Patents by Inventor Steven Santisi

Steven Santisi 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: 20060246997
    Abstract: A system, method, and ticket for a lottery player to increase a payout received for winning a lottery game is disclosed. A request to purchase a set of play indicia (e.g. lottery numbers) and to associate the play indicia with a multiplier is received from a player. Data relating to the set of play indicia and data identifying the multiplier are stored in a memory where they are logically associated with each other. A purchase price is determined for the multiplier based upon various factors including the expected value of the multiplier as applied to a lottery ticket. The set of play indicia may be for a drawing-type lottery game and/or an instant-type lottery game and may be defined by characters and/or other representations. An embodiment of the present invention also includes a computer system having a memory for storing data related to the lottery game and having a processor in communication with the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Publication date: November 2, 2006
    Inventors: John Packes, Stephen Tulley, James Jorasch, Daniel Tedesco, Magdalena Mik, Jay Walker, Steven Santisi
  • Publication number: 20060242019
    Abstract: The invention includes a system and method for presenting forward commitment agreements to consumers proximate to a benefit dispensing device such as a vending machine or an automatic teller machine. A controller is in communication with one or more benefit dispensing devices and one or more merchant devices. Merchants devise forward commitment agreements to be offered to consumers. Such agreements specify a benefit that will be provided to a consumer immediately if the consumer agrees to fulfill a commitment in the future. Using a merchant device, a merchant communicates descriptions of the forward commitment agreements to the controller. When a consumer subsequently accesses a benefit dispensing device, the controller, via the benefit dispensing device, offers a forward commitment agreement to the consumer. If the consumer chooses to enter into the forward commitment agreement, then the benefit dispensing device provides the consumer with an immediate benefit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventors: Jay WALKER, James Jorasch, Russell Sammon, Geoffrey Gelman, Magdalena Fincham, Leonardo Booth, Steven Santisi
  • Publication number: 20060240889
    Abstract: The invention includes a system and method for providing linked play via gaming and other devices wherein players may share and combine outcomes or parts thereof. In some embodiments, a casino server registers a group for linked play and a group objective and format are established. The linked play commences according to the group format on the gaming devices while the casino server, or another device, concurrently facilitates interaction between the group members operating the gaming devices. During the interaction, players may combine outcomes in an attempt to win group prizes. The linked play is terminated according to the group format and a determination is made by the casino server whether the group objective has been achieved. Prizes are awarded via the gaming devices if the group objective was achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventors: Jay Walker, James Jorasch, Daniel Tedesco, Stephen Tulley, Geoffrey Gelman, David Zucker, Steven Santisi
  • Publication number: 20060240887
    Abstract: The invention includes a system and method for providing linked play via gaming and other devices wherein players may share and combine outcomes or parts thereof. In some embodiments, a casino server registers a group for linked play and a group objective and format are established. The linked play commences according to the group format on the gaming devices while the casino server, or another device, concurrently facilitates interaction between the group members operating the gaming devices. During the interaction, players may combine outcomes in an attempt to win group prizes. The linked play is terminated according to the group format and a determination is made by the casino server whether the group objective has been achieved. Prizes are awarded via the gaming devices if the group objective was achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventors: Jay Walker, James Jorasch, Daniel Tedesco, Stephen Tulley, Geoffrey Gelman, David Zucker, Steven Santisi
  • Publication number: 20060242020
    Abstract: The invention includes a system and method for presenting forward commitment agreements to consumers proximate to a benefit dispensing device such as a vending machine or an automatic teller machine. A controller is in communication with one or more benefit dispensing devices and one or more merchant devices. Merchants devise forward commitment agreements to be offered to consumers. Such agreements specify a benefit that will be provided to a consumer immediately if the consumer agrees to fulfill a commitment in the future. Using a merchant device, a merchant communicates descriptions of the forward commitment agreements to the controller. When a consumer subsequently accesses a benefit dispensing device, the controller, via the benefit dispensing device, offers a forward commitment agreement to the consumer. If the consumer chooses to enter into the forward commitment agreement, then the benefit dispensing device provides the consumer with an immediate benefit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventors: Jay WALKER, James Jorasch, Russell Sammon, Geoffrey Gelman, Magdalena Fincham, Leonardo Booth, Steven Santisi
  • Publication number: 20060223629
