Patents by Inventor Dennis Lockard

Dennis Lockard 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).

  • Publication number: 20170279896
    Abstract: Systems and methods are set forth which provide seamless connectivity between an enterprise and a user's mobile device and a fixed terminal such as a gaming terminal. The connectivity can follow the user through several different communication channels and can enable different content, including interactive content, to be provided based upon the communication channel currently invoked which can be attributed to the user's location as either within a venue and at a terminal or roaming about remote from the terminal and venue. In various embodiments the system may be open to outside content providers to provide content to a user of the system. The systems and methods also support the use of an electronic wallet account for funding activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventors: Bryan M. KELLY, Theodore KEENAN, Dennis LOCKARD, Rukmangada RUPANAGUDI
  • Patent number: 9466170
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for a gaming system is provided. The gaming system includes a rewards server and a separate gaming or slot accounting server. The system may further include a separate player tracking server. The system further includes one or more game machines. The game machines may include a base game, rewards tracking module, and a game management module. Further details will be apparent from the description, drawings and claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Gennady I. Soliterman, Reddy Rupanagudi, Dennis Lockard, Jeffery C. Tallcott, John G. Kroeckel
  • Patent number: 9317994
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for a gaming system is provided. The gaming system includes a rewards server and a separate gaming or slot accounting server. The system may further include a separate player tracking server. The system further includes one or more game machines. The game machines may include a base game, rewards tracking module, and a game management module. Further details will be apparent from the description, drawings and claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Dennis Lockard, Jeffrey C. Tallcott, John G. Kroeckel, Gennady I. Soliterman, Rukmangada Rupanagudi
  • Patent number: 9286764
    Abstract: Certain non-limiting exemplary embodiments are taught which include a game comprising, a digital processor, digital storage coupled to the digital processor for storing instructions, a display coupled to the digital processor displaying a first plurality of indicia arranged in a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns such that there are a plurality of paylines through a contiguous plurality of indicia, a user interface coupled to the digital processor to select a subset of the first plurality of indicia taken along at least one column and to initiate a display of a second plurality of indicia which includes the selected subset of the first plurality of indicia on the display, and an award dispenser providing an award which is at least as large as the largest award associated with the plurality of paylines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Kroeckel, Gennady I. Soliterman, Bryan M. Kelly, Dennis Lockard, Jeffery C. Tallcott, Jeffrey Allen, Robert Luciano
  • Patent number: 9218707
    Abstract: A system for enabling tournament gaming provides a plurality of gaming machines and a tournament controller in communication with the gaming machines. At least a first gaming machine enables play of a first base game and at least a second gaming machine enables play of a second base game. The first base game has a first set of parameters and the second base game has a second set of parameters. The first base game with the first set of parameters is a different game theme from the second base game with the second set of parameters. The base game play data from each gaming machine is converted into a normalized tournament score that is designed to substantially equalize differences resulting from the base games that have differing sets of parameters, wherein calculation of the normalized tournament score uses monitored data spanning multiple base game plays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Robert W. Crowder, Jr., Dennis Lockard, Robert A. Luciano, Jr., Jeffrey C. Tallcott
  • Patent number: 9214057
    Abstract: A system provides a player tracking system and system gaming apparatus for playing non-base games by funding the credit side of a gaming cycle. The system further includes at least one gaming device having a base game. The player tracking system and system gaming apparatus includes a player tracking user interface. The player tracking user interface provides a player with an opportunity to select and play a non-base game that may be promotional-funded or player-funded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Robert W. Crowder, Jr., Dennis Lockard, Robert A. Luciano, Jr., Jeffrey C. Talcott
  • Patent number: 9214058
    Abstract: A gaming system for displaying real-time pushed data of tournament scores is disclosed. The system includes a plurality of gaming machines connected to a network each having a display capable of presenting a game, wherein each gaming machine enables play of chat-based games. The system also includes a gaming server and a chat server that are connected to the network. The gaming server is in communication with the plurality of gaming machines via the network. The chat server pushes real-time tournament data to the first and second gaming machines for presenting tournament data and on the display to facilitate competition between the first and second gaming machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Robert W. Crowder, Jr., Dennis Lockard, Robert A. Luciano, Jr., Jeffrey C. Tallcott
