Nevada Patent of the Month – February 2023

SingleShot Entertainment Inc. has dedicated themselves to collecting and analyzing statistical and environmental data on professional golf and cue sports events. Their end goal is to increase viewership in the games by providing integrity to calculated in-game odds. This type of analysis is not possible with commercially available and standard technologies. Instead, the company develops and patents proprietary algorithms capable of predicting the success of a shot, series of shots, or micro events in both golf and cue sports.

Recently, the company has patented a method of determining the likelihood of a player’s success in a game of pool or snooker.

SingleShot Entertainment’s system tracks the position of each ball, considering its proximity to other balls or cushions. The algorithm tracks the non-break ball pattern and monitors the progress of the player throughout the game. The outcome of each shot is recorded and compared against non-break ball patterns, determining the odds associated with runs for each ball pattern based on these outcomes. 

The method can be used to create prize games or wagering for cue sports like pool and snooker. The apparatus provides a consistent way of determining the likelihood of play outcomes for each of a plurality of non-break ball patterns, making bookmakers and prize game administrators more willing to involve cue sports. The method and apparatus also allow for random generation of non-break ball patterns and the culling of those patterns that are too easy or too difficult for inclusion in the plurality of non-break ball patterns.

By working only with non-break games, like breakless 7-ball pool, the algorithm avoids the randomness associated with the ball break. This ensures the algorithm can more accurately determine the likelihood of a player’s success. With its consistent and precise method of gauging player outcomes, the system makes it easier for bookmakers and prize game administrators to create prize games or wagering for cue sports, making it more accessible to players and fans alike.

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