    Abstract: According to one or more embodiments of the present invention, a contract is established for a session comprising two or more plays of at least one gaming device. Information about the game play session, such as outcomes generated at the at least one gaming device, is communicated to a player device. The information is presented to a player via the player device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Publication date: October 5, 2006
    Inventors: Jay Walker, James Jorasch, Geoffrey Gelman, Magdalena Fincham, Steven Santisi, Norman Gilman, Thomas Sparico
  • Publication number: 20060217176
    Abstract: The invention includes a system and method for providing linked play via gaming and other devices. In some embodiments, a casino server registers a group for linked play and a group objective and format are established. The linked play commences according to the group format on the gaming devices while the casino server, or another device, concurrently facilitates interaction between the group members operating the gaming devices. The linked play is terminated according to the group format and a determination is made by the casino server whether the group objective has been achieved. Prizes are awarded via the gaming devices if the group objective was achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Publication date: September 28, 2006
    Inventors: Jay WALKER, James Jorasch, Daniel Tedesco, Stephen Tulley, Geoffrey Gelman, Steven Santisi
  • Publication number: 20060217190
    Abstract: According to one or more embodiments of the present invention, a contract is established for a session comprising two or more plays of at least one gaming device. Information about the game play session, such as outcomes generated at the at least one gaming device, is communicated to a player device. The information is presented to a player via the player device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Publication date: September 28, 2006
    Inventors: Jay Walker, James Jorasch, Geoffrey Gelman, Magdalena Fincham, Steven Santisi, Norman Gilman, Thomas Sparico
  • Publication number: 20060211479
    Abstract: The invention includes a system and method for providing linked play via gaming and other devices. In some embodiments, a casino server registers a group for linked play and a group objective and format are established. The linked play commences according to the group format on the gaming devices while the casino server, or another device, concurrently facilitates interaction between the group members operating the gaming devices. The linked play is terminated according to the group format and a determination is made by the casino server whether the group objective has been achieved. Prizes are awarded via the gaming devices if the group objective was achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Publication date: September 21, 2006
    Inventors: Jay Walker, James Jorasch, Daniel Tedesco, Stephen Tulley, Geoffrey Gelman, Steven Santisi
  • Publication number: 20060211480
    Abstract: The invention includes a system and method for providing linked play via gaming and other devices. In some embodiments, a casino server registers a group for linked play and a group objective and format are established. The linked play commences according to the group format on the gaming devices while the casino server, or another device, concurrently facilitates interaction between the group members operating the gaming devices. The linked play is terminated according to the group format and a determination is made by the casino server whether the group objective has been achieved. Prizes are awarded via the gaming devices if the group objective was achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Publication date: September 21, 2006
    Inventors: Jay Walker, James Jorasch, Daniel Tedesco, Stephen Tulley, Geoffrey Gelman, Steven Santisi
  • Publication number: 20060178189
    Abstract: The invention includes a system and method for remotely configuring gaming devices. Initially, a central controller receives configuration data from a player at a remote user terminal. A customization code is then determined and associated with the configuration data. The configuration data and the associated customization code are transmitted from the central controller to a casino server. The casino server waits for a configuration request that includes the customization code from the player at the gaming device. Finally, the gaming device is actually configured according to the configuration data associated with a customization code received from a player at the gaming device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Publication date: August 10, 2006
    Inventors: Jay Walker, James Jorasch, Geoffrey Gelman, Steven Santisi
  • Publication number: 20060170669
    Abstract: The invention provides a digital picture frame that allows a user to edit a displayed picture using simple and intuitive controls. Modifications to an image may be stored by the digital picture frame so that the digital picture frame may later display the edited or modified version of the picture rather than the original version. A user may edit a picture using mechanical controls (e.g., knobs, switches, slider-bars, wheels), sensors (e.g., a position sensor, a tilt sensor, a microphone, a light sensor), a voice recognition module, and/or a touch screen. A digital picture frame may identify a user and based on the user's identity (e.g., the user's preferences or permissions), may display pictures to the user. Further, different users may modify a picture in different ways, so that two different users may view two different versions of the same picture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Publication date: August 3, 2006
    Inventors: Jay Walker, James Jorasch, Russell Sammon, Steven Santisi, Victor Garcia
