An indication of poker’s future may now be at the Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Michigan, with the launch of the world’s most expansive automated poker room last week. With 19 tables the casino style poker tables are making waves in the mid-west.
“Four Winds is committed to delivering the best gaming and entertainment experience possible and PokerPro is part of that commitment,” said Matt Harkness, Four Winds Casino Resort General Manager. “We are proud to open this state-of-the-art, all-PokerPro poker room. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to offer the best action in the region,” Harkness added. “And playing on PokerPro gives players more action with fewer hassles and distractions.”
The room features fifteen PokerPro 10-seat tables and four heads-up tables, with all exclusively provided by North Carolina-based software supplier PokerTek.
Harkness revealed, the automated room would offer Limit and No-Limit Texas Hold’em cash games, Limit and Pot-Limit Omaha Hi and Hi-Lo cash games, and single and multi-table tournaments with a mixture of buy-ins. Players will also be able to win their way into major events and participate in heads-up tournaments on one of the four PokerPro heads-up tables.
At the end of the day the advantages of a fully-automated poker room, PokerTek says, are two-fold:
For one, dealer error is removed and absolute accuracy is guaranteed. PokerPro tables allow players use touch-screens to view their cards, call, raise or fold, at the same time as seeing the pot, community cards and players chip stacks on a bigger center display. The other noteworthy advantage is speed, with a believed 50% increase in hands dealt each hour compared to a manual poker table.
The Heads-Up Challenge table made its first appearance at the 2007 WSOP, as distinguished poker pros Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari qualified the electronic table in a lounge at the Rio during the Main Event. At that time PokerTek revealed the intention to expand the table distribution across the country, in bars and casinos.
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