Betting Or Wagering Board (e.g., Casino) Patents (Class 273/274)
  • Patent number: 10991209
    Abstract: In electronic video poker games, the contents of the deck after the deal of an initial set of cards may be modified to increase or decrease the likelihood of awards when compared to an unmodified deck. Cards may be added, removed, or reordered to alter winning probabilities after an initial set of cards are dealt. In a video poker game embodiment dealt from a standard 52-card deck, when the player holds cards of a single rank (a pair, three-of-a-kind, or four-of-a-kind), the game dynamically adds one or more cards of the held rank to the deck to enable the player to potentially achieve five-of-a-kind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Olympian Gaming LLC
    Inventor: Stacy Friedman
  • Patent number: 10943429
    Abstract: In a method of presenting a game, a player places a game play wager and one or more optional bonus bets, such as via an input receiving device of a gaming table. Seven cards are dealt to each player and a dealer. The player and dealer attempt to form a highest ranking Straight, Flush or Straight Flush hand. The outcome of the player's game play wager is determined with reference to a rank of the dealer's hand or the player's hand as compared to the dealer's hand. The optional bonus bets are resolved with reference to the rank of the player's hand. Awards for winning game play wagers or bonus bets may be awarded in accordance with a pay table or via a wheel spin or other award selection event which is initiated by the player, such as to the input receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventor: Ronald Anthony LaDuca
  • Patent number: 10922928
    Abstract: A lottery device comprises a control unit and a storage unit. The control unit implements a lottery function by executing a program stored in the storage unit. The lottery function comprises an associating function for associating, on the basis of random data, a plurality of positions on a virtual object and a plurality of marks, an operation control function for simulating a motion of the virtual object in a virtual space by physical operation, and a determining function for determining a lottery result on the basis of a mark associated with a position on the virtual object as determined according to a state of the virtual object in the simulation result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SEGA SAMMY CREATION INC.
    Inventor: Taiji Sugai
  • Patent number: 10872496
    Abstract: A gaming machine includes an input device and a processor coupled to the input device. The input device is configured to receive a game play event from a player. The processor is programmed to determine whether a jackpot trigger condition is satisfied based at least in part on the game play event. The jackpot trigger condition includes a target quantity of games played, a target set of game tokens, a target pattern of game symbols, and/or a target pattern of game play outcomes. The processor is further programmed to award a jackpot credit to one or more players when the jackpot trigger condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel William Milligan, Christopher John Thacker, Stephen Wade Brooks, Jason Todd Sprinkle
  • Patent number: 10872390
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein concern dealer control for gaming establishments, such as casinos. Using an electronic management system, authentication and authorization of dealers can be provided in a controlled manner that complies with predetermined rules. The predetermined rules can implement business or governmental restrictions on dealers, gaming apparatus or gaming. Gaming devices that are operated by dealers can also be controlled by an electronic management system. Through such electronic control, gaming apparatus can be controlled to be placed in a locked or unlocked condition. The electronic control system can also provide or facilitate monitoring of dealer status and actions and/or gaming apparatus status and events. Further, the electronic control system can provide notification, such as alerts, to dealers, managers and/or players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Empire Technological Group Limited
    Inventors: Frank Feng, Daryn Kiely
  • Patent number: 10867476
    Abstract: A gaming system is provided, including a jackpot server and a gaming server. The jackpot server accumulates respective contributions from gaming client devices into a progressive jackpot. The gaming server presents wagering games to a player on a gaming client device. The wagering games include a first wagering game having a progressive jackpot component, and a second wagering game not having a progressive jackpot component. The gaming server receives a jackpot token from the player, including a token identification associated with the player and a progressive jackpot identification correlating to a token progressive jackpot. A wager is received for the second wagering game, which is conducted such that the player participates in the token progressive jackpot. The gaming server transmits a message to the jackpot server, including a portion of the wager as a contribution to the token progressive jackpot and an outcome of the second wagering game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Raheem Farooq
  • Patent number: 10825304
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing, conducting and modifying Blackjack involving standard playing cards in which players form two player hands to compete against two dealer hands that are set according to a preset house way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: David D DeLucia
  • Patent number: 10777041
    Abstract: In various embodiments, players around the casino may predict cards to be dealt in a game of blackjack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Howard W. Lutnick, Dean P. Alderucci, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Kevin Burman
