GB2462666A - Modified blackjack game with three card poker side wager - Google Patents

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GB2462666A
GB2462666A GB0805284A GB0805284A GB2462666A GB 2462666 A GB2462666 A GB 2462666A GB 0805284 A GB0805284 A GB 0805284A GB 0805284 A GB0805284 A GB 0805284A GB 2462666 A GB2462666 A GB 2462666A
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Abstract

A method and apparatus for playing a casino card game incorporating elements from blackjack and three card poker includes the steps of (i) placing a first ante wager, (ii) optionally placing at least one of a second, third and fourth wager, (iii) dealing three cards, (iv) resolving the first, second and third wagers in a manner based on the rules of blackjack, and (v) resolving the fourth wager in a manner based on the rules of three card poker. The second wager is preferably collected when the player hand is greater than 21, and returned with additional sums when the player hand is not greater than 21. The third wager is preferably collected when the dealer hand is not greater than 21, and returned with an additional sum when the dealer hand is greater than 21. The first wager is preferably resolved according to the normal rules of blackjack. The fourth wager is preferably resolved based on a comparison of the 3 card poker value of the player and dealer hands, with the amount paid to a winning player being determined using a paytable. The game may be provided electronically using a computer, gaming machine, mobile telephone or such-like.

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Card Game and Method Therefor The present invention relates to a card game and more particularly to a card game in which at least one player contests a hand with a dealer. in particular, but not exclusively, the invention may take the form of a casino table game.
Many card games of the casino table game kind are known. For some players familiarity with the games available is an incentive to play. However, for other players such familiarity will lead to a dwindling of interest such that the player familiar with the existing game will wager less frequently on such familiar games and seek other alternatives. in order to maintain interest among such players, casinos and other gaming establishments or other game providers actively seek to introduce new games. Advantageously, such games should allow for a single player to contest a hand with a dealer, as players may become discouraged from wagering if required to wait for one or more additional players before a game may commence. Such games may also readily be implemented as a video card game on gaming machines where no additional players need be present.
it is an advantage of the present invention, that a new game in which at least one player contests a hand with a dealer is provided addressing these issues.
One particular concern for casinos, while seeking new games for players becoming disinterested in existing games, is that other players unfamiliar with a new game will not be interested in the new game or in spending a significant period of time to learn to play the new game. As the game of the present invention comprises elements from known games, the game of the present invention is conceptually easy to understand and so circumvents this difficulty.
According to a first aspect of the present invention, a method of playing a card game in which at least one player contests a hand with a dealer comprises the steps of a) receiving a first ante wager from the or each player b) receiving at least one of a second wager, a third wager and a fourth wager c) dealing three cards to the or each player and to a dealer to form a three card hand for each, at least one card from the dealer's hand being dealt face up; d) determining a hand value for each player and where the hand value has exceeded a first predetermined value according to a first set of rules any second wager being collected, otherwise returning the second wager to the player with an additional sum e) providing each player where the hand value has not exceeded a first predetermined value according to the first set of rules with the option of an additional card in accordance with the first set of rules until the hand value has exceeded the first predetermined value, 1') determining a hand value for the dealer, returning any third wagers together with an additional sum if the dealer's three card hand value in accordance with the first set of rules exceeds the first predetermined value, collecting the third wager otherwise, g) requiring the dealer to receive an additional card where the hand value of the dealer's hand is less than a second predetermined value until the value of the dealer's hand is not less than the second predetermined value, h) then if both the player and the dealer have now exceeded the first predetermined value -returning the first wager to the player, if the player has exceeded the first predetermined value and the dealer has not -collecting the first wager, if the player has not exceeded the first predetermined value and the dealer has -returning the first wager to the player together with an additional sum, and if both the player and the dealer have not exceeded the first predetermined value and the values of each hand are equal -returning the first wager to the player, if the value of the player's hand is less than the value of the dealer's hand -collecting the first wager, and if the value of the player's hand is greater than the value of the dealer's hand -returning the first wager to the player together with an additional sum, i) where the fourth wager has been placed, for each such player determining according to a second set of rules a hand value for the first three cards dealt to the player, and in the event that the player has a qualifying hand returning the third wager together with an additional sum depending upon the value of the qualifying hand, otherwise collecting the third wager.
Alternatively, in relation to the fourth wager for each player additionally determining the hand value according to the second set of rnles of the dealer's first three cards and in the event that the player has a hand value greater than that of the dealer returning the fourth wager together with an additional sum depending upon the value of the qualifying hand, in the event that the hand values are equal returning the fourth wager to the player, otherwise collecting the fourth wager. In a further alternative, where the hand values are equal, but a qualifying hand has nevertheless been dealt to the player, the fourth wager is returned together with an additional sum.
Preferably, in step c) only one or two cards are dealt to the dealer and these are dealt face up, the remaining cards of the dealers' first three cards being dealt following step e) and prior to step 0.
Preferably, each player, if their three card hand value according to the first set of rules is less than the second predetermined hand value, is further required to take one or more additional cards until their hand value according to the first set of rules is not less than the second predetermined hand value.
Preferably the cards dealt to the dealer and at least one player are selected from 6 shuffled decks of 52 cards.
Alternatively, in relation to the third wager, instead of step 1) performing the step of returning the third wager together with an additional sum if the dealer's hand does not exceed the first predetermined value and collecting the third wager otherwise.
Preferably where the value of the player's hand in accordance with the first set of rules equals the first predetermined value returning the second wager to the player together with an additional sum. More preferably, where the value of the player's hand in accordance with the first set of rules equals the first predetermined value and comprises at least one predeternñned card, for example a black jack, the second wager is returned to the player together with an additional sum at least equal to one and a half times the amount of the second wager.
Preferably, the first set of rules correspond to the rules of blackjack.
Preferably, the first predetermined value is 21. More preferably, where the player's hand comprises three sevens, the second wager is returned together with an additional sum equal to at least three times the second wager. Additionally or alternatively, where the player's hand comprises a six, a seven and an eight, the second wager is returned together with an additional sum equal to at least two times the second wager.
Further additionally or alternatively, where the player's hand comprises two cards of value ten and an ace, the second wager is returned together with an additional sum at least equal to two times the second wager.
Preferably, the second predetermined value is 17.
Preferably, the second set of rules correspond to the rnles of 3 card poker. More preferably, the plurality of predetermined values are straight flush, three of a kind and straight. Even more preferably, where the predetermined value is a straight flush the first wager is returned together with an additional sum at least equal to five times the first wager, where the predetermined value is three of a kind the first wager is returned together with an additional sum at least equal to four times the first wager and where the predetermined value is a straight the first wager is returned together with an additional sum at least equal to the first wager.
Preferably, where required to be determined the predetermined value of the dealer's hand is Queen high or better.
According to a second aspect of the invention a system for playing a card game in which a player contest a hand with a dealer comprises: a computer processor, a card value allocation unit associated with the computer processor, a wager detection unit for detecting any wager placed by a player in communication with the computer processor, the computer processor being adapted to record the placing of any wager, and a display in communication with the computer processor; wherein the computer processor is configured to perform the steps of: a) recording an allocation of credit assigned to a first ante wager from a player and b) recording any allocation of credit assigned to an optional second wager, recording any allocation of credit assigned to an optional third wager, recording any allocation of credit assigned to an optional fourth wager, at least one of the second, third and fourth wagers being recorded c) receiving from the card value allocation unit values corresponding to three cards to form a three card hand for each of the player and the dealer and causing representations of at least one card value from the dealer's hand and all three card values of the player's three card hand to be displayed on the display; d) determining a hand value for the player's three card hand and where the hand vahie has exceeded a first predetermined value according to a first set of rules transferring from the player the credit assigned to the second wager, otherwise returning the credit assigned to the second wager together with an additional credit e) where the hand value has not exceeded a first predetermined value according to the first set of rules providing the player with the option of receiving an additional card value allocation, detecting when the option to receive an additional card value allocation has been taken, receiving an additional card value from the card allocation unit, displaying a representation of the additional card value on the display, and repeating this step until detecting when the player elects not to receive an additional card or the hand value exceeds the first predetermined value, I) determining a hand value for the dealer, returning any credits assigned to the third wagers together with an additional credit if the dealer's three card hand value in accordance with the first set of rules exceeds the first predeternñned value, transferring from the player the credit assigned to the third wager otherwise, g) where the hand value of the dealer's hand is less than a second predetermined value allocating an additional card value, displaying a representation of the additional card value on the display and repeating until the value of the dealer's hand is not less than the second predetermined value, if the dealer's hand value in accordance with the first set of rules exceeds the first predetermined value returning any credits assigned to the third wagers together with an additional credit, h) then if both the player and the dealer have now exceeded the first predetermined value -returning the credit assigned to the first wager to the player, if the player has exceeded the first predetermined value and the dealer has not -transferring from the player the credit assigned to the first wager, if the player has not exceeded the first predetermined value and the dealer has -returning the credit assigned to the first wager to the player together with an additional credit, and if both the player and the dealer have not exceeded the first predetermined value and the values of each hand are equal -returning the first wager to the player, if the value of the player's hand is less than the value of the dealer's hand -collecting the first wager, and if the value of the player's hand is greater than the value of the dealer's hand -returning the first wager to the player together with an additional sum, and i) in relation to the fourth wager for each player determining according to a second set of rules a hand value for the first three cards of the player, and in the event that the player has a qualifying hand returning the credit assigned to the fourth wager together with an additional credit depending upon the value of the qualifying hand, otherwise transferring from the player the credit assigned to the fourth wager.
Alternatively, in relation to the fourth wager for each player additionally determining according to a second set of rnles a hand value for the dealer's first three cards and in the event that the player has a hand value greater than that of the dealer returning the credit assigned to fourth wager together with an additional credit depending upon the value of the qualifying hand, in the event that the hand values are equal returning the credit assigned to the fourth wager to the player, otherwise transferring from the player the credit assigned to the fourth wager. In a further alternative, where the hand values are equal, but a qualifying hand has nevertheless been dealt to the player, the credit assigned to the fourth wager is returned together with an additional credit determined upon the value of the qualifying hand.
