He started enjoying in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. His sport was seven-card stud, wherein 4 playing cards are face up and three are face down, or gap playing cards, and solely the holder of the hand can see them. Whereas watching a poker event on tv, he realized that the joy he felt whereas enjoying was not being conveyed.
“He said, ‘This isn’t the game we played,’” Mori Eskandani, an expert poker participant who produces televised poker programming, stated in an interview. “‘If everyone can see the hole cards, they’d see how great it is.’”
Mr. Orenstein spent six months growing a desk with miniature cameras mounted beneath every participant’s station — cutouts with non-glare glass that permit the cameras lookup — which might present the outlet playing cards and transmit the pictures on tv. He patented his thought of a hole-card digicam in 1995 and obtained his first buyer just a few years later when the Discovery Channel licensed it for its “World Poker Tour.”
“We called the table ‘the Holy Grail,’” Mr. Eskandani stated.
Along with his spouse, Mr. Orenstein is survived by a son, Mark, and a daughter, Annette. His marriage to Adele Bigajer, whom he met in a displaced individuals camp in Germany, resulted in divorce.
In 2003 Mr. Orenstein — a aggressive participant who received the 1996 World Sequence of Poker seven-card stud event — cajoled Jon Miller, an NBC Sports activities govt, to make use of the hole-card digicam desk on the community’s packages “Poker Superstars,” “Poker After Dark” and “National Heads-Up Poker Championship.”
“He revolutionized the game for a whole generation of poker fans who would not be able to see it as it is without Henry’s creativity and ingenuity,” Mr. Miller, the president of programming for the NBC Sports activities Group, stated in an interview.