What Is A Card Shuffler?
A card shuffler is a device used to randomly shuffle cards or other objects into order. There are many types of card shakers available today, but they all do the same thing: They take a deck of playing cards (or similar material) and put them through various mechanical processes until they look like random jumble. You might think that these machines would be very expensive, since each one costs thousands of dollars. However, there are some great deals out there if you know where to look.
The purpose of a card shuffler is to make it difficult for someone else—a thief, for example—to steal your money or valuables from the table. If you’re playing blackjack at a casino and someone steals $10,000 worth of chips, then the casino will hire a professional dealer to sort through those chips and return them to their rightful owners.
But what happens when the thief manages to get away with only $500 worth of chips?
That’s why casinos have security guards and security cameras. A good card shuffler makes it nearly impossible for thieves to steal any money or valuables from the table.
Card Shuffling Machines And Their Uses
There are several different kinds of card shufflers available today, including manual card shufflers, automatic card shufflers, and bureaus. Each type of shuffler has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Manual shufflers require the dealer to manually sort the cards. These are also known as human shufflers, and they are the cheapest kind of machine to buy or rent. The main selling point of a manual shuffler is that it requires no electricity and very little maintenance.
The main drawback of a manual card shuffler is that it takes much longer for a dealer to shuffle a deck.
Automatic card shufflers are electric machines that do all the work for you. They analyze the cards as they are being shuffled and make sure that the cards are randomized properly. The main selling point of an automatic card shuffler is that it decreases the time it takes to shuffle a deck.
The main drawback of an automatic card shuffler is that they can break down and malfunction fairly easily.
Bureaus are large cabinets used for storing and organizing cards for dealers and other casino employees. They look like shoe boxes on legs, and they have multiple drawers where cards can be stored. There are also small, plastic trays that hold additional decks of cards.
These are usually placed on top of the bureau for easy access.
The main selling point of a bureau is that it keeps all your cards in one convenient place. The main drawback of a bureau is that they can be cumbersome and difficult to carry from place to place. Most bureaus are too heavy to carry, so they must be transported using a vehicle of some kind.
How To Choose The Right Card Shuffler For You
The main factors that you should consider when purchasing a card shuffler are the number of people who will be using it and how much money you want to spend. If you plan on using a shuffler for five or fewer people on a regular basis, then any type of shuffler will work just fine. If you plan on using a shuffler for more than five people on a regular basis, then you should go with an automatic card shuffler.
If you just need a shuffler for emergencies, then you can try to find someone who already has a shuffler they are willing to rent to you.
Cleaning And Maintaining Your Shuffler
It is absolutely essential that you clean and maintain your card shuffler on a regular basis. All shufflers come with specific instructions detailing the process, but the basic idea is that you disassemble the machine, you clean all of the individual pieces, and then you put it back together. If you fail to clean your shuffler regularly, then it will not work correctly.
Before attempting to clean your card shuffler, be sure to read and follow all safety instructions included with the machine.
Sources & references used in this article:
Three card blackjack by L Lambert – US Patent 7,578,506, 2009 – Google Patents
Card shuffler and dealer by JR Stephenson – US Patent 2,778,644, 1957 – Google Patents
Card-shuffling machine. by GJ Perret – US Patent 1,157,898, 1915 – Google Patents