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7: How Do Card Shuffling Machines Work?

As we discussed in Tip #1, the game of Let It Ride was actually developed by a company called Shuffle Master, which produced card shuffling machines.

Shuffle Machines
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Many casinos employ automatic shuffling machines to shuffle the cards before dealing. The machines can be a safeguard to avoid…

…any situations in which employees may collaborate with gamblers by performing inadequate shuffles. They may also be used to avoid stress injuries on the dealer from the repetitive motion of shuffling cards for several hours every night.

How do card shuffling machines work?

A shuffling machine is used for randomly shuffling packs of playing cards. Shuffling machines must be carefully designed so that they do not generate biased shuffles. Current shuffling machines are computer-controlled.

Shuffling machines come in two main varieties:

  1. Continuous Shufflers – These shuffle one or more packs of cards continuously.

  2. Batch Shufflers – These shuffle an entire single pack in a single operation.

Batch shufflers are more expensive. However, they can avoid the some of the problems associated with continuous shufflers.

With continuous shufflers, the shuffling operation only slowly changes the state of the deck. New cards may be taken before shuffling has sufficiently randomized the pack, allowing some players to “shuffle track” cards through the shuffling process.

Overall, casinos typically benefit from using card shuffling machines at gaming tables. This is because they eliminate downtime spent by the dealer shuffling cards and not playing hands at the table.

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