Credit/debit Monitoring Or Manipulation (e.g., Game Entry, Betting, Prize Level, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/25)
  • Patent number: 9754255
    Abstract: The invention relates to authentication in mobile financial transactions, and more particularly, to systems, devices and methods of employing a location tracking function within a mobile device for the purpose of authenticating a user and a trusted transaction when this mobile device is configured to a mobile point-of-sale (POS) terminal. Authentication is primarily implemented by a secure element integrated within the mobile device based on comparison between captured geo-location data and some known information, such as a retailer address, this user's behavior pattern and shopping habit, that may be derived from the geo-location data. In the secure element, a secure memory stores a plurality of geo-location data from which a secure processor generates information concerning a behavior pattern or a shopping habit of the user. A V/A unit receives a real-time geo-location of the mobile device, and thereby, verifies the user or the trusted transaction according to the generated information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Tangkwai Ma, Michael L Bolan, Robert Robert Muchsel, Donald W. Loomis
  • Patent number: 9754440
    Abstract: A game playing information integration system is provided which is capable of objectively performing selection and/or settings according to preference of a player, and is capable of effectively making entry into market, based on a result of logical analysis of a gaming machine invoking demands of a player as a user and a manger in gaming facility in a well-balanced manner. The system includes a plurality of gaming machine units and a server connected to enable communication with each gaming machine unit. Each gaming machine unit includes player identification information reading means, number-of-consumptions data output means, and number-of-payouts data output means. Gaming machine unit identification information is individually assigned to each of the gaming machine units. The server stores data storage means for storing each of number-of-consumptions data and number-of-payouts data in association with reception time data, player identification information, and gaming machine unit identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuo Okada
  • Patent number: 9754451
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine that provides a gambling game and an entertainment game, including: a real world engine, an entertainment software engine, and a game world engine; the system constructed to provide a randomly generated payout of real world credit from a wager in a gambling game, wagers triggered during an entertainment game; and to collect parameter data indicative of player performance during the player's skillful execution of the entertainment game at each of a plurality of difficulty settings, the parameter data indicative of the player's actions during the player's skillful execution of the entertainment game and indicative of a rate of accumulation of game world credit during the entertainment game; and select a difficulty setting from the plurality of difficulty settings for the skill based entertainment game based upon the collected parameter data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, Frank Cire
  • Patent number: 9747745
    Abstract: An electromechanical gaming machine constructed to receive real credits from a user, and having an entertainment game controller connected to a game world controller, and a real world controller which together communicate game world information; receive a request to aggregate information; aggregate game world information, encode and associate it with a transaction identifier; receive a gambling outcome; display gambling outcome; receive a wager request; determine gambling outcome; communicate gambling outcome; determine whether or not to generate an aggregation request; generate an aggregation request; communicate plurality of transaction identifiers; receive game world information and transaction identifier; determine whether the transaction identifier is valid; disaggregate game world information, communicate wager request; receive gambling outcome; and communicate gambling outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 9747748
    Abstract: A system for pari-mutuel wagering on actual past events includes, in one embodiment, game terminals and a game server, all couplable to a network. The game terminals are configured to receive respective initial pari-mutuel wagers on a historic gaming event from respective players. The game terminals are further configured to receive respective winner selections for the historic gaming event for respective players. The game server is configured to randomly select the historical gaming event from a database and determine respective payouts for the game terminals based on results of the historical gaming event and the respective winner selections. The game server is further configured to admit at least one of the respective players to a bonus game, provide a bonus pool for the bonus game, and determine bonus payouts from the bonus pool to the at least one of the respective players based on bonus game results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Parimax Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Alex Corckran, Eric Jackson
  • Patent number: 9747747
    Abstract: Systems for an alternative application resource interleaved wagering system are disclosed, the system including a wager controller constructed to: receive application telemetry; determine a wager request; determine a wager outcome based on the wager request; communicate wager outcome data; an application server controller constructed to: receive wager outcome instructions; determine application resources to award the application client controller; and communicate application resource data to the application client controller; and the application client controller operatively connecting the application server controller and the wager controller, the application client controller constructed to: communicate the application telemetry; receive the wager outcome data; scan the wager outcome data to determine the wager outcome; instruct the application server controller by communicating the wager outcome instructions; receive the application resource data; scan the application resource data to determine the applica
