Title:
POKER CARD GAME
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A community-style poker game is played by dealing each player two cards face-down followed by a community card face up. A first round of bets is solicited, and then two more community cards are dealt, face up. A second betting round is conducted, and then a final third card is dealt face-down to each player. A third and final betting round is solicited from the players, following which a game decision is reached by evaluating the respective hands considering the three community cards and each players' three private cards to determine the best five-card poker hand out of the six cards available to each player. Because each player that remains in the game can expect to receive the third and final card face down, players will be drawn to remain in the game at least thorough the second betting round with the hope that the third and final card will secure a victory.



Inventors:
Koussaya, Robert (Beaconsfield, CA)
Application Number:
12/143950
Publication Date:
12/25/2008
Filing Date:
06/23/2008
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63F1/00
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Primary Examiner:
STANCZAK, MATTHEW BRIAN
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
DICKINSON WRIGHT PLLC (TROY, MI, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A method for playing a community-style poker card game comprising the steps of: providing a plurality of players; contributing an ante of money to a winnings pot; providing a standard deck of 52 playing cards arranged in the traditional maimer with faces designated 2-10, J, Q, K, A each in four suits; dealing each player respective first and second cards face-down; allowing each player to privately inspect the face value of their respective first and second cards; dealing a first community card face up; soliciting a first bet decision from each player, wherein a bet decision is selected from the group consisting of: bet, check, call, raise and fold; dealing second and third community cards face up; soliciting a second bet decision from each player; dealing each player a respective third card face-down; allowing each player to privately inspect the face of their respective third card; soliciting a third bet decision from each player; selecting a winning player by comparing each player's respective first, second and third card together with the first, second and third community cards according to the conventional poker rules and identifying therefrom the player in possession of the best five-card hand.

2. The method of claim 1 further including the step of designating a dealer from among one of the players.

3. The method of claim 1 wherein said step of contributing an ante includes requiring a single player to contribute the entire ante amount for all players.

4. The method of claim 1 further including the step of discarding a card from the top of the deck of cards prior to said step of dealing the second and third community cards.

5. The method of claim 1 further including the step of discarding a card from the top of the deck of cards prior to said step of dealing each player a third card face-down.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims priority to U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/929,365 filed Jun. 25, 2007.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to card games, and is more particularly concerned with community-type poker card games that involve betting.

2. Related Art

Poker card games are well known in the art. However, for many poker card games, the rules are complicated, thus making the game inaccessible to new players. Also, many poker players, and especially new players, find it difficult to put together a reasonable hand when their hand only consists of five cards, as is the case for many traditional poker games. Further, many players, especially new players, often have difficulty in evaluating their hands, and prospects for winning, compared to those of their opponents, when, as in most conventional poker games, most or all of the cards in the hands of their opponents are hidden.

The game known as Texas Hold'Em style poker has become very popular. It is one example of a community-type of poker in which players are dealt an incomplete hand of face-down cards, and then a number of face-up “community” cards are dealt to the center of the table, each of which can be used by one or more of the players to make a 5-card hand.

In casual play of poker games, the right to deal a hand typically rotates among the players and is marked by a token, sometimes called a ‘dealer’ button or “buck.” In a casino, a house dealer handles the cards for each hand, but the button (typically a white plastic disk) is rotated clockwise among the players to indicate a nominal dealer to determine the order of betting. One or more players are usually required to make forced bets, usually either an ante or a blind bet (sometimes both). The dealer shuffles the cards, cuts, and deals the appropriate number of cards to the players one at a time. Cards may be dealt either face-up or face-down, depending on the variant of poker being played. After the initial deal, the first of what may be several betting rounds begins. Between rounds, the players' hands develop in some way, often by being dealt additional cards or replacing cards previously dealt. At the end of each round, all bets are gathered into the central pot. At any time during a betting round, if one player bets and no opponents choose to “call” (match) the bet and instead “fold,” the hand ends immediately, the bettor is awarded the pot, no cards are required to be shown, and the next hand begins. This is what makes bluffing possible. Bluffing is a primary feature of poker, one that distinguishes it from other vying games and from other games that make use of poker hand rankings. At the end of the last betting round, if more than one player remains, there is a showdown, in which the players reveal their previously hidden cards and evaluate their hands. The player with the best hand according to the poker variant being played wins the pot. A poker hand consists of five cards, but in some variants a player has more than five to choose from.

