US 20050037834 A1
New apparatuses and methods for introducing varying levels of skill into wagering games that have historically been games of luck or strategy are provided. A card value and suit is invisible to the player initially and associated with a value and suit dealt to the player. The game enables the player to elect to display the associated value and suit. If the player exercises the option, the associated value and suit is displayed and a poker or blackjack evaluation is made based on the displayed associated value and suit. In various embodiments, the same associations are maintained for a single hand or play, multiple hands or plays or on a long term fixed basis. Associated symbols are also implemented with the game of slot.
1. A deck of cards for playing poker, the deck comprising:
a plurality of playing cards, each playing card having a first value and suit combination drawn from a first set of value and suit combinations and a second different value and suit combination associated with the first combination, the second combination drawn from a second set of value and suit combinations.
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8. A card for playing poker, the card comprising:
a first value and suit combination drawn from a first set of value and suit combinations; and
a second different value and suit combination drawn from a second set of value and suit combinations associated with the first value and suit combination over a duration of play of a game using the card.
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11. A card for playing poker, the card comprising;
a first value and suit combination; and
a second different value and suit combination, the second combination associated with the first combination over a duration of play of a game using the card.
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16. A poker game comprising:
at least one playing card of a deck of cards that are either dealt to a player with face showing or dealt face down and later revealed to show face, the face having a first value and suit combination selected from a first set of value and suit combinations;
an option provided to the player for the card to select to activate a second value and suit combination that is associated with the first value and suit combination over a duration of play of the poker game; and
a poker evaluation using the second value and suit combination.
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27. A wagering gaming device comprising:
a plurality of symbols including a first symbol displayed to a player, the first symbol part of a first combination of symbols that can be evaluated to determine whether the first combination yields a win for the player;
the plurality of symbols also including a second symbol predetermined to be associated with the first symbol, the second symbol not displayed initially to the player when the first symbol is generated;
an option for the player to select to activate the second symbol to produce a second combination of symbols; and
a game evaluation based on the second combination of symbols.
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43. A poker game comprising:
a first set including a plurality of different cards, each card having a value and suit;
a second set of cards, at least one card of the second set having a first value and suit displayed on one side and a second value and suit displayed on the other side of the card; and
an option in which a player who is dealt one of the cards from the first set having a value and suit corresponding to the first value and suit of the card of the second set can select to activate the second value and suit of the card of the second set.
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51. A method of operating a wagering game comprising the steps of:
generating a first symbol for a player;
providing an opportunity for the player to remember that the first symbol is predetermined to be associated with a second symbol for at least a number of game plays; and
providing an option to the player to have the second symbol used in a decision for the wagering game.
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spinning at least one slot machine reel and dealing at least one playing card.
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58. A gaming device comprising:
a processor utilizing an outcome determination scheme, wherein an outcome including a first symbol is predetermined and then symbols to illustrate the outcome are displayed;
a game involving a player's selection between at least two of the symbols; and
at least two sets of symbols, at least one of the symbols of each of the sets being a first symbol, wherein one of the first symbols from one of the sets can be generated and displayed to illustrate the predetermined outcome after the player selects to discard another one of the first symbols from another one of the sets.
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62. A gaming device comprising:
a processor utilizing an outcome determination scheme, wherein a predetermined outcome is generated and then symbols to illustrate the outcome are displayed;
a game involving a player's selection between at least two of the symbols; and
at least two sets of symbols, wherein one or more symbols from two or more of the sets of symbols are used to illustrate the predetermined outcome.
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The present invention relates generally to gaming devices and more specifically to the wagering games requiring player inputs.
Wagering machines in most jurisdictions are games of luck, not skill. For instance, slot machines owe at least some of their popularity to the fact that an amateur, novice or inexperienced player can play most slot machines at the player's own pace, with no required skills, strategy (or very little strategy) or risk evaluation and perform as well as the seasoned or experienced game player. Most slot machines are set to pay back on average between eighty and ninety-nine percent of the amount that the player's wager. These payouts are randomly determined. Nevertheless, players constantly try to inject skill, know-how or strategy into gaming devices with the hope of turning the odds in their favor.