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, David Chang, Frank Cire, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 9744465
    Abstract: An Emulator (EMU) configures a monitoring condition relevant with critical data of a game role, when the monitoring condition is met, the EMU transmits the critical data of the game role to a server; the server analyzes the critical data of the game role; when determining that the critical data of the game role is unusual, the server determines that the game role has used a plug-in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Xuxin Wang, Jianhui Yao, Xianwen Chen, Cheng Cai, Wen Tang
  • Patent number: 9744463
    Abstract: The APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CREW MECHANICS IN MULTIPLAYER GAMES (hereinafter “CMMG”) the CMMG platform transforms in game status of a user's social content item via CMMG components into a content item with layered integration of additional content indicative of status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventor: Andres Cantor
  • Patent number: 9741203
    Abstract: A system and a method of conducting games of chance with enhanced payouts based on a cash in or initial investment amount are described. In response to a player's initial investment or cash in amount, a payout schedule is selected. The larger the initial investment the better the selected payout schedule for the player. Live games of chance, games of chance facilitated by electronic gaming machines or devices and server-based games may utilize the method shown here. Players may also receive enhanced awards such as enhanced player points based on the amount of the initial investment, or based on other parameters and factors. Awards and bonuses may also be provided to players who exhaust an initial investment exceeding a threshold amount. Other different variations and combinations of the games and winnings are also explained in details.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Sean Malek
  • Patent number: 9731201
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating chance-based in-game virtual item distribution in a video game. A mini-game interface presents a mini-game to a user that has committed to a battle. Prior to instigation of the battle the user participates in a chance-based mini-game that determines awards to be distributed to the user from a set of potential awards. Benefits associated with a determined award are applied to a game entity included in a battle which is to follow the mini-game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Aftershock Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Wei, David McNeill, Kevin Lee
  • Patent number: 9731207
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for executing a game and for creating computer-generated game quests, which are referred to as dynamic quests. One method includes an operation for identifying a template for creating a dynamic quest. The dynamic quest includes quest tasks and quest rewards, which are provided to a player upon completion of the quest tasks in the game. The template includes template tasks and template rewards. Further, the method includes an operation for selecting one or more template tasks for the quest tasks, and an operation for selecting one or more template rewards for the quest rewards. The dynamic quest is created in the game with the selected one or more template tasks and the selected one or more template rewards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Guthridge, Edan Nahari
  • Patent number: 9724587
    Abstract: A system for assisting in player development is disclosed. The system includes a server maintaining a database including a plurality of player development records, each player development record including at least training data, competition data, and biographic data. The system also includes an application hosted by the server, the application including a user interface and an automated player performance application, the automated player performance application being configured to generate a player development profile for display in the user interface, the player development profile being based at least in part on performance trends in the player development record and also including one or more recommendations or comparisons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Team Sport IP, LLC
    Inventors: Jose Campaña Aguilera, Alejandro Garcia del Castillo, Joseph Keppeln
  • Patent number: 9728042
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer readable storage medium to implement a wagering paradigm in which a player can place a wager amount to wager on a random potential outcome of a series chosen randomly by a computer. The series can be a sporting event such as the World Series, and the random potential outcome can be an electronically randomly picked team. If the randomly picked team turns out to be the actual team that wins the World Series, then the wager would win. The payout on a winning wager can be determined using a number of algorithms, for example each possible team is given an equal payout. The wager can be placed before the series begins, during the series (e.g., after at least one game has been played or has been started), and even after the series has ended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Dan Setzman
  • Patent number: 9728043
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present concept provide gaming devices and gaming systems that are configured to implement means for enhancing game play. Here, various embodiments of this concept use game insertion techniques to enhance the game play experience for players. These game insertion techniques include placing bonus spins, free games, or other incentives within traditional game play. In one model, a gaming device may use a bonus spin routine to replace a losing game outcome with a winning game outcome. Here, the player may be shown the initial losing game outcome and then be notified that a bonus spin has been awarded, which ultimately results in the winning game outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: PATENT INVESTMENT & LICENSING COMPANY
    Inventor: John F. Acres
  • Patent number: 9728041