Preferably, the card value allocation unit is provided as part of the processor or in direct communication with the processor. Alternatively, the system flirther comprises a remote processor, and the computer processor is in communication with a network interface unit to enable communication with the remote processor, the card value allocation unit being provided as part of the remote processor or in direct communication with the remote processor.
Preferably, representations of two of the dealer's first three allocated card values will be caused to be displayed on the display.
Alternatively, in step e) only one or two card values are allocated to the dealer and representations of these card values are caused to be displayed on the display, the remaining card values of the dealers' first three card values being allocated and caused to be displayed on the display following step g) and prior to step h).
Preferably, the player if their three card hand value according to the first set of rules is less than the second predetermined hand value is required to receive an allocation of one or more additional card values until the hand value according to the first set of rules is not less than the second predetermined hand value.
Preferably, the card values allocated by the card value allocation unit correspond to individual cards available from six decks of 52 cards.
Alternatively, in relation to the second wager, instead of step h) returning the credit assigned to the third wager together with an additional credit if the dealer's hand does not exceed the first predetermined value and transferring from the player the credit assigned to the third wager otherwise.
Preferably where the value of the player's hand in accordance with the first set of rules equals the first predetermined value the credit assigned to the second wager is returned to the player together with an additional credit. More preferably, where the player's hand value in accordance with the first set of rules equals the first predetermined value and comprises at least one predetermined card, for example a black jack, the credit assigned to the second wager is returned to the player together with an additional credit at least equal to one and a half times the credit assigned to the second wager.
Preferably, the first set of rules correspond to the rules of blackjack.
Preferably, the first predetermined value is 21. More preferably, where the player's hand comprises three sevens, the credit assigned to the second wager is returned together with an additional credit equal to at least three times the credit assigned to the second wager. Additionally or alternatively, where the player's hand comprises a six, a seven and an eight, the credit assigned to the second wager is returned together with an additional credit equal to at least two times the credit assigned to the second wager.
Further additionally or alternatively, where the player's hand comprises two cards of value ten and an ace, the credit assigned to the second wager is returned together with an additional credit equal to at least two times the credit assigned to the first wager.
Preferably, the second predetermined value is 17.
Preferably, the second set of rules correspond to the rules of 3 card poker. More preferably, the plurality of predetermined values are straight flush, three of a kind and straight. Even more preferably, where the predetermined value is a straight flush the credit assigned to the first wager is returned together with an additional amount of credit at least five times the credit assigned to the first wager, where the predetermined value is three of a kind the credit assigned to the first wager is returned together with an additional amount of credit at least four times the credit assigned to the first wager and where the predetenuined value is a straight the credit assigned to the first wager is returned together with an additional amount of credit at least equal to the credit assigned to the first wager.
Preferably, in relation to the fourth wager, where the dealer's hand value falls to be determined, the predetermined value of the dealer's hand is Queen high or better.
Preferably, for each of the first, second, third and fourth wagers received the computer processor causes a representation of the wager received to appear on the display.
More preferably the representation of the wager received comprises a numerical representation of the wager received together with a graphical representation of the wager received. More preferably, the graphical representation of the wager received comprises an image of one or more gaming chips. Where a graphical representation of the wager received is displayed, in the event of a wager being collected the computer processor causes the graphical representation of the wager received to move towards the dealer's hand on the display. Where a graphical representation of the wager received is displayed, in the event of a wager being returned the computer processor causes the graphical representation of the wager received to move towards the player's hand on the display. Where a graphical representation of the wager received is displayed, in the event of a wager being returned with additional value the computer processor causes an additional graphical representation to appear, and for the graphical representation of the wager received and the additional graphical representation each to move towards the player's hand on the display.
Preferably, the system further comprises input means in communication with the processor whereby signals from the input means convey receipt of a wager from a player or a decision of the player to be allocated the additional card value or not to the processor.
Preferably the system for playing a card game further comprises a credit unit. More preferably, the credit unit comprises one or more of a coin acceptor, note acceptor, credit card or debit card reader or other electronic payment interface.
Preferably, the system for playing a card game further comprises a payment unit.
More preferably, the payment unit comprises one or more of a coin dispenser, a note dispenser, an electronic payment interface, or a ticket dispenser.
According to a third aspect of the invention, a computer readable storage medium is encoded with instructions for enabling performance of the method of the first aspect of the invention.
According to a fourth aspect of the invention a system for playing a card game in which two or more players each contest a hand with a dealer comprises: a remote processor incorporating a card value allocation unit, a network, a plurality of apparatus, each apparatus being adapted for play by a player, each apparatus comprising a wager detection unit for detecting any wager placed by a player in communication with the computer processor, the computer processor being adapted to record the placing of any wager, a display in communication with the computer processor and a network interface unit; wherein: a) for each apparatus, a first predetermined time period is provided for an allocation of credit assigned to a first ante wager from a player to be recorded together with any allocation of credit assigned to one or more of an optional second wager, a third optional wager and a fourth optional wager, b) where suitable allocations of credit have been made within the first predetermined time period, card values are allocated by the card value allocation unit corresponding to three cards for each player and for the dealer to form a three card hand for each; c) for each apparatus, representations of the allocated card values for the player are caused to be displayed on the display of the player's apparatus, together with representations of at least one card from the dealer's hand; d) a hand value for each player is determined and where the hand value has exceeded a first predetermined value according to a first set of rules the credit assigned to the second wager being transferred from the player e) where the hand value has not exceeded a first predetermined value according to the first set of rules for a second predetermined time period providing the player with the option of receiving an additional card value, detecting when the option to receive an additional card value has been taken, allocating an additional card value, displaying a representation of the additional card value on the display, and repeating this step until detecting when the player elects not to receive an additional card value or the hand value exceeds the first predetermined value, 1) a hand value for the dealer is determined, any credit assigned to the third wagers being returned together with an additional credit if the dealer's three card hand value in accordance with the first set of rules exceeds the first predetermined value, the credit assigned to the third wager being transferred from the player otherwise, g) where the hand value of the dealer's hand is less than a second predetermined value allocating an additional card value, displaying a representation of the additional card value on the display and repeating until the value of the dealer's hand is not less than the second predetermined value, if the dealer's hand value in accordance with the first set of rules exceeds the first predetermined value returning the credit assigned to the third wager together with an additional credit, h) if both the player and the dealer have now exceeded the first predetermined value -returning the credit assigned to the first wager to the player, if the player has exceeded the first predetermined value and the dealer has not -the credit assigned to the first wager being transferred from the player, if the player has not exceeded the first predetermined value and the dealer has -returning the credit assigned to the first wager to the player together with an additional credit, and if both the player and the dealer have not exceeded the first predetermined value and the values of each hand are equal -returning the first wager to the player, if the value of the player's hand is less than the value of the dealer's hand -collecting the first wager, and if the value of the player's hand is greater than the value of the dealer's hand -returning the first wager to the player together with an additional sum, and k) for each player in relation to any fourth wager determining according to a second set of rules a hand value for the first three cards of the player, and in the event that the player has a qualifying hand returning the credit assigned to the fourth wager together with a additional credit depending upon the value of the qualifying hand, otherwise the credit assigned to the fourth wager being transferred from the player.
Alternatively, in relation to the fourth wager for each player additionally determining according to a second set of rules a hand value for the dealer's first three cards and in the event that the player has a hand value greater than that of the dealer returning the credit assigned to fourth wager together with an additional credit depending upon the value of the qualifying hand, in the event that the hand values are equal returning the credit assigned to the fourth wager to the player, otherwise transferring from the player the credit assigned to the fourth wager. In a further alternative, where the hand values are equal, but a qualifying hand has nevertheless been dealt to the player, the credit assigned to the fourth wager is returned together with an additional credit determined upon the value of the qualifying hand.
Preferably for each other participating player, a representation of cards is displayed on a player's display. Preferably, representations of the values of the other player's cards are displayed following expiry of the second predetermined time period.
Preferably, the allocation of credit assigned to each of the first, second, third and fourth wagers is recorded only at the computer processor. Alternatively, the allocation of credit assigned to each of the first, second, third and fourth wagers is additionally recorded at the remote processor.
Preferably, the determination of the wager outcomes is performed by the computer processor and communicated to the remote processor. Alternatively, the determination of the wager outcomes is performed by the remote processor and communicated to the appropriate computer processor.
Preferably, the first set of rules correspond to the rules of blackjack. Preferably, the set value is 21.
Preferably, the second set of rules correspond to the rules of 3 card poker. More preferably, the plurality of predetermined values are straight flush, three of a kind and straight. Even more preferably, where the predetermined value is a straight flush the credit assigned to the first wager is returned together with an additional amount of credit at least five times the credit assigned to the first wager, where the predetermined value is three of a kind the credit assigned to the first wager is returned together with an additional amount of credit at least four times the credit assigned to the first wager and where the predetermined value is a straight the credit assigned to the first wager is returned together with an additional amount of credit at least equal to the credit assigned to the first wager.
Preferably, in relation to the fourth wager, where the dealer's hand value falls to be determined, the predetermined value of the dealer's hand is Queen high or better.
Preferably the card values allocated to the dealer and at least one player are selected from card values representing 6 decks of 52 cards.
Preferably, when a credit assigned to a wager is received the computer processor causes a representation of the wager received to appear on the display. More preferably the representation of the wager received comprises a numerical representation of the wager received together with a graphical representation of the wager received. More preferably, the graphical representation of the wager received comprises an image of one or more gaming chips. Where a graphical representation of the wager received is displayed, in the event of a wager being collected the computer processor causes the graphical representation of the wager received to move towards the dealer's hand on the display. Where a graphical representation of the wager received is displayed, in the event of a wager being returned the computer processor causes the graphical representation of the wager received to move towards the player's hand on the display. Where a graphical representation of the wager received is displayed, in the event of a wager being returned with additional value the computer processor causes an additional graphical representation to appear, and for the graphical representation of the wager received and the additional graphical representation each to move towards the player's hand on the display.
Preferably, the system further comprises input means in conirnunication with the processor whereby signals from the input means convey receipt of a wager from a player to the processor.
Preferably, the system further comprises a credit unit. More preferably, the credit unit comprises one or more of a coin acceptor, note acceptor, credit card or debit card reader or other electronic payment interface.
Preferably, the system further comprises a payment unit. More preferably, the payment unit comprises one or more of a coin dispenser, a note dispenser, an electronic payment interface, or a ticket dispenser.
According to a fifth aspect of the invention a system for playing a card game in which two or more players each contest a hand with a dealer comprises: a computer processor, a card value allocation unit associated with the computer processor, for each player a wager detection unit for detecting any wager placed by a player in communication with the computer processor, the computer processor being adapted to record the placing of any wager and a player display in communication with the computer processor; and an additional display in communication with the computer processor; wherein: a) for each apparatus, a first predetermined time period is provided for an allocation of credit assigned to a first ante wager from a player to be recorded together with any allocation of credit assigned to one or more of an optional second wager, a third optional wager and a fourth optional wager, b) where suitable allocations of credit have been made within the first predetermined period, the card values are allocated by the card value allocation unit corresponding to three cards for each player and for the dealer to form a three card hand for each; c) for each apparatus, representations of the allocated card values for the player are caused to be displayed on the display of the player's apparatus, together with representations of at least one card from the dealer's hand; and representations of the allocated card values for each player and for the dealer are caused to be displayed on the additional display d) for each player a hand value is determined and where the hand value has exceeded a first predetermined value according to a first set of rules the credit assigned to the second wager being transferred from the player, e) where the hand value has not exceeded a first predetermined value according to the first set of rules for a second predetermined time period providing the player with the option of receiving an additional card value, detecting when the option to receive an additional card value has been taken, allocating an additional card value, displaying a representation of the additional card value on the display, and repeating this step until detecting when the player elects not to receive an additional card value or the hand value exceeds the first predetermined value, 1) for the dealer a hand value is determined, any credit assigned to the third wagers being returned together with an additional credit if the dealer's three card hand value in accordance with the first set of rules exceeds the first predetermined value, the credit assigned to the third wager being transferred from the player otherwise, g) where the hand value of the dealer's hand is less than a second predetermined value allocating an additional card value, displaying a representation of the additional card value on the display and repeating until the value of the dealer's hand is not less than the second predetermined value, if the dealer's hand value in accordance with the first set of rules exceeds the first predetermined value returning the credit assigned to the third wager together with an additional credit, h) if both the player and the dealer have now exceeded the first predetermined value -returning the credit assigned to the first wager to the player, if the player has exceeded the first predetermined value and the dealer has not -the credit assigned to the first wager being transferred from the player, if the player has not exceeded the first predetermined value and the dealer has -returning the credit assigned to the first wager to the player together with an additional credit, and if both the player and the dealer have not exceeded the first predetermined value and the values of each hand are equal -returning the first wager to the player, if the value of the player's hand is less than the value of the dealer's hand -collecting the first wager, and if the value of the player's hand is greater than the value of the dealer's hand -returning the first wager to the player together with an additional sum, and k) for each player in relation to any fourth wager determining according to a second set of rules a hand value for the first three cards of the, and in the event that the player has a qualifying hand returning the credit assigned to the fourth wager together with an additional credit depending upon the value of the qualifying hand, otherwise the credit assigned to the fourth wager being transferred from the player.
Alternatively, in relation to the fourth wager for each player additionally determining according to a second set of rules a hand value for the dealer's first three cards and in the event that the player has a hand value greater than that of the dealer returning the credit assigned to fourth wager together with an additional credit depending upon the value of the qualifying hand, in the event that the hand values are equal returning the credit assigned to the fourth wager to the player, otherwise transferring from the player the credit assigned to the fourth wager. In a further alternative, where the hand values arc equal, but a qualifying hand has nevertheless been dealt to the player, the credit assigned to the fourth wager is returned together with an additional credit determined upon the value of the qualifying hand.
Preferably, the card value allocation unit is provided as part of the processor or in direct communication with the processor. Alternatively, the system frirther comprises a remote processor, and the computer processor is in communication with a network interface unit to communicate with the remote processor, the card value allocation unit being provided as part of the remote processor or in direct communication with the remote processor.
Preferably, the allocation of credit assigned to each of the first, second, third and fourth wagers by each player is recorded only at the processor. Alternatively, where the system further comprises a remote processor the allocation of credit assigned to each of the first, second, third and fourth wagers by each player is recorded at the remote processor.
Preferably, where the system further comprises a remote processor the determination of the wager outcomes is performed by the processor and communicated to the remote processor. Alternatively, the determination of the wager outcomes is performed by the remote processor and communicated to the computer processor.
Preferably, the first set of rules correspond to the rules of blackjack. Preferably, the set value is 21.
Preferably, the second set of rules correspond to the rules of 3 card poker. More preferably, the phirality of predetermined values are straight flush, three of a kind and straight. Even more preferably, where the predetermined value is a straight flush the credit assigned to the first wager is returned together with an additional credit at least equal to five times the first wager, where the predetermined value is three of a kind the credit assigned to the first wager is returned together with an additional credit at least equal to four times the first wager and where the predetermined value is a straight the credit assigned to the first wager is returned together with an additional credit at least equal to the first wager.
Preferably, in relation to the fourth wager, where the dealer's hand value falls to be determined, the predetermined value of the dealer's hand is Queen high or better.
Preferably, the card values allocated to the dealer and at least one player are selected from card values representing 6 decks of 52 cards.
Preferably, when a credit assigned to a wager is detected the computer processor causes a representation of the wager received to appear on each of the player's display and the additional display. More preferably the representation of the wager received comprises a numerical representation of the wager received together with a graphical representation of the wager received. More preferably, the graphical representation of the wager received comprises an image of one or more gaming chips. Where a graphical representation of the wager received is displayed, in the event of a wager being collected the computer processor causes the graphical representation of the wager received to move towards the dealer's hand on each of the player's display and the additional display. Where a graphical representation of the wager received is displayed, in the event of a wager being returned the computer processor causes the graphical representation of the wager received to move towards the player's hand on each of the player's display and the additional display. Where a graphical representation of the wager received is displayed, in the event of a wager being returned with additional value the computer processor causes an additional graphical representation to appear, and for the graphical representation of the wager received and the additional graphical representation each to move towards the player's hand on each of the player's display and the additional display.
Preferably, the system further comprises input means in communication with the processor whereby signals from the input means convey receipt of a wager from a player to the processor.
Preferably, the system further comprises a credit unit. More preferably, the credit unit comprises one or more of a coin acceptor, note acceptor, credit card or debit card reader or other electronic payment interface.
Preferably, the system further comprises a payment unit. More preferably, the payment unit comprises one or more of a coin dispenser, a note dispenser, an electronic payment interface, or a ticket dispenser.
The invention will now be described, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which: -Figure 1 shows a portion of a layout showing a position for a single player and a dealer for performing a method in accordance with the present invention; Figure 2 shows a flow diagram illustrating a first part of the process of the present invention; Figure 3 shows a flow diagram illustrating a second part of the process of the present invention; Figure 4 shows a flow diagram illustrating a third part of the process of the present invention; Figure 5 shows a flow diagram illustrating a fourth part of the process of the present invention; Figure 6 shows a flow diagram illustrating a final part of the process of the present invention; Figure 7 shows a schematic representation of the elements making up another embodiment of the present invention; Figure 8 shows a schematic representation of the elements making up yet another embodiment of the present invention; Figure 9 shows a schematic representation of elements making up still another embodiment of the invention; and Figure 10 shows a schematic representation of elements making up a final embodiment of the invention.
Referring to Figure 1, a portion of a layout 2 showing a position for each of a single player 4 and a dealer 6 for performing the method of the present invention is shown.
Additional players may be incorporated by replication of the illustrated player position.
At the player position there are a number of marked areas. A first wagering position of circular shape is marked by the legend "ante". A second wagering position 12 of circular shape is marked by the legend "player". A third wagering position 14 of circular shape is marked by the legend "dealer". A fourth wagering position 16 of circular shape is marked by the legend "poker". Other legends may be used. Other shapes of wagering area may be used. A fifth marked area 18 is provided for the receipt of the first three cards to be dealt to the player. A sixth marked area 19 is provided for the receipt of any further cards dealt to the player.
At the dealer position there is a seventh marked area 20 provided for the receipt of the cards to be dealt to the dealer. An eighth marked area 21 is provided for the receipt of any frirther cards dealt to the dealer. The areas provided for receipt of the cards may be of any suitable size and/or shape.
If the method is to be performed in a casino, a shoe of cards of the known kind may be used. It is known in existing casino table games to use a shoe made up of a number of decks of 52 shuffled cards, typically six decks, though more or fewer decks may be used. In common with known casino table games, the various decks of cards will be shuffled by a dealer prior to a sequence of games. Prior to loading the shuffled cards into the shoe, the dealer will cut the cards with a coloured card (or invite a player to do this), the drawing of the coloured card from the shoe during game play indicating that the cards are to be shuffled following completion of the current game. In the present description, the cards are ready to be dealt from the shoe.
The player (or each player who wishes to play) must place at least a first ante wager in the first wagering position 10 (step 100 Figure 2). The size of this first wager may be determined by table limits. The player (or each player who wishes to play) must also in order to qualify to receive cards place at least one of an optional second wager in the second position 12 (step 102), an optional third wager in the third wagering position 14 (step 104) or an optional fourth wager in the fourth wagering position 16 (step 106). In an alternative embodiment two or more of the optional wagers may need to be placed in order to qualify to receive cards. The size of the optional second wager need not be related to the size of the first wager, but may be determined by table limits. The size of the optional third wager need not be related to the size of the first wager or the second wager, but may be determined by table limits. The size of the optional fourth wager need not be related to the size of the other wagers, but may be determined by table limits. Accordingly, a player may place up to four wagers upon a single game.
