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These ‘tabletop ATMs’ could spell disaster for gamblers

Here’s a surefire way for gamblers to go broke on a dime. A new technology that cuts out the trip to the ATM or the casino cashier is set to debut in Las Vegas, which removes all temptation for gamblers to ever consider folding their hands. Debuting at Palms Casino Resort after Thanksgiving, PlayOn devices are essentially tabletop ATMs that pay out, between hands, in casino chips instead of paper currency, which all but cuts out the middleman by mitigating the buzzkill of depleting cash at hand and searching out an ATM on the gaming floor. This is good news for casinos and potentially disastrous for some of their best customers: players with degenerate leanings. Dr. Timothy Fong, director of UCLA Gambling Studies Program, sees pote ...