US 20100117300 A1 Abstract In one embodiment of the invention, a card and dice game allows a player to bet on the outcome of a comparison of a numerical value determined by a roll of dice and another numerical value determined by a card drawn from a deck. The player wagers that the card value either will be higher or lower than the dice value. An optional secondary or “bonus” wager can be made after the dice are rolled, but before the card is drawn. The payout on the bonus wager has the potential of being a high multiple of the bonus bet amount, depending upon the dice value and the resulting probability that the upcoming card value will be greater or lower than the dice value.
Claims(70) 1. A method of playing a wagering game, comprising:
establishing a first wager based upon a first prediction of one of a first game outcome and a second game outcome, wherein the first game outcome is a future card point value being less than a future die value, and wherein the second game outcome is the future card point value being greater than the future die value; rolling at least one die thereby generating a present die value; dealing a card thereby displaying a present card point value; paying the first wager if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome; and paying the first wager if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome. 2. The method of 3. The method of 4. The method of 5. The method of 6. The method of 7. The method of wherein paying the first wager if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, includes paying the first wager minus a commission, and wherein paying the first wager if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, includes paying the first wager minus the commission. 8. The method of 9. The method of 10. The method of wherein paying the first wager if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, includes paying the first wager at a first-level odds if the present card point value is other than a value of 1, and wherein paying the first wager if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, includes paying the first wager at the first-level odds if the present card point value is other than a value of 13, the method further comprising:
paying the first wager at a second-level odds if the present card point value is equal to 1 and if the first prediction is the first game outcome; and
paying first wager at the second-level odds if the present card point value is equal to 13 and if the first prediction is the second game outcome,
wherein the second-level odds is greater than the first-level odds.
11. The method of 12. The method of 13. The method of 14. The method of providing an option to establish a second wager, wherein the providing of the option occurs after the rolling of the at least one die and prior to the dealing of the card; paying the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with a predetermined pay scale having a plurality of payout odds that vary as a function of the present die value; and paying the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with the predetermined pay scale. 15. The method of taking the first wager if the present card value is equal to the present die value; and returning the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card value is equal to the present die value. 16. The method of 17. The method of 18. The method of returning the first wager if the present card value is equal to the present die value, and returning the second wager if the present card value is equal to the present die value and if the option was exercised, wherein paying the first wager if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, includes paying the first wager minus a commission, and wherein paying the first wager if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, includes paying the first wager minus the commission. 19. The method of 20. The method of 21. The method of wherein the paying of the first wager if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, includes paying the first wager at a first-level odds if the present card point value is other than a value of 1, and wherein the paying of the first wager if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, includes paying the first wager at the first-level odds if the present card point value is other than a value of 13, the method further comprising:
paying the first wager at a second-level odds if the present card point value is equal to 1 and if the first prediction is the first game outcome; and
paying the first wager at the second-level odds if the present card point value is equal to 13 and if the first prediction is the second game outcome,
wherein the second-level odds is greater than the first-level odds.
