High Techs push Pros to the end of the role?
"I thought it might have technology similar to facial recognition where it could identify an individual's voice from a data base."
Speaking of voice recognition, I was caught by a "game protector" because of my unique voice. Now if a pair of low-tech ears can catch me, imagine how much more card counters can the almighty-electronic-ears catch, based on voiceprints (like fingerprints)? Perhaps the high tech may be one of the major reasons why Tommy Hyland & "his independent contractors" are thinking to throw in the towels. Here's an excerpt of their recent comments:
"I think the golden days of blackjack are over," Hyland says.
Hyland and his colleagues soberly ponder a job in the real world.
"I don't know what I'd do. In college I thought I would be a teacher," he says.
Anderson, 55, says his days of playing blackjack for a living are "numbered." He's taking the summer off to sell palm trees and produce; a job he says could become full-time.
His son Andrew, 33, recently moved from Voorhees to Breckenridge, Colo., and entered the window-cleaning business. He counts cards maybe once a month these days. "I don't see it being full-time," he says."
"I'm a tired player," Gross says. She works part time for a University of Pennsylvania biostatistician, work that could become her profession.
Dougherty, 42, once had a stint in the car-detailing business but has done little else except play cards in his adult life.
"I've made some money betting on football," he said. "Right now this is a tough thing to do, but I don't know much else to do, so I'm sticking with it for a while."