In A Chance Application Patents (Class 463/16)
  • Patent number: 9754448
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to providing durational promotions to players in an online game. The system may adjust the outcome probabilities of winning in a slot machine type of game once the player's content drops below a predetermined threshold so that the player will experience some substantial winning in the initial period. The system may adjust the outcome probabilities of winning in the slot machine type of game for a period of time once a player has purchased content to continue to play the game. This may temporarily adjusting outcome probabilities within the game in favor of a player that has recently made a purchase. This may facilitate positive player experiences subsequent to making purchases, thereby increasing further purchases and/or the likelihood thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventor: Harmanpal Dhaliwal
  • Patent number: 9754442
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic gaming machine that includes an electronic data store storing game data for a given game; an electronic 3D-enabled gaming display; and one or more processors. The processors are configured to: generate, with at least a three-dimensional graphics processor, game surfaces using the game data, each of the game surfaces for displaying at least one game symbol thereon; present a three-dimensional view of the game surfaces on the electronic display, the game surfaces arranged in layers such that a foreground game surface appears to be closer to the user than a background game surface; and in response to a game trigger event: remove at least one game symbol displayed on the foreground game surface from the game; and integrate at least one game symbol displayed on the background game surface into the game such that the integrated game symbol interacts with remaining game symbols displayed on the foreground game surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: IGT CANADA SOLUTIONS ULC
    Inventors: Reuben Dupuis, Vicky Leblanc, Edward Bowron
  • Patent number: 9754452
    Abstract: A method and apparatus provides a bonus event on an electronic video gaming machine having touchscreen sensitivity on a video display in communication with a processor. The method includes: a) triggering a bonus event; b) providing and displaying at least one wild card symbol in a fixed position in columns and rows used to determine a bonus outcome; c) the processor generates a first random symbol for use in the bonus game which is displayed on the video gaming machine; d) the touch screen is activated so that a final position for the first random symbol is selectable by touchscreen activity; e) the processor filling the unfilled frames with random symbols; and f) the processor resolving a bonus outcome of the bonus outcome according to paylines within the columns and rows used to determine the bonus outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Sarah Anne St. John, Daniel L. Sahl
  • Patent number: 9747754
    Abstract: A convertible in-revenue and out-of-revenue gaming system is disclosed that includes a server connected to automatically convert operating modes and control in-revenue and out-of-revenue operation of one or more banks of gaming machines. Additionally disclosed are gaming machines with video cameras connected to provide live video feed to one or more displays, such as during tournament play when live video feed of the players and the player tournament positions may be driven in real-time to an overhead display by the server operating in a tournament controller mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Everi Games Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Carpenter, Keith Riggs, Allison Pope, Michael D. Conway, Clint Owen, Bradley W. Johnson, JP Cody
  • Patent number: 9747755
    Abstract: A gaming system comprises at least one display for displaying a main window and a plurality of activatable additional windows and a game controller. The game controller is arranged to activate one or more of the activatable additional windows in response to one or more activation conditions being met and conduct at least one game round.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: James Kroon
  • Patent number: 9744445
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to a multi-prize mystery box that provides an award to users who activate the mystery boxes and benefits to members of affiliations associated with the activating users. Users of an association may be provided notifications informing the users that the activating user has provided them with a benefit, increasing recognition of the activating user in the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Luc Pieron, Thomas Baxter, Henry Rull, Sam McLellan, Stephanie Schultz
  • Patent number: 9744456
    Abstract: Each client device sends an acquisition request the input of which has been accepted and writes, in a second storage unit, status information and a revision number received from a server device. After restoring the status of a game based on the status information in the second storage unit, the client device advances the game. During the advancement of the game, each client device sends, based on an instruction the input of which has been accepted, sends to the server device an update request including status information indicating the present status of the game as well as account information and the revision number of the second storage unit. The server device, based on account information included in the update request, determines whether the revision number read out from the first storage unit and the revision number in the update request match each other. If the numbers match, the server device updates the status information and the revision number in the first storage unit based on the update request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: GREE, INC.
