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Nov 25, 2008, 18:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Lane)

"I met a buddy there and we decided we were going to check out the poker tournaments and made our way to the poker room. There were several tables in use, about 20-odd people playing poker. I looked around trying to get a feel for the place and the first thing I noticed was the lack of chips on the table. There were no chips at all, which was when it hit me. No chips, no cards and no dealer. They were playing, essentially, video poker. The traditional tables that you may have seen on television had been replaced with individual video screens in front of each play and a main screen in the middle of the table for the flop, turn and river cards as well as the pot. I was stunned. The tables, probably running Linux of some flavor, are the next generation game I was told. To quote the dealer, "There are fewer errors, you cannot bet out of turn, no errors on reading the hands and the action is faster.""

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