Method and apparatus for using upstream communication in a card shuffler

  • US 10,226,687 B2
  • Filed: 08/19/2016
  • Issued: 03/12/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/28/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An automatic card shuffler, comprising:

  • a programmable controller contained in the automatic card shuffler;

    a shuffling feature for randomizing cards; and

    a data port in communication with the programmable controller configured to input data including data from bet sensors into the automatic card shuffler from a central game computer and/or a table game computer outside the automatic card shuffler and configured to output data from the programmable controller to the central game computer and/or the table game computer outside the automatic card shuffler, the programmable controller configured, in response to the data received from the bet sensors, to automatically instruct the card shuffler, without any user intervention, to deal a selected number of hands from the card shuffler, the selected number of hands corresponding to the data from the bet sensors.

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