Game Supporting Tables Or Surfaces Patents (Class 273/309)
  • Patent number: 10279255
    Abstract: Methods and systems for using a position of a mobile device with an integrated display as an input to a video game or other presentation are presented. Embodiments include rendering an avatar on a mobile device such that it appears to overlay a competing user in the real world. Using the mobile device's position, view direction, and the other user's mobile device position, an avatar (or vehicle, etc.) is depicted at an apparently inertially stabilized location of the other user's mobile device or body. Some embodiments may estimate the other user's head and body positions and angles and reflect them in the avatar's gestures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Stafford, Yunpeng Zhu, Steven Osman
  • Patent number: 10226676
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a beer pong game system comprising a game table, a plurality of game cups, and at least one game ball, the game table being equipped with an RFID reader and a plurality of RFID antennas, the RFID antennas one-to-one corresponding to to-be-detected positions of the game cups; an electronic tag being affixed at a bottom of a game cup; an electronic tag being inlaid inside the game ball; the beer pong game system being characterized in comprising a make detecting unit that identifies, at predetermined to-be-detected positions of game balls, the electronic tags of the game balls by scanning corresponding RFID antennas, thereby determining a make result and prompting a first landing mode; and a cup-removal scoring unit that identifies, at to-be-detected positions of all game cups, electronic tags of the game cups by scanning all RFID antennas, thereby inferring a second landing mode and correspondingly scoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Ka Hing Steven Yip
  • Patent number: 10217284
    Abstract: Techniques for providing a user with an augmented virtuality (AV) experience are described herein. An example of a method of providing an AV experience includes determining a location of a mobile device, determining a context based on the location, obtaining AV object information, displaying the AV object information in relation to the context, detecting an interaction with the context, modifying the AV object information based on the interaction, and displaying the modified AV object information. The context may include weighting information. The weighting information may be based on Received Signal Strength Indication (RSSI) or Round-Trip Time (RTT) data. The weighting information may be associated with a composition of a physical object in the context. A user gesture may be received, and the AV object information may be modified based on the received gesture information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Saumitra Mohan Das, Rajarshi Gupta, Sameera Poduri, Behrooz Khorashadi
  • Patent number: 10182210
    Abstract: A system and method for presenting remote attendee representations at remote conference session locations where the attendee representations are presented as directional videos such that each representation has an apparent sight trajectory aimed at a target of interest (e.g., typically a content window, another attendee representation, etc.) that is an instance of the same target of interest for the attendee associated with the representation at a different station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen E. Goetzinger, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10086260
    Abstract: A security system for a casino table card game has a casino table with i) indicia thereon for the placement of wagers, ii) a data entry system with an associated computer, and iii) sensors that can detect the placement of at least one specific category of wager; a shuffling device with a microprocessor integral to the shuffler for providing information regarding cards or hands; a central table gaming computer that receives information from the shuffler in real time, receives information from the sensors, and receives information from the data entry system, the associated computer, the microprocessor and the central table gaming computer communicating data among each other in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Attila Grauzer, David B. Lopez
  • Patent number: 10046230
    Abstract: The invention generally pertains to a modular gaming table having a quick-change insert for use with a plurality of sensors associated with the gaming table. By way of example, the modular gaming table has table top with a recessed section cut into the top surface. Several light sensors are positioned within the recessed section. A removable insert is provided having a gaming table layout covering the top surface. The removable insert is sized to fit within the table top recessed section and cover the plurality of light sensors. The light sensors are configured to detect a playing card or gaming chip on the top surface of the removable insert through the gaming table layout. The removable insert is a quick-change insert meaning it is configured to be removed from the table top recessed section to replace the gaming table layout without disturbing the position of the light sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Genesis Gaming Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy L. Knust, Eric Schoppe
  • Patent number: 10051084
    Abstract: A local device obtains at least one instruction for execution by a remote device (e.g., instructions to render a game screen of a video game). A packet representing the at least one instruction is created, and released towards the remote device. Creation of the packet involves consulting a packet dictionary to determine whether a packet index has already been assigned to the at least one instruction. If this is the case, the packet is formulated so that it contains the packet index; otherwise, the packet is formulated to include a function identifier and a set of parameters, which are associated with the at least one instruction. Since fewer bits are needed to encode the packet index than to encode the function identifier and the set of parameters, transmitted packets can be condensed when they represent at least one instruction for which a packet had previously been transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE ENIX HOLDINGS
