Patents Assigned to Shuffle Master, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20140073417
    Abstract: Methods of administering wagering games may comprise accepting a first wager from individual players to play against a dealer. A second wager may be accepted from at least two players to play against one another. A portion of the second wager may be placed in a first pot. A remainder of the second wager may be placed in a second pot. Cards may be dealt to each player and to the dealer. The first wager may be resolved for each player against the dealer. The second wager may be resolved for the at least two players against one another. At least a portion of the first pot may be awarded to at least one player at a conclusion of each round of play. At least a portion of the second pot may be awarded to at least one player holding a predetermined winning hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Shuffle Master, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis Castle, Roger M. Snow
  • Publication number: 20140038679
    Abstract: A card wagering game wherein a complete dealer hand is dealt face up before players are given an election to fold or to place a play wager, wherein increasing payouts are awarded for beating dealer hands of increasingly higher rank, or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: SHUFFLE MASTER, INC.
    Inventor: Roger M. Snow
  • Publication number: 20140027979
    Abstract: Automatic card shufflers include a card input mechanism for inputting cards into the card shuffler, a card storage device for receiving cards from the card input mechanism and temporarily storing cards within the card shuffler, and a card output mechanism for outputting shuffled cards from the card shuffler. The card storage device may include a movable rack configured to move vertically within the card shuffler. The movable rack may have a plurality of card storage compartments therein, each of which may be sized and configured to hold two cards therein. The card output mechanism includes a movable ejector configured to simultaneously eject cards out from two or more card storage compartments of the movable rack. Related methods include methods of fabricating such card shufflers, and methods of using such card shufflers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: SHUFFLE MASTER, INC.
    Inventors: James B. Stasson, Robert J. Rynda, Paul K. Scheper, Ronald R. Swanson, Attila Grauzer
  • Publication number: 20130059637
    Abstract: A card wagering game wherein availability of at least one card for inclusion in a player hand for resolution of the wagering game is dependent upon winning of a wager. In some embodiments, a player wagers that a second unrevealed player card is higher or lower in rank than a first already revealed card. If the player wins, the wager remains in play and the second player card is available for inclusion in the player hand. In some embodiments, a player further wagers that a third unrevealed player card is higher or lower in rank than the second already revealed card. If the player wins, the wager remains in play and the third player card is available for inclusion in the player hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: SHUFFLE MASTER, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Lima, Roger M. Snow, Gavin Isaacs
  • Patent number: 8387987
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer readable storage medium to provide a player versus dealer poker game which allows the dealer to raise based on the contents of the dealers unrevealed hand. The player can then choose to match the dealer's raise or fold. Then, both the player's hand and the dealer's hand are revealed, and the higher hand wins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Shuffle Master, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Snow, Mark Yoseloff, Stacy Friedman, Jon Muskin
  • Publication number: 20130053116
    Abstract: Poker card game deals four cards to a player, four cards to a dealer, and three community cards. Player discards one card and bets 1×-4× ante wager. After a first community card is exposed, player bets 1×-3× ante wager. After a second community card is exposed, player bets 1×-2× ante wager. A final community card is exposed. Dealer reveals dealer's best five-card poker hand formed from any of dealer's four cards and three community cards, and player reveals player's best five-card poker hand formed from any of player's three cards and three community cards. Highest ranking hand wins. Pays ante wagers according to a paytable. Pays even money on play wagers. Allows side wager that pays according to a paytable. Played with one deck of cards. Includes card game method, device-readable storage medium containing device-executable code, and device-executable code stored on a device-readable storage medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: Shuffle Master, Inc
    Inventor: Todd M. Haushalter
  • Publication number: 20130053117
    Abstract: A poker card game in which a dealer deals six cards to a player and six cards to the dealer. Three of the dealer's cards are exposed. The player may fold or continue with a play wager. Preferably, the play wager is 1× the ante wager. The dealer reveals the dealer's best five-card poker hand formed from any of the dealer's six cards, and the player reveals the player's best five-card poker hand formed from any of the player's six cards. The highest ranking hand wins. Preferably pays even money. Preferably, the dealer must qualify with an ace-king. Preferably allows a side wager that pays according to a pay table. Preferably played with one deck of cards. Includes card game method, device-readable storage medium containing device-executable code, and device-executable code stored on a device-readable storage medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: Shuffle Master, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger Snow
  • Publication number: 20130032998
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing hands of playing cards includes a playing card moving system for moving a number of playing cards defining a hand of playing cards from a container to a delivery tray, and a processor with software to direct the playing card moving system to randomly select how many playing cards will form the hand in the delivery tray. The apparatus is capable of randomly selecting numbers of cards to be delivered in a hand of cards to players and a dealer during a round of a casino table card game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: SHUFFLE MASTER, INC.