    Inventors: Robin Akira Boucher, Jason Parrott
  • Patent number: 9744446
    Abstract: A system and method for varying the distribution probabilities of individual potential awards associated with probability item bundles depending on a purchase history of a user activating a probability item bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Sam McLellan, Luc Pieron, Dylan Swift, Stephanie Schultz
  • Patent number: 9747746
    Abstract: A gaming system that is arranged to facilitate selection of one or more win lines by a player is described. The gaming system comprises a weight allocator for allocating a weight to a wager, the allocated weight being dependent on a number of win lines selected by the player. The gaming system further comprises a prize allocator, and a trigger determiner arranged to determine a trigger condition, the trigger condition being dependent at least in part on the allocated weight. The gaming system is arranged to allocate a prize to a player in response to determination of the trigger condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Ryan Paul Hawkins, Jamie Keith Langille
  • Patent number: 9737819
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to a multi-prize mystery box that dynamically changes probabilities to ensure payout value in an online game. The multi-prize mystery box which dynamically changes probabilities may provide the ability to arrange multiple items in a mystery box. The probability of acquiring an instance of the second item through Nth item may be dynamically weighted based on the value of the first item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Desanti, Tim Ernst, Travis Hawk, Rick Mendoza, Peter Im
  • Patent number: 9741207
    Abstract: A non-sequential frame insertion interleaved wagering system is disclosed including an interactive processing device constructed to: provide an interactive application and display; communicate application telemetry data; incorporate the application resource data into the interactive application; a wager controller constructed to: determine a wager outcome; and communicate wager outcome data; and the process controller operatively connecting the interactive processing device and the wager controller, and constructed to: generate non-sequential frames; determine whether disruption system parameters are met; communicate generated non-sequential frames; determine a change in user performance; when a change in user performance is determined, communicate change in user performance notification data; when a change in user performance is not determined, determine whether to trigger a wager request; when a wager request is triggered, generate wager request data and communicate wager request data; determine wagering te
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 9734656
    Abstract: A gaming system comprises a player interface (50) comprising a display on which a plurality of selectable symbol display positions are displayed to a player, the player interface (50) allowing a player to select one or more windows (700-703) defining respective ones of one or more subsets of the symbol display positions (600), and a game controller (60) arranged to select symbols for display at all symbol display positions (600), and to evaluate selected symbols within each selected window based on a win entitlement applying to the selected window to determine a game outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Colin Fong
  • Patent number: 9728050
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and articles of manufacture provide for new features and functionality of slot-style games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Gamesys Ltd.
    Inventors: Hans Elias, Marlon James Dublin
  • Patent number: 9728039
    Abstract: A client device, a system and a method for enabling financial transactions for an electronic gaming machine is described. The client device includes an electronic gaming machine processor, a printer, a printer sharing module and a controller. The printer sharing module is electrically coupled to the printer and the electronic gaming machine processor. The controller is electrically coupled to the printer sharing module. The controller reroutes the communications between the electronic gaming machine processor and the printer and allows the controller to communicate with the printer so that the controller instructs the printer to print a voucher. The system also includes a wireless communications module that enables communications with at least one other wireless communication module over short distances using point to point or broadcast packets that allow for bi-directional data transmission between each client device located on a casino gaming floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: AUTOMATED CASH SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Warner, Michael Sackrison, Shawn Quick, Noah Vrudny, Michael Daly
  • Patent number: 9728034
    Abstract: Games such as reel-type slot games may have various features, including: an attribute accumulate feature which a player attempts to form combinations of collectable special symbols; a geometric pattern feature in which symbols within a geometric pattern or area may take on special attributes or features; a moving trigger feature; a symbol-triggered game transformation feature using logical rules; a player symbol selection in which reel symbols are player selected; and a reel-locking feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventor: Olaf Vancura
  • Patent number: 9724606
