Chance Devices Patents (Class 273/138.1)
  • Patent number: 10733830
    Abstract: A display for an electronic gaming machine (EGM) may have a display including a main display portion and one or more curved display side portions. In some examples, the EGM may include a sensor system residing at least in part on the one or more curved display side portions. A control system may be configured to cause the main display portion to display one or more images corresponding to a touch, gesture or force detected by the sensor system. One or more of the curved display side portions may be used to display images corresponding to virtual control devices and/or an attract sequence for a game. In some instances, one or more of the curved display side portions may be used to display images corresponding to an attract sequence, player identification information and/or advertising while the main display portion is being used to present an instance of the wagering game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Pty Limited
    Inventor: Rajendrasinh B. Jadeja
  • Patent number: 10695680
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for allowing a custom version of video session to be created for presentation on at least one viewer device. Game metadata generated from a live or recorded video feed is received. The game metadata includes three-dimensional modeling data associated with the live or recorded video feed. Viewer metadata collected from a plurality of viewer devices is received. The viewer metadata includes information pertaining to a plurality of responses of a plurality of viewers to a presentation of the video session on a plurality of viewer devices. Additional game metadata is created based on the game metadata and the viewer metadata. The additional game metadata includes camera data based on the three-dimensional modeling data. The additional game metadata is integrated into the game metadata for at least near-real-time presentation of the custom version of the video session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Unity IPR ApS
    Inventor: Adam Myhill
  • Patent number: 10699532
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a gaming system and method providing a skill-based wagering game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Scott A. Caputo
  • Patent number: 10688397
    Abstract: A device includes: a memory storing a deck having multiple game content objects with levels of rarity; a lottery game processing module conducting a lottery drawing for selecting a particular game content object from game content objects of a rarity level or higher among all the game content objects contained in the deck in response to a lottery drawing operation by the player, and awards the game content object selected in this lottery drawing to the player; and an update processing module which, each time the lottery drawing is conducted, performs an update of the deck by deleting the game content object awarded to the player among the game content objects of at least the preset rarity level and game content objects not awarded to the player among the game content objects, excluding the highest-rarity game content objects from the game content objects of the preset rarity level or higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: DeNA Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryota Sato, Atsushi Nishide
  • Patent number: 10629032
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and articles of manufacture for electronic gaming are disclosed. The method includes generating a plurality of reel strips that each include a column of symbol display positions, where each symbol display position includes a symbol, and evaluating each of the symbols in the symbol display positions. The method also includes determining that at least one of the symbols corresponds to a first in-game event, where the first in-game event is associated with a first value, and adding the first value associated with the first in-game event to a first progressive jackpot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Ryan Hawkins, Robert Honeycutt, Christopher Barney, Theodore Hase, Yanis Tsombanidis
  • Patent number: 10625167
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for allowing a custom version of video session to be created for presentation on at least one viewer device. Game metadata generated from a live or recorded video feed is received. The game metadata includes three-dimensional modeling data associated with the live or recorded video feed. Viewer metadata collected from a plurality of viewer devices is received. The viewer metadata includes information pertaining to a plurality of responses of a plurality of viewers to a presentation of the video session on a plurality of viewer devices. Additional game metadata is created based on the game metadata and the viewer metadata. The additional game metadata includes camera data based on the three-dimensional modeling data. The additional game metadata is integrated into the game metadata for at least near-real-time presentation of the custom version of the video session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Unity IPR ApS
    Inventor: Adam Myhill
  • Patent number: 10613422
    Abstract: There is provided a display device capable of extending the range of its application by enhancing the designability and the diversity of the display manner and by improving visual effects. The display device includes: a projector configured to project light to display information in the form of a projection image; a screen having a display surface through which light projected by the projector passes to form a projection image thereon; and a controller configured to control the projector. The display surface has a non-planar shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Sue, Koichi Mori, Yuuichirou Suzuki, Shinji Makisako, Hiroyuki Ishida
