Patents by Inventor Bruce Merati

Bruce Merati has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10933312
    Abstract: A system, method and method for verifying a location of a mobile device by providing instructions to a user of the mobile device to physically manipulate the mobile device, and determining whether the mobile device was, in fact, physically manipulated according to the instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: UPLAY1
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Patent number: 10846984
    Abstract: An inter-gaming operator (IGO) server and method is described. The IGO server receives gaming and non-gaming transactions from gaming operator systems, comprising gaming platforms and merchants associated with each gaming operator system. Each gaming operator system issues its own casino crypto currency (C3) for use in gaming and non-gaming transactions. For each transaction that is processed by the IGO, the IGO debits and credits user accounts in accordance with the particular C3 involved in each transaction. Each transaction is further maintained by generating one or more crypto-blocks, each crypto-block comprising a cryptographically-encoded version of all or a portion of the information in each transaction received by the IGO server. Because the IGO server is coupled to multiple gaming operator systems, the IGO server may be used to detect illicit wagering activities that heretofore could not be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Uplay1
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Publication number: 20200302745
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a wagering ecosystem are described for allowing punters and other entities to buy and sell already-placed wagers. Allowing purchases and sales of already-placed wagers minimizes risk exposures while increasing the diversity, volume and efficiency of wagering. Generally, systems, apparatus and methods are described for an exchange server to execute buy and sell orders received from licensed entities to manage imbalances in the entities' books and to provide accounting for the executed orders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Publication number: 20200061454
    Abstract: A system, method and method for verifying a location of a mobile device by providing instructions to a user of the mobile device to physically manipulate the mobile device, and determining whether the mobile device was, in fact, physically manipulated according to the instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Publication number: 20190244475
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing hybrid draw poker games to online players, poker hands comprise both physical card values dealt by a dealer and electronically-generated card values from the gaming server. The gaming server receives an indication from each of the remote players of how many hands each player would like to play, and a wager amount for each hand. Electronic indications of an initial set of physical cards dealt by the dealer are then provided to the online players. In response, each player provides an indication of card values that each player would like to retain and/or an indication of card values that each player would like to discard. The gaming server assigns the retained card values selected by each player to each player's respective hands, and then generates electronic replacement card values for each hand of each player. The gaming server then performs a win/lose analysis for each hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Publication number: 20190180558
    Abstract: An inter-gaming operator (IGO) server and method is described. The IGO server receives gaming and non-gaming transactions from gaming operator systems, comprising gaming platforms and merchants associated with each gaming operator system. Each gaming operator system issues its own casino crypto currency (C3) for use in gaming and non-gaming transactions. For each transaction that is processed by the IGO, the IGO debits and credits user accounts in accordance with the particular C3 involved in each transaction. Each transaction is further maintained by generating one or more crypto-blocks, each crypto-block comprising a cryptographically-encoded version of all or a portion of the information in each transaction received by the IGO server. Because the IGO server is coupled to multiple gaming operator systems, the IGO server may be used to detect illicit wagering activities that heretofore could not be detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Patent number: 10255753
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing hybrid draw poker games to online players, where electronic indications of an initial set of physical cards and electronic indications of a contingent set of physical cards that are dealt by a live dealer at a physical gaming table. The electronic indications of the initial set of physical cards are provided to one or more online players over a network. The gaming server receives an indication from one of the remote players to discard one or more card values associated of the initial set of physical cards. The gaming server then assigns one or more physical cards of the contingent set of physical cards as first replacement cards to the remote player, and then determines a final game value for the remote player based on the initial physical cards not discarded by the first remote player and the one or more first replacement cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Uplay1
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Patent number: 10210703
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a multi-jurisdictional wagering system are described for preforming actions to increase the diversity, volume and efficiency of a regulated wagering market. In one embodiment, the odds offered by an odds maker are distributed via a licensed disseminator to entities who are licensed to take wagers form punters within a regulated jurisdiction. In another embodiment, a system and method is described for a licensed entity to receive a guaranteed fee for offering wagering opportunities to punters, minimizing the financial exposures to the licensed entity for offering the wagering opportunities. In yet another embodiment, a hybrid wagering system is described that combines fixed odds wagering within a pari-mutuel framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Uplay1
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Publication number: 20190037134
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method to ensure accurate and complete video representation of a property. A mobile device receives information from a trusted source of various physical attributes of a property. The mobile device then evaluates digital video captured by the mobile device to determine a particular room or area of the property is being recorded. Once all rooms and areas of the property have been recorded, as determined by the mobile device, the digital videos may be shared with others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Publication number: 20190035206
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing hybrid draw poker games to online players, where electronic indications of an initial set of physical cards and electronic indications of a contingent set of physical cards that are dealt by a live dealer at a physical gaming table. The electronic indications of the initial set of physical cards are provided to one or more online players over a network. The gaming server receives an indication from one of the remote players to discard one or more card values associated of the initial set of physical cards. The gaming server then assigns one or more physical cards of the contingent set of physical cards as first replacement cards to the remote player, and then determines a final game value for the remote player based on the initial physical cards not discarded by the first remote player and the one or more first replacement cards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Patent number: 10089820
