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Mar 25, 2008 6:00 PM

Staff & Wire Reports | Electronic table games could be one of the hot new casino innovations over the next few years.

In Goldman Sachs’ 2008 survey of slot managers, about 53 percent of those surveyed said they would consider buying electronic table games as a substitute for live table games.

"The survey thus shows demand even from jurisdictions where live table games are approved, and we expect to see rapid growth in this segment," said Steven Kent, a Goldman Sachs analyst who co-authored the report.

Las Vegas-based TableMAX Holdings LLC, a developer of electronic table games, recently installed its Progressive Blackjack game at Quapaw Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. The game, featuring a progressive jackpot, has been successfully operating on the casino floor, attracting players and cutting operating costs for the casino.

The TableMAX Progressive Blackjack is a player-operated electronic version of blackjack. All the player interaction of a live blackjack game is on hand, with the exciting addition of a progressive jackpot.

This version of Progressive Blackjack doesn’t change the rules or player strategies of traditional blackjack, but raises the bar with a progressive side bet that can award life-changing payouts for players.

Easy to play and understand, Progressive Blackjack is a traditional house-banked 21 game. Played with an electronic four-deck "shoe," Progressive Blackjack lets players split a pair once, split aces, or even score 21 when drawing seven cards without busting. True to live blackjack, the dealer must hit on 16 and stand on 17 or above.

Because it’s dealerless, Progressive Blackjack provides the opportunity to play any time of day, on any shift, allowing players to enjoy the fun of blackjack, even if the pit is closed. The TableMAX 5 position platform is configurable, ® which allows operators a variety of set up options to enhance their floor.

In addition to Progressive Blackjack, TableMAX owns global rights to popular table game content, including Caribbean Stud poker, Caribbean Draw poker, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker and Bonus Blackjack.