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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Ind. Decisions - Oral arguments this morning [Updated at 9:45 AM]

Three oral arguments this morning before the Supreme Court, starting with the blackjack card-counting case at 9 AM. Details here.

Here is the link to the Thomas P. Donovan v. Grand Victoria Casino & Resort, L.P. webcast, if you want to tune in at 9 AM. If you miss it, it will be available for on-demand viewing later in the day. For background on Donovan, start with this ILB entry from Dec. 28, 2009.

[Updated at 9:45 AM] Just watched the oral argument. Only four of the justices heard the case, Justice Rucker recused himself.

Justice Sullivan said the briefs present two different visions of the gaming industry: The Appellant argues that blackjack is a game of skill and that an individual ought to be able to exploit his skill to win. The Casino argues that gaming is a business and that to be successful the casino must have an economic advanage, which card counting undermines.

The ILB is very interested in posting all the briefs in this case - please contact me if you can help

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 7, 2010 07:59 AM
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