Title:
Gaming System and Gaming Method
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A gaming environment, in which a player may set the betted amount to the card game played by the other players so as to provide a brand new and interesting gaming system and a card gaming method, is described. Especially a gaming environment, in which a player may select the betted amount through the three kinds of betting buttons 75, and determine his/her betted amount to the game executed in the other terminal at which the player does not seat by touching each tip display area 73, wherein each tip display area 73 is displayed on each corresponding terminal display area 301, wherein each terminal display area 301 is displayed on the betting screen 70 which is used to make a bet for the other terminal by the player.



Inventors:
Yoshizawa, Kazumasa (Tokyo, JP)
Application Number:
12/016251
Publication Date:
07/24/2008
Filing Date:
01/18/2008
Assignee:
ARUZE CORP. (Tokyo, JP)
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63F9/24; A63F13/45
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Primary Examiner:
D'AGOSTINO, PAUL ANTHONY
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BANNER & WITCOFF, LTD. (WASHINGTON, DC, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A gaming system comprising: a display device for displaying player's cards distributed to a player; an input device accepting an input from the player; a plurality of terminals each of which includes the display device and the input device; a common display device for displaying dealer's cards distributed to a dealer; and a processor programmed to: (a) set a bet number for a card game executed in a first terminal among the terminals as a first bet amount based on an input from the input device of the first terminal; (b) specify a second terminal among the terminals based on the input from the input device of the first terminal and set a bet amount for the card game executed in the second terminal as a second bet amount; (c) prepare the dealer's cards displayed on the common display device according to a predetermined game rule by starting the card game after the first bet amount or the second bet amount is set; (d) prepare the player's cards displayed on the display device of the terminal where the player exists according to the predetermined game rule, based on the input from the input device of the terminal when the card game is progressed; (e) prepare the player's cards displayed on the display device of the terminal where the player does not exist according to the predetermined game rule when the card game is progressed; (f) provide a first award to the player of the first terminal based on a game result in the first terminal and the first bet amount; and (g) provide a second award to the player of the first terminal based on a game result in the second terminal and the second bet amount.

2. The gaming system according to claim 1, wherein the processor starts to progress the card game under a condition that the second bet amount is set to all of the terminals where the players exist.

3. The gaming system according to claim 1, wherein the processor newly specifies a third terminal based on a new input from the input device of the first terminal and newly sets a bet amount for the card game executed in the third terminal as a third bet amount, and wherein the processor provides a third award based on a game result in the third terminal and the third bet amount when the bet amount for the card game executed in the third terminal is newly set as the third bet amount.

4. A gaming method comprising steps of: (a) setting a bet amount for a card game of a first player as a first bet amount; (b) setting a bet amount for a card game with a second player as a second bet amount; (c) progressing the card game after the first bet amount or the second bet amount is set; (d) providing a first award to the first player based on a game result and the first bet amount; and (e) providing a second award to the first player based on a game result in the card game with the second player and the second bet amount.

5. The gaming method according to claim 4, wherein the card game is started under a condition that all players participate in the card game set the second bet amounts.

6. The gaming method according to claim 4, wherein a bet amount for a card game with a third player is newly set as a third bet amount, and wherein a third award is provided to the first player based on a game result in the card game with the third player and the third bet amount when the bet amount for the card game with the third player is newly set as the third bet amount.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application is based upon and claims a priority from the prior Japanese Patent Application No. 2007-009501 filed on Jan. 18, 2007, the entire contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.

BACKGROUND

1. Field

The present invention relates to a gaming system and a card game playing method, in which a game is executed by setting the betted amount to the card game result.

2. Description of Related Art

Conventionally, card gaming machines or card gaming tables for playing card games such as Pai Gow Poker or Draw Poker or Blackjack are arranged in a casino or a game arcade. Here, in above card games, after setting the betted amount to the game, the game is proceeded by using the cards with marks (for example, a “A” rank of a “Heart” suit). The game is executed between the dealer and the player based on the hand of the cards distributed, and according to the game result, the payout amount is determined. Or, according to the other card gaming method, the game is not only executed between the dealer and the players, the game is also executed between the players, and based on the total game result, the payout amount is provided.

SUMMARY

In view of the foregoing, one or more aspects of the present invention relate to a gaming machine, a gaming method thereof, a gaming system, a computer readable medium having computer-executable instructions or the like that a player may set the betted amount to the card game played by the other players so as to provide a brand new and interesting gaming system and a card gaming method.

One or more of the above aspects of the invention is more fully described in the following detailed description when read in connection with the accompanying drawings. It is to be expressly understood, however, that the drawings are for purpose of illustration only and not intended as a definition of the limits of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification illustrate embodiments of the invention and, together with the description, serve to explain the objects, advantages and principles of the invention.

FIG. 1 is an explanatory view of an example showing the feature of the gaming system according to the embodiment.

FIG. 2 is an outline view of a gaming system according to the embodiment.

FIG. 3 is an outline view of a terminal according to the embodiment.

FIG. 4 is a block diagram schematically showing a control system of the gaming system according to the embodiment.

