METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONDUCTING A NEW GAME BASED ON POKER AND A LIVE OR VIRTUAL OR PRERECORDED EVENT

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1. A computerimplemented method for playing a game, comprising:
 displaying, on a screen of an electronic device, a group of X numbers to an at least one first player,wherein each number in the group of X numbers corresponds to a participant in an event;
receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first group of N numbers from the group of X numbers for the at least one first player,receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first sequence of the first group of N numbers for the at least one first player; and
displaying, on the screen of the electronic device, the group of X numbers to an at least one second player.
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A computerimplemented system and method that includes displaying a group of numbers to a first and second player. The system and method further includes receiving a group of N numbers and a sequence of numbers for first and second players. The system and method includes receiving a wager, fold indication or raise indication from the first or second player and receiving an event result that includes N winning numbers corresponding to winning participants and a winning sequence of N winning numbers. The system and method includes receiving a wager, fold indication or raise indication from a first or second player and comparing the N winning numbers and winning sequence to the numbers and sequences for the first and second players. The system and method includes identifying a winning player matching winning criteria of a higher ranking winning category and distributing a winning pool of wagers to the one winning player.
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1 Claim
 1. A computerimplemented method for playing a game, comprising:
displaying, on a screen of an electronic device, a group of X numbers to an at least one first player, wherein each number in the group of X numbers corresponds to a participant in an event;
receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first group of N numbers from the group of X numbers for the at least one first player,receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first sequence of the first group of N numbers for the at least one first player; and displaying, on the screen of the electronic device, the group of X numbers to an at least one second player.
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This application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 14/133,255, entitled “METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONDUCTING A NEW GAME BASED ON POKER AND A LIVE OR VIRTUAL OR PRERECORDED EVENT”, filed Dec. 18, 2013, which claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/738,496, entitled “METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONDUCTING A NEW GAME BASED ON POKER AND A LIVE OR VIRTUAL EVENT,” filed Dec. 18, 2012, which are hereby incorporated by reference herein in their entirety for all purposes.
The instant invention relates to methods and systems for playing games of chance.
Methods and systems for playing games of chance are known.
In some embodiments, the present invention is a computerimplemented method for playing a game that includes displaying, on a screen of an electronic device, a group of X numbers to an at least one first player, wherein each number in the group of X numbers corresponds to a participant in an event. In an embodiment, the method further includes receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first group of N numbers from the group of X numbers for the at least one first player, wherein each number in the first group of N numbers is selected based, at least in part, on: (i) a first selection made by the at least one first player, or (ii) a first random selection made by the computer system.
In some embodiments, the method includes receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first sequence of the first group of N numbers for the at least one first player, wherein the first sequence of the first group of N numbers is selected based, at least in part, on: (i) a second selection made by the at least one first player, or (ii) a second random selection made by the computer system, and wherein N is greater than or equal to two.
In some embodiments, the method includes displaying, on the screen of the electronic device, the group of X numbers to an at least one second player and receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the second group of N numbers from the group of X numbers for the at least one second player, wherein each number in the second group of N numbers is selected based, at least in part, on: (i) a third selection made by the at least one second player, or (ii) a third random selection made by the computer system.
In some embodiments, the method includes receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a second sequence of the second group of N numbers for the at least one second player, wherein the second sequence of the second group of N numbers is selected based, at least in part, on: (i) a fourth selection made by the at least one second player, or (ii) a fourth random selection made by the computer system.
In some embodiments, receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first wager or a first fold indication from the at least one first player, wherein receiving the first fold indication results in the at least one first player withdrawing from the game; and receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first raise indication, a first call indication, or a second fold indication from the at least one second player, wherein receiving the first raise indication results in receiving a second wager from the at least one second player greater than the first wager, wherein receiving the first call indication results in receiving the second wager from the at least one second player equal to the first wager, and wherein receiving the second fold indication results in the at least one second player withdrawing from the game.
In some embodiments, the method includes receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a result of the event, wherein the result of the event comprises: (i) N winning numbers corresponding to winning participants, and (ii) a winning sequence of the N winning numbers, and wherein the winning sequence of the N winning numbers is based on a winning order of the winning participants.
In some embodiments, the method includes receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a third wager or a third fold indication from the at least one first player, wherein receiving the third fold indication results in the at least one first player withdrawing from the game and receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a second raise indication, a second call indication or a fourth fold indication from the at least one second player, wherein receiving the second raise indication results in receiving a fourth wager from the at least one second player greater than the third wager, wherein receiving the second call indication results in receiving the fourth wager from the at least one second player equal to the third wager, wherein receiving the fourth fold indication results in the at least one second player withdrawing from the game, and wherein the wagers received from the at least one first player and the at least one second player form a winning pool.
In some embodiments, the method includes comparing, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the N winning numbers to: (i) the first group of N numbers and (ii) the second group of N numbers and comparing, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the winning sequence of the N winning numbers to: (i) the first sequence of N numbers in the first group and (ii) the second sequence of N numbers in the second group.
In some embodiments, the method includes identifying, based on the comparing steps, from the at least one first player and the at least one second player, at least one winning player matching winning criteria of a higher ranking winning category; wherein winning categories comprise: (i) a highest ranked winning category with winning criteria comprising: (a) the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match the N winning numbers and (b) the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match the winning sequence of N winning numbers; (ii) a second winning category with winning criteria comprising: the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match the N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the method includes distributing, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the winning pool to the at least one winning player.
In some embodiments, the method includes winning categories that include: (iii) a third winning category with winning criteria comprising: (a) N1 numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match N1 winning numbers and (b) a first number and a second number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match a corresponding first number and a corresponding second number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the method includes winning categories that include: (iv) a fourth winning category with winning criteria comprising: (a) the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches either the first number or the second number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers and (b) the second number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches either the first number or the second number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers and (v) a fifth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches the corresponding first number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the method includes winning categories that include: (vi) a sixth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches the second number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers; and (vii) a seventh winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a third number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the method includes winning categories that include: (viii) an eighth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a fourth number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the method includes winning categories that include: (ix) a ninth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a fifth number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers; and (x) a tenth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a sixth number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the method includes winning categories that include: (xi) an eleventh winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a seventh number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers; and (xii) a twelfth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches an eighth number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the method includes receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a fifth wager or a fifth fold indication from the at least one first player, wherein receiving the fifth fold indication results in the at least one first player withdrawing from the game; and receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a third raise indication, a third call indication or a sixth fold indication from the at least one second player, wherein receiving the third raise indication results in receiving a sixth wager from the at least one second player greater than the fifth wager, wherein receiving the third call indication results in receiving the sixth wager from the at least one second player equal to the fifth wager, wherein receiving the sixth fold indication results in the at least one second player withdrawing from the game.
