Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm David N. Caracappa
  • Patent number: 8241117
    Abstract: An accounting system for use with at least one gaming machine having one or more games stored thereon is provided. The accounting system includes a memory means operatively connected to the gaming machine, wherein the memory means comprises a set of active game meters for each active game on the gaming machine, and one set of removed game meters accumulating data corresponding to all games removed from the gaming machine. The accounting system also includes an accounting processor for accessing the game meters and using a theoretical win value to determine the overall gaming machine performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony E. Green
  • Patent number: 8235807
    Abstract: A method for managing game accounting on at least one gaming machine comprising one or more active games is provided. The method comprises providing a memory means operatively connected to the gaming machine, wherein the memory means comprises a set of active game meters for each active game on the gaming machine, and one set of removed game meters accumulating data corresponding to all games removed from the gaming machine. Active game data is received and stored in applicable active game meters. For any removed game, the game state data is captured prior to the game's removal and is stored in the applicable accumulating removed game meters. The stored game data is accessed in the active and removed game meters and a theoretical win value is used to determine the overall gaming machine performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony E. Green
  • Patent number: 8235806
    Abstract: An automated raffle game and method making use of prize pools, the prize pools having elements, the elements representing one of: winning prizes; or, both winning prizes and no-win (0 value) prizes. Raffle tickets are associated with a prize pool. Upon closure of the game, either by a time-out or by number of tickets sold, a number of elements are taken from the pool. The number of elements taken from the pool is directly related to the number of tickets associated with the pool and further depends on which type of pool is being used (one having only win-elements or both win and 0-value elements). The results are sent to the player terminal, where a player may simply take a winning voucher or ticket, or, may chose to view an entertainment display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Luciano, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8187086
    Abstract: A system or method providing a player an ability to cashout a portion of credits accumulated during gaming. Anonymous cashing out of credit is available to a player through routes both external and internal to a gaming machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: J. Scott Young
  • Patent number: 8182334
    Abstract: A system or method providing a player to cashout half of credits accumulated during gaming. Anonymous cashing out of credit is available to a player through routes both external and internal to a gaming machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: J. Scott Young
  • Patent number: 8172676
    Abstract: A method for managing game accounting on at least one gaming machine comprising one or more active games is provided. The method comprises providing a memory means operatively connected to the gaming machine, wherein the memory means comprises a set of active game meters for each active game on the gaming machine, and one set of removed game meters accumulating data corresponding to all games removed from the gaming machine. Active game data is received and stored in applicable active game meters. For any removed game, the game state data is captured prior to the game's removal and is stored in the applicable accumulating removed game meters. The stored game data is accessed in the active and removed game meters and a theoretical win value is used to determine the overall gaming machine performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony E. Green
  • Patent number: 8157648
    Abstract: An accounting system for use with at least one gaming machine having one or more games stored thereon is provided. The accounting system includes a memory means operatively connected to the gaming machine, wherein the memory means comprises a set of active game meters for each active game on the gaming machine, and one set of removed game meters accumulating data corresponding to all games removed from the gaming machine. The accounting system also includes an accounting processor for accessing the game meters and using a theoretical win value to determine the overall gaming machine performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony E. Green
  • Patent number: 8123605
    Abstract: A method of operating a game controlled by a gaming machine includes accepting a wager from a player, presenting a primary game, awarding any primary game awards to the player, and upon a triggering event, presenting a feature game. The feature game includes performing a first portion of the feature game during which a set of bonus slots is accumulated and performing a second portion of the feature game. The second portion of the feature game includes selecting at least one set of a predetermined number of target symbols, associated with a bonus award, from among a pool of bonus symbols during which selected bonus symbols are not removed from the pool, and selecting a set of match symbols, equal in number to the accumulated number of bonus slots, from among the pool of bonus symbol during which selected bonus symbols are removed from the pool. The match symbols are compared to the at least one set of target symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: John Vallejo, Michael J. Mitchell, Ricco Novero
  • Patent number: 8109826
    Abstract: A gaming system and method of playing a gaming device by a user. The method includes inserting a voucher having a voucher value into the gaming device and accessing a database having voucher data associated with the voucher. The voucher value is verified. The user is queried for a credit value of a base wagering denomination. Calculations of full game credits and partial game credits are performed based upon the voucher value and the credit value. The full game credits, the partial game credits, and the voucher value are displayed on a game display. The method allows partial or all credits to be played at any time. The method provides for recording of game events to a database. The method also allows for the user to change the base wagering denomination during game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Luciano, Warren White
  • Patent number: 8083594
    Abstract: A gaming machine having a multi-tiered power supply and power distribution system which enables maintenance of low security and higher failure rate components such as video monitors, LCDs, or reel mechanisms without disconnecting power from higher security, low failure rate components such as the main processor board. The ability to provide multi-tiered power in this manner allows low security risk items to be serviced while the gaming machine is still in contact with the casino's backend reporting system, reporting on its status. This improves security, accountability of maintenance personnel, and significantly reduces overall gaming machine down time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Bally Gaming Systems
