Patents by Inventor Ernest W. Moody

Ernest W. Moody 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: 10410472
    Abstract: A player plays a first round of a casino slot machine game. If the player achieves a winning outcome on the first round of play, the payouts for the next round of play of the casino game will be increased. The amount of the increase is based on the category of the winning outcome on the first round of play. Each subsequent round of play continues to have increased payouts if the player continues to achieve winning outcomes. When the player has a losing outcome, the payouts revert to the base level. An extra wager may be required from the player to activate this feature during the play of the casino game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Ernest W. Moody
  • Publication number: 20190139365
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the persistent modifiers are persistent multipliers. Generally, in certain such embodiments, the multi-play game has a plurality of separate outcome-generating elements and is associated with a plurality of separate multiplier banks. Each multiplier bank is associated with a persistent multiplier maintained from game play to game play until distributed. When a random multiplier increase event occurs, the gaming system increases the persistent multiplier of at least one of the multiplier banks. When a random multiplier distribution event occurs for one of the multiplier banks, the gaming system distributes the persistent multiplier of that multiplier bank among the plurality of outcome-generating elements. The gaming system does so by determining a plurality of individual multipliers based on that persistent multiplier and assigning each individual multiplier to one of the outcome-generating elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Ernest W. Moody, Yoohwan Hwang
  • Publication number: 20190139370
    Abstract: A gaming system, a gaming machine and a method is provided having a Five Card Video Draw poker game with a single hand or multiple hands. The gaming system or gaming machine first determines whether a dream card is going to be used in a particular round of play or a dream card is used on every hand. If the dream card is going to be used, then the last card of the initial hand is chosen so that, when the last card is combined with the other randomly selected cards of the initial hand, the initial starting hand will have the highest possible expected value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Ernest W. Moody, Michael W. Wood
  • Patent number: 10192405
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the persistent modifiers are persistent multipliers. Generally, in certain such embodiments, the multi-play game has a plurality of separate outcome-generating elements and is associated with a plurality of separate multiplier banks. Each multiplier bank is associated with a persistent multiplier maintained from game play to game play until distributed. When a random multiplier increase event occurs, the gaming system increases the persistent multiplier of at least one of the multiplier banks. When a random multiplier distribution event occurs for one of the multiplier banks, the gaming system distributes the persistent multiplier of that multiplier bank among the plurality of outcome-generating elements. The gaming system does so by determining a plurality of individual multipliers based on that persistent multiplier and assigning each individual multiplier to one of the outcome-generating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Ernest W. Moody, Yoohwan Hwang
  • Patent number: 10176675
    Abstract: A gaming system, a gaming machine and a method is provided having a Five Card Video Draw poker game with a single hand or multiple hands. The gaming system or gaming machine first determines whether a dream card is going to be used in a particular round of play or a dream card is used on every hand. If the dream card is going to be used, then the last card of the initial hand is chosen so that, when the last card is combined with the other randomly selected cards of the initial hand, the initial starting hand will have the highest possible expected value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Ernest W. Moody, Michael W. Wood
  • Publication number: 20180089950
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a gaming system and method providing a multi-hand poker wagering game with an award modifier bonus feature, and wherein in various embodiments the award modifiers are multipliers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventor: Ernest W. Moody
  • Publication number: 20180089926
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a gaming system and method providing a wagering game with a transforming card feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventor: Ernest W. Moody
  • Publication number: 20180089949
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a gaming system and method providing a wagering game which is configured to provided one or more bonus hands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventor: Ernest W. Moody
  • Publication number: 20180089957
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a gaming system and method providing a wagering game with a bonus card feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventor: Ernest W. Moody
  • Publication number: 20180082538
    Abstract: A player plays a first round of a casino slot machine game. If the player achieves a winning outcome on the first round of play, the payouts for the next round of play of the casino game will be increased. The amount of the increase is based on the category of the winning outcome on the first round of play. Each subsequent round of play continues to have increased payouts if the player continues to achieve winning outcomes. When the player has a losing outcome, the payouts revert to the base level. An extra wager may be required from the player to activate this feature during the play of the casino game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventor: Ernest W. Moody
  • Patent number: 9852584
    Abstract: A player plays a first round of a casino slot machine game. If the player achieves a winning outcome on the first round of play, the payouts for the next round of play of the casino game will be increased. The amount of the increase is based on the category of the winning outcome on the first round of play. Each subsequent round of play continues to have increased payouts if the player continues to achieve winning outcomes. When the player has a losing outcome, the payouts revert to the base level. An extra wager may be required from the player to activate this feature during the play of the casino game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Ernest W. Moody
  • Publication number: 20170309125
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the persistent modifiers are persistent multipliers. Generally, in certain such embodiments, the multi-play game has a plurality of separate outcome-generating elements and is associated with a plurality of separate multiplier banks. Each multiplier bank is associated with a persistent multiplier maintained from game play to game play until distributed. When a random multiplier increase event occurs, the gaming system increases the persistent multiplier of at least one of the multiplier banks. When a random multiplier distribution event occurs for one of the multiplier banks, the gaming system distributes the persistent multiplier of that multiplier bank among the plurality of outcome-generating elements. The gaming system does so by determining a plurality of individual multipliers based on that persistent multiplier and assigning each individual multiplier to one of the outcome-generating elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: Ernest W. Moody, Yoohwan Hwang
  • Patent number: 9754450
    Abstract: A poker machine apparatus has a pay line multiplier that is randomly selected for each active pay line. The pay line multiplier varies for each round of play. An extra wager may be required from the player to activate this feature during the play of a casino game. A player makes a wager to activate at least two pay lines to be played in the casino game. For each active pay line, a multiplier is randomly selected from a group of various multipliers and the selected multiplier is assigned to the activated pay line. The casino game is then played to achieve an outcome on each pay line. Each pay line that has a winning outcome has any associated award increased by the multiplier for that pay line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Ernest W. Moody
  • Patent number: 9697671
    Abstract: Each player who is participating in the video poker tournament plays a designated group of video poker hands. The designated group of video poker hands comprises preselected starting hands so that each tournament participant plays the same starting hands. After the group of video poker hands has been completed, the player with the highest score or highest amount of accrued credits is awarded a prize. Besides awarding a prize to the player with the highest score, other lesser prizes could be awarded to other players who have high scores. Prizes could also be awarded to players who achieve a final score of at least a certain level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Ernest W Moody
  • Publication number: 20170162002
    Abstract: A gaming system, a gaming machine and a method is provided having a Five Card Video Draw poker game with a single hand or multiple hands. The gaming system or gaming machine first determines whether a dream card is going to be used in a particular round of play or a dream card is used on every hand. If the dream card is going to be used, then the last card of the initial hand is chosen so that, when the last card is combined with the other randomly selected cards of the initial hand, the initial starting hand will have the highest possible expected value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Ernest W. Moody, Michael W. Wood
  • Patent number: D820856
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Ernest W. Moody
  • Patent number: D832288
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Ernest W. Moody
  • Patent number: D832868
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Ernest W. Moody
  • Patent number: D850471
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Ernest W. Moody
  • Patent number: D851103
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Ernest W. Moody