22. The method of 23. The method of 24. The method of returning the second wager if the present card value is equal to the present die value and if the option was exercised; and taking the first wager if the present card value is equal to the present die value. 25. A method of playing a wagering game, comprising:
establishing a first wager based upon a first prediction of one of a first game outcome and a second game outcome, wherein the first game outcome is a future card point value being less than a future die value, and wherein the second game outcome is the future card point value being greater than the future die value; rolling at least one die thereby generating a present die value; providing an option to establish a second wager based upon a second prediction of one of the first game outcome and the second game outcome; dealing a card thereby displaying a present card point value; paying the first wager if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome and if the option was not exercised; paying the first wager and the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome and if the second prediction is the first outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with a predetermined pay scale having a plurality of payout odds that vary as a function of the present die value; paying the first wager and taking the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome and if the second prediction is the second game outcome; paying the second wager and taking the first wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome and if the second prediction is the first game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with the predetermined pay scale; paying the first wager if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome and if the option was not exercised; paying the first wager and the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome and if the second prediction is the second game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with the predetermined pay scale; paying the first wager and taking the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome and if the second prediction is the first game outcome; and paying the second wager and taking the first wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome and if the second prediction is the second game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with the predetermined pay scale. 26. The method of 27. The method of 28. The method of 29. The method of 30. The method of 31. The method of 32. A method of playing a wagering game, comprising:
establishing a first wager based upon a first prediction of one of a first game outcome and a second game outcome, wherein the first game outcome is a future card point value being less than a future die value, and wherein the second game outcome is the future card point value being greater than the future die value, dealing a card from at least one deck thereby displaying a present card point value, wherein the at least one deck includes a plurality of cards, and wherein each one of the plurality of cards has a point value between 1 and 13, inclusive; paying the first wager if the present card point value is equal to 1 and if the first prediction is the first game outcome; paying the first wager if the present card point value is equal to 13 and if the first prediction is the second game outcome; taking the first wager if the present card point value is equal to one of 12 and 13 if the first prediction is the first game outcome; taking the first wager if the present card point value is equal to one of 1 and 2 if the first prediction is the second game outcome; providing an option to establish a second wager if the present card point value is other than any one value of 1, 12 and 13, and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, wherein the providing of the option occurs after the dealing of the card; providing the option to establish the second wager if the present card point value is other than any one value of 1, 2 and 13, and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, wherein the providing of the option occurs after the dealing of the card; rolling at least one die if the present card point value is other than any one value of 1, 12 and 13, and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, wherein the rolling of the at least one die generates a present die value between 2 and 12, inclusive; rolling the at least one die if the present card point value is other than any one value of 1, 2 and 13, and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, wherein the rolling of the at least one die generates a present die value between 2 and 12, inclusive; paying the first wager after the rolling of the at least one die if the present card point value is less than the present die value and is other than a value of 1 and if the first prediction is the first game outcome; paying the first wager after the rolling of the at least one die if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and is other than a value of 13 and if the first prediction is the second game outcome; paying the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with a predetermined pay scale having a plurality of payout odds that vary as a function of the present card point value; and paying the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with the predetermined pay scale. 33. The method of 34. The method of returning the second wager if the present card point value is equal to the present die value and if the option was exercised; and taking the first wager if the present card point value is equal to the present die value. 35. The method of wherein paying the first wager if the present card point value is equal to 13 and if the first prediction is the second game outcome includes paying the first wager at the second-level odds; wherein paying the first wager after the rolling of the at least one die if the present card point value is less than the present die value and is other than a value of 1 and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, includes paying the first wager at a first-level odds; and wherein paying the first wager after the rolling of the at least one die if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and is other than a value of 13 and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, includes paying the first wager at the first-level odds, wherein the second-level odds is greater than the first-level odds. 36. The method of 37. A method of playing a wagering game, comprising:
establishing a first wager based upon a first prediction of one of a first game outcome and a second game outcome, wherein the first game outcome is a future third card point value being less than a future combined card point value, and wherein the second game outcome is the future third card point value being greater than the future combined card point value; dealing a first card from a first deck thereby displaying a first card point value between 1 and 6, inclusive; dealing a second card from a second deck thereby displaying a second card point value between 1 and 6, inclusive, wherein the sum of the first card point value and the second card point value is a present combined card point value; dealing a third card from a third deck thereby displaying a present third card point value between 1 and 13, inclusive; paying the first wager if the present third card point value is less than the present combined card point value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome; and paying the first wager if the present third card point value is greater than the present combined card point value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome. 38. The method of 39. The method of 40. The method of 41. The method of wherein paying the first wager if the present third card point value is less than the present combined card point value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, includes paying the first wager minus a commission, and wherein paying the first wager if the present third card point value is greater than the present combined card point value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, includes paying the first wager minus the commission. 42. The method of 43. The method of 44. The method of 45. The method of wherein paying the first wager if the present third card point value is greater than the present combined card point value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, includes paying the first wager at the first-level odds if the present third card point value is other than a value of 13, the method further comprising:
paying the first wager at a second-level odds if the present third card point value is equal to 1 and if the first prediction is the first game outcome; and
paying first wager at the second-level odds if the present third card point value is equal to 13 and if the first prediction is the second game outcome,
wherein the second-level odds is greater than the first-level odds.
46. The method of 47. The method of 48. The method of 49. The method of 50. The method of providing an option to establish a second wager, wherein the providing of the option occurs after dealing the first card and the second card and prior to dealing the third card; paying the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present third card point value is less than the present combined card point value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with a predetermined pay scale having a plurality of payout odds that vary as a function of the present combined card point value; and paying the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present third card point value is greater than the present combined card point value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with the predetermined pay scale. 51. The method of taking the first wager if the present third card point value is equal to the present combined card point value; and returning the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present third card point value is equal to the present combined card point value. 52. The method of 53. The method of 54. The method of returning the first wager if the present third card point value is equal to the present combined card point value, and returning the second wager if the present third card point value is equal to the present combined card point value and if the option was exercised, wherein paying the first wager if the present third card point value is less than the present combined card point value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, includes paying the first wager minus a commission, wherein paying the first wager if the present third card point value is greater than the present combined card point value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, includes paying the first wager minus the commission. 55. The method of 56. The method of 57. The method of 58. The method of wherein paying the first wager if the present third card point value is greater than the present combined card point value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, includes paying the first wager at the first-level odds if the present third card point value is other than a value of 13, the method further comprising:
paying the first wager at a second-level odds if the present third card point value is equal to 1 and if the first prediction is the first game outcome; and
paying the first wager at the second-level odds if the present third card point value is equal to 13 and if the first prediction is the second game outcome,
wherein the second-level odds is greater than the first-level odds.
59. The method of 60. The method of 61. The method of 62. The method of returning the second wager if the present third card point value is equal to the present combined card point value and if the option was exercised; and taking the first wager if the present third card point value is equal to the present combined card point value. 63. An article of manufacture for use in playing a wagering game and for use by a device having a processing unit, said article of manufacture comprising at least one computer usable media including at least one computer program embedded therein for use by the device, the at least one computer program being adapted to cause the device to perform:
establishing a first wager based upon a first prediction of one of a first game outcome and a second game outcome, wherein the first game outcome is a future card point value being less than a future die value, and wherein the second game outcome is the future card point value being greater than the future die value; displaying at least one die showing a present die value; displaying a card showing a present card point value; paying the first wager if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome; and paying the first wager if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome. 64. The article of manufacture of providing an option to establish a second wager, wherein the providing of the option occurs after the displaying of the at least one die and prior to the displaying of the card; paying the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with a predetermined pay scale having a plurality of payout odds that vary as a function of the present die value; and paying the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with the predetermined pay scale. 65. An article of manufacture for use in playing a wagering game and for use by a device having a processing unit, said article of manufacture comprising at least one computer usable media including at least one computer program embedded therein for use by the device, the at least one computer program being adapted to cause the device to perform:
establishing a first wager based upon a first prediction of one of a first game outcome and a second game outcome, wherein the first game outcome is a future card point value being less than a future die value, and wherein the second game outcome is the future card point value being greater than the future die value, displaying a card showing a present card point value between 1 and 13, inclusive; paying the first wager if the present card point value is equal to 1 and if the first prediction is the first game outcome; paying first wager if the present card point value is equal to 13 and if the first prediction is the second game outcome; taking the first wager if the present card point value is equal to one of 12 and 13 if the first prediction is the first game outcome; taking the first wager if the present card point value is equal to one of 1 and 2 if the first prediction is the second game outcome; providing an option to establish a second wager if the present card point value is other than any one value of 1, 12 and 13 and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, wherein the providing of the option occurs after the displaying of the card; providing the option to establish the second wager if the present card point value is other than any one value of 1, 2 and 13 and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, wherein the providing of the option occurs after the displaying of the card; displaying at least one die showing a present die value if the present card point value is other than any one value of 1, 12 and 13 and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, wherein the present die value is between 2 and 12, inclusive; displaying the at least one die showing the present die value if the present card point value is other than any one value of 1, 2 and 13 and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, wherein the present die value is between 2 and 12, inclusive; paying the first wager after the displaying of the at least one die if the present card point value is less than the present die value and is other than a value of 1 and if the first prediction is the first game outcome; paying the first wager after the displaying of the at least one die if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and is other than a value of 13 and if the first prediction is the second game outcome; paying the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with a predetermined pay scale having a plurality of payout odds that vary as a function of the present card point value; and 66. An article of manufacture for use in playing a wagering game and for use by a device having a processing unit, said article of manufacture comprising at least one computer usable media including at least one computer program embedded therein for use by the device, the at least one computer program being adapted to cause the device to perform:
