Patents by Inventor Frank J. Silvestro

Frank J. Silvestro 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: 9349245
    Abstract: A system and method is provided which establishes for a number of player-rated tiers, reward criteria which can be satisfied by play of the player of a gaming device. Play data is provided to a host server and upon satisfaction of the reward criteria a player-centric game for the player's rating is provided to the player for play to render a winning or losing outcome. For a winning outcome the player receives a reward based upon the player's tier rating. The rewards may be provided across multiple games including slots, tables, keno, and any other casino game. The rewards may be directly credited to the gaming devices using either cashable or non-cashable credits. The system facilitates patrons continuing to accrue rights toward a reward even when playing different gaming machines, or when playing machines having different denominations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank J. Silvestro
  • Patent number: 9311779
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for a multi-site casino or resort wide promotional winners selection. The system selects a winner based on playing with a card at a table game or slot machine, or just being at an active slot machine, opened table game, or other activity within a resort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Patricia A. McMahan, Frank J. Silvestro, Wayne W. Walkwitz, Paul C. McLaughlin, Ryan Randazzo
  • Publication number: 20140323195
    Abstract: A system and method is provided which establishes for a number of player-rated tiers, reward criteria which can be satisfied by play of the player of a gaming device. Play data is provided to a host server and upon satisfaction of the reward criteria a player-centric game for the player's rating is provided to the player for play to render a winning or losing outcome. For a winning outcome the player receives a reward based upon the player's tier rating. The rewards may be provided across multiple games including slots, tables, keno, and any other casino game. The rewards may be directly credited to the gaming devices using either cashable or non-cashable credits. The system facilitates patrons continuing to accrue rights toward a reward even when playing different gaming machines, or when playing machines having different denominations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Frank J. Silvestro
  • Patent number: 8821243
    Abstract: A system that provides various player-centric rewards to the casino patrons. The rewards may be provided across multiple games including slots, tables, keno, and any other casino game. The sweepstakes rewards may be used to promote increased play for chosen time periods, locations, and/or individual players. In addition, patrons can earn sweepstakes rewards based upon the amount of coins played at the slot machine, on the slot floor or throughout the entire casino. Furthermore, the patrons can receive a birthday reward, which may be credited to the eligible patrons on or about the patron's birth date. The rewards may be directly credited to the gaming machines using either cashable or non-cashable credits. The system facilitates patrons continuing to accrue rights toward a reward even when playing different gaming machines, or when playing machines having different denominations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank J. Silvestro
  • Patent number: 8734239
    Abstract: A progressive game is implemented on a gaming system, wherein the gaming system includes one or more gaming machines connected to a game server, and wherein the progressive game has a progressive prize value that increases according to a progressive prize growth rate. The progressive game includes a selectable targeted progressive prize value, a selectable targeted progressive prize time, and one or more enticement factors. The progressive prize growth rate is calculated using the selectable targeted progressive prize value, the selectable targeted progressive prize time, and the one or more enticement factors. The selectable targeted progressive prize time is used to calculate the predetermined time period for testing for a progressive prize win. If a progressive prize win has not been identified, the progressive prize value is incremented by the progressive prize growth rate. If a progressive prize win has been identified, one or more winners are determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Dennis W. Lockard, Frank J. Silvestro, Thomas P. Doyle, Ronald C. Gallaway
  • Patent number: 8715071
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for running an automated campaign for progressive games. The system automatically awards a maximum amount of progressive prizes set by the casino during a progressive prize time to multiple progressive winners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore Keenan, William Decoux, Bryan M. Kelly, Paul C. McLaughlin, Ryan Randazzo, Patricia A. McMahan, Frank J. Silvestro, Wayne W. Walkwitz
  • Patent number: 8382586
