LAS VEGAS — Nevada gambling regulators have warned casinos about a card-counting program for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch that can illegally help players beat the house in blackjack.
Card counting by players is not illegal in Nevada but using a device to count cards is considered a felony. Casinos consider the method cheating and can ban players from their property for counting cards.
Nevada learned of the program from California gambling regulators who said officials at an Indian casino found customers using it.
But Nevada Gaming Control Board member Randy Sayre said the agency hasn’t received any reports of the program being used in Nevada.
Card counting can help blackjack players determine when they are likely to win a hand and should adjust their bets.
The idea behind counting cards, according to Wikipedia.com, is that a deck of cards with a high proportion of high cards (ten-valued cards and aces) to low cards is good for the player, while the reverse (a deck with a high proportion of low cards to high cards) is good for the dealer.