    Abstract: A system, a machine-readable storage medium storing instructions, and a computer-implemented method are described herein to display positions of symbols in a target sequence. In various embodiments, a Sequence Generator generates a target sequence of symbols to be identified by a player in a virtual gaming environment. The Sequence Generator generates an obscured display of the target sequence. The Sequence Generator receives from the player a first selected sequence of symbols to be played in a first game move in the virtual gaming environment. The Sequence Generator identifies a first shared symbol present in both the first selected sequence and the target sequence. Responsive to the identifying, the Sequence Generator changes the obscured display of the target sequence to reveal the first shared symbol at a first position in the target sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Pao Lai, Sora Bai, David Baack, Katherine Lee
  • Patent number: 9721427
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for providing access to first interactive content or second interactive content by a user of a portable computing device based upon a determined location of the portable computing device. The system includes a host server, a content server storing data representing the first interactive content and the second interactive content, and a communication network in communication with the host server and the content server. One or more WiFi communication beacons are in communication with the host server through the communication network. The communication network is configured to establish communication with the portable computing device. The host server is configured to determine a location of the portable computing device from the communication of the portable computing device with the communication network using a combination of WiFi signals and Bluetooth signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Thomas Hilbert, Joseph Randolph Hedrick, Nicole Marie Beaulieu
  • Patent number: 9717986
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a quest from a probability item bundle in an online game. The system and method include executing an instance of an online game. The system and method include maintaining inventories of virtual items, and presenting offers to sell probability item bundles. The system and method include associating potential awards in sets of potential awards with different award distribution probabilities. The system and method include receiving activation requests from users for purchased probability item bundles. The system and method include stochastically selecting one of the potential awards in accordance with the award distribution probabilities and providing access to a first quest in an online game in accordance with the selected award.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Jason Kawaguchi, Hannah Won Lee, Peter Im
  • Patent number: 9721435
    Abstract: A gaming terminal is utilized for playing a wagering game. The gaming terminal includes a wager-input device and a display for displaying the wagering game. The wagering game includes a randomly-selected outcome selected from a plurality of outcomes in response to a wager input received via the wager-input device. The plurality of outcomes include at least one outcome that awards standard credits and bonus tokens. A credit output device outputs a value of the standard credits and the bonus tokens in response to achieving the at least one outcome. The bonus tokens are exchangeable for a special event on a second gaming terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip B. Gelber, Thomas M. Kopera, Michael W. Mastropietro, Richard T. Schwartz, Matthew J. Ward
  • Patent number: 9715784
    Abstract: A gaming console or system including a video display, and a game control processor arranged to control images displayed on the video display. The game control processor is arranged to play a first game displayed on the video display and, if a winning combination results, the console or system pays a prize. The console or system is characterized in that the game control processor includes a dynamic game feature whereby a feature game occurs upon a first trigger condition of the first game, and wherein a second trigger condition influences one or more gameplay aspects of the feature game such as to alter the likelihood of occurrence of at least one possible outcome of a set of possible outcomes of the feature game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Nicholas Luke Bennett
  • Patent number: 9715788
    Abstract: A method of gaming with multiple players comprising: determining a set of eligible multi-player game players; assigning each eligible multi-player game player a number of multi-player game turns depending on a wager amount; and conducting the multi-player game turns with the eligible multi-player game players and determining multi-player game turn outcomes until a multi-player game end condition occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Nicholas Luke Bennett
  • Patent number: 9713772
    Abstract: A computer implemented method of controlling a display of a computer device comprising: rendering on the display a game board having selectable game objects and detecting a user input to select a game object to cause the game object to move in a direction. When a selected game object is moved to an adjacent new tile location, the game object at that tile location is swapped with the selected game object. Match data for the selected game object is generated indicating whether the move results in at least three game objects of the same characteristic occupying adjacent tile locations in the game board, and, if so, the move is implemented and an animation of the move is rendered, wherein the selected game object slides in the direction up to a blocking condition which prevents further movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: KING.COM LIMITED
    Inventors: Daniel Frostberg, Nils von Segebaden
  • Patent number: 9715786
