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Three Sides

The old adage that there are two sides to every story certainly applies to a recap of the fallout from the publication of Beat the Dealer. Below is a sampling of spin (or perhaps revisionist history) provided by the feuding sides in the casino/card-counter battle.

The card counter's side: Carlson writes, in Online Blackjack Games for Blood, "Their paranoia out of control, the Las Vegas casinos snapped! On April Fool's Day 1964, the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip changed the rules of Online Blackjack Games, the first (and only) time the rules of a major casino game had ever been significantly altered. And the changes were drastic. Doubling down was restricted to two-card totals of 11 only, and a pair of aces could no longer be split. The effect on the average player was disastrous, and play at the tables all but vanished."

The casino's side: A "suave PR man," in a Newsweek article dated April 13, 1964, indicates that the operators eliminated the "fringe benefits" of the game, namely "the right" to double most bets and to split hands of two aces.

A third side to the story? Thorp's nonchalant reply (in the same Newsweek article) to all the hoopla: "Instead of five hours, now I'll have to play seven to make the same money."

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