Once, the wagers have been placed, the dealer will deal cards to the players (step 108). In a preferred embodiment, three passes of the table will be made so that each of the players and the dealer are provided with three cards. All of the player cards are preferably dealt face up. At least one, but no more than two of the dealer's cards are dealt face up.
According to the method of the present invention, in the calculation of the first three wagers, the dealt cards have the following values, cards from 2 to 9 are given their face value, the ten, jack, queen and king are valued as 10 and the ace is valued as 11 unless it would cause the value of the hand to exceed a first predetermined total, such as 21, in which case the ace is valued as 1. It will be readily appreciated that these card values have been detemñned in accordance with standard blackjack rules.
in the illustrated embodiment, the first predetermined total as in blackjack is 21.
The value of the player's three card hand is calculated (step 110, Figure 3) and a determination is made as to whether the value of the player's three card hand exceeds 21 (step 112). In the event that the combined value of the three cards dealt to the player is more than 21, the second wager is collected by the dealer (step 114). A determination is then made as to whether the value of the player's three card hand equals 21 (step 116). In the event that the combined value of the three cards equals 21, the second wager is returned to the player together with an additional sum, for example one and a half times the value of the first wager (step 118). A determination is then made as to whether the value of the player's three card hand is less than 21 (step 120). In the event that the combined value of the three cards is less than 21, the second wager is returned to the player together with an additional sum, for example equal to the value of the second wager (step 122).
In a preferred embodiment, if the value of the first three cards equals 21 the second wager is always returned to the player together with an additional sum, for example an sum equal to one and a half times the first \vager. In a further preferred embodiment, if the value of the first three cards equals 21 and include a specified card (for example a card having a value of 10) the second wager is always returned to the player together with an additional sum, for example an additional sum equal to two times the second wager. In a further preferred embodiment, if the first three cards are 777 or 678 the second wager is always returned together with an additional sum, for example an additional sum equal to twice the second wager. Additionally or alternatively, if the first three cards comprise two cards of value 10 together with an ace, the second wager is always returned together with an additional sum, for example an additional sum equal to two and a half times the second wager.
In an alternative embodiment, if the initial three card value is 9,10 or 11 the player may be offered the opportunity to double the size of the first wager. If the opportunity is taken, only a single additional card may be taken and the dealer moves on to determine the value of the three cards dealt to the next player (if there is one) or, where there are no more players to be considered, to review the dealer's hand.
The decision or decisions of the player may be influenced by the value of the card or cards shown in the dealer's hand.
In the event that the combined value of the three cards dealt to the player does not exceed 21, the player may elect to receive an additional card or to stand on the value of the cards in the hand (that is not to receive additional cards) (step 124). If an additional card is received, the value of the player's three card hand is again calculated (step 110) and a detennination made as to whether the value of the player's three card hand exceeds 21 (step 126). In the event that the combined value of the three cards dealt to the player does not exceed 21, the player may again elect to receive an additional card or to stand on the value of the cards in the hand (that is not to receive additional cards). At some point either the hand value will exceed 21 or the player will elect not to receive an additional card and the dealer either moves on to determine the value of the three cards dealt to the next player (if there is one) or, where there are no more players to be considered, to review the dealer's hand (Figure 4).
Following completion of any actions by all of the players in the hand, the dealer turns over their face down card or cards to reveal all of the dealer's three card hand. In an alternative embodiment, the dealer receives only the one or two cards dealt face up before the player (or players) make their decisions, and the remaining dealer card or cards are dealt face up following completion of any actions by all of the players in the hand.
The value of the dealer's three card hand is calculated (step 130) and a determination made as to whether the value of the dealer's three card hand is greater than the predetermined total, in the illustrated embodiment 21 (step 132).
In the illustrated embodiment, if the combined value of the dealer's three cards exceeds 21, the third wager (if placed) together with an additional sum, preferably a sum equal to the third wager, is returned to any player placing the third wager (step 134). The dealer then moves on to determined the results of the first wager (Figure 5).
if the combined value of the dealer's three cards does not exceed 21, the dealer collects the third wager (where placed) (step 136). That the third wager pays out when the dealer exceeds 21 is the preferred embodiment as players are accustomed in blackjack for this condition to represent a loss for the hand. In an alternative embodiment, the third wager is won by the player if the combined value of the dealer's cards is 21 or less, and the third wager collected by the dealer if the combined value of the dealer's cards exceed 21.
it will be noted that the outcome of the each of the second and third wagers is independent of the result of the other. Accordingly, in the preferred embodiment, where the sizes of the second and third wagers are equal a player who forfeits the second wager may, in effect, regain their stake for the second and third wagers if the dealer's total exceeds 21. it should be noted of course that it is possible for a player to both win both the second and third wagers and to lose both the second and third wagers.
A determination is next made as to whether the combined value of the dealer's three cards totals less than a second predetermined value, in the illustrated embodiment 17, (step 138). If the combined value of the dealer's three cards totals not less than the second predetermined value, the dealer moves on to determined the results of the first wager (Figure 5). If the combined value of the dealer's three cards totals less than a second predetermined value the dealer will be required to take an additional card (step 140).
Following receipt of an required additional card a determination is made as to whether the value of the dealer's three card hand exceeds the predetermined total, in the illustrated embodiment 21 (step 142) and if so, the dealer moves on to determined the results of the first wager (Figure 5). If the combined value of all the dealer's cards is not greater than the first predetermined value a determination is made as to whether the combined value of all the dealer's cards totals less than the second predetermined value. If the combined value of all the dealer's cards totals less than the second predetermined value the dealer will once again be required to take an additional card (step 132). This process is repeated until the combined value of the dealer's three cards totals not less than the second predetermined value, when the dealer moves on to determine the results of the first wager (Figure 5).
Thus, in the present embodiment, once the dealer's card total 17 or more the dealer may take no frirther cards and the value of the cards in the dealer's hand is fixed.
To detennine the result of the first wager, the final value of all a player's card and the final value of all the dealer's cards is determined. If the final value exceeds the first predetermined total the final value is considered to be zero.
The final value of all the dealer's cards is compared to the final value of all the cards of a player to determine whether the value of all the dealer's cards and the value of all of each player's cards are equal (step 150). If the value of all a player's cards and the value of all the dealer's cards are equal the first wager is returned to the player (step 152).
A determination may then be made as to whether the value of all a player's cards is greater than the value of all the dealer's cards (step 154). If the value of the player's cards is greater, the first wager is returned to the player together with an additional sum, for example an additional sum equal to the first wager (step 156), otherwise the first wager is collected (step 158).
In the illustrated embodiment, the outcomes for the first three wagers may be summarised as follows: Player lealer Wager 2 Wager 3 Wager 1 does not exceed collected collected collected exceeds 21 21 H 1oes not exceeds 21 returned + returned + returned + exceed 21 idditional sum additional sum additional sum does not does not exceed returned + collected determine best exceed 21 21 additional sum land exceeds 21 exceeds 21 collected returned + Returned H additional sum In a further embodiment (not shown) each player is bound by the same rules as the dealer, that is if a player's three card hand value according to the first set of rules is less than the second predetermined hand value, the player is required to take one or more additional cards until the three card hand value of the player's hand according to the first set of rules is not less than the second predetermined hand value.
In the event that the fourth bet has been placed, the first three cards dealt to the player placing the third wager are evaluated according to the rules of three card poker (step 160). It will be recalled that these are just the cards dealt to the fifth marked area 1 8 for the player and to the seventh marked area 20 for the dealer.
A determination is then made as to whether this hand value is a qualifying hand (step 162). If the first three player cards comprise a qualifying hand, the fourth wager will be returned to the player together with a sum calculated according to a pay table (step 164). An example pay table is shown below as Table 1, where a qualifying high card hand includes a Queen or better. If the first three player cards do not comprise a qualifying hand, the fourth wager will be collected by the dealer (step 166).
Table 1
Hand:tum Straight flush 40 to 1 :rlhreeofakindH 3Oto 1H traight 6toiH HI lush 4to 1H Pair H 2to 1H High card ito 1 In an alternative embodiment, the first three card player hand according to the rules of three card poker will be conipared to the first three card dealer hand and the better hand determined. In this embodiment, a different pay table would be used to calculate the sum to be returned to the player in addition to the fourth wager. In the event of a tied hand, the fourth wager would be returned to the player.
A further variation may be added in that a bad beat jackpot may be made available in the event that a qualifying three card player hand is beaten by a better three card dealer hand of particular value, for example a player is beaten while holding a hand of three eights or better. The bad beat jackpot may be built up by diverting a fraction of the fourth wagers to a bad beat jackpot fund collected in the event of a dealer win. In the event of a payout, a portion of the bad beat jackpot fund will be retained to seed the next bad beat jackpot fund.
Thus, while many players will perceive the odds in the blackjack game to be unfavourable, some losing blackjack hands will be strong 3 card poker hands and sonie will be strong in both games. In a further embodiment, a special bonus in the form of an increased payout may also be available for specific hands such as 777 or 678, for example in accordance with the modified pay table illustrated in table 2 below.
Table 2
Hand Odds H Straight flush 40 to I Three7s 35to l Three ofa kind 25 to 1 6-7-8 H lOtol, Straight 6 to 1 Flush 4t01 Pair L 2to L High card H ito 1 In addition since the outcome of each of the fourth wagers is independent of any of other wagers, interest in the game is maintained throughout for players making a fourth wager in addition to (at least) the first wager. Further, as the game incorporates elements familiar to card players, the concepts of the present invention will be readily understood. As there are four different wagers, a player may win only one wager from four and still retain an interest in playing the game as the player may still perceive themselves as winning overall.