    Abstract: An electronic method of gaming comprising: displaying a sequence of first awards including a current first award; receiving one or more selections with respect to a plurality of second awards until an award condition is met; modifying the display of the sequence of first awards to sequentially advance the display of the sequence of first awards to thereby change the current first award whenever the one or more selections are received; and making the current first award when the award condition is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Lipi Gupta
  • Patent number: 9711005
    Abstract: A gaming apparatus comprising a number of mobile gaming devices and gaming means to provide wagering games to players using the mobile gaming devices. The apparatus comprises at least one credit entering device for entering credit in association with the respective mobile devices, wherein the credit entering device has means for detecting the identity of a mobile device presented to it for crediting and means for receiving a credit amount to be associated with the presented mobile gaming device, and wherein the gaming means includes a memory for storing a respective credit amount in association with identifying data of each respective mobile gaming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: TCS Jon Huxley Europe Limited
    Inventor: Nicholas Richard Baker French
  • Patent number: 9710997
    Abstract: A system and method for synchronizing indicators of electronic gaming machines. The system providing a plurality of electronic gaming machines each having a control array and at least one electronic display operatively connected thereto, at least one lighting device operatively connected to the plurality of gaming machines and control circuitry, including a programmable processor, operatively connected to the lighting device. The lighting device having elements to present synchronized lighting effects at the plurality of gaming machines, the synchronized lighting effects including an attract mode and an emotive mode. The system registering a condition on at least one gaming machine and electrically transmitting a signal to the lighting device. The lighting device initiating a predetermined lighting effect at the plurality of machines in response to the registered condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: INCREDIBLE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Schrementi, Richard Ditton, Scott J. Schoenberg, Daniel John Whelan
  • Patent number: 9704341
    Abstract: A gaming apparatus and method is provided that is capable of rewarding a distributed jackpot to players using gaming units that are electronically linked to one another. The distributed jackpot may be shared among non-winning players when a winning result is achieved by a winning player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Bryan D. Wolf, Gregory A. Schlottman, William R. Brosnan
  • Patent number: 9704343
    Abstract: In at least some aspects, a method includes the acts of operating a wagering game with a player on a first game platform, suspending the wagering game operating on the first game platform at a game state, automatically authenticating the player at a second game platform different than the first game platform, resuming the wagering game from the game state on the second game platform, and operating the resumed wagering game with the player differently on the second game platform than on the first game platform, the second game platform having one or more different components than the first game platform to cause the wagering game to be operated differently on the second game platform than the first game platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter R. Anderson, Vincent P. Chan, Mark B. Gagner, Daniel Murphy, Larry Pacey, Craig J. Sylla, Matthew J. Ward
  • Patent number: 9704335
    Abstract: A system for interactive gaming among a plurality of players includes a host computer system and a plurality of player terminals communicably coupled to the host computer system or gaming platform via a network. The plurality of player terminals may be located at a plurality of licensed gaming locations. The plurality of player terminals may be configured to engage the plurality of players in a common interactive game operated by the host computer system. The plurality of player terminals can include means for dispensing player winnings from the player terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: AG 18, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Frenkel, Jordan Simons
  • Patent number: 9704333
    Abstract: A method of gaming at a gaming machine. The method includes designating a symbol display position of a plurality of symbol display positions as having a bonus symbol set applying to it for a game round, and selecting and displaying a symbol from the bonus symbol set at the designated symbol display position. The method also includes selecting symbols for display at the other symbol display positions from a base symbol set independently of the selection of the symbol from the bonus symbol set, and evaluating the symbols displayed at the plurality of symbol display positions to determine whether to make an award for the game round.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Sek Hwan Joung
  • Patent number: 9697673
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for managing interruption and reconnection of a game session in a computer based gaming system having a computerized gaming machine devised for executing a game and being communicatively connected to a remote data storage, wherein: the execution of a game comprises at least one instance of determining a set of associated game session data; an identity code is reserved for identification of each execution instance of a game; each determined set of associated game session data is associated with said identity code and stored in the remote data storage; and if an interruption occurs in the execution of a game, then the identity code for the current game execution instance is associated with a status indicator indicating that said game execution has been interrupted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventors: Henrik Kniberg, Ulf Abrink, Jens Nilsson, Peter Vincent, Thomas Rizos, Hakan Andersson
