Blackjack History – Barrings

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When we refer to a barring in blackjack we are referring to the casino barring you (or preventing you) from playing simply because you are using your brain.   Casino actions such as flat betting, shuffling up and lowering the betting limit also negatively affect a card counter. Yes, you can get barred for other reasons too! 

Event DateEvent Name
01-30-1979

On this day in 1979 (at 9:45PM), Resorts International in Atlantic City started "barring" card counters.  Ken Uston called this day "Black Tuesday". [ Two Books on Blackjack by Ken Uston ]

04-28-2014

On this day in 2014, notorious gambler Ben Affleck was barred from play for card counting at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. 😯 

08-23-2015

On this day in 2015, the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas confiscated winnings, hand-cuffed, back-roomed and physically searched (without his will) card counter Thom-Matthew Kho.  Kho is suing and is represented by Robert Nersesian.

05-10-9998

On this day somewhere, a blackjack player is being barred from further play.   Reason: for simply using his or her brain while playing.

09-19-9998

On this day somewhere, a card counter is being challenged and instructed by pit personnel:  "No more blackjack for you.  You can play any other game, but no more blackjack."

09-26-9998

On this day somewhere, a pit boss will be flat-betting a suspected card counter.  Flat-betting nullifies the advantage a card counter might have by forcing him to bet the same amount on every hand.


Card Counter Backoff, Backroomed and Barred – Las Vegas Frontier Casino in 2003

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