While described in relation to a casino table game, the present game may readily be implemented as a video game for implementation on a gaming machine, or other screen based system, such as a PDA, mobile telephone, laptop, desktop computer, console gaming system or the like. In these implementations a card value allocation unit utilising a randoni number generator can be used to generate card values representative of the shuffled cards.
The portions of the foregoing method discussed in terms of procedures, steps, logic blocks, processing, and other symbolic representations of operations on data bits can be performed utilising computer memory. Each step may be performed by hardware, software, firmware, or combinations thereof A schematic illustration of an apparatus for performing the method is shown in Figure 7. The apparatus comprises a computer processor 200, a display 202 in communication with the computer processor 200, input means 204 and output means 210 in conmiunication with the processor 200 to enable a player to place one or more of the wagers described.
In the case of a gaming machine, the input means 204 may comprise touch screen elements. Alternatively, the display may direct a player to make their selection using input means in the form of buttons provided adjacent the display or to use a keyboard associated with the processor 200. In a ftirther alternative, the player interaction may be provided by a selection from these input means.
Certain of the input means may perform the ftinction of a wager detection unit in that they enable the processor 200 to detect the placing of wagers by the player.
In the case of a screen based system, the input means 202 may alternatively comprise a screen element, such as a cursor or pointer, that a player may manipulate by any suitable means to place wagers.
The output means 210 preferably comprises audio output means such as one or more speaker units in communication with the computer processor 200. The computer processor 200 may cause the audio output means to issue suitable auditory output (for example the sound of cards being shuffled, cards being dealt, gaming chips being awarded) at suitable points during the play of the game. The computer processor 200 may cause the audio output means to generate suitable game messages issued in an appropriate language at suitable points during play of the game (for example inviting a player to place a wager). These game messages are suitably in addition to any visual cue presented on the display 202.
While in a casino, the table game according to the present invention will clearly be played for redeemable currency (for example gaming chips), other implementations of the game may be played only for points or play money.
When a wager is received, whether for redeemable currency or otherwise, the computer processor causes a representation of the wager received to appear on the display. This may take the form of a numerical representation of the wager received, but may also include a graphical representation of the wager received, such as an image of one or more gambling chips. In the event of a wager being collected, the computer processor may cause the graphical representation of the wager received to move towards the dealer's hand on the display. Alternatively, in the event of a wager being returned the computer processor causes the graphical representation of the wager received to move towards the player's hand on the display. Finally, in the event of a wager being returned with additional value the computer processor causes an additional graphical representation to appear, and for the graphical representation of the wager received and the additional graphical representation each to move towards the player's hand on the display.
Where an apparatus is adapted to permit playing of the game for currency, the apparatus is provided with a credit unit 206 which controls and validates payments from one or more payment peripherals. Such payment peripheral(s) may include a coin acceptor, note acceptor, credit card or debit card reader or other electronic payment interface, for example to charge a player account or to charge a mobile telephone account of a player by connection to a suitable electronic payment system where the game is played for currency on a mobile telephone. The apparatus is preferably also provided with a payment unit 208 which controls and validates payments from payment peripherals to enable payment of any remaining credit. Such payment peripheral(s) may include a coin dispenser, a note dispenser, a ticket dispenser, a card writer or an electronic payment interface, for example credit a player account or to credit a mobile telephone account of a player by connection to a suitable electronic payment system where the game is played for currency on a mobile telephone.
The amount of the payment made through the credit unit 206 may be stored in the processor 200 and decremented following placing of the various wagers and incremented as appropriate according to the results of the various wagers after the results of each wager placed have been determined. When a player decides to terminate play and credit remains in the apparatus, the processor 200 communicates with the payment unit 208 to cause a suitable amount of credit to be returned to the player (or the account of the player). Where the payment unit 208 comprises a ticket dispenser, a dispensed ticket may conveniently be redeemed at a suitable electronic pay station or at a cashier desk.
A card value allocation unit is conveniently provided as a random number generator incorporated within the processor. The card values allocated by the card value allocation unit conveniently correspond to individual cards available from six decks of 52 cards.
To initiate play a player, typically having made credit available, places the first wager together with any of the second, third and fourth wagers desired. The input means 204 preferably provides the option of the player confirming when all desired wagers have been placed. The card value allocation unit then allocates card values corresponding to three cards to each of the player and at least one of the dealer's cards.
The processor 200 then causes representations of the player's allocated card values to be displayed on the display 202. Conveniently the representations of the first three card values allocated to the player may be displayed in a marked area or otherwise caused to be displayed in a different manner from any representations of card values subsequently allocated to the player, for example the initial three card values, may be shown as images of playing cards provided with a border. Similarly, in relation to the card values allocated to the dealer, the initial three representations (whether disclosing the allocated card values or otherwise) are caused to be displayed in a marked area or otherwise caused to be displayed in a different manner from any representations of card values subsequently allocated to the dealer.
Preferably, the display shows a layout such as that described in relation to Figure 1, upon which images of playing cards bearing the allocated card values are overlaid.
Should the player qualify to request additional cards, the processor 200 will signal to the player an interval during which the player may confirm that an additional card is to be taken, for example the processor 200 may display a numerical countdown or a graphical indication of the elapsing of the interval. Similarly, should the embodiment allow for a player to double the size of the first wager if the initial three card value is 9,10 or lithe processor will signal to the player an interval during which the player may confirm the doubling (or not) of the first wager. The processor 200 obtains any necessary card values where additional cards are requested.
The processor 200 obtains any additional card values to provide the dealer with a three card hand. The processor determines the value of the three card hand and whether any ftirther card values are required and causes representations of all the card values of the dealer's hand to be displayed.
The results of the wagers placed are then determined by the processor 200 in accordance with the method described above. The processor causes the results of the wagers to be shown to the player on the display 202. The results of all wagers placed may be displayed concurrently. Alternatively, the results of the individual wagers may be shown at intervals.
In an alternative embodiment of the invention, illustrated schematically in Figure 8, an apparatus 300 comprising a processor 200, a display 202, input means 204, a credit unit 206, a payment unit 208 and an output unit 210 (where like reference numerals are used to represent like parts from the previous embodiment) is frirther provided with a network interface unit 212 connected to the processor 200 to enable connection to a remote processor 304, such as a server, over a suitable network 302. For example, the network 302 may be a local wired or wireless network or a wide area network where, for example, the communication occurs over the Internet. The apparatus may also be provided with audio output means (not shown).
The amount of the payment may be stored in the processor 200 and decremented following placing of the various wagers and altered according to the results of the various wagers after the results of each wager placed have been determined.
Alternatively, the amount of the payment may be communicated to the remote processor 304 and stored as a credit value. The credit value may be decremented following placing of the various wagers and altered according to the results of the various wagers after the results of each wager placed have been determined. The current credit value and the results of the determination of the various individual wagers can be communicated to the processor 200 of the apparatus 300 for display to the player.
Preferably, in this arrangement the remote processor 304 is provided with a card value allocation unit, for example a random number generator, to perform the task of allocating card values corresponding to three cards to each of the player and the dealer.
in this embodiment the input means 204 of the apparatus 300 is configured to detect the placing of wagers. Once a suitable configuration of wagers has been detected, this is communicated to the remote processor 304. The amount of each of the wagers may also be communicated to the remote processor 304 for recordal.
in a first alternative, the allocation of card values is performed by a card value allocation unit associated with the remote processor 304, the card values stored, for example, for auditing purposes, and communicated to the processor 200 of the apparatus 300 over the network 302. The processor 200 of the apparatus then determines whether additional card values are required by either the player or the dealer and requests such additional card values from the remote processor, whether the player should be afforded the opportunity to increase the credit assigned to the first wager, and the outcomes of each of the wagers placed and causes a representation of the outcomes to appear on the display 202 and allocates suitable credit to the player.
In a second alternative, the allocation of card values is again performed by a card value allocation unit associated with the remote processor 304, the card values stored, for example, for auditing purposes, and communicated to the processor 200 of the apparatus 300 over the network 302. The remote processor 304 calculates the outcomes of all of the wagers in accordance with the method described above and communicates these outcomes to the processor 200. The processor 200 of the apparatus 300 then causes a representation of the outcomes of each of the wagers to appear on the display 202 and allocates suitable credit to the player.
In the illustrated embodiment of Figure 8 only a single apparatus 300 connected to the remote processor 304 is shown. However, more than one apparatus may be connected to the remote processor 304, the remote processor 304 recording details of the apparatus from which notification of a wager has been sent together with the details of the wager the card values allocated and where appropriate the outcomes of each of the wagers. The remote processor 304 will be configured to manage multiple requests.
Some players may wish to play with other players rather than solely with a computerised dealer to simulate more faithfully the environment of a casino table game. In the embodiment shown in Figure 9, three apparatus 300,310,320 for performing the method are connected across a network 322 to a remote processor 324.
While three apparatus are shown any number of apparatus may be connected together as the system permits. A player at an apparatus will indicate a wish to place wagers, for example by entering credit into the machine or activating a player account. The apparatus communicates with the remote processor 324 to indicate the presence of a player. The remote processor 324 then allocates a number of connected apparatus together to simulate a table, typically up to six apparatus. In this embodiment, each player is provided a first predetermined time period to place their wagers. The placement of the wagers is communicated to the remote processor 324. A card value allocation unit then allocates card values corresponding to three cards to each participating player apparatus and to a dealer to form a three card hand for each and these values are communicated by the remote processor 324 to each apparatus. Each apparatus then displays to each player only their hand, though the presence of other players may be indicated for example by images of face down cards. In an alternative embodiment the value of other player's cards are also displayed to each of the other players. For this reason, the server may typically limit the number of connected apparatus to six, thereby preventing each display from becoming cluttered.
