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Poker Shuffler Inventor Picked For Casino Hall Of Fame

Founder Of Iconic Company 'Shuffle Master' Among Four Inductees

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A games inventor who was behind the casino industry’s first automatic card shufflers is among four people selected this year for the Gaming Hall of Fame.

According to a press release from the American Gaming Association, industry legends Diana Bennett, Joe Kaminkow, Melvin B. Wolzinger and John Breeding will be inducted early next month. Breeding’s interest in automatic card shufflers decades ago changed the way table games were dealt, including poker.

“After reading about blackjack card-counters beating casinos in Atlantic City, Breeding envisioned the automatic shuffler in the early 1980s while working as a long-haul truck driver,” the AGA said. “The company he started in his home (Shuffle Master) evolved into one of the most influential casino suppliers in the history of the industry.”

Breeding developed dozens of card shufflers and games, including the prominent table game Let It Ride. These days, the company he founded is owned by Scientific Games.

Last fall, three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Lyle Berman was among five people inducted. Berman is a legendary casino executive. “I lost a lot of money sitting across the poker tables from Lyle,” billionaire Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn said at the induction.

The ceremonies take place at the annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas.