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Title:
ROULETTE PAY-OUT CALCULATOR
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2002/008923
Kind Code:
A2
Abstract:
A personal handheld roulette pay-out calculator includes a compact housing having a generally planar upper surface. The housing may be generally palm-size or adapted to be palm-held by a player, but otherwise may be any three-dimensional shape for ease in use and comfort and ease of storage, for example in a pocket. Mounted on the upper surface is: a numerical keypad mounted, an array of pay-out function buttons, a summation key, and a visual display. The array of function buttons and the display are disposed adjacent the keypad. A processor and memory are mounted in the housing. The processor cooperates with the keypad, the function buttons, the summation key and the display. The processor processes numerical input data input from the keypad by multiplying the input data according to a pay-out ratio corresponding to, and upon a signal generated by a player depressing a pay-out function button in the array of pay-out function buttons. The processor displays a result of the multiplication and stores the result in the memory. Upon a summation signal from the player depressing the summation key, the processor adds the result to one or more subsequent results of subsequent multiplications and stores in the memory and displays on the display a cumulative total.

Inventors:
Johnstone, Robert W. (Box 2439 Grand Forks, British Columbia V0H 1H0, CA)
Mcandrew, Brian (Box 2320 Grand Forks, British Columbia V0H 1H0, CA)
Application Number:
PCT/CA2001/001076
Publication Date:
January 31, 2002
Filing Date:
July 26, 2001
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ANDREW STONE CASINO PROMOTIONS LTD. (P.O. Box 2439 Grand Forks, British Columbia V0H 1H0, CA)
Johnstone, Robert W. (Box 2439 Grand Forks, British Columbia V0H 1H0, CA)
Mcandrew, Brian (Box 2320 Grand Forks, British Columbia V0H 1H0, CA)
International Classes:
G06F15/02; (IPC1-7): G06F15/02
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Edwards, Antony C. (206 - 347 Leon Avenue Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 8C7, CA)
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Claims:
WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:
1. A personal handheld roulette payout calculator comprising a generally platelike housing having a generally planar upper surface and mounted thereon a numerical keypad mounted, an array of payout function buttons, a summation key, and a visual display, said array of function buttons and said display disposed adjacent said keypad, a processor and memory mounted in said housing, said processor cooperating with said keypad, said function buttons, said summation key and said display for processing numerical input data input from said keypad by multiplying said input data according to a payout ratio corresponding to, and upon a signal generated by a player depressing a pay out function button of said array of payout function buttons, displaying a result of said multiplying and storing said result in said memory, and, upon a summation signal from the player depressing said summation key, summing said result with one or more subsequent results of subsequent said multiplying and storing in said memory and displaying on said display a cumulative total.
2. The calculator of claim 1 wherein said payout function buttons including a first button indicating a straightup payout ratio of 35 : 1, a second button indicating a split payout ratio of 17: 1, a third button indicating a street payout ratio of 11 : 1, a fourth button indicating a comer payout ratio of 8: 1, and a fifth button indicating a 6 numbers payout ratio of 5: 1.
3. The calculator of claim 2 further comprising a sixth button indicating a 5 numbers payout ratio of 6: 1. 4.
4. The calculator of claim 1 wherein said array of payout function buttons and said summation key are disposed generally equally spaced apart around, and adjacent, an outer circumference of said housing and wherein said keypad is disposed generally centrally on said upper surface, adjacent said array of payout function buttons.
5. The calculator of claim 4 wherein said display is disposed adjacent said keypad.
Description:
ROULETTE PAY-OUT CALCULATOR Field of the Invention This invention relates to a compact, hand held calculator which will enable a user to quickly and accurately determine the number of chips the user is to receive as winnings when an inside bet at a roulette table is successfully made.

