Title:
Casino card game and method therefor
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A method of playing a card game is disclosed. The method comprising: placing wagers by each participating player on each betting spots associated with each participating player; dealing a hand of cards to all players; dividing the hand of cards by each participating player to form a separate player hand for each betting spots associated with each participating player; placing each separate player hands on an associated betting spot for each participating player; determining winning hand for each betting spot; and paying each player having the winning hand for each betting spot.



Inventors:
Driz, Noel Medoranda (Maricopa, AZ, US)
Application Number:
11/121673
Publication Date:
11/09/2006
Filing Date:
05/04/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63F1/00
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Primary Examiner:
PIERCE, WILLIAM M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
WEISS & MOY PC (4204 NORTH BROWN AVENUE, SCOTTSDALE, AZ, 85251, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A method of playing a card game comprising: placing wagers by each participating player on each betting spots associated with each participating player; dealing a hand of cards to all players; dividing the hand of cards by each participating player to form a separate player hand for each betting spots associated with each participating player; placing each separate player hands on an associated betting spot for each participating player; determining winning hand for each betting spot; and paying each player having the winning hand for each betting spot.

2. The method of claim 1 further comprising placing an ante by each participating player.

3. The method of claim 1 wherein dealing a hand of cards to all players further comprises dealing a hand of cards to all players using a standard deck of playing cards having two Jokers.

4. The method of claim 1 wherein dividing the hand of cards by each participating player further comprises dividing the hand of cards into three separate three card player hands.

5. The method of claim 4 wherein placing each separate player hands on an associated betting spot for each participating player further comprises: placing a lowest ranked player hand on a designated betting spot; placing a next highest ranked player hand on a designated betting spot; and placing a highest ranked player hand on a designated betting spot.

6. The method of claim 1 wherein determining winning hand for each betting spot winning hand, player hand ranks from highest to lowest are three of a kind wherein three aces is the highest rank and three twos is the lowest rank three of a kind, straight flush wherein Ace, King Queen is the highest rank and three, two, ace lowest rank straight flush, regular straight wherein Ace, King Queen is the highest rank and three, two, ace lowest rank straight flush, and point value wherein nine is the highest and one is the lowest, Kings, Queens, Jacks and tens are played as zero points, if the added point value exceeds nine points, ten points is subtracted.

7. The method of claim 6 wherein all straight flushes are of equal value.

8. The method of claim 1 further comprising placing a jackpot wager by any participating player who wants to play a jackpot round.

9. The method of claim 8 wherein a jackpot wager is won if a participating player has a winning hand for each betting spot.

10. The method of claim 8 wherein a jackpot wager is won if a participating player has a nine card royal flush.

11. A method of playing a card game comprising: placing an ante by each participating player; placing wagers by each participating player on each betting spots associated with each participating player; dealing a hand of cards to all players; dividing the hand of cards by each participating player to form a separate player hand for each betting spots associated with each participating player; placing each separate player hands on an associated betting spot for each participating player; determining winning hand for each betting spot; and paying each player having the winning hand for each betting spot; wherein determining winning hand for each betting spot winning hand, player hand ranks from highest to lowest are three of a kind wherein three aces is the highest rank and three twos is the lowest rank three of a kind, straight flush wherein Ace, King Queen is the highest rank and three, two, ace lowest rank straight flush, regular straight wherein Ace, King Queen is the highest rank and three, two, ace lowest rank straight flush, and point value wherein nine is the highest and one is the lowest, Kings, Queens, Jacks and tens are played as zero points, if the added point value exceeds nine points, ten points is subtracted.

12. The method of claim 11 wherein dealing a hand of cards to all players further comprises dealing a hand of cards to all players using a standard deck of playing cards having two Jokers.

13. The method of claim 11 wherein dividing the hand of cards by each participating player further comprises dividing the hand of cards into three separate three card player hands.

14. The method of claim 13 wherein placing each separate player hands on an associated betting spot for each participating player further comprises: placing a lowest ranked player hand on a designated betting spot; placing a next highest ranked player hand on a designated betting spot; and placing a highest ranked player hand on a designated betting spot.

15. The method of claim 11 wherein all straight flushes are of equal value.

16. The method of claim 11 further comprising placing a jackpot wager by any participating player who wants to play a jackpot round.

17. The method of claim 16 wherein a jackpot wager is won if a participating player has a winning hand for each betting spot.

18. The method of claim 16 wherein a jackpot wager is won if a participating player has a nine card royal flush.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

This invention relates generally to a casino style card game and method therefor, and more particularly to poker-style games and methods that provide opportunities for a player to play and wager on multiple hands.

