With legal gambling spreading throughout the US, blackjack has been very widespread and popular. However, it's a legal status is not that easy to understand. In the old days, any player who was found cheating would simply be thrown out of the casino or the card house whenever the management wanted without any problem.
However, today there have been lawsuits over the rights of a casino barring players, cases related to the use of devices and everyone has different ideas about the entire topic. The black jack book "Blackjack and the Law" attempts to provide a clarity on the topic.
Book Points and Features
This black jack book is based on a few articles written by a person who is thought of as the foremost authority on the legal aspects in the US for gambling, Nelson Rose. Over the years, these articles have appeared in several publications like the Card Player and also in the Blackjack Forum. Every article has been amended and edited by Robert Loeb, who is also considered an authority on the gambling legal aspects in the US. There is also a commentary which is added by Loeb at the end of every article which provides a viewpoint on the topic.
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The book covers several different topics like the Indian Reservations and Gambling, internet blackjack, taxes, device laws, back rooming, casino counter measures, card counting and player barring along with many other topics. The future of the industry, the criticism of the lottery systems and the legal gambling cycles in the US have also been discussed at great length in the book.
The book is not focused just on blackjack but yes, blackjack does cover most part of it. Even those who have already read most of Rose's articles before, the commentary of Loeb is worth reading since it appears in the book for the first time. The legal stands keep shifting and for those players who need to keep a track on it the book provides a good snapshot about its current incarnation and helps clear up a few rumors which frequently makes round in the industry.
However, this book might not be for everyone. Players who are playing low stakes or are just casual gamblers would not really find a lot in the book that would change the way they play or the casinos that they play at. Even for some of the higher stake players, the book might not lead to any changes. However, it is always better to know what we are up against. The regulations in the gambling industry are ever changing and every other day there are new laws being passed and amendments being made to the old ones. For this reason, this book provides a good up to date synopsis on the current legal implications of blackjack regulations.
The book would also be interesting for those who love to track the state and the history of the game. The book has a lot going on for it, from interesting articles and commentary to blackjack history and its evolution over the years, it makes for an interesting read.