Sunday, April 11, 2010
Ind. Courts - More on "Supreme Court hears card counting case"
Mr. Donovan's lawsuit challenges a common practice of casinos to exercise their “common law right” to ban card counters, and though casinos usually win these cases in the courts, several casino operators reportedly are taking no chances and have asked Indiana's gaming commission to create a rule that will allow them specifically to ban card counters.
In the meantime, however, Indiana's Court of Appeals has ruled that the Grand Victoria can't ban Mr. Donovan from playing blackjack there. So now the Indiana Supreme Court will decide. In arguing the other day for the appellate court's decision to be overturned, casino attorney Peter Rusthoven compared such bannings to a bartender's right to stop serving drinks. He also argued that casinos should have the right to act if they believe a customer is acting “a little shady.”
However, the casino has not alleged that Mr. Donovan acted illegally or broke rules. Moreover, Justice Frank Sullivan Jr. interrupted the lawyer to offer his opinion that casinos cannot offer games in which skill can be a factor, and then turn around and say to skilled people, ‘Sorry, you can't play.'”
Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 11, 2010 10:50 AM
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