In some embodiments, the receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the fifth wager or the fifth fold indication from the at least one first player step and the receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the third raise indication, the third call indication or the sixth fold indication from the at least one second player step are completed before the receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the result of the event step.
In some embodiments, the method includes generating, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, at least one first game piece; and generating, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, at least one second game piece.
In some embodiments, the method includes N ranging from 2 to 15. In some embodiments, the method includes N ranging from 2 to 5.
In some embodiments, the method includes X equals to a number of participants in the event.
In some embodiments, the method includes an event that is selected from the group consisting of a live event, a virtual event, a past event, and combinations thereof.
In some embodiments, the method includes a past event that is recorded prior to receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the result of the event step.
In some embodiments, the method includes an event that is an event having a sequential finishing order.
In some embodiments, the method includes an event selected from the group consisting of horse racing, greyhound racing, automobile racing, motorcycle racing, football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and hockey.
In some embodiment, the present invention is a computer system that includes at least one specialized computer machine that includes a nontransient memory having at least one region for storing particular computer executable program code; and at least one processor for executing the particular program code stored in the memory, wherein the particular program code is configured to at least perform the following operations: displaying, on a screen of an electronic device, a group of X numbers to an at least one first player, wherein each number in the group of X numbers corresponds to a participant in an event.
In some embodiments, the particular program code is configured to at least perform the following: receiving, by an at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first group of N numbers from the group of X numbers for the at least one first player, wherein each number in the first group of N numbers is selected based, at least in part, on: (i) a first selection made by the at least one first player, or (ii) a first random selection made by the computer system; and receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first sequence of the first group of N numbers for the at least one first player, wherein the first sequence of the first group of N numbers is selected based, at least in part, on: (i) a second selection made by the at least one first player, or (ii) a second random selection made by the computer system and wherein N is greater than or equal to two.
In some embodiments, the particular program code is configured to at least perform the following: displaying, on the screen of the electronic device, the group of X numbers to an at least one second player; receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the second group of N numbers from the group of X numbers for the at least one second player, wherein each number in the second group of N numbers is selected based, at least in part, on: (i) a third selection made by the at least one second player, or (ii) a third random selection made by the computer system and receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a second sequence of the second group of N numbers for the at least one second player, wherein the second sequence of the second group of N numbers is selected based, at least in part, on: (i) a fourth selection made by the at least one second player, or (ii) a fourth random selection made by the computer system.
In some embodiments, the particular program code is configured to at least perform the following: receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first wager or a first fold indication from the at least one first player, wherein receiving the first fold indication results in the at least one first player withdrawing from the game; and receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first raise indication, a first call indication, or a second fold indication from the at least one second player, wherein receiving the first raise indication results in receiving a second wager from the at least one second player greater than the first wager, wherein receiving the first call indication results in receiving the second wager from the at least one second player equal to the first wager, and wherein receiving the second fold indication results in the at least one second player withdrawing from the game and receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a result of the event, wherein the result of the event comprises: (i) N winning numbers corresponding to winning participants, and (ii) a winning sequence of the N winning numbers, wherein the winning sequence of the N winning numbers is based on a winning order of the winning participants.
In some embodiments, the particular program code is configured to at least perform the following: receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a third wager or a third fold indication from the at least one first player, wherein receiving the third fold indication results in the at least one first player withdrawing from the game and receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a second raise indication, a second call indication or a fourth fold indication from the at least one second player, wherein receiving the second raise indication results in receiving a fourth wager from the at least one second player greater than the third wager, wherein receiving the second call indication results in receiving the fourth wager from the at least one second player equal to the third wager, wherein receiving the fourth fold indication results in the at least one second player withdrawing from the game, and wherein the wagers received from the at least one first player and the at least one second player form a winning pool.
In some embodiments, the particular program code is configured to at least perform the following: comparing, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the N winning numbers to: (i) the first group of N numbers and (ii) the second group of N numbers and comparing, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the winning sequence of the N winning numbers to: (i) the first sequence of N numbers in the first group and (ii) the second sequence of N numbers in the second group.
In some embodiments, the particular program code is configured to at least perform the following: identifying, based on the comparing steps, from the at least one first player and the at least one second player, a at least one winning player matching winning criteria of a higher ranking winning category, wherein winning categories comprise: (i) a highest ranked winning category with winning criteria comprising: (a) the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match the N winning numbers and (b) the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match the winning sequence of N winning numbers, (ii) a second winning category with winning criteria comprising: the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match the N winning numbers, and (iii) a third winning category with winning criteria comprising: (a) N1 numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match N1 winning numbers and (b) a first number and a second number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match a corresponding first number and a corresponding second number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the particular program code is configured to at least perform the following: distributing, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the winning pool to the at least one winning player.
In some embodiments, the winning categories further comprise: (iv) a fourth winning category with winning criteria comprising: (a) the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches either the first number or the second number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers and (b) the second number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches either the first number or the second number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers, (v) a fifth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches the corresponding first number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers, (vi) a sixth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches the second number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers, and (vii) a seventh winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a third number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the winning categories further comprise: (viii) an eighth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a fourth number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers, (ix) a ninth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a fifth number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers, and (x) a tenth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a sixth number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the winning categories further comprise: (xi) an eleventh winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a seventh number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers; and (xii) a twelfth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches an eighth number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, N ranges from 2 to 15. In some embodiments, N ranges from 2 to 5.
In some embodiments, the event is selected from the group consisting of a live event, a virtual event, a past event, and combinations thereof. In some embodiments, the past event is recorded prior to receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the result of the event step.
