by: Gene Koprowski.
A patent has been awarded for an automated poker dealer system. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awarded a patent to Amerath, Inc., which has a term extending until December 2025 for the cool new technology. The patent number is 7,431,650, according to the company.
The patent is the result of research dating to 2001. "We are honored to have been recognized by the Patent Office for the pioneering invention of critical elements of the modern poker room back in 2001, and this patent will enable us to continue to extend our original vision well into the 21st century.
The exceptional combination of our products and vision with Ameranth's excellent technology and strong support organization -- now combined with this strategic patent -- will enable us to serve our gaming customers even better in the future and to continue our leadership role," said Vern Yates, Ameranth's CEO.
The award of this key strategic patent creates a new technology leader for the casino industry in virtually all automated aspects of poker rooms. Many casino operators have a vision of a 21st Century Casino that is completely technology-driven.
This new patent, combined with Ameranth's portfolio of wireless/web data synchronization patents, applicable to wireless gaming and many other casino applications, and Ameranth's recent and enhancements to its Poker Room Manager system, show that innovation is a successful strategy for gaming.
Ameranth's newest patent, titled " Casino Poker and Dealer Management System" includes claims which broadly cover a system encompassing virtually all critical operations of the modern poker room, at room or table level, including player seating, public displays, tournaments, and player tracking for/from electronic and manual poker tables as well as dealer rotation/tracking, security, wireless/Internet connections and many other key aspects of the 21st Century Casino.
The company's automated poker systems are deployed in many casinos and poker rooms worldwide and operate in several of the largest and most prestigious establishments of the poker market The company is a recognized leader in the hospitality market, having been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, USA Today, Business Week, US News & World Report, Nation's Restaurant News, Hospitality Technology, TIME, CNNfn, San Diego Union Tribune, and many other publications. Ameranth has also been awarded twelve technology and "best product" awards.
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