Maryland Casino Forcefully Ejects Suspected Card Counter
A 23-year-old resident of Silver Springs was forcefully ejected from the Maryland Live! Casino after being accused of counting cards. Although the man did admit to counting cards, he claims that he was doing nothing illegal and intends to sue the casino, amid claims he was mistreated.
On February the 20th, Justin Mills was picked up at his home by a luxury car service, hired by the Maryland casino, to escort him to the high rollers section of the casino.
Mills claims, after an hour of playing Blackjack, casino security appeared on the crowded casino floor and asked him to leave the table.
In a video, security footage obtained by Mills, he can be seen being led away from the Blackjack table when one security official grabbed Mills by the arm, twisting it behind his back, and escorting him to a room in the back of the casino.
“Counting cards is what they’re accusing you of,” said a waiting police officer waiting in the back. “Which is legal” Mills responded. “It is. It’s legal.”
After the incident, Maryland Live! sent Mills a letter which read: “As a result of your actions, you are not permitted on the premises of Maryland Live! Casino, permanently.”
Mills has said that he is not disputing the fact that he is counting cards but his attorneys have alleged in court documents that he was assaulted when the security guard grabbed him by the arm.
However, the County’s State’s Attorney’s offices have reviewed the evidence and found it to be insufficient and will not be proceeding with criminal charges against the casino.
Mills has not filed a lawsuit against the casino, said a spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s office. Rather, his allegations have appeared in public documents and Mills’ attorney has requested, seeking a judicial review on the decision by the state’s court not to proceed with criminal charges against the casino.
In a statement released by Maryland Live! the casino has said: “As a private facility, we reserve the right to refuse service or limit play of any casino customer.”
Brennan Furrow, a patron of the casino: “Casino’s a money-making business, they’re going to do what they have to do to make money.”
According to Maryland State law, there are few restrictions with regards to card counting and Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control agency says: “the use of electronic or mechanical aids to count cards is forbidden in Maryland casinos. However, card counting that is done using intellectual capacity to keep track of cards is not prohibited by state law or regulation.”
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