Casinos Warned About Card-Counting iPhone App

    February 16, 2009

The Nevada Gaming Control Board is warning casinos about a Blackjack card counting application that can be used on the iPhone or iPod touch.

The Board received the information from the California Bureau of Gambling Control, which learned, of the application from a Northern California Tribal Casino.

Card Counting Program

Once the application is installed on the phone via iTunes Web site it can make counting cards easy. Card counting is not illegal in Nevada casinos, but using a device to do so is a felony under state law.

The iPhone app calculates the "True Count" and does it significantly more accurately. The card counting app offers a choice of four card-counting strategies.

For each strategy the user presses the button that contains face cards as they are drawn from the deck. Depending on the strategy and on the value of the card the button will either add or subtract 1 or 2 from the "Running Count." The program uses card-counting methods including Hi-Low, Hi-Op I, Hi-Op II, and Omega II.

The app can be used in stealth mode. When the program is used in stealth mode the screen of the phone will remain shut off, as long as the user knows where the keys are located the app can be run without detection.