Other gaming devices include luck and a fair amount of strategy or knowledge of the game. Video poker and blackjack are two games that require luck and strategy. The player is lucky to receive four aces in poker. The player should also know that is unwise to forgo three-of-a-kind to play for a straight in poker or split two ten's in blackjack.
Certain wagering gaming devices are required to involve skill or dexterity. These games cannot turn purely upon the luck of the player. Skill games present certain general problems to the game implementor. First, skill games can be mastered by players having a high level of skill, a lot of practice or both. Second, to combat mastering, gaming device manufacturers may have to make the skill game relatively difficult for the economics to work. The difficulty level may be too great for average players to experience a sufficient level of success and enjoyment.
Skill games, on the other hand, are interactive and typically enjoyable to play. A need exists therefore for a different, interactive and enjoyable game that can be played requiring skill. A need also exists for a method of controlling a payout in a wagering game having skill so that the game is relatively easy to win and enjoy and at the same time economical and fiscally controllable, predictable and repeatable for the casino.
The present invention provides an apparatus and method for introducing varying levels of skill into wagering games that have historically been games of luck or chance. To that end, the present invention provides a memorization element that is implemented into various wagering games, such as video poker, blackjack and slot. The implementation is via a gaming device or live casino game.
In connection with poker, for example, the wagering game includes a deck of cards such as conventional deck of fifty-two cards. Each card of the deck has multiple characteristics, such as a conventional deck, wherein each card includes a suit and value combination, e.g., a seven of hearts or king of spades. Each card also includes a masked or hidden suit and value combination. For example, the seven of hearts card could be associated with the hidden or masked suit and value of the ace of diamonds. In one embodiment, the first or original suit and value is selected from a first set of cards or deck of cards. In another embodiment, the masked or hidden suit and value is selected from a second set or deck of cards.
As used herein, the term “set” of cards is broader than “deck” of cards. A deck is typically fifty-two cards, thirteen each from the suits of spades, clubs, diamonds and hearts. A deck can also include one or more jokers. A set includes a number or cards that is equal to, less than or more than the cards provided in a standard deck.
The present invention provides a variety of different memorization games using the associated symbol or symbol combinations. In one embodiment, every card in a deck of cards has a first value and suit combination, which is visible when the card is turned face up and a second value and suit combination, associated with the first combination, which is not visible until selected by the player. The memorization game is played with draw poker where the player typically exchanges all five cards (sometimes requiring one card to be an ace). The known draw poker game is then modified so that the player either: (i) keeps a card as dealt; (ii) exchanges a card as is done in known draw poker; or (iii) replaces a first value and suit of one of the cards with its associated second value and suit (assuming the player remembers the associated second value and suit to be desirable).
In stud poker, the game allows the player an option to exchange the first value and suit combination with the associated second value and suit combination for one of, a plurality of or all of either the stud cards (dealt typically face up). Other poker embodiments are explained below.
In blackjack, the player decides to take a “hit”, namely, to receive an additional card, the value of which is added to the player's total towards twenty-one. Alternatively or additionally, the player in the present invention elects to exchange the first value and suit combination of a dealt card for an associated second value and suit combination. The first value is subtracted from the player's total, while the second value is added to the player's total. In an alternative embodiment, the second value is added to the blackjack total but the first value is not subtracted. Other blackjack variations are discussed below.
In slot, second symbols (not displayed) are associated with first symbols that are displayed after a reel spin. With slot, the gaming device provides one or more displayed symbols that have associated second symbols. On an active payline, for example, the player changes the displayed symbol, e.g., by touching such symbol, so that an associated second symbol is displayed instead. Such changing may create a winning combination along the active payline that did not exist previously or upgrade an existing win that did exist previously. Other slot variations are discussed below.
In the above-described embodiments, the player is generally provided with an option to exchange or add or not exchange or add the associated combination or symbol. The decision is based largely on: (i) having an opportunity to exchange or add the associated symbol (e.g., option provided only if on active payline or only one time per poker hand); (ii) whether the player remembers that a displayed symbol or combination has an associated second symbol (e.g., in deck of cards only certain cards have associated values and suits, and player must remember such cards); (iii) assuming the player remembers that a displayed symbol or combination has an associated second symbol, whether the player remembers what the associated symbol is; and (iv) assuming that the first three conditions are satisfied, whether it makes sense to add or exchange a displayed symbol or combination with an associated symbol or combination.