    Abstract: A layout pattern of a plurality of possible layout patterns for wagering game machines is determined. An input indicating a location of a wagering game machine within the layout patter is received. A mapping of the wagering game machine to the location within the layout pattern is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: Peter R. Anderson, David E. Detlefsen, Jacob C. Greenberg, Timothy T. Gronkowski, Victor V. Lerias, III, Timothy D. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9721430
    Abstract: Systems and methods for poker gameplay funding are disclosed through the crediting gaming accounts and the debiting of a stored value account. The stored value account can be linked to a stored value payment vehicle issued to a player. Funds held by the stored value account can be used for tournament poker play and cash game buy-in in virtual poker rooms and brick-and-mortar poker rooms. At the conclusion of gameplay, the gaming account can be debited and the stored value account credit to reflect poker winnings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Sightline Interactive LLC
    Inventors: Kirk E. Sanford, Thomas M. Sears, Omer Sattar
  • Patent number: 9721424
    Abstract: An interleaved wagering system is disclosed. The system includes an interactive controller constructed to communicate application telemetry associated with an interactive application provided by the interactive controller. The system also includes a wager controller constructed to communicate a wager result associated with a received wager request. The system also includes the application controller operatively connected to the interactive controller and the wager controller, and constructed to: receive application telemetry; upon receiving application telemetry, determine whether to trigger a supplementary mode; when triggering the supplementary mode is determined, communicate a notification to provide a supplementary mode session. The interactive controller is further constructed to: provide the supplementary mode session upon receiving the supplementary mode notification; communicate results of the supplementary mode session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 9721426
    Abstract: A wagering game system and its operations are described herein. In some embodiments, the operations can include initiating a wagering game title for presentation on a display device of a gaming machine, and receiving, from the gaming machine, player input indicating autoplay settings selected by a player for the wagering game title. The operations can also include initiating an autoplay mode for the wagering game title in response to receiving an autoplay trigger from the gaming machine, managing the autoplay mode for the player according to the autoplay setting selected by the player, and generating results for each wagering game of the wagering game title played during the autoplay mode. The operations can further include monitoring game events associated with the wagering games played during the autoplay mode to determine when to stop the autoplay mode, and stopping the autoplay mode for the player based on the autoplay settings selected by the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: Peter R. Anderson, Brian J. Barclay, Andrew C. Guinn, Richard B. Robbins, Richard T. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9721431
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to implementing a system to encourage cross platform operation in an online game. The online game may provide the ability to provide incentives for participating in cross platform game play. The system may monitor the player's performance on a particular console and provide incentives to accomplish tasks through game play on a different platform than the player is currently operating to play the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford J. Harrington, Kent Wakeford
  • Patent number: 9721429
    Abstract: A promotional game is conducted over participants' cell phones. During a play period, a participant advances on a virtual game board using cell phone commands. During the player period drawing entries are generated proportional to play on electronic gaming devices, play of the promotional game, or retail purchases. Some players receive a multiplier for their drawing entries to enhance chances of winning the promotional game. In one embodiment, the multiplier is removed for a player after a cutoff threshold for prizes awarded to that player is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Patent Investment & Licensing Company
    Inventor: John F. Acres
  • Patent number: 9721421
    Abstract: A table system assists in determining wagering events. The system has a gaming surface; at least one player position on the gaming surface; and at least one area is designated at the at least one player position for placement of wagers in the form of chips. A scale is positioned beneath the at least one area configured to provide electrical signals indicating weight placed in the at least one designated area. A processor is configured to receive the electrical signals and execute code to identify numbers of chips placed in the at least one designated area. The processor is further configured to provide signals indicating the identified number of chips to a display on the gaming table surface at the player position. The display is configured to provide a visual indication of at least the number of chips or the value of chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Mladen Blazevic
  • Patent number: 9711004
    Abstract: A managed credit system and method for managing and processing various types of credits is disclosed. The managed credit system can provide various options for processing cashable credits, restricted credits, and managed credits. Wager account balances can be paid down automatically prior to the disbursement of cash in exchange for managed credits. Cash submissions during wager account sessions can be detected and processed by converting the cash submission to managed credits. Wager account advance requests can be detected during cash game sessions. Managed credits can be converted to cashable credits. Different types of casino credit can be tracked using different meters. Varying disbursement and conversion rules can be applied to different types of credit. Game credit accounts with mixed credit types that include managed credits can be wagered in a fixed order while accommodating cash submissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Gary E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 9710832