2. Description of the Prior Art

Casino owners are always interested in introducing new casino games that generate customer interest and that are more beneficial for the casino house. However, in order to generate a customer's interest, wagering games, particularly those intended primarily for play in casinos, should provide players with a sense of participation and control, the opportunity to make decisions,.and reasonable odds of winning, even though the odds favor the casino, house, dealer or banker. The game must also meet the requirements of regulatory agencies. More particularly, the game must sustain the interest of the player as long as possible in order to optimize the time spent by the player at the table and his participation in the game.

Poker is presently becoming one of the most popular casino card games around. Presently, there are numerous different variations of poker that are played in the casinos. However, a problem with many casino poker games is that they can be a bit too complex for the average casino gambler. The complexity of many poker games prevent many people from participating. Furthermore, in many current poker games, the rules of the game are set such that there is only one way to play, and win, the game. This can detract from the thrill of playing the game, as well as take away from the player the ability to make some potentially important strategic decisions. A further problem with present casino poker games is that only one hand can be played at a time or that only a single hand can win for each round.

Therefore, there is a need for a new casino card game. The casino card game must overcome the problems associated with prior art casino card games. The new casino card game must be easy for new players to understand. The new casino card game must further have options regarding how a player can play the game. The new casino card game must allow players to play multiple hands and have multiple winning hands in one round. The new casino card game must also allow the outcome of the game to be quickly determined.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, it is an object of the present invention to provide a new casino card game.

It is another object of the present invention to provide a casino card game that overcomes the problems associated with prior art casino card games.

It is still another object of the present invention to provide a new casino card game that is easy for new players to understand.

It is yet another object of the present invention to provide a new casino card game that has options regarding how a player can play the game.

It is still another object of the present invention to provide a new casino card game that allows players to play multiple hands and have multiple winning hands in one round.

It is another object of the present invention to provide a new casino card game that allows the outcome of the game to be quickly determined.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENTS

In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, a method of playing a card game is disclosed. The method comprising: placing wagers by each participating player on each betting spots associated with each participating player; dealing a hand of cards to all players; dividing the hand of cards by each participating player to form a separate player hand for each betting spots associated with each participating player; placing each separate player hands on an associated betting spot for each participating player; determining winning hand for each betting spot; and paying each player having the winning hand for each betting spot.

The foregoing and other objects, features, and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following, more particular, description of the preferred embodiments of the invention, as illustrated in the accompanying drawing.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The novel features believed characteristic of the invention are set forth in the appended claims. The invention itself, as well as a preferred mode of use, and advantages thereof, will best be understood by reference to the following detailed description of illustrated embodiments when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

FIG. 1 is a top view of the playing table used in the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a lose-up view of a player's playing area on the playing table depicted in FIG. 1

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Referring now to the FIGS. 1 and 2, a casino card table 10 (hereinafter table 10) is shown. The table 10 is used for playing a new card game which will be described below. The table 10 has six player spots 12. Each player spot 12 will have three player hand spots 14 labeled “1”, “2”, and “3” respectively. Next to each player hand spot 14 is a betting spot 16 associated with that respective player hand spot 14. Thus, player hand spot 14 labeled “1” will have an associated betting spot 16A located to the side of label “1”, player hand spot 14 labeled “2” will have an associated betting spot 16B located to the side of label “2”, and player hand spot 14 labeled “3” will have an associated betting spot 16C located to the side of label “3”.

The casino card game is played on the casino card table 10 using one or more standard card decks. If only a single standard card deck is used, the Jokers are to be left in the deck to ensure enough cards are available to deal three hands for all six player spots 12. The casino card game is played with at least two players. The casino card table 10 is shown with six player spots 12. However, this should not be seen to limit the scope of the present invention. A casino card table 10 may be designed to host more than 6 players. While the casino card game will be described for use with six player spots 12, different numbers of player spots 12 may be used without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention.

Once all players have been seated at a respective player spot 12, the house dealer will have all players place an ante in order to play. The ante may be placed anywhere on the casino card table 10. In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, the ante is placed on the corresponding number of the player (i.e., Player 1 places the ante on label “1”, etc.) A player will then place a bet for each of the three hands to be dealt to the player. Each bet will be placed on the betting spot 16 associated with each respective player hand spot 14. Thus, a player will place a bet for hand “1” on betting spot 16A, a bet for hand “2” on betting spot 16B, and located to the side of label “2”, and a bet for hand “3” on betting spot 16C.