With poker or blackjack, the present invention is implemented in video or live form. If played as a casino table game at least two sets or decks of cards are used, one normal deck (face and covered back) and one association deck (face and face). The association deck includes cards displaying on one side one of each of the first combinations of values and suits that are displayed likewise individually on the faces of the cards of the normal set or deck. On the other side of the cards of the association deck are the second, associated combination of values and suits. The association deck is laid out so that the player and house can see the first combinations of values and suits but not the associated second combinations.
Depending upon whether a poker evaluation is made via adding the associated card or replacing the first card with the associated card, the dealer when asked either flips and adds the association card to the player's total or flips and replaces the initially dealt card with the association card. Thereafter, a poker evaluation is made based, at least in part, on the value and suit of the association card. A similar table game for blackjack is discussed below.
The second suit and number combinations are associated with the cards or the first suit and number combinations in a variety of ways, i.e., for a variety of amounts of time or plays. In one embodiment, the associations last for a single play, e.g., a single hand, a single blackjack game, a single spin of the reels, etc. In that single hand embodiment, the player's ability to memorize the associations (second combination based on the first combination) is limited. The single hand or play embodiment is mainly a game of luck.
In another embodiment, the associations last for a multiple plays, for example, e.g., for multiple hands of poker, multiple blackjack games, multiple spins of slot machine reels or until an event occurs, such as the player cashing out or running out of tokens. In the event the player runs out of tokens, the gaming device can maintain the associations for a given time period such as one minute, to enable the player to reinsert additional coins or tokens. In another example, the same associations are maintained until a player removes the player's tracking card from the machine. The multiple play embodiment provides a game with many dynamics. First, it injects a level of skill into games that are games of luck (slot) and luck and strategy (poker and blackjack). Second the ability to make associations provide an incentive for the player to continue gaming.
In a further embodiment, the associations are long term, e.g., remain constant as long as the gaming device sits on the floor or for the foreseeable future in table gaming. For a table game, the associations can last, for example, until a deck of cards becomes worn. A new deck then has different associations (although new decks can have the same associations alternatively). With slot, the associations last until a new game is installed, a software update is made or until a new game is downloaded into an existing memory device in various embodiments. The length of the long term or other associations may be randomly determined or predetermined.
The long term associations inject a relatively high amount of skill into the games of luck and strategy. It would be possible for a player playing such a game to completely memorize the associations or even to have a crib sheet setting forth the combinations. The key in the long term association game is recognition of the fact that the payer is essentially playing two games at once, one with the initially displayed first set of symbols and a second with the associated symbols.
In another embodiment of the present invention, multiple sets or decks of cards are used for central determination gaming. Central determination gaming is employed by the assignee of the present invention and is described in co-pending application Ser. Nos. 10/261,744, 10/371,722, 10/371,723, 10/371,958, 10/442,318, 10/383,423, 10/431,755, 10/601,482, 07/988,429 and 09/706,293, the teachings of which are incorporated herein by reference. In central determination, individual game terminals receive randomly generated outcomes from central or server processors. For example, in slot each symbol has a probability of being displayed on the reels after the reels have been spun. The odds of any particular symbol combination being displayed when the reels stop spinning is therefore a combination of the component symbols. In known gaming, the player's outcome is determined randomly by the combination of symbols generated.
With central determination the outcome is generated randomly at the host computer and a set of symbols yielding the outcome is displayed at the gaming terminal. Central determination provides the player with a combination of symbols that appears to generate the generated outcome. For games of pure luck, such symbol generation is facilitated readily because the player has no control. With games like poker, however, which require a degree of strategy and decision making, providing the symbols necessary to generate a previously, randomly determined outcome can become tricky.
Draw poker, in particular, can yield tricky situations for central or pre-determination. Suppose the player's outcome is generated to be four aces. The player must receive four aces. Suppose the game deals the player two aces initially. One ace is the ace of spades and the other is the ace of diamonds. Suppose also that the other three cards are spades. The player may decide to discard the ace of diamonds attempting to achieve a flush. With a single deck, four aces is now impossible. The present invention remedies the situation through the use of two decks of cards. Here, even if the player discards the ace of diamonds, the game can replenish the player's hand with three additional aces. Importantly, there needs to be enough additional cards, in relation to the total number of cards in the player's hand, to cover any contingency.