  • Patent number: 10741027
    Abstract: A system for playing a game includes a computer server having a processor configured to generate a plurality of random numbers, each random number being between 2 and 11 based a probably of 2 through 9 and 11 being 1 out of 13 and a probability of a 10 being 4 out of 13, each number 2 through 11 have a value corresponding to its number, respectively. The server generates at least a first random number and a second random number. A user interface is operatively associated with the computer server. The user interface has a processor allowing a user to request the computer server to generate one or more user requested random numbers between 1 and 10 based a probably of 1 through 9 being 1 out of 13 and a probability of a 10 being 4 out of 13, additional random numbers, generated one at a time, until a sum of the value of first random number and each value of one or more additional random numbers exceeds 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TANG DYNASTY ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Inventor: Hui L. Lee
  • Patent number: 10713887
    Abstract: An electromechanical gaming machine. In operation, the gaming system receives a request for a wager for a player of an entertainment game, the request being triggered by a player's action while playing the entertainment game and establishes a result for the wager. The player's action is compared to an optimal action, and the paytable for the wager is based on that comparison. The gaming system supplies, based on the result of the wager, a play element of the entertainment game to be used by the player while playing the entertainment game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 10665062
    Abstract: Systems and methods of conducting wagering games involving, among other things, distributing groups of cards to form a player hand and a dealer hand; responsive to the group of cards being divided into a high hand and low hand by each of the players and the dealer, determining the game outcome wherein the high hand has a score that is equal to or higher than the low hand based on conventional Baccarat scoring rules, the game outcome being (i) a player win responsive to either of the player high or low hands outscoring the corresponding dealer high or low hands and the other player high or low hand score being at least equal to or greater than the other dealer high or low hand score; (ii) a loss responsive to the dealer high or low hands outscoring the corresponding player high or low hands and the other dealer high or low hand score being at least equal to or greater than the other player high or low hand score; (iii) a push under any other circumstance; and settling the wager received by either collecting th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SG Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Lubin, Michael Shackleford
  • Patent number: 10639073
    Abstract: An exfoliating mat has a first side with a perimeter of silicone gel defining an interior area and a second side having an attachment means adjacent each interior corner of the mat. The interior area of the first side further comprises regions of high grit pumice and low grit sandpaper bound within artistic shapes. An electrical vibrating mechanism is secured within the mat subjacent the low grit regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Kristina Serna
  • Patent number: 10629033
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a broker pools funds from multiple clients and uses the funds to place bets in casinos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Howard W. Lutnick, Geoffrey M. Gelman
  • Patent number: 10617948
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system of collecting and refining information that may include requesting user inputs and recording user inputs to provide outputs of high purity and high value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Unonimous, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew N. Schwarck
  • Patent number: 10593154
    Abstract: A fraud detection system which detects fraud in a game of performing collection and redemption of chips in accordance with a win or lose result includes a camera which captures an image of chips contained in a chip tray of a dealer, an image analyzing apparatus which analyses the image captured by the camera to detect an amount of the chips contained in the chip tray, a card distribution device which determines a win or lose result of a game, and a control device which compares the win or lose result of the game and the amount of the chips contained in the chip tray before and after collection and redemption of the chips to detect fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 10593153
    Abstract: A plurality of virtual instant tickets are loaded onto a memory of a microprocessor that is physically provided to the consumer. The consumer is physically given a small object, such as a bank card or hotel room key card that has the microprocessor embedded therein. The memory of the microprocessor includes a validation number of each virtual instant ticket, and the winning or losing outcome of each virtual instant ticket and the value of any winning outcome. A purchase is made to unlock a portion of the virtual instant tickets, thereby allowing that portion of tickets to be played. The consumer uses a computing device that interacts with the microprocessor to play the tickets and informs the consumer of the outcome. Additional virtual instant tickets may be unlocked with subsequent purchases. The memory of the microprocessor is updated to indicate the one or more virtual instant tickets that were successfully played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Tapcentive, Inc.
