Card shuffling apparatus and card handling device

  • US 10,576,363 B2
  • Filed: 03/02/2018
  • Issued: 03/03/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/13/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A card-reading module for a card-handling apparatus, comprising:

  • an illuminator configured to illuminate faces of playing cards with electromagnetic radiation;

    a two-dimensional, image-array sensor configured to receive reflected electromagnetic radiation from the faces to generate card face data;

    logic circuitry operatively connectable to the sensor, the logic circuitry configured to convert the card face data into binary values; and

    a nontransitory memory device operatively connectable to the logic circuitry, the nontransitory memory device storing templates for at least one of a rank and suit of each expected card for comparison to the binary values of the card face data;

    wherein the logic circuitry is configured to compare the binary values from generated card face data to the templates to determine at least one of the rank and suit of a given playing card.

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