  • Patent number: 10580250
    Abstract: A gaming system includes a secure communication board having a Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface and/or a wireless interface accessible externally to players and administrators of the gaming system. The secure communication board selectively provides power and communication between a coupled or proximate mobile device and the gaming system. The secure communication board includes a microcontroller to selectively control both power and communication flow through the secure communication board to the external interfaces. The microcontroller is responsive to the physical state of gaming system components and gaming system processor events and control signals. A wagering game event, user authentication, and/or specific states of one or more physical security switches of the gaming system may be required to provide power and data via the external interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy C. Loose, Walter E. Smolucha
  • Patent number: 10565831
    Abstract: A gaming machine includes a credit input mechanism, a display device, symbol meters, a player interface, and a game controller. The player interface generates input signals representative of a trade offer. The trade offer specifies a first set of bonus symbols accumulated by the first symbol meters to be traded for a second set of bonus symbols accumulated by another gaming machine. The game controller randomly generates a game outcome displayed by the display device, and accumulates respective bonus symbols of the game outcome among the first symbol meters. In response to an acceptance of the trade offer, the game controller removes the first set of bonus symbols from the first symbol meters and adds the second set of bonus symbols to the first symbol meters. The game controller further triggers an event in response to the first symbol meters accumulating a winning set of bonus symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: T. Grant Bolling, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10553078
    Abstract: Administrating a package of shuffled playing cards to prevent fraudulent card exchanges. The administrating system is configured to calculate places and a number of packages of shuffled playing cards at places of the backyard, the places of playing tables, places of carriers and the disposition place using information obtained by the loading step and unloading step and the administrating system calculates by every ID codes bases 1) places of packages registered by the registering step for registering to a data base of administrating system and a number of packages place by place from information obtained from the loading step and the unloading step. The administrating system is configured to recognize whether there is a lost package by comparing the information of all ID codes registered in registering steps with the ID codes at places of packages obtained at the calculating step from the loading step and the unloading step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 10546465
    Abstract: Administrating a package of shuffled playing cards to prevent fraudulent card exchanges. The administrating system is configured to calculate places and a number of packages of shuffled playing cards at places of the backyard, the places of playing tables, places of carriers and the disposition place using information obtained by the loading step and unloading step and the administrating system calculates by every ID codes bases 1) places of packages registered by the registering step for registering to a data base of administrating system and a number of packages place by place from information obtained from the loading step and the unloading step. The administrating system is configured to recognize whether there is a lost package by comparing the information of all ID codes registered in registering steps with the ID codes at places of packages obtained at the calculating step from the loading step and the unloading step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 10540846
    Abstract: A fraud detection system which detects fraud in a game of performing collection and redemption of chips in accordance with a win or lose result includes a camera which captures an image of chips contained in a chip tray of a dealer, an image analyzing apparatus which analyses the image captured by the camera to detect an amount of the chips contained in the chip tray, a card distribution device which determines a win or lose result of a game, and a control device which compares the win or lose result of the game and the amount of the chips contained in the chip tray before and after collection and redemption of the chips to detect fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 10535224
    Abstract: A system, a method, and a computer program product for generating graphical representations of wagering selections. A plurality of potential scoring occurrences in an event is received. A graphical representation of each of the potential scoring occurrences on a user interface is generated based on the received first data. A plurality of graphical positions corresponding to a portion of the plurality of potential scoring occurrences is selected to generate at least one graphical pathway identifying at least one wagering selection in the plurality of wagering selections for the event. During a progression of the event, a determination is made whether at least one identified wagering selection in the plurality of wagering selections for the event did not generate a winning wager, where such selection is removed from the user interface. At the conclusion of the event, a winning amount based on the plurality of selected graphical positions is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Metric Gaming LLC
    Inventor: Martin De Knijff