    Abstract: A method for facilitating a card-based bill payment service for a customer of a biller may include (1) receiving a request from the customer to initiate the card-based bill payment service; (2) collecting customer information, the customer information including at least customer account information with the biller and card account information; (3) providing the customer information to the biller over a communications network; and (4) using a computer processor, monitoring the customer's card account for biller activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
    Inventor: Ann Catherine Givens
  • Patent number: 9704337
    Abstract: A progressive gaming method may be conducted in a distributed fashion without a progressive controller. In such a method game play inputs are received through a respective player input system of each of two or more gaming machines. Each game play input defines a wager for a respective play of a wagering game. A progressive contribution value for each respective wager is calculated and a local progressive register value is incremented by that calculated amount. Calculating the progressive contribution value and incrementing the local progressive register value may each be performed at the gaming machine at which the respective wager is defined, and these calculated progressive contribution values are then communicated to each other gaming machine of the two or more gaming machines. Each gaming machine maintains a total progressive value based on the locally calculated progressive contribution values and the values communicated from other gaming machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Everi Games Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Riggs, J P Cody
  • Patent number: 9704345
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for placing a bet via the Internet on a computing device. The bet is placed by a player using the computing device and received by a backend system over a link using a single action methodology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Wendell Brown
  • Patent number: 9694272
    Abstract: A gaming table provides for use of RFID technology to track chip movement on a table game and to infer an association between a wager and a player position based on a chip identifier of a chip placed on a particular position of the table. In some embodiments, previous position history of the chip is also taken into account in determining a player position associated with a wager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Walker Digital Table Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Moore, Brian Besterman, Jeff Bischoff
  • Patent number: 9697690
    Abstract: There is described a gaming system including an award controller for allocating an award at a plurality of gaming machines. The award controller is arranged to allocate, in response to a win at a first gaming machine of the plurality of gaming machines, an award to a player of at least one further gaming machine of the plurality of gaming machines based on a location of the at least one further gaming machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Thomas Samuel Barbalet
  • Patent number: 9697683
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for preventing replay attacks for mobile promotions associated with gaming devices. Upon the occurrence of a promotion winning event such as a designated outcome of a game played on the gaming device the user, via a software application accessible to their mobile device, forwards images of the event to a server over a network. The server determines entitlement to the promotion and analyzes data associated with the images and mobile device location and time to confirm that the event is new promotion winning event. Upon such confirmation an entitlement to the promotion is awarded to the user. The foregoing prevents unscrupulous users from logging multiple claims for the same promotion winning event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin S. Lyons, Bryan M. Kelly, John Sommer
  • Patent number: 9691224
    Abstract: A functional transformation interleaved wagering system is disclosed, which includes an interactive controller configured to: provide a first interactive application; communicate, to an application controller, a wager request; receive a wager outcome; receive an indication to provide a second interactive application; provide the second interactive application; and communicate, to the application controller, application telemetry; a wager controller constructed to: receive the wager request; communicate the wager outcome; receive an indication; and adjust the credit meter; and the application controller operatively connecting the interactive controller and the wager controller and constructed to: receive the wager request; communicate, to the wager controller, the wager request; receive the wager outcome; communicate, to the interactive controller, the wager outcome; communicate the indication to provide the second interactive application when it is determined to provide the second interactive application; rec
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 9691223
    Abstract: A selectable intermediate result interleaved wagering system is disclosed. The system includes an interactive controller operatively connected to an application controller, and constructed to: communicate application telemetry; receive an intermediate offer; communicate an indication to accept the intermediate offer; receive an application resource associated with the intermediate offer; and receive a wager outcome. The system also includes a wager controller operatively connected to the application controller, the wager controller constructed to: receive the wager request; generate a wager outcome; and communicate the wager outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, David Chang, Frank Cire, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 9685034
