|Publication number||US20060009272 A1|
|Application number||US 10/888,598|
|Publication date||Jan 12, 2006|
|Filing date||Jul 12, 2004|
|Priority date||Jul 12, 2004|
|Publication number||10888598, 888598, US 2006/0009272 A1, US 2006/009272 A1, US 20060009272 A1, US 20060009272A1, US 2006009272 A1, US 2006009272A1, US-A1-20060009272, US-A1-2006009272, US2006/0009272A1, US2006/009272A1, US20060009272 A1, US20060009272A1, US2006009272 A1, US2006009272A1|
|Original Assignee||Moody Ernest W|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (19), Referenced by (5), Classifications (6), Legal Events (1)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This invention relates primarily to video poker games, and more particularly to video poker games in which the winning card combination is deleted from the hand and replaced with new cards until the player does not have a winning hand.
Video poker that is played on an electronic video poker gaming machine is designed to replicate the play of a hand of poker. Typically, the player is not playing against any other player's hands or against a dealer's hand; the player is simply attempting to achieve the highest ranking poker hand possible from the cards displayed to the player. The higher the ranking of the poker hand achieved by the player, the greater the player's winnings based on the number of coins, tokens or credits wagered by the player. Typically, a payout schedule is posted on the gaming machine to advise the player of the payoffs available for certain winning card combinations.
The forerunner of all electronic video poker gaming machines is the video Draw Poker machine that deals cards from a standard fifty-two card poker deck and displays a single five card hand to the player. The player then selects which of the five cards he wishes to hold (or discard depending on the format of the gaming machine). The draw poker machine then displays replacement cards for the cards the player has discarded. The player wins or loses based on conventional poker hand rankings for the resulting five card hand. In video Draw Poker, the conventional poker hand rankings that are winning combinations are a Royal Flush, a Straight Flush, a Four of a Kind, a Full House, a Flush, a Straight, a Three of a Kind, a Two Pair and a Pair of Jacks or Better. A payout table is established based on the number of coins wagered by the player and the type of poker hand achieved.
The classic draw poker machine has been modified to use Jokers as wild cards or to use Deuces (or even other cards) as wild cards. “Jokers Wild” and “Deuces Wild” draw poker still display to the player a single five card hand and allow the player to discard unwanted cards and receive replacement cards. The payout table is modified to recognize the differing odds for achieving various poker hands when wild cards are involved. Furthermore, different poker hand rankings are used in the pay table to recognize different winning combinations that can be achieved using wild cards.
There are many poker formats used in video draw poker. These poker game formats include Jacks (or even Tens) or Better Draw Poker, Bonus Poker, Double Bonus Poker, Double Double Bonus Poker, Super Double Bonus Poker, Triple Bonus Poker, Deuces Wild Poker, Jokers Wild Poker, Deuces and Jokers Wild Poker, etc. Many electronic video poker gaming machines are provided with a menu so that the player can indicate his choice of the poker game format that the player wishes to play and the player then makes his wager based on upon that choice of poker game format. Each poker format has its own pay table associated therewith.
U.S. Pat. No. 6,371,851 (Singer et al.) discloses a video stud poker game in which an initial hand of cards is dealt. If any payable subsets of these cards exist, then the player is prompted to select one of the payable subsets. The desired payable subset is selected by the player, the player receives an award and the payable subset is removed and replaced with other cards. This continues until no payable subsets exist.
It is an object of the present invention to provide an electronic video poker game that provides the player with continuous play until the player has a losing hand.
It is a feature of the present invention to provide that each winning card combination in a draw poker hand is removed from the hand and replacement cards are dealt into the hand. This continues until there are no longer any winning card combinations in the hand.
It is an advantage of the present invention that the player is provided with continuous opportunities to receive awards for winning card combinations without having to make additional wagers.
Other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from a consideration of the following detailed description.
The game of the present invention is a modification to a conventional video draw poker game. The player makes a wager and is dealt a five card poker hand. The player then discards and draws replacement cards. The player is paid for a winning poker hand and only the cards that consist of the winning card combination are removed from the hand. Replacement cards are dealt into the poker hand for the removed cards. The player is again paid for a winning poker hand if one has been achieved and again the cards that consist of the winning card combination are removed from the hand. Replacement cards are again dealt into the poker hand for the removed cards. This continues until there is no longer a winning poker hand.
The method of the present invention can be applied to any poker format used for video draw poker.
A conventional payout hopper is also located on the interior of the gaming machine and is used to dispense coins or tokens to the player into a payout tray 56 when the player wishes to collect any winning amounts the player has accrued. Other suitable and conventional payout mechanisms can be used, such as a ticket printer or other cashless payout devices.
