Patents by Inventor Mark H. Jones

Mark H. Jones has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200338435
    Abstract: A card shuffler with a card carousel includes a random number generator (RNG) and a controller configured to determine a winning outcome for a casino game. The card carousel may include a plurality of slots or sectors, with the slots or sectors corresponding to an outcome of a casino game. The outcome may be determined in a noiseless manner, where the RNG determines the winning slot or sector. The carousel need not rotate to determine an outcome, and the carousel may therefore be fixed or rotatable relative to the base. A card mechanism may be actuated to eject a card from the winning card slot. A plurality of lights may be disposed around the carousel and may be selectively illuminable to indicate the winning sector. The sectors may include display screens with indicia displayed thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventor: Mark H Jones
  • Publication number: 20200111281
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bonus bet system for use with a roulette game or other games as it relates to a player placing a bonus bet on an outcome of the roulette game or the other games. The bonus bet system may include a first outcome determination device, such as a wheel, and a second outcome determination device, such as a second wheel. The first outcome determination device includes a first plurality of outcomes displayed thereon, and the second outcome determination device has a second plurality of outcomes displayed thereon. The first and second pluralities of outcomes may be the same, or the second plurality of outcomes may be a subset of the first plurality of outcomes. When the outcome of the second outcome determination device corresponds to the outcome of the first outcome determination device, a bonus may be applied to successful wagers on the first outcome.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones
  • Publication number: 20190308095
    Abstract: A chip rack assembly for safely storing casino chips that includes a tray and a cover that can be moved relative to the tray between an open position and a closed position. The open position of the cover permits access to the casino chips stored in the tray and the closed position of the cover restricts access to the casino chips stored in the tray. The chip rack assembly further includes a locking assembly having an unlocked condition and a locked condition. The unlocked condition allowing the cover to freely move between the open position and the closed position and the locked condition securing the cover in the closed position and prevents the cover from moving to the open position. The cover comprises either one large panel or a plurality of smaller panels that are hinged together and guided along a track between the open position and the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Mark H. Jones, April MP Ramirez
  • Publication number: 20190257815
    Abstract: A non-invasive, continuous, and direct system for detecting the presence of malaria parasites that exploits the paramagnetic properties of hemozoin in red blood cells. An electromagnetic probe (EM probe) is comprised of a dual coaxial coil used to detect iron oxide particles by using sensitive lock-in amplification of detector voltage or phase shift.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Vishwanath V. Subramaniam, Mark Drew, Brad Smith, Joseph West, Travis H. Jones
  • Patent number: 10328333
    Abstract: An improved game surface for a table game system includes a random number generator for identifying one or more numbers relevant to determining an outcome of a game of chance. The table game surface includes a game layout, including a plurality of player positions and a plurality of wagering areas corresponding to different possible outcomes. Each wagering area includes at least one illumination source associated therewith that can be switched between an on condition and an off condition. Each at least one illumination source may be configured to switch to the on condition when the wagering area with which it is associated is a winning outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Mark Hamilton Jones and Sheryle Lynn Jones Family Trust
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones
  • Patent number: 10322334
    Abstract: A shuffling machine for use with a game of chance having a plurality of possible outcomes includes a base structure and a wheel portion in communication with the base structure. The wheel portion includes a plurality of discrete areas corresponding in number to the plurality of possible outcomes for the game of chance. Each of the plurality of areas includes a plurality of displays configured to show an indicia corresponding to one of the plurality of possible outcomes. The machine includes a selector for identifying one of the plurality of areas and the indicia associated with the identified one of the plurality of areas. Wherein the plurality of indicia are not fixed such that they are not permanently assigned to one of the plurality of areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Mark Hamilton Jones and Sheryle Lynn Jones Family Trust dated November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones
  • Publication number: 20190091560
    Abstract: A shuffling machine for use with a game of chance having a plurality of possible outcomes includes a base structure and a wheel portion in communication with the base structure. The wheel portion includes a plurality of discrete areas corresponding in number to the plurality of possible outcomes for the game of chance. Each of the plurality of areas includes a plurality of displays configured to show an indicia corresponding to one of the plurality of possible outcomes. The machine includes a selector for identifying one of the plurality of areas and the indicia associated with the identified one of the plurality of areas. Wherein the plurality of indicia are not fixed such that they are not permanently assigned to one of the plurality of areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones
