Archive for the ‘Card Counting’ Category

Max Rubin tells casino execs: "Don’t sweat the money"

Friday, October 29th, 2004

An article by John Grochowski in today’s Chicago Sun Times describes an interesting session at the recent Global Gaming Expo. The session was called “Game Protection: Advantage Players”, and one of the speakers was Max Rubin, an author, casino consultant, and expert on advantage players and their tactics.

His view was definitely in the minority from the sounds of the article, but he advocated that casinos spend a lot less time chasing card counters, and more time focusing on the basic business of offering blackjack.

Here’s the whole article:

LV Review Journal: Are gamblers being fleeced?

Monday, October 25th, 2004

An editorial in Saturday’s Las Vegas Review Journal references the suit I mentioned a few days ago, and features this telling quote:

“The gaming industry’s viability — and the state’s economy — hinge on the premise that gamblers get a fair shake. Even the slightest hint that fancy shufflers and other glittering casino technologies can be used to swing the outcome of games is a black eye for Nevada.”

Here’s the whole story:

In other unconfirmed news, I hear that the Imperial Palace was on the losing end of another suit filed by the same attorney, Bob Nersesian. The jury is said to have awarded $99,999 to a gambler who was illegally detained in a backroom at the Imperial Palace. I’ll post a follow-up if I see this story make the newspaper or other media.

What is the "Rule of 6"?

Friday, October 22nd, 2004

I recently got this question via email: “What is the rule of 6?”

Casinos that deal single-deck blackjack often instruct their dealers to use the “rule of 6″ to decide when to shuffle. This means that the number of players plus the number of rounds between shuffles should add up to 6. If there are 5 or more players at the table, you’ll get one round and then a shuffle. (Ick.) Four players get two rounds, Three players get three rounds, Two players get four rounds, and a single player heads-up will get 5 hands between shuffles.

So, now you know.

Attorney sues casinos for using card counting systems

Tuesday, October 19th, 2004

Las Vegas attorney Bob Nersesian has filed suit on behalf of a gambler at a casino in Reno, NV, seeking to stop the casino from using the automated MindPlay blackjack table for a practice known as ‘preferential shuffling’. That’s when the casino shuffles away any player-favorable situations. The suit alleges that the casino used an automated system to indicate to the dealer when to shuffle, thus altering the natural odds of the game.

The article by Rod Smith appeared in today’s Las Vegas Review Journal, and has since been picked up by the Associated Press. Here’s a link to the LVRJ article: