Card handling apparatus and associated methods

  • US 10,220,297 B2
  • Filed: 10/16/2017
  • Issued: 03/05/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/24/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A card handling method, comprising:

  • receiving playing cards in a card holding area of a card handling apparatus, the card holding area having an exit slot in a wall thereof and a support structure comprising a sloped base plate;

    separating an upper portion of the playing cards from a lower portion of the playing cards by resting the upper portion of the playing cards against the wall and over extendable and recessable pins proximate the wall and stopping some of the lower portion of the playing cards against the pins;

    moving the playing cards from the card holding area using a gravity feed system by;

    permitting passage of at least one lowermost playing card of the lower portion of the playing cards unstopped against the pins through the exit slot into a randomly aligned compartment of a card shuffling structure of the card handling apparatus, an opening defined between opposing side surfaces of the compartment of the card shuffling structure being generally coplanar with the sloped base plate of a support structure of the card holding area when the compartment is in an aligned position with the card holding area.

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