The remote processor addresses each of the linked machines in turn, determines whether additional card values arc requested or required by each the player and provides such additional card values from the remote processor, and/or whether the player should be afforded the opportunity to increase the credit assigned to the first wager, and then determines whether additional card values are required by the dealer.
Should additional card values be requested or required by one player, the additional card value will be communicated to each of the linked machines for display on each of the machines. Should a player be provided with an interval to consider increasing the size of the first wager, the remote processor will signal the processor of each of the linked machines to display a numerical countdown or a graphical indication of the elapsing of the interval. The remote processor then determines the results of the wagers made by each of the players.
As the determination of each wager is made in accordance with the method described above, the results of the determination may be communicated to all of the connected apparatus and caused to be displayed on each.
Each of the apparatus may be connected to the remote processor 324 by any suitable network, whether a LAN or WAN.
In a further embodiment, shown schematically in Figure 10, an apparatus is provided with a number of player stations 402, each player station 402 having a display for viewing only by the player at that player station, input means, a credit unit and a payment unit. Each player station may also be provided with audio output means.
Preferably, each player station is arranged located in a table at which players may be seated. An additional display 404 is arranged in the central region of the table for viewing by all. Each player station 402 as well as the additional display 404 is connected to a central processor 400. Following detection of suitable wagers within a first predetermined interval, the central processor 400 may be adapted to allocate values corresponding to three cards to each participating player and to a dealer.
The central processor 400 then causes a representation of the three card values allocated to each player to be displayed to the appropriate player station 402. At this stage the processor indicates the participating players and the dealer by causing representations of the allocated card values of each of the players and at least one allocated card value of the dealer to appear on the additional display 404.
The processor addresses each of the player stations in turn, determines whether additional card values are requested or required by each the player and provides such additional card values from the remote processor, andlor whether the player should be afforded the opportunity to increase the credit assigned to the first wager, and then determines whether additional card values are required by the dealer. Should additional card values be requested or required by one player, the additional card value will be communicated to each of the displays and the additional display. Should a player be provided with an interval to consider increasing the size of the first wager, the processor will display a numerical countdown or a graphical indication of the elapsing of the interval on each of the displays and the additional display.
The remote processor then determines the results of the wagers made by each of the players in accordance with the method described above. At intervals, following the deterniination of each wager, the results of the determination may be displayed both at a player station display of a participating player station and at the additional display 404.
In an alternative embodiment, the central processor 400 may be connected to a remote processor over a network. Card values corresponding to three cards for each participating player and for a dealer are allocated at the remote processor and communicated over the network to the central processor 400. Additionally, the outcome of the wagers may be performed at the remote processor and communicated to the central processor 400 for display to the players.
When a credit assigned to a wager is detected the central processor 400 causes a representation of the wager received to be displayed on both the appropriate player station 402 and the additional display 404. The representation of the wager received comprises a numerical representation of the wager received together with a graphical representation of the wager received. The graphical representation of the wager received comprises an image of one or more gaming chips. In the event of a wager being collected the central processor 400 causes the graphical representation of the wager received to move towards the dealer's hand both on the appropriate player station 402 and the additional display 404. In the event of a wager being returned the central processor 400 causes the graphical representation of the wager received to move towards the player's hand both on the appropriate player station 402 and the additional display 404. Finally, in the event of a wager being returned with additional value, central processor 400 causes an additional graphical representation to appear, and for the graphical representation of the wager received and the additional graphical representation each to move towards the player's hand both on the appropriate player station 402 and the additional display 404.

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  1. CLAIMS1 A method of playing a card game in which at least one player contests a hand with a dealer comprising the steps of a) receiving a first ante wager from the or each player b) receiving at least one of a second wager, a third wager and a fourth wager c) dealing three cards to the or each player and to a dealer to form a three card hand for each, at least one card from the dealer's hand being dealt face up; d) determining a hand value for each player and where the hand value has exceeded a first predetermined value according to a first set of rules any second wager being collected, otherwise returning the second wager to the player with an additional sum e) providing each player where the hand value has not exceeded a first predetermined value according to the first set of rules with the option of an additional card in accordance with the first set of rules until the hand value has exceeded the first predetermined value, 0 determining a hand value for the dealer, returning any third wagers together with an additional sum if the dealer's three card hand value in accordance with the first set of rules exceeds the first predetermined value, collecting the third wager otherwise, g) requiring the dealer to receive an additional card where the hand value of the dealer's hand is less than a second predetermined value until the value of the dealer's hand is not less than the second predetermined value, h) then if both the player and the dealer have now exceeded the first predetermined value -returning the first wager to the player, if the player has exceeded the first predetermined value and the dealer has not -collecting the first wager, if the player has not exceeded the first predetermined value and the dealer has -returning the first wager to the player together with an additional sum, and if both the player and the dealer have not exceeded the first predetennined value and the values of each hand are equal -returning the first wager to the player, if the value of the player's hand is less than the value of the dealer's hand -collecting the first wager, and if the value of the player's hand is greater than the value of the dealer's hand -returning the first wager to the player together with an additional sum, i) where the fourth wager has been placed, for each such player determining according to a second set of rules a hand value for the first three cards dealt to the player, and in the event that the player has a qualifying hand returning the third wager together with an additional sum depending upon the value of the qualifying hand, otherwise collecting the third wager.
  2. 2 A method according to claim 1, in which in relation to the fourth wager for each player additionally determining the hand value according to the second set of rules of the dealer's first three cards and in the event that the player has a hand value greater than that of the dealer returning the fourth wager together with an additional sum depending upon the value of the qualifying hand, in the event that the hand values are equal returning the fourth wager to the player, otherwise collecting the fourth wager.
  3. 3 A method according to claim 2, in which where the hand values arc equal, but a qualifying hand has nevertheless been dealt to the player, the fourth wager is returned together with an additional sum.
  4. 4 A method according to any of claims 1 to 3, in which in step c) only one or two cards are dealt to the dealer and these are dealt face up, the remaining cards of the dealers' first three cards being dealt following step e) and prior to step 0.
  5. A method according to any previous claim, in which each player, if their three card hand value according to the first set of rules is less than the second predetermined hand value, is further required to take one or more additional cards until their hand value according to the first set of rules is not less than the second predetermined hand value.
  6. 6 A method according to any previous claim, in which the cards dealt to the dealer and at least one player are selected from 6 shuffled decks of 52 cards.
  7. 7 A method according to any previous claim, in which in relation to the third wager, instead of step f) performing the step of returning the third wager together with an additional sum if the dealer's hand does not exceed the first predetermined value and collecting the third wager otherwise.
  8. 8 A method according to any previous claim, in which where the value of the player's hand in accordance with the first set of rules equals the first predetermined value returning the second wager to the player together with an additional sum.
  9. 9 A method according to claim 8, in which where the player's hand in accordance with the first set of rules equals the first predetermined value and comprises at least one predeternñned card, for example a black jack, the second wager is returned to the player together with an additional sum at least equal to one and a half times the amount of the second wager.
  10. A method according to any previous claim, in which the first set of rules correspond to the rules of blackjack.
  11. 11 A method according to claim 10, in which, the first predetermined value is 21.
  12. 12 A method according to claim 10, in which where the player's hand comprises three sevens, the second wager is returned together with an additional sum equal to at least three times the second wager.
  13. 13 A method according to claim 10, in which where the player's hand comprises a six, a seven and an eight, the second wager is returned together with an additional sum equal to at least two times the second wager.
  14. 14 A method according to claim 10, in which where the player's hand comprises two cards of value ten and an ace, the second wager is returned together with an additional sum at least equal to two times the second wager.
  15. A method according to claim 10, in which the second predetermined value is 17.
  16. 16 A method according to any previous claim, in which the second set of rules correspond to the rules of 3 card poker.
  17. 17 A method according to claim 16, in which the plurality of predetermined values are straight flush, three of a kind and straight.
  18. 18 A method according to claim 17, in which where the predetermined value is a straight flush the first wager is returned together with an additional sum at least equal to five times the credit assigned to the first wager, where the predetermined value is three of a kind the first wager is returned together with an additional sum at least equal to four times the first wager and where the predetermined value is a straight the first wager is returned together with an additional sum at least equal to the first wager.
  19. 19 A method according to claim 16 when dependent on any of claims 2 to 18, the predetermined value of the dealer's hand is Queen high or better.
  20. A system for playing a card game in which a player contest a hand with a dealer comprises: a computer processor, a card value allocation unit associated with the computer processor, a wager detection unit for detecting any wager placed by a player in communication with the computer processor, the computer processor being adapted to record the placing of any wager, and a display in communication with the computer processor; wherein the computer processor is configured to perform the steps of: a) recording an allocation of credit assigned to a first ante wager from a player and b) recording any allocation of credit assigned to an optional second wager, recording any allocation of credit assigned to an optional third wager, recording any allocation of credit assigned to an optional fourth wager, at least one of the second, third and fourth wagers being recorded c) receiving from the card value allocation unit values corresponding to three cards to form a three card hand for each of the player and the dealer and causing representations of at least one card value from the dealer's hand and all three card values of the player's three card hand to be displayed on the display; d) determining a hand value for the player's three card hand and where the hand value has exceeded a first predetermined value according to a first set of rules transferring from the player the credit assigned to the second wager, otherwise returning the credit assigned to the second wager together with an additional credit e) where the hand value has not exceeded a first predetermined value according to the first set of rules providing the player with the option of receiving an additional card value allocation, detecting when the option to receive an additional card value allocation has been taken, receiving an additional card value from the card allocation unit, displaying a representation of the additional card value on the display, and repeating this step until detecting when the player elects not to receive an additional card or the hand value exceeds the first predetermined value, I) determining a hand value for the dealer, returning any credits assigned to the third wagers together with an additional credit if the dealer's three card hand value in accordance with the first set of rules exceeds the first predetermined value, transferring from the player the credit assigned to the third wager otherwise, g) where the hand value of the dealer's hand is less than a second predetermined value allocating an additional card value, displaying a representation of the additional card value on the display and repeating until the vahie of the dealer's hand is not less than the second predetermined value, if the dealer's hand value in accordance with the first set of rules exceeds the first predetermined value returning any credits assigned to the third wagers together with an additional credit, h) then if both the player and the dealer have now exceeded the first predetermined value -returning the credit assigned to the first wager to the player, if the player has exceeded the first predetermined value and the dealer has not -transferring from the player the credit assigned to the first wager, if the player has not exceeded the first predetermined value and the dealer has -returning the credit assigned to the first wager to the player together with an additional credit, and if both the player and the dealer have not exceeded the first predetermined value and the values of each hand are equal -returning the first wager to the player, if the value of the player's hand is less than the value of the dealer's hand -collecting the first wager, and if the value of the player's hand is greater than the value of the dealer's hand -returning the first wager to the player together with an additional sum, and i) in relation to the fourth wager for each player determining according to a second set of rules a hand value for the first three cards of the player, and in the event that the player has a qualifying hand returning the credit assigned to the fourth wager together with an additional credit depending upon the value of the qualifying hand, otherwise transferring from the player the credit assigned to the fourth wager.
