February 28

The Feb. 23 front-page article “Casino security always looking for the next cheat” reported that “Casino cheats include card counters and people who try to steal chips from distracted dealers and players.” There are plenty of cheats in casinos, but card counters are not among them.

Casinos are thrilled that this sham continues to be perpetuated, but quite simply, it is a falsehood, according to numerous court cases, as well as the Maryland state gambling law. That law defines cheating as “engaging in conduct including . . . placing, cancelling, increasing, or decreasing a bet based on knowledge that is not available to other players.”

Card counters at a blackjack table use the same information that is available to everyone to make educated, informed betting and playing decisions. While card counting may be the road less traveled, that fact makes all the difference.

Dan Morris, Rockville