  • Patent number: 9697691
    Abstract: A game play on an electronically based system utilizes symbol collection outcomes along paylines to determine winning events in a virtual game. Even when the symbols used in the virtual game comprise or consist of playing cards displaying conventional ranks, suits and symbols, winning outcomes are determined only by accumulation of sets of symbols, without regard to linear order (straights and straight flushes) and random symbols within a suit (flushes). Accumulated symbols in an at least five symbols display game event as pairs, trips (three-of-a-kind), two pairs, full houses (three of one symbol plus two of a different symbol), four-of-a-kind and five-of-a-kind are determined to be winning events, while a flush, straight and even straight flushes may be or are required to be ignored. Optional and even preferred additional events are used in a draw poker variant (with playing card symbols or non-playing card symbols are used in an accumulated symbol gaming event).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventors: Ray Smith, Amanda Tears Smith
  • Patent number: 9697674
    Abstract: Players may compete in a tournament that involves multiple different games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Morrissette
  • Patent number: 9697678
    Abstract: Provided is a gaming machine that is able to offer a variety of gaming patterns with avoidance of monotony during a free game that is a game played in a bonus game. A gaming machine, when a free game trigger is established, performs a control of shifting a game from a base game to a free game. In the free game, symbols are displayed in rotation and stopped in a symbol display region 4 in accordance with a result of a symbol lottery. In the display of the symbols in rotation, the symbols are scrolled in a direction reverse to a rotation direction employed in the base game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignees: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Takehisa Itagaki, Yoichi Kato
  • Patent number: 9682311
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the gaming system and method disclosed herein provides a primary game in which the gaming system provides monetary awards to a player and a secondary game in which the gaming system provides non-monetary skill units to the player. In one such embodiment, the gaming system initiates the play of the skill-based secondary game in response to a triggering even associated with a primary game of the gaming system, and forms a score for the player based on zero, one or more inputs made by the player during the play of the skill-based secondary game. The gaming system determines an amount of non-monetary skill units to provide the player based on the score, and provides the player with the non-monetary skill units. The player redeems any amount of non-monetary skill units for one or more virtual goods offered via a virtual marketplace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Sean M. Gilliland, Thomas Billings, Jeremy Bryan, Salvador A. Castellon, Shavon Gardner, Thomas J. Humphrey, Christian Lopez, James T. McGlone, Maria J. Nepomuceno, Kyu Shin, Jun Yi
  • Patent number: 9685045
    Abstract: A computerized card game management system includes a communications interface, a winning percent module, a dealer module, and a game play module. The communications interface is configured to receive data inputs from client devices. The winning percent module is configured to generate a first set of winning percentages defining each player's likelihood of winning each hand of the play cycle during the first segment. The dealer module is configured to select, for each hand of the play cycle, a set of hole cards to be dealt to each player during the first segment. The dealer module selects the set of hole cards based on each player's likelihood of winning the hand as defined by the first set of winning percentages. The game play module is configured to generate a graphical user interface for each player and to provide the graphical user interfaces to the plurality of client devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Christian Gomez
  • Patent number: 9679441
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing an award based on a multiplicity of game outcomes. In one implementation the invention provides a method for providing a game. The method includes placing a bet by a player, playing of a game to produce a game outcome, evaluating a primary game outcome, paying a direct award if the primary outcome merits it, advancing a bonus accumulator if the primary outcome merits it, and if the bonus accumulator has advanced sufficiently, paying a bonus award to the player and clearing the bonus accumulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Mark C. Nicely, Kathleen Bolich
  • Patent number: 9669315
    Abstract: An approach to facilitate providing leaderboards based upon in-game events within a game space. The leaderboards based on user progress to achieving one or more administrator defined objectives within the game space, where each objective requires the completion of one or more activities. An objective metric for the first user, indicating the first user's progress toward achieving the objective may be determined, based upon one or more activity metric values for the first user. The activity metric values providing an indication of the first user's progress toward completing activities required to be completed to achieve the objective, as defined by an administrator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Curtis, James Koh, Kellen Christopher Smalley, Michael C. Caldarone