FIG. 5 is a block diagram schematically showing a control system of the terminal according to the embodiment.

FIG. 6 is an explanatory view showing a betting screen displayed on the liquid crystal display of the terminal according to the embodiment.

FIG. 7 is an explanatory view showing a betting screen displayed on the liquid crystal display of the terminal according to the embodiment.

FIG. 8 is an explanatory view showing a main screen displayed on the front display according to the embodiment.

FIG. 9 is a flowchart of a game processing program in the gaming system according to the embodiment.

FIG. 10 is a flowchart of a game processing program in the gaming system according to the embodiment.

FIG. 11 is a flowchart of a game processing program in the gaming system according to the embodiment.

FIG. 12 is an explanatory view showing an example of a table game in which the present invention is applied.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The various aspects summarized precedingly may be embodied in various forms. The following description shows by way of illustration of various combinations and configurations in which the aspects may be practiced. It is understood that the described aspects and/or embodiments are merely examples, and that other aspects and/or embodiments may be utilized and structural and functional modifications may be made, without departing from the scope of the present disclosure.

It is noted that various connections are set forth between items in the following description. It is noted that these connections in general and, unless specified otherwise, may be direct or indirect and that this specification is not intended to be limiting in this respect.

A gaming machine according to one or more aspects of the invention is described in detail with reference to the drawings based on an embodiment embodying one or more aspects of the invention as a card gaming machine, a server, a gaming system. However, it is appreciated that one or more aspects of the present invention may be embodied in distributable (via CD and the like) or downloadable software games, console games, and the like. Aspects of the invention are described by way of hardware elements. However, it is appreciated that these elements may also be software modules that are executable in a computer. The software modules may be stored on a computer readable medium, including but not limited to a USB drive, CD, DVD, computer-readable memory, tape, diskette, floppy disk, and the like. For instance, aspects of the invention may be embodied in a JAVA-based application or the like that runs in a processor or processors. Further, the terms “CPU” and “processor” are inclusive by nature, including at least one of hardware, software, or firmware. These terms may include a portion of a processing unit in a computer (for instance, in multiple core processing units), multiple cores, a functional processor (as running virtually on at least one of processor or server, which may be local or remote). Further, in network-based gaming systems, the processor may include only a local processor, only a remote server, or a combination of a local processor and a remote server.

It is contemplated that one or more aspects of the invention may be implemented as computer executable instructions on a computer readable medium such as a non-volatile memory, a magnetic or optical disc. Further, one or more aspects of the invention may be implemented with a carrier signal in the form of, for instance, an audio-frequency, radio-frequency, or optical carrier wave.

Hereinafter, concerning with a gaming system according to the present invention, the embodiment embodying the present invention is described in detail with reference to the drawings. Here, the gaming system according to the embodiment, is one type of the multiplayer gaming system with plural terminals, wherein the terminals receive inputs from the main control unit and players. The game executed is the Pai Gow Poker, one kind of the card games. Here, the Pai Gow Poker is a kind of game, in which each player bets predetermined tips to the game executed in his/her own terminal respectively, seven cards distributed as the player's hand are allocated into two sets of 5 cards (high hand) and 2 cards (second hand). High hand and second hand of the player's cards may be compared with those of dealer's cards, wherein the dealer's cards are the hand of dealer. If both high hand and second hand of player are higher than those of dealer, it is determined that the player is the winner, the award corresponding to the betted amount may be paid out.

Here, in the gaming system according to the present invention, each player may also bet predetermined tips to the game executed in other terminal. When the player wins the game in other terminal, the payout corresponding to the betted amount may newly be provided. In other words, a player may bet not only to the game executed in his/her own terminal, but also may bet for the game executed in other terminal.

FIG. 1 is an explanatory view of an example showing the feature of the gaming system according to the embodiment embodying the present invention. In FIG. 1, one of the example of a betting screen 70 displayed on the liquid crystal display 10 in the terminal at which a player seats. The betting screen 70 is used by a player to bet for the executed in other terminal. Here, betting operation to bet predetermined credits is executed by the player using the betting screen 70 and the touch panel 11. On the betting screen 70, each terminal display area 301 displaying other terminal respectively is displayed. On the lower portion of each terminal display area 301, a tip display area 73 corresponding to each terminal display area 301 is arranged. The player may select the betted amount by three kinds of betting buttons 75, and may determine the betted amount to the game executed in other terminals through touching of the tip display area 73. Here, on the betting screen 70, the tip image 72 corresponding to the betted amount betted by the player is displayed in the tip display area 73. A tip of ten credits is betted to the third terminal by the player who seats in front of the first terminal is shown in FIG. 1. Also, the detailed explanation regarding to the betting screen 70 in FIG. 1 will be described later.

First, an outline construction of the gaming system 1 according to the embodiment is described with reference to FIG. 2. FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the gaming system 1 according to the embodiment.

The gaming system 1 according to the embodiment is basically constructed from a table deck 2 and a panel portion 3. The table deck 2 is a place where players may seat and play a game, and the panel portion 3, which is arranged behind the table deck 2, displays animation images of a virtual dealer.