In one draw poker embodiment, all winning cards of a predetermined and centrally determined hand are dealt face-up and initially. That prevents the player from keeping losing cards, precluding the player from obtaining the winning cards from a draw. If the player discards any of the initially dealt face-up cards, the gaming device or initial processor provides another winning card in the draw to yield ultimately the predetemined win. For example, if a royal flush is randomly predetermined for and dealt initially to player, and the player foolishly discards the king for a draw card, the king of the same suit is provided to the player from the draw and from the second deck of cards. In that way, the player wins the randomly predetermined result, e.g., the royal flush regardless of the discarded winning card.
It is therefore an advantage of the present invention to provide entertaining and exciting poker games.
It another advantage of the present invention to provide entertaining and exciting blackjack games.
It is a further advantage of the present invention to provide entertaining and exciting slot games.
It is still another advantage of the present invention to provide entertaining and exciting video wagering games.
It is still a further advantage of the present invention to provide entertaining and exciting casino table games.
It is yet another advantage of the present invention to provide entertaining memorization wagering games.
It is yet a further advantage of the present invention to provide entertaining recognition wagering games.
Moreover, it is an advantage of the present invention to provide a new type of playing card.
Still further, it is an advantage of the present invention to provide a new type of slot machine symbol.
Yet further, it is an advantage of the present invention to provide multiple sets of cards that are operable with concentration poker.
Additional features and advantages of the present invention are described in, and will be apparent from, the following Detailed Description of the Invention and the figures.
The present invention includes apparatus and methods that allow a controlled degree of skill to be implemented in various gaming devices, casino table games, internet wagering games and wagering games implemented via a computer memory storage device, a database or network such as a wide area network (“WAN”) or local area network (“LAN”). The present invention is implemented in a variety of wagering games, such as poker, blackjack or slot. When implemented in a gaming device, regardless of the type of game, the device has certain common features that are now described.
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Gaming device 10, in certain embodiments, includes any suitable secondary or bonus triggering events, secondary bonus games as well as any progressive game coordinating with the primary or secondary games. As described below, the memorization game of the present invention may be implemented as a primary or bonus game. Gaming device 10 also includes the symbols and indicia used for any of the base, bonus and progressive games. The symbols and indicia are mechanical, electronic, electrical video-based and any combination thereof.
Gaming device 10 includes monetary input devices.
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Gaming device 10 also includes one or more display devices. The embodiment shown in
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Memory device 40 includes random access memory (“RAM”) 46 for storing event data or other data generated or used during a particular game. Memory device 40 also includes read only memory (“ROM”) 48 for storing program code, which controls gaming device 10 so that it plays a particular game in accordance with applicable game rules and paytables.
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It should be appreciated that although a processor 38 and memory device 40 are one implementation of the present invention, the present invention can also be implemented via one or more application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC's), one or more hard-wired devices, or one or more mechanical devices. Furthermore, although the processor 38 and memory device 40 reside in each gaming device 10 unit, the present invention provides some or all of their functions at a central location such as a network server for communication to a playing station as over a LAN, WAN, Internet connection, microwave link, and the like. For example, in a central determination implementation of the present invention, gaming device 10 receives inputs from an external processor. Hereafter “processor” refers to any of the above-described processing alternatives.
The terms “computer” or “controller” are used herein to refer collectively to the processor 38, the memory device 40, the sound card 42, the touch screen controller 52 and the video controller 54. Memory device 40 may also be implemented remotely or via a recorded medium, such as a diskette, remote drive or tape.
Gaming device 10 also includes bonus games. Different triggering events in the primary games trigger the bonus games. In poker, the triggering event could be a particular hand or card that is dealt to the player. In slot, the triggering event can be a particular symbol or symbol combination generated on a display device or active payline 56 (
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Each multi-faced card, such as multi-faced card 80 a, is a super-position of two cards from separate sets or decks of cards 60 and 70. Set of cards 60 is a set of displayed cards.
A hidden card 70 a is generated from a hidden set or deck of cards 70 and provides a second value and suit combination for multi-faced card 80 a. Hidden card 70 a is associated with displayed card 60 a to create the multi-faced card 80 a. For purposes of illustration, the hidden set of cards 70 and the hidden card 70 a, are illustrated in phantom indicating that, in reality, display device 30 or 32 does not actually initially show hidden card 70 a in association with displayed card 60 a to create card 80 a.