In some embodiments, the event is an event having a sequential finishing order. In some embodiments, the event is selected from the group consisting of horse racing, greyhound racing, automobile racing, motorcycle racing, football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and hockey.
The present invention will be further explained with reference to the attached drawings, wherein like structures are referred to by like numerals throughout the several views. The drawings shown are not necessarily to scale, with emphasis instead generally being placed upon illustrating the principles of the present invention. Further, some features may be exaggerated to show details of particular components.
The figures constitute a part of this specification and include illustrative embodiments of the present invention and illustrate various objects and features thereof. Further, the figures are not necessarily to scale, some features may be exaggerated to show details of particular components. In addition, any measurements, specifications and the like shown in the figures are intended to be illustrative, and not restrictive. Therefore, specific structural and functional details disclosed herein are not to be interpreted as limiting, but merely as a representative basis for teaching one skilled in the art to variously employ the present invention.
The present invention will be further explained with reference to the attached drawings, wherein like structures are referred to by like numerals throughout the several views. The drawings shown are not necessarily to scale, with emphasis instead generally being placed upon illustrating the principles of the present invention. Further, some features may be exaggerated to show details of particular components.
The figures constitute a part of this specification and include illustrative embodiments of the present invention and illustrate various objects and features thereof. Further, the figures are not necessarily to scale, some features may be exaggerated to show details of particular components. In addition, any measurements, specifications and the like shown in the figures are intended to be illustrative, and not restrictive. Therefore, specific structural and functional details disclosed herein are not to be interpreted as limiting, but merely as a representative basis for teaching one skilled in the art to variously employ the present invention.
Among those benefits and improvements that have been disclosed, other objects and advantages of this invention will become apparent from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying figures. Detailed embodiments of the present invention are disclosed herein; however, it is to be understood that the disclosed embodiments are merely illustrative of the invention that may be embodied in various forms. In addition, each of the examples given in connection with the various embodiments of the invention which are intended to be illustrative, and not restrictive.
Throughout the specification and claims, the following terms take the meanings explicitly associated herein, unless the context clearly dictates otherwise. The phrases “in one embodiment” and in some embodiments” as used herein do not necessarily refer to the same embodiment(s), though it may. Furthermore, the phrases “in another embodiment” and “in some other embodiments” as used herein do not necessarily refer to a different embodiment, although it may. Thus, as described below, various embodiments of the invention may be readily combined, without departing from the scope or spirit of the invention.
In addition, as used herein, the term “or” is an inclusive “or” operator, and is equivalent to the term “and/or,” unless the context clearly dictates otherwise. The term “based on” is not exclusive and allows for being based on additional factors not described, unless the context clearly dictates otherwise. In addition, throughout the specification, the meaning of “a,” “an,” and “the” include plural references. The meaning of “in” includes “in” and “on.”
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In embodiments, members of the inventive computer system 102104 (e.g. vending machines) include virtually any computing device capable of receiving and sending a message over a network, such as network 105, to and from another computing device, such as servers 106 and 107, each other, and the like. In embodiments, the set of such devices includes devices that typically connect using a wired communications medium such as personal computers, multiprocessor systems, microprocessorbased or programmable consumer electronics, network PCs, and the like. In embodiments, the set of such devices also includes devices that typically connect using a wireless communications medium such as cell phones, smart phones, tablet computers, pagers, walkie talkies, radio frequency (RF) devices, infrared (IR) devices, CBs, integrated devices combining one or more of the preceding devices, or virtually any mobile device, and the like. Similarly, in embodiments, client devices 102104 are any device that is capable of connecting using a wired or wireless communication medium such as a PDA, POCKET PC, wearable computer, and any other device that is equipped to communicate over a wired and/or wireless communication medium.
In embodiments, each member device within member devices 102104 may include a browser application that is configured to receive and to send web pages, and the like. In embodiments, the browser application may be configured to receive and display graphics, text, multimedia, and the like, employing virtually any web based language, including, but not limited to Standard Generalized Markup Language (SMGL), such as HyperText Markup Language (HTML), a wireless application protocol (WAP), a Handheld Device Markup Language (HDML), such as Wireless Markup Language (WML), WMLScript, XML, JavaScript, and the like. In embodiments, the invention is programmed in either Java, .Net, QT, C, C++ or other suitable programming language.
In embodiments, member devices 102104 may be further configured to receive a message from another computing device employing another mechanism, including, but not limited to email, Short Message Service (SMS), Multimedia Message Service (MMS), instant messaging (IM), internet relay chat (IRC), mIRC, Jabber, and the like or a Proprietary protocol.
In embodiments, network 105 may be configured to couple one computing device to another computing device to enable them to communicate. In some embodiments, network 105 may be enabled to employ any form of computer readable media for communicating information from one electronic device to another. Also, in embodiments, network 105 may include a wireless interface, and/or a wired interface, such as the Internet, in addition to local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), cloud based networks, direct connections, such as through a universal serial bus (USB) port, other forms of computerreadable media, or any combination thereof. In embodiments, on an interconnected set of LANs, including those based on differing architectures and protocols, a router may act as a link between LANs, enabling messages to be sent from one to another.
Also, in some embodiments, communication links within LANs typically include twisted wire pair or coaxial cable, while communication links between networks may utilize analog telephone lines, full or fractional dedicated digital lines including T1, T2, T3, and T4, Integrated Services Digital Networks (ISDNs), Digital Subscriber Lines (DSLs), wireless links including satellite links, or other communications links known to those skilled in the art. Furthermore, in some embodiments, remote computers and other related electronic devices could be remotely connected to either LANs or WANs via a modem and temporary telephone link. In essence, in some embodiments, network 105 includes any communication method by which information may travel between client devices 102104, and servers 106 and 107.
