Patents Examined by Benjamin H. Layno
  • Patent number: 8016656
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for enhancing participation in gaming activities that involve replacement items, replacement cards, or other draw-type activity. A player is allowed to hold cards (or other items) of a starting hand/payline. Multiple sets of potential replacement cards are provided, from which the player can select the desired set of replacement cards. The selected set of replacement cards is used to complete the player's hand. Multiple hands may be played concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: King Show Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Erica Quist
  • Patent number: 8016289
    Abstract: A gaming device and method for controlling operating the gaming device is disclosed. The gaming device initiates a paid play, and determines an outcome of the play. The outcome is visually displayed using at least two graphical displays. The graphical displays comprise a first and second visual continuum, without discrete reel stops. The outcome is represented by the relative positions of the first and second visual continuums. The outcome may also be based on the relative position of the first and second continuums to a payline. A payout corresponding to the outcome is determined by the device, and is awarded to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch
  • Patent number: 8011663
    Abstract: A method of playing a game of chance comprising the steps of defining a set of wagers on the outcome of a plurality of differentiable random events, said random events defining an aggregate event, defining a set of payout odds associated with said wagers, accepting at least one player wager for at least one wager in said set of wagers, generating said plurality of differentiable random events, and paying winning wagers according to said payout odds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventors: Paul Scheb, Jr., Michael Scheb, Paul Scheb, III, Patrick Scheb
  • Patent number: 7993191
    Abstract: A gaming system having a five card draw poker game is provided. The gaming system causes an initial five card hand to be dealt to the player and also causes a first draw card to be revealed to the player. The player has the option to keep or discard the first draw card. After the player has decided whether or not to keep the first draw card, the gaming system enables the player to replace cards in the initial player hand. If the player selected to discard the first draw card, this card will not be used as a replacement or draw card to form the final player hand. In certain implementations, the player first selects cards to replace in the initial player hand. In these implementations, if the player elects to keep the first draw card, the gaming system will cause the display of a second card and the player has the option of keeping or discarding the second draw card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Anthony M. Evans, Mark C. Nicely, John F. Daley, Bryan D. Wolf, Scott A. Caputo
  • Patent number: 7988152
    Abstract: An apparatus is for shuffling a plurality of playing cards used in gaming. The apparatus includes a card support adapted to support the unshuffled cards on-edge. An exciter is also included, and is adapted to impart vibrational action to the supported cards. Cards drop in a random fashion such as by controlling the relative position of the cards and passage through one or more card slots in a card rest. In at least some of the apparatus, a medial receiver is adapted to receive at least one card dropped from the card support and to retain the at least one received card to substantially block a card slot to prevent further cards from dropping. A positioner is preferably included to change a relative position of the unshuffled deck and card slots though which the cards drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Shuffle Master, Inc.
    Inventor: Randy D. Sines
  • Patent number: 7980935
    Abstract: A method of playing a succession of poker-type games that has a plurality of two-card, revealed, starter hands and five unrevealed community cards. The starter hands remain the same for all games of the succession of game. In each game a player wagers on one or more starter hands, after which the community cards are revealed. Each starter hand is combined with all of the community cards to form complete hands. The player is paid a payout amount if a complete hand that has been wagered on is found in the pay table that corresponds to the hand. Optionally, there are multiple sets of community cards. Optionally, the player is required to wager on all of the starter hands. Optionally, the game is played after the occurrence of a triggering event in another game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: New Vision Gaming & Development, Inc.
    Inventor: John Feola
  • Patent number: 7980933
    Abstract: The invention provides an electronic video game apparatus which includes a display for displaying a video depiction of a first card game on the display. Each card in the first card game has a card suit, a card value and a card color. At least one of these cards has an additional symbol which depicts at least one outcome of an independent game of chance (e.g. roulette, craps, slot machine, etc.), and a wagering mechanism enabling a wager to be placed on an outcome which is dependent on at least the additional symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Vegas Amusement, Inc.