    Abstract: A system for interfacing with a third-party application is described. The system includes a third-party device, a server-based system configured to communicate with the third-party device, and a gaming device configured to communicate with the server-based system to display content of the product or service. The gaming device is configured to generate an outcome of a wager-based game independent of the content that is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Reid M. Weber, William C. Little, Steven G. LeMay, Adrian R. Marcu, Warner R. Cockerille, IV, Nicole M. Beaulieu, David A. Gipp, Daniel De Waal, Vincent S. Manfredi, Bryan Bullard, Cara L. Iddings, Brad Robert Steinbach, Richard J. Schneider, Glen Keith Russell, Jacob Graham, Gregory A. Schlottmann, David C. Williams, Kurt M. Larsen, Jae Man Yi, Erik B. Petersen, Kevin M. Higgins, Gregory H. Parrott, David L. Salls
  • Patent number: 9685046
    Abstract: A gaming system comprising an input device for placing wagers. The wagers include a first wager consisting of a base wager, and second and third wagers, each consisting of a base wager portion and an additional wager portion. The third wager has a higher ratio of the additional wager portion to the base wager portion than the second wager. An outcome is based on the first, second or third wager, such that upon said second wager being made and an designated event associated with the second wager occurring, a first additional benefit relative to when the first wager is made is provided, and upon said third wager being made and a designated event associated with the third wager occurring, a second additional benefit relative to when the first wager is made is provided. The second additional benefit is a greater benefit than the first additional benefit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Peter Leslie Walker
  • Patent number: 9679443
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a gambling and/or gaming apparatus comprising an input apparatus for inputting of a stake or and/or playing-tip information in the form of a number and/or number combination and/or a number matrix, an outcome ascertainment apparatus for ascertaining a winning number and/or a winning number combination and/or a winning number matrix, an indicator apparatus for indicating the ascertained winning number and/or the ascertained winning number combination and/or the ascertained winning number matrix, and a win ascertainment apparatus for ascertaining a gambling and/or gaming win from a comparison of the ascertained winning number and/or the ascertained winning number combination and/or the ascertained winning number matrix with the input stake and/or playing-tip information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: NOVOMATIC AG
    Inventors: Harald Kaiblinger, Florian Schrötter
  • Patent number: 9679439
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for managing and authenticating usage of features of gaming devices are presented. In accordance with some embodiments, the methods and apparatus may facilitate an offer engine for providing one or more offers to a user of the gaming device, wherein an offer comprises an offer for a payment to be made to the user in exchange for an action by the user, wherein the one or more offers are distinct from indications of awards the user may qualify for during play of a game playable via the gaming device. In one embodiment the methods and apparatus may provide for determining whether to adjust the first feature based on the measure of performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: INVENTOR HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Russell P. Sammon, Scott T. Friesen, Michael D. Downs, Steven M. Santisi
  • Patent number: 9672690
    Abstract: Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention operate a controlled entity hybrid game. A controlled entity hybrid game includes a real world engine constructed to provide a randomly generated payout of real world credits from at least one wager in a gambling game, an entertainment software engine constructed to execute an entertainment game providing outcomes based upon a player's skillful execution of the entertainment game; and a game world engine constructed to manage the entertainment software engine and communicate, to the gambling game, a gameplay gambling event occurrence based upon a player's instruction of a controlled entity to consume an element of the entertainment game that triggers a wager in the gambling game, and change the element on the basis of the randomly generated payout and an entertainment game variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 9672688
    Abstract: Various embodiments directed to systems and methods that enable cross platform persistent gaming sessions using a mobile device in a mobile device-enhanced system are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method may include enabling a cross platform gaming session in a system that includes a gaming machine that presents a game, and a computing device distinct from the gaming machine, both in communication with one another. The method may include associating the computing device with the gaming machine. The computing device may have one or more displays. The method may include receiving, by the computing device, reformatted graphical data from the gaming machine. The method may include presenting the game on the one or more displays of the computing device using the reformatted graphical data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin S. Lyons
  • Patent number: 9666021
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and system to acquire and display casino data on a portable electronic device may include a portable electronic device having a processor operative with a real-time location based data application to transmit the location of the portable electronic device and acquire, prioritize, store and display real-time casino data. The real-time casino data may be periodically updated based on the location of the portable electronic device and visually presented to a user on a display of the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Nguyen Gaming LLC
    Inventor: Binh T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9665239
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating user progression in a virtual space based user purchases of virtual currency are disclosed. The facilitated user progression may include user progression a virtual space ability or abilities based on purchases of the virtual currency with real world money. Such user progression in those abilities may be distinct and separate from user progressions in other virtual space abilities based on gameplays by the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Aftershock Services, Inc.