Member devices 202an may also comprise a number of external or internal devices such as a mouse, a CDROM, DVD, a keyboard, a display, or other input or output devices. Examples of client devices 202an may be personal computers, digital assistants, personal digital assistants, cellular phones, mobile phones, smart phones, pagers, digital tablets, laptop computers, Internet appliances, and other processorbased devices. In general, a client device 202a is any type of processorbased platform that is connected to a network 206 and that interacts with one or more application programs. Client devices 202an may operate on any operating system capable of supporting a browser or browserenabled application, such as Microsoft Windows™, Apple iOS, Google Android or Linux. The client devices 202an shown may include, for example, personal computers executing a browser application program such as Microsoft Corporation'"'"'s Internet Explorer™, Apple Computer, Inc.'"'"'s Safari™, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera or a standalone application via an online application store such as Apple Store, Google Play/Chrome Store, and/or Microsoft Store. Through the client devices 202an, users (e.g. players, agents, etc.) 212an communicate over the network 206 with each other and with other systems and devices coupled to the network 206. As shown in
In some embodiments, the term “mobile electronic device” may refer to any portable electronic device that may or may not be enabled with location tracking functionality. For example, a mobile electronic device can include, but is not limited to, a mobile phone, Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), Blackberry™, Pager, Smartphone, or any other reasonable mobile electronic device. For ease, at times the above variations are not listed or are only partially listed, this is in no way meant to be a limitation.
In some embodiments, the terms “proximity detection,” “locating,” “location data,” “location information,” and “location tracking” as used herein may refer to any form of location tracking technology or locating method that can be used to provide a location of a mobile electronic device, such as, but not limited to, at least one of location information manually input by a user, such as, but not limited to entering the city, town, municipality, zip code, area code, cross streets, or by any other reasonable entry to determine a geographical area; Global Positions Systems (GPS); GPS accessed using Bluetooth™; GPS accessed using any reasonable form of wireless and/or nonwireless communication; WiFi™ server location data; Bluetooth™ based location data; triangulation such as, but not limited to, network based triangulation, WiFi™ server information based triangulation, Bluetooth™ server information based triangulation; Cell Identification based triangulation, Enhanced Cell Identification based triangulation, UplinkTime difference of arrival (UTDOA) based triangulation, Time of arrival (TOA) based triangulation, Angle of arrival (AOA) based triangulation; techniques and systems using a geographic coordinate system such as, but not limited to, longitudinal and latitudinal based, geodesic height based, cartesian coordinates based; Radio Frequency Identification such as, but not limited to, Long range RFID, Short range RFID; using any form of RFID tag such as, but not limited to active RFID tags, passive RFID tags, battery assisted passive RFID tags; or any other reasonable way to determine location. For ease, at times the above variations are not listed or are only partially listed, this is in no way meant to be a limitation.
In some embodiments, nearfield wireless communication (NFC) can represent a shortrange wireless communications technology in which NFCenabled devices are “swiped,” “bumped,” “tap” or otherwise moved in close proximity to communicate. In some embodiments, NFC could include a set of shortrange wireless technologies, typically requiring a distance of 10 cm or less.
In some embodiments, NFC may operate at 13.56 MHz on ISO/IEC 180003 air interface and at rates ranging from 106 kbit/s to 424 kbit/s. In some embodiments, NFC can involve an initiator and a target; the initiator actively generates an RF field that can power a passive target. In some embodiment, this can enable NFC targets to take very simple form factors such as tags, stickers, key fobs, or cards that do not require batteries. In some embodiments, NFC peertopeer communication can be conducted when a plurality of NFCenable devices within close proximity of each other.
In some embodiments, the game described herein is used with Internet and mobile media.
For purposes of some embodiments, the term “game piece” means either physical form (e.g., a ticket, etc.) or electronic presentation which are representative of at least some data required for participation in a game. In some embodiments, all game pieces are rendered in physical form. In some embodiments, all game pieces are rendered in electronic representation form. In some embodiments, at least one game piece of the game is in physical form and at least one game piece of the game is in electronic representation form. In some embodiments, the game pieces are in the form of cards wherein each card is a separate game piece and series of game pieces forms a “hand”.
For purposes of some embodiments, the term “indicia” means visible and/or invisible representations of game data on a game piece. In some embodiments, the term “indicia” can be, for example, but is not limited to, number(s), character(s), geometrical shapes, playing cards, dice, game boards, and/or combination(s) thereof.
In some embodiments, the instant invention can provide a method to conduct a game that at least includes steps of: providing, by a computer system, at least one first game piece to at least one first player and at least on second game piece to at least one second player, where the at least one first game piece has a first game data of the game and where the at least one second game pieces has a second game data of the game, where the first game data includes a first number and where the second game data includes a second number, and where the first number and the second number are each associated with at least one participant of at least one event; receiving, by a computer system, one or more first wagers from the first player and the second player; receiving, by computer system, data identifying a winning participant of the at least one event; where the number associated with the winning participant of the at least one event is a winning number; receiving, by computer system, one or more second wagers from the first player and the second player; and awarding the first wagers and the second wagers to a player with a number that matches the winning number of the game.
In some embodiments, the game includes players attempting to predict the order of participants in an event. In some embodiments, the game may include the first three participants. In some embodiments, the game may include the first four or five or more participants. In some embodiments, the game includes three rounds including, but not limited to, one round of selecting and ordering game pieces and two rounds of wagering that may include pokerstyle wagering such as raise, call, fold, and/or bluff as described below. In some embodiments, as used herein, the phrases “raise indication”, “fold indication”, or “call indication” are used to indicate a player'"'"'s intention to raise, fold, or call, respectively.
In some embodiments more than two rounds of wagering may be conducted. In some embodiments, three rounds of wagering may be conducted. In some embodiments, the third round of wagering will be conducted before the event is completed. In some embodiments, the third round of wagering will be conducted while the display of the event is paused. In some embodiments, four rounds of wagering may be conducted. In some embodiments, five rounds of wagering may be conducted. In some embodiments, seven rounds of wagering may be conducted. In some embodiments, 2 to 10 rounds of wagering may be conducted. In some embodiments, more than 10 rounds of wagering may be conducted.
