Robots Now Dealing Blackjack

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[Source: Shawn Fineout via YouTube]

Here’s one dealer that won’t attempt to cheat you with sleight of hand – because it doesn’t have any, strictly speaking. More like bulbs with suction cups.

Yaskawa Motoman Robotics showed off their their blackjack-dealing, dual-arm SDA10F robot – or, “Dexter Bot” – at last month’s Automate 2013 in Chicago. It dealt while attendees played. It uses Cognex 2D vision guidance to read the cards, a task you want to get right if you’re a dealer, especially at the higher stakes tables.

With over 230,000 robots installed worldwide, Yaskawa’s Motoman robots do everything from painting, to spot welding, even handing out ice cream – pretty much any job that requires two hands. I must say, though, I’m not too excited about robots dealing at blackjack tables, at least not this one. Part of the fun – if you haven’t yet lost the shirt off your back – is watching the more experienced dealers work their craft. Dexter Bot just doesn’t have the same pizzazz. But here again is yet another example that no job is safe from robots. If it saves money, even casinos will eventually replace their human dealers. That way they can keep more of your cash.

[Source: Shawn Fineout via YouTube]

Peter Murray

Peter Murray was born in Boston in 1973. He earned a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore studying gene expression in the neocortex. Following his dissertation work he spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow at the same university studying brain mechanisms of pain and motor control. He completed a collection of short stories in 2010 and has been writing for Singularity Hub since March 2011.

Discussion — 2 Responses

  • anthrobotic February 21, 2013 on 6:29 pm

    This guys should join the robot space torso club!
    Know Your Robot Space Torsos: Justin, Robonaut, SAR-400, & AILA:
    “Gangly, multi-jointed arms aren’t going to cut it – we need humanoid robots in space. Robonaut2 is currently the only one up there (props, NASA), but there are others in the works, and they’re getting good – let’s check in.” –

    -Reno at

  • Robert Schreib February 23, 2013 on 1:53 pm

    ?!? I don’t think they even should replace any Human blackjack dealers with this robot. It would just be too easy to program this superfast machine to cheat, manipulate the game, whereas most people can spot a human being cheating at human speeds.