Hereinafter, the table deck 2 is described first. The table deck 2 has several (there are 5 in FIG. 2) terminals 4 called satellites which are arranged in a fan-like shape. Here, FIG. 3 is a perspective view of one of the terminals 4 according to the embodiment.

As shown in FIG. 3, the terminal 4 is constructed from a liquid crystal display 10, a touch panel 11, operating buttons 12, a coin insertion slot 13, a bill insertion portion 14, and a coin payout opening 15. The liquid crystal display 10 is used to display the betting screen (described below, see FIG. 6 and FIG. 7) or the game results. The touch panel 11, is arranged on the front plane of the liquid crystal display 10 and is used to select buttons displayed on the liquid crystal display 10 when betting subjects are selected and the bet amount is set. The operating button 12 is a button to execute operations such as payout operation. The coin insertion slot 13 is a slot to insert coins or medals. The bill insertion portion 14 is an insertion portion for inserting bills. And the coin payout opening 15 is an opening to pay out coins or medals corresponding to the credits stored when payout operation is executed.

Returning to FIG. 2, the panel portion 3 is constructed from a front display 21, speakers 22, and LEDs (light emitting diode) 23. The front display 21 is used to display images of a dealer and the content of cards distributed, wherein a dealer is a person who distributes cards or receives tips in the card game. The speakers 22, which are arranged above the front display 21, may output music and effect sounds according to the progress of the game. And LEDs 23 are lightened when various stages are shown.

A JACKPOT amount display portion 24 is formed at an upper portion of the front display 21. Here, for the gaming system 1 according to the embodiment, 5% of the betted amount betted by a player is pooled in the POT. Under a condition that a hand of the player's card is a specific hand (for example, high hand becomes to a Royal Flush hand), the player gets the winning lottery of JACKPOT, therefore the pooled amount is paid out in a lump. And the JACKPOT amount display portion 24 is a portion to display the pooled amount in the POT until now.

Here, cards used in the gaming system 1 according to the embodiment, which are same as trump cards generally used, are displayed with the “marks” consist of “suits” and “ranks” (see FIG. 7).

Here, “Suits” are the marks of the trump cards. There are 4 kinds of “suits” including spade, heart, diamond and club.

And “ranks” indicate numbers or English Characters in trump cards. There are 13 kinds of numbers or English Characters, which are A (Ace, equivalent to 1), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J (Jack, equivalent to 11), Q (Queen, equivalent to 12), K (King, equivalent to 13).

And “marks” indicate the types of cards which are determined by combinations of “suits” and “numbers”, for an instance, “Heart A”, “Spade K”. A total of fifty-three cards is defined as a single card deck. Fifty-three cards includes a joker and a total of fifty-two cards, wherein fifty-two cards consist of 13 kinds of numbers for each of the 4 kinds of suits necessary in a card game.

Next, the playing method of the gaming system 1 according to above construction will be explained. Players playing a game may seat at the terminal 4. Players may bet a desired betting amount with a betting screen displayed on the liquid crystal display 10. The images of cards distributed to players and a dealer respectively are displayed on the front display 21 and each liquid crystal display 10. An operation of allocating high hand and second hand is executed. A performance image of a player or a dealer as a winner, or an image for draw between the dealer and player is displayed, based on kinds of card marks allocated as high hand and second hand. Furthermore, at each terminal 4, under a condition that a player wins the game against the dealer, double credits of the betted amount is provided as an award. However, when a player loses the game against the dealer, no award is provided. And when a player plays to a draw with the dealer, the betted amount is returned to the player. And when a player's high hand becomes to Royal Flush (a hand including the same kinds of suits with “10”, “J”, “Q”, “K”, “A”), the player gets the winning lottery of JACKPOT, and the pooled amount pooled in the POT until now is paid out in a lump.

However, the player may bet not only to game executed in his/her own terminal 4, he/she may also bet for games executed in other terminals. In this case, when the player wins the games executed in other terminals 4, credits which equals to two times of the betted amount (credits) is newly provided to the player as an award.

Next, a construction of a control system in the gaming system 1 is described with reference to FIG. 4. FIG. 4 is a block diagram schematically showing a control system of the gaming system 1 according to the embodiment.

As shown in FIG. 4, the gaming system 1 according to the embodiment is constructed from a main control unit 31, plural terminals 4 which are connected to the main control unit 31, and a variety of peripheral devices.

The main control unit 31 includes a microcomputer 45 as a core. And the microcomputer 45 includes a CPU 41, a RAM 42, a ROM 43, and a bus 44 for transmitting data among the CPU 41, the RAM 42, the ROM 43. In the ROM 43, various programs necessary for executing processes to control the gaming system 1 and data tables are stored. The RAM 42 is a memory to temporarily store various data calculated by the CPU 41. And in the ROM 43, front and backside image data of the cards distributed to the player and the dealer are also stored.

And to the CPU 41, an image processing circuit 47 is connected through an I/O interface 46. And a sound circuit 48, a LED drive circuit 49 and a communication interface 50 are also connected to the CPU 41. Furthermore, a front display 21 is connected to the image processing circuit 47, a speaker 22 is connected to the sound circuit 48, a LED 23 is connected to the LED drive circuit 49, and each terminal 4 is connected to the communication interface 5.