In some embodiment, the number of players ranges from 2 to 100. In some embodiments, the number of player rangers from 2 to 50. In some embodiments, the number of player rangers from 2 to 40. In some embodiments, the number of player rangers from 2 to 30. In some embodiments, the number of player rangers from 2 to 20. In some embodiments, the number of player rangers from 2 to 15. In some embodiments, the number of player rangers from 2 to 10. In some embodiments, the number of player rangers from 2 to 8. In some embodiments, the number of player rangers from 5 to 100. In some embodiments, the number of player rangers from 10 to 100. In some embodiments, the number of player rangers from 15 to 100. In some embodiments, the number of player rangers from 20 to 100. In some embodiments, the number of player rangers from 30 to 100. In some embodiments, the number of player rangers from 50 to 100. In some embodiments, the number of players exceeds 100.
In some embodiments, each player may participate in more than one game.
In some embodiments, the game data may include, for example, but is not limited to, number(s), character(s), geometrical shapes, playing cards, dice, game boards, and/or combination(s) thereof.
In some embodiments, the providing the first game data and the second game data of the game occurs concomitantly with a payment for playing the game is received from each player. In some embodiments, the wagers are paid before and after the event.
In some embodiments, the payment and/or wagers will be in the form of currency, a credit card, a debit card, and/or mobile electronic device that can include, but is not limited to, a mobile phone, Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), Blackberry™, Pager, Smartphone, or any other reasonable mobile electronic device with a mobile application such as Google Wallet or equivalent to generate payment.
In some embodiments, players may participate in the game using virtual currency such as chips and/or other form of currency described above.
In some embodiments, the game piece can be generated by and/or shown at a lottery or other type of gaming terminal such as a gaming machine. In some embodiments, the game piece is electronic data/representation indicative of the game data (e.g., graphical representation of the first part of the game on a monitor, etc.). In some embodiments, the game piece is shown on a computer, a phone, a mobile phone, tablet, Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), Blackberry™, Pager, Smartphone, or any other computing device
In some embodiments, the method includes one or more players create a real or virtual player group. In some embodiments, the game begins when at least two players create a real or virtual player group.
In some embodiments, the method includes players receiving one or more game pieces with game data that includes a number(s), character(s), geometrical shapes, playing cards, dice, game boards, and/or combination(s) thereof related to a participant in an event. In some embodiments, the players receive one or more game pieces with a number associated with a participant in an event. In some embodiments, the game pieces include real or virtual playing cards.
In some embodiments, the event may include, but is not limited to, horse racing, greyhound racing, motor sports such as automobile and motorcycle racing, and/or other racing related sports with a finishing order of participants that can be conclusively determined. In some embodiments, the event may include, but is not limited to, nonracing sports such as football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, and/or other related sports.
In some embodiments, the event is live. In some embodiments, the event is prerecorded. In some embodiments, the event is virtual. In some embodiments, the event is virtual with the winning participants selected by a random number generator.
In some embodiments, the participants are human. In some embodiments, the participants are animals such as horses and/or dogs. In some embodiments, the participants are virtual.
In some embodiments, the odds of each participant winning the event are provided to the players. In some embodiments, additional information related to the participants and/or event is provided to the players. In some embodiments, the additional information may include, but is not limited to, historical winning results, current event conditions such as weather, track quality, health of the participants or other information potentially pertinent to selecting a participant.
In some embodiments, the method includes players selecting or randomly receiving one or more game pieces with game data associated with participants in an event. In some embodiments, the players select or randomly receive the one or more game pieces with game data based on the predicted winning participants of the event (“the predicted winning participants”). In some embodiments, the players select or randomly receive the one or more game pieces with game data based on the predicted order of winning participants of the event (“the predicted order of winning participants”). As used herein, “order” and “sequence” are used interchangeably and may refer to participants in an event, numbers, or combinations thereof.
In some embodiments, the players select or randomly receive three game pieces with game numbers associated with the predicted three winning participants in an event. In some embodiments, the players select or randomly receive three game pieces with game numbers associated with the predicted three winning participants in an event and the players order the three game pieces based on the predicted order of winning participants in an event.
In some embodiments, the players select or randomly receive four game pieces with game numbers associated with the predicted four winning participants in an event. In some embodiments, the players select or randomly receive four game pieces with game numbers associated with the predicted four winning participants in an event and the players order the four game pieces based on the predicted order of winning participants in an event.
In some embodiments, the players select or randomly receive five game pieces with game numbers associated with the predicted five winning participants in an event. In some embodiments, the players select or randomly receive five game pieces with game numbers associated with the predicted five winning participants in an event and the players order the five game pieces based on the predicted order of winning participants in an event.
In some embodiments, the players select or randomly receive more than five game pieces with game numbers associated with the predicted more than five winning participants in an event. In some embodiments, the players select or randomly receive more than five game pieces with game numbers associated with the predicted more than five winning participants in an event and the players order the more than five game pieces based on the predicted order of winning participants in an event.
In some embodiments, the game pieces not selected by the players are removed from the game.
In some embodiments, the game pieces are cards included in a players “hand” similar to poker or other card game.
In some embodiments, the players participate in a first round of wagering after the players select or randomly receive the game pieces. In some embodiments, the wagering is pokerstyle wagering. In some embodiments, the wagering is based on wagering associated with other card games.
In some embodiments, the first round of wagering includes a first player providing a wager. In some embodiments, the wager may be based at least in part on the likelihood that the player'"'"'s predicted winning participants and/or predicted order of winning participants matches the actual winning participants and/or actual order of winning participants. In some embodiments, the wager may be a “bluff” where the likelihood of the player'"'"'s predicted winning participants and/or predicted order of winning participants matching the actual winning participants and/or actual order of winning participants is low.
In some embodiments, after the first player provides a wager, the second player may increase the amount of the wager (“raise”), provide an equal wager (“call”), or withdraw from the game (“fold”). In some embodiments, each player continues to raise, call, or fold until all players have either raised, called, or folded. In some embodiments, each round of wagers is compiled to form a “winning pool”. In some embodiments, all rounds of wagers are compiled to form a “winning pool.” In some embodiments, the first round of wagers is compiled to form a “winning pool”.
In some embodiments, after the first round of wagering, the event is conducted. In some embodiments, the numbers associated with the winning participants (“the winning participants”) of the event are provided to the players. In some embodiments, the numbers associated with the winning participants are provided to the players along with the order of winning participants (“the order of winning participants”). In some embodiments, the number associated with the first place participant is provided first, the number associated with the second place participant is provided second, the number of the third place participant is provided third, and so on until the number associated with each participant has been placed in the order the participant finished the event thus generating a number corresponding to the order of winning participants.