    Inventors: Cyril Perrin, Tetsuji Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10013847
    Abstract: Table game systems can include player terminal(s), electronic gaming table(s), and/or a remote server. A player terminal can have an outer housing, a controller located therewithin or thereabout, input and output component(s), and a communications interface to an outside gaming network having other functionally similar gaming device(s), gaming table(s), and a remote server. The controller and/or server can facilitate providing table game information to a player, which information can include table game tournament information. A player terminal can facilitate asynchronous and individually paced tournament play, switching between different tournament tables on demand, and play of tournament and/or non-tournament table games thereat simultaneously. Portable computing devices can be used as player terminals and can permit players to play in actual or practice play-along modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: FRESH IDEA GLOBAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 9839837
    Abstract: Integrated blackjack hole card readers and chip racks, and novel locking cover assemblies, are disclosed. In one embodiment, a chip rack of standard configuration is provided, and defines a cutout into which the reader can be placed. In another embodiment, the chip rack and reader are molded as a single unit. A removable locking cover is also disclosed which can be used to cover chip racks any time they are not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Tech Art, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur C. Miller, Russell D. Isaacs, Dean A. Isaacs
  • Patent number: 9776072
    Abstract: An automatic playing card shuffler incorporating means for detecting marked cards. One or more light spectrum emitters or variable light spectrum illuminators transmit light at frequencies/wavelengths which is reflected off card backs through one or more spectrum filters causing invisible markings to become visible. A camera may capture images of the now visible markings. A camera and software collaborate to capture images and analyze the same for markings on the card backs such as smudges, nicks and scuffs and edge demarcations. The automatic playing card shufflers are configured to not only detect marked cards but to detect patterns relative to the card markings. The automatic card shufflers are communicatively linked with a casino management system and/or security system such that casino personnel may be alerted in real time to the discovery of marked cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Shark Trap Gaming & Security Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Earnest Riordan, Louis Wilson DeGregorio, Keith Marty Taft
  • Patent number: 9649549
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger M. Snow
  • Patent number: 9555317
    Abstract: A card game entails betting on the rank, suit, rank and suit, color, odd/even value of a card dealt to one of two positions on a table. Using a two-sided selector (button), a player selects which of the two position will count. The selection is made prior to dealing or revealing the dealt cards. Players may also bet on whether the two cards are a pair. The selector is placed in a compartment of a selector rack during the round of play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Charles G. Tompkins
  • Patent number: 9311773
    Abstract: Table game tournament systems can include player terminal(s), electronic gaming table(s), and/or a remote server. A player terminal can have an outer housing, a controller located therewithin or thereabout, input and output component(s), and a communications interface to an outside gaming network having other functionally similar gaming device(s), gaming table(s), and a remote server. The controller and/or server can facilitate providing tournament information to a player, which information can include whether the player would qualify for the next tournament round, who is the most serious opponent to the player, and/or the chip difference therebetween. A terminal can also facilitate asynchronous and individually paced tournament play, switching between different tournament tables on demand, and play of other non-tournament table games thereat simultaneously with the play of the table game tournament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: FRESH IDEA GLOBAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 9283041
    Abstract: A drape, such as but not limited to, a drape that can be used to cover a C arm of a medical device is provided. The drape includes material, at least one cuff and at least one adhesive strip. The material has a select property and has a select shape. The at least one cuff is formed along at least one edge of the material. The at least one cuff is configured to allow manipulation of the drape by a user. The at least one adhesive strip is configured to selectively adhere the drape to a surface to be covered by the drape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventor: Tammy Colvin Adams
  • Patent number: 9199160
    Abstract: A toy is provided, the toy having: a plurality of playing pieces; an object configured to be slid along a surface; and a structure having a first end and a second end, the structure further comprises: a bridge that defines a path from the first end of the structure to the second end of the structure, wherein the path is elevated from the surface and is defined by an upper surface of a plurality of members, wherein each of the plurality of members are pivotally mounted to the structure for movement between a first position and a second position, a portion of the plurality of members having a lower portion extending from the upper surface, the lower portion terminating at a distal end that is supported above the surface, wherein the upper surface of each of the plurality of members is configured to support at least one of the plurality of playing pieces thereon without contacting an adjacent one of the plurality of members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: MATTEL, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Bazarko
  • Patent number: 9117330