  • Patent number: 9087437
    Abstract: Certain non-limiting exemplary embodiments are taught which include a game comprising, a digital processor, digital storage coupled to the digital processor for storing instructions, a display coupled to the digital processor displaying a first plurality of indicia arranged in a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns such that there are a plurality of paylines through a contiguous plurality of indicia, a user interface coupled to the digital processor to select a subset of the first plurality of indicia taken along at least one column and to initiate a display of a second plurality of indicia which includes the selected subset of the first plurality of indicia on the display, and an award dispenser providing an award which is at least as large as the largest award associated with the plurality of paylines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Kroeckel, Gennady I. Soliterman, Bryan M. Kelly, Dennis Lockard, Jeffery C. Tallcott, Jeffrey Allen, Robert Luciano
  • Publication number: 20150199868
    Abstract: A system provides an instant-close tournament such that an actual player is always the last player to enter the tournament. The instant-close tournament has a number of player spots. The system includes a plurality of gaming machines, a communication link connecting the plurality of gaming machines, and a tournament history table that stores previous tournament information for a plurality of previous players in the tournament. At least a first gaming machine enables play of a first base game that has a first theoretical payout percentage, and at least a second gaming machine enables play of a second base game that has a second theoretical payout percentage. The previous tournament information is used by the tournament controller to configure one or more simulated players in the tournament to fill each player spot in the tournament, except for at least a final player spot that is filled by the actual player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 16, 2015
    Applicant: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Robert W. Crowder, JR., Dennis Lockard, Robert A. Luciano, JR., Jeffrey C. Tallcott
  • Patent number: 9082260
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for a gaming system is provided. The gaming system includes a rewards server and a separate gaming or slot accounting server. The system may further include a separate player tracking server. The system further includes one or more game machines. The game machines may include a base game, rewards tracking module, and a game management module. Further details will be apparent from the description, drawings and claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M Kelly, Gennady Soliterman, Reddy Rupanagudi, Dennis Lockard, Jeffrey Tallcott, John Kroeckel
  • Patent number: 9053610
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for a gaming system is provided. The gaming system includes a rewards server and a separate gaming or slot accounting server. The system may further include a separate player tracking server. The system further includes one or more game machines. The game machines may include a base game, rewards tracking module, and a game management module. Further details will be apparent from the description, drawings and claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M Kelly, Dennis Lockard, Jeffrey Tallcott, John Kroeckel, Gennady Soliterman, Reddy Rupanagudi
  • Patent number: 9033786
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to gaming systems, gaming devices, and methods for presenting tournament games. Accordingly, one method includes: incrementing tournament entry points based on a predetermined percentage of a player's wager for base game play; presenting the player with two or more tournament games for play, wherein the player selects multiple tournament games from the two or more tournament games for immediate initiation of tournament game play on demand, and wherein the tournament games are separate from the base game; and initiating the tournament games, using a processor, selected by the player on a secondary display of the gaming device, the secondary display using an embedded processor that is separate and distinct from a main processor of the gaming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Robert W. Crowder, Jr., Pravinkumar Patel, Anthony E. Green, John E. Link, Gennady Soliterman, Jeffrey L. Allen, Dennis Lockard, Jeffrey C. Tallcott, Joshua D. Larsen, Thomas Scott, Christopher D. Barton, Sudheer Vemuri, Mettu R. Reddy
  • Patent number: 9022867
