Harrah's Rolls Dice on Surface

Microsoft's touch-screen tables debut at Rio
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2008 12:27 PM CDT
Microsoft launches the Surface touch-screen game table at the Harrah's-owned Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 11, 2008.    (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
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(Newser) – A Las Vegas casino has become the first to roll the dice with the much-touted Microsoft Surface, a touch-screen table that lets gamblers order drinks, watch YouTube videos, and even flirt. Harrah’s Rio hotel yesterday installed 6 of the tables, which start at $10,000, the AP reports. “Of all the goodies up our sleeves lately, this is one of the most dramatic,” said a Harrah’s spokesman.

The table comes fully loaded with programs like “Mixologists,” which lets patrons invent their own drinks and order them, and “Flirt,” which allows for cross-table chatting, about, you know, whatever. “The range of opportunities are fairly limitless,” the spokesman said. “In a different point in my life, I might use Flirt a lot.”