  • Publication number: 20060148551
    Abstract: The invention allows a casino, or other entity, via a game machine, to provide relevant information at appropriate times, and/or in response to appropriate events, to players using the game machine. A dynamic and flexible system adapted to interact with players on an individual basis by aiding in the management, determination, distribution, and delivery of promotional, inspirational, instructive, informational, communicative, incentive, and other types of messages, is provided. Various methods are provided to ensure that receiving messages at a game machine enhances a player's overall gaming experience by selectively outputting helpful and desirable messages to players while minimizing interference with the players' gaming and to avoid overwhelming players with unsolicited, unwanted, and/or irrelevant messages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Publication date: July 6, 2006
    Inventors: Jay Walker, James Jorasch, Russell Sammon, Stephen Tulley, Steven Santisi
  • Publication number: 20060025207
    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: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Publication date: February 2, 2006
    Applicant: WALKER DIGITAL, LLC
    Inventors: Jay WALKER, James JORASCH, Daniel TEDESCO, Geoffrey GELMAN, Stephen TULLEY, Steven SANTISI, Norman GILMAN
  • Publication number: 20050143166
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments, a method comprises associating, with a casino patron, a benefit of a first value. The benefit of the first value is determined based on a first algorithm and based on the patron's activity during a first portion of a period of time. The method further comprises associating, with the patron, a benefit of a second value. The benefit of the second value is determined based on a second algorithm and based on the patron's activity during a second portion of the period of time, the second portion occurring after the first portion. Associating the benefit of the second value is only performed if the associating the benefit of the first value is first performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Publication date: June 30, 2005
    Inventors: Jay Walker, Geoffrey Gelman, James Jorasch, Stephen Tulley, Steven Santisi, Daniel Tedesco, Magdalena Fincham
  • Publication number: 20050014552
    Abstract: A system, method, and ticket for a lottery player to increase a payout received for winning a lottery game is disclosed. A request to purchase a set of play indicia (e.g. lottery numbers) and to associate the play indicia with a multiplier is received from a player. Data relating to the set of play indicia and data identifying the multiplier are stored in a memory where they are logically associated with each other. A purchase price is determined for the multiplier based upon various factors including the expected value of the multiplier as applied to a lottery ticket. The set of play indicia may be for a drawing-type lottery game and/or an instant-type lottery game and may be defined by characters and/or other representations. An embodiment of the present invention also includes a computer system having a memory for storing data related to the lottery game and having a processor in communication with the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Publication date: January 20, 2005
    Inventors: John Packes, Stephen Tulley, James Jorasch, Daniel Tedesco, Magdalena Mik, Jay Walker, Steven Santisi
  • Publication number: 20050014554
    Abstract: A multiplayer gaming device allows two players to collaboratively play, for example, a Monopoly®-style game against the “house.” Each player may have his own game controls, coin dispenser/acceptor, and display screen. A larger display screen may display the game board and player game characters, shared by the two players and operated by the machine. The players may wager a flat fee per game, and are given an amount of game money to use for the duration of the game. Throughout the game, players take turns spinning dice represented on the display of the gaming device, and move around a Monopoly®-style board. As the players move around the board, game money is deducted as they land on properties owned by house players. A player's turn may result in his game piece landing on a game board spot owned by a house player, and cost the player $100 in game money. The game lasts until both players go bankrupt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Publication date: January 20, 2005
    Inventors: Jay Walker, James Jorasch, John Packes, Steven Santisi
  • Publication number: 20050014551
    Abstract: A system, method, and ticket for a lottery player to increase a payout received for winning a lottery game is disclosed. A request to purchase a set of play indicia (e.g. lottery numbers) and to associate the play indicia with a multiplier is received from a player. Data relating to the set of play indicia and data identifying the multiplier are stored in a memory where they are logically associated with each other. A purchase price is determined for the multiplier based upon various factors including the expected value of the multiplier as applied to a lottery ticket. The set of play indicia may be for a drawing-type lottery game and/or an instant-type lottery game and may be defined by characters and/or other representations. An embodiment of the present invention also includes a computer system having a memory for storing data related to the lottery game and having a processor in communication with the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Publication date: January 20, 2005
    Inventors: John Packes, Stephen Tulley, James Jorasch, Daniel Tedesco, Magdalena Mik, Jay Walker, Steven Santisi