    Abstract: A gaming system is disclosed which is arranged to randomly display a plurality of symbols from a set of symbols. The gaming system comprises a function allocator arranged to allocate a function to at least one symbol selected from the set of symbols, and a game outcome generator arranged to determine a game outcome based on the displayed symbols and on the function allocated to the selected symbol. A corresponding method, computer program and computer readable medium having computer readable program code embodied therein are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Stevens, Ryan Paul Hawkins
  • Patent number: 9114314
    Abstract: A card table structure, preferably a poker table, includes a frame with legs for supporting the frame over a floor surface and a peripheral rail that extends about the table. A playing surface is disposed under the rail and extending across the rail to provide a surface upon which a card table game is to be played. A peripheral support member is secured under the rail. The peripheral support member includes a strip that extends about a major periphery of the table and for the support of plural power connectors for re-charging electronic devices directly at the card table structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Glenn McCrory
  • Patent number: 9098969
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to an interchangeable gaming layout powered by a display element that shows the background graphics and table layouts of a gaming table. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention are configured to provide the background graphics and table layout for a gaming table that is presented by a full color display element and is conveniently reconfigurable between games without requiring the entire gaming table and/or layout to be resurfaced. Further embodiments of the present invention are configured to allow for the gaming table and/or layout to provide content (e.g., multimedia content) during downtime or other intermission periods in game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy Mulligan
  • Patent number: 9033343
    Abstract: A domino match game employs a standard domino set and a game board or game play surface that has a common play region and peripheral regions for placing house tokens that are awarded to players during play of a game or hand, and risk regions for placing tokens awarded in an earlier hand to permit the players to make side wagers. A bogus stone may be used to indicate a player is to miss a turn. There are separate game play tokens and house tokens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Robinson Watkins, Neal Christopher Allen
  • Publication number: 20150028545
    Abstract: A card table structure, preferably a poker table, includes a frame with legs for supporting the frame over a floor surface and a peripheral rail that extends about the table. A playing surface is disposed under the rail and extending across the rail to provide a surface upon which a card table game is to be played. A peripheral support member is secured under the rail. The peripheral support member includes a strip that extends about a major periphery of the table and for the support of plural power connectors for re-charging electronic devices directly at the card table structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Glenn McCrory
  • Patent number: 8920229
    Abstract: A gaming card verification system includes electronic gaming tables and a system server in communication with and located remotely from the tables. The system or table tracks playing cards at each table and facilitates alerts when improper conditions are detected. Gaming tables can include a physical surface for playing card games, an automated shoe or card handler, a smart discard rack, and a table controller. First sensors detect a first identifier on each card and separate second sensors detect a separate second identifier on the card. The first identifier can be a randomly assigned code unique to each card, while the second identifier indicates a game value of the card. A database can store and provide details regarding card identifiers, values and locations. The discard rack can detect discards and reconcile those with what issued from the shoe. Both counterfeit card insertions and missing cards can be detected thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Novel Tech International Limited
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 8888101
    Abstract: A card table structure, preferably a poker table, includes a frame with legs for supporting the frame over a floor surface and a peripheral rail that extends about the table. A playing surface is disposed under the rail and extending across the rail to provide a surface upon which a card table game is to be played. A peripheral support member is secured under the rail. The peripheral support member includes a strip that extends about a major periphery of the table and for the support of plural power connectors for re-charging electronic devices directly at the card table structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Glenn McCrory
  • Patent number: 8888102
    Abstract: A gaming table comprises a table top having a top and a bottom surface adapted to receive an exchangeable insert. For instance, the top surface is configured to receive gaming accessories and defines an exchangeable insert bed. A base is connected to and configured to support the table top. A table top exchangeable insert is configured to be located within the exchangeable insert bed, wherein the insert includes a securing structure, for releasably securing the table top exchangeable insert to the table top to provide the ability to conveniently change the insert as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Gaming Partners International Corporation
    Inventors: Emmanuel Gelinotte, Francisco Javier Moreno, Gregory Gronau
  • Publication number: 20140312568