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for a multi-site casino or resort wide promotional winners selection. The system selects a winner based on playing with a card at a table game or slot machine, or just being at an active slot machine, opened table game, or other activity within a resort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Patricia A. McMahan, Frank J. Silvestro, Wayne W. Walkwitz, Paul C. McLaughlin, Ryan Randazzo
  • Patent number: 8360869
    Abstract: A progressive processing engine is disclosed for a multi-site casino or resort wide promotional winners selection. The system selects a winner based on playing with a card at a table game or slot machine, or just being at an active slot machine, opened table game, or other activity within a resort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Patricia A. McMahan, Frank J. Silvestro, Wayne W. Walkwitz, Paul C. McLaughlin, Ryan Randazzo
  • Patent number: 8353761
    Abstract: A progressive game is implemented on a gaming system, wherein the gaming system includes one or more gaming machines connected to a game server, and wherein the progressive game has a progressive prize value that increases according to a progressive prize growth rate. The progressive game includes a selectable targeted progressive prize value, a selectable targeted progressive prize time, and one or more enticement factors. The progressive prize growth rate is calculated using the selectable targeted progressive prize value, the selectable targeted progressive prize time, and the one or more enticement factors. Additionally, a random number generation algorithm tests to determine if there is a progressive prize win at each predetermined time period. The selectable targeted progressive prize time is used to calculate the predetermined time period for testing for a progressive prize win.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Dennis W. Lockard, Frank J. Silvestro, Thomas P. Doyle, Ronald C. Gallaway
  • Patent number: 8348755
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for a multi-site casino or resort wide promotional winners selection. The system selects a winner based on playing with a card at a table game or slot machine, or just being at an active slot machine, opened table game, or other activity within a resort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Patricia A. McMahan, Frank J. Silvestro, Wayne W. Walkwitz, Paul C. McLaughlin, Ryan Randazzo
  • Publication number: 20120289345
    Abstract: A system that provides various player-centric rewards to the casino patrons. The rewards may be provided across multiple games including slots, tables, keno, and any other casino game. The sweepstakes rewards may be used to promote increased play for chosen time periods, locations, and/or individual players. In addition, patrons can earn sweepstakes rewards based upon the amount of coins played at the slot machine, on the slot floor or throughout the entire casino. Furthermore, the patrons can receive a birthday reward, which may be credited to the eligible patrons on or about the patron's birth date. The rewards may be directly credited to the gaming machines using either cashable or non-cashable credits. The system facilitates patrons continuing to accrue rights toward a reward even when playing different gaming machines, or when playing machines having different denominations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventor: Frank J. Silvestro
  • Patent number: 8246448
    Abstract: Gaming systems, machines and methods are disclosed that provide various player-centric rewards to the casino patrons. The rewards may be provided across multiple games including slots, tables, keno, and any other casino game. The sweepstakes rewards may be used to promote increased play for chosen time periods, locations, and/or individual players. In addition, patrons can earn sweepstakes rewards based upon the amount of coins played at the slot machine, on the slot floor or throughout the entire casino. Furthermore, the patrons can receive a birthday reward, which may be credited to the eligible patrons on or about the patron's birth date. The rewards may be directly credited to the gaming machines using either cashable or non-cashable credits. The system facilitates patrons continuing to accrue rights toward a reward even when playing different gaming machines, or when playing machines having different denominations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank J. Silvestro
  • Patent number: 8087998
    Abstract: Gaming systems, machines and methods are disclosed that provide various player-centric rewards to the casino patrons. The rewards may be provided across multiple games including slots, tables, keno, and any other casino game. The sweepstakes rewards may be used to promote increased play for chosen time periods, locations, and/or individual players. In addition, patrons can earn sweepstakes rewards based upon the amount of coins played at the slot machine, on the slot floor or throughout the entire casino. Furthermore, the patrons can receive a birthday reward, which may be credited to the eligible patrons on or about the patron's birth date. The rewards may be directly credited to the gaming machines using either cashable or non-cashable credits. The system facilitates patrons continuing to accrue rights toward a reward even when playing different gaming machines, or when playing machines having different denominations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank J. Silvestro
