Pot-O-Gold gaming machines are used for gambling with real currency. Therefore, cheating or hacking these computerized, slot-style machines is illegal in any state and is not recommended.
Though there have been instances of people successfully cheating slot machines or designing devices that grant free credits on electronic machines like Pot-O-Gold, the gaming industry works constantly to counter cheating methods, and cheaters usually get caught. Additionally, the legal penalties for being caught cheating on a gambling machine can be quite severe. In Nevada, cheating gamblers may be sentenced to 1 to 6 years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine, just for a first offense.