Background of the Invention Generally, roulette is a game of chance which utilises a compartmentalised wheel, where each compartment on the wheel is numbered to correspond to a numbered playing surface of a table upon which wagers are placed. As the roulette wheel is rotated in one direction, a ball is introduced toward the perimeter of the wheel to rotate counter to the direction of the wheel. When the roulette wheel slows down sufficiently the ball randomly drops into a numbered compartment on the wheel. The successful wager is, of course, the one which has been placed on the corresponding number on the playing surface of the table.

Additional winners may be players whom have'hedged their bets'by placing wagers involving numerical combinations of two or more numbers including the winning number.

The more numbers in play with a single wager which include the winning number, obviously increases the chance of winning but it also reduces the total amount won by a player on these combinations according to an established pay-out or odds rate.

The American roulette wheel has thirty-eight compartments, which are numbered one through thirty-. six, zero and double zero. The compartment for the double zero is missing in European roulette. Winning on a single number has an established pay-out ratio of thirty-five

times the wager. When, for example, a four number combination is successful the corresponding pay-out is reduced to eight times the wager.

Players generally purchase markers or chips, which are color coded to identify the player, and these are placed at selected positions within the numbered playing field of the table.

Such wagers when successful, receive the highest pay-out ratio and are referred to as'inside bets'.

It is specifically for rapidly calculating the total number of chips won from successful wagers placed within the numbered playing field that the roulette pay-out calculator of the present invention will be most advantageous.

Additional wagers are possible on an area of the table playing field which is free from numbers. These are referred to as'out-side bets'and have a considerably higher chance of winning compared to the'inside-bets', however, their pay-out rate is low and there may be little need for use of the roulette pay-out calculator to calculate the number of chips won.

Summary of the Invention The roulette pay-out calculator ofthe present invention provides for a player simply determining the player's pay-out in number of chips at the roulette table in any given spin with any combination of odds pay-out.

In summary, the personal handheld roulette pay-out calculator of the present invention includes a compact housing having a generally planar upper surface. The housing may be generally palm-size or adapted to be palm-held by a player, but otherwise may be any three- dimensional shape for ease in use and comfort and ease of storage, for example in a pocket.

Mounted on the upper surface is: a numerical keypad mounted, an array of pay-out function buttons, a summation key, and a visual display. The array of function buttons and the display are disposed adjacent the keypad.

A processor and memory are mounted in the housing. The processor cooperates with the keypad, the function buttons, the summation key and the display. The processor processes numerical input data input from the keypad by multiplying the input data according to a pay-out ratio corresponding to, and upon a signal generated by a player depressing a pay-out function button in the array of pay-out function buttons. The processor displays a result of the multiplication and stores the result in the memory. Upon a summation signal from the player depressing the summation key, the processor adds the result to the results of one or more concurrent, for example a previous or subsequent multiplications for a particular round of play and stores in the memory and displays on the display a cumulative total.

The pay-out function buttons may include a first button indicating a"straight-up" pay-out ratio of 35: 1, a second button indicating a"split"pay-out ratio of 17: 1, a third button indicating a"street"pay-out ratio of 11 : 1, a fourth button indicating a"corner"pay-out ratio of 8: 1, a fifth button indicating a 6 numbers or"side street"pay-out ratio of 5: 1, and for use with an American roulette wheel, a sixth button indicating a"first five"5 numbers pay-out ratio of 6: 1 (covering 0,00,1,2 and 3).

The array of pay-out function buttons and the summation key may be disposed generally equally spaced apart around, and adjacent, an outer circumference of the housing. The keypad may be disposed generally centrally on the upper surface, adjacent the array of pay-out function buttons. The display may be disposed adjacent the keypad.

Brief Description of the Drawings Figure 1 is an upper surface planar view of the roulette pay-out calculator of the present invention.

Figure 2 is a front elevation view of the calculator of Figure 1.

Figure 3 is a view of the bottom surface of the calculator of Figure 1.

Figure 4 is, in plan view, a prior art table playing field.