The present invention associates a plurality of hidden cards from hidden set 70 with a plurality of displayed cards from set 60 individually to create a set of multi-faced cards 80. The number of multi-faced cards 80 does not have to equal the number of displayed cards 60. For example, if the set of displayed cards 60 comprises a full deck of cards, some number less than fifty-two hidden cards 70 may be associated with that same number less than fifty-two of displayed cards 60 to create a set of multi-faced cards 80 having less than fifty-two cards. A card game may therefore be played where certain displayed cards 60 are associated with hidden cards 70 (i.e., as multi-faced cards 80) and where other displayed cards 60 are not associated with hidden cards 70 and thus are not multi-faced cards 80.
The multi-faced cards 80 are used to inject additional luck or varying levels of skill into games of luck, such as slot, or games of luck and strategy, such as poker and blackjack (a slot embodiment is disclosed below with multi-symbols as opposed to multi-faced cards). A game employing the multi-faced cards 80 is responsive to a player's election of an option to have a hidden card used in the game. To that end, input devices are provided or the video monitor 30 or 32 operates with a touchscreen so that the player can select to view the hidden card 70 instead of, or in addition to, the displayed card 60.
Although not illustrated, the present invention can associate a plurality of different hidden cards from different sets of hidden cards, such as set 70, with one of the displayed cards 60. That is, one or more of the displayed cards 60 is associated with a plurality of hidden cards from different sets of hidden cards. The four of diamonds displayed to the player, for example, can be associated with the eight of hearts from one set of cards and the nine of clubs from another set of cards. In such a case, gaming device 10 provides a multitude of input devices 44 or a multitude of selectable touch screen areas that allow the player to select one or more of the hidden cards 70 associated with the displayed card 60.
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An electromechanical or simulated input device 66 allows the player to activate the hidden card 70 a, associated with the displayed card 60 a, in the game. As discussed in more detail below, activating the hidden card 70 a occurs either in place of or in addition to the displayed card 60 a.
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Variation two can be implemented with either version of variation one and involves allowing or not allowing the player to select a draw card to replace displayed card 60 a. That is, the player may or may not be able to obtain a new draw card instead of either keeping displayed card 60 a or viewing hidden card 70 a. The player may, for example, remember the value and/or suit of card 70 a, realize that such value and/or suit is not advantageous with respect to the value and suit of card 60 a and elect instead to exchange displayed card 60 a with a new draw card. The player may further elect to keep displayed card 60 a if such card is desirable.
As stated above, the hidden card 70 a may be displayed in place of displayed card 60 a or in addition to displayed card 60 a. It should be appreciated that if all other variables of the draw poker game are kept constant, there would be little disincentive, if any, for the player not to select button 66 to activate hidden card 70 a in addition to the remainder of the player's hand. When card 70 a is displayed in addition to displayed card 60 a, there is preferably some disincentive or risk associated with obtaining the additional card. Variation three provides one possible risk, wherein the player forfeits the ability to exchange one, or more or all of the displayed cards 60 a to 60 e for draw cards when the player activates hidden card 70 a as an additional card.
Variation four indicates that different numbers of displayed cards 60 can be provided in combination with the single multi-faced card 80 a. For example, six displayed cards 60 b through 60 g (not illustrated) are provided in combination with card 80 a to play a seven card draw game. It should be appreciated that, although not illustrated, different amounts of displayed cards 60 and different amounts of multi-faced cards 80 can be provided in an stud poker game, wherein the player is not able to exchange cards for draw cards.
Variation five illustrates that one or more of the displayed cards 60 b to 60 e can be a wild card in accordance with the standard meaning of “wild card” as is known in the art. Alternatively, or in addition to one or more of the displayed cards 60 b to 60 e being wild cards, displayed card 60 a of multi-faced card 80 a and/or hidden card 70 a can additionally or alternatively be wild.
