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Are Card Shuffling Machines Rigged in Poker Rooms?

are card shuffling machines rigged in poker rooms

Card shuffling machines are an integral component of a casino environment. Found almost at every table, their primary purpose is to speed up play while also keeping decks randomized – but some players claim that these devices might be rigged – for instance by seeing patterns in how cards shuffled from these devices shuffle out and use this information against their fellow players in poker or blackjack games. While most casinos do a good job at protecting against cheaters, some are always searching for ways to gain an edge against them when competing against fellow opponents playing against one or both casinos!

While some basic shuffling machines have been disassembled by hobbyists and videos of older ones leaked online, engineers behind the top card shufflers remain deliberately vague about their systems so as to prevent individuals from discovering any flaws which could be exploited by players.

Some experts have speculated that card shuffling machines may be modified in order to give casinos an unfair edge, yet no evidence is provided proving this possibility. They further pointed out that any advantage would be difficult or impossible to achieve and it is highly unlikely a casino would risk their reputation by altering one of their card shuffling machines.

One argument against the possibility of rigged card shufflers is that casinos would be unable to program machines to distribute certain cards or hands more frequently, as that would be illegal as these machines must distribute cards randomly. Furthermore, each machine features a safety measure which reads cards as they are dealt. This function serves to detect attempts by either players or dealers to sneak cards into the deck through deceptive practices or other means.

However, according to a blog post from security research firm IOActive’s research team, it may be possible to alter the code on a Deckmate shuffler to give certain players an advantage. Researchers used computers to change this code and cause their shuffler to shuffle cards in such a manner as to give an edge against other players.

Researchers noted that it may be easier to compromise a shuffler while it’s in transit or before being installed than once it’s on casino floor, since hackers would need to restart machine for them to execute altered code. Hackers could easily restart a Deckmate without anyone realizing, with only its green status light briefly turning off as evidence that its operation had resumed. Even so, the research team remains confident that card shufflers in blackjack and other casino games can be compromised with enough effort. Players at tables should pay close attention when engaging in these games and be aware of how dealers distribute cards so as to spot any patterns in dealing.