  • Publication number: 20190045903
    Abstract: A protective film for application to a portion of an individual's body having a top surface and a bottom surface opposite the top surface. An adhesive is disposed on the top surface for securing the protective film to a portion of an individual's body. An active ingredient is disposed on the top surface and mixed with the adhesive and configured to be disposed onto the portion of the individual's body where the protective film is applied. The protective film has a heel patch portion that generally has a U-shape for surrounding a heel of the individual. According to yet another aspect of the disclosure, the active ingredient includes a solution of water and glycerin with the following ingredients contained therein: mandelic acid at 10-20% in weight, salicylic acid at 2% in weight and bromelain at 10-25% in weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Monica Ladd-Kimbrough, Beth Hickey, Mark H. Jones
  • Patent number: 10155150
    Abstract: A random number generator for a game of chance includes a plurality of rotating structures. Each of the plurality of rotating structures includes a plurality of slots uniformly spaced about a center axis thereof. The random number generator includes a set of cards that are equal in number to the total number of slots such that one card is disposed in each of the slots. The generator also includes at least one detent mechanism for identifying a single card on at least one of the plurality of rotating structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Mark Hamilton Jones and Sheryle Lynn Jones
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones
  • Patent number: 9962601
    Abstract: A table game system for a game of chance includes a card shuffling machine for randomly selecting a single card from among a defined set of cards, the single card having indicia relevant to an outcome for the game of chance. The card shuffling machine is rotatable about an axis of rotation and includes a plurality of trays uniformly spaced about an outer periphery thereof. Each of the defined set of cards is located in a respective one of the plurality of trays. A card retrieval device is disposed adjacent the card shuffling machine and configured to at least partially remove the single card from its tray. A controller is in communication with the card retrieval device to effectuate engagement of the card retrieval device with the single card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Mark Hamilton Jones and Sheryle Lynn Jones
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones
  • Patent number: 9849367
    Abstract: A rotary card shuffling and selection machine for use in playing a game of chance includes a wheel supported in a generally vertical plane for rotation about a horizontal rotary axis. The wheel is provided with a plurality of card positions arranged concentrically about the rotary axis. Each card position receives a card bearing indicia suitable to decide the game of chance. The cards are secured in card positions disposed around the wheel such they are oriented face up so that indica on the face of the card, which is relevant to the outcome of the game of chance, can be seen while the wheel is rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Mark Hamilton Jones and Sheryle Lynn Jones Family Trust
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones
  • Publication number: 20170330423
    Abstract: A racing game may be played as a table game, and/or with electronic enhancements and includes a race course with a plurality of lanes arranged concentrically and divided into segments, with each of the lanes having the same number of segments. A gamepiece is movable about each of the lanes in a race from an initial position until a winning one of the gamepieces first crosses a finish line. Randomizers select one of the gamepieces to be moved and the number of segments to move. A payout is provided as a portion of the non-winning base wagers or as a multiplier of a base wager placed on the winning one of the gamepieces. An optional second wager may be placed between players and additional, optional bets for short and long games may provide return values that vary depending on the number of rolls in a race. The game can be played using a variety of banking schemes including house banked, player banked, player pool, Class II and Class III.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventor: MARK H. JONES
  • Publication number: 20170330422
    Abstract: A racing game may be played as a table game, and/or with electronic enhancements and includes a race course with a plurality of lanes arranged concentrically and divided into segments, with each of the lanes having the same number of segments. A gamepiece is movable about each of the lanes in a race from an initial position until a winning one of the gamepieces first crosses a finish line. Randomizers select one of the gamepieces to be moved, and the number of segments to move. A payout is provided as a multiplier of a base wager placed on the winning one of the gamepieces. A method of play is also provided and includes a side-bet between players and additional, optional bets for short and long games which provide a return that varies depending on the number of rolls in a race.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones
  • Patent number: 9818253