displaying at least one die showing a present die value between 2 and 12, inclusive; providing an option to establish a second wager based upon the first prediction, wherein the providing of the option occurs after the displaying of the at least one die; displaying a card showing a present card point value between 1 and 13, inclusive, wherein the displaying of the card occurs after the providing of the option; paying the first wager at a first-level odds if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome and if the present card point value is other than a value of 1; paying the first wager at a second-level odds if the present card point value is equal to 1 and if the first prediction is the first game outcome; paying the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with a predetermined pay scale having a plurality of payout odds that vary as a function of the present die value; paying the first wager at the first-level odds if the present card point value is other than a value of 13 and if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome; paying first wager at the second-level odds if the present card point value is equal to 13 and if the first prediction is the second game outcome; and paying the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with the predetermined pay scale, wherein the second-level odds is greater than the first-level odds. 67. A system for use in playing a wagering game, comprising:
a device having a processing unit capable of executing at least one software routine; and programming logic executed by the processing unit comprising:
means for establishing a first wager based upon a first prediction of one of a first game outcome and a second game outcome, wherein the first game outcome is a future card point value being less than a future die value, and wherein the second game outcome is the future card point value being greater than the future die value;
means for displaying at least one die showing a present die value;
means for displaying a card showing a present card point value;
means for paying the first wager if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome; and
means for paying the first wager if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome.
68. The system of means for providing an option to establish a second wager, wherein the providing of the option occurs after the displaying of the at least one die and prior to the displaying of the card; means for paying the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with a predetermined pay scale having a plurality of payout odds that vary as a function of the present die value; and means for paying the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with the predetermined pay scale. 69. A system for use in playing a wagering game, comprising:
a device having a processing unit capable of executing at least one software routine; and programming logic executed by the processing unit comprising:
means for establishing a first wager based upon a first prediction of one of a first game outcome and a second game outcome, wherein the first game outcome is a future card point value being less than a future die value, and wherein the second game outcome is the future card point value being greater than the future die value,
means for displaying a card showing a present card point value between 1 and 13, inclusive;
means for paying the first wager if the present card point value is equal to 1 and if the first prediction is the first game outcome;
means for paying the first wager if the present card point value is equal to 13 and if the first prediction is the second game outcome;
means for taking the first wager if the present card point value is equal to one of 12 and 13 if the first prediction is the first game outcome;
means for taking the first wager if the present card point value is equal to one of 1 and 2 if the first prediction is the second game outcome;
means for providing an option to establish a second wager if the present card point value is other than any one value of 1, 12 and 13, and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, wherein the providing of the option occurs after the displaying of the card;
means for providing the option to establish the second wager if the present card point value is other than any one value of 1, 2 and 13, and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, wherein the providing of the option occurs after the displaying of the card;
means for displaying at least one die showing a present die value if the present card point value is other than any one value of 1, 12 and 13, and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, wherein the present die value is between 2 and 12, inclusive;
means for displaying the at least one die showing the present die value if the present card point value is other than any one value of 1, 2 and 13, and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, wherein the present die value is between 2 and 12, inclusive;
means for paying the first wager after the displaying of the at least one die if the present card point value is less than the present die value and is other than a value of 1 and if the first prediction is the first game outcome;
means for paying the first wager after the displaying of the at least one die if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and is other than a value of 13 and if the first prediction is the second game outcome;
means for paying the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with a predetermined pay scale having a plurality of payout odds that vary as a function of the present card point value; and
means for paying the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with the predetermined pay scale.