In some embodiments, the players that have not folded during the first round of wagering participate in a second round of wagering conducted after the winning participants and/or the order of winning participants of the event have been provided.
In some embodiments, the second round of wagering includes a first player providing a wager. In some embodiments, the wagering is pokerstyle wagering. In some embodiments, the wagering is based on wagering associated with other card games.
In some embodiments, after the first player provides a wager, the second player may raise, call, or fold. In some embodiments, each active player (i.e., each player that has not folded during the first or second round of wagering) continues to raise, call, or fold until all active players have either raised, called, or folded. In some embodiments, the second round of wagers are compiled with the first round of wagers to form the winning pool.
In some embodiments, after the second round of wagering is complete, each active player compares the player'"'"'s predicted winning participants with the winning participants and/or the predicted order of winning participants with the order of winning participants. In some embodiments, the player with the predicted winning participants and the predicted order of winning participants most closely matching the corresponding winning participants and order of winning participants, wins the game and receives the winning pool.
In some embodiments, the winning player may not be the player with the highest ranked games pieces. In some embodiments, the winning player may have “bluffed” another player with higher ranked game pieces.
In some embodiments, the ranking of winning “hands” is at least partially based on rankings in a horse and/or a dog race and/or other event.
In some embodiments, in a game where three game pieces are selected or randomly received, the game pieces with the predicted winning participants and the predicted order of winning participants are compared to the winning participants and the order of winning participants to determine a winning player based on, but not limited to, the following rankings (i.e., the active player with highest ranking wins the winning pool):
First—first three predicted winning participants equal the first three winning participants and the first three predicted order of participants equals the first three order of winning participants (“tricast”).
Second—first three predicted winning participants equal the first three winning participants (“trio”).
Third—first two participants in the predicted order of winning participants equal the first two winning participants in the order of first two winning participants (“forecast”).
Fourth—first two predicted winning participants equal the first two winning participants (“quinella”).
Fifth—first participant in the predicted order of winning participants equals the first participant in the order of winning participants (“win”).
Sixth—first participant in the predicted order of winning participants equals the second participant in the order of winning participants (“place”).
Seventh—first participant in the predicted order of winning participants equals the third participant in the order of winning participants (“show”).
Eighth—first participant in the predicted order of winning participants equals the fourth, fifth, sixth and so on participant in the order of winning participants (“position of winner”).
In some embodiments, in a game where five game pieces are selected or randomly received, the game pieces with the predicted winning participants and the predicted order of winning participants are compared to the winning participants and the order of winning participants to determine a winning player based on the following rankings, but not limited to:
First—First five predicted winning participants equal the first five winning participants and the first five predicted order of participants equals the order of the first five winning participants (“pentafecta”).
Second—first four participants in the predicted order of winning participants equal the first four winning participants in the order of the first four winning participants (“superfecta”).
Third—first three predicted winning participants equal the first three winning participants and the first three predicted order of participants equals the first three order of winning participants (“tricast”).
Fourth—first three predicted winning participants equal the first three winning participants (“trio”).
Fifth—first two participants in the predicted order of winning participants equal the first two winning participants in the order of first two winning participants (“forecast”).
Sixth—first two predicted winning participants equal the first two participants winning participants (“quinella”).
Seventh—first participant in the predicted order of winning participants equals the first participant in the order of winning participants (“win”).
Eighth—first participant in the predicted order of winning participants equals the second participant in the order of winning participants (“place”).
Ninth—first participant in the predicted order of winning participants equals the third participant in the order of winning participants (“show”).
Tenth—first participant in the predicted order of winning participants equals the fourth, fifth, sixth and so on participant in the order of winning participants (“position of winner”).
In some embodiments, the rankings include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. First 5 (First 5 in correct order).
2. First 4 (First 4 in correct order).
3. Tricast (First 3 in correct order).
4. Trio (First 3 in any order).
5. Forecast (First 2 in correct order).
6. Quinella (First 2 in any order).
7. Win (Winner of the race).
8. Place (The participant assigned by the player to be the winner, has to be positioned second).
9. Show (The participant assigned by the player to be the winner, has to be positioned third).
10. Position of Winner (The participant assigned by the player to be the winner, has to be positioned fourth, sixth, fifth and so on in the order of winning participants).
In some embodiments, the game may also include a wager on the event independent of the game. In some embodiments, this may include a “place it also as a bet” player option. In some embodiments, the wager may be a “tricast” selection as described above.
In some embodiments, more than one group of players (“table”) may play the game. In some embodiments, players may change tables to continue playing the game. In some embodiments, the player'"'"'s may change tables quickly and/or frequently to reduce time intervals between events.
In some embodiments, players may play at more than one table. In some embodiments, player may participate in tournaments related to the game with prizes provided to the winning players.
In some embodiments, the present invention is a computerimplemented method for playing a game that includes displaying, on a screen of an electronic device, a group of X numbers to an at least one first player, wherein each number in the group of X numbers corresponds to a participant in an event. In an embodiment, the method further includes receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first group of N numbers from the group of X numbers for the at least one first player, wherein each number in the first group of N numbers is selected based, at least in part, on: (i) a first selection made by the at least one first player, or (ii) a first random selection made by the computer system.
In some embodiments X corresponds to the number of participants in the event. In some embodiments, X ranges from 2 to 30. In some embodiments, X ranges from 2 to 25. In some embodiments, X ranges from 2 to 20. In some embodiments, X ranges from 2 to 15. In some embodiments, X ranges from 2 to 12. In some embodiments, X ranges from 2 to 10. In some embodiments, X ranges from 2 to 8. In some embodiments, X ranges from 2 to 7. In some embodiments, X ranges from 2 to 6. In some embodiments, X ranges from 5 to 30. In some embodiments, X ranges from 8 to 30. In some embodiments, X ranges from 10 to 30. In some embodiments, X ranges from 12 to 30. In some embodiments, X ranges from 14 to 30. In some embodiments, X ranges from 18 to 30. In some embodiments, X ranges from 20 to 30. In some embodiments, X is 6. In some embodiments, X is 8. In some embodiments, X is 10. In some embodiments, X is 12. In some embodiments, X is 15. In some embodiments, X is 20. In some embodiments X is greater than 30.
