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  1. 2008-08-04 17:10:27

    Another Review of Automated Poker Tables

    I blogged about this earlier, so when I ran across this review of the Poker Pro tables, I thought I'd point everyone else to it.

    The touchscreens are hard to operate with fingers, but the corner of your ID card works well. You have to double-tap a selection to bet/raise/fold, so accidental bets aren"t a major problem. But it can occur. A player who was trying to "clean" his screen by rubbing it with the corner of the card went all in once, and I witnessed several new players run out of time trying to enter the right bet amount, via a calculator interface.

    The reviewer has some good things to say too, so go take a look.

    Posted by Ethan at 2008-08-04 17:10:27

Comments on “Another Review of Automated Poker Tables”

    • avatar for Floppy
    • Was there a less social atmosphere at the electronic table?

      I played at a place called the Folsom Bowl. It's a bowling alley with a small cardroom attached to it. I can't remember the exact number, but they have about 6 electronic tables. They even have California BlackJack there.

      Because it's a "local" card room, everyone knew each other. My friend, once a prop player, is now a manager, which is how I ended up at "The Bowl."

      Yes, it was very social because of the fact that it's a local joint. Just like in any live games, you can make it as social or as anti-social as you want. As lively as the atmosphere was when I was there, it was sad that on a Saturday night, they could only fill one table. Most of the former poker players have gone elsewhere because they don't like the electronic tables.

      An interesting feature of the electronic table is that you have a limited time to act. I can't recall the exact amount of time, but I believe you have 30 seconds to act before your cards are dead. Therefore, you have to be extremely alert. Don't quote me on the 30-second thingy because I forget. I'll get that info for y'all.

      I have friends who've played the electronic tables in Southern California casinos. It appears that looser players seem to enjoy those tables more than those who like to take time to try to read their opponents and/or to do poker math.

    • avatar for Jason M
    • There are definitely perks... I guess I shouldn't knock it too much before I try it. Faster, cheaper (no tips), no mistakes. That all seems good.

      Was there a less social atmosphere at the electronic table?

    • anonymous
    • I played on the electronic tables for the first time a few weeks ago in Folsom, and it was easy to learn and use. I played a $4/$8 limit and a spread limit game. There's an automatic feature which asks you to confirm your every action so that mistakes do not happen. It's fairly fast; about twice as fast as if there's a live dealer dealing for the table. A great advantage of the electronic table is that the mistakes made by live dealers is eliminated.

    • avatar for Jason M
    • Exactly!

    • avatar for uzjedi
    • I still have yet to try one of these. Not having to tip sounds attractive, but I click buttons to play at home. When I go out I want to play with chips and opponents who aren't puzzled by the screen in front of them.