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Blackjack Player's Complaint Under Investigation

2 August 2005

MISSOURI – As reported by the Kansas City Star: "The Missouri Gaming Commission is investigating a blackjack player's complaint that his casino comps were canceled after pit bosses at Harrah's North Kansas City Casino and Hotel suspected him of counting cards.

"If the allegation is upheld it would be a first in Missouri, said commission enforcement chief Steve Johnson.

"Casinos in the past often have lost or miscalculated players' points for free meals and other goodies. 'They tend to settle those to the advantage of the player,' said Johnson.

"He said this is the first time in his memory a casino has been accused of using player points as a weapon in its arsenal against card counters.

"…The player, who asked not be identified so other casinos wouldn't peg him as a counter, said he appealed to casino officials several times before filing his complaint…"

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