Month: March 2017

Casino Case on Tuesday

The casino case in Rhode Island is on hold until Tuesday, August 8. A federal judge said he will decide on Tuesday whether Rhode Island will vote on a constitutional amendment in November. The amendment would allow the Narragansett Indian Tribe and Harrah’s Entertainment to open and operate a casino in West Warwick.

Before the casino is operated in West Warwick, the Rhode Islanders must approve the amendment during the upcoming election in November. The spokesman for the secretary of state’s office has said the amendment should finalize the ballot before Wednesday, August 9, to avoid extra costs.

The federal courts’ state election should halt only in extreme cases, the lawyers for Harrah’s and the Narragansetts told the judge. Last month, a request from Gov. Don Carcieri and Attorney General Patrick Lynch were refused by the Rhode Island Supreme Court, a request on the proposed amendment.

A 5 percent share of the casino’s profit will go to the Narragansetts tribal government. Lauren Jones, attorney for Harrah’s said, “There is no individual anywhere getting any benefit from it.”

Ajax Gaming Ventures LLC and Johnston town officials have filed a lawsuit calling the amendment unconstitutional. Nothing would stop Ajax and Johnston town officials from returning to the General Assembly in the future. Because they say it grants lucrative gaming right based on race.…

Casino Restrictions

Casino operators can offer the gaming public an extensive number and variety of casino games and devices.

A person can find over two dozen varieties of blackjack in casinos worldwide, which can involve, among other things, whether the dealer uses one or many as six decks; the dealer must hit or stand on a 17; all cards are dealt face up or face down; and under what circumstances the gambler may double-down, surrender, or split the hand.

Blackjack is only one game. Currently, Nevada has approved about 35 table games and about 200 gaming devices that casinos may offer.

Restrictions on the type and rules of games and devices are tied to the ability of the government to effectively monitor play to prevent cheating and skimming, and to ensure proper accounting.

Control over the games and devices is easier, is less expensive, and requires fewer staff if fewer types of games are permitted, and the rules are set by statute or regulation.

A good example is the apprehension of persons who cheat at blackjack. A card maker can alter the backs of cards, and figure out the value of the dealer’s hole card in this game.

Knowledge of the hole card assumes the gambler of an advantage over the casino. Blackjack cheaters are so skillful that a novice can be told that a deck contains a marked card and be unable to identify the markings, while the card cheat can read the marking from across a room.

Another method of cheating is called ‘card crimping’. This is when someone actually deforms a card sometimes by bending a corner to make the card value readable to the crimper from the back and face of the card.

Other cheats will hold out one card from a discarded hand, and substitute it for another card during play.

Suppose, the gambler can hold out a jack from a discarded hand. If the dealer deals him a three down and a face card, the cheat can switch the three for the face card.

All of these methods of cheating can be minimized by requiring that all cards be dealt to gamblers face up, and prohibiting the gamblers from touching the cards.

Like other industries, the gaming industry is evolving— the casinos of today are significantly different from those of twenty years ago.

Catwalks in the ceilings from which security could look down to observe play …