The house dealer will then shuffle the playing cards and cut the cards. The house dealer will then deal the cards. The playing cards may be dealt in a variety of different manners. In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, the-dealer will deal the playing cards to form six piles. The house dealer may deal the playing cards going in a clockwise or counterclockwise motion until all the playing cards are distributed. Alternatively, the dealer may go from right to left and then left to right until all the playing cards are distributed. Or, the dealer may go from left to right and then right to left until all the playing cards are distributed. The above are given as examples and should not be seen as to limit the scope of the present invention.

Once the all the playing cards are distributed, each pile will have nine playing cards. Each of the six piles will then be given to one of the six player spots 12. The manner in which a particular card pile is given to a particular player spot 12 may take on many different forms. In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, a “dealer button” is given to one of the players. The player with the “dealer button” will then pick a number between one and six. The house dealer will then place a “first button” on top of that particular player spot 12 number on the casino card table 10. The player with the “dealer button” will then be given a die. The die is a standard die with six sides, each side having a different number from one to six. The player with the “dealer button” will roll the die. The number that is rolled is where the first pile of cards will be dealt. Thus, if the number “3” is rolled, the first pile of cards is placed on player spot 12 “3”. The rest of the piles are delivered to the remaining player spots 12 going in a clockwise manner (clockwise in relation to the house dealer).

Each player will now have nine cards. Each player will divide his/her nine cards into three separate, three card hands. The player's third best hand will be placed in the player hand spot 14 labeled “1”. The player's second best hand will be placed in the player hand spot 14 labeled “2”. The player's best hand will be placed in the player hand spot 14 labeled “3”. If there is no player at a designated player spot 12, the pile of cards will remain untouched and unturned. Any player may play the cards at an open spot, however, if a player decides to play the cards at an open spot, that player cannot play the cards where he/she is currently seated.

All players will then show their respective poker hand that are placed in the player hand spot 14 labeled “1”. Whoever has the highest hand for the player hand spot 14 labeled “1” will win the wages that were place for hand “1” on betting spot 16A. If two players have equal hands, then the wages that were place for hand “1” on betting spot 16A will be evenly split. If the wages that were place for hand “1” on betting spot 16A can not be evenly split (odd number of chips), the odd chip out will be given to the winner of the next hand.

All players will then show their respective hand that are placed in the player hand spot 14 labeled “2”. Whoever has the highest hand for the player hand spot 14 labeled “2” will win the wages that were place for hand “2” on betting spot 16B. If two players have equal hands, then the wages that were place for hand “2” on betting spot 16B will be evenly split. If the wages that were place for hand “2” on betting spot 16B can not be evenly split (odd number of chips), the odd chip out will be given to the winner of the next hand.

All players will then show their respective hand that are placed in the player hand spot 14 labeled “3”. Whoever has the highest hand for the player hand spot 14 labeled “3” will win the wages that were place for hand “3” on betting spot 16C. If two players have equal hands, then the wages that were place for hand “3” on betting spot 16C will be evenly split. If the wages that were place for hand “3” on betting spot 16B can not be evenly split (odd number of chips), the odd chip out will be given to the winner of the next hand in the next round.

Once all the players' hands are opened, the winning hands for player hand spot 14 labeled “1”, player hand spot 14 labeled “2”, and player hand spot 14 labeled “3” will face the house dealer. The losing players' hands will be turned sideways and face up. The house dealer will then take the wages that were place for hand “1” on betting spot 16A. The house dealer will pick up the playing cards associated with the losing poker hands for the player hand spots 14 labeled “1”. The house dealer will then disburse the wages to the player(s) with the winning hand(s) for the player hand spot 14 labeled “1” and then pick up the playing card associated with the winning poker hand. The same procedure will happen for the poker hands associated with player hand spots 14 labeled “2”, and player hand spots 14 labeled “3”.

When all winning hands have been paid, the dealer will collect the ante and place the ante in a collection box. The house dealer will then move the “dealer button” to the next player. The next player could be the person seated to the right or left of the current player with the “dealer button”. The next player is selected according to house rules.

In ranking the different hands, the main object is to use the cards to form hands of three of a kind, straight flush, or a regular straight. If one is unable to make one of the above hands, one tires to arrange the cards to add up to nine. Kings, Queens, Jacks and 10 can be played as zero if not used for three of a kind, straight flush, or a regular straight. For three of a kind, the hand ranks are from three aces (highest) to three twos (lowest). For a straight flush or a regular straight, the hands rank from Ace, King Queen (highest) to three, two, ace (lowest). For point hands, a total of nine points is the highest while zero points is the lowest. If the added point value exceeds nine points, the player subtracts 10 points. For example, if a player's hand is 7 of Clubs, 7 of Hearts, and a 5 of Hearts, the point value would be nine points. As another example, if a player has a 5 of Spades, a 5 of Clubs, and a 6 of Diamonds, the point value would be 6.