    Inventor: Julian J. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 7980942
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for playing a variation of keno in which the game player pays to play through any number of methods, reveals whether the player has a winning number of matches by playing a solitaire game, and then receives the appropriate winnings if any. The solitaire game may be played, for example, over the Internet or other network using a computer system. The computer system may be, for instance, a cell phone, a personal computer, a set-top box, kiosk, or other computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Game Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven N. Kane
  • Patent number: 7976372
    Abstract: A game table having a multiplayer interactive display/input device which enables multiple players to simultaneously play primary or base wagering games and/or secondary or bonus games using the display/input device. The display/input device enables multiple players to simultaneously interact with the game table and the various games using the same display/input device. The game table enables multiple players to manipulate displayed objects (such as virtual cards or other game symbols) displayed by the display/input device at the same time. This enables the display/input device to simultaneously display the same game to multiple players in an integrated seamless manner without the need for multiple different sets of display devices and input devices for each of the players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Anthony J. Baerlocher, Kimberly M. Campbell, Christiaan R. Champagne, Dwayne A. Davis, Hans Elias, Damien C. Ennis, Michael P. Khamis, David N. Myers, David M. Palmer
  • Patent number: 7967294
    Abstract: A card feed system for feeding cards into a card handling system is disclosed. The system includes a card input department with a playing card support surface, a front wall, a rear wall and two side walls. The playing card support surface slopes towards the front wall at an angle between 12 and 22 degrees. A slot is provided in the front wall to allow single cards to pass into the card handling system. The card feed system also includes a card moving system to advance cards through the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Shuffle Master GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Ernst Blaha, Peter Krenn
  • Patent number: 7967292
    Abstract: A variety of games and methods for enhancing game play are provided. In one aspect, a secondary or ancillary game is played in parallel with a first game, such as a lottery ball draw. Yet another game involves the selection of items which a player or participant believes had been selected by an audience as not being the most popular. In yet another aspect, an interstitial progressive sequencing of programming is provided, such as where a series of short segments are presented at differing times throughout an evening of prime time programming. Audience participation may be enhanced by permitting Internet access to the game system, and to permit remote users to play along as if they were in studio participants or part of the studio audience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Milestone Entertainment LLC
    Inventors: Randall Mark Katz, Gary Dawson, Andrew Felsher
  • Patent number: 7967293
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a game of dice wherein each player (i) draws a hand of at least three dice, wherein each die possesses a number of sides, an equivalent number of consecutive numerical values with one numerical value per side, and a suit, the suits being ranked from highest suit rank to lowest suit rank, wherein each side and numerical value in a die is associated with said suit; wherein the dice in a hand are of different suits, none having the same suit, but all of the dice in a hand having the same number of sides and numerical values; and (ii) compares the hand to an established ranking system of hands to determine the hand of highest rank, wherein the hand of highest rank is deemed the winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Nicholas Sorge
  • Patent number: 7959152
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, the present invention relates to a gaming device including a game apparatus adapted to allow a player to play a game. The gaming device may include a prize holder adapted to releasably hold a prize object in a controllable manner. The gaming device may also include a controller in communication with the game apparatus and adapted to cause the prize object holder to release the prize object. A display mechanism may be in communication with the controller and may be adapted to display the prize object to the player. The display mechanism may comprise at least one prize object receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Atlantic City Coin & Slot Service Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerald C. Seelig, Lawrence M. Henshaw
  • Patent number: 7950663
    Abstract: A method of controlling the game of baccarat is disclosed, the method including the steps of providing a card delivery shoe equipped with a sensor capable of reading at least a rank of each card; a first processor capable of controlling operation of the card delivery shoe; and a second processor capable of receiving signals from the sensor and programmed to display information related to the game of baccarat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Shuffle Master, Incorporated
    Inventors: Oliver M. Schubert, Joshua David Marz
  • Patent number: 7950665
    Abstract: A method for playing a game, involving the steps of determining a combination number; dealing to at least one player at least three cards from a deck to make a hand, the deck having at least one group of cards sequentially numbered from one to thirteen; and providing a reward to the player for each combination the player makes of the cards equaling the combination number. A typical combination number is 10, or multiples of 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: Blanche Treloar
  • Patent number: 7950992
    Abstract: A method to implement a variation of casino blackjack wherein if the dealer's up-card is a not an ace, then the player can place an optional side wager. If the player places the optional side wager, and the dealer's hole-card is either a 10-valued card or an ace, then the player wins a payout on the side wager otherwise the player loses the side wager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: Barry Fairhurst
  • Patent number: 7946586
    Abstract: Playing card handling devices, such as shufflers, dealing shoes, discard racks and verification systems are rotatably secured to a gaming table to allow for functional and ergonomic adjustment of the card handling device, without removal from the gaming table. One end of the device, preferably a front end of the device from which playing cards may be removed has a structure that extends through an aperture in the gaming table. The device is movable within the aperture. Movement in the X-Y direction, angular movement and rotational movement, parallel to the movement of the plane of the surface of the gaming table is enabled. The movement of the device about the aperture preferably maintains the base of the device relatively parallel to the plane of the surface of the gaming table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Shuffle Master GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Peter Krenn, Ernst Blaha, Attila Grauzer
  • Patent number: 7942417
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present invention relate to gaming machines having mechanical reels. The machine is adapted so that the reels to some extent protrude from the front face of the machine to enhance the user's awareness that the reels are genuine and, optionally, the reels may have side walls having matching indicia to the symbols on the periphery of the reels. The reels may also be observed from front and rear sides of the machine or alternatively, rotated about an upright axis to enable a player to observe front and rear outcomes from one point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Robert John Smith
  • Patent number: 7942731
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and apparatus allow for a plurality of options to be displayed to a player for playing at least one round of a game in accordance with at least one advantage and/or disadvantage. The player may accept an option. For example, a player may accept an option to play at least one future round of play in accordance with a rule that is different from a rule used in a current round of play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Peter Kim, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Peter J. Vogel, Michael D. Downs
  • Patent number: RE42944
    Abstract: A card shuffler is disclosed having a card output portion that is easily connectable to either a first output card receiver or a second output card receiver. The first output card receiver enables the dealer to remove cards one at a time from the shuffler. The second output card receiver enables the dealer to remove a group of cards at a time from the shuffler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Shuffle Master GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Ernst Blaha, Peter Krenn