    Abstract: A random number generator for a game of chance capable of selecting at least two numbers which are relevant to an outcome of the game of chance, includes a blower, a first mixing chamber housing a first set of balls bearing indicia in accordance with rules of the game of chance and a second mixing chamber housing a second set of balls bearing indicia in accordance with rules of the game of chance. The first mixing chamber is in communication with a first selector including a first calling chamber. The second mixing chamber is in communication with a second selector including a second calling chamber. A first valve has a closed position and an open position. In the open position of the first valve, the first selected ball is allowed to pass from the first mixing chamber to the first calling chamber. A second valve has a closed position and an open position. In the closed position of the second valve, the second selected ball is allowed to pass from the second mixing chamber to the second calling chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Mark Hamilton Jones and Sheryle Lynn Jones Family Trust dated Nov. 7, 2013
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones
  • Patent number: 9779580
    Abstract: A table game system having a table surface and a shuffling device for holding a set of cards. Each of the cards in the set of cards bears indicia relevant to determining an outcome of a game of chance. A computer is in communication with the set of cards for determining the indicia of each of the plurality of cards. The table system has a plurality of local terminals in communication with a computer and associated with the table surface for receiving wagers adjacent the table surface. A plurality of remote terminals associated with the table surface for receiving a wager from a player located remotely from the table surface. The plurality of remote terminals are each in communication with the computer. The computer is configured to resolve any wagers from the plurality of local terminals and the plurality of remote terminals automatically based on the outcome of the game of chance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Mark Hamilton Jones and Sheryl Lynn Jones Trust
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones
  • Patent number: 9757641
    Abstract: A card shuffling machine for a game of chance includes a base portion and a rotatable body in communication with the base portion. The rotatable body portion includes a plurality of slots disposed therein. Each of the plurality of slots is configured to receive a card of the defined set of cards. Each of the cards includes indicia relevant to an outcome of the game of chance. The shuffling machine includes at least one reader associated with one of the plurality of slots and configured to communicate with the card disposed in the one slot to obtain information about the indicia of the card. The card shuffling machine includes a display in communication with the at least one reader for displaying the indicia of the card when the card is in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Mark Hamilton Jones and Sheryl Lynn Jones
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones
  • Patent number: 9737792
    Abstract: A wheel assembly for a rotary shuffling device includes a fixed base portion with a central opening formed therein and a lower wheel assembly portion secured to the fixed base portion. The lower wheel assembly portion includes a flange portion and a sleeve portion extending from an underside of the flange portion. The sleeve portion is received within the central opening. The flange portion includes a central aperture formed therein. A bearing is disposed within the sleeve portion. An upper wheel assembly portion is in rotational communication with the lower wheel assembly portion. The upper wheel assembly portion has a top portion and a hub portion extending from an underside of the top portion. The hub portion includes an axle portion extending therefrom and through the central aperture for engagement with the bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Mark Hamilton Jones and Sheryl Lynn Jones
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones
  • Publication number: 20170128822
    Abstract: An improved game surface for a table game system includes a random number generator for identifying one or more numbers relevant to determining an outcome of a game of chance. The table game surface includes a game layout, including a plurality of player positions and a plurality of wagering areas corresponding to different possible outcomes. Each wagering area includes at least one illumination source associated therewith that can be switched between an on condition and an off condition. Each at least one illumination source may be configured to switch to the on condition when the wagering area with which it is associated is a winning outcome.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones
  • Patent number: 9555319
    Abstract: An improved game surface for a table game system includes a random number generator for identifying one or more numbers relevant to determining an outcome of a game of chance. The table game surface includes a game layout, including a plurality of player positions and a plurality of wagering areas corresponding to different possible outcomes. Each wagering area includes at least one illumination source associated therewith that can be switched between an on condition and an off condition. Each at least one illumination source may be configured to switch to the on condition when the wagering area with which it is associated is a winning outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones
  • Publication number: 20160354676
    Abstract: Methods of playing a blackjack game and tournament are provided. The methods include providing plurality of playing cards which include at least one wild card. In the event that a player draws the at least one wild card, either a value equal to the primary wager of the drawing player may be awarded, or the wager of another player separate from the drawing player may be forfeited. In the event that a dealer draws the wild card, each of the players are designated a winner and are awarded a value equal to their wager.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones