Card Counting Computers
We often see questions on the use of Blackjack Card Counting
Computers, like Casey or George, in a casino. They are often advertised with statements that they are legal. The following is from Nevada
Senate Bill 467 signed into law in 1985:
"It is unlawful for any person at a licensed gaming establishment
to use, or possess with the intent to use, any device to assist in
projecting the outcome of the game."
The penalty for the first offense is 1 to 10 years, up to $10,000,
or both. The second offense includes mandatory imprisonment. Casinos will
no longer cut your fingers off. But, if you are caught with a Blackjack
computer in a casino - you will find that they have no sense of humor.
Ken Uston is often quoted in discussions of Blackjack computers. It
is important to understand that his experience was before this law was
signed. Uston later said that you may as well bring a gun and rob the
casino since the penalty is about the same.
Colorado, Mississippi, New Jersey, etc. also have laws covering such devices. The use of optical devices and mirror-like objects (e.g. cigarette lighters) have been illegal for centuries.
It should also be pointed out that the design and technology in these
computers is very old. Many important developments have occurred since.
Not only is it legal, but you will actually see better results by leaving
the Blackjack computer at home and using your brain. Note also that use
of the machines is not trivial. It takes substantial practice and dexterity to master
entry of the cards and determine the correct actins. Much simpler to count in my mind.
There have been much newer apps in SmartPhones along the same lines. The ones that I have seen are not even programmed correctly. And, they are still illegal.
Practice and analysis
on a computer is still legal. Just keep it out of the casinos.
-- Norman Wattenberger