    Abstract: The blackjack variation provides another option for the blackjack player, permitting the purchase of an option to use the single face-up card of the dealer in combination with the initial two cards dealt to the player to form a three-card hand. The player may pay a percentage of the initial wager or some other amount, as determined, to purchase the option. The option is preferably limited to the three cards that include the two cards initially dealt to the player and the single face-up or displayed card of the initial dealer hand. Conventional blackjack rules remain in effect, i.e., the option for the player to double down or split pairs. However, if the player elects one of these other options and/or otherwise elects to add another card(s) to the hand, the option of using the displayed dealer card is revoked. The house may retain the option payment under these conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: BUDIMIR ILIEVSKI
  • Publication number: 20140312567
    Abstract: A device for playing a game comprising: jackpot betting sensors comprising a betting sensor and a lamp; a baccarat table; a local server coupled to the jackpot betting sensors; a monitor attached to a pole; the jackpot betting sensors are mounted on top of the baccarat table allowing a first player to play the baccarat game on the baccarat table and allowing the first player or a second player to place a jackpot bet by placing a betting chip on the betting sensor; wherein the lamp in the jackpot betting sensor turns on when a betting chip covers the jackpot betting sensor to indicate that the jackpot bet is placed; and wherein the baccarat table is adapted to permit the second player to place the jackpot bet without placing a bet for the baccarat game; and wherein the local server causes the winning combination to be shown on the monitor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 8864135
    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: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    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: 8864567
    Abstract: Novel methods, devices and systems are described for forming displays and creating environments in a casino. Some implementations of the invention provide configurable gaming machine skins, which may be formed from electronic paper or the like. Casino environments may be created in accordance with a game theme and/or to indicate a group of players. The environment may include configurable surfaces of gaming machines and/or nearby surfaces, such as walls, floors and ceilings. Projected light and/or an audio system may be used to enhance the immersive and dynamic environment. Preferably, some or all of these features may be changed automatically when a game theme changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Brian Underdahl, Binh Nguyen, Yuliya Hungate, Steven G. LeMay
  • Patent number: 8827271
    Abstract: An elliptical, poker table incorporating two dealer stations with each dealer station including one or more of the following: automatic card shuffler, chip rack, poker cards and drop box. In one configuration, the two dealer stations are positioned oppositely on long sides of the poker table and may be offset from one another. The poker table layout may include two chip areas at each player station to accommodate different sets of chips—one for each poker game being played simultaneously. The poker table layout may depict two distinguishable common card areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy M. Frazin
  • Patent number: 8783688
    Abstract: A gaming table comprises a table top having a top and a bottom surface adapted to receive an exchangeable insert. For instance, the top surface is configured to receive gaming accessories and defines an exchangeable insert bed. A base is connected to and configured to support the table top. A table top exchangeable insert is configured to be located within the exchangeable insert bed, wherein the insert includes a securing structure, for releasably securing the table top exchangeable insert to the table top to provide the ability to conveniently change the insert as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Gaming Partners International USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Emmanuel Gelinotte, Francisco Javier Moreno, Gregory Gronau
  • Patent number: 8784173
    Abstract: An electronic video poker machine configured to allow play of multiple hands of video poker. The electronic video poker machine comprises at least one display device, at least one input device, and at least one computer configured to display at least a first hand and a second hand of at least three cards all face up, wherein a computer uses selected hold cards of the first hand to select the best poker hand for a second and subsequent poker hands. If the hold cards from the first hand make the best possible poker hands, they are used to replace one or more selected cards of the second and subsequent hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Tyler T Parham
  • Publication number: 20140197598
    Abstract: A roulette based bingo game and method of playing bingo is disclosed. The game includes a bingo table that resembles a traditional roulette table and a bingo wheel used to select randomly from among a set of numbers. Players purchase primary and interim bingo cards by placing chips on the bingo table in a manner that evokes the experience of betting at a roulette table. Bingo numbers are randomly selected by spinning the bingo wheel and matching numbers are daubed or otherwise marked on player's bingo cards. Players obtaining predetermined winning patterns of matched numbers on their bingo cards are winners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: innovate! Technologies Group, LLC
    Inventor: Troy Robin King
  • Patent number: 8777224
    Abstract: A physical device that triggers a deal of a video card is described. The physical device triggers the deal when a subject moves an object of the subject on the physical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Christian E. Gadda, Chauncey W. Griswold, Harold E. Mattice, James W. Stockdale, Richard L. Wilder
  • Publication number: 20140191474
    Abstract: A gaming table including a plurality of illumination devices mounted therein and a controller configured for receiving a selection of a preset game layout configuration from one or more preset game layout configurations stored in memory and actuating the illumination of a portion of the plurality of illumination devices corresponding with the selected preset game layout configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Gaming Support B.V.
