Flush mounted card shuffler that elevates cards

  • US 10,532,272 B2
  • Filed: 06/23/2015
  • Issued: 01/14/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/28/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An automatic playing card shuffler comprising:

  • a housing having an upper, substantially flat top surface that is configured to be in substantial elevational alignment with a gaming table surface;

    a playing card receiver for accepting a group of playing cards to be shuffled having a support surface that is accessible from the upper, substantially flat top surface of the housing;

    a randomizing system for randomizing the order of the group of playing cards;

    a collection surface for receiving randomized playing cards from the randomizing system;

    an elevator for raising the collection surface to an elevation to enable a dealer to manually remove all randomized playing cards at one time from proximate the gaming table surface, wherein the automatic playing card shuffler is configured to deliver the randomized playing cards in a position where a bottom card in a stack is accessible from the upper, substantially flat top surface of the housing;

    a microprocessor for controlling operation of the automatic playing card shuffler;

    at least one extension arm coupled to the collection surface; and

    a movable cover configured to be elevated by the at least one extension arm, an upper surface of the movable cover being in substantial elevational alignment with the upper, substantially flat top surface of the housing when in a closed position.

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