70. A system for use in playing a wagering game, comprising:
a device having a processing unit capable of executing at least one software routine; and programming logic executed by the processing unit comprising:
means for establishing a first wager based upon a first prediction of one of a first game outcome and a second game outcome, wherein the first game outcome is a future card point value being less than a future die value, and wherein the second game outcome is the future card point value being greater than the future die value;
means for displaying at least one die showing a present die value between 2 and 12, inclusive;
means for providing an option to establish a second wager, wherein the providing of the option occurs after the displaying of the at least one die;
means for displaying a card showing a present card point value between 1 and 13, inclusive, wherein the displaying of the card occurs after the providing of the option;
means for paying the first wager at a first-level odds if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome and if the present card point value is other than a value of 1;
means for paying the first wager at a second-level odds if the present card point value is equal to 1 and if the first prediction is the first game outcome;
means for paying the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with a predetermined pay scale having a plurality of payout odds that vary as a function of the present die value;
means for paying the first wager at the first-level odds if the present card point value is other than a value of 13 and if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome;
means for paying first wager at the second-level odds if the present card point value is equal to 13 and if the first prediction is the second game outcome; and
means for paying the second wager if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, wherein the second wager is paid out in accordance with the predetermined pay scale,
wherein the second-level odds is greater than the first-level odds.
Description This relates to gaming and card games. More particularly, this relates to methods and apparatuses for playing a new type of card game especially for use in casino gaming, both in electronic video and live table formats. Wagering games are a prominent form of entertainment today. Gambling establishments, such as casinos, are appearing in every region. There are many wagering games, including bingo, roulette, card games such as poker and blackjack, and slot machines. Some people are attracted to wagering games because they experience a different feeling of excitement every time they bet in certain types of games. Also some people engage in gambling activities just for the sake of having fun. Wagering activities include state lotteries; parimutuel betting on horses, greyhounds, and jai-alai; sports book-making; card games; keno; bingo; slot machines; video poker machines; video keno machines; video blackjack machines; and video roulette machines. These activities have grown greatly, especially when considering that most have only recently become legalized in many jurisdictions. Casino gaming is a large part of the commercial gambling market. Customers gamble by playing slot machines or other games of chance (e.g., craps, roulette, baccarat) and some skill (e.g., blackjack, poker). Games usually have mathematically-determined odds that ensure the house has an advantage over the players at all times. This advantage is called the house edge. In games such as poker where players play against each other, the house takes a commission. Casino-style gaming continues to grow in popularity, due in part to the rise in new casino destinations and the expansion of existing casino locales. A casino usually offers so-called banked games, i.e., where the house is banking the game and basically acting as a participant, and has a stake in who wins. On the other hand with a non-banked game, like the lottery, the operator does not care who wins. For many players, the main goal of wagering games is recreation. However some players can become bored with any given game, at which point they likely will play that game less frequently. Thus there is a need for wagering games that are new, relatively simple to learn and play, and provide the excitement and interest necessary for entertainment. Broadly speaking, certain embodiments of the invention relate to a casino-style card and dice game wherein a player bets against the house or a dealer on the outcome of a comparison of a numerical value determined by a roll of dice and another numerical value determined by a card drawn from a deck. The player wagers that the card value either will be higher or lower than the dice value. An optional secondary or “bonus” wager can be made after the dice are rolled, but before the card is drawn. The payout on the bonus wager has the potential of being a high multiple of the wager, depending upon the numerical dice value and the resulting probability that the upcoming card value will be greater or lower than the dice value. In one aspect, a first wager is established based upon a first prediction of either a first game outcome or a second game outcome. The first game outcome is a future card point value being less than a future die