Parx Casino table games also began that first year (2010) that I was back and forth between Vegas and Philly. Pa casinos had opened the year before, but table games were a year behind as it took a second act of the state legislature to approve table games and rules. Pa had some of the best BJ rules in the country (s17), so I was eager to try them out. So first trip to Parx there were two things that were problematic. First the discard trays were enclosed and a dark red color so you could not see the discard pile. Card counters need to see the discard tray to estimate the cards that have been played and cards remaining to be played. This discard tray made that impossible. Even more problematic was the chip buy-in. It was electronic. A player would put cash into the bill collector at each spot and then that credited amount would show up on a little screen at each seat and you would bet from that screen. No chips. This speeded up the game with no payout, buyins or color ups, but much more problematic for card counters was every wager was electronically monitored, meaning the casino could see exactly when a player increased his wager with the count. The day I saw that, I thought oh boy, that is the end of card counting, but I never saw it spread anywhere else and when I returned to Parx the next year, that technology was gone and you were back to buying chips, as normal. I always wondered if that was either to expensive to maintain, or maybe there was some kind of ruling that it was illegal because the casinos could track a players wagers electronically. Either way, it didn't catch on or spread...thank God.