WO2012064752A4 - Automatic system and methods for accurate card handling - Google Patents

Automatic system and methods for accurate card handling

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WO2012064752A4
WO2012064752A4 PCT/US2011/059797 US2011059797W WO2012064752A4 WO 2012064752 A4 WO2012064752 A4 WO 2012064752A4 US 2011059797 W US2011059797 W US 2011059797W WO 2012064752 A4 WO2012064752 A4 WO 2012064752A4
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card
playing
area
cards
arm
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Feraidoon Bourbour
Attila Grauzer
Robert J. Rynda
Ronald R. Swanson
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Shuffle Master, Inc.
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63FCARD, BOARD, OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • A63F1/00Card games
    • A63F1/06Card games appurtenances
    • A63F1/12Card shufflers
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63FCARD, BOARD, OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • A63F1/00Card games
    • A63F1/06Card games appurtenances
    • A63F1/08Card-presses

Abstract

A playing card handling device comprising a card storing area that supports a stack of playing cards, the storing area having a playing card support surface, including a card removing system that removes playing cards individually from the bottom of the stack. A pivoting arm is moved by a motor between at least two positions, wherein in a first position the end of the arm opposite a pivot is disengaged from a playing card at the top of the stack and in a second position the end of the arm is engaged with a playing card at the top of the stack. A processor directs movement of the pivoting arm between its position when a predetermined number of cards is present in the card storing area of the card handling device.