Detailed Description of Embodiments of the Invention As seen in Figures 1-3, roulette pay-out calculator 10 may, by way of example, have a relatively thin generally planar, or discus, or plate-like or disk-shaped housing which has, on an upper face 12, a display window 14, a numerical keypad 16, function buttons 18, an "on/clear"button 20, an"off"button 22, and a plus ("+") button 24. Advantageously the housing is sufficiently compact so as to fit, for example, in the palm of a player's hand. Without intending to be limiting, it may thus be shaped and sized similar to a woman's cosmetic compact.

Keys 16a of numerical keypad 16 permit an operator of the calculator such as a roulette player to input into the calculator the total number of chips (labelled in Figure 4 by way of example as A-F) which the player has wagered at a single location on the table playing field 17 for example wagered as seen in Figure 4. The numerical entry input by the player is then visible in display window 14.

The function buttons 18, which correspond to the commonly established pay-out rate or odds for the game of roulette, are mounted in upper face 12, for example symmetrically positioned adjacent the perimeter of calculator 10 and generally arranged radially outwardly of numerical keypad 16 relative to the center of the keypad. The function buttons 18 are identified by generic descriptors 19a-19f which refer to the specific placement of a wager within the numbered playing field of the table. Actuation of any of the function buttons 18 causes a pre-programmed processor mounted within calculator 10 to automatically multiply the numerals entered through

keypad 16 (and simultaneously displayed in display window 14) by a corresponding established roulette pay-out ratio. The manner of pre-programming the processor to perform the multiplication function of buttons 18 would be known to one skilled in the art.

The generic descriptors which identify the function buttons 18 may relate to the six most common wagers within the numbered playing field of the roulette table, which are: a) a 1 number win (illustrated by way of example by chip A) which results in a 35: 1 pay-out calculated by pushing"straight-up"bet button 19a, b) a 2 number win (illustrated by way of example by chip B) which results in a 17: 1 pay-out calculated by pushing"split"bet button 19b, c) a 3 number win (illustrated by way of example by chip C) which results in a 11 : 1 pay-out calculated by pushing"street"bet button 19c, d) a 4 number win (illustrated by way of example by chip D) which results in a 8: 1 pay-out calculated by pushing"corner"bet button 19d, e) a 6 number win (illustrated by way of example by chip E) which results in a 5: 1 pay-out calculated by pushing"6 numbers"or"side street"bet button 19e, f) a first 5 number win for use with an American roulette wheel (illustrated by way of example by chip F) which results in a 6: 1 pay-out calculated by pushing"5 numbers"or"first five"bet button 19f.

If the player has placed more than one bet simultaneously and more than one bet is

successful then the total pay-outs of all such successful bets may be calculated by summing the bets using plus button 24. Thus for example if chip A is a bet of 5 chips, straight-up, on number 20 (instead of number 8 as illustrated) and chip C is a bet of 10 chips, street, on numbers 19,20 and 21, and number 20 is the winning number, then the player might first calculate the straight-up pay-out by entering"5"on key pad 16 then pushing the straight-up button 19a (the total of 175 then showing in window 14). The total would be stored in the calculator memory unit as would be known to one skilled in the art. The player would then enter"10"on the key pad and push the street button 19c (a displayed pay-out of 110) and next push plus button 24 for a total shown of 285 (175 + 110). The player would thus quickly know to collect 285 chips as the total pay-out for that round of play before placing new bets.

The lower surface 26 of roulette pay-out calculator 10 may have a label 30 or other identification means which will provide a speedy reference for the player to the pay-out ratio or odds of the function buttons 18 programmed into the calculator processor.

Roulette pay-out calculator 10 will normally operate through electrical power supplied by a battery contained within a battery receptacle 32, located within lower surface 26.

As will be apparent to those skilled in the art in the light of the foregoing disclosure, many alterations and modifications are possible in the practice of this invention without departing from the spirit or scope thereof. Accordingly, the scope of the invention is to be construed in accordance with the substance defined by the following claims.