RFID is coming to poker chips and a casino near you in the near future
So there is a patent to put RFID chips in poker chips what will they
think of next. You just never know where RFID will show up next. This will
save the casinos money from counterfeit chips and also make sure that the
big winners are not cheating the system somehow.
I am always amazed at the way casinos think but this takes the cake. They
will also be able to track a gamblers habits and further use that
information against the gambler if they wanted to. The company that filed
the patent is called Shufflemaster and they are located in Las Vegas (big
Think of what they could do with this if they embed
RFID readers in all the
poker tables in the world. The dealer will have a lot less responsibility
and even though it rarely happens the dealer could not steal anything as the
chips will all have to be accounted for and they could monitor each table
The good news in all of this is that RFID could also track your casino comps
better. With time they could eliminate the poker chip altogether. They could
just use a smart card to track your bets. It is not that far of a thought at
It will also stop thefts from happening during a dealer switch as the chips
will have to stay where they are on the table or in the dealers bank. Each
poker chip will have their own little code so they could trace it back at
any time. Shuffle Master is highly regarded in the casino world as they have
come up with revolutionary technology before.
From what we have heard the new chips are already in
action in the new Wynn casino on the Las Vegas strip.