  • Patent number: 9672699
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for adjusting bonus winning odds while playing an online slots game. One method includes an operation for receiving user input during a session of an online slots game, where the user input is defined to spin wheels of the online slots game. In addition, the method includes an operation for defining an initial tier and one or more additional tiers for play of the online slots game during the session, each tier being assigned an odds value that changes with each assigned tier, and each tier being defined to have a set of spins. Further, the method includes operations for assigning tiers with changed odds when an option to play a bonus game is not presented during the predefined set of spins for each tier, and for assigning the initial tier upon determining that the bonus game was played during the session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Leslie, Joseph E. Kaminkow, Kin Hang Chan
  • Patent number: 9672698
    Abstract: A lottery skill wagering interleaved game system. Responsive to a scanned code provided by an entertainment game module, a random number generation result is generated based on the scanned code. At least one of a virtual credit (VC) amount and a Quanta amount is determined based on the random number generation result. The determined amount of at least one of VC and Quanta is recorded in a player profile of a player associated with the entertainment game module and the scanned code. The skill wagering interleaved game interleaves a gambling game with an interactive entertainment game. The determined amount of at least one of VC and Quanta for the player are used within an interactive entertainment game session of the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer, John Lucier, David Chang, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 9672695
    Abstract: A gaming machine stores a plurality of notification patterns of the backlight unit displayable at least in the symbol rearrangement regions of the reel unit including the regions where the symbols are rearranged, a notification pattern being assigned to each of the notification patterns. The gaming machine randomly determines the symbols to be rearranged on the reel unit. The gaming machine determines a combination formed by the determined symbols. The gaming machine selects a notification pattern based on the determined combination. The gaming machine executes a selected notification pattern by the backlight unit, at a notification timing which is before the rearrangement of the symbols on the reel unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignees: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Kenta Kitamura, Tatsuya Teranishi, Akira Osawa, Kenji Enokido
  • Patent number: 9666034
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a gaming system and method of providing a game. The system is configured to display a plurality of symbol positions displayed on a grid. The grid defines a plurality of columns having an associated reel, reel strip, a plurality of symbol positions and game symbols displayed in each of the symbol positions in a predetermined order defining a reel layout. The method includes: initiating a game; establishing a first and second interval comprising at least two spins of the reels, the reel strip associated one of the reels has a first reel layout used during the spins of the first interval; and changing the pattern of the reel strip of one reel strip at the end of the first interval, before initiating the second interval, to a second reel layout, wherein the second reel layout is used for the spins of the second interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: KONAMI GAMING, INC.
    Inventor: Daisuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9666024
    Abstract: Remote live table gaming systems can include player terminal(s), electronic gaming table(s), and/or a remote server. Electronic devices can function as remote player terminals, and can have an outer housing, a controller located therewithin, input and output component(s), and a communications interface to an outside gaming network having other functionally similar gaming device(s), gaming table(s), and a remote server. The controller and/or server can facilitate the remote play of live table games at physical gaming tables. Remote game play can include asynchronous and individually paced tournament play, switching between different tournament tables on demand, and play of non-tournament table games simultaneously. Portable computing devices can be used as player terminals and can permit players to play in actual or practice play-along modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 9666026
    Abstract: Offers provided within a game space may decrease in value based on previous acceptances of the offers. A game instance of a game space may be executed to facilitate presentation of views of the game space to users to enable interaction of the users with the game space and/or each other by performing operations in the game space in response to commands received from the users. Offers may be provided within the game instance of the game space that decrease in value based on previous acceptances of the offers. The offers may include a first offer having a first value that progressively decreases based on an amount of users that have previously accepted the first offer in order to incentivize early acceptance of the first offer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Aftershock Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Sam McLellan, Luc Pieron, Stephanie Schultz, Dylan Swift
  • Patent number: 9656174
