The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) just blew through Las Vegas. Hopefully, some of you visiting Las Vegas were able to use the blackjack tips we shared before the show. Playing blackjack in Las Vegas can be a bit more complex than just sitting down at the table.
CES offers the latest and greatest technology but it’s mostly focused on home products. Some of those home products can be used in the hotel portion of casinos. Robots and Artificial Intelligence can offer useful services but not something we’ll see in casinos straight away. Gamblers probably aren’t ready for robot blackjack dealers. Most gamblers are still adjusting to video, electronic, and stadium blackjack.
While drones over the Bellagio fountain show are pretty, they don’t do much for the experience inside the casino. There was one kind of technology that blackjack players will realistically see in casinos. The technology that’s going into television screens continues to improve. The technology that helped create the TVs that mattered at CES is easily transferable to the newest blackjack game technology.
It’s not difficult to picture imagine the newest TV technology finding its way into the newest ways to play blackjack. Stadium gaming, electronic tables, and blackjack arenas can all be improved with the newest in TV technology. Expect to see improved blackjack installations as the new technology becomes available. Next generation of gaming arenas may even see audio upgrades as well.
Toyota launched a new mobility ecosystem and concept vehicle at CES called e-Palette. This self-driving vehicle has the potential to be a lot of things to a lot of people (see video below). While this is a concept today, the company says they intend to make it a reality in the future.
The promo video below shows a very interesting concept for blackjack players if e-Palette does come to fruition. The idea of a casino being able to send a blackjack table or two anywhere sounds like a potentially interesting idea.
Blackjack and Technology Today
Technology is slowly creeping into blackjack games but it’s not very dramatic. This year we’ll see more casinos with blackjack tables that offer a USB outlet so players may charge a mobile phone. Of course, the casinos will ask players not to look at their mobile phones at the table.
The type of technological upgrades we’re seeing at traditional blackjack tables aren’t very special or exciting for experienced players. Some side bets include a progressive jackpot meter. Recreational blackjack players enjoy the chance at a big jackpot regardless of the large house edge.
The newest blackjack games are available in technology-driven environments. It’s almost impossible to walk into a casino and not see video blackjack, electronic blackjack or stadium blackjack. The next level of these forms of blackjack games involves an interactive arena.
Not only are we seeing stadium gaming in large rooms but we’re starting to see a very interactive large arena setup. Interblock’s Pulse Arena was introduced in 2016 and is really just getting off the ground. Multiple games, dancing dealers, emcees and DJ’s are all part of the Pulse Arena. This ain’t your traditional blackjack game.