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Nevada Supreme Court 1983 Ruling

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The Nevada Supreme Court in the case of Sheriff vs. Martin in 1983 declared that counting cards was not cheating.

The court held:

"The attributes of the game - its established physical characteristics and basic rules - determine the probability of the games various possible outcomes. Changing those attributes to affect those probabilities is a criminal act. By way of contrast a card counter - one who uses a point system to keep track of the cards that have been played - does not alter any of the basic characteristics of the game. He merely uses his mental skills to take advantage of the same information that is available to all players".

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