  • Patent number: 10515509
    Abstract: A gaming device comprising a game wheel for obtaining a result of the game, said game wheel being mounted so as to be rotatable about a wheel axis. An electronically actuated screen associated with the game wheel viewed in the viewing direction of the wheel axis. The screen is placed in front of the game wheel and covers part of a game wheel surface which faces a location for operating the gaming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Novomatic AG
    Inventor: Heinz Fridrich
  • Patent number: 10510205
    Abstract: A gaming machine provides an operation unit, a display unit, and a control unit. The operation unit is an operation of the player. The display unit displays a display area with a plurality of cells arranged in a grid. The control unit allows a player to establish a wager, to establish one of a plurality of predefined subsets of the cells as a feature area as a function of the wager and to provide a game in response to player operation. The control unit randomly selects a plurality of symbols associated with the display area. Each symbol in the plurality of symbols is associated with one of the plurality of cells in the grid. The plurality of symbols forming an outcome of the game; detect an occurrence of a predetermined symbol in the feature area; and provide a game feature as a function of the occurrence of the predetermined symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Konami Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Merkel, John Pariseau
  • Patent number: 10510217
    Abstract: A game method and system involving distributing a plurality of cards to participating players, receiving player selections to divide the cards into a plurality of final hands with each final hand being associated by the player with a preset designation, comparing the ranks of the final hands to determine a point total for each player and awarding an additional amount of points to each player having the highest ranked hand of any player for each of the preset designations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Steven Klinghoffer, Neil Monastersky
  • Patent number: 10489872
    Abstract: A method of managing bets is provided. The method includes receiving win bets and group bets. Each win bet includes a bet that a participant selected from a set of participants in an event will win the event. Each group bet includes a bet that one of a subset of the set of participants will win the event. Results of the event identifying a winning participant from the set of participants are received. An amount of a win bet payout for at least a portion of the win bets that comprise a bet on the winning participant is determined. An amount of a group bet payout for at least one of the group bets is also determined. In this manner, a bettor may bet on all participants in an event other than a particular participant, such as the favorite participant, and thus effectively bet against the particular participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: CANTOR INDEX LLC
    Inventors: Lee M. Amaitis, Joseph M. Asher, Adam Burgis, Dominic Crosthwaite
  • Patent number: 10482712
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods are set forth designed to promote user loyalty with an enterprise. The user obtains a virtual object such as a virtual dog and earns the ability to acquire accessories or upgrades for their virtual dog through interaction with the enterprise. Certain accessories or upgrades may only be acquired or restored at a physical, brick and mortar venue for the enterprise to encourage the user to visit the venue. Acquisition of attributes such as accessories and upgrades may provide a basis for tournaments and prizes. The virtual object may be accessed and displayed at terminals at the venue or at remote devices. Acquisition of virtual objects may be used to qualify the user for a feature such as a progressive jackpot game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: John Link, Kiran Brahmandam
  • Patent number: 10475287
    Abstract: Various implementations of a gaming system and method perform operations including generating and displaying symbols, where a player collects and stores predetermined symbols. The operations also include converting the predetermined symbols into awards for the player. The operations further include generating and displaying a new plurality of symbols and enabling the player to collect and store predetermined symbols from the generated new plurality of symbols while the gaming system also displays nudge symbols. The operations further include moving symbols in a column of displayed symbols when one of a plurality of columns of displayed symbols includes a nudge symbol. The nudge symbols in a column of displayed symbols may prevent replacement of the displayed symbols in the column with the newly generated symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: ADP GAUSELMANN GMBH
    Inventors: Uwe Däumling, Uwe Horn
  • Patent number: 10424155
    Abstract: A transaction based interleaved wagering system including an interactive controller configured to: communicate wagering event gift purchase; receive wager parameter display instructions; display wager parameters; communicate an indication to trigger a wager; display award; a wager controller constructed to: receive wager request instructions; determine a wager outcome; and the application controller constructed to: receive the wager setup indication; communicate the recipient information request; receive recipient information data; determine wager parameters; generate a wagering event identification; communicate the wager parameters; receive the indication to trigger the wager; communicate the wager request; receive the wager outcome; determine the award; communicate the award display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 10424158