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing hybrid keno or lotto games to online players. A keno or lotto server receives electronic indications of actual keno or lotto balls drawn by a person or a ball drawing machine from a set of physical keno or lotto balls and eliminates electronic keno or lotto ball values from an electronic set of keno or lotto ball values corresponding to the physical keno or lotto balls stored in a memory. The game server further randomly selects electronic keno or lotto ball values from the electronic set of keno or lotto ball values stored in memory, less any electronic ball values corresponding to physical keno or lotto balls already drawn by the person or ball drawing machine. Finally, electronic keno or lotto ball values not already drawn by the live person or ball drawing machine are provided to the online players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Uplay1
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Publication number: 20180182205
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing hybrid bingo games to online players. A bingo server receives electronic indications of actual bingo balls drawn by a person or a ball drawing machine from a set of actual bingo balls and eliminates electronic bingo ball values from an electronic set of bingo ball values corresponding to the actual bingo balls stored in a memory. The game server further randomly selects electronic bingo ball values from the electronic set of bingo ball values stored in memory, less any electronic ball values corresponding to actual bingo balls already drawn by the person or ball drawing machine. Finally, electronic bingo ball values not already drawn by the live person or ball drawing machine are provided to the online players.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Patent number: 9905074
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and for providing a game to online game players over a network that combines physical gaming values produced at a location with electronical game values generated by the server, comprising receiving one or more electronic indications of the physical game values over a network from the location for use in playing the game, generating one or more electronic game values for use in playing the game, providing the one or more electronic game values to an online game player of the online game players over the network, providing the one or more electronic representations of the physical game values to the online game player over the network, and determining, by the processor, a final game result based on at least the one or more electronic representations and the one or more electronic game values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Uplay1
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Patent number: 9842459
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing hybrid bingo games to online players. A bingo server receives electronic indications of actual bingo balls drawn by a person or a ball drawing machine from a set of actual bingo balls and eliminates electronic bingo ball values from an electronic set of bingo ball values corresponding to the actual bingo balls stored in a memory. The game server further randomly selects electronic bingo ball values from the electronic set of bingo ball values stored in memory, less any electronic ball values corresponding to actual bingo balls already drawn by the person or ball drawing machine. Finally, electronic bingo ball values not already drawn by the live person or ball drawing machine are provided to the online players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Uplay1
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Publication number: 20170330420
    Abstract: A variety of embodiments are described for determining two or more game payouts in a game based on both skill and chance. In one embodiment, a gaming device or gaming server determines a skill level of a player as the player plays a game, and then determines a chance payout based on a random number generator and a skill payout based on the skill level of the player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Publication number: 20170323519
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and for providing a game to online game players over a network that combines physical gaming values produced at a location with electronical game values generated by the server, comprising receiving one or more electronic indications of the physical game values over a network from the location for use in playing the game, generating one or more electronic game values for use in playing the game, providing the one or more electronic game values to an online game player of the online game players over the network, providing the one or more electronic representations of the physical game values to the online game player over the network, and determining, by the processor, a final game result based on at least the one or more electronic representations and the one or more electronic game values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Publication number: 20170278340
    Abstract: A method for playing a game of chance which is played for prizes includes cards bearing numbers or other designations. In such a game, a holder of the card covers numbers or other designations when objects, similarly numbered or designated, are drawn or electronically determined. The game is won by the first person covering a previously designated number of numbers or other designations on such cards wherein at least some of the numbers or other designations are selected by a player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventors: Zak KHAL, Moises NAVARRETE, Danny Patrick DALEY, Bruce MERATI
  • Publication number: 20170243438
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a multi-jurisdictional wagering system are described for preforming actions to increase the diversity, volume and efficiency of a regulated wagering market. In one embodiment, the odds offered by an odds maker are distributed via a licensed disseminator to entities who are licensed to take wagers form punters within a regulated jurisdiction. In another embodiment, a system and method is described for a licensed entity to receive a guaranteed fee for offering wagering opportunities to punters, minimizing the financial exposures to the licensed entity for offering the wagering opportunities. In yet another embodiment, a hybrid wagering system is described that combines fixed odds wagering within a pari-mutuel framework.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Publication number: 20170186268
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing hybrid bingo games to online players. A bingo server receives electronic indications of actual bingo balls drawn by a person or a ball drawing machine from a set of actual bingo balls and eliminates electronic bingo ball values from an electronic set of bingo ball values corresponding to the actual bingo balls stored in a memory. The game server further randomly selects electronic bingo ball values from the electronic set of bingo ball values stored in memory, less any electronic ball values corresponding to actual bingo balls already drawn by the person or ball drawing machine. Finally, electronic bingo ball values not already drawn by the live person or ball drawing machine are provided to the online players.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Patent number: D808468
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Uplay1
    Inventor: Bruce Merati