Despite the widespread popularity of community-type poker games like Texas Hold'Em, there remains a desire to improve the speed at which games can be played. Faster games increase player excitement and profitability to casino and tournament proprietors. However, any alteration of the game play method has the potential to destroy the qualities that make the game exciting and popular. Another disadvantage of Texas Hold'Em poker is that players dealt poor cards are likely to fold, or withdraw, prior to the end of the game. As a result, the game is less enjoyable for such players and the winnings do not grow as large. Furthermore, there is a continual thirst for games of increased strategy. Poker players are renowned for the strategy technique known as bluffing. Any opportunity to increase strategy options and the opportunity to bluff more often within a poker-style card game will be welcomed within the card game playing community, provided of course that the overall card game appeals to a wide cross-section of poker players.

Accordingly, there is a need for an improved poker card game which obviates the above difficulties and enables faster game play, keeps players engaged longer, and increases strategy opportunities.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is therefore a general object of the present invention to provide an improved poker card game in which players have a better chance of assembling a favorable hand and of evaluating their prospects for winning the game.

According to a preferred embodiment of this invention, a method for playing a community-style poker card game comprised the steps of: providing a plurality of players; contributing an ante of money to a winnings pot; providing a standard deck of 52 playing cards; dealing each player respective first and second cards face-down; allowing each player to privately inspect the face value of their first and second cards; dealing a first community card face up; soliciting a first bet decision from each player; dealing second and third community cards face up; soliciting a second bet decision from each player; dealing each player a third card face-down; allowing each player to privately inspect the face of their third card; soliciting a third bet decision from each player; and then selecting a winning player by comparing each player's cards together with the community cards according to the conventional poker rules and identifying the player in possession of the best five-card hand.

An advantage of the present invention is that the subject poker card game allows each player to better evaluate the contents of the opposing players' hands. Another advantage of the present poker card game is that additional cards are provided, thus facilitating reception by a player of a hand for which the player has a reasonable prospect of winning the game. More specifically, each player that remains in the game can expect to receive a third card (i.e., sixth card overall) face down. The effect of this expectation is that players will be drawn to remain in the game so as to receive that final card which may improve their hand and result in a favorable game decision. And the fact that the final card is dealt each player face down effectively cooperates with any variety of bluffing strategy. Thus, by incentivizing each player to remain engaged in the game at least thorough the second betting round, the winnings pot will grow larger and all players will receive greater satisfaction from game play.

Other objects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from careful reading of the detailed description provided herein, with appropriate reference to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

These and other features and advantages of the present invention will become more readily appreciated when considered in connection with the following detailed description and appended drawings, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a view of a hand of a player of a poker card game in accordance with a first embodiment of the present invention, prior to a first betting round of the game;

FIG. 2 is a view of a hand of a player of the poker card game after the first betting round; and

FIG. 3 is a view of a hand of a player of the poker card game shown in FIG. 1 after a second betting round.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Referring to the Figures, wherein like numerals indicate like or corresponding parts throughout the several views,

With reference to the annexed drawings the preferred embodiment of the present invention will be herein described for indicative purpose and by no means as of limitation.

This invention relates to a community-style poker game of cards, wherein a game decision is based on the traditional rules of poker. For the avoidance of doubt, poker hands are evaluated on the best five cards available to each player, even when a hand consists of more than five cards. Individual cards are ranked A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, A. Hand rankings descend in priority from Straight Flush, Four-of-a-Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, Three-of-a-Kind, Two Pair, One Pair, and High Card. All other traditional poker rules apply equally in this invention.

Reference is now made to FIG. 1, which shows a hand, shown generally as 10, of a player of a poker card game in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, prior to a first betting round for the game. The game commences with the designation of one player thereof as a dealer for the hand 10. A player is also designated to contribute an ante, i.e. an amount of money required from each player to receive a hand 10. Preferably, one player, for example, the player immediately to the left of the dealer, contributes the ante for all players for a given hand 10. Thus, if the ante for each player is 5 dollars and there are five players, then the player designated for the ante would contribute 25 dollars to a pot of cash used to provide winnings for the game. For the next hand 10, a different player is designated to contribute the ante. The dealer and the player designated for contributing the ante could be tracked, for example, by using a token, not shown, which could be circulated, prior to each hand 10, to a player adjacent the player designated for contributing the ante during the previous hand 10, the player having the token being designated as the player for contributing the ante and another player adjacent thereto being designated as the dealer. Alternately, each player could individually contribute their own ante at the beginning of each hand 10. It should be noted that the player designated as the dealer typically represents a venue, such as a casino, in which the game is played and which receives a percentage or a commission for each hand 10 played.

