Card counter sues for place at blackjack table

A gambler who counts cards is asking the Indiana Court of Appeals to force an Ohio River casino to allow him to play blackjack.

Thomas Donovan of Indianapolis sued the Grand Victoria Casino and Resort after it banned him from the blackjack table
in 2006. The casino won the suit in a Marion County court, and the 50-year-old Donovan appealed. The court heard arguments
this week in New Albany.

Donovan argues that neither the state nor the casino have rules barring card counting.
But the casino argues it’s privately owned and can choose not to do business with anyone.

Donovan’s lawyer says
he never tried to hide that he was tracking cards that are dealt to determine how to bet.

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