Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 | 1:11 p.m.
Two women deal cards in the air and throw dice that float, matching bets placed by gamblers on electronic games.
None of it is real, except the money on the bets.
The holographic dealers are among the more advanced technology being shown for a select group of people this week at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas.
Getting past the security and velvet ropes to view the demonstration is much like trying to get into the Marquee Nightclub on a busy weekend night. You have to know someone. Interblock, a company based in Slovenia, built a theater off the show floor for its demonstrations.
“We wanted to show this to our biggest customers, because it’s rather expensive technology,” said Tina Ferko, a spokeswoman for Interblock. “We wanted to show them what’s possible on their casino floor.”
The holograms are similar to virtual dealers now shown on flat screens with electronic games — only these are more three dimensional.
Interblock, which also has a Las Vegas headquarters, supplies high-end electronic roulette and craps games that serve MGM-owned casinos.
After getting feedback from potential customers, the company will work on design improvements, and Ferko said the holograms could be available for casino floors by March. Pricing is still being determined.