US 9,811,978 B2
Indexing methods and apparatus with competitive performance parameters
Philip M Ginsberg, Newport Coast, CA (US)
Assigned to CFPH, LLC, New York, NY (US)
Filed by CFPH, LLC, New York, NY (US)
Filed on May 3, 2013, as Appl. No. 13/886,585.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/642,812, filed on May 4, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2013/0296009 A1, Nov. 7, 2013
Int. Cl. G06F 17/00 (2006.01); G07F 17/32 (2006.01); A63F 9/24 (2006.01); A63F 11/00 (2006.01)
CPC G07F 17/3293 (2013.01) [G07F 17/3237 (2013.01); G07F 17/3239 (2013.01); G07F 17/3276 (2013.01); A63F 2009/2435 (2013.01); A63F 2011/0072 (2013.01)] 10 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An distributed gaming apparatus comprising:
a processor;
a capturing device at a first venue;
a network link coupled to a remote gaming venue; and
a non-transitory medium having stored thereon a plurality of instructions that when executed by the processor cause the apparatus to:
register player identification data for each of a plurality of players, into a player identity database;
receive performance data describing play of a plurality of poker games that are played by respective players of the plurality of players, in which receiving the performance data includes:
receiving video information captured by the capturing device at the first venue,
comparing the video information with player identification data to determine actions related to play of a first poker game of the plurality of poker games by a first player of the plurality of players, and
receiving, through the network from the remote gaming venue, performance information for play of a second poker game of the plurality of poker games by a second player of the plurality of players at the remote gaming venue;
process the performance data to determine performance of each player of the plurality of players across the plurality of poker games;
calculate for each of the plurality of players, based on the performance data and in response to receiving respective performance data, a respective vector with a plurality of dimensions, in which each dimension of the plurality of dimensions describes a different aspect of poker game performance, in which each aspect is observable over multiple games of the plurality of poker games;
determining for each of the plurality of players, based on a respective multidimensional vector and in response to calculating a respective vector, an index metric by applying an algorithm to a respective plurality of dimensions to convert the respective multidimensional vector to a respective numerical value;
presenting an indication of the index metric for at least two players through a user interface of a client device;
matching the at least two players of the plurality of players together for a poker game based on at least one of a dimension of the multidimensional vector associated with each of the at least two players and the index metric associated with each of the at least two players;
facilitating play of the poker game with at least two players in response to the matching;
receiving, from the client device, a wager entered through the user interface on the poker game from a user that is not one of the at least two players, in which the wager is handicapped based on the index metric for the at least two players.