In a further alternative embodiment illustrated in variation six, one or more of the draw cards is a multi-faced card 80 having a displayed card and an associated hidden card. In variation 7, the draw poker game of
In a further alternative embodiment highlighted by variation eight, one or more of the cards 60 b to 60 e is dealt initially face down so that the player cannot see the value and suit of such one or more cards. The player can, for example, see the values and suits of cards 60 b and 60 c but not cards 60 d and 60 e initially. The player then determines whether to activate the multi-faced card 80 a based on face-up displayed cards 60 b and 60 c.
A “do not activate” button (not illustrated) can also be provided so that gaming device 10 can be informed if the player decides not to activate hidden card 70 a, or after gaming device 10 reveals the values and suits of initially face-down cards 60 d and 60 e. The poker valuation can be made after that reveal or the game can provide a draw sequence, wherein the player selects one or more of the cards to be exchanged with the draw card. In an alternative embodiment, the player must activate hidden card 70 a prior to making any draw selections, so that selection of draw button 62 indicates that the player has determined whether or not to activate card 70 a.
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The display device 30 or 32 of
Variation two in connection with
In variation four of
In variation five of
In variation seven, one or more of the cards 60 d or 60 e is dealt face down. In variation eight, one or more of the draw cards can or cannot be a multi-faced card 80. Variation nine illustrates that the buy a peek function is operable with one of, a percentage or plurality of or all of the multi-faced cards 80.
In any of the embodiments described herein, gaming device 10 can provide hints to the player that guide or tend to guide the player towards optional game play. The hints can vary in helpfulness from being vaguely helpful, e.g., “haven't you seen that card before” to being extremely explicit, e.g., “the four of diamonds you see is associated with the eight of hearts.” In certain embodiments, gaming device is programmed to generate hints randomly or after a number of unsuccessful and/or non-optional plays by the player. Further, gaming device 10 can preset or generate randomly the level of helpfulness of the hints, e.g., three vague hints followed by an explicit hint or an implicit hint weighted to occur randomly one-third of the time.
As discussed above, the multi-faced cards of the present invention are operable with a multitude of different card games.
Referring now to
Variation 2 of
Variation 3 illustrates that in one embodiment, the activation of hidden card 70 e results in an automatic stick. That is, the player can no longer accept a hit from either the deck of displayed cards 60 or multi-faced cards 80. The embodiment operates similar to a “double-down”, which is a blackjack option enabling a player after obtaining two cards to double the player's bet. With blackjack double-downs, the player receives one additional card only.
Variation 4 of the game of blackjack illustrates that one or both the initially dealt cards 60 a and 60 c is alternatively a multi-faced card 80 a or 80 c that is associated respectively with hidden cards 70 a and 70 c. The one or more initially dealt multi-faced cards is provided alternatively or in addition to multi-faced card 80 e. That is, the initially dealt cards 60 a and 60 c can be associated with hidden cards and one or more of the player's hit cards can alternatively be simply a displayed card that is not associated with a hidden card. Further alternatively, any one or more hit cards can be associated with a hidden card. The determination of whether to associate a hidden card with the player's hit cards can be random or be determined according to a predefined pattern. Further, the decision of whether to associate a hidden card with one of the initially displayed cards 60 a and 60 c is also determined in alternative embodiments either randomly or according to a predefined pattern.
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In the illustrated embodiment, symbols 160 a, 160 c, 160 d, 160 e, 160 g, 160 h, 160 j, and 160 k are each normal symbols that are displayed and are not associated with hidden symbols. Displayed symbols 160 b, 160 f, and 160 i are, on the other hand, associated with symbols 170 a, 170 e and 170 j, respectively, to form multi-symbols 180 a, 180 b, and 180 c, respectively.
Payline 56 b illustrates that if, for example, the previously generated “a, a” combination is already a winning combination, the activation of a hidden symbol, in this case hidden symbol 170 a, can add to a previously achieved win. The activation of the hidden symbol 170 e along payline 56 a illustrates that a winning combination, namely the “e, e, e,” combination, can be created, where no winning combination existed before. That is, in
The activation of hidden symbols 170 j along payline 56 c illustrates that gaming device 10 in one embodiment enables the player to activate multiple symbols along the same payline, even if two or more symbols bear the same indicia. Alternative embodiments to that option are discussed below.
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As discussed above in the Summary of the Invention section, the present invention can be implemented in virtual gaming on a video monitor or in live gaming at the casino. FIGS. 1 to 11 have each discussed numerous games employing the multi-symbols of the present invention in connection with a video monitor.