    Inventors: Gavin Shenker, David Wentker, Mike Lindelsee, Gabriel Wachob, Kenneth E. Irwin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10586429
    Abstract: A variation of the blackjack card game where players who have not busted in a round of play are given the option of placing a separate bet on the dealer's “soft” 17, which is a hand containing an ace (counted as eleven, as opposed to one) and one or more other cards totaling six.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventor: Christopher Schueneman
  • Patent number: 10546458
    Abstract: In one aspect, an improved gaming table, such as a craps table, is disclosed herein, which combines electronic displays and wagering interfaces with traditional craps tables having physical dice and allowing players to physically throw the dice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Aruze Gaming Hong Kong Limited
    Inventors: Shunichi Fujita, Kazuyuki Endo
  • Patent number: 10542102
    Abstract: A server device is provided that provides a user with a mode for assigning newer privileges. The server device includes: a communication unit for receiving, from a terminal device, position information indicating a position of the terminal device in the real world, the terminal device being held by a user, and a first application being executed in the terminal device; a memory unit for storing a plurality of items stored in correspondence with prescribed locations in the real world; and a control unit for assigning to the user a privilege usable in a second application different from the first application, on the basis of one or more items that are selected by the user from the plurality of items stored in the memory unit and that are arranged in correspondence with locations within a prescribed range from the real-world position indicated by the position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuki Morishita, Daisuke Yamamoto, Kenji Kobayashi, Koichi Nobori, Tomoyuki Morishita, Hajime Miyajima, Atsuo Kamiya, Satoru Obana
  • Patent number: 10529177
    Abstract: A gambling hybrid game with a gambling integrated game is disclosed. The gambling hybrid game includes a mobile device that provides a dice game as an entertainment game to a user, a real world engine that provides gambling games to one or more users, and a game world engine that monitors the entertainment game and provides gambling games when appropriate. When a die roll event occurs in the dice game, the mobile device resolves the die roll event and provides the results of the die roll event to the game world engine. The game world engine receives the results of the die roll event and determines gambling results based upon the results of the die roll event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, Frank Cire
  • Patent number: 10504320
    Abstract: A gaming table includes graphene ink-enabled electronic features such as conductors, light or sound emitters, light detectors, touch or object detectors or displays. Conductive graphene ink may be printed on a gaming table fabric or felt which forms a playing surface of the gaming table. The graphene ink-enabled electronic features may be coupled to or controlled by one or more controllers and be integrated into associated gaming systems. The graphene ink-enabled features may replace large, expensive individual electronic components which must be assembled to implement functionality at a gaming table or other gaming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: David Jacques, Real Berube
  • Patent number: 10482715
    Abstract: A method and system implement a wagering event on an underlying wagering event using a processor, memory, video display, player input controls and player value-in-value-out system. The method includes: a player position committing a wager on an underlying wagering event randomly distributing available into areas distributed along paylines; the processor distributing symbols along paylines; the symbols including at least two classes of collectible symbols: a first class of symbol having positive game content effects upon collection of a first predetermined number of the first symbols, or a second class of symbol having an elimination effect on the first class of symbols upon collection of a second predetermined number of the second symbols; and the processor enabling beneficial payout effects when the first predetermined number of the first symbol is reached and at least some collected first symbols eliminated upon collection of the second predetermined number of the second symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Troy Pettie, Zachary Tompkins
  • Patent number: 10467863
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing wagering games associated with Baccarat, including modified versions of Baccarat described herein, which are configured for receiving and determining the outcome of the wager for the associated game based on the satisfaction of at least one of the following: the banker hand score being four; the banker hand score being six and having three playing cards in the banker hand; and the banker hand score and player hand score both being six and both the player hand and banker hand having three playing cards; and the banker hand score being eight and both the banker hand and the player hand having three playing cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: He Lin
  • Patent number: 10460565