value. On the other hand the second game outcome is the future card point value being greater than the future die value. At least one die is rolled thereby generating a present die value. A card is dealt thereby displaying a present card point value. The first wager is paid (i.e., the player wins) if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome. Also, the first wager is paid if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome. In another aspect, rolling the at least one die comprises rolling two dice each having six faces numbered one to six, wherein the die value is a value between 2 and 12, inclusive. Also, dealing the card includes dealing the card from at least one standard deck of 52 playing cards, wherein each one of the plurality of cards has a point value between 1 and 13, inclusive. In an alternative embodiment, the paying of the first wager if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome, includes paying the first wager at a first-level odds if the present card point value is other than a value of 1. Also the paying of the first wager if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome, includes paying the first wager at the first-level odds if the present card point value is other than a value of 13. However the first wager is paid at a second-level odds that is greater than the first-level odds if the present card point value is equal to 1 and if the first prediction is the first game outcome. Also, the first wager is paid at the second-level odds if the present card point value is equal to 13 and if the first prediction is the second game outcome. In one embodiment, the first-level odds is 1: 1, and the second-level odds is 3:2. In yet another alternative embodiment, an option to establish a second wager is provided. This option is available after the rolling of the at least one die and prior to the dealing of the card. The second wager is paid if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is less than the present die value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome. This second wager is paid out in accordance with a predetermined pay scale having a plurality of payout odds that vary as a function of the present die value. Also, the second wager is paid if the option was exercised and if the present card point value is greater than the present die value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome. The second wager likewise is paid out in accordance with the predetermined pay scale. In yet another alternative embodiment, a first wager is established based upon a first prediction of one of a first game outcome and a second game outcome. The first game outcome is a future third card point value being less than a future combined card point value. The second game outcome is the future third card point value being greater than the future combined card point value. A first card is dealt from a first deck thereby displaying a first card point value between 1 and 6, inclusive. A second card is dealt from a second deck thereby displaying a second card point value between 1 and 6, inclusive. The sum of the first card point value and the second card point value is a present combined card point value. A third card is dealt from a third deck thereby displaying a present third card point value between 1 and 13, inclusive. The first wager is paid if the present third card point value is less than the present combined card point value and if the first prediction is the first game outcome. Also the first wager is paid if the present third card point value is greater than the present combined card point value and if the first prediction is the second game outcome. In one aspect, the first deck and the second deck each comprises at least one each of an Ace card, a Two card, a Three card, a Four card, a Five card, and a Six card. Also, the first and second decks include no cards other than the at least one Ace card, the at least one Two card, the at least one Three card, the at least one Four card, the at least one Five card, and the at least one Six card. Finally, the third deck comprises at least one standard deck of 52 playing cards. There are additional aspects to the present inventions. It should therefore be understood that the preceding is merely a brief summary of some embodiments and aspects of the present inventions. Additional embodiments and aspects are referenced below. It should further be understood that numerous changes to the disclosed embodiments can be made without departing from the spirit or scope of the inventions. The preceding summary therefore is not meant to limit the scope of the inventions. Rather, the scope of the inventions is to be determined by appended claims and their equivalents. These and/or other aspects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent and more readily appreciated from the following description of certain embodiments, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings of which: The following description is of the best mode presently contemplated for carrying out the invention. Reference will be made in detail to embodiments of the present invention, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein like reference numerals refer to like elements throughout. It is understood that other embodiments