Patents by Inventor James A. Jorasch

James A. Jorasch 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: 10249133
    Abstract: A method and system is provided wherein an event experienced by a player is documented and the documentation of the event is stored. One example of an event experienced by a player is an outcome obtained by a player on a gaming device. In such an embodiment the documentation of the event may comprise an image of the player's reaction to the outcome and/or a still or video image of the outcome. In accordance with some embodiments of the present invention a player may subsequently access an output of the documentation. In one embodiment an outcome of a prior game play that was documented is replayed. When the outcome of the prior game play is output, the outcome may be output in a manner that indicates to a viewer that the outcome is an outcome of a prior game play and not an outcome of a current game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Robert C. Tedesco, Daniel E. Tedesco, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Magdalena M. Fincham
  • Publication number: 20190050927
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method are provided for facilitating commerce. An audio query describing information requested by the user is received. The audio query is processed to identify at least one category corresponding to the information requested by the user. At least one selected from the group of an image, audio data, and textual information to be presented on a user interface of the device is transmitted over the network connection. The at least one of the image, the audio data, and the textual information is associated with the identified at least one category in response to the received audio query describing the information requested.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel E. Tedesco, Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Evan I. Schwartz, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Publication number: 20190050928
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method are provided for facilitating commerce. At least one image of an item is received one or more computing devices from a device associated with a user. The at least one image of the item is compared to a plurality of images of corresponding items for sale using artificial intelligence running on the one or more computing devices. A set of matching images is identified from the plurality of images of the corresponding items for sale matching the at least one image of the item based on the use of the artificial intelligence running on the one or more computing devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel E. Tedesco, Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Evan I. Schwartz, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Patent number: 10204483
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for offering a benefit to a player of a first electronic game device. In an embodiment, the method includes determining if a player of a first electronic game device qualifies to receive at least one benefit associated with an award value, and then outputting an offer to provide the at least one benefit. In some embodiments, the offer requires use of a second electronic game device. The method may also include receiving a request for the benefit at the second electronic game device, and then providing at least one benefit to the player. In some embodiments, the offer includes such benefits as additional game play, one or more bonus-round game outcomes, a monetary payout, a game play modification, additional comp points, loss insurance, a multimedia option, and acquisition of at least one unit of media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Russell P. Sammon, Robert C. Tedesco, James A. Jorasch, Daniel E. Tedesco, Jeffrey Y. Hayashida
  • Publication number: 20190043110
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method are provided for facilitating commerce. A set of images of a first item and information associated with the first item is received and analyzed to determine at least one corresponding item category for the first item. A query for a second item is further received. The second item is determined to correspond to one of the at least one item category. In response to determining that the second item corresponds to the one of the determined at least one item category, at least one of the set of images of the first item and at least a portion of the information associated with the first item is transmitted to be presented to the second user on a display of the second device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel E. Tedesco, Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Evan I. Schwartz, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Publication number: 20190043111
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method are provided for facilitating commerce. Audio information describing an item for purchase is received and analyzed to at least one corresponding item category related to the item for purchase. At least one selected from the group of a picture, audio data, and textual information of at least one item for sale associated with the identified at least one corresponding item category is transmitted to be provided for display to a buyer on a display of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel E. Tedesco, Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Evan I. Schwartz, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Patent number: 10147268
    Abstract: A gaming system and method which includes enabling a player to initiate a play of a game, for the initiated play of the game: (i) randomly generating a game outcome, (ii) displaying to the player the randomly generated game outcome, (iii) determining any award associated with the displayed game outcome, and (iv) displaying to the player any determined award, enabling the player to invite a quantity of other players to each initiate a play of at least one game, the quantity of other players being greater than zero, and if the player invited the quantity of other players, providing the player a benefit, an amount of the benefit being based on the quantity of other players invited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Geoffrey M. Gelman, James A. Jorasch, Stephen C. Tulley, Steven M. Santisi, Daniel E. Tedesco, Magdalena M. Fincham
  • Patent number: 10140812
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided allowing a player to play a gaming device and receive a predetermined number of outcomes in exchange for a payment. The gaming device generates at least the predetermined number of outcomes, and adjusts a balance of the player device based on the outcomes. The player can continue playing regardless of whether the balance is less than zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Stephen C. Tulley, Steven M. Santisi, Norman C. Gilman
  • Patent number: 10074235
    Abstract: The invention includes a system and method for planning and customizing a gaming vacation. Initially, a central controller receives preference and configuration data from a user at a user terminal. A preparation code is then determined and associated with the configuration data. The configuration data and the associated preparation code are transmitted from the central controller to a casino server. The central controller provides feedback regarding the user's requests. The feedback may include, for example, marketing offers for the user and/or configuring a gaming device according to the configuration data associated with a preparation code received from a user at the gaming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Norman C. Gilman, Scott T. Friesen, Steven M. Santisi
  • Patent number: 10055939
