Wednesday, June 06, 2007

May Board and Card Game Patents

Electronic video poker games: Apparently any program where you play a hand of poker, and after the first discard, the remaining cards are duplicated into several other hands and then new cards are drawn into each hand.

Electronic video poker games: Um, same thing, I think? Or perhaps, this is referring to the hardware?

Method for playing poker with additional card draws: A poker game where you can toss additional cards if they match a "nudge" card's value. E.g. if a 9 is the nudge card, you can toss a 9 in your hand for another card.

Poker blackjack game: This patent appears to be the straightforward idea that the two cards you are initially dealt in blackjack are also used for a poker game at the same time. In addition, you can bet on the color of the cards flipped up.

But some rather strange wording in the background caught my eye:
Blackjack is typically played on a table having a straight edge behind which a dealer stands and a semi-circular edge around which one or more players are positioned. The maximum number of players at a table may be, for example, six. The blackjack table may have a top surface covered with felt or another material which is imprinted with various indicia. These various indicia may include text describing basic and house rules of play and may indicate areas where players' cards are to be dealt and where players' bets are to be placed.
Which leads me to believe that it is not simply the game idea that is being claimed, but the felt surface, or perhaps both.

Modified blackjack game: Blackjack, with side bets on a) the value of the initial first two cards, and b) getting two initial cards of the same suit. Same comments as the previous patent.

Method and casino gaming table for playing three hand pinochle: 9 player pinochle in three groups of 3, with wagering on specific melds and overall totals.

Method, apparatus and article employing multiple machine-readable indicia on playing cards: Yet another device capable of reading and verifying cards as they are dealt, whether to duplicate the hand or combat fraud, I'm not sure. I could swear I saw similar ideas in one of my previous posts.

Games and game playing implements that include magnets: Some sort of game where you shoot a puck using repelling magnets.

Educational mathematics game: Cards with numbers, dice with operators, play a card in your hand that matches the math equation.

Spelling games: Match letter tiles to spell the word on your card.

Chess game playing array assembly: "The applicant recognized a need for a chess game playing assembly which would provide improved flexibility for arranging and/or designing various three dimensional chess game playing arrays."

Board games with player-wearable costume components: Hoo boy. Apparently, you can stick a piece onto someone's back and he or she has to guess what it is.

Hockey game: A variation on the hockey-foosball, where the table slopes a little.

Dominoes tile set with curved pieces: A design patent. Each domino is a quarter circular arc.

Card board game: Another design patent. I saw the pictures; I don't get it.

Resource point game mechanic: Something to do with the Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game. This patent protects the game mechanic "Resource points according to the resource point value are accumulatable by a player transitioning one of the game components from the 'out of play' state to the 'in play' state." Bite me.

Suits and ladders game: Betting on the suit of a card, where you can increase your rewards for the next card rather than take the payout. I think we saw this patent last month, too.

Word forming board game with lettered tiles: A board game called CHANGIT, which is just like Scrabble, except that the game starts with a word in the middle, and your object is to get rid of all your tiles by first changing a word and then placing a new one.

Card game: A design patent on a deck of cards.

Casino card game: Getting bored of poker patents? Me too.

2 through 6 main bet: The dealer's face-up card is used in determining how much a player's blackjack should be paid.


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