    Inventors: James Koh, Kellen Christopher Smalley, Matthew Curtis
  • Patent number: 9666027
    Abstract: Use of a financial transaction device of a cashless wagering system is facilitated in a gaming system. An electronic gaming machine (EGM) accepts a financial transaction device, having at least an account identifier linking the financial transaction card to at least one financial account of at least one financial institution, for depositing the financial amount into at least one financial account, performing a cashless wagering operation in the EGM, and/or using the financial transaction device for payment of goods and services by gaming and non-gaming venues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: John L. Curtin, Kelsy Grace, Leisa Glantz, Paul Heenan, Benjamin R. Holsclaw, Jami Horner, Brent Merritt, Marcus J. Schwendener, Anthony Sofran, Shenea Strader, Brittany York
  • Patent number: 9666015
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to generating and displaying a score related to the results of wagering by a player on an electronic gaming machine. In one embodiment, a method for generating a score related to play on at least one electronic gaming device includes tracking the amount wagered on the gaming device, tracking the amount awarded by the gaming device, and generating a score related to the tracked amounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Patent Investment & Licensing Company
    Inventor: John F. Acres
  • Patent number: 9662585
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a game technology. More particularly, the present invention relates to a game server, a game method, a terminal, and a recording medium which provide a function of transferring attribute information of one character to another character in the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: INTELLECTUAL DISCOVERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoon Namgoong, Seung Cheol Kang
  • Patent number: 9666029
    Abstract: An online gaming system providing dynamic delivery of advertisements to users of an online game. The system may dynamically select advertisement for delivery based on one or more user parameters which characterize the user's activity with the online game. The system may comprise one or more processors configured to execute computer program modules. The system may include a game module configured to execute an instance of an online game and to implement the instance of the online game to facilitate participation of users in the online game. The system may include a user monitor module configured to monitor user activity parameters. The system may include a potential offer module configured to manage multiple incentive offers which are available for delivery to the users of the online game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Aftershock Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Wendy Yu, Jonathan Calipes, Daniel Helmhold, Jennifer J. Lee, Deepak Polamarasetty
  • Patent number: 9662563
    Abstract: The present invention involves live gaming tables where players make one or more wagers on the outcome of a game played according to a predetermined set of rules. The table game is characterized by having a progressive prize that may be won through the play of a plurality of different bonus games. Each bonus game has a different triggering event associated with it and is preferably differentiated from the other bonus games by the probability of winning the progressive prize through the bonus game. The triggering event for each bonus game is preferably a combination of cards formed by the players' hands, the dealer's hand and/or a combination thereof. In additional embodiments of the present invention, a plurality of different table games played with different rules employ a plurality of bonus games associated with the different tables that allows different table games with otherwise disparate and fixed odds to have fair odds of winning a communal progressive prize.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Rolled UP Gaming Partners
    Inventors: Shawn Michael Van Asdale, Richard Brian Lopez
  • Patent number: 9659444
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods for providing a customer with additional non-cashable credits upon completion of the game are provided herein. The gaming machine includes a game controller that is configured to receive a player input to play a wagering game on the gaming machine. The game controller is also configured to generate results for the wagering game, wherein the results include credits won or lost. The game controller is configured to add or subtract the credits won or lost to the player's total credit balance and provide the player with an amount of additional non-cashable credits upon ending the game, wherein the player must forgo a portion of their remaining credits in order to receive the amount of additional non-cashable credits, and wherein the non-cashable credits cannot be used with the same or another gaming machine without an additional input of currency into the gaming machine by the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Donald E. Norris
  • Patent number: 9659439
