Will Automated Poker Tables Replace Dealers?

by Lou on July 19, 2006

Are Poker Dealers Redundant?

PokerTek has signed a three-year contract to provide its fully automated poker table, tables to Carnival Cruise Lines, which operates 21 cruise ships.

Automated tables allow poker players to play cash and tournament games around a real poker table without cards, chips, or dealers. Each player control his or her actions on a personal touch-screen monitor, while a flat-screen television in the middle of the table shows communal cards, button position and where the action is.

Carnival’s 2,758-passenger Carnival Victory received the initial installation, with other ships slated to receive this technology based on the success of the first installation.

Hollywood Park Casino in Southern California has agreed to undertake a 90-day trial of six of these tables. Automated tables are also in place at the Seminole Hard Rock casinos in Tampa Bay and Hollywood, Florida, and at three Winstar Casinos in Oklahoma.

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