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Opening Arguments

Rules of the game

This is interesting. Most people who follow gambling just accept it that casinos can and will ban those who "count cards" to increase their chances of winning at blackjack. But one gambler didn't, and so far he's winning in Indiana courts. The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that, since there is no state law against card counting and casinos don't have a common-law right to exclude customers because the gambling industry is heavily regulated, the counters can't be kept out. The casinos are hoping for a reversal from the Indiana Supreme Court. Otherwise, things could get rough for them:

Courts have ruled that card counting is legal, but casinos work to discourage it by shuffling cards more often or using face recognition technology to identify card counters and asking them to leave.

Those steps can slow down play for other gamblers and drive them away, some experts say.


"If a casino were not able to ban a blackjack card counter, then they probably would be inclined to change the rules of the game," said William R. Eadington, director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling & Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada-Reno. "Do the casinos want to be forced to create rules that are not attractive to their general players?"

Aww, poor babies. As a good libertarian/conservative, I'm usually sympathetic to businesses that complain about government interference. But these clowns have it set up so they always win, and they kick out people who try to give themselves a small edge, not, it should be stressed, by cheating, but by being smarter about the rules of the game.