Claims

AMENDED CLAIMS
received by the International Bureau on 26 May 2012 (26.05.2012)
1. A playing card handling device, comprising:
a playing card collection area having a playing card support surface for supporting a stack of playing cards;
a set of grippers configured to grasp card edges at a random location in the stack of cards in the playing card collection area;
an elevator configured to elevate cards in the playing card collection area to the random location and to lower cards below the set of grippers after card edges are grasped by the set of grippers to suspend at least one card at and above the random location;
a pivotal arm that is automatically movable by a motor between at least a first position and a second position, wherein, during operation of the playing card handling device, in the first position the pivotal arm is positioned away from a playing card at the top of the stack and in the second position the pivotal arm is positioned above a playing card at the top of the stack; and
a processor in the playing card handling device programmed to direct movement of the pivotal arm between at least the first and second positions when information is known to the processor that a predetermined number of cards is to be suspended at or above the random location.
2. The playing card handling device of claim 1, wherein the playing card handling device comprises a shuffling system. 3. The playing card handling device of claim 1, further comprising a card infeed area and another pivoting arm located within the card infeed area, the another pivotal arm automatically movable by another motor between a first position and a second position, wherein, during operation of the playing card handling device, in the first position the another pivotal arm is disengaged from a playing card at a top of a stack of cards in the card infeed area and in the second position the another pivotal arm is engaged with a playing card at the top of the stack of cards in the card infeed area.
4. The playing card handling device of claim 3, further comprising a card removing system for removing playing cards individually from a bottom of the stack of cards in the card infeed area.
5. The playing card handling device of claim 1, wherein the predetermined number of cards is between 8 and 20.
6. The playing card handling device of claim 4, wherein the card removing system comprises a pick-off roller and wherein the another pivotal arm, when in the second position during operation, applies pressure against a playing card at the top of the stack of cards in the card infeed area to provide force between a lowest playing card in the stack and the pick-off roller during card movement. 7. The playing card handling device of claim 3, further comprising at least one sensor for sensing and indicating a number of cards present in the card infeed area.
8. The playing card handling device of claim 1, wherein the processor maintains a count of playing cards in the playing card collection area during operation of the device.
9. The playing card handling device of claim 8, wherein the processor is programmed to cause the another pivotal arm to move into the second position when a card count reaches a predetermined threshold amount.
10. The playing card handling device of claim 7, wherein the processor is in communication with the at least one sensor. 1. The playing card handling device of claim 3, wherein, during operation of the playing card handling device, cards are moved individually from the card infeed area to the card storing area, and wherein the another pivotal arm moves automatically from the first position to the second position when the card infeed area contains cards and moves automatically from the second position to the first position when the playing card infeed area is empty.
12. The playing card handling device of claim 3, wherein the processor is programmed to direct movement of the another pivotal arm in response to a signal from a sensor indicating a number of playing cards in the card infeed area has reached a predetermined number.
13. The playing card handling device of claim 12, wherein, when the processor has information that less than or equal to the predetermined number of playing cards is in the card infeed area, the processor is programmed to signal the another motor to move the another pivotal arm to the second position.
14. The playing card handling device of claim 4, wherein the card removing system is configured to insert a card from the bottom of the stack of cards in the card infeed area into a gap below the suspended at least one card.
15. The playing card handling device of claim 1, further comprising a random number generator for randomly determining a number of cards to be suspended with the set of grippers.
16. The playing card handling device of claim 15, wherein the processor is programmed so that when the random number generator generates a number equal to or less than a predetermined number, the processor directs the pivotal arm to rotate so that the pivotal arm moves into an engaged position over the gripped cards.
17. A playing card handling device, comprising:
a card infeed area having a playing card support surface for supporting a stack of playing cards;
a playing card collection area; a card removing system for removing playing cards individually from a bottom of the stack in the card infeed area, the card removing system configured to deliver playing cards into a gap formed in a stack of playing cards in the playing card collection area by suspending at least one card from the stack in the playing card collection area over the gap;
a pivoting arm movable between a first position where, during operation, a distal end of the pivoting arm is not positioned above any playing cards in the playing card collection area and a second position where, during operation, the distal end of the pivoting arm is positioned above a top card in the playing card collection area; a motor configured to cause the pivoting arm to move between the first position and the second position;
a playing card counting system that identifies a number of playing cards to be suspended above the gap in the playing card collection area;
a processor programmed to provide signals to the motor to move the pivoting arm between the first position and the second position in response to information received from the playing card counting system.
18. The playing card handling device of claim 17, wherein the pivoting arm is not in contact with any playing cards in the playing card collection area when in the first position and the pivoting arm is in contact with a top playing card in the playing card collection area.
19. A playing card shuffling device, comprising:
a card infeed area having a playing card support surface for supporting a stack of playing cards;
a playing card collection area;
a card removing system for moving playing cards individually from a bottom of the stack in the card infeed area to the playing card collection area;
a pivotally mounted first arm comprising a weight, wherein, during operation, the first arm pivots between a first disengaged position where the first arm is not in contact with any playing cards in the card infeed area and a second engaged position where the first arm is in contact with a top card in the card infeed area;
a first motor configured to cause the first arm to pivot;
a processor in the card handling device programmed to provide signals to the first motor to move the first arm between the first position and the second position; a playing card counting system for identifying a number of playing cards in the card infeed area;
a pair of grippers for grasping edges of cards within the playing card collection area;
an elevator for raising and lowering cards in the card collection area;
a pivotally mounted second arm, wherein, during operation, the second arm pivots between a first disengaged position where the first arm is not positioned above any cards within the playing card collection area and a second engaged position where the second arm is positioned above grasped cards within the playing card collection area; and
a second motor configured to cause the second arm to pivot.
20. The playing card shuffling device of claim 19, wherein the processor is programmed to provide signals to the first motor to move the first arm when the processor receives a signal from a sensor.
21. A method of handling playing cards, comprising:
moving cards individually out of a card storing area of a card handling device and into a second area from the bottom of a stack within the card storing area with a card moving system under only the weight of the stack of playing cards;
measuring at least one parameter selected from the group consisting of: a number of cards fed from the card storing area, a number of cards remaining in the card storing area, a percent shuffle completion and a height of the stack of cards in the card storing area; when a predetermined value of the at least one parameter is measured, providing a force to an uppermost card in the stack in the card storing area to increase a force between a lowest card in the stack and the card moving system; and
moving additional cards individually out of the card storing area and into the second area from the bottom of the stack with the card moving system under the force provided to the uppermost card.
22. The method of claim 21, wherein the second area is a card shuffling area, and further comprising shuffling the cards.
23. The method of claim 22, wherein shuffling is accomplished by suspending at least a portion of the stack in a randomly determined location, creating a gap in the stack below the randomly determined location, inserting a card in the gap, and then repeating the steps of randomly determining a location, creating a gap and inserting a card.
24. A method of handling playing cards, comprising:
randomly selecting a location to divide a stack of cards in a card handling area;
elevating the plurality of stacked cards, grasping a number of cards above the selected location, and lowering cards below the selected location to create a gap in the stack at the selected location by suspending all cards above the selected location in the stack; and
positioning a pivotal arm above a top card of the suspended cards to prevent cards from moving out of suspension upon grasping the number of cards above the selected location.
25. The method of claim 24, further comprising:
moving cards individually into the card handling area from a card storing area.
26. The method of claim 25, wherein moving cards individually into the card handling area from a card storing area comprises moving the cards individually from a bottom of a vertically positioned stack in the card storing area. 27. The method of claim 24, wherein positioning a pivotal arm above a top card in the suspended cards comprises pivoting the pivotal arm into a substantially horizontal position.
28. The method of claim 24, wherein positioning a pivotal arm above a top card in the suspended stack comprises only contacting the top card with the pivotal arm if the top card moves in an unwanted manner.
29. The method of claim 24, further comprising inserting a card into the gap. 30. The method of claim 24, and further comprising moving the pivotal arm to a disengaged position.

STATEMENT UNDER ARTICLE 19(1) (RULE 46.4)

All of claims 1 through 30 have been amended. The amendments have no impact on the description and the drawings. The amendments to claims 1 through 30 clarify the claims, correct typographical errors, and improve antecedent basis in the terms thereof. The amendments are supported by the as-filed specification and drawings and do not add new matter to the application.

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