Friday, August 23, 2013

Aces Casino Blog: Ever Wonder Just What's Going On Inside One Of Those Automatic Card Shufflers In Las Vegas? Yeah, We Did, Too... Until NOW, That Is...


There's a saying that we hear a lot when it comes to our team of casino night party entertainers... "We're easily amused, but not easily impressed."   Boy, does that sum up Aces Casino Entertainment and It's staff to a "T."   I mean, how many times have we heard loud chatter from down the halls in the Aces offices that goes something like this.... "Hey, check it out - It's a monkey that shoots free throws!"

Yep, that's us.  Easily amused, to say the least.  Oh, yeah, and as far as "the Michael Jordan of Monkeys," since we mentioned it, we HAVE to show it, right?  We can't get away with a tease like that.  People would riot outside the Aces Casino offices (Ed. Note: No, they wouldn't.).  So, to avoid that, here you go...


Ladies and gentlemen, a monkey shooting free throws.

That's "Exhibit 283" of why we have the greatest job in the world.  Where else will you see people getting paid to watch free-throw-shooting marsupials?  Case closed.  

By the way, for those of you scoring at home, the monkey hit 4-of 5, 80%.  So what if he has the touch of a blacksmith?  (Show-Off.)  Now, back to the topic at hand -- Our Orange County casino party company, and our obsession with all things casino...... Now, we're sure that most of you faithful readers (7?) have seen one of those automatic card shufflers in Las Vegas.. You know, the machine embedded into the table and almost every blackjack and poker table in Glitter Gulch.  Now, just between you and us, we've always thought that the casinos hired some elf to sit inside the box and shuffle the cards, but it turns out that (SURPRISE!) THIS is not the case!

More than a few years ago, the Shuffle-Master corporation (now known as SHFL Entertainment) got into the casino business in a big way.  They first began to invent some of the more popular casino games in the industry, then branched out into the automated card shuffling business.  Surprisingly enough, one of the very first machines that they came up with that could properly shuffle a deck of playing cards was made primarily of wood.  Wanna see it?  Done......


Pinocchio's first playing card shuffler...(1983)

Now, we've found out thru the casino card shuffler grapevine that there are actually quite a lot of unique card shuffling machines... Here are two of our favorites in this niche genre....

Here's the "KNEX" Motorized Shuffler...Cool.


Got any spare LEGO's sitting around the house?

Now, getting back to the task at hand, it was only a matter of time before SHFL Entertainment built a machine that could do the job, do it quickly and with precision, and last a loooong time.   Nobody does it better than SHFL, and they were prightly proud of their accomplishments, becoming the gold standard in their industry.  Recently, we found out that Scott Roeben, he of the cooler-than-cool blog "Vital Vegas," had the chance to attend an exhibit that gave attendees a rare look at what one of these machines looked like from the inside.....


Now, to someone like me, this looks like one of Mazda's first rotary engines, but upon further scrutiny, yep, It's the SHFL shuffler (or whatever they call it).  Now, you KNOW we had to see it work on video.  And, like we always say here at the top Orange county casino night party company on the west coast, "If you can show us a monkey shooting free throws, you certainly can show us a video of a working card shuffler..."

Another one of the popular Aces Casino mantras..."Ask, and you shall receive."  Check it out....


Click on the picture above, and "Voila!"  (Ed. Note: This Better Work!)

Is that cool, or what?   Nothing but the best for all of our many (2?) readers of the Aces Casino parakeet paper.  What's next in the "31 Posts in 31 Days" marathon, you ask?  That's easy.... Tomorrow's menu has one of our favorite dishes -- "Goofy YouTube Videos of the Month of August!"  We're always up for people doing dumb things to be famous for 15 minutes....Come on back on Saturday, and check out our latest finds!


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