February 17, 2009 | Robert Nelson
Criminals seem to always be finding new ways to cheat the system and the latest deals with the iPhone and the available apps. Personally, I had never thought to look, but it seems that there are a few card counting apps currently available in the App Store. Also important to note is that card counting or these apps, (or real card counters) are not illegal in Nevada, it is however illegal to actually use “assistive technology” to count cards.
As of now, it does not look like Vegas casinos have caught anyone in the act, but it does appear that they will be on the lookout for the possibility.In other words, do not be surprised if you are approached while messing with your iPhone during a game. The warning initially came from California authorities who did spot some apps in-use at a Northern California Casino. Such a shame, now honest iPhone users may end up getting a second or third look just because of a few bad apples. (Sorry, bad pun, but I could not resist.)
I think I would just avoid these apps, but I guess the chance of winning thousands thanks to a $2.99 purchase is going to be a bit much for some to resist. The comments on the Card Counter app are also pretty funny, plenty of people claiming to have won plenty of money thanks to the app. Bottom line, if you choose to cheat, be prepared to pay the consequences.