FIELD OF THE INVENTION
This invention relates generally to card games and methods therefor and, more particularly, to an extended card deck and method therefor having at least one set of thirteen separately valued cards having an extra card suit (in addition to Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds and Spades) that can be used in various poker and other card games for either table or video games.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
Card games, such as poker, blackjack, baccarat and the like, are often played both socially and for gambling purposes and are played at a table or on a video game. Virtually all card games played at a table or video game utilize a standard 52-card deck consisting of four sets of thirteen separately valued cards, from low to high in rank: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace (although the ace can also have the value of the lowest card in the deck). Each of the four sets of thirteen cards comes in a different suit: Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, and Spades.
The game of poker is one of the most popular games to utilize a standard 52-card deck. There are many variations of poker, most of which involve each player attempting to achieve a winning five-card hand, except for abbreviated poker games such as three card poker. Some of the variations of poker, both video poker and regular poker, involve jokers or wild cards. Jokers are additional cards added to a standard 52-card deck and can assume the rank or suit of any other card in the deck. Wild cards, like jokers, can be used to assume the value of any card in the deck, however wild cards (such as 2's) are designated from within a standard 52-card deck, and are not added cards, like jokers. In both cases, wild cards and jokers are used to add an exciting and significantly expanded dimension to the game of poker.
Jokers, wild cards, and other variations of poker have been invented as a response to a growing feeling that standard poker has become somewhat dull and uninteresting. Most variations on poker, however, have utilized either a 52-card deck or at most, up to 4 additional joker cards. These variations have not changed the number of suits (Four: Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, and Spades) or substantially changed the number of cards in the deck.
If a fifth suit was added to the deck, this would add an additional thirteen separately valued cards, each with the fifth suit, thus increasing the size of the deck from 52 cards to 65 cards. Increasing the size of the deck from 52 cards to 65 cards would provide an exciting new dimension to many card games such as poker, blackjack and baccarat. For example, such an increase would more than triple the number of possible five card combinations from the current 52-card deck (there are 8,259,888 possible 5 card combinations with a 65-card deck as opposed to 2,598,960 possible 5 card combinations with a 52-card deck). Such an increase in the number of 5 card combinations would greatly improve the level of excitement when playing a card game. Additionally, a fifth suit could be designated as wild, meaning that either every fifth suited card is a wild card capable of assuming the suit and type of any other card, or, if desired, each fifth suited card's suit could be designated as wild, capable of assuming the suit-type of any other suit. Furthermore, adding additional thirteen card suits beyond five thirteen card suits (i.e. 6, 7, 8 etc. additional thirteen card suits) would still further greatly increase the combinations available to a player, for every game, thereby providing more excitement and interest.
A need therefore existed for providing a new, exciting variation of card (table and video) games and method that would provide players with, for example, a 65-card deck having thirteen differently ranked cards having at least one extra suit, thus allowing players more ways to achieve various card (table and video) hands.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
An object of the present invention is to provide an extended card deck for table and video games and method therefor comprising a standard 52-card deck plus at least one additional set of thirteen separately valued cards having at least one extra suit.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, an extended card deck for use in table and video card games is disclosed, comprising, in combination a standard 52 card deck of playing cards, and at least one set of thirteen additional playing cards comprising playing cards Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, and King, the at least one set of thirteen additional playing cards comprises a new card suit.
In accordance with another embodiment of the present invention, a video game apparatus using an extended card deck is disclosed, comprising, in combination a video gaming machine, a standard 52 card deck of playing cards for display in the video gaming machine, and at least one set of thirteen additional playing cards for display in the video gaming machine comprising playing cards Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, and King, the at least one set of thirteen additional playing cards comprises a new card suit.
In accordance with yet another embodiment of the present invention, a method for playing a table and video card game is disclosed, comprising, in combination, the steps of providing a standard 52 card deck of playing cards, and increasing the standard 52 card deck by providing at least one set of thirteen additional playing cards comprising playing cards Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, and King, the at least one set of thirteen additional playing cards comprises a new card suit.
The foregoing and other objects, features, and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following, more particular description of the preferred embodiments of the invention, as illustrated in the accompanying drawings.