  21. 21 A system according to claim 20, in which in relation to the fourth wager for each player additionally determining according to a second set of rules a hand value for the dealer's first three cards and in the event that the player has a hand value greater than that of the dealer returning the credit assigned to fourth wager together with an additional credit depending upon the value of the qualifying hand, in the event that the hand values are equal returning the credit assigned to the fourth wager to the player, otherwise transferring from the player the credit assigned to the fourth wager.
  22. 22 A system according to claim 21, in which where the hand values are equal, but a qualifying hand has nevertheless been dealt to the player, the credit assigned to the fourth wager is returned together with an additional credit determined upon the value of the qualifying hand.
  23. 23 A system according to any of claims 20 to 22, in which the card value allocation unit is provided as part of the processor or in direct communication with the processor.
  24. 24 A system according to any of claims 20 to 22, frirther comprising a remote processor, and the computer processor being in communication with a network interface unit to enable communication with the remote processor, the card value allocation unit being provided as part of the remote processor or in direct communication with the remote processor.
  25. A system according to any of claims 20 to 24, in which representations of two of the dealer's first three allocated card values will be caused to be displayed on the display.
  26. 26 A system according to any of claim 20 to 24, in which in step e) only one or two card values are allocated to the dealer and representations of these card values are caused to be displayed on the display, the remaining card values of the dealers' first three card values being allocated and caused to be displayed on the display following step g) and prior to step h).
  27. 27 A system according to any of claims 20 to 26, in which the player if their three card hand value according to the first set of rules is less than the second predetermined hand value is required to receive an allocation of one or more additional card values until the hand value according to the first set of rules is not less than the second predetermined hand value.
  28. 28 A system according to any of claims 20 to 27, in which the card values allocated by the card value allocation unit correspond to individual cards available from six decks of 52 cards.
  29. 29 A system according to any of claims 20 to 28, in relation to the second wager, instead of step h) returning the credit assigned to the third wager together with an additional credit if the dealer's hand does not exceed the first predeterrriined value and transferring from the player the credit assigned to the third wager otherwise.
  30. A system according to any of claims 20 to 29, in which where the value of the player's hand in accordance with the first set of rules equals the first predetermined value the credit assigned to the second wager is returned to the player together with an additional credit.
  31. 31 A system according to claim 30, in which where the player's hand value in accordance with the first set of rules equals the first predetermined value and comprises at least one predeternñned card, for example a black jack, the credit assigned to the second wager is returned to the player together with an additional credit at least equal to one and a half times the credit assigned to the second wager.
  32. 32 A system according to any of claims 20 to 31, in which the first set of rules correspond to the rules of blackjack.
  33. 33 A system according to claim 32, in which the first predetermined value is 21.
  34. 34 A system according to claim 32, in which the player's hand comprises three sevens, the credit assigned to the second wager is returned together with an additional credit equal to at least three times the credit assigned to the second wager.
  35. A system according to claim 32, in which where the player's hand comprises a six, a seven and an eight, the credit assigned to the second wager is returned together with an additional credit equal to at least two times the credit assigned to the second wager.
  36. 36 A system according to claim 32, in which where the player's hand comprises two cards of value ten and an ace, the credit assigned to the second wager is returned together with an additional credit equal to at least two times the credit assigned to the first wager.
  37. 37 A system according to claim 32, in which the second predetermined vahie is 17.
  38. 38 A system according to any of claims 20 to 37, in which the second set of rules correspond to the rules of 3 card poker.
  39. 39 A system according to claim 38, in which the plurality of predetermined values are straight flush, three of a kind and straight.
  40. A system according to claim 39, in which where the predetermined value is a straight flush the credit assigned to the first wager is returned together with an additional amount of credit at least five times the credit assigned to the first wager, where the predetermined value is three of a kind the credit assigned to the first wager is returned together with an additional amount of credit at least four times the credit assigned to the first wager and where the predetermined value is a straight the credit assigned to the first wager is returned together with an additional amount of credit at least equal to the credit assigned to the first wager.
  41. 41 A system according to claim 38, when dependent on any of claims 21 to 39, the predetermined value of the dealer's hand is Queen high or better.
  42. 42 A system according to claim 20, in which for each of the first, second, third and fourth wagers received the computer processor causes a representation of the wager received to appear on the display.
  43. 43 A system according to claim 42, in which the representation of the wager received comprises a numerical representation of the wager received together with a graphical representation of the wager received.
  44. 44 A system according to claim 43, in which the graphical representation of the wager received comprises an image of one or more gaming chips.
  45. A system according to claim 43 or claim 44, in the event of a wager being collected the computer processor causes the graphical representation of the wager received to move towards the dealer's hand on the display.
  46. 46 A system according to any of claims 43 to 45, in which in the event of a wager being returned the computer processor causes the graphical representation of the wager received to move towards the player's hand on the display.
  47. 47 A system according to any of claims 43 to 46, in which in the event of a wager being returned with additional value the computer processor causes an additional graphical representation to appear, and for the graphical representation of the wager received and the additional graphical representation each to move towards the player's hand on the display.
  48. 48 A system according to any of claims 20 to 47, in which frirther comprising input means in comnmnication with the processor whereby signals from the input means convey receipt of a wager from a player or a decision of the player to be allocated the additional card value or not to the processor.
  49. 49 A system according to any of claims 20 to 48, further comprising a credit unit.
  50. A system according to claim 49, in which the credit unit comprises one or more of a coin acceptor, note acceptor, credit card or debit card reader or other electronic payment interface.
  51. 51 A system according to any of claims 20 to 50, further comprising a payment unit.
  52. 52 A system according to claim 51, in which the payment unit comprises one or more of a coin dispenser, a note dispenser, an electronic payment interface, or a ticket dispenser.
  53. 53 A computer readable storage medium is encoded with instructions for enabling performance of the method of any of claims ito 19.
  54. 54 A system for playing a card game in which two or more players each contest a hand with a dealer comprising: a remote processor incorporating a card value allocation unit, a network, a plurality of apparatus, each apparatus being adapted for play by a player, each apparatus comprising a wager detection unit for detecting any wager placed by a player in communication with the computer processor, the computer processor being adapted to record the placing of any wager, a display in communication with the computer processor and a network interface unit; wherein: a) for each apparatus, a first predetermined time period is provided for an allocation of credit assigned to a first ante wager from a player to be recorded together with any allocation of credit assigned to one or more of an optional second wager, a third optional wager and a fourth optional wager, b) where suitable allocations of credit have been made within the first predetermined time period, card values are allocated by the card value allocation unit corresponding to three cards for each player and for the dealer to form a three card hand for each; c) for each apparatus, representations of the allocated card values for the player are caused to be displayed on the display of the player's apparatus, together with representations of at least one card from the dealer's hand; d) a hand value for each player is determined and where the hand value has exceeded a first predetermined value according to a first set of rules the credit assigned to the second wager being transferred from the player e) where the hand value has not exceeded a first predetermined value according to the first set of rules for a second predetermined time period providing the player with the option of receiving an additional card value, detecting when the option to receive an additional card value has been taken, allocating an additional card value, displaying a representation of the additional card value on the display, and repeating this step until detecting when the player elects not to receive an additional card value or the hand value exceeds the first predetermined value, f) a hand value for the dealer is determined, any credit assigned to the third wagers being returned together with an additional credit if the dealer's three card hand value in accordance with the first set of rules exceeds the first predetermined value, the credit assigned to the third wager being transferred from the player otherwise, g) where the hand value of the dealer's hand is less than a second predetermined value allocating an additional card value, displaying a representation of the additional card value on the display and repeating until the value of the dealer's hand is not less than the second predetermined value, if the dealer's hand value in accordance with the first set of rules exceeds the first predetermined value returning the credit assigned to the third wager together with an additional credit, h) if both the player and the dealer have now exceeded the first predetermined value -returning the credit assigned to the first wager to the player, if the player has exceeded the first predetermined value and the dealer has not -the credit assigned to the first wager being transferred from the player, if the player has not exceeded the first predetermined value and the dealer has -returning the credit assigned to the first wager to the player together with an additional credit, and if both the player and the dealer have not exceeded the first predetermined value and the values of each hand are equal -returning the first wager to the player, if the value of the player's hand is less than the value of the dealer's hand -collecting the first wager, and if the value of the player's hand is greater than the value of the dealer's hand -returning the first wager to the player together with an additional sum, and k) for each player in relation to any fourth wager determining according to a second set of rules a hand value for the first three cards of the player, and in the event that the player has a qualifying hand returning the credit assigned to the fourth wager together with a additional credit depending upon the value of the qualifying hand, otherwise the credit assigned to the fourth wager being transferred from the player.
