He started enjoying in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. His recreation was seven-card stud, through which 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. While watching a poker event on tv, he realized that the thrill he felt whereas enjoying was not being conveyed.
“He said, ‘This isn’t the game we played,’” Mori Eskandani, knowledgeable poker participant who produces televised poker programming, mentioned in an interview. “‘If everyone can see the hole cards, they’d see how great it is.’”
Mr. Orenstein spent six months creating 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 photographs on tv. He patented his concept of a hole-card digital camera in 1995 and received his first buyer just a few years later when the Discovery Channel licensed it for its “World Poker Tour.”
“We known as the desk ‘the Holy Grail,” Mr. Eskandani said.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Orenstein is survived by a son, Mark, and a daughter, Annette. His marriage to Adele Bigajer, whom he met in a displaced persons camp in Germany, ended in divorce.
In 2003 Mr. Orenstein — a competitive player who won the 1996 World Series of Poker seven-card stud tournament — cajoled Jon Miller, an NBC Sports executive, to use the hole-card camera table on the network’s applications “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 Group, mentioned in an interview.