    Abstract: A method for wagering on a skills-based digital gaming competition, the method executing on a computing device including storage storing a peer-wagering module that is external and distinct from at least one game stored on the storage device or another storage device, the method including: receiving potential game and competitor player data; receiving game competition selection information from the player that includes at least one selected game instance and at least one wager amount; receiving game instance match ID data generated by the transactional server, wherein the game instance match ID data includes at least one of: credential data associated with the player, player wager amount or a board, level, or difficulty setting associated with the selected game instance; and transmitting the game instance match ID data and game initiation data to the game, thereby activating the at least one selected game instance on the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Russell M. Aleksey
  • Patent number: 9659442
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to analyzing recorded game information to determine information about a player's behavior. This is accomplished by analyzing the player's actions following a positive increase in credits within credit meter data. This analysis can be utilized in automatically altering a game parameter of the gaming device being played by the player or in providing operators trend information that can be used in modifying the game device or designing future gaming devices. An analysis station may be included in a gaming system using this analysis process to allow an operator to view and manipulate a graphical representation of the credit meter data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: PATENT INVESTMENT & LICENSING COMPANY
    Inventor: John F. Acres
  • Patent number: 9656175
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to providing players pricing of in-game virtual items associated with their experience and their progress in the game. For example, the first player and the second player may have similar triggers, similar in-game events, and actually have different prices and currencies inside each story depending on each player's progress in the game, thus creating an individualized experience that may alter from player to player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventor: Tim Ernst
  • Patent number: 9659438
    Abstract: A delayed wager interleaved wagering system is disclosed including an interactive processing device constructed to: provide an interactive application display; receive wager actuator data; automatically configure the display to provide a wager actuator; communicate wager actuator activation data; receive wagering telemetry data and application resource data; responsive to receiving the wagering telemetry data, automatically configure the display; a wager server constructed to: receive wager request data; automatically determine and communicate a wager outcome; and the process controller operatively connecting the interactive processing device and the wager server, and constructed to: receive the application telemetry data; determine to provide the wager actuator; communicate the wager actuator data; receive the wager actuator activation data; generate wager request data; communicate the wager request data; receive the wager outcome data; automatically determine and communicate the wagering telemetry data and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, David Chang
  • Patent number: 9652937
    Abstract: A method and system for conducting multiple competitions of skill for a single performance are described herein. User generated competition groups and system generated competition groups allow users to participate in multiple competitions at once based on answering the same questions or making the same selections related to a single event. The users are informed of each competition either via email, text message or when logging into the network via a website. The users select which competition groups to join. After joining the desired groups, users then make their selections related to the event which are transmitted to the network where results are tabulated and transmitted back to the users. The results are separated based on each competition group, so that users can continually know where they stand in each separate competition. With multiple competition groups, users are able to have varying success from the same performance in multiple competitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Winview, Inc.
    Inventor: David B. Lockton
  • Patent number: 9649564
    Abstract: Data characterizing historical skills-based gaming metrics for a first user and historical skills-based gaming metrics for at least one second user is accessed. Using the accessed data and a set of rules, a targeted advertisement to present to the first user is determined. The targeted advertisement specifies at least one skills-based game and a characterization of the at least one second user's historical skills-based gaming metrics. The targeted advertisement is generated. Data characterizing the targeted advertisement is provided. Related apparatus, systems, techniques, and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Skillz Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Paradise, Casey Chafkin, Jason Petralia, Ahmed Abdalla