At the starting of the game, from the fifty-three trump cards two specific cards are set based on the lottery result by the main control unit 31. It is determined whether the game starting condition is satisfied or not after receiving the betting operation information by the player such as the betted amount and the like from each terminal 4 by the main control unit 31. When the game starts, based on the lottery result, seven cards from the fifty-three trump cards are distributed to the dealer and the player respectively, (on the screen, cards are distributed to the player and the dealer respectively). Game result (one of the results including winning of a player, winning of a dealer and draw between a player and a dealer) is determined according to the hands of the cards distributed. And the game result is transmitted to each terminal 4. Based on the hands of the cards distributed, the terminal 4 is specified to which one of the specific cards (here, “Club A”) is distributed as the player's card, and the specified result is transmitted to each terminal 4. Thereafter, the credits stored may be increased or decreased according to the game result received from the main control unit 31 by each terminal 4. Here, when the player bets to the game executed in other terminals, the game results in other terminals may infect the increase or decrease of the credits.

The main control unit 31 also outputs signals of images displayed on the front display 21, and executes drive control of speakers 22 and LEDs 23.

Next, a construction of a control system in a terminal 4 is described with reference to FIG. 5. FIG. 5 is a block diagram schematically showing a control system of a terminal 4 according to the embodiment.

As shown in FIG. 5, the terminal 4 according to the embodiment includes a microcomputer 55 as a core. And the microcomputer 55 includes a CPU 51, a RAM 52, a ROM 53, and a bus 54 for transmitting data among the CPU 51, the RAM 52, the ROM 53 and the bus 54. In the ROM 53, various programs and data tables are stored. The various programs are the programs for executing the processes necessary to control the terminal 4. The RAM 52 is a memory to temporarily store the credits currently stored in a terminal 4, the betting subjects on which players made bet, and the betted amount (credits) which are betted on the betting subjects, and various data calculated by the CPU 51.

And to the CPU 51, a liquid crystal panel drive circuit 57, a touch panel drive circuit 58, a hopper drive circuit 59, a payout completion signal circuit 60 and a communication interface 61 are connected through an I/O interface 56. Furthermore, the liquid crystal display 10 and the liquid crystal panel drive circuit 57, the touch panel 11 and the touch panel drive circuit 58, the hopper 62 and the hopper drive circuit 59, the coin detection portion 63 and the payout completion signal circuit 60, the main control unit 31 and the communication interface 61, are connected, respectively.

The betted amount (credits) which is betted by a player is calculated, and the other terminal 4 to which the player makes a bet on is specified by the CPU 51 according to the output operation information from touch panel 11, and is stored in the betted amount memory area 52A of the RAM 52, and also is transmitted to the main control unit 31. Additionally, the credits stored are increased or decreased by the CPU 51 based on the game result transmitted by the main control unit 31.

The CPU 51 may also output the signals of images displayed on the front display 21, and may control the coin payout from the coin payout opening 15 based on the signals of the hopper 62 and the coin detection portion 63.

Next, the betting screen 70 displayed on the liquid crystal display 10 of a terminal 4, when Pai Gow Poker game is played on the gaming system 1 according to the embodiment, is described with reference to FIG. 6 and FIG. 7.

FIG. 6 and FIG. 7 are explanatory views of the betting screen 70 displayed on the liquid crystal display 10 of the terminal 4. Here, in the gaming system 1 according to the embodiment, the player makes bet of predetermined credits to the game executed in the terminal to which the player seats by touching the betting screen 70 and the touch panel 11. And operations for allocating cards into high hand and second hand may also be executed.

As shown in FIG. 6 and FIG. 7, the betting screen 70 is constructed from a player card display area 71, a tip display area 73, a pooled amount display area 74, and an information display area. The player card display area 71 may display the front image 87 and the backside image 88 of the cards distributed to a player. The tip display area 73 may display the tip image 72 which is betted, and the pooled amount display area 74 may display the pooled amount which is pooled in the POT, the information display area is an area to display various operation buttons and information of the player.

Here, the player card display area 71 is an area to display the front image 87 and the backside image 88 of the cards distributed to the player. The player's cards are firstly displayed with the backside image 88 right after being distributed to the player, in which marks of the cards can not be recognized (see FIG. 6). And then the front image 87 is displayed as the marks can be recognized (see FIG. 7). The front image 87 and the backside image 88 of the seven cards displayed in the player card display area 71, are the images of the cards distributed to the player who seats at the terminal 4. And also the player's cards may be allocated freely into a high hand with 5 cards and a second hand with 2 cards, within the range in accordance to a house rule.

Especially in FIG. 6 and FIG. 7, the 5 cards located at the left side of the betting image 70 are the cards sorted as the high hand, the 2 cards on the left side of the betting image 70 are the cards sorted as the second hand. The selection of high hand and second hand may be changed by a player through the touch panel 11 to change the allocation of the seven cards displayed in the player card display area 71.

