Dealerless poker tables to debut in Nevada

Aug 14, 2008 7:51 PM

by David Stratton | Automated poker tables are set to debut in Nevada beginning next week. Pokertek, the manufacturer of the PokerPro dealerless poker table, will soon install a group of tables at the Excalibur casino in Las Vegas under a field trial.

Although PokerPro CEO Chris Halligan declined comment, citing the ongoing process of getting their product certified for a field trial, reports from the Excalibur indicate their poker room will close on Aug. 18 and re-open Aug. 21 with a totally automated poker floor.

Officials at Excalibur said the radical change was brought about, at least in part, by a drop of nearly 40 percent in poker revenues over the last year.

Already, some players have expressed shock and dismay over the changes.

"How can you play real, live poker without a real, live dealer?" said one player who contacted GamingToday.

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