    Inventors: Attila Grauzer, Roger M. Snow
  • Publication number: 20130035148
    Abstract: A system and method for enabling play of a casino table card game. Multiple randomized sets of playing cards of known composition are formed and delivered, and are set by following automatically generated house way instructions. An automatic card shuffler is configured to deliver randomized sets of physical cards, the shuffler equipped with a playing card reading system that reads at least one of a rank and suit of markings on each of the playing cards. A processor that receives the read card information from the playing card reading system and determines a composition of each individual set of playing cards dispensed. At least one display is in communication with a processor programmed with house way rules for displaying instructions on how to set hands from a distributed set of cards a house way. Processors of the present invention may also cause a display of a house commission amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: SHUFFLE MASTER, INC.
    Inventor: Roger M. Snow
  • Publication number: 20130020761
    Abstract: Card shuffler apparatuses include a card repositioner used to randomly reposition a plurality of cards on-edge over an aperture extending through a card support surface to allow cards to sequentially pass through the aperture in a random order. The apparatuses may be capable of continuously and sequentially forming playing card hands for use in a game. Shuffler apparatuses may be used to obtain a measurement relating to a thickness of the deck of cards. Methods involve the use of card shuffler apparatuses to form one or more playing card hands in a playing card game. Additional methods involve counting playing cards present within a stack of playing cards using a shuffler apparatus. In further methods, a number of shuffler apparatuses and a lesser number of shuffler activation devices are provided in a gaming establishment so as to preclude simultaneous use of all the shuffler apparatuses in the establishment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: Shuffle Master, Inc.
    Inventor: Shuffle Master, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8342529
    Abstract: A system for enabling play of a casino table card game is disclosed. At least one of a rank and suit of a set of playing cards is automatically determined. Multiple randomized sets of playing cards of known composition are formed and delivered to a game, and are set by following automatically generated house way instructions. The components of the system include an automatic card shuffler configured to deliver randomized sets of physical cards, the shuffler equipped with a playing card reading system that reads at least one of a rank and suit of markings on each of the playing cards. The automatic card shuffler has a processor that receives the read card information from the playing card reading system and determines a composition of each individual set of playing cards dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Shuffle Master, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger M. Snow
  • Publication number: 20120319353
    Abstract: A physical playing card gaming system includes a gaming table including at least one dealer position and at least one player position. The system includes a physical playing card handling device that is configured to read at least one of a card rank and card suit of physical playing cards. The system also includes at least one processor in communication with the physical playing card handling device and a video monitor. The at least one processor is programmed to determine the composition of at least one dealer hand and at least one player hand based on the at least one of card rank and card suit read. The at least one processor is programmed to cause game information based on the determined hands to be displayed in response to dealer input. Methods of operating such a physical playing card gaming system include displaying the game information upon dealer request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: SHUFFLE MASTER, INC.
    Inventor: Roger M. Snow
  • Publication number: 20120286471
    Abstract: Card-handling devices include a card-holding area and a card output shoe. The card output shoe includes a card-way for passage of cards from the card-holding area into a dealing-ready area. A movable gate is positioned between the card-way and the dealing-ready area to prevent cards in the dealing-ready area from re-entering the card-way. Card shufflers include a gate mounted to allow movement of randomized groups of cards from card-receiving compartments to proximate a terminal end plate of a card output shoe and to block movement of cards in an opposite direction. In related methods of moving cards, card movement through the card-way to the dealing-ready position is allowed by a movable gate and card movement from the dealing-ready position into the card-way is prevented by the movable gate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: SHUFFLE MASTER, INC.
