Fifteen years ago, if you had asked a casino operator about the future of table games, it was doubtful the response would have been anything positive. Indeed, iconic casino games such as blackjack, roulette and craps were increasingly marginalized on the modern casino floor, and losing space to ever increasing numbers of popular and easier-to-operate slot machines. It was only a matter of time before casinos pushed table games out the door entirely.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the great table games demise—instead of dying, these games revived. This rebirth was initially spurred by a surge in popularity for poker, thanks in large part to success of The World Series of Poker and other televised card tournaments. Lately, table game play has been buoyed by Gen X and Millennials, younger players who prefer the social aspect of the tables to the largely solitary experience of playing a slot. As a result, the table games pit, once considered a backwards area of the casino floor, is now humming with new products, technologies and concepts aimed at capturing more customers and enticing more wagers.