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Multi-draw poker game

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Nicholas Luke Bennett

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A poker style card game suitable for playing on a gaming machine. In the game an initial hand of cards is dealt and the player selects particular cards to be held in the hand. The game is characterised in that multiple new hands of held cards are then created wherein the held cards in each new hand are dependent on the held cards in the initial hand but are not identical to the held cards from the initial hand. Additional cards are then drawn to complete each of the hands, and prizes are paid for each hand according to a pay table.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

A specific embodiment of the invention will now be described by way of example only, and with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a simplified flow chart for a first embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 illustrates an initial hand provided in a first example of a game played according to the first embodiment;

FIG. 3 illustrates the cards which the player chooses to hold in the first example;

FIG. 4 illustrates the reproduction of the value of the held cards of FIG. 3 into four other suits;

FIG. 5 shows an example of a second hand dealt according to the first embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 6 illustrates the cards held from the second hand;

FIG. 7 shows the resulting hand after a draw to the retained cards shown in FIG. 6;

FIG. 8 shows a first hand dealt in a second embodiment of the game of the present invention;

FIG. 9 shows the cards held by the player from the hand shown in FIG. 8;

FIG. 10 shows the resultant display of hands on the display means of the gaming machine;

FIG. 11 is a simplified flow chart for the second embodiment;

FIG. 12 is a flow chart for the step of reproduction of the same winning combination into four additional hands;

FIG. 13 illustrates a gaming machine; and

FIG. 14 is a schematic diagram of a gaming machine control circuit.

Claims

1. A gaming machine having a display means and a game control means arranged to control images displayed on the display means, the game control means being arranged to play a game wherein one or more indicia are caused to be displayed on the display means and, if a predefined winning event arises the machine awards a prize, the gaming machine being characterised in that an initial set of indicia is displayed on the display means and, the player selects one or more indicia to be held from that initial set, other non-held indicia being discarded from the set and wherein following the player selection, one or more additional sets of indicia are then generated and displayed on the display means and wherein the indicia in each additional set are dependent on the indicia held in the initial set but are not identical to those held indicia and wherein the game played is a poker style card game, the indicia represent playing cards, and the sets of indicia are hands of the cards and wherein the cards in the one or more additional hands have the same face value as the cards held from the initial hand but are in different suits.

2. A gaming machine as claimed in claim 1 wherein if the initial set of indicia is a winning combination, no additional sets are generated and the prize awarded is a multiple of the prize for one winning combination.

3. A gaming machine as claimed in claim 1 wherein additional indicia are drawn to the indicia held in the initial set and to the additional sets of indicia to generate a plurality of resultant sets, and prizes are paid for each resultant set according to a pay table.

4. A gaming machine as claimed in claim 1 wherein the gaming machine indicates suggested holds for the player from the initial set which holds may be overridden by the player.

5. A gaming machine having a display means and a game control means arranged to control images displayed on the display means, the game control means being arranged to play a game wherein one or more indicia are caused to be displayed on the display means and, if a predefined winning event arises the machine awards a prize, the gaming machine being characterised in that an initial set of indicia is displayed on the display means and, the player selects one or more indicia to be held from that initial set, other non-held indicia being discarded from the set and wherein following the player selection, one or more additional sets of indicia are then generated and displayed on the display means and wherein the indicia in each additional set are dependent on the indicia held in the initial set but are not identical to those held indicia and wherein the game played is a poker style card game, the indicia represent playing cards, and the sets of indicia are hands of the cards wherein the cards are dealt from a deck which includes a suit of multi-suit cards each card of which has a single face value but which may be in two or more of the four suits.

6. A gaming machine as claimed in claim 5 wherein following the selection of the held cards the game control means generates multiple new hands of held cards to the same player strategy as the initially held cards.

7. A gaming machine as claimed in claim 6 wherein the additional hands are dealt with a different face value to that of the initially held cards.

8. A gaming machine as claimed in claim 7 wherein the additional hands are dealt in a different suit to that of the initially held cards.

9. A gaming machine as claimed in claim 8 wherein if the player strategy is to retain two or more cards of the same face value, four additional hands, each hand having the same number of cards of the same face value, are displayed.

10. A gaming machine as claimed in claim 6 wherein if the player holds multiple face value cards of the same suit from the initial hand, the same face value cards are reproduced in different suits to the initially dealt hand in the multiple new hands.

11. A gaming machine as claimed in claim 6 wherein if the player holds multiple cards in a sequence in which adjacent cards increase in consecutive denominations, the control means generates additional hands of cards in sequences in which adjacent cards increase in consecutive denominations but having differing start cards.

12. A game for playing on a gaming apparatus wherein one or more indicia are caused to be displayed on a display means and, if a predefined winning event arises a prize is awarded, the game being characterised in that an initial set of indicia is displayed on the display means and a player selects one or more indicia to be held from that initial set, other non-held indicia being discarded from the set and wherein following the player selection, one or more additional sets of indicia are then generated and displayed on the display means and wherein the indicia in each additional set are dependent on the indicia held in the initial set but are not identical to those held indicia wherein the game played is a poker style card game, the indicia represent playing cards, and the sets of indicia are hands of the cards and wherein the cards in the one or more additional hands have the same faces value as the cards held from the initial hand but are in different suits.

13. A game for playing on a gaming apparatus as claimed in claim 12 wherein if the initial set of indicia is a winning combination, no additional sets are generated and the prize awarded is a multiple of the prize for one winning combination.

14. A game for playing on a gaming apparatus as claimed in claim 12 wherein additional indicia are drawn to the indicia held in the initial set and to the additional sets of indicia to generate a plurality of resultant sets, and prizes are paid for each resultant set according to a pay table.

15. A game for playing on a gaming apparatus as claimed in claim 12 wherein the of cards are dealt from a deck which includes a suit of multi-suit cards each card of which has a single face value but which may be in two or more of the four suits.

16. A game for playing on a gaming apparatus as claimed claim 15 wherein following the selection of the held cards the game control means generates multiple new hands of held cards to the same player strategy as the initially held cards.

17. A game for playing on a gaming apparatus as claimed claim 16 wherein the additional hands are dealt with a different face value to that of the initially held cards.

18. A game for playing on a gaming apparatus as claimed in claim 17 wherein the additional hands are dealt in a different suit to that of the initially held cards.

19. A game for playing on a gaming apparatus as claimed in claim 18 wherein if the player strategy is to retain two or more cards of the same face value, four additional hands, each hand having the same number of cards of the same face value are displayed.

20. A game for playing on a gaming apparatus as claimed in claim 15 wherein if the player holds multiple cards of the same suit from the initial hand, the same cards are reproduced in different suits to the initially dealt hand.

21. A game for playing on a gaming machine as claimed in claim 12 wherein the gaming machine indicates suggested holds for the player from the initial set which holds may be overridden by the player.

22. A game for playing on a gaming apparatus wherein one or more indicia are caused to be displayed on a display means and, if a predefined winning event arises a prize is awarded, the game being characterised in that an initial set of indicia is displayed on the display means and a player selects one or more indicia to be held from that initial set, other non-held indicia being discarded from the set and wherein following the player selection, one or more additional sets of indicia are then generated and displayed on the display means and wherein the indicia in each additional set are dependent on the indicia held in the initial set but are not identical to those held indicia wherein the game played is a poker style card game, the indicia represent playing cards, and the sets of indicia are hands of the cards and wherein if the player is initially dealt a complete winning hand in the form of a straight, the control means generates additional straights having differing start cards.