    Inventors: Attila Grauzer, Robert J. Rynda, Ronald R. Swanson
  • Publication number: 20120280454
    Abstract: A variant game of Hold 'Em poker allows for rules of play of one or all of players being allowed to remain in game with an option of checking or making specific wagering amounts in first play wagers, being limited in the size of subsequent available play wagers or prohibited from making additional play wagers if a first play wager has been made, being limited in the size of available later play wagers if a first or earlier play wager has been made, and having the opportunity for at least two and as many as three or four distinct opportunities in the stages in the play of a hand to be able to make one or more play wagers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: Shuffle Master, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger M. Snow
  • Publication number: 20120283025
    Abstract: A card verification station moves and reads suit and rank of individual cards. The cards are provided to a card in-feed area and moved individually to a card collection area. A device may comprise: a) a card in-feed area with card-moving elements that move only a bottom card from a set of cards in the card in-feed area; b) a card collection area that receives cards from the card in-feed area in the same order as cards are received in the card in-feed area; c) an image capture device that captures data from a card while the card is between the card in-feed area and the card collection area; d) a processor capable of controlling the operation of the card verification station; and e) an elevator that lowers to maintain a level at which cards are received in the card collection area. A method of verifying a group of playing cards is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: Shuffle Master, Inc.
    Inventors: Attila Grauzer, Oliver M. Schubert, James V. Kelly, James B. Stasson, Ronald R. Swanson, Troy D. Nelson, Michael Bacigalupi
  • Patent number: 8287347
    Abstract: A playing card gaming system is disclosed that provides the player with an opportunity to withdraw a game play decision that is less advantageous to a player than at least one other play decision. The system includes a player interface that displays a prompt when a less advantageous decision is made. The display may include an area that provides the dealer with a visual indication that the player is being asked to confirm an election. A card delivery system with a playing card information reader provides card information to the system. A game processor determines if player elections are disadvantageous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Shuffle Master, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger M. Snow, Jennifer K. Farrar
  • Patent number: 8272958
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are used to simultaneously display a virtual dealer and a dynamic visual background image in connection with a multi-player video platform simulating and effecting play of a casino table card game. The dealer imagery is in the foreground and the background is behind the dealer. The background is either a live video feed from the casino, live feed from another location or event or pre-recorded image sequences. The various videos are keyed or masked and layered together using known video production technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Shuffle Master, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Stephen Smith, Ezra Christopher MacKenna, Donald T. Bush, Daymon B. Savage
  • Patent number: 8267404
    Abstract: A programmable card handling machine with a display and appropriate inputs for adjusting the machine to any of a number of games comprises inputs including a number of cards-per-hand selector, a card game selector, a number of hands delivered selector and a trouble-shooting input. These features also provide for interchangeability of the machine for many different games, for many types of cards or decks and in different locations thereby reducing the number of back-up machines or units required at a casino. The display may include a game mode or game selected display, and use a cycle rate and/or hand count monitor and display for determining or monitoring usage of the machine. The card handling machine is capable of randomly selecting numbers of cards to be delivered in a hand of cards to players and a dealer during a round of a casino table card game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Shuffle Master, Inc.
    Inventors: Attila Grauzer, Roger M. Snow
  • Patent number: 8262475
    Abstract: A system for playing a live game of chance using electronic wagering. The system uses a gaming table equipped with a card-reading apparatus and multiple dual-mode player/dealer displays, each with a player interface. Physical playing cards are electronically read and delivered to the gaming table. Electronic information of at least one of rank and count is provided to a game processor. The game processor also sends and receives player information to and from a player display. The player display is divided into two areas a first area displaying player information and a second area displaying dealer information. The player enters wagers and other play decisions through the player interface. The system displays information useful to the player on the first area and information useful to the dealer on the second area at appropriate intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Shuffle Master, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger M. Snow, Nathan J. Wadds, Bradbury C. T. Glencross, Murray Nicol, Weng Neng Choo, Chet S. Sarwana
  • Publication number: 20120225706
    Abstract: A card game is played against a pay table, wherein a player receives a partial hand that is preferably completed by community cards, but may be completed by cards dealt directly to a hand or a combination of cards dealt directly to a hand and at least one community card or wild card. After placement of an ante wager, each player will have an opportunity to place a game wager before receiving another card for the player's hand (whether dealt directly to the player or as a community card revealed to all players). At least some or all game wagers may be an amount within a range of multiples of the player's ante wager. The range of wagers may remain the same or vary with the number of dealt cards or community card revealed to the players.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: SHUFFLE MASTER, INC.
    Inventor: Mark L. Yoseloff