    Abstract: The invention includes a system and method for a gaming device to determine when to offer a player an opportunity to play using a “jackpot only” pay table. The player may choose to accept the gaming device's offer to switch from using a conventional pay table to using a pay table that only pays top payout amounts. Play with a jackpot only pay table may only require a small wager amount as compared to play with a conventional pay table. Play with a jackpot only pay table may be automated to generate outcomes quickly to allow a player to relatively inexpensively avoid spending time playing a gaming device perceived to be in a “cold period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Scott T. Friesen
  • Patent number: 10043339
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a plurality of outcomes are generated and used to create a video presentation of representative outcomes for one or more players (e.g., for a keno game, for a bingo game). The video presentation is recorded onto a tangible medium (e.g., DVD or CD-ROM) or otherwise provided to one or more players (e.g., a player may access the video presentation online). This allows one or more players to purchase a video presentation of (e.g., predetermined) outcomes in a jurisdiction in which gambling is legal yet view the presentation at the player's convenience (e.g., from any jurisdiction and at any time). At least one player who is associated with such a video presentation may subsequently redeem it for a redemption value associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Robert C. Tedesco, James A. Jorasch, Michael W. Patterson
  • Patent number: 10002493
    Abstract: A method for facilitating asynchronous group play of an online casino game is provided. A group session is initiated over the Internet, including a plurality of players. A group objective defines a requirement of two or more of the plurality of players achieving winning outcomes that result from initiation of player decisions occurring in relative proximity to each other. For each player, outcomes of player decisions occurring during a period of gameplay are stored to a current session database defined in a storage device, wherein the periods of gameplay of at least two of the plurality of players are asynchronous. The current session database is analyzed to identify outcomes of two or more of the plurality of players occurring within a predefined number of player decisions of each other. The identified outcomes are combined and compared against the group objective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Daniel E. Tedesco, Stephen C. Tulley, Geoffrey M. Gelman, David F. Zucker, Steven M. Santisi
  • Patent number: 10002490
    Abstract: A wagering method is provided that allows players or gaming establishments to specify conditions which when satisfied, reconfigure the gaming device to change game play from a first game to a second game. The condition may depend upon the value of a parameter—generally related to game play—to determine if the condition is valid and triggers the reconfiguration. The second game may be selected from a game on the same gaming device, from a game on a different gaming device, or a game played by a specific player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Robert C. Tedesco, Daniel E. Tedesco, Stephen C. Tulley
  • Patent number: 9978210
    Abstract: A method in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention is provided, the method comprising the steps of generating a first outcome of a game of chance, determining a target outcome, receiving a first wager, generating a second outcome based on the first outcome, and repeating the step of generating the second outcome until the second outcome matches the target outcome, before receiving any second wager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Scott T. Friesen, Stephen C. Tulley, Norman C. Gilman, Daniel E. Tedesco, Michael D. Downs
  • Patent number: 9928689
    Abstract: An apparatus and method allow a value of a credit balance on a gaming device to be determined. If the value is not less than a predetermined threshold, a benefit is provided to the player of the gaming device. In various embodiments, the benefit may be, e.g., an increase in the player's credit balance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Stephen C. Tulley, James A. Jorasch, Russell P. Sammon, Geoffrey M. Gelman
  • Patent number: 9922493
    Abstract: Methods, computer readable media and systems related to wagering games, and in particular those that concern providing and redeeming partial game outcomes. One example method includes receiving a completion request from a player who is operating a gaming device to complete at least one partial game outcome. The partial game outcome was previously provided to the player, who used a first device that is different than the gaming device. This example method includes determining that the player is entitled to a complete game outcome, displaying the partial game outcome on the gaming device, determining the complete game outcome, and then displaying the complete game outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Robert C. Tedesco, Daniel E. Tedesco, Jeffrey Y. Hayashida, Russell P. Sammon, Stephen C. Tulley
  • Patent number: 9898886
    Abstract: In a first aspect, a method is provided that includes the steps of (1) providing an auxiliary unit adapted to allow a gaming machine to be retrofitted to provide communications services; and (2) retrofitting a non-communications-enabled gaming machine with the auxiliary unit so that the non-communications enabled gaming machine is adapted to provide communications services based on game play at the non-communications-enabled gaming machine. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Russell P. Sammon
  • Patent number: 9898890
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a batch run of sessions is executed. The batch run comprises a plurality of sessions characterized by at least one common parameter and value thereof. A session comprises a plurality of outcomes of a wagering game. A video presentation may be created based on each such session of a batch run. The video presentation may be recorded onto a game disc (e.g., a DVD or CD-ROM) and sold to a player for viewing at a location remote from a casino.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Magdalena M. Fincham
  • Publication number: 20180033245
    Abstract: A gaming system and method which includes enabling a player to initiate a play of a game, for the initiated play of the game: (i) randomly generating a game outcome, (ii) displaying to the player the randomly generated game outcome, (iii) determining any award associated with the displayed game outcome, and (iv) displaying to the player any determined award, enabling the player to invite a quantity of other players to each initiate a play of at least one game, the quantity of other players being greater than zero, and if the player invited the quantity of other players, providing the player a benefit, an amount of the benefit being based on the quantity of other players invited.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Geoffrey M. Gelman, James A. Jorasch, Stephen C. Tulley, Steven M. Santisi, Daniel E. Tedesco, Magdalena M. Fincham
  • Publication number: 20180033247
    Abstract: A method is provided for providing payments at a gaming device, where the payments may occur at predictable times and are of predictable amounts. In one or more embodiments, a gaming device may provide a guaranteed payment every hour on the hour, so long as a player meets one or more criteria. Criteria may include a total amount wagered, a total number of handle pulls completed, or a total amount of time spent at a gaming device. One or more embodiments provide a method for withholding value from a player in order that the value may delivered later in the form of a guaranteed payment. One or more embodiments provide a method whereby multiple gaming devices may provide payments simultaneously, thereby creating mutually reinforcing sounds and visual displays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, David F. Zucker, Jose A. Suarez, Stephen C. Tulley, Geoffrey M. Gelman