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Trump folds electronic poker hand

30 Mar 2009

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey -- As reported by The Press of Atlantic City: "They were fast, mistake-proof and didn't need to be tipped. But they had no personality. So now they're gone.

"Atlantic City's experiment with electronic poker tables proved to be a resounding failure because it seems humans prefer other humans when it comes to dealing the cards.

"'I'd rather have a human dealer. It's a friendlier atmosphere,' Ira Cohen, a poker player from Brooklyn, N.Y., said Thursday at Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino.

"Trump Plaza has removed Atlantic City's only batch of automated poker tables after trying them out for a few months in hopes that they would attract a younger generation of gamblers.

"The machines never came close to generating the revenue that Trump executives had anticipated. The goal was $1.8 million in annual revenue, but the best month was only $45,000, according to Jim Rigot, Trump Plaza's general manager..."

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