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Duh, Casinos Aren’t Going to Let You Use Glass to Cheat at Blackjack

Counting cards doesn't require an Internet connection.
They'll come after you. (Photo: NBC)

They’ll come after you. (Photo: NBC)

Perhaps restrooms are the only place you might be able to wear Google Glass. Taking a cue from strip clubs, several state gaming commissions are barring the face computers from the premises for fear that people might use them to–what else?–cheat.

Earlier this week, New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement issued a memo to a dozen casinos banning gamblers from wearing the camera-equipped devices inside. The ban follows similar edicts in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Ohio, and Connecticut. 

The group’s director David Rebuck said Glass could be used in a “collusive manner” by broadcasting someone’s hand. That’s considered a crime in the state, but prosecuting could be tricky, since it would be hard to establish it beyond a reasonable doubt. So, he decided to play it safe:

“Even if the glasses had not been used for cheating … their presence at a gaming table would lead to the perception that something untoward could be occurring, thereby undermining public confidence in the integrity of gaming,” he wrote in the directive.

Obviously, casinos prohibiting photography and filming on the garish-looking gaming floors are nothing new, but the advancement of wearable tech is forcing regulators to update their laws. Atlantic City casinos are now asking Glassholes to take remove them and if they refuse, they’ll be kicked out.

And who wants to be stuck outside there?

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