iPhone card counting app worries casinos

The AP has a very short story about an iPhone card counting application that apparently has casinos worried.

Top blackjack players keep track of what cards have been played in order to change their betting and play and get an edge on the game.

This technique -- known as card counting -- is perfectly legal in most of the world's casinos. In Nevada, however, gaming interests are powerful enough to secure the right to eject counters from casinos.

Counters who want to play must learn not only to keep track of the cards on the table -- and all the cards played in previous hands -- but also to look like they aren't paying attention at all.

It's actually harder to learn to look nonchalant than it is to count -- which is why I simply cannot imagine how anyone could use an iPhone app to count cards without it being amazingly obvious and -- thus -- no threat at all to the casino and its bankroll.

You certainly couldn't take constant pictures of the table or punch number after number into the screen. I mean, how would you explain that? 'Oops. I dialed the wrong number again. I'll just have to keep punching numbers till I get through.'

Oddly, some counters do use devices, even though mechanical aids transform counting from something that gets you ejected from the casino to something that brings a felony charge. (Even places that let you count mentally don't allow counting machines.)

How can people think they'll get away with it?

Source: Dallas News



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iPhone card counting app worries casinos. The AP has a very short story about an iPhone card counting application that apparently has casinos worried.