The face-up side 274 a of association card 280 a (i.e., the side of the card that the player must activate to see) includes the hidden or initially not displayed value and suit. In this illustration, the ten of spades is associated via association card 280 a with the four of diamonds of the playing card 260 a.
In one embodiment, the set of playing cards 260 is a standard set of fifty-two playing cards. The set of association cards 280 can include an association card 280 for each playing card 260 or an association card 280 for one or more but less than all of the playing cards 260.
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It should also be appreciated that the set of playing cards 260 is not necessarily a deck of playing cards and therefore that different sets of playing cards 260 may also be used in various different playing card games. Further, if set 260 is a standard deck of cards, it is also contemplated to use multiple decks of standard cards 260 a at once as is commonly done in blackjack and other playing card games. In that case, there would be a multitude of playing cards 260 a (e.g., multiple cards having a face-up side 264 a of the four of diamonds) for example. Each of those multitude of playing cards 260 a would be associated with an association card 280 from any of the sets 282, 284 and 286 of association cards.
In operation, the dealer can physically spread apart the sets of association cards 280 so that the appropriate card can be located easily and given to the player upon activation either as a replacement for or addition to the player's cards dealt from set 260.
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Variation 2 illustrates that the association cards 280 may be used in connection with a stud poker game. One very popular stud poker game in casinos is the game of Caribbean stud poker. In Caribbean stud poker, the player and dealer are each dealt a separate set of cards after the player makes an initial bet. The dealer then turns one of the dealer's cards face up. The player then decides whether to place an additional call bet or surrender, losing the player's initial bet. If the player makes the call bet, the dealer reveals the rest of the dealer's cards. If the dealer does not qualify, i.e., obtain an ace, king or better, the player's call bet is returned. If the dealer does qualify, the player's cards are then pitted against the dealer's cards in standard poker fashion.
The association cards 280 may be combined with the game of Caribbean stud poker in a variety of ways. First, the player can activate the hidden or face-up side 274 of an association card 280, which is associated with the face-up side of the player's initially dealt card, before or after placing the call bet. Alternatively or in addition to the aforesaid, the player can activate the face up or hidden side 274 of the association card 280 after the dealer shows the dealer's hand. The Caribbean stud poker embodiment also includes charging the player a fee in order to activate the hidden side 274 of an associated card.
Variation 3 of
Let It Ride™ poker is combined with the associated cards 280 in a variety of ways. The game can be structured so that the player activates the face-up or hidden card 274 anytime before one or both of the community cards is revealed or after the second community card is revealed. In an alternative embodiment, one or both of the community cards can also or alternatively be a multifunction card that is associated with an associated card 280.
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In variation one of
In variation two, the same associations are maintained for multiple plays, such as multiple hands of poker, multiple blackjack hands or multiple spins of a slot machine reel. For example, the casino or gaming device can maintain the same associations for ten hands of poker. That creates an interesting dynamic because it may be in the player's best interest to view as many hidden cards as possible early on in the ten hands so as to attempt to gain as much knowledge as possible and as quickly as possible about the associations. Maintaining the same associations for multiple plays enables the player to begin to learn, remember and perhaps record the associations between the displayed symbols and the hidden symbols.
A third variation is similar to the second variation, however, the associations last until a certain game event occurs. In one embodiment, the associations last until the player cashes out or runs out of credits. If the player runs out of credits, gaming device 10 in one embodiment maintains the associations for a period of time such as one minute, to enable the player to insert additional coins or tokens and play the memorization game using the same associations. Display device 30, 32 can display a suitable message that informs the player of the time period and that the associations are temporarily maintained. In a further embodiment, gaming device 10 maintains the associations as long as the player has a player tracking card inserted in gaming device 10. The maintenance of the associations serves to promote further gaming. The associations may also be maintained for other reasons in accordance with the present invention.
In still another embodiment of the third variation of the embodiment, the event may be a gaming event such as a large progressive pay out, a bonus pay out or the generation of a particular combination of symbols. For example, the associations may last in poker until a full house is dealt to either the player or the house. The duration of variation three also presents an interesting dynamic to the player because the game presumably becomes more favorable to the player the longer the player plays. This fact may encourage players to continue wagering, which is typically desirable by a gaming establishment.
