New game has live dealers and standard playing cards but wagers are made on individual touch screens

Combining the excitement of the traditional blackjack table game with state-of-the-art technology, Barona Resort & Casino’s blackjack dealers are dealing chipless hands and offering new side bet options with its newly unveiled electronic i-Table game.

Developed by gaming manufacturer Shuffle Master, live dealers and standard casino playing cards are used in this easy version of the classic casino card game. But there are no chips to worry about as all wagers are made on individual touch screens and results are verified electronically.

“This all results in a less intimidating and faster game, without chips and with instant payoffs,” said Mike Patterson, vice president of table games operations at Barona Resort & Casino, located near San Diego.

Additionally, players can place side bets with higher odds on each hand, including Bet the Set 21 and Royal Match 21. 

According to Patterson, once a hand has been dealt all players also have the option to place an “odds bet,” essentially the probability that they are going to win or lose the round.

The fast-paced action also means gamers can make lower minimum bets on blackjack games at Barona.

Just as with the other chipless games introduced at the casino earlier this year, Patterson said he thinks i-Table Blackjack is going to be “a big hit with table game players.”

“We are pleased that Barona has added our i-Table product to its floor,” commented Tim Parrott, Shuffle Master chief executive officer. “Its electronic betting interface gives players access to a wider range of betting opportunities while ensuring speedy and secure game play. In addition, the ability to have live player tracking will allow players to get the recognition they deserve.”

Barona’s dealers already have been dealing chipless hands and offering new side bet options on Rapid Roulette and Rapid Baccarat tables. It also offers 75 traditional table games and 2,000 slot machines.