Monday, February 16, 2009

"What shocks me the most is Apple allowed this App. to be sold in the Apps store in the first place."

Oh, Kevin! ... From the mouths of babes!

Evidently, Kevin Binversie is shocked, shocked! to discover there is gambling going on in this establishedment.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Apple's card counting app. Pretty much every licensed casino in the universe has a policy that prohibits the use of cell phones, Blackberries, walkie talkies, Blue Tooth devices -- in short any communications device you can think of, including iPhones. If you want to take your call, you have to leave the table and your hand. No casino is going to risk having one person call in an opponent's cards from across the hall. Any dealer who wishes to keep his or her job would immediately ask a player to step away from a table the instant he or she saw anything that looked remotely like a cell phone. At the end of the day, it's probably much easier just to learn how to count cards than to go through the trouble of learning how to conceal a device casino security is already looking for for other reasons.

Where this app may come in handy are the thousands of other places where gambling takes place outside the casino, say for instance, online or at weekly games among friends. I don't know how helpful an app like this would be (there are plenty of computer programs to help online gamblers get an edge -- not that I have any first hand knowledge of such things), but I can see how an app like this would appeal to a certain kind of gambler.

Besides, technically speaking, it's not gambling until you lay your money down!

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