  • Patent number: 8057297
    Abstract: Gaming systems, machines and methods are disclosed that provide various player-centric rewards to the casino patrons. The rewards may be provided across multiple games including slots, tables, keno, and any other casino game. The sweepstakes rewards may be used to promote increased play for chosen time periods, locations, and/or individual players. In addition, patrons can earn sweepstakes rewards based upon the amount of coins played at the slot machine, on the slot floor or throughout the entire casino. Furthermore, the patrons can receive a birthday reward, which may be credited to the eligible patrons on or about the patron's birth date. The rewards may be directly credited to the gaming machines using either cashable or non-cashable credits. The system facilitates patrons continuing to accrue rights toward a reward even when playing different gaming machines, or when playing machines having different denominations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank J. Silvestro
  • Publication number: 20100240448
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for running an automated campaign for progressive games. The system automatically awards a maximum amount of progressive prizes set by the casino during a progressive prize time to multiple progressive winners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: Theodore Keenan, William Decoux, Bryan M. Kelly, Paul C. McLaughlin, Ryan Randazzo, Patricia A. McMahan, Frank J. Silvestro, Wayne W. Walkwitz
  • Publication number: 20090069074
    Abstract: Gaming systems, machines and methods are disclosed that provide various player-centric rewards to the casino patrons. The rewards may be provided across multiple games including slots, tables, keno, and any other casino game. The sweepstakes rewards may be used to promote increased play for chosen time periods, locations, and/or individual players. In addition, patrons can earn sweepstakes rewards based upon the amount of coins played at the slot machine, on the slot floor or throughout the entire casino. Furthermore, the patrons can receive a birthday reward, which may be credited to the eligible patrons on or about the patron's birth date. The rewards may be directly credited to the gaming machines using either cashable or non-cashable credits. The system facilitates patrons continuing to accrue rights toward a reward even when playing different gaming machines, or when playing machines having different denominations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventor: Frank J. Silvestro
  • Publication number: 20090069075
    Abstract: Gaming systems, machines and methods are disclosed that provide various player-centric rewards to the casino patrons. The rewards may be provided across multiple games including slots, tables, keno, and any other casino game. The sweepstakes rewards may be used to promote increased play for chosen time periods, locations, and/or individual players. In addition, patrons can earn sweepstakes rewards based upon the amount of coins played at the slot machine, on the slot floor or throughout the entire casino. Furthermore, the patrons can receive a birthday reward, which may be credited to the eligible patrons on or about the patron's birth date. The rewards may be directly credited to the gaming machines using either cashable or non-cashable credits. The system facilitates patrons continuing to accrue rights toward a reward even when playing different gaming machines, or when playing machines having different denominations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventor: Frank J. Silvestro
  • Publication number: 20090069076
    Abstract: Gaming systems, machines and methods are disclosed that provide various player-centric rewards to the casino patrons. The rewards may be provided across multiple games including slots, tables, keno, and any other casino game. The sweepstakes rewards may be used to promote increased play for chosen time periods, locations, and/or individual players. In addition, patrons can earn sweepstakes rewards based upon the amount of coins played at the slot machine, on the slot floor or throughout the entire casino. Furthermore, the patrons can receive a birthday reward, which may be credited to the eligible patrons on or about the patron's birth date. The rewards may be directly credited to the gaming machines using either cashable or non-cashable credits. The system facilitates patrons continuing to accrue rights toward a reward even when playing different gaming machines, or when playing machines having different denominations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventor: Frank J. Silvestro
  • Publication number: 20080305864
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for a multi-site casino or resort wide promotional winners selection. The system selects a winner based on playing with a card at a table game or slot machine, or just being at an active slot machine, opened table game, or other activity within a resort.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Patricia A. McMahan, Frank J. Silvestro, Wayne W. Walkwitz, Paul C. McLaughlin, Ryan Randazzo