Why Casinos Employ Continuous Shuffling Machines in Blackjack Tables

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There is no doubt that Blackjack is one of the most popular games in live casinos in Malaysia. That is because the house edge is not fixed and the lower the number of cards remaining in the deck, the higher the chance that the player will win.

That being said, card counting is one of the most used strategies in Blackjack and the premise is to assign points to the cards that are being dealt to give the player some notion of the cards that are still remaining in the deck. This will allow them to place bets accordingly and to help them win big while also cutting the losses.

Because people are getting more adept in using this particular strategy, casinos all over the world are losing quite a lot of money. Therefore, they are employing measures to ensure that the edge would still remain on the house and not on the player.

In 2000, a company known as the “Shuffle Master”, has introduced the very first card shuffling machine that is specifically intended for the game of Blackjack. They call this machine “The King” because this machine would pretty much shut down the card counters’ chances of winning by using the strategy.

In fact, the company went on to say in their marketing ads that the continuous card shuffler is the card counters’ worse nightmare.
Although card counting is not illegal, per se, many casinos are trying their best to foil the card counters’ attempt of winning it big by playing Blackjack games. And, because card counters also employ measures of their own, they typically do not get caught by the casino pit bosses.

Shuffle Master tries to help casinos foil the attempts of card counters by giving the casino three advantages:

  • The continuous card shuffling machine helps eliminate card counting altogether
  • It helps speed up the entire game as it helps reduce shuffling time immensely
  • And, it provides cost savings for the casino because it uses four decks instead of the usual six or eight decks in the shoe.


How Does the Machine Work?

In a game of Blackjack, after the hand is over, the cards are typically placed in the machine that will be mixed with the other cards that are left in the shoe.

“The King” will then use some sort of an elevator system that will help randomize the cards that will be mixed inside a particular deck.

As the mechanism moves up and down, the cards will randomly be inserted into one of the 19 shelves that are located in the elevator. The shuffler would then select cards from the shelf at random that will then be delivered into the shoe.

Because of how random the entire process is, the discarded cards can be reinserted following a hand has a slight chance to also appear in the next round.

Even if the company states that their machine uses a non-linear mechanism, the premise of these card shuffling machines is still the same.