Patents Assigned to Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10417876
    Abstract: A gaming machine that is capable of providing information relevant to a winning combination to a player before spinning of a respective one of reels stops in a unit game is provided. When the player's operation is made, in the case where the predetermined symbol is displayed in the effect reel display region 410, symbol arrays of the effect reels are scrolled in an upward direction or in a downward direction and then the predetermined symbol is displayed at the to-be-stopped position, or alternatively, in the case where the predetermined symbol is not displayed, scrolling is controlled so that a symbol displayed immediately after the above situation is replaced with the predetermined symbol and then the predetermined symbol appears from an upper part of the effect reel display region 410, and stops at the to-be-stopped position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignees: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Masumi Fujisawa, Hiroki Nakamura, Takeshi Narita, Hiromoto Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 10395466
    Abstract: To facilitate and shorten the work of changing displayed content on the topper display device 211, a slot machine 1 includes: a gaming machine main body 5 configured to run a game; a topper display device 211 accommodating a display plate module 2117 for displaying a game related information, in such a manner that the display plate module 2117 is detachable from a side; a topper support mechanism 215 rotatably supports the topper display device 211 so that the topper display device 211 is capable of rotating in a horizontal direction on the gaming machine main body 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Hirato, Hayato Matsunaga, Gou Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10354489
    Abstract: It is an object to provide a gaming machine configured to yield a rescue award according to the number of result determination areas on which the player has placed a bet, when games without any benefit are continued. To this end, a slot machine 1 executes a process of receiving a selection of ways bet through a control Panel 30, incrementing the game play count on a counter corresponding to the ways bet selected, upon start of the normal game, determining whether the game play count on the counter has reached the threshold game play count, and awarding the benefit when the game play count is determined as to have reached the threshold game play count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Susumu Mio, Yuji Miyagawa, Takehisa Itagaki, Yukihiro Kawakami, Takeshi Narita, Yoichi Kato, Bungo Matsumura
  • Patent number: 10290177
    Abstract: To facilitate visual confirmation of the displayed content on a topper display device T211, from a direction in which the displayed content is visible, a gaming machine comprises: a gaming machine main body configured to run a game; a topper display device T211, which is provided on the gaming machine main body and configured to display game related content; and an illumination mechanism T3 provided to the topper display device T211 and configured to emit illumination light to all four directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Jun Hirato, Hayato Matsunaga, Gou Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10186118
    Abstract: A gaming machine of the present invention stores a bet area on which a bet is placed through a gaming terminal and a game value placed as the bet, determines a resulting symbol from a plurality of symbols, rotates the wheel based on an operation of the lever in one of the plurality of gaming terminals, whose lever has been activated, stops the rotation of the wheel so that the pointer points at a symbol arrangement area with the resulting symbol, and awards a payout based on the resulting symbol and the odds set for the bet area in which the bet is placed through the gaming terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Kido, Hiroki Munakata
  • Patent number: 10134230
    Abstract: The present application provides a game playing information integration system which is capable of objectively performing selection and/or settings according to preference of a player, particularly fixed customers, and thereby capable of effectively introducing a gaming machine to invoke demands of players as users and managers of gaming facilities in a well-balanced manner from a result obtained by logically analyzing the gaming machine. (a) Game playing period at one time of each player in gaming machine unit, (b) change in balance over time of player in a game playing period, (c) operation time of the gaming machine unit, and (d) data relating to profit of a shop side by the gaming machine are generated, the degree of satisfaction of player is computed based on (a) and (b), and the degree of satisfaction of a shop side is computed based on (c) and (d).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuo Okada, Kengo Takeda
  • Patent number: 10074234
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a casino table capable of adequately determining whether a dishonest act is committed on a card arranged on a casino table while reducing a maintenance cost, a personnel cost, etc., by using a normal card not containing the tag, etc. A game surface is imaged by an imaging device, the presence of the card placed on the game surface is detected from image data produced by an imaging signal issued from the imaging device, and trajectory data of the card placed on the game surface is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignees: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Kazuki Emori, Hiroyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10049527
