Finnish 27 ™ is a new family of table-card games. It was invented by Kevin Michael McDaniel. It is protected by U.S. Patent 9162137 issued to Kevin Michael McDaniel on October 20th 2015. Finnish 27 Games LLC markets and sells products and services derived from it.
Table-card games belonging to the Finnish 27 ™ family are addition games. The cards have numerical values. The dealer deals a set of hands consisting of a player’s hand and a dealer’s hand. The numerical values assigned to the cards in each hand are added up to a hand total.
Although many players may play in a single round of Finnish 27 ™, it’s fundamentally a two-player game. Players don’t play against each other; and they don’t co-operate. The only competition is the dealer. The object is to make a hand totaling as close to 27 as is possible.
People play Finnish 27 ™ using at least one deck of cards. Each of the at least one deck of cards typically, though not necessarily, consists of 54 cards. The 54 cards typically, though not necessarily, consist of 13 ranks of each of 4 suits and 2 Jokers.
The cards may bear indices of any style. However, the Finnish style of indices is preferred. The Finnish style has indices 1, 11, 12, and 13 appear on the Ace, Jack, Queen, and King respectively. These indices most closely correspond to the numerical values of the cards.
In Finnish 27 ™ games, the players assign a numerical value to each card in a hand in accordance with the following set of rules. If a hand includes an Ace, and if the Ace can be assigned a value of 14 without causing the hand total to exceed 27, then the Ace has a value of 14. Otherwise, the Ace has a value of 1. Each Jack has a value of 11. Each Queen has a value of 12. Each King has a value of 13. Each Joker has a value selected from a group of values consisting of 0 and any value required to make a hand total of 27. All other cards have a value that corresponds to the rank of the card.
A hand consisting of an Ace and a King is known a “Finnish 27” hand. The Finnish 27 hand has a numerical value of 27. 27 is the target of this new family of table-card games. Accordingly, the Finnish 27 family of table-card games is named after the Finnish 27 hand.