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine includes a display in the form of a matrix of rows and columns and a controller configured to conduct a game instance upon receiving a wager via a player input. In conducting each game instance, the controller activates a number of columns on the display based on the wager and controls a display to indicate which columns in the display have been activated. The controller determines if any of the activated columns meets a triggering condition and controls the display to display the activated columns which meet the triggering condition with a modified background. The controller then determines an outcome of the game instance based on whether a predetermined number of activated columns which meet the triggering condition are adjacent one another and makes an award to the player based on the outcome of the instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: James Kroon
  • Patent number: 10410466
    Abstract: An amusement machine including a housing for receiving a computer-controlled game process control, connected to a display device for depicting the game process, which is connected to an actuator allocated to the housing for signaling information sent by the game process control. Wherein the signals of the actuator designed as an infrared light diode can be perceived by a monitoring device designed as a monitoring camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: NOVOMATIC AG
    Inventor: Jens Korndoerfer
  • Patent number: 10388105
    Abstract: Social media activities associated with an on-line social media system are linked to casino game activities and casino gaming machines. A player of a casino gaming machine may access a social media website via the casino gaming machine, such as to play a social media game at the casino gaming machine. A player may also access the social media system from a presentation computing device and, via that system, link to a casino gaming machine to play one or more casino wagering games. Social media currency and casino monetary credits may be exchanged or converted and other aspects of casino game play and social media activities may be integrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Tipping Point Group, LLC
    Inventor: Sam Johnson
  • Patent number: 10388115
    Abstract: An insurance enabled hybrid gaming system including a terminal with an entertainment software engine, a real world engine, and a game world engine connecting the entertainment software engine and the real world engine using a network, the system constructed to provide an entertainment game and a gambling game which activates an insurance proposition associated with an insurance trigger event in the entertainment game in exchange for an insurance fee when there is a gameplay event of the entertainment game dependent upon player action and an insurance module that mitigates the negative outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Caitlyn Ross, Eric Meyerhofer, Frank Cire
  • Patent number: 10380841
    Abstract: A fraud detection system which detects fraud in a game of performing collection and redemption of chips in accordance with a win or lose result includes a camera which captures an image of chips contained in a chip tray of a dealer, an image analyzing apparatus which analyses the image captured by the camera to detect an amount of the chips contained in the chip tray, a card distribution device which determines a win or lose result of a game, and a control device which compares the win or lose result of the game and the amount of the chips contained in the chip tray before and after collection and redemption of the chips to detect fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 10373428
    Abstract: A gaming machine that provides a wagering game, including a user interface in communication with a game controller, through the operation of which a player selects one of a plurality of wager options that determine a number of symbols to be active and inactive in the wagering game. For at least one said wager option at least one, but not all of the plurality of symbols that define a possible said winning combination are rendered inactive for forming the winning combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Gregory Leigh Plowman
  • Patent number: 10373427
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method provide game operators with effective deployment of word-based games that removes and/or manages much of the volatility associated therewith. In various embodiments, the system includes a remote central host that processes stored game details according to a method, wherein the method includes identifying potential game tickets for generation, evaluating possible ticket outcomes associated with the potential tickets, and establishing a group of acceptable wagers and a group of represented letter combinations, wherein letter combinations can be filtered out based on repeated occurrences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Aaron Michael Koll, Sarah W. Simpkins, Bradford Heathcote
  • Patent number: 10339752
    Abstract: An electronic method of gaming in a gaming system comprises receiving a selection of one of a plurality game options; forming, based on the selected game option, a set of symbols to be used in the generation of at least one game outcome generating a game outcome with the game controller by selecting subsets of the symbols of the respective reels of the formed set of symbols for display on a display of the gaming system in a plurality of columns of symbol display positions with which the respective reels are associated; and making an award upon the symbols displayed at the symbol display positions in the game outcome including a winning combination of symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Ben McLenaghan, Oliver Crispino
