The Indiana Supreme Court will soon make a ruling that could change the way casinos do business forever. It is set to hear a case about the banning of card counters from casinos. A man named Thomas Donovan, who is an admitted card counter, was thrown out of an Indiana casino called the Grand Victoria for counting cards.
While card counting is not illegal in Indiana or any other state, casinos aren’t big fans of the technique, and getting caught doing it will often lead to a player getting kicked out of the casino and sometimes even banned from returning. Donovan, like most card counters, claims that banning the legitimate strategy of card counting is unfair, and brought a lawsuit against the casino. The court ruled in favor of the casino, but upon appeal, the appellate court ruled in favor of Donovan. The casino then appealed that decision to the state Supreme Court.
Some legal experts say that the law is on the side of the card counters, that though it may be common practice to ban card counters, it is not legal to do so. Others can argue that the casinos are privately owned and can ban any customers they like. Much is unclear, but one thing is certain, whatever the ruling is, it is sure to shake up the blackjack community.
Spokespeople for the casinos state that if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the card counters, they will have to implement more procedures to prevent the counting of cards, which they say would slow down the game and make it less enjoyable for the rest of the players.