Is Card Counting in Blackjack Illegal?

Card counting is a long-standing practice in a world of casino. Also whether this game strategy is legal or illegal has triggered hot debates over time with players taking the legal side while casino service providers are taking the illegal divide. Today we answer this question of legal or illegal in the most objective way to wrap up the already existing notion.

Let’s delve into the details of this technique in Blackjack to establish grounds. So what is card counting in Live Blackjack? This simply put, is a strategy employed by the Blackjack casino fraternity to determine whether the next move bears the likelihood of an added advantage to the player or dealer. This means that players keep track of the high-value cards to stay positively skewed to the bigger wins side.

How Does Card Counting Operate?

The strategy basically entails the systematic determination of the ratio of high cards to low cards. The aim is to deal out the low cards and increase the chances of winning with the high cards. In Blackjack casino, it is to the player’s advantage when more aces and 10 value cards are left in the shoe. The card counting strategy enables dealers or players to bet more with minimal risk when the count bears an advantage and also keeps down the losses when the count is unfavourable. The practice also alters the player’s decision in line with what constitutes of the remaining cards.

Is it, therefore, illegal to strategically plan your bets towards huge wins? Well, it’s not illegal in the biggest sense. However, the practice is treated with alt of scolding from casino service providers since it places a gamble to the casino’s house edge. Just like any business setting, the casino house edge exists to guarantee the owners some level of advantage against the players. This house advantage is what forms the casino profit margins.

What counting cards may do, ultimately, is reduce the casino’s inherent house advantage which in its own is not a crime. It only becomes illegal when you adopt a computerized algorithm to determine high-value cards which is almost entirely impossible on any gambling platform. Card counting is a tough sill mastered over a long time of intense training and experience. It thus involves a great memory and numeracy, an acute vision and even an aural observation to achieve a gaming advantage successfully.

Is Card Counting Statutory Illegal or Legal

Speaking under statutory provisions, this game strategy is not illegal under the British state, neither is it under the federal state or under the local laws of the US, provided that no external card counting devices or persons are employed to assist the dealers.

Casinos frown at card counting because it violates the unwritten law that the casino should have a predetermined house advantage. Being a card counter, you are therefore most likely to encounter a bitter reception at any casino platform. It is a common practice for casinos to harass, ban or even deal with card counters unlawfully to secure their house advantage.

Some jurisdiction protects counters from bans by casino providers. Extreme cases of bans have even reached the heights of heated court battles. A clear example is the Atlantic City Casinos in the US State of New Jersey. These casinos are forbidden from barring skilled players to the extent of their own judgement. The decision of whether to ban or not ban a skilled player was passed down to the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. However, these casinos have doubled their use of countermeasures to curb the card counting practice still.

Under Nevada jurisdiction, it is not illegal to engage in card counting. However, it is a felony to use external aids such as devices and persons. Nevada courts have, however, on many occasions sided with the casino providers mostly for economic reasons.

Final Word

In conclusion, we wish to make certain the following assertions about the question of legality and illegality of this strategy in Blackjack:

  • This technique is not illegal. It is not fraud either. It is rather your brain at its best.
  • Those who engage in card counting do not alter any of the gaming rules or settings. They simply play it as it is offered.
  • Casinos may ban you from playing should you be identified as a counter. Yes, they will because your skills will put them at a losing end.
  • You can achieve  huge wins by counting cards
  • This technique is a skill you can learn and master over time.

Tips to Remember While Playing Scratch Card Games Online

Scratch card games are the easiest games available on the online space. There are no strategies involved in playing them. The rules are simple and the gameplay is quite easy and interesting. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that you need to match at least three identical symbols by scratching the cards.

Each scratch card game offers a distinct payout and the highest payout is being awarded for scratching and matching the symbols. The important thing before you get started is to make sure you have placed the betting amount/ wagering money.

Tips

  • Identify an online or Mobile casino that offers the best collection of scratch cards. This makes sure that you get entertainment along with lucrative wins.
  • There are some fantastic welcome bonus packages offered by the casinos, so claim your welcome bonus and spend it on the scratch card games. You can go for themed scratch cards, be more precise and clear, and check the software developer’s name before you choose to play.
  • Select the scratch card game which offers huge wins or rather have won huge money for players in the past. On any casino’s website, the names of the winners are always mentioned.
  • Scratch card games have to be played with an intention of winning some multipliers and not losing. As many of the scratches have smaller wins they also get you the huge jackpot wins. So remember that you are playing them to win so spend the betting money wisely.
  • The wins are also determined on the money that you have placed. If you have wagered £10 and you match the symbols which give you x7, then you win £70.
  • All the scratch card games have a demo mode. Make sure you practice the game first and then go on to play in a real money mode.
  • Play with a clear intention of fun and entertainment and hence spend smaller betting amounts. This will ensure that you are gambling safely.

Some of the Renowned Scratch Card Games

Some of the top-most scratch card games that are worth trying for are:

  • Germinator
  • Doctor Love
  • Doctor Love on Vacation
  • Foxin Wins
  • Emperor’s Garden
  • The Codfather Scratch

Summary

Scratch Card games are simply fun to play and are entertaining. Make sure you play them and win fantastic cash awards. Make sure you gamble responsibly by placing smaller bets first and then go for betting on the higher amounts.

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Game Review “Castle The Detective Card Game”

Designed by: Matt Hyra
Format: Board/Card Game
Cryptozoic Entertainment
Requires 1 to 5 players
10-45 minutes playtime

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

“Castle” is easily one of the best shows on TV. I love everything about the show from the clever stories to the fantastic cast. When I saw that Cryptozoic Entertainment released a card game based around the show, I knew that I had to give it a go. In the world of high-def video games, this was a welcomed change and I feel that people sometimes forget what it is like to play a actually card game. The game is very easy to pick up and once you get started tons of fun for everyone involved. Highly recommend for any fan of “Castle”. I see myself playing this game quite often over the next few months.

Official Premise: “Castle The Detective Card Game” is your opportunity to gather clues, make deductions, and determine the murderer, just like Castle and Beckett do each week. As a new detective, you’ve been asked to assist on a slew of murders raging across the island of Manhattan. Do you have what it takes to catch a killer?

You can be one of six characters including Castle, Beckett, Esposito, Ryan, Lanie and The Captain, each of them have their own special ability that can be used once per game. The idea of the game is simple, there are a series of suspect cards and one each you place one poker chips on each (heads down) with the word “guilty” or “not guilty” written on them. Each of the suspect card have three investigations that are required to be made before you can confront. The investigation cards are dealt out to each player and on each turn you are able to pick or dispose a card. The deck consists of of eighty-one cards with nine conditions including investigate crime scene, poker game consult, autopsy and more.

The game itself requires 1 to 5 players in order to play and the games can range from around 10 minutes to 45 minutes. In fact, the first game I played, I got three investigation cards that matched the required conditions on a suspect. I confronted that suspect and immediately got the guilty chip, so it is really all luck of the draw there. Other plays I played lasted much longer. The rules of the game vary due to the amount of people playing.

The game may not be the most difficult and complex game to play but there is tons of possibilities and due to the random choices, you can easily play this game many times before it gets repetitive. In fact, I would love it if Cryptozoic would release new suspects and investigation cards as an add-on bonus to this game, that would you can keep it fresh after playing for a while. Also “Castle” fans be aware that if you purchase the “Season Five” DVD, you get a bonus investigation card as well. Have fun!

 

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