may be used and structural and operational changes may be made without departing from the scope of the present invention. Embodiments of the invention include a wagering game that uses one or more standard decks of playing cards (with 52 cards per deck) and two regular, six-sided dice. A player places a first bet corresponding to his/her prediction of whether a future numerical value of a card to be drawn from the decks will be higher or lower than a future numerical value of the dice to be rolled or thrown. This bet is designated simply as a “high” or “low” bet, respectively. The dice are then thrown or rolled on a surface until they come to rest so that each die exposes a number on an exposed face of the die. The numbers of each die are added to provide a present die value between 2 and 12, inclusive. According to this embodiment, before the card is drawn from the decks, the player (who now has knowledge of the numerical value of the dice) can optionally place a second or “bonus” bet. If the player bet “high” on the first bet, then any bonus bet will be designated as “high,” if he/she is going to place this bonus bet at all. Similarly, if the first bet was “low”, then any optional, bonus bet also will be designated as “low.” Any payout on the bonus bet will be pursuant to a predetermined pay scale and will vary depending upon the numerical value of the dice that were thrown and the probability that the card value will be lower or greater than the dice value. After the player has decided whether and how much to bet on the bonus bet, and after having placed any such bonus bet on the table, the dealer deals a card face up from the decks thereby displaying a present, card point value. The point value of the card is compared with the value of the previously-thrown dice to determine any winnings. That is, if the present card point value turns out to be less than the present dice value, the player will win if his/her first bet was a “low” bet. This “low” bet corresponds to the player's prediction that a future numerical card value would be lower than a future numerical dice value. Otherwise, the player loses the first bet as well as the bonus bet if one was made. On the other hand, if the present card point value turns out to be greater than the present die value, the player will win if the first bet was a “high” bet. Otherwise the player loses. The amount of any winnings will depend upon the amount of the first bet, as well as upon whether a bonus bet was placed and the amount thereof. As previously mentioned, the payout for the bonus bet varies and is determined according to the odds shown on the predetermined pay scale. While
Still referring to If the present card point value is lower than the present dice value, then a determination is made whether in step Returning now to step The embodiment of Still referring to Similarly if the present card value is higher than the present dice value (as determined in step Referring still to On the other hand if in step Still referring to After the decision has been made whether to make a bonus bet and after any such bonus wager has been placed on the table, a card is dealt from the deck, thereby displaying a present card point value between 1 and 13, inclusive. (Step Referring now to the pay scale chart The top row At the other extreme, if for example the present dice value is the minimum value of 2 and the player had bet “high,” then the likelihood of drawing a card having a value of 3 or more is quite good. But if one wins such a bet, then the payout odds are quite low at 1:11—i.e., for example for every 11 dollars bet as a bonus bet, the player would get 12 dollars back: his/her original 11 dollars along with 1 additional dollar as the winnings. A similar approach is used for “low” first and bonus bets, except that the bottom row It should be emphasized that the decision regarding whether or not to make a bonus bet (and the amount thereof) is made after the dice are rolled and the present dice value is known, but before the card is drawn. Also the decision is made knowing that the player's first bet has already been made as a “high” or a “low” bet and that any bonus bet must have the same “high” or “low” status. Thus upon learning the present dice value, a player can review the applicable top row Referring again to The embodiment of At step Referring still to If in step Referring again to step If in step With the embodiment of Referring still to After the decision has been made whether to make a bonus bet and whether any such bonus bet is “high” or “low” and after any such bonus wager has been placed on the table, a single card is dealt from the deck, thereby displaying a present card point value between 1 and 13, inclusive. (Step If in step Referring back to step If in step Referring to If in step Returning to step If in step Referring again to step The present card point value is compared with the present dice value and a determination is made whether the present card point value is higher than, lower than or equal to the present dice value. (Step Returning now to step In the illustrated embodiment of Many of the embodiments described above generally in connection with In many of the above-described embodiments, one or more dice are used for generating a generally random number for