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RFID for a better management

♠ septembre 10th, 2008 by ♣ admin

The gambling establishments, from Las Vegas to Macau, are investing their money in the electronic chips that control the tables, in the poker chips, but also in the players. The suppliers are overcasting their sales to explode.
Two of the largest suppliers of equipment and tokens for US casinos, GPI and IOGC revealed their income for 2008. It generated the opportunity to observe a growing success for RFID solutions right in the middle of these institutions. There are already known the chips embedded in the chips given to the players, or the adoption of certain systems to monitor the abuse of the bartenders a little too generous who serve some doses of alcohol non regulatory, and are waiting to be rewarded with big tips. It seems that RFID (or Radio Frequency Identification, which is the technology that permits the identification of an object by means of a special label emitting some radio waves, attached or incorporated inside the object) takes more and more part of the investments the casinos make. Thus, the company GPI reveals that 40 percent of its revenue (about 9 million $) is from the sale of such chips to casinos worldwide. Half of its sales are still aimed at US facilities, and 40 percent reserved for the Macau market, the new Eldorado of games.
with significant growth figures, while these products accounted for less than 4 percents of the company’s sales in 2004, they now account for nearly one third of its commerce. « This force adoption of RFID products is a direct consequence of the increase in supply, its diversity, and offers more and more customized to ensure the security establishments of customers, »said Bodo Ischebeck, vice president of IOGC. The latter notes that customers are increasingly familiar with these technologies and now require real solutions for automated management of their game tables. It must be said that such systems greatly simplify the work of casino owners.
The electronic processors, installed on each table, are indeed able to read and recognize up to thousand RFID chips per second. This provides a visibility almost in real time of the situation at the game tables and of the players’ results. And, of course, the system can effectively fight against counterfeit or stolen chips. RFID allows indeed, among other things, the checking of tokens rather than one by one, in mass, through an analysis and automatic authentication. In addition, no need to manually count the earnings of players: their results are recorded automatically.

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Enghien-les-Bains: First poker tour

♠ septembre 10th, 2008 by ♣ admin

The capital of bluff moved it quarters to Enghien-les-Bains. « The first poker tournament in Enghien, the first in Ille-de-France outside Paris, opened its gates this year in pergola baths. But before the main tournament with a minimum jackpot of 100.000 Euro, three satellites tournaments for qualification took place, attended by over four hundred players.
The departure was set from 100 to 150 Euro minimum in order to participate in these tournaments, » said Gregory Chochon, the poker marketing manager of Barriere group. This allows people who have a little less financial means, to participate and have a chance to enter he big tournament, where the « cellar » is of 1100 Euro. » Not to mention that the minimum jackpot is of 100.000 Euro.
The most chosen option was Texas Hold’em, currently the most played and most known, popularized by many television and Internet means. And the number 1 casino in France has made rather good things in the vast reception room of the spa, overlooking the lake by a large bay window. « It’s class, elegance! », exclaims Franck Paris, the manager of a small transport company in the capital and still in contention after having had a nice « American airlines », ie the strongest hand with two Ace. « This is not the same attendance as in Parisian circle games. There is really a mixture. There are all the social classes and all ages. ». just as the tournament started, the success was immediately there. The casino has proven to be full even from the first sessions. « The main tournament hosts 150 people in only one afternoon, including a fifty qualified through satellites, » said Mr Poker of Barierre Group. The hundred other players are the ones who can afford to invest directly 1100 Euro.
« After this unprecedented operation, the casino plans to organize three or four tournaments a year, not counting the six tables opened every day since last May.

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Guides for begginers at Casino de Cassis

♠ septembre 10th, 2008 by ♣ admin

The one who has never set foot for the first time in a casino can not understand the feelings of loneliness of the neophyte facing the slot machines. The credit system, lines or rolls that can accumulate, how to optimize its token or play a community game, those are the things a beginner cannot perform.
« The graphics of the machines has evolved enormously », admits Alain Fabre, director of the cassidain institution. He had already to navigate between red cherries, bells and other dollars. Now, the eye must zap between a multitude of information, while the bandit penguin is definitely relegated. « Not to mention the traditional arcade games, where the player is confronted with a machine and not with a human. »
The fear of ridicule, the nervous reaction of other experienced players, all this count too. Many surveys had reported the frustration of visitors, overwhelmed by the numbers marching on the giant screen or the cumulated bonuses. For three months, the Cassis Casino has acquired four « coaches » to assist the customer in the bending of the game, a method well known by the Barriere group.
Laurent Robin, a young 23 years old dealer, having started in Ruhl, Nice, was assistant for the clientele. He was volunteer to undergo a training for coaches. Recognizable by his yellow and violet T-shirt, the color of the demonstration terminal of the entrance, he walks quietly his gaze on the audience.
Nothing escapes him. « Clearly, we can observe the passive player that observes the machines but does not take the initiative. Anyone who wants to find out more, questions his neighbour. My role is to help him. »
At the end of the afternoons, the hall having over 270 slot machines is filled with people. Many regulars greet the coaches who guide them in one of the largest french parks of low budget machines (one can dream about winning, just like the lucky winner in July, with over 25.000 Euro on a single blow, with only one cent).
In the classic playrooms, a second poker table, the famous Texas Hold’em is filled with people. If a new player wants to embark on the green carpet, there is no need to prohibit him this pleasure. Even if the coach is not the dealer, the coach knows by heart the codes, and he will offer them with great pleasure.
« Each coach also receives training in prevention », states Alain Fabre,in the context of the fight against addictive behaviour. « We have every interest to see customers coming for fun, without falling into addiction. « Laurence knows these customers whose attitude has changed. « They become very nervous, stressed; we observe them closely. We know that there, we must take action. » The guides must recognize the player who slips into that very bad mood because he has lost a major coup. »But it is rare, smiles Laurent. People in general are very sympathetic. »
At the table where four slot machines are connected online, the bonus is quite disoriented and each player takes advantage of this good fortune, congratulating each other. An impeccable row of emeralds falls. The player pockets 1200 Euro. Risky business…

