Players start their first game in the cashier cage, where they must register to proceed into the lobby. In the cashier’s cage, players can turn on or off the four-player poker room’s character comments, turn on or off ambient sound (background music), look at their statistics for each poker variation (should I call if I’m only holding a pair of aces in Draw Poker?), register as a player and get their name and unique ID number on their VIP Casino Card, or see the credits (the people who worked night and day to provide you with this fine entertainment).
The cashier’s cage
The VIP registration screen has several required fields that must be entered before proceeding to play the game, such as the player’s title (Mr., Mrs., or Ms.), the player’s first and last name (two separate entered fields), and the player’s birthday (month and day as two digits). Optional fields are the player’s address, city, state, and zip code (allow up to ten digits). “CANCEL” will clear all fields, and “DONE” will check the required fields for completeness and validity (the birth date check will validate the day based on the month—i.e., making 04/31 an invalid date). This screen matches the previous product’s screen where there is a method for customers to register their product, sending the publisher their mailing information contained on this screen. [This feature of downloading the registration was not implemented by the publisher.]
The entry of “Mr.” and “Mrs.” or “Ms.” flags the return “Welcome” verbal greeting of “Nice to have you back, (Sir or Miss)” and “Play well, (Sir or Miss),” which adds a nice touch to the game (How did it know?).
The last player to play the game is the player that the game assumes is playing. If not, the new or returning player must indicate so.
In the cashier’s cage players can request additional funds when they are below the highest floor allowed or minimum tournament entry fee.
If the player is only allowed on the first floor and his current chip inventory is below $250, he can receive an additional credit of $2,500. The credit is added to his current chip inventory and the credit is noted in his casino record (see the “Statistics Screen” section).
If the player is only allowed on the first or second floors and his current chip inventory is below $1,250, he can receive an additional credit of $5,000. The credit is added to his current chip inventory and noted in his casino record (see “Statistics Screen”).
If the player is allowed on all three floors and his current chip inventory is below $5,000, he can receive an additional credit of $25,000. The credit is added to his current chip inventory and the credit is noted in his casino record (see “Statistics Screen”). Otherwise, the player is given a sound bite of “Your account balance is not low enough to receive additional funds.”
The “cash” area displays the player’s current chip inventory in dollars and reputation points earned by participating in poker tournaments.
Player has registered
Prize vault birthday celebration
The birthday in this game will be utilized on the Prize Vault by giving the birthday player a present (a birthday cake plus a $100 chip).