The gaming machine 10 also includes a video screen display 20 of any suitable type upon which representations of playing cards are displayed. As shown in
A button panel 40 is also provided on the gaming machine 10 and the buttons mounted on the button panel 40 are used by the player to control the operation of the gaming machine 10. Any suitable configuration of the buttons on the button panel can be used and, alternatively, conventional touch screen technology can be used for any or all of the buttons mounted on the button panel.
A typical button arrangement is shown on the button panel 30 in
A conventional “DEAL/DRAW” button 46 is also provided on the button panel 40 which is used by the player to activate the initial deal of the cards at the deal stage of the method of play or the dealing of replacement cards at the draw stage of the method of play as is appropriate. Similarly, a DEAL/DRAW location 47 can be provided on the video screen 20 to allow the player to effect either the deal step or the draw step by using conventional touch screen technology.
The button panel 40 is also provided with five “CARD” buttons 48A, 48B, 48C, 48D and 48E associated with each horizontal card location on the video screen display: card button 48A is associated with the left most card location, card button 48B is associated with the second from the left card location, card button 48C is associated with the middle card location, card button 48D is associated with the second from the right card location and card button 48E is associated with the right most card location. Each card button, is preferably aligned below the card locations so that the player can easily associate the appropriate card button with the appropriate card location.
The method of play of the present invention will now be described. After the player has inserted an appropriate amount of coins, tokens or paper currency to add a sufficient amount of credits on the credit display meter 22, the player makes his initial wager. The player may press the “BET ONE” button 42 one or more times to bet in single increments or the player may merely press the “BET MAX” button 44 and the maximum number of credits are applied, for example, five credits would be wagered. The player can also use the touch screen locations to make his wager as described above.
The preferred embodiment of the present invention is played using a standard fifty-two card deck. The player makes a wager to participate in the method of play. A first five card hand, HAND 60 shown in
The player then decides which cards he wishes to hold from HAND 60. For example as shown in
After the player has made the selection of which cards the player wishes to hold, if any, replacement cards are displayed for the discarded cards. In
The replacement cards are dealt from the depleted forty-seven card deck which comprises the original fifty-two card deck minus the five originally dealt cards. The player is paid for any winning poker hand ranking achieved in HAND 61 based on a pay table as is conventional in video poker.
For example, as shown in
TABLE 1 JACKS OR BETTER DRAW POKER NUMBER OF COINS WAGERED POKER HAND RANKING 1 2 3 4 5 ROYAL FLUSH 250 500 750 1000 4000 STRAIGHT FLUSH 50 100 150 200 250 FOUR-OF-A-KIND 25 50 75 100 125 FULL HOUSE 8 16 24 32 40 FLUSH 5 10 15 20 25 STRAIGHT 4 8 12 16 20 THREE-OF-A-KIND 3 6 9 12 15 TWO PAIR 2 4 6 8 10 JACKS OR BETTER 1 2 3 4 5
Assuming the player wagered five credits on the hand, the player would be awarded five credits for achieving a Pair of Jacks.
Only the winning card combination (the Pair of Jacks) is removed from the hand and any cards not part of the winning card combination remain in the hand. As shown in
The replacement cards are displayed face up as shown in
The winning card combination (the Flush) is removed from the hand. As shown in
These cards do not have a poker hand of Jacks or Better or higher, so this is a losing hand. The game is over and the player can begin another round of the game by making another wager.
While the example of the method of play described above is shown in conjunction with a regular Draw Poker format, the method of play of the present invention can also be applied to any other variation of draw poker, such as Tens or Better Draw Poker, Bonus Poker, Double Bonus Poker, Double Double Bonus Poker, Super Double Bonus Poker, Triple Bonus Poker, Deuces Wild Poker, Jokers Wild Poker, Deuces and Jokers Wild Poker, etc. Each of these video poker variations uses various arrangements of poker hand rankings as winning combinations. In the preferred embodiment of the present invention, a standard fifty-two card deck of playing cards is used. One or more cards may also be designated as wild cards for the various wild card poker formats and, additionally, one or more Jokers may be added to the deck of cards and the Jokers may then be used as wild cards for the Joker poker formats.
The method of play of the present invention may be applied to other poker variations such as three card poker, four card poker, six card poker, seven card poker or an even higher number of cards in a poker hand. Winning card combinations are provided for each type of poker hand and a suitable pay table is presented to the player depending on how many cards will be in the final hand.
Any suitable pay table may be used and would be associated with the poker format being used by the player. As is known to those skilled in the art, pay tables are calculated based on the probability of the various winning card combinations occurring and the desired overall game return to be offered by the gaming establishment to the player.
While the invention has been illustrated with respect to several specific embodiments thereof, these embodiments should be considered as illustrative rather than limiting. Various modifications and additions may be made and will be apparent to those skilled in the art.
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|Cooperative Classification||G07F17/32, G07F17/3293|
|European Classification||G07F17/32P6, G07F17/32|
|Feb 19, 2011||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: ERNEST MOODY REVOCABLE TRUST, NEVADA
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Effective date: 20090804