    Abstract: A gaming system comprising a regulated gaming machine primarily dedicated to playing at least one casino wagering game. The gaming machine includes an electronic display device and one or more electronic input devices and game-logic circuitry configured to detect and accept a physical item associated with a monetary value that establishes a credit balance. The game-logic circuitry initiates the casino wagering game in response to an input indicative of a wager covered by the credit balance, increments one or more progressive jackpots associated with the wagering game, conducts a skill-based bonus game that awards portions of the incremented progressive jackpot based on skillful inputs of a player and receives a cashout input that initiates a payout from the credit balance. The game-logic circuitry is further configured to alter one or more aspects of the skill-based bonus game to maintain the average return to player (RTP) within an acceptable range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: James W. Vann
  • Patent number: 10431050
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a gaming system and method providing a multi-hand card game with modifiers available based on initially-dealt cards of the hands. Generally, for a play of the card game, the gaming system randomly determines two or more initial hands of cards and displays at least one card of each initial hand face-up. The gaming system determines, for each initial hand, whether a modifier triggering event occurred for that initial hand based on one or more of the cards of that initial hand. For a given initial hand, if the gaming system determines that the modifier triggering event occurred for that initial hand, the gaming system associates a modifier with that initial hand. The gaming system then finalizes each initial hand and determines any award associated with each finalized initial hand based on the cards of that initial hand and any associated modifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Bradford Brown
  • Patent number: 10388108
    Abstract: A gaming system and method disclosed herein enable a plurality of players to play for and attempt to win at least one progressive award and a bonus game. The gaming system includes a central controller in communication with a plurality of gaming machines. The central controller maintains a plurality of progressive awards associated with the gaming machines. Each gaming machine includes a primary game operable upon a wager placed by a player. Upon a determination that a designated one of the progressive awards will be provided, based on at least one play of the primary games, the central controller causes one of the gaming machines to provide the designated progressive award to the player of such gaming machine. Each gaming machine is also associated with a bonus game operable upon a triggering event in the primary game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Ryan W. Cuddy, Eric Satterlie
  • Patent number: 10380848
    Abstract: A gaming device provides one or more different types of symbol evaluations based on the amount wagered by a player in a game. In one embodiment, the gaming device includes a plurality of different types of symbol evaluation, each type of symbol evaluation associated with a different wager amount. If the player wagers a first wager amount to cause a play of the game, the gaming device provides a first type of symbol evaluation. If the player wagers a second wager amount to cause a play of the game, the gaming device provides a second, different type of symbol evaluation in addition to the first type of symbol evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Paulina Rodgers
  • Patent number: 10373444
    Abstract: In a method of presenting a game, a player places an ante wager, a secondary wager and one or more optional bonus or side bets via an input receiving device of a gaming table. Three cards are dealt to the player and a dealer, and thereafter two pairs of community cards are dealt. The player must place a tertiary wager to continue the game. The player and dealer attempt to form a highest ranking five card flush hand from their three cards and the community cards. The outcome of the player's ante, secondary and tertiary wagers are determined with reference to at least one of the dealer's hand and the player's hand. The optional bonus or side bets may be resolved relative to certain criteria for cards dealt in the game. Awards for winning wagers or bets may be awarded in accordance with a pay table or via a wheel spin or other award selection event which is initiated by the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventors: John Hemberger, Ofir Ventura, Zbigniew Czyzweski, Michael Skvorzov
  • Patent number: 10357706
    Abstract: An online casino game utilizes at least one deck of playing cards. Each player places an initial wager. A first and a second number of cards are dealt to a dealer and to each player, respectively. The first and the second numbers are greater than the number of cards to be used in determining a poker rank hand for the dealer and for each player, respectively. The dealer and each player discard at least one card to form a dealer hand and a player hand, respectively, having an equal number of cards. Each player hand is resolved against the dealer hand according to predetermined game rules. The initial wager must be at least matched with a game wager (play wager), which may be a multiple of the initial wager (e.g., 1× to 5×, at the option of the player), for the player to remain in the game after receiving his cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger M. Snow, Louis J. Castle, II