Once the ante has been contributed, the dealer deals two respective cards 14 to each player, followed immediately by one community card that is shared by all players. The two respective cards 14 dealt to each player combined with the shared community card initially forming the respective hand 10 thereof. The respective hand 10 of the player is initially dealt to the player with two respective face-down, or hidden, cards 14a, 14b, in which the face side 16 of the card 14, having the value thereof inscribed thereupon, is dealt facing the table. Accordingly, the value of the face-down cards 14a, 14b is not shown to the other players. The player receiving the face-down cards 14a, 14b can, however, look at the face side 16, if desired. The third respective card 14c, is a community card 14c, also referred to as an “up” card, and is dealt to the player with the face side 16 thereof facing away from the table. Accordingly the value of the “up” card 14c is visible to all players.

Once all of the players have received the respective first three cards 14a, 14b, 14c for their hands 10, a first betting round occurs. The options for each player in the betting round are the same as for a conventional poker game, i.e. each player may, for example, bet, call, raise, fold, etc. Typically, the player situated adjacently to the left of the dealer commences the first betting round, and each player then follows clockwise around the table until all players have folded or called their last bet.

Reference is now made to FIG. 2. After the first betting round is completed, the dealer deals another two respective “up” cards 14d, 14e, which also are community cards shared by all players. Optionally, prior to dealing the “up” cards 14d, 14e, the dealer may also burn a card 14, i.e. discard a card 14 on the top of the deck of cards 14 used for the game 12 by placing the card 14 on a discard pile in which all folded hands 10 and discarded cards 14 are placed. Accordingly, each player now has 5 respective cards 14, namely two respective face-down cards 14a, 14b, and three respective “up” cards 14c, 14d, 14e, in the player's respective hand 10.

Once the community cards 14d, 14e have been dealt, a second betting round occurs. Like the first betting round, the second betting round is preferably, but not compulsorily, commenced by a player immediately adjacent the dealer and to the left thereof and who may either bet, check, or fold. The betting round then continues clockwise around the table until all players remaining have checked, folded, or called the last bet.

Reference is now made to FIG. 3. After the second betting round is completed, the dealer deals a third face down card 14f, also referred to as a down-and-dirty card 14f, to each player. Thus, the respective hand 10 for each player now contains three respective face-down cards 14a, 14b, 14f and three “up” cards 14c, 14d, 14e. Optionally, the dealer may also burn another card 14. After each player receives their respective third card 14f, a third betting round is undertaken, in the same fashion as the second betting round.

Once the third round is complete, the last player to place a bet must show his respective hand 10 by turning over all of the face-down cards 14a, 14b, 14f. All other players who called the final bet made by the last player and who have better respective hands 10 than the last player to place a bet, according to conventional poker rules, must also show their respective hands 10. However, a player who called the final bet made by the last player and who does not have a better hand than the last player, may elect to muck their respective hand 10 by discarding it on to the discard pile without showing the respective face-down cards 14a, 14b, 14f. Hands 10 are evaluated relative one another according to conventional poker rules by combining two or three of their face-down cards 14a, 14b, 14f with two or three “up” cards 14c, 14d, 14e to create the best combination possible of five cards 14. The winner of the game, i.e. the player entitled to claim the pot or winnings therefrom, is the player having the best combination of five cards 14, based on conventional poker rules, using any combination of the player's three face-down cards 14a, 14b, 14f and the three “up” cards 14c, 14d, 14e (best 5 out of 6). As the face side 16 of three of the cards 14, i.e. “up” cards 14c, 14d, 14e, is visible, players are able to, advantageously, evaluate their chances of success versus other players more easily than in conventional poker games.

Further, since the hands 10 are evaluated on the basis of the best combination of five out of six cards 14, namely the three up cards 14c, 14d, 14e combined with three of the face-down cards 14a, 14b, 14f, the prospects of a player putting together a reasonably strong hand 10 are increased.

In appropriate settings, a dealer can be used to represent the house (casino) which in turn receives either a percentage or a commission per game played.

The foregoing invention has been described in accordance with the relevant legal standards, thus the description is exemplary rather than limiting in nature. Variations and modifications to the disclosed embodiment may become apparent to those skilled in the art and fall within the scope of the invention. Accordingly the scope of legal protection afforded this invention can only be determined by studying the following claims.