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by Norm Wattenberger

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  • Cvcx ?
    Have been counting for about six months now, trying to build my bankroll, just had 4 losing sessions in a row - so I don't want to invest in CVCX currently. I think my bet spread might be incorrect. wondering if anyone would check if my spread is ok, or… Read more »
  • How To Learn Basic StrategyHow To Learn Basic Strategy
    This is a cross-post from my blog Basic Strategy is the correct strategy for playing every hand in the game of blackjack. It lets you know when to hit, stand, split, double, and surrender. Blackjack gurus often hand their students the following chart from the Wizard of Odds, and tell… Read more »
  • Guess What... Casinos Cheat!Guess What... Casinos Cheat!
    This is a cross-post from my blog Introduction I constantly hear APs tell me the standard opinion that “casinos are heavily regulated, they would never think of cheating.” Here’s how the reasoning goes: Casino licenses are valuableCasinos have regulators constantly scrutinizing their every moveTherefore, the cost of being caught cheating… Read more »
  • Cover Part I
    This is a cross-post from my blog IntroductionThis series of posts is dedicated to killing sacred cows about “cover” (I use quotes because I think even the basic mental assumption of cover advice are bad). The purpose of these posts is to get you to realize that most of the… Read more »
  • Missouri Gaming LawMissouri Gaming Law
    I added this post by Ryemo on Missouri gambling laws as it contains the most explicit statement written into law that card counting is legal that I've ever seen: Originally Posted by Ryemo I actually keep this PDF file on my phone in case I come across any trouble, considering… Read more »
  • It occurs to me that ...It occurs to me that ...
    [QUOTE=drunk;190465] Originally Posted by marriedputter Which is why those close to retirement put more and more money in US Treasuries. The average annual rate of inflation is 3.22%. As you can see from this chart if you buy a Treasury Bond the yield is so low that you will actually… Read more »
  • One2Six automatic card shuffling machines for saleOne2Six automatic card shuffling machines for sale
    Originally Posted by MikeBlackJack Hello! I have four One2Six machines for sale. Pictures available here: 3 of them had been in use, tested, working perfectly! 1 is brand new, but needs a licence to operate. Located in Malaga, Spain. Available for inspection and collection. Shipping to your location is… Read more »
  • The HNF Count
    Most of the information on the "High Normal Form" is buried in ancient threads. I thought it worthwhile to give it a more permanent home. The HNF uses the tag numbers A,2,3,6,7 = +1 4,5 = +2 8,9 = 0 T = -2 For betting accuracy, the Ace should be… Read more »
  • Relevant Ohio Law on Card Counting
    Ohio casino law explicitly states that card counting is legal: OAC 3772-11-08 3772-11-08 Compliance with law; prohibited activities ... (B) A person who, without the assistance of another person or without the use of a physical aid or device of any kind, uses the person's own ability to keep track… Read more »
  • The Columbus Dispatch
    In a September 19, 2012 article, The Columbus Dispatch stated: "Although the idea of beating the casino has been dramatized in movies such as 21, in which college professor Kevin Spacey organizes his math students in an elaborate cheating scheme, it’s usually not that sophisticated nor complex, Edwards said." The… Read more »
  • Las Vegas Review calls Blackjack card counters cheaters
    In 2002, an article in the Las Vegas Review lumped card counters in with flimflam men, stickup artists and gangsters. You can find copy of the article at: Read more »
  • Ben Affleck episode
    Gulfnews ran the following headline: "Affleck barred from casino game after cheating"." The local CBS station in Los Angeles ran the headline: "Report: Ben Affleck Under Investigation For Card Counting In Vegas" as if some major crime took place. Star Magazine stated that he was accused of cheating,… Read more »
  • Edge sorting called cheating by Kansas City Star
    The Kansas City Star called Phil Ivey's edge sorting at the Borgata cheating. But, there are no criminal charges, and the civil suit has just begun. We still have innocent until proved guilty, and a member of the fourth estate should be the first to use the word "alleged" in… Read more »
  • Philadelphia Inquirer calls criminals card counters, a web portal for The Philadelphia Inquirer, posted an article titled "Three men caught counting cards are arrested". They were Blackjack cheats and they were arrested for illegal actions. But, they were not card counters. They were marking cards, which is obviously illegal. The conflation of card counting and… Read more »
  • Ohio rules card counting not cheating
    The Toledo Blade quotes the casino commission's statement on card counting legality. "If someone is using their mental faculties, and they're able to use them to have an advantage, we do not consider that cheating," Matt Schuler, the Ohio casino commission's executive director, told The Blade on Friday." Read more… Read more »
  • The Atlantic magazine suggests card counting is cheating
    In the April 2012 issue of The Atlantic, an article about Don Johnson states: “The wagering of card counters assumes a clearly recognizable pattern over time, and Johnson was being watched very carefully. The verdict: card counting was not Don Johnson’s game. He had beaten the casinos fair and square.”… Read more »
  • Las Vegas TV series calls card counters cheats
    The Las Vegas TV series pilot episode in 2003 was advertised with the following synopsis: “Big Ed Deline is the head of the surveillance team for the Montecito Resort & Casino. With his protégé, Danny McCoy, an ex-U.S. Marine and Las Vegas native, they deal with card-counting cheaters, costly streaks… Read more »
  • Electrical Contractor Magazine calls card counters cheats
    In the October 2010 issue of magazine Electrical Contractor, the following can be found: “Casinos have to closely monitor players who may be trying to cheat the system. Some ways in which a thief can threaten gaming integrity are card counting and pinlight devices that trigger credits in a video… Read more »
  • Prof. I Nelson Rose weighs in on the legality of Blackjack Card Counting.
    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:… Read more »
  • Man charged with cheating at Horseshoe Casino with card counter hidden in pocket
    Feb. 23, 2014.Let's make it clear, using an optical or electronic device is illegal in most jurisdictions. And, the penalties can be quite heavy. This is NOT what we mean by card counting. In fact, the serious devices used in this manner do not even use card counting in the… Read more »

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