  • Patent number: 10347087
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention set forth systems, apparatuses and methods for providing game features. In a game of chance involving at least one outcome, a plurality of alternative outcomes can be derived for a gaming event, such as when one of the outcomes will provide a payout at or above a certain level. The player is presented with an opportunity to select among the alternative outcomes, without being aware of the particular characteristics or values associated with the outcomes. While the player will only select the outcome having the payout at/above the threshold level a certain percentage of the time, the opportunity can be presented to the player more often, while keeping the mathematical probabilities the same or similar if desired, thereby providing the player with the feeling of getting higher value opportunities more often.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Chad Shapiro
  • Patent number: 10311672
    Abstract: The progress of a game while a change in gaming media placed in a betting area of a gaming table is left uncollected is prevented. A gaming table system includes a gaming table including a betting area in which gaming media are placed and an antenna member configured to read a value of the gaming media placed in the betting area by wireless communication and a control unit configured to execute a scanning process of obtaining the total value of the gaming media in the betting area by controlling the antenna member. The control unit fixes a first bet amount by executing the scanning process at a timing to fix the bet and fixes a second bet amount by executing the scanning process again at a predetermined timing, and the control unit repeats the scanning process until these amounts become identical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventors: Shinsuke Yamaguchi, Koichi Matsumoto, Yoshiyuki Kanno, Masaya Kato
  • Patent number: 10204475
    Abstract: A method and system for playing casino jackpot games is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 10204490
    Abstract: An electronic device or entertainment gaming machine comprising: at least one betting terminal having a software program or plurality of software programs that allow at least a second player to place a bet on a jackpot if a first player declines the right to place a bet on the jackpot, wherein the second player is at a betting terminal that is apart from the conventional casino table game and the first player is playing at a conventional casino table game and is granted a right of first refusal to place a bet on jackpot by virtue of the first player's bet on the conventional casino table game, wherein the outcome of the jackpot is determined according to a combination of cards or dice in the conventional casino table game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 10204489
    Abstract: Electromechanical gaming machines constructed to provide a lottery entry to a player and to receive real world credits are provided. The electromechanical gaming machines include an entertainment software engine that provides an entertainment game, using a visual display, the entertainment game including an enabling; a real world engine that provides a gambling game, and generates random gambling outcomes for a gambling bet in real world credits; and a game world engine coupled to the entertainment software engine and the real world engine that: receives a lottery ticket; monitors, the player's skillful play of the entertainment game; pays out game world credit to the player; triggers the gambling bet in the gambling game; receives a gambling outcome; determines to award the lottery ticket to the player on the basis of attendant rules; and issues the lottery ticket to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 10198893
    Abstract: A method and system for playing jackpot and live baccarat games are provided. One feature of the jackpot method involves the use of card combinations that may include, e.g., at least one zero-point card. Another feature of the jackpot method involves initial jackpot contribution from the banker who operates the baccarat game. It is also provided a software program or a set of software program for carrying out any or all the steps of the disclosed gaming method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 10147280
    Abstract: Gaming table systems configured to at least partially automatically administer wagering games may include a gaming table with player positions having wagering areas for accepting wagers. An automatic card-handling device configured to output subsets of cards may be supported by the gaming table. An electronic display device may be positioned and oriented to be visible by at least one of a player participating in the wagering game and a dealer aiding in administration of the wagering game. A processing unit may be programmed to dynamically select a pay table corresponding to a number of eligible hands from a set of pay tables and cause the electronic display device to display the dynamically selected pay table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger M. Snow, Jennifer K. Farrar
  • Patent number: 10127774
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and article of manufacture for receiving from a client an amount of money and instructions to place a type of bet in a game. The outcome of the game is determined without placing any bets on the game. Based on the outcome of the game, a portion of the amount of money is provided to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Howard W. Lutnick, Geoffrey M. Gelman