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Cannes- a poker city

♠ septembre 10th, 2008 by ♣ admin

The green carpet was placed at La Croisette. The Palm Beach Hotel hosts the finals of Partouche Poker Tour (PPT), the largest tournament ever held in France. Over the past ten months, 24.000 players competed in the four corners of France. Upon arrival, 350 qualified players disputed the victory to the international stars who paid the entrance fee of 8.500 Euro, as Gus Hansen, Phil Ivey or Patrick Bruel. A cheque for one million Euro will be given to the winner by the football player Eric Cantona, Ambassador of Partouche.
The jackpot is worthy of the famous American World Poker Tour. Broadcast on the Canal Plus since 2005, this series of tournaments triggered a global poker madness in France, which already has more than 300.000 active players. A martingale very appealing to the casino owners.
It was not until 2007 that they have been permitted to introduce to their establishments Texas Hold’em, a much more popular version of  poker game. « The results of four years of lobbying infernally with governments », rejoices Patrick Partouche, the owner of this giant group, which really needs a vote of confidence.
Penalized by the request of identity checks strengthening, the prohibition of tobacco and the glumly haphazard, slot machines are grey mine. Partouche has therefore decided to bet on the PPT, a huge operation of commercial type intended to boost the attendance at its casinos.
Meanwhile, the group has hired 320 croupiers in order to run the daily poker rooms, where players compete among themselves, unlike the roulette or even black jack. The casino, which occupies the role of « evil », is happy to collect 4 percent taxes. This fact can generate over one million Euro of additional turnover per month. « Above all, poker can attract a new clientele, the youngest, aged 18 to 35 years, on average », states Paul-Erich Schulmann, the poker veteran of Lyon Vert casino. For the first time in 20 years, the activity at the table games had sprung to 40 percent.Partouche, which also organizes the very show-biz « As Tournament », broadcast on Paris Premiere, is situated at only one step in advance of his rival Lucien Barriere,even if the later multiplies the tables and tryes to sell « weekend poker ». Barriere, a little hesitant, also plans to bring its formula tournament of PPT, with a final at Enghien-les-Bains at the end of 2009. But the poker activity is still far from being profitable for casinos. The purpose is mainly to impose its brand before the end of 2009 and to liberalize the market of french online games. A high-margin activity is the future of this profession.
Partouche has already purchased the software and designed the label of its poker site. He expects no more than a signal front the State in order to rise the stake.

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Lead in Poker chips

♠ septembre 10th, 2008 by ♣ admin

Ever since the Monte Carlo casinos on the Riviera have been opened for the rich, and the history of Tombstone, Arizona has been changed because of the famous poker game, poker chips have been charged with a harmful chemical element – lead. An Oakland shutdown under the anti-toxics law adopted by vote, together with a nonprofit organization having some history in its environmental background, created a clean chip agreement with a major manufacturer and 21 casino owners in order to  remove the lead.
When manipulating the chips, the dealers and players are exposed to the lead, stated the researchers at the Centre for Environmental Health. This is also the case of pregnant women dealers or pregnant regular gamblers, which may expose their unborn babies to the risk of mental retardation, without knowing, stated the representatives of the group to the casino industry, during the whole year of negotiations.
GPI, or Gaming Partners International, also known as Paulson Gaming Supplies, approved this agreement. The above mentioned company is one of the main market leaders in poker chips manufacturing for 28 of the largest US casinos. Paulson manufactures these chips in Mexico, Bud Jones in Las vegas and Bourgogne et Grasset, France.
Several investigations from the Centre for Environmental Health revealed that the poker chips contain about 47 percent lead. By November 2008, the company agreed to manufacture the chips with an amount of maximum 0.005 percent of lead. The former poker chips are to remain in the casinos, but only under the conditions of the existance of warnings in the gambling buildings, together with the guidance to wash hands.
According to the statement number 65 in the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, all business are required to maintain the safe levels, or else to inform the public. In this situation, the Californian borders will be crossed regarding the effects of the mentioned agreement. The ones to have signed the agreement promised to obey nationwide, including Las Vegas, the well known gambling capital.
The healht group has already won statements from other production companies to discharge lead from several other objects as children’s jewelry, talcum powder, candy, plastics, bibs and lunch boxes. Some other nonprofit organizations have done their best to inform people about the risks in these common objects.
Lead is well known as being a hazarduous metal, having as seconday effects the physical retard and the delay in mental development. Several restrictions have been applied over the years on paint, gasoline, toys and plumbing. Some research links the exposure to the unborn babies to the low IQ development. The US Environmental Protection Agency and other government or international bodies listed lead as a carcinogen, or as causing the infertility for women, increase of the risk of vascular attacks, strokes and high blood pressure. Few californian casinos as California Commerce Club, Hustler Casino, Limelight Card Rooms, Golden West Casino,Phoenix Casino and Lounge, Village Club Card Room or Lucky Derby Casino, agreed to use vitrual lead-free chips. There is a full list of signers attached to the agreement.
Right now casinos continue in using the leaded poker chips, but they must post the warning : « Gaming chips used at this establishment contain lead, a chemical known to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling the chips. ».

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