The future of casino poker rooms...
Anyway, I was at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City a couple months ago. We'd heard about the brand spanking new poker room, and they had just began free demos there, for no money. The place was empty, so me & my boyfriend sat down & played each other. This one was tournament style, but since it was a demo, people were allowed to join in anytime. And once folk walked in, saw us play and watched how the software worked, they were anxious to try it.
Bottom line, no dealer, so the casinos
cut down on employees (salaries/benefits), and you don't have to tip the dealer. They hands move faster (more rakes for the house), and less worry about dealer mistakes for the player. These machines cannot be cheap (I'd LOVE to know). I just wonder how good an investment this would be for a huge poker room like the Borgata - like how long would it take to pay for itself.
Curious if anyone can think of any reason that casinos might not do this? Nostalgia? Tradition? Old money uncomfortable with anything techy?
All I can say is that it was really easy, and lots of fun. You just cup your hand over the cards, they appear - lift your hand, disappears in a nanosecond.
P.S. My best guestimate was that there were 20 of these new tables. They had completely replaced the humanoid dealer.