  • Patent number: 10089824
    Abstract: The progress of a game while a change in gaming media placed in a betting area of a gaming table is left uncollected is prevented. A gaming table system includes a gaming table including a betting area in which gaming media are placed and an antenna member configured to read a value of the gaming media placed in the betting area by wireless communication and a control unit configured to execute a scanning process of obtaining the total value of the gaming media in the betting area by controlling the antenna member. The control unit fixes a first bet amount by executing the scanning process at a timing to fix the bet and fixes a second bet amount by executing the scanning process again at a predetermined timing, and the control unit repeats the scanning process until these amounts become identical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventors: Shinsuke Yamaguchi, Koichi Matsumoto, Yoshiyuki Kanno, Masaya Kato
  • Patent number: 10089831
    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 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Erica Berman
  • Patent number: 10049531
    Abstract: A system and method for playing a wagering game among a plurality of players using a set of playing cards having a plurality of suits with an equal number of cards per suit. Players are provided an opportunity to wager and then cards are dealt from the set and placed face up on a gaming grid in a manner to compare the number of cards dealt in each suit until a final set number of cards in any one of the plurality of suits have been dealt. Each player's wagers are then settled based on the respective location of cards dealt from the set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Giuseppe Triolo
  • Patent number: 9978209
    Abstract: Methods of administering wagering games may involve accepting an ante wager and a blind wager from a player. Cards may be dealt to the player and a dealer hand. A play wager or an election to fold may be accepted from the player. A value of the play wager may depend on when the play wager is accepted relative to when the player discards and draws cards. The play wager may be accepted at a first value before the player discards any cards. The play wager may be accepted at a second, lower or equal value, after the player discards any cards. The dealer hand may discard and draw cards. The ante and blind wagers may be resolved by comparing the dealer and player hands. The blind wager may be resolved by comparing the dealer and player hands and comparing the player hand to a set of predetermined, blind-winning hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger M. Snow, Ofir Ventura
  • Patent number: 9916731
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a gaming system and method providing a card game with an extra award for each winning hand including one or more extra hands of cards or a modifier for an extra award. In various embodiments, if the first hand includes any winning card combination from a first set of designated winning card combinations, the gaming system provides one or more extra hands of cards, wherein each extra hand initially includes one or more cards from the first hand and then provides one or more extra draws of cards to complete that extra hand. In various embodiments, when the first hand includes any winning card combination from a second set of designated winning card combinations, the gaming system provides a multiplier value which the gaming system applies to the award for the winning card combination from the first hand of cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Thomas W. Allen, II, Benjamin R. Holsclaw, James A. Sipaila
  • Patent number: 9916724
    Abstract: A gaming machine (10) has a display (14) and a game controller arranged to control images displayed on the display (14). The game controller is arranged to play a game wherein one or more random events arc caused to be displayed on the display (14) and, if a predefined winning event results, the machine (10) awards a prize which is credited to a credit meter of the machine (10). The credit meter includes two meter displays, a first meter display (42.1) indicating credit which is available for expenditure in the machine (10) to play at least one game and a second meter display (42.2) indicating credit set aside by at least one of a player and the game controller and which credit is unavailable to the player for wagering on a game but which is only available by termination of a playing session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
    Inventors: Nicholas Luke Bennett, Natalie Bryant, Peter Stathis
  • Patent number: 9898895
    Abstract: A method, system, gaming apparatus for playing blackjack, poker and baccarat allowing players the option of pre-determining the starting variables from a plurality of starting wagering positions with payouts that substantially correspond with a starting selection or selections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Ahmnon D. Moskowitz
  • Patent number: 9891146