In the embodiment, in the terminal where the player does not seat, the player's cards are also distributed, and the player's cards may be allocated freely into a high hand with 5 cards and a second hand with 2 cards in accordance to a house rule.

Returning to FIG. 6 and FIG. 7, on the betting screen 70, the tip image 72 which are equal to the betted amount betted by the player may be displayed in the tip display area 73 (for example, in FIG. 6 and FIG. 7, tips of 10 credits are betted). A player may select the betted amount by pressing the after-mentioned betting button 75, and may decide the betting amount by touching the tip display area 73, and the decided betting amount is transmitted to the main control unit 31.

The pooled amount display area 74 is an area to display the pooled amount which is pooled in the POT. Here, in the gaming system 1 according to the embodiment, 5% of the betted amount betted by the player is pooled in the POT.

On the right lower portion of the tip display area 73, betting buttons 75 are arranged (in the embodiment, there are three kinds of the betting buttons, which are “1 credit”, “10 credits”, “100 credits”). The player may select the betted amount to bet in the game by touching the betting button 75.

Above the betting button 75, a REPEAT betting button 76 and an UNDO betting button 77 are formed. The player may bet the same betted amount as betted in the preceding game by pressing the REPEAT betting button 76. And the player may cancel the betting operation which is once conducted by pressing the UNDO betting button 77.

On the left lower portion of the tip display area 73, a HELP button 84 is arranged. The HELP button 84 is a button to be pressed when the player wants to display the operation methods of the gaming system 1 on the liquid crystal display 10. On the right side of the HELP button 84, a message area 85 which shows the message supporting the game process is arranged.

On the lower portion of the betting screen 70, a betted amount display area 90, an acquisition amount display area 91, a possessed credits display area 92, a minimum betting amount limit display area 93 and a maximum betting amount limit display area 94 are arranged. The betted amount display area 90 shows the betted amount betted by the player for the current game, the acquisition amount display area 91 shows the acquisition amount which the player acquired as awards in the game until now, the possessed credits display area 92 shows the credits which the player possessed currently, the minimum betting amount limit display area 93 shows the minimum limit which the player may possibly bet, and the maximum betting amount limit display area 94 shows the maximum limit which the player may possibly bet.

And a game result display area 95, which shows the result of the current game between the player and the dealer, is arranged on the left side of the player card display area 71. Here, in the Pai Gow Poker game, if both the high hand and the second hand of a player are higher than those of the dealer, the player wins the game. If either the high hand or the second hand of a player is higher than that of the dealer, the player plays to a draw with the dealer. And when it ends in a draw, the word of “DRAW” is displayed on the game result display area 95. And when the player wins the game, the words of “YOU WON” are displayed on the game result display area 95. And if the player loses the game, the words of “YOU LOST” are displayed on the game result display area 95.

In the gaming system 1 according to the embodiment, the player may use the betting screen 70 shown in FIG. 1 to bet for the game executed in the other terminal 4. In the betting screen 70 shown in FIG. 1, there exists no player's cards display are 71 (see FIG. 6 and FIG. 7), in the area corresponding to the player's cards display are 71, each terminal display area 301 is displayed to show the corresponding terminal. On the lower portion of each terminal display area 301, a tip display area 73 corresponding to each terminal display area 301 is arranged. Regarding to the other parts, it is the same as the betting screen 70 shown in FIG. 6 and FIG. 7.

Therefore, as described above, the player may select the betted amount by three kinds of betting buttons 75, and may determine the betted amount to the game executed in other terminals through touching of the tip display area 73. Here, on the betting screen 70, the tip image 72 corresponding to the betted amount betted by the player is displayed in the tip display area 73. In above FIG. 1, a tip of ten credits is betted to the “C” terminal 4 by the player.

In the embodiment, there exist five terminals 4 which are “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” and “E”. The betting screen 70 displayed on the liquid crystal display 10 of the terminal “A” is shown on above FIG. 1. Here, to the other four terminals 4, the betting screen 70 displayed on the liquid crystal display 10 are the same.

Furthermore, when the player bets to the game executed on the other terminal 4, credits which equals to two times of the betted amount (credits) is newly provided to the player as an award. In this case, it may be determined that even when the player plays a draw to the dealer in his/her own terminal, the award he/she wins in other terminal may be paid out. Or it may be determined that only when the player the dealer in his/her own terminal, the award he/she wins in other terminal may be paid out.

A predetermined amount of credits (for example, 100 credits) may be added and paid out to the player as well as providing a new award equaling to two times of the betted amount, as described in the embodiment. Also receiving the winning lottery of JACKPOT may also be considered as an award, and the pooled amount pooled in the POT until now may be provided to the player.

Next, a main screen 101 which is displayed on the front display 21, when the Pai Gow Poker game is played on the gaming system 1 according to the embodiment, will be described with reference to FIG. 8.

FIG. 8 is an explanatory diagram of the main screen 101 which is displayed on the front display 21. Here, in order to raise the realistic sensation of the game in the gaming system 1 according to the embodiment, a dealer's image 102, in which animations such as card distribution along with the game are executed, is displayed on the main screen 101.

