Title:
No chance preview
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A player inserts his or her consideration or money into a gambling device, and makes his wager. The player can see the outcome of the play before he commits via button or window. Therefore removing the chance (chance the unknown or unpredictable element, according to Webster's dictionary).



Inventors:
Hoppe, David John (China, MI, US)
Application Number:
12/077258
Publication Date:
08/27/2009
Filing Date:
03/19/2008
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63F9/24
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Primary Examiner:
DEODHAR, OMKAR A
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
DAVID JOHN HOPPE (CHINA, MI, US)
Claims:
We claim:

1. Eliminating the element of the “chance” or the unpredictable, or the unknown element removes it from being classified as a “Gambling Device.” A gambling device is defined as being any so called slot machine or any other machine or mechanical device, which is designed and manufactured primarily for use in connection with gambling, and any subassembly or essential part to be used in any such machines, but which is not attached to any such machine or mechanical device as a constituent. A lottery ticket is defined as a drawing of lots in which prizes are distributed to the winners among persons buying a chance. A method to remove the element of “chance” or the unpredictable, or the unknown will be introduced to satisfy the rules of gambling.

2. The player will observe either a constant window on the display screen of the “Video Gambling” device or will need to press a button to open a window on the “Video Gambling” to “Preview” the next outcome. The lottery tickets or lottery pull-tabs will be displayed through a window, called a pull-tab dispenser. He or she can see the out come before it is dispensed, and or the out come of events will be preprinted on a ticket.

3. After examination of the “Preview,” the player can determine if he or she wants to continue to place monetary consideration or “Wager,” or not to participate. The “Video Gambling” Device can also be played for entertainment only. The entertainment value will take place after it is determined whether or not the outcome of the event is a “winner” or a “non winner.” When a player inserts consideration into an electronic video gaming device with our program he or she makes his wager and can see what the outcome will be before he commits to it, VIA button (or window) that lets him or her preview the next outcome before committing to his or her wager. Therefore removing the chance (chance the unknown, unpredictable element, according to Webster's Dictionary). Therefore the player can decide whether or not to purchase the event, knowing the outcome. It starts in the software; the engineer will look into the existing software (via the source code) then program our preview screen into the existing program. After the insertion of the preview screen option in the program the game operator will have the option to have a small window or a video screen that previews the next event outcome or the operator can have a button that a player may push and preview the next event outcome. The lottery tickets or lottery pull-tabs will be displayed through a window and displayed as a winner or looser. The player can then make the decision to enter consideration or monies into the lottery ticket or pull tab dispenser.

4. If the player decides that it will be favorable outcome he or she can continue with their wager and receive his or her prize if any.

5. If the player decides the outcome in UN favorable he or she can press the collect button and receive his full consideration back for that play.

6. There is no consideration to preview the next event. The term gambling advice means, any so called slot machine or any other mechanical machines or mechanical device an essential part of which is a drum or reel with insignia there on, and which when operated may deliver, as a result of the application of an element of chance, any money or property, or by the operation of which a person may be entitled to receive, as a result of application of an element of chance, any money or property.

7. Eliminating the element of “Chance” or the unpredictable or the unknown element removes it from being classified as a “Gambling Device” “Gambling game” means any game of chance approved by the commission for wagering including, but not limited to, gambling games authorized by definition 49-11.1(99f) definitions.

Description:

The NO CHANCE PREVIEW is designed to work with “gambling” or “Video Gambling devices,” to eliminate “chance” out of the “Gambling Equation” of “Consideration; or Chance; and Prize”. Therefore reclassifying the Gambling game as not a “Gambling game” or “Game of Chance” as defined by the “Johnson Act of 1962.”

THE JOHNSON ACT 1962

Public Law 87-840, the Gambling Devices Act (64 Stat. 1134, 15 U.S.C. 1171-1178) relating to the manufacturing and transporting of gambling devices in interstate and foreign commerce.

