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U.S. Patent No. RE38,982: Gambling game system and methods
Issued February 14, 2006, to Digideal Corp.


Summary: 

The ‘982 patent describes a method for playing blackjack against a computer opponent. The computer deals the cards to all the players at the table and then to itself. A player is then able to ask for other cards or stick with the originally dealt hand. If the player’s hand exceeds a total of “21,” then the computer wins as long as its cards are under that amount. If the computer exceeds 21, however, but the player does not, the player is the victor. The current patent allows this common card game to be played on a network or on an electronic machine where the computer is programmed to exceed the total of 21 a certain amount of times.

Abstract:

A blackjack or other card game system having a plurality of player counters which count the blackjack hands or other player jackpot tally events dealt to players. The system also includes at least one dealer counter which counts the number of bust hands of the dealer or other dealer jackpot tally events. Displays are included for both the dealer and players to indicate the counts. The counters are typically zeroed at the end of each hand if a tally event has not occurred. Jackpots are awarded when the tally counts exceed predefined thresholds. A tabletop retrofit game system is shown for mounting upon blackjack tables. A special round of play having modified rules can be used as part of the jackpot award.


Illustrative Claim:

1. A method for playing a card game involving a dealer and at least one player, comprising the following steps: establishing a predetermined player jackpot tally event wherein said predetermined player jackpot tally event is a predetermined outcome of a player's card hand; establishing a predetermined dealer bust event wherein said predetermined dealer bust event is a predetermined outcome of a dealer's card hand; providing a player jackpot tally event status display for each player comprising a numeric LED readout visible to all players and the dealer; providing a dealer bust event status display comprising a numeric LED readout visible to all players and the dealer; starting a round of play by dealing a card hand to each player and to the dealer; determining whether a player jackpot tally event has occurred for each player; determining whether a dealer bust event has occurred for the dealer; incrementing a player's player jackpot tally event display if said player's card hand is a predetermined player jackpot tally event; incrementing said dealer bust event display if said dealer's card hand is a predetermined dealer bust event; continuing another round of play and incrementing each player jackpot tally event display and dealer bust event display as recited above, and while continuous rounds are played rewarding any player whose player jackpot tally event display has exceeded a predetermined player jackpot tally event threshold; rewarding all players if said dealer bust event display has exceeded a predetermined dealer bust event threshold; zeroing any said player jackpot tally event display when the associated player's card hand did not increment the player's said jackpot tally event display; zeroing said dealer jackpot tally event display when the dealer's card hand did not increment said dealer bust event display.

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