Variation four of
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The central determination method is completely random, just like mechanically generated outcomes. The difference occurs in that with central determination, the outcome is generated randomly independent of the associated combination of symbols presented to the player to yield the outcome. With mechanical systems on the other hand, the combination of symbols actually generates the outcome.
There are a number of advantages to providing centralized determination of game outcomes at individual terminals. Central production or control can assist a casino or other entity in maintaining proper records, controlling gaming, reducing and preventing cheating or electronic or other errors, reducing or eliminating win-loss volatility and the like.
Certain central determination gaming systems maintain one or more predetermined pools or sets of game outcomes. Other central determination gaming systems maintain one or more predetermined pools or sets of random number seeds. The use of random number seeds, in general, reduces the computational load on the central processor of the central determination gaming systems. In those systems, when a player makes a wager on one of the gaming terminals, the central system selects a seed for determining the game outcome, marks the selected seed as used and communicates the selected seed to that individual gaming terminal. The individual game terminal uses the seed to determine the predetermined game combination of symbols.
Central determination is predicated upon providing the player with a combination of symbols that appears to generate the generated outcome. For games of pure luck, such symbol generation is facilitated readily because the player has no control. With games like poker however, which require a degree of strategy and decision making, providing the symbols necessary to generate a previously, randomly determined outcome can become tricky.
Draw poker can yield some tricky situations for central determination. Suppose the player's outcome is generated to be four aces. The player must receive therefore four aces. Suppose the game deals the player two aces initially. One ace is the ace of spades and the other is the ace of diamonds. Suppose also that the other three cards are spades. The player may decide to discard the ace of diamonds attempting to achieve a flush. With a single deck, four aces is now impossible.
The multi-faced cards or multiple decks of the present invention remedy the above-described situation through the use of two decks of cards. Here, even if the player discards the ace of diamonds, the game can replenish the player's hand with three additional aces from a second deck. Importantly, there needs to be enough additional cards, in relation to the total number of cards in the player's hand, to cover any contingency.
In the example, the player is to receive four aces, a insult that has been randomly predetermined. Gaming device 10 displays the winning cards initially to the player on display device 30 or 32. The four aces 300 a, 300 b, 300 c and 300 e are drawn from a single deck 300 of cards along with a fifth card 300 d, the king of diamonds.
Displaying the winning hand initially in a draw poker game prevents the player from keeping a hand that is not the predetermined. For example, where four aces are randomly predetermined for the player but only two aces are dealt initially, the player could decide to keep the initially dealt hand, precluding the predetermined result from occurring. Such a case is a realistic possibility if the player, for example, receives a full house of, that is, the other three cards dealt besides the pair of aces are of the same value. By dealing the winning hand initially, gaming device 10 ensures that the player receives the randomly predetermined outcome if the player keeps the initial deal and forgoes any draw cards.
In an “of a kind” type win, such as four aces, the replacement card, e.g., card 310 e can be the same card (suit and value) as the discarded card, e.g., card 300 e, in this case, the ace of spades. Otherwise, the replacement card could be another ace, such as the ace of diamonds, clubs or hearts. In such a case, the player's winning hand would have two of the same card, i.e., two Aces of Diamonds, two Aces of Clubs or two Aces of Hearts. It should therefore be appreciated that the player should know that the game is using two decks 300 and 310 of cards, otherwise the game will not make sense to the player.
In a win such as a straight flush, the replacement card has to be the same (suit and value) as the discarded card. Here again, the player should understand that the game uses two decks, otherwise the player will be confused when the player receives the same card that the player has just discarded. Accordingly,
The central determination associations do not require player input for activation. Gaming device 10 or a central processor controlling same calls upon the additional card when needed. The game may or may not inform the player that multiple decks are being used, however, it is desirable in one respect to inform the player of such so that the player is not confused when the player discards two aces and receives three more.
While the present invention has been described in connection with what is presently considered to be the most practical and preferred embodiments, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited to the disclosed embodiments, but on the contrary is intended to cover various modifications and equivalent arrangements included within the spirit and scope of the claims. It is thus to be understood that modifications and variations in the present invention may be made without departing from the novel aspects of this invention as defined in the claims, and that this application is to be limited only by the scope of the claims.