Originally Posted by BlakeBrown
Because it looks to me like since it is live somebody could wear some sort of cochlear implant and have a railer tell them everything the opponents hold...
As mentioned above, the hole cards are only shown on a delay.
I believe it is
common for players at the table to have someone in the stands watching the stream for them and filling them in on what cards people were holding. It's not during the hand, but even after the fact it's still very useful information. I'm 99% sure Daniel Negreanu freely admitted to doing this the year it was introduced.
It's not cheating per se because everybody's in the same boat, and everybody has the same opportunity to exploit the system. If you're someone who doesn't have a helper in the stands or out back though, you'd be at a significant disadvantage...
Originally Posted by mycophile
I'm not sure if they're still using RFID, though I know they have in the past. Each card is marked with a unique electronic identifier as opposed to those pocket cams- the signal of each card is transmitted wirelessly etc. It's entirely possible for someone to intercept and decrypt (assuming it's encrypted) that signal if they're within range, ie "just another player sitting at the table" then make up some system to determine what everyone else is holding then use it against them.
I'm no expert, but I believe there was an explanation for this along the lines that the RFID readers built into the tables were designed to only have an incredibly
Anyone trying to read the cards wirelessly from further away than that would run into a problem: they likely end up receiving the signal from the entire deck. Unless there's some directed device that would only read the cards it was pointed at, but I think that'd be pretty conspicuous.