In general, Jokers are to be used to establish three of a kind, a straight flush or a regular straight, or to fill in a number to add up to nine. Three of a kind will beat a straight flush, a regular straight, or any point hand from nine to zero. A straight flush will beat a regular straight or any point hand from nine to zero. All straight flushes are of equal value. Pairs are of “no value” and a flush is of “no value”.

Below is a sample hand to further explain the game. Six player are dealt the following six hands.

  • Player 1: 2-Spades, 3-Hearts, 4-Hearts, 4-Spades, 4-Diamonds, 5-Diamonds, Jack-Spades, Ace-Hearts, and Joker.
  • Player 2: 2-Clubs, 4-Spades, 5-Spades, 6-Diamonds, 7-Diamonds, 8-Clubs, 9-Spades, 10-Clubs, Queen-Hearts.
  • Player 3: 2-Diamonds, 6-Spades, 7-Spades, 8-Diamonds, 9-Hearts, Queen-Diamonds, Queen-Spades, King-Hearts, Joker.
  • Player 4: 7-Clubs, 7-Hearts, 8-Clubs, 9-Clubs, 9-Diamonds, 10-Hearts, Jack-Hearts, Jack-Spades, Queen-Clubs.
  • Player 5: 3-Clubs, 6-Hearts, 10-Spades, Jack-Diamonds, King-Spades, King-Diamonds, King-Clubs, Ace-Spades, Ace-Clubs.
  • Player 6: 2-Hearts, 3-Spades, 3-Diamonds, 5-Hearts, 5-Clubs, 6-Clubs, 8-Spades, 10-Diamonds, Ace-Diamonds.

Player 1 Hands:

HandRankingWin or Lose
1: Js-5d-2sSeven PointsLost To Player 2
2: 3h-Joker-AhThree High StraightWinner Hand 2
Flush
3: 4h-4d-4sThree Fours (3 of aLost To Player 5
kind)

Player 2 Hands:

HandRankingWin or Lose
1: Qh-7d-2cNine Points (QWinner Hand 1
counts as zero)
2: 6d-5s-4sSix High StraightLost To Player 1
3: 10c-9s-8cTen High StraightLost To Player 5

Player 3 Hands:

HandsRankingsWin or Lose
1: Kh-6s-2dEight Points (KLost To Seat 2
counts as zero)
2: 9h-8d-7sNine High StraightLost To Seat 1
3: Qs-Joker-QdThree Q (3 of aLost To Seat 5
kind)

Player 4 Hands:

HandsRankingsWin or Lose
1: Jh-9d-7cSix Points (J countsLost To Seat 2
as zero)
2: 9c-8c-7hNine High StraightLost To Seat 1
3: Qc-Js-10hQueen High StraightLost To Seat 5

Player 5 Hands:

HandsRankingsWin or Lose
1: Jd-As-AcTwo Points (A countsLost To Seat 2
as one, J as zero)
2: 10s-6h-3cNine Points (10Lost To Seat 1
counts as zero)
3: Ks-Kd-KcThree Kings (3 of aWinner Hand 3
kind)

Player 6 Hands:

HandsRankingsWin or Lose
1: 8s-5h-5cEight PointsLost To Seat 2
2: 10d-6c-3sNine Points (10Lost To Seat 1
counts as zero)
3: 3d-2h-AdThree High StraightLost To Seat 5

The game may further include different side bets or jackpots. The jackpots offered may be single player jackpots or player to player jackpots. For single player jackpots, each player is given an option to buy into the jackpot. If a player does not wish to buy into the jackpot, he/she can still play but will not receive the jackpot even if he/she has a jackpot hand. The house can set the options for the jackpot. For example, the jackpot may be any player who obtains three Kings.

Alternatively, the jackpot may be given to any player who obtains a nine card straight flush. The above are given as examples, and should not be seen as to limit the scope of the present invention. Again, the house has the ability to set which hands or sets of card will qualify as a winning the jackpot. If no player wins the jackpot, the house collects the money and the jackpot will continue to grow until a player obtains a winning jackpot hand.

For player to player jackpots,-each player will have a choice to play for the jackpot or not. Again, the house can set the rules for winning the player to player jackpots. For example, the jackpot may be a player who wins all three hands during one round. If a player does not win all three hands, then the house collects the money and the jackpot will continue to grow. The above is given as an example and should not be seen as to limit the scope of the present invention.

While the invention has been particularly shown and described with reference to preferred embodiments thereof, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that the foregoing and other changes in form and details may be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.