    Abstract: A gaming machine includes: a power source unit; a game control device; a reporting device; a first temperature sensor provided to the power source unit, which monitors whether the temperature of the power source unit is at or higher than a first threshold temperature; a second temperature sensor provided to the power source unit, which monitors whether the temperature of the power source unit is at or higher than a second threshold temperature higher than the first threshold temperature; and a power control device which performs an abnormal-situation process which causes the reporting device to inform the occurrence of an abnormal situation, when the temperature of the power source unit is at or higher than the first threshold temperature, and perform a power-supply stopping process which stops power supply to the devices, when the temperature of the power source unit is at or higher than the second threshold temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignees: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Keisuke Kawashima, Yoshitomo Sasaki, Tatsuhiko Tanimura, Masumi Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 9997008
    Abstract: A gaming machine includes: a reel having an outer circumferential surface on which symbols are lined up; a reel driving mechanism which rotates the reel to rearrange the symbols; a magnet which is provided in the reel driving mechanism to change an external magnetic field in accordance with the rotation of the reel; a magnetic force detecting mechanism which detects a magnetic force of the external magnetic field so as to output a magnetic force detection signal; a reel setting unit by which the magnetic force detection signal and arrangement positions of the symbols are associated with one another; and a reel drive control unit which controls the reel driving mechanism so that the symbols are rearranged in a predetermined arrangement based on the magnetic force detection signal and the arrangement positions of the symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Tatsuhiko Tanimura, Noritoshi Kukita, Hiroatsu Ike, Yoshitomo Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9965917
    Abstract: A slot machine displays on a display a unit game in which arranged symbols are rearranged. When a predetermined condition is satisfied, the slot machine displays on the display a free game that is a special game. The slot machine also changes a game sound that has been emitted into a different game sound when a predetermined condition is satisfied in the free game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Naoki Tsuchiya, Kohei Hashimoto, Hiroki Abe, Takanori Sakata
  • Patent number: 9928684
    Abstract: The present application provides a game playing information integration system which is capable of objectively performing selection and/or settings according to preference of a player, particularly fixed customers, and thereby capable of effectively introducing a gaming machine to invoke demands of players as users and managers of gaming facilities in a well-balanced manner from a result obtained by logically analyzing the gaming machine. (a) Game playing period at one time of each player in gaming machine unit, (b) change in balance over time of player in a game playing period, (c) operation time of the gaming machine unit, and (d) data relating to profit of a shop side by the gaming machine are generated, the degree of satisfaction of player is computed based on (a) and (b), and the degree of satisfaction of a shop side is computed based on (c) and (d).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuo Okada, Kengo Takeda
  • Patent number: 9898899
    Abstract: Probability of prize occurrence is easily controlled without provision of a blank between symbols on a reel. A gaming machine comprises: a lower image display panel configured to variably display a plurality of symbol arrays with a plurality of symbols including normal symbols and specific symbols more advantageous than the normal symbols, and then display a game result by rearranging the symbols in a symbol display region containing a matrix of cells; bet buttons capable of receiving a bet; and a controller configured to run a normal game which rearranges symbols on the symbol display device on condition that a bet is placed, the controller is configured to modify the symbols arrayed in the plurality of symbol arrays, so that the ratios of the specific symbols to the total number of the symbols in all the symbol arrays increases with an increase in the bet amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Keiichi Kojima, Hiroshi Takahashi, Tetsuya Yokota, Yukinori Inamura, Takeshi Narita, Yuji Miyagawa, Takuto Nakayama, Atsuya Takano, Erika Turchi, Toshihiko Honda, Keisuke Kajino
  • Patent number: 9892598
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a gaming machine that offers wider applicability and more enjoyment. To this end, a slot machine 1 configured to run a normal game and a free game which develops from the normal game, includes a storage device storing a free game payout table and a normal game payout table, wherein a maximum payout obtainable in the normal game is higher than a maximum payout obtainable in the free game, and a chance of winning the maximum payout in the normal game is higher than a chance of winning the maximum payout in the free game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignees: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Kenta Kitamura, Susumu Mio, Kazunori Ohtsuka
