Americana: Catch-21

Kenneth Uston resigned as a $42,500-a-year senior vice president of the Pacific Stock Exchange four years ago to become a professional blackjack player. He is good. Too good for the casinos to handle. Uston is known as a "counter," because he can keep track of the cards so well that he can determine if those remaining will tip the odds in his favor.

Last week the Resorts International casino in Atlantic City followed the precedent of Las Vegas gaming houses and decided to deal Uston, and at least ten other known counters, out of the game. The casino had cause for alarm:...

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