Patents Examined by Pierre E. Elisca
  • Patent number: 10217320
    Abstract: Methods of tracking points among participants in various wagers. An indication of a wager may be received, including point distributions, participants, an event, etc. An indication of an outcome of the wager may be received. Points may be allocated among participants in accordance with a desired point distribution based on the outcome of the wager. An indication of a point adjustment may be received, and points may be adjusted accordingly. The point adjustment may be associated with an external exchange between participants in a wager. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventor: Howard W. Lutnick
  • Patent number: 10217316
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention set forth systems, apparatuses and methods for providing a symbol blocking and respin feature. Accordingly, a gaming device can be configured to receive a first game initiation signal and spin reels on the display to show a first game outcome. The gaming device then determines if the results of the first game outcome are associated with a multi-reel symbol trigger condition. When it is determined that the trigger condition is satisfied, a multi-reel symbol is formed from symbols associated with the triggering condition by locking the symbols together. The game device then spins a reel with in the block symbol location with various modifier subsymbols, or other block symbols, to provide additional award opportunities. A second game outcome may be determined when the spinning block reel stops and any modifiers or other symbols are evaluated with the other symbols on the game grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Jacob Lamb, Adam Koshorek
  • Patent number: 10210702
    Abstract: Centralized management of real time virtual experiences is provided herein. A method includes creating a pool of a plurality players for one or more of a plurality of virtual gaming experiences that are based on real world sporting events, receiving a selection of one of the plurality of virtual gaming experiences from each of the plurality players, monitoring the real world sporting events, determining when one or more of the plurality players wins their respective virtual gaming experience, and awarding one or more of the winning plurality players points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: John William Wilder
  • Patent number: 10210706
    Abstract: A gaming machine is provided, including a meter and a game controller. The meter is coupled to the game controller. The meter is configured to record gaming data for a plurality of rounds of play of an electronic game. The game controller is configured to gain access to the gaming data. The game controller is further configured to configure a return-to-player (RTP) rate for a next round of play of the electronic game. The RTP rate is configured according to the gaming data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Gary Joseph Penacho, Kieran Power
  • Patent number: 10210697
    Abstract: A system includes a game device. A non-gambling game including a transition point is conducted on the game device. When a transition point is reached, a gambling game that is logically independent of the non-gambling game is conducted. The gambling game produces a gambling game outcome independent of the non-gambling game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: G2 GAME DESIGN, LLC
    Inventors: Gregg Russell Giuffria, Joseph Baron Giuffria
  • Patent number: 10204300
    Abstract: A system is described for interactively analyzing plays of a sporting event based on real-world positional tracking data. Using positional information regarding the players and/or ball and/or other objects obtained from a tracking system, along with identified event data and contextual information, the system processes a library of plays (e.g., one or more seasons' worth of a league's contests) into a searchable database of plays using multiple alignment templates and discriminative clustering techniques. A user interface is described for interacting with the database in a graphical manner, whereby users can query a graphical depiction of a play and receive the most similar plays from the library, along with statistical information relating to the plays. The user interface further permits the user to modify the query graphically (e.g., moving or exchanging players, ball trajectories, etc.) and obtain updated statistical information for comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: STATS LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Lucey, Long Sha, Xinyu Wei
  • Patent number: 10201752
    Abstract: A system is described for interactively analyzing plays of a sporting event based on real-world positional tracking data. Using positional information regarding the players and/or ball and/or other objects obtained from a tracking system, along with identified event data and contextual information, the system processes a library of plays (e.g., one or more seasons' worth of a league's contests) into a searchable database of plays using multiple alignment templates and discriminative clustering techniques. A user interface is described for interacting with the database in a graphical manner, whereby users can query a graphical depiction of a play and receive the most similar plays from the library, along with statistical information relating to the plays. The user interface further permits the user to modify the query graphically (e.g., moving or exchanging players, ball trajectories, etc.) and obtain updated statistical information for comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: STATS LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Lucey, Long Sha, Xinyu Wei
  • Patent number: 10201747
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a multilayered ergonomic handheld controller grip. The multilayered aspect allows for flexibility and functionality in providing the user a moisture wicking, texturized, durable, antimicrobial, cushioned, and re-attachable customized grip for a handheld controller. The removable embodiment allows for customization and optimization to a user's own physical characteristics eliminating standard fit designs and providing unique customization for enhanced user performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: KONTROLFREEK, LLC
    Inventor: Ashish Mistry
  • Patent number: 10201748
    Abstract: A controller for interfacing with a computing device is provided, including the following: a main body; a first extension extending from a first end of the main body; a second extension extending from a second end of the main body; wherein the first extension and the second extension are configured as handles; a button positioned along the top surface of the main body, the button being configured to activate a sharing interface for sharing gameplay to a social graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Ryuji Nakayama, Ennin Huang, Nathan Gary
  • Patent number: 10198910
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses an improved online betting system platform for making in-play sports betting wages. In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, the platform is configured to identify a request by a player to join a tournament with a predefined entry fee and compete for rewards derived as a function of predefined entry fees by a wager pool of players betting on the same tournament. Once the request to join is acknowledged by the platform, the player is automatically added to the list alongside all the other wager pool of players registered for the tournament. Thereafter, the platform displays sporting event information including different bet types that can be waged on the basis of the predefined entry fee, and updates the sporting event information in real time in response to in-play activities associated with the live sporting event. The platform recognizes and records player bets up to the limit of the predefined entry fee and tracks winning and losing bets in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Theodoros Theodosopoulos
  • Patent number: 10198896
