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Las Vegas valley poker player explains RFID playing card technology

Posted at 11:31 PM, Oct 10, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas valley poker player explains how RFID cards work in response to a lawsuit filed against another player in California for cheating, allegedly raking in thousands of dollars.

Poker player Mike Postle is named in a $10 million civil lawsuit accusing him of cheating at poker games at Stone’s Gambling Hall in California.

“There is an avalanche of evidence that shows this gentleman was cheating and we can make that case,” says Maurice VerStanding, attorney.

The lawsuit claims Postle was able to use wire communication through the poker tables that were “imbedded with radio-frequency identification capabilities, procured playing cards containing RFID censors."

That technology is able to transmit, in real time, the identity of each of his opponent's cards.

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“Once its his opponents turn to act, he’ll be able to see those cards. Or hear, if he’s being relayed information that way,” says Matt Berkey.

Berkey is local professional poker player and teacher of poker strategy.

Berkey knows exactly how the RFID technology works and how Postle may have been able to pull this off.

His RFID table is very similar to the one used at Stones for the games Postle played in. Each seat is equipped with its own individual reader that works as a translator for the cards.

“Consider it similar to, like a bar code. They’re all unique,” says Berkey.

The card’s identity then goes through the reade and on to an RFID motherboard.

“Consider this like the brain. This is effectively what's interpreting all the data,” says Berkey.

It then goes from the motherboard to the computer.

“So you just place the cards on top of the reader, they then show up on the graphic reader,” says Berkey.

That computer has a graphics system installed that can show real time or delayed results of the cards in play.