Excalibur to get automated poker tables

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Excaliber Hotel and Casino has the Tournament of Kings Show, Thunder from Down Under, Louie Anderson, and now a fully automated poker room. The hotel and casino will be the official field trial site for PokerTek's PokerPro fully automated poker tables in Nevada.

PokerTek announced the news this week, and the 12-table poker room is expected to open Friday at 6 p.m. pending final regulatory inspection and approval.

"We are delighted beyond words that an operator of Excalibur's quality is opening a 100% PokerPro poker room on the strip. It is commentary on how far PokerTek and automated poker have come in such a short time," said PokerTek's CEO Chris Halligan.

"The acceptance of the [tables] has grown substantially in the last year and continues to grow as our footprint expands."

Halligan pointed out that the company continues to hit milestones with its products. PokerTek has opened a successful 20-plus table room in Montreal and 12-table poker rooms in Michigan and Atlantic City, plus it has tables on cruise ships and in other locations around the world.

"With more than 230 PokerPro tables currently installed worldwide, we are ready for the Nevada market," Halligan said.

Vito Casucci, PokerTek's western regional director and former poker room manger, expressed his excitement about the tables making their debut in Las Vegas.

"I've run poker rooms for 20 years, and I can't wait for players to see what Excalibur and PokerPro will offer them," Casucci said.

"We're going to have a great daily tournament schedule, tremendous player promotions, and more than that, we'll be laying down games that manual rooms just can't."

Casucci uses Pot-Limit Omaha games as an example. The PokerPro tables can get out 30 hands of PLO per hour.

"That is unheard of for a game as popular as PLO, and only PokerPro can offer that kind of speed," Casucci said.

Having a faster way to play live is something many poker pros may be interested in.

"I am so excited that automated poker is finally going to exist in Vegas," said pro poker player Clonie Gowen. "PokerPro is an amazing way to play the game. The speed and accuracy beats any manual table. You will find me in the Excalibur's poker room from time to time and I challenge all poker players to try this."

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