    Abstract: A game is provided that may include a plurality of reels, each of the reels comprising a plurality of symbol positions; a plurality of symbols, at least one of the plurality of symbols positioned in least one of the plurality of symbol positions; at least one processor for executing instructions stored in a memory to play a slot machine game comprising the steps: accepting a wager; receiving an instruction to initiate play of the game; determining a game outcome including a stopping point of the plurality of reels; displaying a portion of the plurality of reels in a play matrix; issuing a first award if the play matrix comprises a winning symbol combination; and accumulating a player element total based on gameplay, the player element total transferrable to a second game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Anthony M. Singer, Howard Marks, Daniel Marks
  • Patent number: 10198897
    Abstract: A gaming machine that provides an operation unit, a display unit, and a control unit. The operation unit is configured to receive an operation of the player. The display unit is operably coupled to the operation unit and is configured to display a symbol display area. The symbol display area includes a plurality of cells arranged in a grid. The control unit is operably coupled to the operation unit and the display unit and being configured to initiate a game in response to player operation and to establish an outcome of the game. During the game, the control unit, in response to a trigger condition, is further configured to establish a set of replacement symbols and to divide the set of replacements symbols into two groups and to display the replacement groups using features or feature animations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Konami Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Daisuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10198900
    Abstract: A game system is provided. The game system includes a computer server able to implement at least one instant draw game, the computer server being configured to perform several successive instant draws and to calculate winnings of the player at the end based on the results of the successive instant draws. The computer server is configured to command the display of data based on the result of a preceding instant draw, to detect an action by the player in response to the display of the data, to trigger an instant draw following the detection of an action by the player, and to command the display of subsequent data. The subsequent instant draw depends on the preceding instant draw and/or the action by the player, and the subsequent data depends on the following instant draw and/or the action by the player. A method for executing a game is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: LA FRANCAISE DES JEUX
    Inventors: Jean-Baptiste Maupas-Oudinot, Gersende Egal, Ludovic Philippe Gremy, Guillaume Alain Drot, Olivier Guyot
  • Patent number: 10198907
    Abstract: A gaming machine is disclosed that comprises a selector configured to select a plurality of symbols from a set of symbols for display in respective display positions in a display area, and a display position selector configured to select at least one display position. The system also has a function allocator configured to allocate a WILD function to each symbol displayed at a selected display position and to allocate a WILD function to each displayed symbol that is the same as a symbol displayed at a selected display position. An outcome evaluator determines a game outcome based on the displayed symbols and the or each allocated WILD function, and an award allocator allocates an award based on the game outcome determined by the outcome evaluator. A corresponding method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Matthew Chan, Lipi Gupta
  • Patent number: 10179277
    Abstract: Handheld location based games are provided in which a user's physical location correlates to the virtual location of a virtual character on a virtual playfield. Augmented Reality (AR) systems are provided in which video game indicia are overlaid onto a user's physical environment. A landscape detector is provided that may obtain information about the user's landscape, in addition to the user's location, in order to provide overlaying information to an AR head-mounted display and control information to non-user controlled video game characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey David Mullen
  • Patent number: 10176665
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine is provided, including a player interface, a meter, a game display, and a game controller. The player interface is configured to receive a wager for a round of the wagering game. The meter is configured to record a wager amount for the round. The game display is configured to display a matrix of symbols. The game controller is coupled to the meter and the game display. The game controller is configured to conduct the round of the wagering game, including selecting the matrix of symbols. The game controller is further configured to detect a trigger symbol among the matrix of symbols. The trigger symbol corresponds to a multiplier feature. The game controller is further configured to award a multiple of the wager amount according to the multiplier feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Ryan Hawkins, Robert Honeycutt, Stephanie Johns
  • Patent number: 10169959
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods for increasing potential payout opportunities using multiple card indicia representing multiple cards. One embodiment involves determining whether any one or more of a plurality of cards of a poker game having multiple poker hands are to be randomly provided with multiple card indicia representing multiple cards, presenting the plurality of cards of the poker hands, including the one or more of the plurality of cards determined to be randomly provided with multiple card indicia, and identifying a plurality of resulting hands for each of the multiple poker hands that include a multiple card indicia, where each of the plurality of resulting hands includes a different subset of a total of the indicia of the other cards in the respective poker hand and any cards provided with multiple card indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Chad Shapiro, Jacob Lamb
  • Patent number: 10163299
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods related to multi-player casino games are described. An electronic gaming device is provided that allows a live player to compete against a virtual player in a multi-player wager-based game using playing cards derived from the insertion of a physical denomination of currency. The electronic gaming device can be configured to simulate the decision making of a virtual player and associated behaviors of the virtual player during game play. In some instances, the simulated behaviors of the virtual player output at the electronic gaming device can be learned by a live player so that the live player can make better or more advantageous game play decisions. The simulated behaviors of the virtual player can be conveyed to the live player via visual images, such as simulated facial expressions of the virtual player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Cerax BVBA
    Inventor: Richard Rowe
  • Patent number: 10163297
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a gaming system and method are disclosed as having increased efficiency in game evaluations. The gaming system may incrementally evaluate a predetermined quantity of symbol sets for winning symbol combinations rather than evaluating all or substantially of the predetermined quantity of symbol sets at substantially the same time. The gaming system may also incrementally reveal the predetermined quantity of symbol sets to increase player anticipation of increased winnings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: ADP GAUSELMANN GMBH
    Inventors: Wojciech Bosak, Juergen Retzer, Dennis Bernert
  • Patent number: 10155163
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products bookmark gaming applications. When a player wishes to pause a gaming application, a bookmark may be created. The bookmark identifies a location in the gaming application at which play is paused. Play may then be resumed from the bookmark, whether at a same device or at a different device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Red Hat, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Godfrey, Toby Bearden, Michele L. Smith