Casino safety shields good be poker industry’s saving grace

Posted on: May 15, 2020 12:17 PDT

Poker players across the world are taking a keen interest in a new product being developed

by Screaming Images.

In health and safety guidelines recently released by the Gaming Control Board, casinos in the

state have been instructed to follow specific medical requirements and look for new ways to

help employees feel safe returning to work. About 450,000 people are employed by the gaming

and tourism in Las Vegas.

One of the measures being seriously considered is a device by Screaming Images, a local Las

Vegas company. The new safety shield can be implemented for use at table games and slot


At table games, the shield would separate players from dealers. At slot machines, it would

create a protective layer between two machines.

With some of the world’s best and biggest poker rooms in the world dotting the Las Vegas strip,

poker players can expect to see a safety shield at the tables when casinos are given the green

light to reopen.

Made of clear acrylic, the safety shields can be custom-shaped to work at different tables and

at various casinos, so it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. What’s more, the shields are designed

so that they won’t fog up at the tables, and they can be cleaned and disinfected easily.

The safety shields are stable and secure enough to feel permanent, however they don’t require

screws to install, so there’s no damage to a poker table or its felt. Should we enter a world

where COVID-19 is no longer a concern, the safety shields can be easily removed.

When poker rooms reopen in Nevada, players can expect to see 4-max tables — a concept that

doesn’t lend itself to good poker. There is some hope that a safety shield concept could create

a safe environment that will allow for more players at a table.