Almost on the center portion of the main screen 101, a card image 103 is displayed to show the cards distributed to the dealer. Here, in the gaming system 1 according to the embodiment, seven cards are also distributed to the dealer as dealer's cards. And the dealer's cards are also divided into high hand and second hand in accordance with the house rule. And both the high hand and second hand are displayed on the main screen 101 (for example, in FIG. 8, 5 cards of high hand are displayed on an upper stage, and 2 cards of second hand are displayed on a lower stage).

Next, in the gaming system 1 with above construction, a game processing program executed by the CPU 41 of the main control unit 31, and a game processing program at the terminal 4 executed by the CPU 51 of the terminal 4 will be explained with reference to FIG. 9, FIG. 10 and FIG. 11. The programs flowcharted in FIG. 9, FIG. 10 and FIG. 11, are stored in the RAM 42 or the ROM 43 of the main control unit 31, or in the RAM 52 or the ROM 53 of the terminal 4, and are executed by the CPU 41 or the CPU 51.

First, the game processing program executed by the main control unit 31 will be explained with reference to FIG. 9, FIG. 10 and FIG. 11. In step (abbreviated as “S” hereinafter) 1, the dealer's cards lottery process is executed to hold a lottery on the dealer's cards as the dealer's hand by CPU 41. Concretely, if a card deck used in a game contains N cards (in a Pai Gow Poker game, N=53), either number of 1˜N is associated to each card constructing the card deck. And in above S2, seven numbers are sorted out from the numbers of 1˜N, the seven cards associated with the two sorted numbers become the dealer's cards (in other words, these cards are distributed to the dealer).

Hereinafter, in S2, a lottery process for player's cards is executed by the CPU 41 to sort the player's cards. Concretely, from the fifty-three cards constructing each card deck, after seven cards are sorted out as the dealer's cards in S2, forty-six cards may be remained. To these remained forty-six cards, either number of 1˜46 (distribution order) is associated with each card. And then seven numbers are sorted out from the numbers of 1˜46 for each terminal. And the seven cards associated with the seven sorted numbers become the player's cards of each terminal 4. Furthermore, from the card deck which is remained after the dealer's cards and the player's cards are removed, as same as above, seven numbers are sorted, and the seven cards associated with the seven sorted numbers become the player's cards on another terminal 4. And this lottery is executed until the player's cards are allocated to all the terminals 4.

Thereafter, in S3, the start instruction of betting period, in which the reception of the betting operation is executed by players, is transmitted to each terminal 4 by the CPU 41.

Next, in S4, the betting information is received from each terminal 4 by the CPU 41. Here, the betting information includes information regarding to the betted amount (credits) which is betted by players to their own games, the betted amount which the player bets to the other terminal 4 the information which is used to specify the terminal 4. And the received betting information from each terminal 4 is stored in the RAM 42 temporarily.

Thereafter, in S5, it is determined whether the betting condition is satisfied or not. Here, when the betting condition is not satisfied (S5: NO), the gaming process program starts over from the beginning. On the other hand, when the betting condition is satisfied (S5: YES), the game proceeds to S6. Here, the betting condition is a condition that there exists at least one terminal 4 to which the player makes the bets.

In S6, information regarding to the player's seven cards distributed to players (for example, the information regarding to the marks such as “Heart 7” or “Spade A”), is transmitted to each terminal 4 by the CPU 41, based on the lottery result of the lottery process for distributing player's cards in preceding S3. And in S7, the dealer's image, in which the dealer is distributing seven cards to each of players and the dealer, is displayed on the front display 21 as the main screen 101 (see FIG. 8). Meanwhile, regarding to the dealer's seven cards which are distributed to the dealer, the backside image is displayed when the cards are distributed. And the kinds of the marks are non-displayed at that time.

In S8, information regarding to the allocation of the cards into high hand and second hand is received by CPU 41 from each terminal 4. In the gaming system 1 according to the embodiment, 5 cards of high hand and 2 cards of second hand may be assigned freely by players in accordance with the house rule. Also, to the terminal 4 to which the player makes no bet, seven player's cards are distributed and are assigned automatically into 5 cards of high hand and 2 cards of second hand in accordance with the house rule.

And then, in S9, dealer's seven cards sorted in preceding S2, may be allocated to high hand and second hand by the CPU 41 in accordance with the house rule. Furthermore, the image of the dealer's cards displayed on the main screen changes from the backside image to the front image, and the dealer's cards which are allocated into high hand and second hand are displayed (see FIG. 8).

In S10, the player's cards are compared with the dealer's cards by the CPU 41 for high hand and second hand respectively. Concretely, based on the hand of the cards, it is determined that if both the high hand and the second hand of the dealer are higher than those of a player, the dealer wins the game. It is also determined that if both the high hand and the second hand of a player are higher than those of the dealer, the player wins the game. In other case besides the above patterns, the player plays to a draw with the dealer. The kinds of the hands in a Pai Gow Poker game are in the public domain, it may be omitted here.

And in S10, the terminal in which the player wins the game is specified.

Furthermore, in S11, the game determination result and the terminal specified result determined in above S10 are transmitted to each terminal 4. And in S12, the notification image in which the game determination result in each terminal 4 is notified is displayed to the main screen 101 of the front display 21 by the CPU 41.