In some embodiments N is less than or equal to X. In some embodiments, N ranges from ranges from 2 to 30. In some embodiments, X ranges from 2 to 25. In some embodiments, X ranges from 2 to 20. In some embodiments, N ranges from 2 to 15. In some embodiments, N ranges from 2 to 12. In some embodiments, N ranges from 2 to 10. In some embodiments, N ranges from 2 to 8. In some embodiments, N ranges from 2 to 7. In some embodiments, N ranges from 2 to 6. In some embodiments, N ranges from 2 to 5. In some embodiments, N ranges from 5 to 30. In some embodiments, N ranges from 8 to 30. In some embodiments, N ranges from 7 to 30. In some embodiments, N ranges from 10 to 30. In some embodiments, N ranges from 15 to 30. In some embodiments, N ranges from 20 to 30. In some embodiments, N is 2. In some embodiments, N is 3. In some embodiments, N is 4. In some embodiments, N is 5. In some embodiments, N is 6. In some embodiments, N is 7. In some embodiments, N is 8. In some embodiments, N is 9. In some embodiments, N is greater than 10. In some embodiments, N is greater than 15. In some embodiments, N is greater than 20.
In some embodiments, the method includes receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first sequence of the first group of N numbers for the at least one first player, wherein the first sequence of the first group of N numbers is selected based, at least in part, on: (i) a second selection made by the at least one first player, or (ii) a second random selection made by the computer system, and wherein N is greater than or equal to two.
In some embodiments, the method includes displaying, on the screen of the electronic device, the group of X numbers to an at least one second player and receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the second group of N numbers from the group of X numbers for the at least one second player, wherein each number in the second group of N numbers is selected based, at least in part, on: (i) a third selection made by the at least one second player, or (ii) a third random selection made by the computer system.
In some embodiments, the method includes receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a second sequence of the second group of N numbers for the at least one second player, wherein the second sequence of the second group of N numbers is selected based, at least in part, on: (i) a fourth selection made by the at least one second player, or (ii) a fourth random selection made by the computer system.
In some embodiments, receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first wager or a first fold indication from the at least one first player, wherein receiving the first fold indication results in the at least one first player withdrawing from the game; and receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first raise indication, a first call indication, or a second fold indication from the at least one second player, wherein receiving the first raise indication results in receiving a second wager from the at least one second player greater than the first wager, wherein receiving the first call indication results in receiving the second wager from the at least one second player equal to the first wager, and wherein receiving the second fold indication results in the at least one second player withdrawing from the game.
In some embodiments, the method includes receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a result of the event, wherein the result of the event comprises: (i) N winning numbers corresponding to winning participants, and (ii) a winning sequence of the N winning numbers, and wherein the winning sequence of the N winning numbers is based on a winning order of the winning participants.
In some embodiments, the method includes receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a third wager or a third fold indication from the at least one first player, wherein receiving the third fold indication results in the at least one first player withdrawing from the game and receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a second raise indication, a second call indication or a fourth fold indication from the at least one second player, wherein receiving the second raise indication results in receiving a fourth wager from the at least one second player greater than the third wager, wherein receiving the second call indication results in receiving the fourth wager from the at least one second player equal to the third wager, wherein receiving the fourth fold indication results in the at least one second player withdrawing from the game, and wherein the wagers received from the at least one first player and the at least one second player form a winning pool.
In some embodiments, the method includes comparing, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the N winning numbers to: (i) the first group of N numbers and (ii) the second group of N numbers and comparing, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the winning sequence of the N winning numbers to: (i) the first sequence of N numbers in the first group and (ii) the second sequence of N numbers in the second group.
In some embodiments, the method includes identifying, based on the comparing steps, from the at least one first player and the at least one second player, at least one winning player matching winning criteria of a higher ranking winning category; wherein winning categories comprise: (i) a highest ranked winning category with winning criteria comprising: (a) the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match the N winning numbers and (b) the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match the winning sequence of N winning numbers; (ii) a second winning category with winning criteria comprising: the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match the N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the at least one winning player includes two or more winning players matching the same ranking winning category.
In some embodiments, the method includes distributing, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the winning pool to the at least one winning player.
In some embodiments, the method includes winning categories that include: (iii) a third winning category with winning criteria comprising: (a) N1 numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match N1 winning numbers and (b) a first number and a second number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match a corresponding first number and a corresponding second number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the method includes winning categories that include: (iv) a fourth winning category with winning criteria comprising: (a) the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches either the first number or the second number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers and (b) the second number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches either the first number or the second number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers and (v) a fifth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches the corresponding first number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the method includes winning categories that include: (vi) a sixth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches the second number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers; and (vii) a seventh winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a third number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the method includes winning categories that include: (viii) an eighth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a fourth number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the method includes winning categories that include: (ix) a ninth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a fifth number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers; and (x) a tenth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a sixth number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the method includes winning categories that include: (xi) an eleventh winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a seventh number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers; and (xii) a twelfth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches an eighth number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the method includes receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a fifth wager or a fifth fold indication from the at least one first player, wherein receiving the fifth fold indication results in the at least one first player withdrawing from the game; and receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a third raise indication, a third call indication or a sixth fold indication from the at least one second player, wherein receiving the third raise indication results in receiving a sixth wager from the at least one second player greater than the fifth wager, wherein receiving the third call indication results in receiving the sixth wager from the at least one second player equal to the fifth wager, wherein receiving the sixth fold indication results in the at least one second player withdrawing from the game.
In some embodiments, the receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the fifth wager or the fifth fold indication from the at least one first player step and the receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the third raise indication, the third call indication or the sixth fold indication from the at least one second player step are completed before the receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the result of the event step.
In some embodiments, the method includes generating, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, at least one first game piece; and generating, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, at least one second game piece.
In some embodiments, the method includes N ranging from 2 to 15. In some embodiments, the method includes N ranging from 2 to 5.