    Abstract: The invention relates to the preparation of thin tissue sections for mass spectrometric (MALDI) imaging, and proposes a method wherein a microcrystalline layer of the matrix material is produced on the surface of the thin tissue sections, and soluble analyte molecules are transported orthogonally through the thin tissue section to the matrix layer, without substantial lateral diffusion, by means of a solvent flow with alternating or constant direction, and are then deposited in the matrix layer and, if possible, embedded in the matrix crystals. A solvent flow which alternates in direction can be produced by successive, alternating phases of swelling and drying, brought about by periodic changes to the thin tissue section temperature and/or the partial pressures of the solvents. A continuous solvent flow can be generated by applying the thin tissue section onto a porous support which supplies solvent to the rear surface of the thin tissue section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Martin Schürenberg, Jochen Franzen, Kai Rückriem, Eckhard Belau
  • Patent number: 9892593
    Abstract: A gaming system including a plurality of different types of progressive awards adapted to be provided to one or more players of the gaming machines. In one embodiment, one or more progressive awards are each associated with a progressive hit value, wherein when each progressive award increments to its respective progressive hit value, a triggering event occurs and such progressive award is provided to a player. In one embodiment, one or more progressive awards are each associated with a secondary game, wherein if the secondary game is triggered, a player is provided either a static award or one of the progressive awards associated with the secondary game based on a play of the secondary game. In one embodiment, one or more progressive awards are each associated with an outcome of a primary game, wherein if the associated primary game outcome is generated, such progressive award is provided to a player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Anthony J. Baerlocher
  • Patent number: 9875622
    Abstract: Game wagers are received on a hand. At least two hands are dealt and completed according to an underlying game of baccarat or baccarat variation. A bonus wager is received. After the hands are completed, a determination is made whether an end-bonus condition is met. If not, a determination is made whether a bonus-eligible sum has been obtained in a designated hand. Bonus-eligible hand sums may include designated hand sums in a player hand, a banker hand, a player hand or banker hand, and/or a player hand and banker hand. Bonus-eligible hand sums may also be hand sums closer to a target value in a designated hand. When bonus-eligible sums have been obtained in a threshold quantity of bonus triggering games, without obtaining an end-bonus condition, an award is issued on the bonus wager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventor: Ofir Ventura
  • Patent number: 9818262
    Abstract: A gambling hybrid game that provides game world engine driven triggering of gambling events is disclosed. The gambling hybrid game includes an entertainment system engine that provides an entertainment game to a user, a real world engine that provides gambling games to users, and a game world engine that monitors the entertainment game and provides gambling games when appropriate. The entertainment system engine provides an entertainment games that provides values for a set of entertainment game variables. The game world engine receive the values of set of entertainment game variables and determined whether a gambling event in a gambling game is triggered based upon the values one or more entertainment game variables in the set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire
  • Patent number: 9811981
    Abstract: Games of chance are disclosed. In a general embodiment, collections of objects used in the game are defined. The values of objects of the collection are ranked according to a predefined hierarchy. A first object collection is assigned to a Player party. The Dealer accepts a wager from the Player on certain outcomes of random selections of a subset of the collection of objects corresponding to high value objects. A random selection of a subset of objects is made. The subset is compared to predefined high value objects. If there is no matching relationship between the subset and the high value objects, the wager is retained by the Dealer. If there is a matching relationship but not reaching a threshold level of matching, the Dealer pays funds to the Player. If the matching exceeds a threshold level, the Player may accept the payout or wager further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Trepp Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Warren Trepp, James R. Sullivan, John M. Hammond
  • Patent number: 9792767
    Abstract: A method of conducting a wagering game includes receiving a first wager amount from a player. The first wager amount initiating a first play of the wagering game. The first wager amount is deducted from an available-credits pool. An outcome of the first play is determined. In response to the outcome of the first play being a winning outcome, a credit amount associated with the winning outcome is added to the available-credits pool. Prior to a second play of the wagering game, it is determined that the available-credits pool is less than the first wager amount and, in response to that determination, an option to risk the available-credits pool is provided. The result of the risk being either (i) a triggering of the second play of the wagering game at the first wager amount or (ii) a reduction of the available-credits pool to zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Allon G. Englman, Jeremy M. Hornik, Joel R. Jaffe