Under this act a gambling device is defines as any so called slot machines or any other machine or mechanical device, including but not limited to roulette wheels, which is designed and manufactured primarily for use in connection with gambling, and any subassembly or essential part to be used in any such machines, but which is not attached to any such machines or mechanical devices as a constituent part.

The only exceptions made to these broadly defined categories are any machine or mechanical device primarily designed and manufactured for use at race track in connection with pari-mutuel betting; any so called claw, crane or digger machine which is operated by a crank, not by a coin, and is designed and manufactured for use at carnivals and state or county fairs; and any machine or mechanical devices, such as a coin operated bowling alley, shuffle board, ordinary pinball machine, or mechanical gun, which is not designed for use in connection with gambling and which, when operated, does not deliver, either directly or indirectly, money or property to the operator as a result of the application of an element of chance.

The Act outlines a comprehensive scheme designed to require certain persons who are engaged in a certain business involving such gambling devices to register annually with the Attorney General. In particular the persons and activities included are any person who is in the business of manufacturing gambling devices and whose business affects the interstate commerce, regardless of whether any such device ever enters interstate or foreign commerce; any person who is in the business of repairing, reconditioning, buying, leasing, using, or making available for use by others gambling devices where such person buys or receives any such gambling device with the knowledge that it has been shipped in interstate or foreign commerce.

Any person who is engaged in one or more of the above activities must file certain information with the Attorney General each calendar year in which he/she intends to engage in such business. This means a new registration statement containing all of the required information must be filed each year. Registration can be made before engaging in any of the aforementioned activities.

The following information must be included in order to comply with the registration requirements.

1. The registrants name and any trade name under which registrant does business; if a company or corporation, the names and the titles of the principal offers should also be given.
2. The address of each place of business in any state or possession of the United States;
3. The address in a state or a possession of the United States where the records required to be kept by this statue may be viewed.
4. Each activity, as outlined above, in which registrant intends to engage during the calendar year with respect to which registration is made.

No special registration form is required nor provided. A letter addressed to the Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington D.C. 20530. Attention: Office of Enforcement Operations, Criminal Division setting forth the above information will be sufficient. Registration should be made by registered or certified mail. Registration is effective upon receipt of the statement. The Act does not authorize the Department of Justice to issue ant certificate or license. Likewise, the Act does not authorize the Department of Justice to grant anyone any exemptions from it's requirements and prohibitions for any reason what so ever.

Persons employed by registrants under this Act need not themselves register, so long as their activity with respect to covered devices is confined solely to activity for and on behalf of their registered employer.

In addition, any person who is required to register must keep detailed records on each gambling device acquired, possessed or owned. These records must be kept at the place or places designated in the registration statement. The Department of Justice does not intend to promulgate any form for use in connection with such record keeping, nor does the Department of Justice have any preference regarding such record keeping. Any form of record keeping convenient to the registrant and to the nature of the registrant's business will be acceptable for the Department, so long as it includes the following information: A) the identity and source of each device; B) the identification of each device itself; C) the identity of the purchaser, consignees and the carriers of each device.

A manufacturer who is required to register must fix a permanent serial number to each device manufactured together with the manufacture's name and trade names and the date of the manufacture.

A registrant in possession of gambling devices manufactured prior to the effective date of this statue should affix a serial number thereto of one is not already so affixed, together with the registrants name and trade name, and a statement indicating that the device was manufactured prior to Dec. 17, 1962.

The statue does not prohibit shipment of devices in foreign commerce. Shipments in interstate commerce, however, even though for eventual disposal in foreign commerce, are covered by the Act as are shipments from foreign countries.

The Gambling Devices Act requires that all gambling devices and all packages containing any such, when shipped or transported, be plainly and clearly labeled or marked so that the name and address of the shipper and the consignee and the nature of the article or the contents of the package may be readily ascertained on an inspection of the outside article or package (15 U.S.C. 1174). The requirement applies to all shipments of gambling devices in either interstate or foreign commerce.

Whether specific devices are covered by the statue; nor will it undertake to answer any inquiries relating to specific situations. Such questions should be directed to private counsel.