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(12) United States Patent
Walker et al.
(io) Patent No.: (45) Date of Patent:
US 7,749,061 B2 *Jul. 6, 2010
(54) METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VIDEO POKER
(75) Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Ridgefield, CT (US);
James A. Jorasch, Stamford, CT (US);
Magdalena M. Fincham, Norwalk, CT
(US); Jason Krantz, Madison, WI (US);
Victor M. Garcia, New Haven, CT
(US); Geoffrey M. Gelman, Stamford,
CT (US); Daniel E. Tedesco,
Huntington, CT (US); Stephen C.
Tulley, Fairfield, CT (US)
(73) Assignee: IGT, Reno, NV (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 556 days.
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
(21) Appl.No.: 11/412,438
Brochure: "Double Play Black Jack", PDS Gaming, undated.
Primary Examiner—John M. Hotaling, II
Assistant Examiner—Paul A. D'Agostino
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—K&L Gates LLP
One embodiment of the present invention comprises a method including steps of populating a primary set of card positions with a first set of initial cards, determining at least one discarded card from the first set of initial cards, replacing the at least one discarded card from the first set of initial cards with replacement cards to form a final set of cards, and determining whether to include the at least one discarded card in at least one secondary set of card positions. If the at least one discarded card is to be included in the at least one secondary set of card positions, the method further provides for populating the at least one secondary set of card positions with the at least one discarded card. Some embodiments of the present invention also provide for determining a payout based on at least the final set of cards.
19 Claims, 24 Drawing Sheets
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