Picture a 240 runner poker tournament.You’d need about 24 tables, which means you’d need at least that many dealers.You’d need several tournament officials to monitor the tables, plus a few extra staff members for other jobs.

Now picture that same tournament with just four staff members.Four.That was the scene at the Casino Montreal last week, as it held its first no-limit hold’em tournament since it opened its fully automated poker room.Every table was a PokerPro table, where players sidle up to personal touch screens and no chips, cards, or dealers are needed.

The installation of 25 PokerPro tables is also the largest single installation of automated tables in the world.

Mohamed Nadim took first place in the $225 buy-in tournament, earning $20,000 CAD.

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