  • Patent number: 10328359
    Abstract: A rotatable reel 100 for an entertainment machine comprises a circumferential lateral surface 101 and an internal frame structure 102. The reel 100 is provided with illumination means 110. The illumination means 110 are provided in a circumferentially mounted row, the row aligned with the direction of rotation about the central axis X. The illumination means 110 are activated by an illumination control unit at frequencies related to the rotation frequency of the rotatable reel 100 about central axis X.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: GAMESMAN LIMITED
    Inventor: Al-Haitham Bilbeisi
  • Patent number: 10332335
    Abstract: A gaming system and method includes a first set of reels, where the reels are each associated with a plurality of symbols. The gaming system and method further includes at least one row modifying reel having one or more modifying symbols. If the at least one row modifying reel stops during a play of a game and a modifying symbol is visibly displayed in a display area of the gaming system, the modifying symbol indicates a visible row of the first set of reels. The gaming system is specially programmed to cause certain symbols in the indicated row to behave differently than the same certain symbols that appear on a non-indicated row. The behavior of the certain symbols in the indicated row may also change the behavior of symbols around the certain symbols in the indicated row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ADP GAUSELMANN GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Charles Halvorson, Josef Alexander Hartl
  • Patent number: 10319184
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and article of manufacture for computing an aggregate tax liability at a gaming device comprises receiving an indication from the gaming device of a start and end of a gaming period. A plurality of games are played by a player during the gaming period. The amount of the player's winnings and losses for each game played is monitored. A total winnings and a total losses incurred by the player during the gaming period is computed, and an aggregate amount that comprises a summation of the total winning and the total losses during the gaming period is also computed. Based on the location of the gaming device, determine a jurisdiction that governs the aggregate tax liability. Compute the aggregate tax liability based on the aggregate amount and the jurisdiction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventor: Phillip L. Flaherty
  • Patent number: 10319177
    Abstract: A wagering interface is disclosed for a gaming apparatus, for applying a wager when playing a game. The wagering interface comprises a display screen for displaying at least a portion of the game being played and a slider which is repositionable along a slider path orientated to extend from a lower portion of the display to an upper portion of the display. The wager applied when playing the game is dependent on the position of the slider along the path which thus provides a gamer with a visual indication of the wager applied, and thus enables the gamer to better coordinate the application of the wager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Novomatic AG
    Inventor: Oliver Bartosik
  • Patent number: 10319196
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and articles of manufacture provide for new features and functionality of slot-style games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Gamesys Ltd.
    Inventors: Hans Elias, Marlon James Dublin
  • Patent number: 10318942
    Abstract: A voucher ticket system and method of use employing a bill validator installed into any suitable automated machine, including an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), a gaming machine, etc. The bill validator is integrated with a bill reader, a voucher ticket reader, a reader for acquisition of electronic voucher ticket information from a portable computing device, a printer, and other supporting peripheral devices. The voucher ticket system includes a secured communication link with a host account manager serving a plurality of electronic money accounts. The method includes steps of receiving a value of electronic money or identification information associated with the electronic voucher ticket with account information associated with the electronic money account and sending the received value of the electronic money or the identification information of the voucher ticket to an upper control section of the one of the gaming machine and the ATM for completion of a financial transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: JCM AMERICAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuichiro Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 10304291
    Abstract: A gaming device that enables players to accumulate awards by activating an award distributor having a plurality of award symbols and at least one selection group activator symbol. The gaming device provides the player with a plurality of activations where an award is associated with each award symbol indicated in each activation. When a selection group activator symbol is indicated, the gaming device displays at least one selection set having a plurality of selections associated with selection awards. The gaming device enables a player to select one selection and provides the associated selection award to the player. The number of available selections in the selection set decreases by one after the player picks a selection. If the selection group activator symbol is subsequently indicated, the player picks from the remaining available selections in the selection set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Anthony J. Baerlocher
  • Patent number: 10297109