  • Patent number: 9881463
    Abstract: Provided is a gaming machine which does not bore the player through reel actions until completion of rearrangement of symbols. Under the condition where predetermined symbols are aligned on a payline when the symbols of a first scroll line of at least one of a plurality of scroll lines are being scrolled and symbols on the remaining second scroll lines are stopped, the gaming machine changes scrolling motion of symbols of the first scroll line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Masumi Fujisawa, Kenta Kitamura, Susumu Mio, Hidekazu Suzuki, Kazuo Okada
  • Patent number: 9875601
    Abstract: Provided is a gaming machine capable of changing a symbol when a predetermined condition is satisfied even though the gaming machine is a type of gaming machine that mechanically drives real reels. The gaming machine drives the reels to show a second symbol and drives the reels to show consecutive first symbols when the second symbol is shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignees: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Kenta Kitamura, Susumu Mio, Ryosuke Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9865131
    Abstract: Provided is a gaming machine that can offer various play patterns and payout patterns without giving the player distrust or uncomfortableness. Upon establishment of a bonus trigger, a main CPU conducts a jackpot challenge lottery; if a jackpot is drawn, conducts another lottery to select either one of the prizes, Credit or Jackpot+Credit; if the prize Credit is drawn, pays out a determined amount to be credited; if the prize Jackpot+Credit is drawn, conducts another lottery for a jackpot prize, and pays out the amount corresponding to the drawn prize and the amount to be credited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignees: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Masumi Fujisawa, Kenta Kitamura, Kensaku Yoshikawa, Susumu Mio, Kazuo Okada
  • Patent number: 9865132
    Abstract: Provided is a gaming machine that presents a prediction of the start of free games provided in bonus games to be easily noted by the player, to attain the player's expectation for the free games. When a free game trigger or retrigger is established, the gaming machine controls selection and implementation of predictive effects for indicating that free games are to be started (or retriggered) depending on the positions of the symbols to stop, before displaying stopped symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignees: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Takehisa Itagaki, Yuji Miyagawa, Yukihiro Kawakami, Masahiro Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9865120
    Abstract: A gaming machine includes: a reel having an outer circumferential surface on which symbols are lined up; a reel driving mechanism which rotates the reel to rearrange the symbols; a magnet which is provided in the reel driving mechanism to change an external magnetic field in accordance with the rotation of the reel; a magnetic force detecting mechanism which detects a magnetic force of the external magnetic field so as to output a magnetic force detection signal; a reel setting unit by which the magnetic force detection signal and arrangement positions of the symbols are associated with one another; and a reel drive control unit which controls the reel driving mechanism so that the symbols are rearranged in a predetermined arrangement based on the magnetic force detection signal and the arrangement positions of the symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Tatsuhiko Tanimura, Noritoshi Kukita, Hiroatsu Ike, Yoshitomo Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9855502
    Abstract: To enable prevention of reading and running of a game program in an illegitimate storage medium, the disclosed slot machine includes: an SSD device including a flash memory configured to store a game program for running a game and an authentication program including an authentication key, which authenticates the game program; and a memory controller SD23 having a reference key corresponding to the authentication key, which is configured to control the storage area, and a CPU core, wherein the CPU core executes the steps of: (A) executing the authentication program in which the reference key is retrieved from the memory controller to determine whether the authentication key matches with the reference key, and if the authentication key matches with the reference key, the game program is authenticated by the authentication program; (B) starting a game by running the game program when the game program is authenticated in the step (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroatsu Ike, Masahide Narimatsu, Shinya Hashizume
  • Patent number: RE46738
    Abstract: Provided is a gaming machine having a cabinet. Between the back as a back face and the right side face of the sides of the cabinet, the gaming machine has a right end side, which is formed by cutting a plane parallel to the gravitational direction in a manner to join lines spaced at predetermined distances in the individual directions of the back and the right side face from a line of intersection, on which the back and the right side face intersect when extended. The gaming machine also has a left end side between the back and a left side face. Moreover, the right end side and the left end side are symmetric with respect to a plane dividing the cabinet equally to the right and left.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshitomo Sasaki, Akira Shimizu, Katsuhiro Kido, Kenta Kitamura, Hideaki Kishi, Hiroatsu Ike