It was the start of my shift and I was dealing 6-deck blackjack that day. I had a 45 year old Asian guy on my table, alone, playing $1,000 when I arrived. We played for 15 minutes and he was extremely sporadic with his betting. He would bet $1,000 one hand and then go down to $10, then up to $500, and down to $25. When I had to shuffle he went to the bathroom and my floorman, Tom, came over to me as soon as he was out of hearing distance. “Cut the deck in half,” Tom said. “What? What do you mean cut the deck in half?” I responded. I have never heard of that before. We have a specific place where we are supposed to cut and it was 1 ½ decks. He was asking me to cut 3 decks. That is unheard of because then you are shuffling more and the house gets less money that way. Well when the Asian guy came back I let him cut the deck and then I did as Tom said and I put the cut card in 3 decks from the back and started dealing. The Asian guy kept changing he’s bets from $10 to $1,000 and everything in between. He didn’t play consistently either. Sometimes he would hit a 16 when I had a 10 showing and sometimes he wouldn’t. After about 30 minutes, 2 Las Vegas Metro police officers and a security guard came up to the table. Nobody said one word. The Asian guy looked up, stood up, placed his hands behind his back, got handcuffed and walked out of the casino. The security guard took his chips and went to the cage. Not one word at all. I think my mouth was hanging open. “What the hell just happened?” I asked Tom. “That was one of the M.I.T. guys. They are blacklisted from playing in Las Vegas. The facial recognition software in our camera’s spotted him and called the police. That’s why he was playing like that and that is why I told you to cut the deck in half. He is one on the best card counter’s out there.” “What are they going to do with his money,” I asked. He had about $35 to $40 thousand dollars there. “The security guard is going to cash the chips in, take taxes out of it and then give it to the cops who will hold it for him until he gets out of jail” Tom replied. “Why is he going to jail? Card counting isn’t illegal.” I said. “He isn’t going to jail for card counting, he is going to jail for trespassing. This is private property; if anyone that is blacklisted comes in here they will be arrested.” “Oh, ok.” Well, at least I can say I met one of the M.I.T. guys.