    Abstract: A gaming system and method which provides a player with a higher average expected payback for making a gaming system wager on a gaming system wagering event in addition to making a primary game wager on a primary game. If the player places the gaming system wager on the gaming system wagering event, the player obtains the chance to win a gaming system award in addition to the player's chance of winning an award based on the outcome of the primary game, wherein the gaming system award is based, at least in part, on the primary game outcome. By placing a gaming system wager on the gaming system wagering event, the overall average expected payback associated with the play of the game increases, without changing the average expected payback of the primary game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Anthony J. Baerlocher, Daniel J. DeWaal
  • Patent number: 10290182
    Abstract: A draw certificate hybrid game system that uses encrypted draw certificates issued by a draw server to resolve wagers in a gambling game. The draw certificate hybrid game system uses a computing device to provide a entertainment game of skill. Player actions are received by the computing device and used to determine a wager in a wagering event game. This wager is associated with an encrypted draw certificate. In response to the indicated wager, the computing device requests an authentication result, determined by the draw server decrypting an encrypted draw certificate. The computing device then determines a wager result from the authentication result, provides the wager result to the player within the entertainment game, and determines a change the entertainment game based on the wager result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 10275988
    Abstract: A game controller operable to control play of a game. The game controller includes a configuration module, a wager determination module and a trigger module. The configuration module configures a secondary event trigger having a hit rate which is fixed over a plurality of games. The wager determination module determines an amount wagered for play of one of the games. The trigger module triggers a secondary game event in which a higher value prize and lower value prize are each eligible to be awarded upon determining the trigger in the game, such that a probability of awarding the higher value prize increases with the amount wagered in the game, while the probability of awarding the lower value prize decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Paul Francis Bramble
  • Patent number: 10255757
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and computer-readable media for submitting a tax submission on behalf of a player of a game. Based on the location of the gaming device, determine at least one jurisdiction that governs the player's taxable winnings. The player fill out an electronic tax form for each jurisdiction and submits an electronic authorization. Transmitting, in response to the tax liability, a tax submission to a remote device, in which the tax submission comprises at least the electronic tax form and the electronic authorization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Lee M. Amaitis, Howard W. Lutnick
  • Patent number: 10249134
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a gaming system, method, and device may have a memory having a plurality of power management rules and a processor configured to receive a power status information from at least one secondary gaming device, retrieve at least one power management rule from the memory, and configure a power state of the gaming device based on the power status information received from the at least one secondary gaming device and the at least one power management rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Nguyen Gaming LLC
    Inventor: Binh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10235838
    Abstract: A voucher ticket system and method of use employing a bill validator installed into any suitable automated machine, including an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), a gaming machine, etc. The bill validator is integrated with a bill reader, a voucher ticket reader, a reader to obtain an electronic voucher ticket from a portable computing device, a printer, and any other supporting peripheral devices. The method processes a deposit, a withdrawal, a transfer and a management of a financial balance of each account. The electronic money handling terminal and the electronic money transaction server communicate through an electronic money handling terminal interface. Upon recognition of an electronic money account of a gaming player, the system receives a voucher ticket master ID issued by a voucher ticket management system at the cash-out, and proceeds with a cash out event to the electronic money account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: JCM American Corporation
    Inventor: Yuichiro Tsutsui
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10191993
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a computer based and web enabled sweepstakes system that utilizes automation methods and tools to define a sweepstakes specification and to download the specification to one or more internet based web servers is disclosed. The web servers will permit a sweepstakes contestant to enter personal information into a sweepstakes central database using a web page entry form. The web server will provide the contestant with a printable document. The contestant will send the printed document to a centralized processing center by way of a publically available delivery service. Once received at the processing center, the contestant's unique OMR code found on the printed document is optically scanned and compared to information in the web server contestant data base. If the OMR code is found in the data base a match status flag is set within the contestants' record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SCA PROMOTIONS
