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Really? Things like high-tech surveillance equipment,cameras,audio equipment, marked cards,strategy-running computers,hidden ear pieces and various monitoring cameras, are of no interest to you?

Legal when used for the purpose of broadcasting TV poker. It is old news though.

http://www.pa-sport.com/en/products/perlego.html
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Old news? I missed out on that one.

Legal though it may be, the ramifications are startling. Infrared bar codes on the cards? Why are we bothering to learn seconds and bottoms when we could put some kind of bar code reading device up our sleeves?
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You mean in your retina...
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“They can be purchased from the dealers in "club-room articles," and, anyway, the expert professional disdains their assistance. They are cumbersome, unnecessary, and a constant menace to his reputation.”

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You might end up indicted. Do ya follow me Mr Stoneunhinged?
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Do I folla? Yes, I do.

AMcD, wouldn't a contact lens be just a wee bit less...uh...dramatic? Why get a vasectomy when she can just take a pill?
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Just because, as a true pro, you want no external evidence Smile.
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This is a little more helpful in understanding how it works.

Televised card games like poker have built a loyal following over recent years. But like snooker, which had to wait for the introduction of colour TV to really take off, televised poker has also been waiting for a breakthrough to realise its true potential as a spectator sport.

The traditional approach, involving over shoulder and/or under table cameras, is
invasive and costly. Obscured or delayed views can result in delays and errors in
identifying the cards, making captions follow behind the commentary and
compromising the ‘live’ feel of the show.

iKnowledge Ltd, part of PA Sport, is a leading provider of automated, data-driven
TV graphics for a range of televised sports. Satisfied that there was a strong market opportunity for a technology-based approach to card identification,
iKnowledge approached Sagentia because of our knowledge and track record in magnetic tagging. A number of different approaches were initially considered including magnetic tagging, capacitative and RFID-based technologies.

While RFID satisfied many of the technical requirements, it was discounted because the need for an embedded antennae and chip would have interfered with the card’s thickness, flatness and ‘feel’. It quickly became clear that an optical based system was the one most likely to succeed and meet iKnowledge’s requirements. Development work from the initial meeting to studio trials of the new card tracking system known as Perlego* took just eight months. We first developed a smudge and scuff-proof ink formulation, invisible to the human eye, but detectable under infra-red light. Individual cards with a unique 2D data matrix bar code were printed using the ink. Importantly, the ‘look and feel’
of the cards is identical to non-printed equivalents.

Standard cameras, with filters capable of reading the codes under infra-red light,
are linked to a computer that can decode the barcodes. As part of the project we
developed an image processing system which provides a continuous XML output
stream to iKnowledge’s TV graphics system. The system is configurable to allow a
variable number of cameras to observe the player areas on the table, depending
on the studio set up.

The benefit of this approach is that information can be delivered direct to TV
screen from the moment the card is dealt. The system is faster, more secure and more accurate than the traditional approach. Costs are significantly reduced because fewer operators and observers are needed. Commenting on the development, Kevan Moretti, Co-Founder & Commercial Director at iKnowledge, said: ‘Perlego is a dramatic step forward in delivering the fastest and most accurate game play content on-screen. At the same time it offers producers a significant cost advantage for poker and card play productions. Together, iKnowledge and Sagentia have overcome some very challenging obstacles to deliver a really world-class solution.’
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Excellent point.
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Their idea sound good in theory. But, I bet it has problems practically...For example, unless they have VERY sophisticated software and expensive cameras..the contrast to read the marks will not be strong enough for a bar code scanner to read. This is especially complex on a dark card.

Another poblem is if 2+ bar codes are in the same photo/frame OR if the whole bar code is not visible to the camera. The software is that much harder to write and the direction of the bar code is also cometimes an issue depending upon the bar code technology being used.

I will check into the product Smile

The casinos developed a better system which used UV ink on the edges of the cards and multiuple cameras built into the table. The system was bought by Bally ... but, there are kegal battles trying to prevent casinos from using the technology.

The casinos don't want it for cheating (supposedly). They want it to detect card counters and to more accurately determin casino comps to give to palyers, etc.
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Don't bet too much.
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WHOA! There is some kind of glitch here at the forum. I posted "excellent point" in response to AMcD. And it posted successfully. I checked. But then Tommy posts something that gets sandwiched in between AMcD's post and mine. What gives?

On topic: Expertmagician, what are Kegal battles? That term is new to me.
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I meant "Legal battles" Smile
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