Preferential Shuffling

Preferential Shuffling

It is time to look again at the controversy over the right of casinos to shuffle cards in blackjack whenever the remainder of the deck favors the players. Although the issue of casino dealers counting cards has been stewing for decades, the most recent flare-up is the...
Card Counting by Casinos

Card Counting by Casinos

It seems the eye in the sky has acquired a brain. The watchers have learned to count cards. Casinos have installed computer programs that can tell whether players are counting cards at blackjack. By recording how players change the size of their wagers and how they...
Dealers Who Count Cards

Dealers Who Count Cards

Government regulators ought to at least pretend to be neutral. This is particularly true of regulators whose main job is to protect the public. Imagine the Atomic Energy Commission saying nuclear power plants can set their own safety standards, and anyway, there is...

Are Daily Fantasy Sports Legal?

Gambling and the Law®: Are Daily Fantasy Sports Legal? Technology is speeding up changes in the world of gaming.  It took almost two centuries for poker to evolve from Straight Poker – five paper cards dealt face down with no draw – to Internet Hold ‘Em linking...

China’s Gambling Problem

Macau is by far the largest gaming jurisdiction in the world.  This year, the casinos in this Special Administrative Region of China are projected to win more than all of the privately owned casinos in the United States – about $40 billion.  And Macau is not only...
The Power of Television

The Power of Television

“If you are not on television you don’t exist” Jack Valenti The more things change, the more . . . What? They remain the same? They change? One of the last book stores in Los Angeles recently closed. And record stores are just as rare. This...