Originally Posted by m00sy
...or really go all the way and dump chips altogether...
Or really, really
go all the way and dump cards altogether.
A completely electronic card and chip system would be far less expensive than RFID chips, cards, and tables. A table with nine tablet-style computers, a network, software similar to any of the online sites but set up to log players in at physical table locations, and you could have a live version of an online tournament with every player poking away at their screen, able to see who they're up against in person. Casinos (and probably some players) would love it because it would eliminate the need for actual dealers. I wouldn't place bets against someone already working on it. There's already completely-automated individual tables
, and certainly the software to run a tournament with thousands of entries already exists.