  55. A system according to claim 54, in which in relation to the fourth wager for each player additionally determining according to a second set of rules a hand value for the dealer's first three cards and in the event that the player has a hand value greater than that of the dealer returning the credit assigned to fourth wager together with an additional credit depending upon the value of the qualifying hand, in the event that the hand values are equal returning the credit assigned to the fourth wager to the player, otherwise transferring from the player the credit assigned to the fourth wager.
  56. 56 A system according to claim 55, in which where the hand values are equal, but a qualifying hand has nevertheless been dealt to the player, the credit assigned to the fourth wager is returned together with an additional credit determined upon the value of the qualifying hand.
  57. 57 A system according to any of claims 54 to 56, in which for each other participating player, a representation of cards is displayed on a player's display.
  58. 58 A system according to claim 57, in which representations of the values of the other player's cards are displayed following expiry of the second predetermined time period.
  59. 59 A system according to any of claims 54 to 58, the allocation of credit assigned to each of the first, second, third and fourth wagers is recorded only at the computer processor.
  60. A system according to any of claims 54 to 58, in which the allocation of credit assigned to each of the first, second, third and fourth wagers is additionally recorded at the remote processor.
  61. 61 A system according to any of claims 54 to 60, in which the determination of the wager outcomes is performed by the computer processor and communicated to the remote processor.
  62. 62 A system according to any of claims 54 to 60, in which the determination of the wager outcomes is performed by the remote processor and communicated to the appropriate computer processor.
  63. 63 A system according to any of claims 54 to 62, in which the first set of rules correspond to the rules of blackjack.
  64. 64 A system according to claim 63, in which the set value is 21.
  65. A system according to any of claims 54 to 64, in which the second set of rules correspond to the rules of 3 card poker.
  66. 66 A system according to claim 65, in which the plurality of predetermined values are straight flush, three of a kind and straight.
  67. 67 A system according to claim 66, in which where the predetermined value is a straight flush the credit assigned to the first wager is returned together with an additional amount of credit at least five times the credit assigned to the first wager, where the predetermined value is three of a kind the credit assigned to the first wager is returned together with an additional amount of credit at least four times the credit assigned to the first wager and where the predetermined value is a straight the credit assigned to the first wager is returned together with an additional amount of credit at least equal to the credit assigned to the first wager.
  68. 68 A system according to claim 65, when dependent on any of claims 54 to 64, the predetermined value of the dealer's hand is Queen high or better.
  69. 69 A system according to any of claims 54 to 68, in which the card values allocated to the dealer and at least one player are selected from card values representing 6 decks of 52 cards.
  70. A system according to any of claims 54 to 69, in which when a credit assigned to a wager is received the computer processor causes a representation of the wager received to appear on the display.
  71. 71 A system according to claim 70, in which the representation of the wager received comprises a numerical representation of the wager received together with a graphical representation of the wager received.
  72. 72 A system according to claim 71, in which the graphical representation of the wager received comprises an image of one or more gaming chips.
  73. 73 A system according to claim 71 or claim 72, in which in the event of a wager being collected the computer processor causes the graphical representation of the wager received to move towards the dealer's hand on the display.
  74. 74 A system according to claim 71 or claim 72, in which in the event of a wager being returned the computer processor causes the graphical representation of the wager received to move towards the player's hand on the display.
  75. A system according to claim 71 or claim 72, in which in the event of a wager being returned with additional value the computer processor causes an additional graphical representation to appear, and for the graphical representation of the wager received and the additional graphical representation each to move towards the player's hand on the display.
  76. 76 A system according to any of claims 54 to 75, frirther comprising input means in communication with the processor whereby signals from the input means convey receipt of a wager from a player to the processor.
  77. 77 A system according to any of claims 54 to 76, further comprising a credit unit.
  78. 78 A system according to claim 77, in which the credit unit comprises one or more of a coin acceptor, note acceptor, credit card or debit card reader or other electronic payment interface.
  79. 79 A system according to any of claims 54 to 78, farther comprising a payment unit.
  80. A system according to claim 79, in which the payment unit comprises one or more of a coin dispenser, a note dispenser, an electronic payment interface, or a ticket dispenser.
  81. 81 A system for playing a card game in which two or more players each contest a hand with a dealer comprises: a computer processor, a card value allocation unit associated with the computer processor, for each player a wager detection unit for detecting any wager placed by a player in communication with the computer processor, the computer processor being adapted to record the placing of any wager and a player display in communication with the computer processor; and an additional display in communication with the computer processor; wherein: a) for each apparatus, a first predetermined time period is provided for an allocation of credit assigned to a first ante wager from a player to be recorded together with any allocation of credit assigned to one or more of an optional second wager, a third optional wager and a fourth optional wager, b) where suitable allocations of credit have been made within the first predetermined period, the card values are allocated by the card value allocation unit corresponding to three cards for each player and for the dealer to form a three card hand for each; c) for each apparatus, representations of the allocated card values for the player are caused to be displayed on the display of the player's apparatus, together with representations of at least one card from the dealer's hand; and representations of the allocated card values for each player and for the dealer are caused to be displayed on the additional display d) for each player a hand value is determined and where the hand value has exceeded a first predetermined value according to a first set of rules the credit assigned to the second wager being transferred from the player, e) where the hand value has not exceeded a first predetermined value according to the first set of rules for a second predetermined time period providing the player with the option of receiving an additional card value, detecting when the option to receive an additional card value has been taken, allocating an additional card value, displaying a representation of the additional card value on the display, and repeating this step until detecting when the player elects not to receive an additional card value or the hand value exceeds the first predetermined value, f) for the dealer a hand value is determined, any credit assigned to the third wagers being returned together with an additional credit if the dealer's three card hand value in accordance with the first set of rules exceeds the first predetermined value, the credit assigned to the third wager being transferred from the player otherwise, g) where the hand value of the dealer's hand is less than a second predetermined value allocating an additional card value, displaying a representation of the additional card value on the display and repeating until the value of the dealer's hand is not less than the second predetermined value, if the dealer's hand value in accordance with the first set of rules exceeds the first predetermined value returning the credit assigned to the third wager together with an additional credit, h) if both the player and the dealer have now exceeded the first predetermined value -returning the credit assigned to the first wager to the player, if the player has exceeded the first predetermined value and the dealer has not -the credit assigned to the first wager being transferred from the player, if the player has not exceeded the first predetermined value and the dealer has -returning the credit assigned to the first wager to the player together with an additional credit, and if both the player and the dealer have not exceeded the first predetermined value and the values of each hand are equal -returning the first wager to the player, if the value of the player's hand is less than the value of the dealer's hand -collecting the first wager, and if the value of the player's hand is greater than the value of the dealer's hand -returning the first wager to the player together with an additional sum, and k) for each player in relation to any fourth wager determining according to a second set of rnles a hand value for the first three cards of the player, and in the event that the player has a qualifying hand returning the credit assigned to the fourth wager together with an additional credit depending upon the value of the qualifying hand, otherwise the credit assigned to the fourth wager being transferred from the player.
  82. 82 A system according to claim 81, in which in relation to the fourth wager for each player additionally determining according to a second set of rules a hand value for the dealer's first three cards and in the event that the player has a hand value greater than that of the dealer returning the credit assigned to fourth wager together with an additional credit depending upon the value of the qualifying hand, in the event that the hand values are equal returning the credit assigned to the fourth wager to the player, otherwise transferring from the player the credit assigned to the fourth wager.
  83. 83 A system according to claim 82, in which where the hand values are equal, but a qualifying hand has nevertheless been dealt to the player, the credit assigned to the fourth wager is returned together with an additional credit determined upon the value of the qualifying hand.
  84. 84 A system according to any of claims 81 to 83, in which the card value allocation unit is provided as part of the processor or in direct communication with the processor.
  85. A system according to any of claims 81 to 84, further comprising a remote processor, and the computer processor is in communication with a network interface unit to communicate with the remote processor, the card value allocation unit being provided as part of the remote processor or in direct communication with the remote processor.
  86. 86 A system according to any of claims 81 to 85, in which the allocation of credit assigned to each of the first, second, third and fourth wagers by each player is recorded only at the processor.
  87. 87 A system according to claim 85, in which the allocation of credit assigned to each of the first, second, third and fourth wagers by each player is recorded at the remote processor.
  88. 88 A system according to claim 85, in which the determination of the wager outcomes is performed by the processor and communicated to the remote processor.
  89. 89 A system according to claim 85, in which the determination of the wager outcomes is performed by the remote processor and communicated to the computer processor.
  90. A system according to any of claim 81 to 89, in which the first set of rules correspond to the rules of blackjack.
  91. 91 A system according to claim 90, in which the set value is 21.
  92. 92 A system according to any of claims 81 to 91, in which the second set of rules correspond to the rules of 3 card poker.
  93. 93 A system according to claim 92, in which the phirality of predetermined values are straight flush, three of a kind and straight.
  94. 94 A system according to claim 93, in which where the predetermined value is a straight flush the credit assigned to the first wager is returned together with an additional credit equal to at least five times the first wager, where the predetermined value is three of a kind the credit assigned to the first wager is returned together with an additional credit equal to at least four times the first wager and where the predetermined value is a straight the credit assigned to the first wager is returned together with an additional credit at least equal to the first wager.
  95. A system according to claim 93, when dependent upon claim 82 or claim 83, in which, the predetermined value of the dealer's hand is Queen high or better.
  96. 96 A system according to any of claims 81 to 95, in which the card values allocated to the dealer and at least one player are selected from card values representing 6 decks of 52 cards.
  97. 97 A system according to any of claims 81 to 96, in which when a credit assigned to a wager is detected the computer processor causes a representation of the wager received to appear on each of the player's display and the additional display.
  98. 98 A system according to claim 97, in which the representation of the wager received comprises a numerical representation of the wager received together with a graphical representation of the wager received.
  99. 99 A system according to claim 98, in which the graphical representation of the wager received comprises an image of one or more gaming chips.
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