Next, the game processing program executed by a terminal 4 will be explained with reference to the FIG. 9, FIG. 10 and FIG. 11. In S101, the start instruction of the betting period is received by the CPU 51 from the main control unit 31.

In S102, the betting screen 70 shown in FIG. 1 is displayed on the liquid crystal display 10, and the betted amount (credits) which is betted to the game executed in the other terminals based on the operation information from the touch panel 11 is specified, by the CPU 51.

Next, in S103, it is determined by the CPU 51 whether the first betting period is terminated or not. Concretely, it is determined whether the predetermined time (for example, 20 seconds) has passed from the reception of the betting operation in the preceding S102.

If it is determined that the first betting period has not passed (S103: NO), the reception of the betting operation may be continued by the CPU 51. On the contrary, if it is determined that the first betting period has passed (S103: YES), procedure shifts to S104.

In S104, the betting screen 70 (see FIG. 6 and FIG. 7) is displayed on the liquid crystal display 10, and the betted amount (credits) which is betted to the game executed in the other terminals based on the operation information from the touch panel 11 is specified, by the CPU 51.

Next, in S105, it is determined by the CPU 51 whether the second betting period is terminated or not. Concretely, it is determined whether the predetermined time (for example, 20 seconds) has passed from the reception of the betting operation in the preceding S104.

If it is determined that the second betting period has not passed (S105: NO), the reception of the betting operation may be continued by the CPU 51. On the contrary, if it is determined that the second betting period has passed (S105: YES), procedure shifts to S106.

In S106, the betting information is transmitted by the CPU 51 to the main control unit 31. the betting information includes information regarding to the betted amount (credits) which is betted by player to his/her own game, the betted amount which the player bets to the other terminal 4 and the information which is used to specify the terminal 4.

In S107, the card information regarding to the player's seven cards distributed to the terminal 4, is received by the CPU 51 from the main control unit 31 (information regarding to the marks and the like). In S108, based on the card information received in S109, the player's seven cards are displayed on the betting screen 70 by the CPU 51. And in S108, the player's cards may be firstly displayed via the backside image 88, in which the marks of the cards can not be distinguished (see FIG. 6). And after the predetermined time (for example, 3 seconds) has passed, the player's cards may be then displayed via the front image 87, in which the marks of the cards can be distinguished (see FIG. 7).

Thereafter, in S109, regarding to the player's cards displayed on the betting screen 70, reception of the changeover operation on allocation of the high hand and second hand by players, may be started by the CPU 51. In S110, it is determined whether the changeover operation on allocation is executed or not. If it is determined that the changeover operation is executed (S110: YES), the game proceeds to S111, based on the changeover operation, the kinds of cards may be changed by reallocating the cards into high hand and second hand, and the arrangement of the player's cards displayed on the betting screen 70 may be switched over, by the CPU 51.

On the other hand, if it is determined that the changeover operation on allocation of high hand and second hand is not executed (S110: NO), procedure shifts to S112.

In S112, it is determined whether a predetermined time (for example, 15 seconds) has passed since the operation reception process starts in the preceding S109. If it is determined that the predetermined time has not passed (S112: NO), procedure shifts to S110. If it is determined that the predetermined time has passed (S112: YES), procedure proceeds to S113.

In S113, it is determined whether the betting operation is executed to his own game or the other games in the terminal 4. Here, when it is determined that the betting operation is executed (S113: YES), procedure shifts to S115. When it is determined that the betting operation is not executed (S113: NO), procedure proceeds to S114. In S114, automatic card distribution process is executed. Here, the player's cards are changed to the kinds of cards allocated to the high hand and the second hand in accordance with the house rule, and the arrangement of the player's cards displayed on the betting screen 70 is changed, and then procedure proceeds to S115.

In S115, the distribution information of the high hand and the second hand regarding the current player's cards is transmitted to the main control unit 31 by the CPU 51.

Next, in S116, the game result and the terminal specified result which is transmitted from the main control unit 31, is received by the CPU 51. And in S117, the game result of the player who seats at the terminal 4, is displayed on the liquid crystal display 10 by the CPU 51, based on the game result transmitted in preceding S116. Concretely, on the game result display area 95 of the betting screen 70 (see FIG. 7), the word “DRAW” is displayed when the player plays to a draw with the dealer. The words “YOU WON” are displayed when the player wins the game. The words “YOU LOST” are displayed when the player loses the game.

And then in S118, based on the game determination result transmitted in the proceeding S116, the first payout is executed by CPU 51. Concretely, when a player wins the game against dealer, the credits with a double amount of the betted amount are paid out to the player. When the player plays to a draw with the dealer, the betted amount may be paid out directly.

In S119, based on the terminal specified result transmitted in the proceeding S116, the second payout is executed by CPU 51. Concretely, when a player wins the game against dealer in the other terminal to which the player makes a bet, the credits with a double amount of the betted amount are paid out to the player. When the player plays to a draw with the dealer, the betted amount may be paid out directly.

