One way to achieve that objective is to introduce virtual games. But many players don't like those because there is absolutely no transparency. Yes, everyone knows that the virtual terminals are supposed to be inspected by the authorities and that they are supposedly honest, but still, the experience of playing a virtual game does not compare to the real thing. The player puts the money into a machine, presses a button, and the results are displayed on a monitor. And since the house always wins, even the most naïve of suckers eventually question the integrity of those games. So, mainly for these reasons some game canters like to offer games with mechanical terminals that allow the players to see with their own eyes how the results are achieved.
One very popular piece of gaming equipment that meets this objective is the automated roulette wheel. That roulette wheel is completely encased in a glass dome and no one can interfere with the movement of the ball or the wheel. But that's an easy solution for roulette, which is a game that already uses a mechanical piece of equipment, so all that had to be done was to replace the croupier with an electric motor and a device that shoots the ball. But card games are different and there are no relatively easy solutions for mechanical automation.
The only solution seems to be to replace the human dealer with a robot. A robot can easily be taught all the rules as well as the mechanical movements to distribute the cards. Robots have already been in use for decades in the automobile industry, to replace human workers, so all that had to be done for casinos was to take one of those robots and teach it how to deal various card games, mainly blackjack and baccarat.
The usual robots that are seen in various game centers are standard industrial robots, like the one seen in the post Cambodian Gamblers. But the problem with those machines is that they are extremely slow. A robotic arm cannot possibly deal the cards as fast as a human dealer. So, as a result, each round takes forever to play out. And we all know gamblers don't like to wait. After all, time is money.
So, to address this problem, one company came up with the most logical solution: to build a robot that has been designed specifically for the casino industry. In other words, a robot that can do nothing else but deal card games. The company that designed this machine is called Organic and below are some photos of their robot.
The mechanical distribution of the cards happens under a glass dome, so the players can see at all times how the cards are dealt. The results are then displayed on individual touch-screen LCD terminals. All the cards are printed with bar codes, so that the robot can scan each card and interpret the results. The robot is basically a giant mechanical Random Number Generator. But unlike software-based RNGs, the players can actually see how the results are being generated. This offers a piece of mind, I guess, despite the fact that the players will always lose, regardless how the result are generated.
The following image offers an inside view of the robot, when the dome is removed and the lower part of the machine is raised up for servicing.
And finally, below is a short demo video that shows the robot in action. Since this robot does not have any multi-purpose mechanical arms, the distribution of the cards is really fast.
Mechanically, the robot is pretty well designed. Aesthetically, it is not really my cup of tea, bust since I'm not going to be buying any of those, any time soon, I don't really care about that. From a practical point of view this robot is a much better solution than the conventional industrial robots that have been taught to deal casino games. But the industrial robots are still more fun to watch and definitely more cute than this big monster. This machine is also more confusing to watch, because all that it really does is to deal a sequence of cards and show what they are; then the cards go into the discard pile without ever being dealt to player positions (which would be redundant from a practical point of view, but certainly easier for the eye to follow).