    Inventor: Lucien Maurice van Linden
  • Patent number: 8753201
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and displays are disclosed for logging a player at a gaming table having a plurality of player positions for the purpose of tracking the play of the player. System can include a processor; a data structure storing account data for each player, the data including at least player identification data; a display configured to display a depiction of the gaming table, a plurality of player positions and a position locator, the locator positioned apart from the depicted player positions; a data input device to input data to position the locator to identify a player position; and a device to access the player account data, the processor associating player identification data with the identified player position. The locator can be configured as a pointer, e.g., a pointer and slide. The processor can be configured to highlight the position identified by the locator. Related methods and apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty, Ltd.
    Inventors: Christine Denlay, Philip Jeffrey Anderson
  • Patent number: 8740218
    Abstract: A modular system for handing out playing cards, including at least one card-handing module and a frame module. Additionally, the system preferably also includes a power supply module and a score module. The card-handing module is particularly suitable for partaking as a replaceable component in connection with the other modules, and includes an essentially closed housing which substantially encloses a rotating spinner core. The card-handing module is configured for being able to receive a deck of playing cards and ejects the playing cards individually and in a specific direction that is determined by a step motor. The spinner core is suspended in the housing by two opposed bearings, where the motor constitutes the one bearing, while an opposed bearing is provided. Thereby a very compact unit is provided which is so noiseless that it can sit on a bridge game table and function without being a nuisance to the players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Bridge4People A/S
    Inventor: Peter Just
  • Patent number: 8727850
    Abstract: A system for computer gaming includes a processor configured to provide a first table of a first group of players grouped together to play a first hand and provide to each of the first group of players one or more cards for the first hand. The system includes an interface couple to the processor and configured to receive from a first player of the first group of players a request to fold the one or more cards of the first player. The processor is also configured to automatically move the first player to a second table of a second group of players grouped together to play a second hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Rational FT Enterprises Limited
    Inventors: Robert S. Burnside, Jerry W. Biesel
  • Patent number: 8727887
    Abstract: A method of enabling users to transfer virtual items based on their locations is disclosed. A presence of a player of a computer-implemented game at a location is detected. A presence of an additional player of the computer-implemented game at the location is detected. The player is enabled to transfer a virtual item to the additional player based on the detection of the presence of the player at the location and the detection of the presence of the additional player at the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Amitt Mahajan, Matthew Adam Ocko, Brian Reynolds
  • Patent number: 8727352
    Abstract: Methods for providing gaming advice are provided. For example, regarding a blackjack game, one or more first player cards are identified for a first player and one or more second player cards are identified for a second player. The first and second player cards are displayed to the first player. A probability associated with a first one of the plurality of playing options is determined based at least on a set of predetermined statistical blackjack data, the one or more first player cards, and the one or more second player cards. It is then determined, based at least on the determined probability associated with the first playing option, whether to display a first indication corresponding with first advice regarding the first playing option, a second indication corresponding with second advice regarding the first playing option, or a third indication corresponding with third advice regarding the first playing option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Cantor Index LLC
    Inventors: Lee M. Amaitis, Joseph M. Asher, James C. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140097571
    Abstract: A gaming table comprises a table top having a top and a bottom surface adapted to receive an exchangeable insert. For instance, the top surface is configured to receive gaming accessories and defines an exchangeable insert bed. A base is connected to and configured to support the table top. A table top exchangeable insert is configured to be located within the exchangeable insert bed, wherein the insert includes a securing structure, for releasably securing the table top exchangeable insert to the table top to provide the ability to conveniently change the insert as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Gaming Partners International USA
    Inventors: Emmanuel Gelinotte, Francisco Javier Moreno, Gregory Gronau
  • Patent number: 8684360
    Abstract: A gaming table including a plurality of illumination devices mounted therein and a controller configured for receiving a selection of a preset game layout configuration from one or more preset game layout configurations stored in memory and actuating the illumination of a portion of the plurality of illumination devices corresponding with the selected preset game layout configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Gaming Support B.V.
