowing anyone else to sit down and play...

Pascal the Gambler

The protocol is they have no right to prevent anyone else from using the machine.


You can ask the Floor Manager. Likely the person is "holding" the machine for someone else. The casino should have a policy on this and unless they are a big customer, will be asked to play or leave.