Ever since the invention of automated poker machines, dealers have had good reason to fear for their jobs. And why wouldn’t they since automated poker machines cut the dealer out of the picture and save casinos a bundle on the salaries that they have to pay dealers. What’s more is that many casinos have started experimenting with automated poker machines to see how well customers will take to them.
The thinking behind this is that casinos can gradually phase these automated poker machines onto the floor and phase out some of the regular tables. Also, many casinos believe that they can attract a younger generation of players by doing this. Of course the argument against this is that many people enjoy keeping the dealer, chips, table, and other human players in the equation for the experience. And it seems that the experience has won out over the automated poker machines in Atlantic City.
Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino became the latest place in AC to realize that automated poker wasn’t winning any of their customers over. In fact, Trump Plaza has decided to remove every automated poker machine in their establishment and they have no intention of trying this experiment again.
I must admit that I’m quite surprised at the fact that automated poker machines have failed so miserably to the point where casinos are completely removing from the floor. Obviously this is done to make room for more profitable machines, but I’m still surprised at the move. I think people believe they also have a much better chance at making money in live poker too so that could’ve been a factor as well. And the belief that one can actually make money with poker is what keeps people playing in the first place.