Is Card Counting Legal

Prof. I Nelson Rose weighs in on the legality of Blackjack Card Counting.

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Prof. I. Nelson Rose, author of <em>Gambling and the Law</em>, wrote:

"In Nevada, the courts have made it clear that card counting is legal. During a cheating case in 1983, which involved a player who was crimping cards to gain an advantage (definitely cheating), the court made an interesting statement: "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 features of the game. He merely uses his mental skills to take advantage of the same information that is available to all players." He further states: "The card counter is playing by the rules of the games, as set up by the casino regulators and the casinos themselves?"

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