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Federal Judge’s Action
To Affect Card Counters
Camden, NJ . . . A decision, handed down in U.S. District Court by Judge
Joseph A Greenaway, Jr. on December16, 2004 will have a chilling effect,
nationwide, on a type of professional gamblers known as card counters, .
A lawsuit, brought against a security firm that
identifies card counters was instituted by a Canadian card counter, Alexander
Lascaris who also played under the alias, Jim Dimitri Nikolakakos. The lawsuit
claimed that the information developed by the defendant firm, Griffin
Investigations, Inc., identifying Lascaris as a card counter, was in fact a
credit report and had a severe negative effect on Laskaris’ credit
reputation. Lascaris claimed further that the Griffin methodology was subject to
terms and restrictions contained in the FederalFair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
Card counters generally earn their money by using a
system known as ‘basic strategy,’ in trying to defeat the casinos while playing
the game of blackjack. In so doing, the card counters place conservative bets
until a certain critical point in the game when they dramatically increase
the amount they bet on the hands dealt to them. In some cases, the card counters
work in teams in which they prevent other unsuspecting casino customers from
sitting at a blackjack table. When the critical point is determined by the card
counting team leader, each team player dramatically raises the amount bet on
their hand being played. The casino industry has devised successful strategies
to counter these card counters and card counting
Previous lawsuits brought against the casino
industry by card counters and card counting schools have been defeated in courts
where it has been determined that the casino industry has the legal right to
defend against such card counting and betting tactics. In view of this past
legal history, Lascaris, who represented himself, Pro Se, instituted his
suit claiming that the casino industry, via their security contractors, was
interfering with his ability to obtain credit at casinos, to play blackjack, and
harming his reputation and ability to find work in that industry, in violation
In his decision, Judge Greenaway dismissed
Lascaris’ complaints without prejudice.
Investigations, Inc. was represented by attorney John Donnelly of the Atlantic
City Law Firm of Levine, Staller, Sklar, Chan and Donnelly.
“This is another in a series of lawsuits that
so-called card counters have brought, in a campaign against casinos nationwide,
that one judge had termed ‘guerilla warfare.’” We are gratified the court threw
out this baseless litigation,” said John Donnelly, the attorney representing
Griffin Investigations, Inc.