How to Use a Poker Card Reader

A Las Vegas player is accused of using wire communication to cheat at poker games. He will likely face felony charges. Mike Postle used wire communications to find out his opponents’ cards in real-time. The information was sent through a smartphone screen, smartwatch beeps and voice commands.

RFID chips are used in high-tech poker tables to transmit information. However, the signals are encoded and require specialized software for deciphering. The chips can be read by RFID readers positioned in specific spots on the table, and then the data is relayed to tournament or TV production computers. The RFID readers are placed less than one inch below the surface where the cards are laid. Each card has its own unique tag. “Consider it like a bar code,” says local poker expert Matt Berkey. “They are all different and have a special code that goes into the motherboard through the reader.”

The cards then show up on a graphics system in the table, and the results are displayed for viewers to see. This allows players to see the cards in play, despite being hidden from view, and it’s also helpful for TV broadcasters to keep track of each hand as it happens.

But the technology hasn’t stopped there. Some cheaters in poker are now using an advanced type of RFID. These cards have an embedded chip with an integrated antenna that can be read by RFID devices. The chip is programmed in a way that it responds to a specific electromagnetic field. It can also contain any type of information the poker analyzer requires to read the cards.

These RFID chips can also be found in casino chips. They are useful for keeping track and ensuring everyone is playing fairly. To make these chips more effective, they can be coated in a layer of invisible ink. When viewed through an infrared camera, these inks will appear as black spots on the deck of cards.

To use a poker scanner, you’ll need to have a few things: a hidden infrared camera that can detect invisible ink marks on the cards, an RFID chip and an RFID reader that can scan them, and an app that can interpret the results of those readings. The app will then display the results on your smartphone or tablet. If necessary, you can show your opponents these results.

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