Monday, October 04, 2010
Ind. Decisions - More on the Supreme Court's two casino rulings last week [Updated]
Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 30, 2010, which presents summaries of the Supreme Court's opinions on that date in the cases of Donovan v. Grant Victoria Casino, and Caesars Riverboat Casino v. Kephart, here are some of the pess and other reports on the rulings:
- Casinos can ban card counters, court rules, Dan Carden, NWI Times 9/30/10 - Some quotes:
"The mere fact that Indiana Gaming Commission regulations do not expressly compel the expulsion of card counters from casino facilities does not confer upon a patron an affirmative right of access to a casino's facilities," wrote Justice Frank Sullivan Jr., for the majority.
Justice Brent E. Dickson, a Gary native, dissented. He said casinos only exist in Indiana because state law and regulations have allowed them to exist and that casinos have no rights -- such as the common law right of exclusion -- beyond those specifically granted by the state.
"Permitting a casino to restrict its patrons only to those customers who lack the skill and ability to play such games well intrudes upon principles of fair and equal competition and provides unfair financial advantages and rewards to casino operators," Dickson said. "I am not persuaded that such schemes are supported or protected by any common law right or privilege."
- Ind. Supreme Court rulings uphold casino rights, AP 9/30/10 -
- Court decision may settle Indiana's card counting issue, Lesley Stedman Weidenbener, LCJ 10/1/10 - The story begins:
Indiana’s top gaming regulator said Friday the state may not need to make any rules about card counting now that the Indiana Supreme Court has given casinos the authority to ban gamblers who engage in the practice.
Ernest Yelton, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission, said the court’s 3-1 decision Thursday makes clear that “casinos have a legal right to restrict card counters, and that creates a pretty high hurdle” for anyone who would seek a rule that says otherwise.
“We’ll provide the (gaming) commissioners with the court decision, and if they want to visit the issue of course we would do so,” Yelton said. But “the decision is a reaffirmation of what we already believed the law in Indiana to be.”
Still, Thomas P. Donovan – the self-described card counter at the center of the Supreme Court case – said the commission could still pass a rule giving gamblers the right to use their minds to compete against casinos.
“Otherwise, they’re saying that only losers are welcome at the Indiana casinos,” Donovan said. “After you win a big jackpot, they can kick you out. I don’t think that’s what the public would want.”
- Gambling Addiction Case Comes out Trumps for Casino is an interesting entry from the blog, A New Take on Legal News.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 4, 2010 09:24 AM
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