    Inventor: Lucien Maurice van Linden
  • Patent number: 8672329
    Abstract: A lift mechanism of a tile-based game machine is installed on a table. The lift mechanism includes a lift plate. One end of the lift plate is coupled to the table, and another end of the lift plate is a movable end. The movable end of the lift plate is provided with a door, and the door is provided with a restoring spring. A lift bracket is provided under the lift plate. A crank is provided under the lift bracket to cooperate with the lift bracket. An electric motor is connected with the crank. The present invention has a simple configuration and the tiles can be ascended quickly and the failure rate is low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Shaoxing City Kewei Electron & Techology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hu Wang, Guo-Xin Wu
  • Patent number: 8651485
    Abstract: A playing card shuffling device includes a visual display in information communication with the playing card shuffling device. At least one processor is programmed to provide displayable information to the visual display indicative of an amount of time remaining or time expired in a procedure performed by the playing card shuffling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: SHFL Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventor: James B. Stasson
  • Patent number: 8628090
    Abstract: Children and adults are often seen collecting shells at the beach. Most don't know the name of the shell or anything about it. There's a need to create interest and education about seashells. There is literature which identifies seashells but nothing in the form of a game which would spark that interest. I've invented a seashell game geared for specific geographic locations that identifies indigenous seashells. The game consists of a plastic board with several indentations for specific shells to be placed into. A picture of that shell, its name and interesting information is printed next to the appropriate indentation. The object of the game is for players to fill each indentation with the proper shell within a time limit. The game provides a fun way to learn about seashells and occupy one's time while at the beach. Once filled, the game can be displayed in home, school or office.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Levin
  • Patent number: 8608570
    Abstract: A method of enabling game features based on location-based actions is disclosed. An indication is received of a performance of a location-based action by a player of a computer-implemented game. A feature of the computer-implemented game is enabled based on the receiving of the indication of the performance of the location-based action by the player of the computer-implemented game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Amitt Mahajan, Matthew Adam Ocko, Brian Reynolds
  • Patent number: 8596642
    Abstract: A method of playing a domino match is disclosed in which the players of the match play a plurality of domino games, with each game including at least one hand. The players are awarded points throughout the first domino game. The players may risk the awarded points earned throughout the first domino game in a play-by-play side wager against the other players. Players attempt to win the match by being the first player to win two or more games. Additionally, players are rewarded for being the total point winner of the match or tournament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Robinson Watkins, Neal Christopher Allen
  • Publication number: 20130313777
    Abstract: A gaming accessory, gaming currency or gaming table comprising a surface and a magnetic pigment incorporated into the body or surface thereof is disclosed. The pigment is configured to be affected by the introduction of a magnetic field from a source such that the pigment appears to change from the first appearance to a second appearance when the accessory is placed in the vicinity of the magnetic field. The first appearance may be a color, opacity, color effect, pattern or shape and the second appearance may be one or more of a different color, opacity, color effect, pattern or shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: GAMING PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL USA. INC.
    Inventors: Emmanuel Gelinotte, Gregory Scott Gronau
  • Patent number: 8590898
    Abstract: A system and method of the inventive concept presents a casino game that is a table based card game that is generally played with a dealer, who deals the cards, and with players whom make the wagers. The game consists of multiple rounds and a player can wager and win on individual rounds or multiple rounds to make a “poker” hand. Additionally, there may be a progressive jackpot offered on the “poker” hands for players to wager upon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Donald E. Buza
  • Publication number: 20130300063
    Abstract: A wagering game and corresponding table are disclosed. In one embodiment, the wagering game is a poker-style game in which players may designate their hands as predicted winning hands according to a predetermined standard and players may alternatively designate their hands as qualifying hands entitled to at least a portion of the wagers at stake according to an alternative standard, in which a qualifying hand is awarded at least a portion of the wagers at stake unless the winning hand is a predicted winning hand. In another embodiment, the wagering game is a poker-style game in combination with a lottery-style game in which players may win the poker-style game according to a predetermined standard and players may also win the lottery-style game according to a jackpot standard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Carl Lee Eller
  • Patent number: 8556265
    Abstract: A combination game table having a plurality of games therein includes a mechanism for scrolling a sheet having different game surfaces thereon. The combination game table includes a table frame assembly having side members and a bottom surface, and a cavity located in the table frame assembly. The mechanism is positioned in the cavity and in contact with the sheet to translate the sheet from one position to a next position. In this regard, an operator is able to view a desired game surface by translating the sheet via the mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Justin L. Voden
  • Patent number: 8550891
    Abstract: A draw out point system and method. Points may be derived from odds associated with a player winning a hand when the player is subjected to a draw out. For example, if a first player has an 80% chance of winning a hand against a second player once no bets are possible, the first player is awarded 80 points corresponding to the 80% chance of winning responsive to a draw out by the second player. Alternatively, points are based on a value of a pot at the time of the draw out. After the tournament, players may be awarded payouts commensurate with earned points until a draw out pool is exhausted. To fund the draw out pool, players pay an extra tournament fee or portion of the tournament fee may be allocated to a draw out pool. Operators retain a portion of the draw out pool to increase operator revenue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Tru Odds Poker, LLC
    Inventor: James Suttle