    Inventor: Charles T Schreiber
  • Patent number: 8038519
    Abstract: An automated raffle game and method making use of prize pools, the prize pools having elements, the elements representing one of: winning prizes; or, both winning prizes and no-win (0 value) prizes. Raffle tickets are associated with a prize pool. Upon closure of the game, either by a time-out or by number of tickets sold, a number of elements are taken from the pool. The number of elements taken from the pool is directly related to the number of tickets associated with the pool and further depends on which type of pool is being used (one having only win-elements or both win and 0-value elements). The results are sent to the player terminal, where a player may simply take a winning voucher or ticket, or, may chose to view an entertainment display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Luciano, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8038534
    Abstract: A system and method for providing more than one simultaneous and different bingo game, using single bingo ball draws from a central location. The present invention further provides for players to be highly distributed, for example throughout the US, while still using the single centralized ball draw and still supporting different bingo games in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Luciano, Jr., Warren R. White
  • Patent number: 7997980
    Abstract: A gaming system and method of playing a gaming device by a user. The method includes inserting a voucher having a voucher value into the gaming device and accessing a database having voucher data associated with the voucher. The voucher value is verified. The user is queried for a credit value of a base wagering denomination. Calculations of full game credits and partial game credits are performed based upon the voucher value and the credit value. The full game credits, the partial game credits, and the voucher value are displayed on a game display. The method allows partial or all credits to be played at any time. The method provides for recording of game events to a database. The method also allows for the user to change the base wagering denomination during game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Luciano, Warren White
  • Patent number: 7950661
    Abstract: A method for automating a card game includes wirelessly interrogating each of a plurality of playing cards using radio frequency transmissions. For at least some of the playing cards, determining a rank of the playing card is based on the wireless interrogation using a mapping stored on a computer-readable medium that uniquely identifies playing cards based on a random distribution of conductive material carried by each of the playing cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Soltys, Richard Huizinga
  • Patent number: 7862435
    Abstract: A gaming machine having a multi-tiered power supply and power distribution system which enables maintenance of low security and higher failure rate components such as video monitors, LCDs, or reel mechanisms without disconnecting power from higher security, low failure rate components such as the main processor board. The ability to provide multi-tiered power in this manner allows low security risk items to be serviced while the gaming machine is still in contact with the casino's backend reporting system, reporting on its status. This improves security, accountability of maintenance personnel, and significantly reduces overall gaming machine down time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles T. Schreiber
  • Patent number: 7862418
    Abstract: A gaming system and related methods comprising a gaming device and a voucher mechanism in communication with the gaming device. The voucher mechanism is configured to present various types of vouchers to the player depending on a game outcome. The types of vouchers include, without limitation, a jackpot voucher, a merchandise voucher, a free play voucher, a mystery voucher, a competition entry voucher, and a restricted machine play voucher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Luciano, Jr., Warren R. White, Russ T. Bradford
  • Patent number: 7803047
    Abstract: A method for managing game accounting on at least one gaming machine comprising one or more active games is provided. The method comprises providing a memory means operatively connected to the gaming machine, wherein the memory means comprises a set of active game meters for each active game on the gaming machine, and one set of removed game meters accumulating data corresponding to all games removed from the gaming machine. Active game data is received and stored in applicable active game meters. For any removed game, the game state data is captured prior to the game's removal and is stored in the applicable accumulating removed game meters. The stored game data is accessed in the active and removed game meters and a theoretical win value is used to determine the overall gaming machine performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony E. Green
  • Patent number: 7625279
    Abstract: A distributed manufacturing and distribution process for lottery tickets is disclosed. The manufacturing/vending system comprises a ticket manufacturing server and one or more vending devices located at remote sites. Each vending device is operatively coupled for communication with the server, normally via a network connection. Each vending devices is further equipped with blank media and printing means, so that a customer is able to purchase on-demand tickets from a vending device in communication with the server. Additionally, the vending devices may be configured as electronic aid to display the results of the purchased lottery tickets in entertaining ways to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Anthony Luciano, Jr., Warren Rapelye White
  • Patent number: 7321319
    Abstract: A system involves encoding a video data stream. The system includes a first determinator for determining attributes associated with the video data stream and an encoder for receiving the attributes from the first determinator and encoding a stream header identifying stream syntax. The stream header is encoded in a markup language. A multiplexer combines the encoded stream headers with the video data stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Vectormax Corporation
    Inventors: Jon Rachwalski, Daniel Witt
  • Patent number: 7139426
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for equalizing the distribution of pixel intensities in an image displayed by an oscilloscope. In a primarily software implementation, the maximum pixel intensity (I) present in the rasterized input image, the maximum available display intensity (P) and the desired image resolution (R) are the input variables which permit the calculation of thresholds or bins to which each pixel is assigned. By iteratively performing the analysis of existing pixel intensities and bin thresholds, the number of pixels in each bin may be optimized to form an equalized histogram. Another implementation of the histogram equalization system utilizes software to optimize a hardware-based histogram collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin T. Ivers, Paul M. Gerlach, Daniel E. Taylor