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Trial in blackjack card counting case

Card counting is an effective technique for winning big at blackjack. It consists of following the distribution of the cards to determine whether those remaining in the shoe are to our advantage or not.

Although it is not prohibited by law, casinos have the right to restrict its use or even ban players who use it.

For one player from Georgia, his experience at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk went way too far, after he was suspected of counting cards in blackjack.

That’s why he’s just filed a lawsuit. Through this lawsuit, he hopes to obtain no less than 3 million dollars.

During a stopover at Denver International Airport

Today’s news item dates back to October 19, 2021. A certain Joseph Shiraef, a resident of Lookout Mountain in the US state of Georgia, made a long stopover at Denver International Airport.

Instead of staying and waiting for his next flight, he headed for Black Hawk. This historic mining settlement about an hour’s drive west is home to a dozen casinos and other gambling halls.

At the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk, he played blackjack before being accused of using a card-counting system. Because of this, our man now claims to have been held without probable cause, in violation of his Fourth Amendment rights.

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Worse still, he would not have been able to cash in his winnings. This is why he has decided to take legal action, with a trial to be held in Colorado District Court presided over by Magistrate Judge Shane Kato Crews.

Joseph Shiraef is seeking $1.5 million in punitive damages, as well as $1.5 million in economic and compensatory damages, for a total of $3 million. As an added bonus, he is also asking to be reimbursed for his legal fees in connection with the case.

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Comments from the Colorado Department of Revenue

Following this case, a spokesman for the Colorado Department of Revenue (Daniel Carr) was keen to point out that card counting is not against Colorado state law, as long as you only use your brains.

On the other hand, marking cards or using any technological device to do so may be considered illegal.

In addition, he also pointed out that a casino has every right to ask a player suspected of counting cards to leave, or even to prevent him from playing.

Opened on December 20, 2001, the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk features 536 rooms and suites and a gaming area covering 5,300 m².

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