comparison with a card that is drawn from at least one deck. In alternative embodiments, however, cards can be substituted for the one or more dice in order to generate a generally random number. In one embodiment, a first deck of cards is used in lieu of the dice to generate a first card point value. A second deck of cards is used to generate a second card point value. The first and second card point values are compared to determine whether “high” and/or “low” first bets and bonus bets are winning bets (and the amounts of the payouts for any winning bonus bets), in the same fashion as the dice and card values are compared as described above for certain embodiments. According to yet another embodiment, a first deck of cards is used in lieu of a first die and a second deck of cards is used in lieu of a second die. The first and second decks each are limited only to cards having values between 1 and 6, inclusive. One card is drawn from each of these two decks, and the face values of these two cards are added to provide a combined card point value between 2 and 12, inclusive, that substitutes for the dice value used in certain of the embodiments described above generally in connection with In one embodiment, the first and second decks each comprises at least one each of an Ace card, a Two card, a Three card, a Four card, a Five card, and a Six card—all of which such cards have generally the same appearance as their counterparts as taken from a standard deck of 52 playing cards. Moreover, each of the first and second decks includes no cards other than the Ace, Two, Three, Four, Five and Six cards. As previously mentioned in many of the above-described embodiments, one or more dice are used for producing a generally random number for comparison with the value of a card that is drawn from at least one deck. And in alternative embodiments, cards can be substituted for the one or more dice in order to generate a generally random number. When a plurality of players are playing with one dealer, the card or cards that are drawn from the deck(s) can apply to all players for each round of betting. Thus the same card point value(s) is applicable to all players. In alternative embodiments however, the dealer can deal the cards so that each of the plurality of players receives his/her own card(s) for each round of betting. Thus there are different card point values appearing on the table wherein each of the card point values is applicable to a different player. The foregoing disclosure generally pertains to playing wagering games using cards and/or dice in a live table format. However the embodiments described herein can be implemented in a computing and software environment for playing in an electronic video format. The following describes an exemplary operating environment in the general context of a personal computer on which is running an operating system and one or more application programs. However it will be recognized that embodiments of the invention can be implemented with other hardware devices, such as for example hand-held devices; computerized, special-purpose gaming machines; mainframe computers; minicomputers; microprocessor-based consumer electronics; set top boxes; etc. Moreover, these computers or other devices can be interconnected so that they may communicate via a network, including a wide area network (WAN), a large area network (LAN), the Internet, etc. Such communications can be via wireless or wired connections. The one or more one software application programs can include data structures, components, applets, program modules, routines, programs, objects, etc., that can all reside on one machine, or alternatively, can be distributed over a plurality of machines, some or all of which can be in communication with one another. The computer A port The operation of the computer In view of the above, it will be appreciated that embodiments of the invention provide an enjoyable wagering game that allows a player to bet on the outcome of a comparison of a numerical value determined by a roll of dice and another numerical value determined by a card drawn from a deck. The player wagers that the card value either will be higher or lower than the numerical dice value. An optional secondary or “bonus” wager can be made after the dice are rolled, but before the card is drawn from the deck. The payout on the bonus wager has the potential of being a high multiple of the wager, depending upon the numerical dice value and the resulting probability that the upcoming card value will be greater or lower than the dice value. While the description above refers to particular embodiments of the present invention, it will be understood that many modifications may be made without departing from the spirit thereof. The claims are intended to cover such modifications as would fall within the true scope and spirit of the present invention. The presently disclosed embodiments are therefore to be considered in all respects as illustrative and not restrictive, the scope of the invention being indicated by the claims rather than the foregoing description, and all changes which come within the meaning and range of equivalency of the claims are therefore intended to be embraced therein. Referenced by
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