    Inventors: Jay B. Ross, Anthony James Ebert, Robert D. Hamman, William Carey Kennedy, Robert McKee
  • Patent number: 10186108
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatuses of and for playing electronic or electro-mechanical wager gaming devices, including a player interface, of and for playing a “slot machine”, “rotary reel”, or “video poker” type game based at least in part upon card-deck games such as but not limited to blackjack and/or poker. The methods, systems and apparatuses include a plurality of configurations with multiple rule sets and payout lines to facilitate the inducement and build game player excitement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Ahmnon D. Moskowitz
  • Patent number: 10169953
    Abstract: A fungible object award interleaved wagering system includes a plurality of interactive controllers operatively connected to an application controller by a network, each interactive controller configured to: communicate, to an application controller, application telemetry; and receive, from the application controller, an object based on the application telemetry. The system also includes a wager controller operatively connected to the application controller, the wager controller constructed to: receive a wager request; generate a wager outcome based on the wager request; communicate, to an object controller, the wager outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 10102711
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the present disclosure generally relates to gaming systems and methods which utilize a symbol matrix or symbol field in conjunction with a movable symbol display window to randomly select different subsets of symbols from the symbol matrix and provide different awards to players based on such selected symbol subsets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Zoltewicz, Mark C. Nicely, Ernest M. Lafky
  • Patent number: 10065113
    Abstract: A virtual reality (VR) system is implemented as a “feel-real” mask attached to standard VR goggles or as a helmet having an integrated feel-real mask and 3-D goggles. A video stream or a video game is rendered to a user via the 3-D goggles from a mobile device or from a PC over a wireless communication channel. The video stream or the video game code has a plurality of inserted markers indicating feel-real sensory events corresponding to the content of the video or the video game. A feel-real player reads the markers and triggers the events, including a stream of warm or cold air, a water mist (or a spray), vibrations and various smells. Thus, the VR system appeals to different user senses apart from traditional ophthalmoception and audioception (i.e., audio and visual) senses and creates enhanced virtual user experience while watching a movie or playing a game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Gary Mostovoy
  • Patent number: 10055936
    Abstract: A cooperative disease outbreak interleaved wagering system is disclosed, including an interactive processing device constructed to: provide an interactive application display; communicate session initiation data; receive role assignment data; automatically configure the display; communicate application telemetry data; receive wagering telemetry and application resource data; a wager controller constructed to: receive wager request data; communicate wager outcome data; the process controller operatively connecting the interactive processing device and the wager controller, and constructed to: receive session initiation data; determine number of users and roles available; assign a role to each of the users; associate each of the users with an ability; communicate role assignment data; receive application telemetry data; communicate wager request data; receive wager outcome data; determine and communicate wagering telemetry and application resource data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 10032331
    Abstract: A color alteration interleaved wagering system is disclosed, including an interactive processing device constructed to: provide an interactive application display; receive display adjustment data; receive color compensation data; automatically configure the interactive application display; communicate application telemetry data; receive wagering telemetry and application resource data; automatically configure a wagering user interface; a wager controller constructed to: receive wager request data; determine and communicate wager outcome; and the process controller operatively connecting the interactive processing device and the wager controller, and constructed to: communicate display adjustment data; receive application telemetry data; determine whether to use a color alteration system; communicate color compensation data; determine whether there is a change in performance; when the change in performance is determined, notify an operator; when there is no change in performance determined, trigger a wager req
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 10032339
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products are provided that include an enhanced symbol upgrade feature. In an embodiment, if a triggering event occurs in association with the play of the game, such as a slot game, where the triggering event includes a first special symbol of the plurality of special symbols stopping on a payline at a first symbol position on a first reel of the first reel set, the first special symbol is superimposed at a symbol position on a second reel of the second reel set corresponding to the first symbol position on the first reel, and the second reel continues to rotate during the superimposition of the first special symbol thereover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Dennis K. Mead, Ryan M. Griffin, Dylan B. Selegue