In some embodiments, the method includes X equals to a number of participants in the event.
In some embodiments, the method includes an event that is selected from the group consisting of a live event, a virtual event, a past event, and combinations thereof.
In some embodiments, the method includes a past event that is recorded prior to receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the result of the event step. In some embodiments, the recording of the past event is conducted by any known method of recording the audio, video, or other feature of the event.
In some embodiments, the method includes an event that is an event having a sequential finishing order. As used herein, “an event having a sequential finishing order” means the event is configured such that the participants in the event can be ranked, for example, first, second, . . . last based, at least in part, on the result of the event.
In some embodiments, the method includes an event selected from the group consisting of horse racing, greyhound racing, automobile racing, motorcycle racing, football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and hockey.
In some embodiment, the present invention is a computer system that includes at least one specialized computer machine that includes a nontransient memory having at least one region for storing particular computer executable program code; and at least one processor for executing the particular program code stored in the memory, wherein the particular program code is configured to at least perform the following operations: displaying, on a screen of an electronic device, a group of X numbers to an at least one first player, wherein each number in the group of X numbers corresponds to a participant in an event.
In some embodiments, the particular program code is configured to at least perform the following: receiving, by an at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first group of N numbers from the group of X numbers for the at least one first player, wherein each number in the first group of N numbers is selected based, at least in part, on: (i) a first selection made by the at least one first player, or (ii) a first random selection made by the computer system; and receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first sequence of the first group of N numbers for the at least one first player, wherein the first sequence of the first group of N numbers is selected based, at least in part, on: (i) a second selection made by the at least one first player, or (ii) a second random selection made by the computer system and wherein N is greater than or equal to two.
In some embodiments, the particular program code is configured to at least perform the following: displaying, on the screen of the electronic device, the group of X numbers to an at least one second player; receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the second group of N numbers from the group of X numbers for the at least one second player, wherein each number in the second group of N numbers is selected based, at least in part, on: (i) a third selection made by the at least one second player, or (ii) a third random selection made by the computer system and receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a second sequence of the second group of N numbers for the at least one second player, wherein the second sequence of the second group of N numbers is selected based, at least in part, on: (i) a fourth selection made by the at least one second player, or (ii) a fourth random selection made by the computer system.
In some embodiments, the particular program code is configured to at least perform the following: receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first wager or a first fold indication from the at least one first player, wherein receiving the first fold indication results in the at least one first player withdrawing from the game; and receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a first raise indication, a first call indication, or a second fold indication from the at least one second player, wherein receiving the first raise indication results in receiving a second wager from the at least one second player greater than the first wager, wherein receiving the first call indication results in receiving the second wager from the at least one second player equal to the first wager, and wherein receiving the second fold indication results in the at least one second player withdrawing from the game and receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a result of the event, wherein the result of the event comprises: (i) N winning numbers corresponding to winning participants, and (ii) a winning sequence of the N winning numbers, wherein the winning sequence of the N winning numbers is based on a winning order of the winning participants.
In some embodiments, the particular program code is configured to at least perform the following: receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a third wager or a third fold indication from the at least one first player, wherein receiving the third fold indication results in the at least one first player withdrawing from the game and receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, a second raise indication, a second call indication or a fourth fold indication from the at least one second player, wherein receiving the second raise indication results in receiving a fourth wager from the at least one second player greater than the third wager, wherein receiving the second call indication results in receiving the fourth wager from the at least one second player equal to the third wager, wherein receiving the fourth fold indication results in the at least one second player withdrawing from the game, and wherein the wagers received from the at least one first player and the at least one second player form a winning pool.
In some embodiments, the particular program code is configured to at least perform the following: comparing, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the N winning numbers to: (i) the first group of N numbers and (ii) the second group of N numbers and comparing, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the winning sequence of the N winning numbers to: (i) the first sequence of N numbers in the first group and (ii) the second sequence of N numbers in the second group.
In some embodiments, the particular program code is configured to at least perform the following: identifying, based on the comparing steps, from the at least one first player and the at least one second player, a at least one winning player matching winning criteria of a higher ranking winning category, wherein winning categories comprise: (i) a highest ranked winning category with winning criteria comprising: (a) the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match the N winning numbers and (b) the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match the winning sequence of N winning numbers, (ii) a second winning category with winning criteria comprising: the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match the N winning numbers, and (iii) a third winning category with winning criteria comprising: (a) N1 numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match N1 winning numbers and (b) a first number and a second number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player match a corresponding first number and a corresponding second number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the particular program code is configured to at least perform the following: distributing, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the winning pool to the at least one winning player.
In some embodiments, the winning categories further comprise: (iv) a fourth winning category with winning criteria comprising: (a) the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches either the first number or the second number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers and (b) the second number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches either the first number or the second number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers, (v) a fifth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches the corresponding first number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers, (vi) a sixth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches the second number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers, and (vii) a seventh winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a third number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the winning categories further comprise: (viii) an eighth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a fourth number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers, (ix) a ninth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a fifth number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers, and (x) a tenth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a sixth number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, the winning categories further comprise: (xi) an eleventh winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches a seventh number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers; and (xii) a twelfth winning category with winning criteria comprising the first number in the sequence of the N numbers in the group associated with the at least one winning player matches an eighth number in the winning sequence of N winning numbers.
In some embodiments, N ranges from 2 to 15. In some embodiments, N ranges from 2 to 5.
In some embodiments, the event is selected from the group consisting of a live event, a virtual event, a past event, and combinations thereof. In some embodiments, the past event is recorded prior to receiving, by the at least one specifically programmed computer system, the result of the event step.
In some embodiments, the event is an event having a sequential finishing order. In some embodiments, the event is selected from the group consisting of horse racing, greyhound racing, automobile racing, motorcycle racing, football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and hockey.
Illustrative Example for Conducting Games of the Present Invention
A nonlimiting example of the games of the present invention using three game pieces is shown in the screen shots of
While a number of embodiments of the present invention have been described, it is understood that these embodiments are illustrative only, and not restrictive, and that many modifications may become apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art. Further still, the various steps may be carried out in any desired order (and any desired steps may be added and/or any desired steps may be eliminated).