No Pitfalls

Technology for table games continues to evolve and get more efficient

Casinos feature flashy, eye-opening innovations throughout their properties.

But not in the pit. That’s where subtlety reigns.

While technological bells and whistles hail industry changes—like signage providing a visual, property-wide advertisement or mobile apps trumpeting the versatility of gambling houses—the pit remains a solid, durable and classic gaming arena. Baccarat, blackjack, roulette and craps still contribute heavily to the bottom line, and baccarat has enjoyed a surge by way of Asian players over the past several years.

The pit is the mainstay of the brick-and-mortar gaming world, where activity began and where much of the action remains. New products often reflect this area’s penchant for high-stakes maintenance. Build it better, not brighter. The modern-day pit highlights security innovations, which enable operators to save money by increasing game speed and fraud protection.

For baccarat, that often means the elimination of pre-shuffled cards. For blackjack and poker, it denotes more durable cards that may bend but not rip. In the currency realm, security upgrades include infrared or laser details.

The pit has long embraced innovations that prompt faster play, like electronic games. But it blends the need for speed with protection against greed from counterfeiters.

Manufacturers understand this and work directly with casino operators. Custom-made products not only help vendors and operators eliminate the middleman. They enable both parties to juggle their lineups quickly.

This blend of innovation and protection keeps the pit thriving, which pleases many traditional players. In their eyes, the pit remains the heartbeat of gaming.

Casino Connection Sports Editor Dave Bontempo is an award-winning sports writer and broadcaster who calls boxing matches all over the world. He has covered the Philadelphia Flyers in the playoffs, as well as numerous PGA, LPGA and Seniors Golf Tour events, and co-hosted the Casino Connection television program with Publisher Roger Gros.