Here, in the gaming system 1 according to the embodiment, in above S118, under a condition that the high hand of a player's cards includes the Royal Flush, the pooled amount pooled in the POT until now is provided as an award. After the pooled amount is paid out, the pooled amount is updated to an initial value (for example, 100).

As explained above, in the gaming system 1 and the playing method of the card game executed in the gaming system 1 according to the embodiment, the betted amount to the game executed in the terminal 4 where the player seats may be selected by the player through the betting button 75, and may be set by touching the tip display area 73, on the betting screen 70 displayed in the liquid crystal display 10 of the terminal 4 as shown in FIG. 6 (S104). Also, the betted amount to the game executed in the other terminal 4 where the player does not seat, may be selected by the player through the betting button 75, and may be set by touching the tip display area 73, on the betting screen 70 displayed in the liquid crystal display 10 of each terminal 4 as shown in FIG. 1 (S102).

The Pai Gow Poker game is proceeded after the above settings are executed (S5: YES), and the seven dealer's cards displayed in the front display 21 are automatically allocated to high hand and second hand in accordance with the house rule (S9). In the terminal 4 to which the player makes his/her betting, based on the player's changeover operation, the seven player's cards are allocated to high hand (5 cards) and second hand (2 cards) in accordance with the house rule (S111). In the terminal 4 to which the player makes no betting, the seven player's cards are automatically allocated to high hand (5 cards) and second hand (2 cards) in accordance with the house rule (S114).

When the player wins the game executed in the terminal 4 where the player seats, the credits of two times of the betted amount is provided to the player (S118). When the player wins the game executed in the other terminal 4 to which the player does not seat, the credits of two times of the betted amount betted by the player to that terminal 4 is provided to the player (S119).

Therefore, the player may bet for the game executed in the other terminal 4 where the player does not seat (S102), and the new payout may be provided to the player based on the game result in the other terminal 4 and the betted amount (S119), a Pai Gow Poker game which is brand new and interesting may be proceeded. Since the player may bet the game executed in the other terminal 4 where the player does not seat, the chance to increase/decrease the payout amount is increased efficiently. Especially, in the Pai Gow Poker game in which the game of a plurality of terminals is determined in sequence, wherein most of the games are draw games. In such game, it takes long time until the game result of one hand is determined, therefore, increasing a chance to increase/decrease the payout amount efficiently is very productive to such game.

Furthermore, in the betting screen 70 which is used to set the betted amount to the game executed in the other terminal 4, for example, as shown in FIG. 1, it is possible for the player who seats at the terminal 4 of “A” to set the betted amount respectively to the game executed in the other four terminals 4, which are the terminal 4 of “B”, “C”, “D” and “E”. Since there exists a plurality of the combinations of the terminal to which the player may makes his/her betting and the betted amount, the patterns of setting the betted amount to the game executed in the other terminal 4 are abundant. Therefore, a Pai Gow Poker game which is brand new and interesting may be proceeded, and the chance to increase/decrease the payout amount is increased efficiently.

Here, the gaming system is not limited to the above embodiment.

For example, matching up to the timing in which the second payout in S119 is provided, the effect which the second payout is provided may be displayed on the front display 21 or the liquid crystal display 10 of each terminal 4.

The betting condition in S5 is not limited to be set as the condition that the player makes a bet for his own terminal 4, it may also be set as that the player makes at least one bet for the other terminal 4. In this way, the Pai Gow Poker game is proceeded under a condition that all of the players who participate in the game make a bet for the other terminal which is different from the terminal where each player seats. And the chance to increase/decrease the payout amount is increased efficiently.

The playing method of the card game according to this embodiment, may also be applied to Pai Gow Poker game (so-called table game), wherein the game is played between the dealer 202 and players (not shown in the figure) on the gaming table 201, as shown in FIG. 12.

In the table game shown in FIG. 12, the dealer 202 may prepare the a card deck, and may distribute the cards to each player and the dealer respectively on the game table 201. And the player may bet for the game executed in the terminal at which the player seats by putting the tips on the first tip storage place 203 on the gaming table 201. Furthermore, the player may bet for the game executed in the other terminal at which the player does not seat by putting the tips on the second tip storage place 204 on the gaming table 201.

Here, except for a fact that the dealer distributes the cards directly and the dealer and players allocate the cards directly instead of by image, the concrete gaming method is the same as the gaming method by the preceding gaming system 1.

The gaming system 1 and the card game playing method according to this embodiment may also be applied to the other gaming system and the card game playing method in which games other than the Pai Gow Poker, such as the Black Jack game and the other Poker games are executed.

Also to the Pai Gow Poker game, the gaming system 1 and the card game playing method according to this invention may also be applied to the high hand and the second hand of the player's cards separately. For example, the high hand of the player's cards may be used in the game executed in the terminal at which the player seats, and the second of the player's cards may be used in the game executed in the other terminal at which the player does not seat. And the reverse pattern is also conceivable.

Although the subject matter has been described in language specific to structural features and/or methodological acts, it is to be understood that the subject matter defined in the appended claims is not necessarily limited to the specific features or acts described above. Rather, the specific features and acts described above are disclosed as example forms of implementing the claims.