    Abstract: Networked gaming systems and the communication protocols for presenting a network-based games or network-based tournament games are disclosed herein. According to one embodiment, the gaming system includes a plurality of gaming devices in communication with a tournament server. Each gaming device includes a base game and a secondary device having a display and a processor. The secondary device is operatively associated with the gaming device, and the secondary device enables a player to play a tournament game that is presented amongst one or more of the plurality of gaming devices. The secondary device is in communication with the tournament server through web service protocols. The tournament controller sends and receives player-related data and tournament-related data to and from one or more of the secondary devices participating in the tournament game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Dennis Lockard, Jeffrey C. Tallcott, John G. Kroeckel
  • Patent number: 9011241
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to gaming systems, gaming devices, and methods for presenting tournament games. According to one embodiment, a gaming device provides a base game in a normal, non-tournament mode, and the player's eligibility to play a tournament game is also determined. An eligible player is prompted to select a desired tournament game from a list of available tournaments while base game is in the normal, non-tournament mode. In response to the player's selection of a tournament game, the gaming device is reconfigured from the normal mode to a tournament mode. The gaming device processes game play in the tournament mode and creates a final tournament score for the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Robert W. Crowder, Jr., Pravinkumar Patel, Anthony E. Green, John E. Link, Gennady Soliterman, Jeffrey L. Allen, Dennis Lockard, Jeffrey C. Tallcott, Joshua D. Larsen, Thomas Scott, Christopher D. Barton, Sudheer Vemuri, Mettu R. Reddy
  • Patent number: 8998727
    Abstract: A disclosed method provides for tournament gaming. The method comprises: allowing a wager on non-modified base game in normal mode and awarding pay table prize for a winning event on said base game; monitoring said base game wager and win data; processing a calculated normalized tournament score using said monitored data spanning multiple base game plays; and providing a tournament game and awarding a tournament prize to at least one tournament winner; wherein the tournament score calculation also uses the theoretical payout percentage for the base game in determining player ranking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Robert W. Crowder, Jr., Dennis Lockard, Robert A. Luciano, Jr., Jeffrey C. Tallcott
  • Patent number: 8992326
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for a gaming system is provided. The gaming system includes a rewards server and a separate gaming or slot accounting server. The system may further include a separate player tracking server. The system further includes one or more game machines. The game machines may include a base game, rewards tracking module, and a game management module. Further details will be apparent from the description, drawings and claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M Kelly, John Kroeckel, Gennady Soliterman, Reddy Rupanagudi, Dennis Lockard, Jeffrey Tallcott
  • Patent number: 8986122
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for a gaming system is provided. The gaming system includes a rewards server and a separate gaming or slot accounting server. The system may further include a separate player tracking server. The system further includes one or more game machines. The game machines may include a base game, rewards tracking module, and a game management module. Further details will be apparent from the description, drawings and claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M Kelly, John Kroeckel, Gennady Soliterman, Reddy Rupanagudi, Dennis Lockard, Jeffrey Tallcott, Paul Sturtevant
  • Patent number: 8986121
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for a gaming system is provided. The gaming system includes a rewards server and a separate gaming or slot accounting server. The system may further include a separate player tracking server. The system further includes one or more game machines. The game machines may include a base game, rewards tracking module, and a game management module. Further details will be apparent from the description, drawings and claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M Kelly, Dennis Lockard, Jeffrey Tallcott, John Kroeckel, Gennady Soliterman, Reddy Rupanagudi
  • Patent number: 8961317
    Abstract: A method provides a player tracking system and system gaming apparatus for playing non-base games by funding the credit side of a gaming cycle. The system further includes at least one gaming device having a base game. The player tracking system and system gaming apparatus includes a player tracking user interface. The player tracking user interface provides a player with an opportunity to select and play a non-base game that may be promotional-funded or player-funded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Robert W. Crowder, Jr., Dennis Lockard, Robert A. Luciano, Jr., Jeffrey C. Tallcott
  • Patent number: 8944918
    Abstract: A method provides a player tracking system and system gaming apparatus for playing non-base games by funding the credit side of a gaming cycle. The system further includes at least one gaming device having a base game. The player tracking system and system gaming apparatus includes a player tracking user interface. The player tracking user interface provides a player with an opportunity to select and play a non-base game that may be promotional-funded or player-funded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Robert W. Crowder, Jr., Dennis Lockard, Robert A. Luciano, Jr., Jeffrey Talcott