    Abstract: A system and method configured to enhance gameplay between users in an online game. In some implementations, the system and method include executing an instance of an online game and determining the value of a gameplay parameter for a user reflecting progress by that user within the online game. The system and method includes conducting an event in the online game that takes place during an event time period and determining, for individual users, values of an event parameter based on changes in the values of the gameplay parameter determined for users during the event time period and determining relative positions of users based on respective values of the event parameter and distributing awards based thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Afterschock Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Sam McLellan, Luc Pieron, Stephanie Schultz
  • Patent number: 9652933
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and program products are taught which provide a slot machine game that increases the size of the symbol array as a mystery feature. As the player spins the reels, the number of positions available on each reel grows randomly to allow more paylines. Other embodiments may include free spin bonuses, as well as bonus features that further increase the number of positions on each reel, and adjust the probability of reel expansions based on the current array size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Everi Games Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley W. Johnson, Clint A. Owen, Brian A. Watkins, Allison Pope
  • Patent number: 9640017
    Abstract: A gaming system is provided in which multiple gaming machines are linked. Each of the machines plays its game and generates at least one outcome. The top or best outcome of each machine is submitted, e.g., to a comparator or server computer for ranking. An award is provided for a certain percentage such as one-half of the highest ranked outcomes. The award is made available to the gaming machine, but a player must be wagering on the associated outcome producing event (such as the payline) to receive the award. For example, if a player plays only payline one of a multi-line slot machine and payline five of that machine generates the highest ranked result of all linked gaming machines, the award is made available to the gaming machine, but the player does not receive the award. In an embodiment, each linked gaming machine participates in play (all paylines) regardless of whether a player is playing that gaming machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Michael N. Low, Michael M. Oberberger
  • Patent number: 9640035
    Abstract: A disclosed a player tracking unit provides a touch screen display with a touch screen controller integrated into the touch screen sensor assembly. Game service interfaces may be presented on the touch screen display that allow a user to obtain one or more game services. With the touch screen sensor, a user may navigate through the game service interface and supply information required to obtain a game service. Types of interfaces provided with the gaming machine include a jackpot interface for displaying one or more jackpots selected by the player or one or more jackpots that the player is eligible to win.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Binh T. Nguyen, Craig A. Paulsen
  • Patent number: 9640039
    Abstract: A gaming system including a cascading symbol game which utilizes a plurality of symbol display position matrices and a plurality of different directions of symbol movement. Each symbol display position matrix includes a plurality of symbol display positions. At least one of the symbol display position matrices includes one or more symbol display positions linked to or otherwise associated with one or more symbol display positions of at least another of the symbol display position matrices. If the gaming system determines that one or more symbols will be repositioned from one or more symbol display positions of one symbol display position matrix to one or more linked symbol display positions of another symbol display position matrix, the gaming system determines a direction of movement of such symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Brian F. Saunders, Mark C. Nicely, Benjamin J. Zoltewicz
  • Patent number: 9632850
    Abstract: An approach, executed by a computer, includes receiving at least an initial polling quantity and an initial polling frequency and polling an endpoint application using the initial polling quantity and the initial polling frequency. The approach includes determining a first number of events not consumed in a queue of a listening application and a second number of events generated at the endpoint application and remaining in a queue at the endpoint application and comparing the number of events in each queue. The approach includes adjusting at least one of the initial polling quantity and the initial polling frequency based, at least in part, on the comparison of the first number of events not consumed in the queue of the listening application and the second number of events generated at the endpoint application and remaining in the queue at the endpoint application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ossama Emam, Vinod A. Valecha
  • Patent number: 9630106
    Abstract: Systems and methods for synchronizing audio in a bank of gaming machines, such as video slot and video poker machines. Audio tracks of a game may be provided to a plurality of gaming machines and synchronized. An audio track provided to one of the gaming machines may be changed to a second audio track, in response to receiving an indication of a status change for the game. The second audio track may be synchronized with the audio tracks provided to the other gaming machines in the plurality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Duane R. Decker, Nicholas B. Mayne, Lee E. Huber