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Interactive Poker-Gaming Invention Pending Patent

Online Poker Players May One Day Play Live Casino Guests From Home

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According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent #20060205508 filed on March 14, 2004, was published on September 14, 2006.Graphic Inventor Darryl Green of Original Deal, Inc. has devised a method allowing anyone at home to play against live action players inside poker rooms of brick-and-mortar casinos. But this online technology isn't just limited to poker. It can be applied to almost any casino gaming table, and Green hopes that someday those wishing to play from the comfort of their home can interact with casino patrons by using a keyboard, a monitor, and a mouse. This invention also puts players in touch other physical elements, such as dealers, croupiers, betting chips, cards, dice, a roulette wheel, and more.

The sky is the limit since the development of RFD (radio frequency identification) devices placed into cards or weighted chips. RFD technology, as demonstrated to the masses by Mansion's Poker Dome, allows live and televised audiences to keep track how many chips each player has, the size of the pot, and without the use of the original lipstick cam, they can see the player's holecards as they're dealt.

According to Green's patent relating to table gaming, such as poker, craps, and roulette, combining physical play with online play, "Online table gaming via the Internet, wireless networks, interactive television, and private networks is very popular. In one example, an online player sees on his computer monitor a virtual table and his virtual dealt cards. Other online players see their own cards displayed. Dealing is performed by a remote application server, running a program where a pseudo-random number generator (RNG) deals virtual cards to the players. The online players bet via a touchscreen, a keyboard, or a mouse, and the game is conducted by the application server using conventional rules. At the end of the hand, the result is determined, and the players' accounts are debited and credited based on the results."

Green is still waiting for his patent to be evaluated, when he'll receive a letter of rejection or instructions on steps towards licensing his product. "The whole process could take a couple of years," said Brian Ogonowsky of the Patent Law Group LLP in San Jose, California. "It's taken this long for the patent just to be published."

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