Electric Or Magnetic Patents (Class 273/138.2)
  • Patent number: 10535218
    Abstract: A gaming machine operable under control of a processor includes a processor for controlling the gaming machine, an interface in electronic communication with the processor and at least one set of primary reels displayed at the interface, the set of primary reels having a plurality of symbols. The gaming machine also includes at least one set of secondary reels displayed on the interface. The secondary reel has a plurality of symbols and an intersecting region. The intersecting region intersects a portion of the at least one set of primary reels. Preferably the gaming machine has four sets of primary reels having corners and a single set of secondary reels that overlaps at least one corner of each of the sets of primary reels. The sets of reels can include physical, electronic or otherwise simulated sets of reels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: NOVOMATIC AG
    Inventors: Martin Gugler, Oliver Bartosik
  • Patent number: 10529182
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods for overriding gaming results, to provide particular gaming awards or payouts more often than the natural odds of such particular gaming awards/payouts may otherwise statistically allow. A particular gaming event has a natural probability of occurring during game play, and a separate random event may be established to cause the particular gaming event outcome to occur more frequently than the particular gaming event would occur naturally. If the separate random event occurs, the particular gaming event is forced to occur even though it may not have otherwise occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Jacob Lamb
  • Patent number: 10490019
    Abstract: A lever handle includes a body portion that has a plate shape and is attached to a game machine so as to be able to rotationally move between a home position and a stroke end around a rotary shaft main body provided at one end, and a main light-show portion for causing the body portion to emit light. The main light-show portion includes a light source, and a light guide plate having a light incident face on which light from the light source is incident and a light exit face from which light from the light incident face exits, and includes, as the light guide plate, a light guide plate on which a reflection pattern for causing light in one of a character shape or a diagram shape to exit from the light exit face is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10467865
    Abstract: A gaming device for providing an award to a player is described herein. The gaming device displays a primary game including a plurality of reels and a plurality of symbols displayed with reels, generates an outcome of the primary game, and provides a primary award as a function of the outcome. The gaming device detects a triggering condition occurring with the primary game and responsively displays a secondary game including a game board having a plurality of paths and a plurality of position locations defined along each of the plurality of paths. The gaming device determines a current player position within the game board and responsively displays a player symbol at the current player position. The current player position is associated with one of the plurality of position locations and is indicative of a previous position location of the player symbol at a completion of a previous secondary game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Konami Gaming Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Gilmore
  • Patent number: 10463952
    Abstract: A programmable die may feature a robust frame structure housing a plurality of display screens which may be programmed to display any number of possible data. Any number of sides are possible, so long as they can be read. The die may be programmed remotely, such as through an app, or manually. The displays may be LCD screens or electronic paper, or any later discovered and suitable device. A battery may be directly or inductively charged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Owen F. Read
  • Patent number: 10445972
    Abstract: A game machine featuring a play field, a light source and a transmissive electronic display covering at least a portion of the play field. The play field having a top and bottom and a translucent back panel having first and second sides. The back panel being located between the play field and the light source. The play field located between the back panel and the electronic display. The light source illuminating the electronic display through the back panel to present images over the play field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TEAM PLAY, INC.
    Inventors: Ed Pellegrini, Kenneth J. Fedesna, Frank Pellegrini, Brian Smolik, Joe Cicak, Bobby Llereza
  • Patent number: 10445976
    Abstract: Various embodiments are disclosed concerning games that use both 2D and 3D play areas. Various embodiments concern representing a 3D structure composed of a plurality of 3D shapes having a plurality of faces, presenting a plurality of elements, marking the plurality of faces and the elements, identifying a first set of one or more combinations of corresponding markings, moving the shapes of the three dimensional structure relative to the elements, and identifying a second set of one or more combinations of corresponding markings, each of the combinations of corresponding markings from the first set and the second set composed of markings from at least one of the elements and multiple faces of the shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Jason Malkovich, Rebecca Schuh, Chad Shapiro, Adam Martin
  • Patent number: 10438453
    Abstract: A system controls access to games, such as Lottery games, over communication devices, including wireless devices. A ticket comprising a substrate identifies a game and indicates that it is a lottery electronic access ticket (LEAT). A participation number, typically obscured, is provided and communicated by typing or keying the number. In one aspect, the system placing a limit on the number of plays allowed, where the number is greater than one, and the system placing a time limit on game play. The use of the system is subject to limits on the number of plays allowed, and includes a time component. Game play proceeds once the system verifies that the number is valid. If valid, and a monetary amount remains available to the player, game play is permitted to proceed. The player is then provided with an indication of whether they have won, and if so, the amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Randall M. Katz, Gary Dawson
  • Patent number: 10430621
    Abstract: A gaming table includes a network analyzer. The network analyzer detects antenna reflection coefficients faster than RFID tags can be read, enabling game state information to be monitored quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Magnet Consulting, Inc.
    Inventors: Forrest S. Seitz, Joshua K. Hoyt, Bartley A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10417862
    Abstract: A process for playing a game includes purchasing a product with an information tag associated therewith, playing a first game associated with the product, scanning the information tag with a portable electronic device (PED) and interacting with at least one gaming website by playing the first game again online, playing a second game online or collecting winnings from playing at least one of the first game and the second game. The product may be a flexible pouch, a cup, a bottle, a beverage can, a beverage glass, a serving tray and a static piece gaming device with a pull tab, scratch off film or peel-off label, a clothing item and a sports memorabilia item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Pouch Pac Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: R. Charles Murray
  • Patent number: 10417466
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described herein for reading at least one dice. In one aspect, a method may include transmitting an RFID signal proximate to at least one dice, for example, which is contained within a dice gaming system. The method may also include receiving at least two RFID responses, with each of the RFID responses associated with different faces of at least one dice. A first RFID response may be associated with a first signal strength and the second RFID response associated with a second signal strength. The method may further include determining which side of the dice is facing upwards based on the first signal strength and the second signal strength using machine learning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Interblock d.d.
    Inventors: Urban Bergant, Ivo {hacek over (Z)}avbi, Peter Kro{hacek over (s)}elj
  • Patent number: 10410477
    Abstract: A method of operating a gaming device to play an expanding halo reels game may include the steps of: Displaying a plurality of reels, each of the reels comprising a plurality of symbols; receiving a wager; spinning the reels; stopping the reels; evaluating the stopped reels for a winning combination of symbols; activating a first halo when there is a winning combination of symbols, the first halo comprising a plurality of symbols that surround at least a portion of the reels; moving the first halo with respect to the reels; stopping the first halo; evaluating the stopped first halo and reels for a winning combination of symbols; and terminating game play when there is no winning combination of symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: URSA Major Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin C. Hoffman, William F. Burrows, Jason B. Newmark, Lucas A. Munns, Joseph G. Berger, Farhad Ahmadzai
  • Patent number: 10403086
    Abstract: A method of gaming comprising: generating a game outcome by selecting a plurality of symbols, and displaying the selected symbols on a display at respective ones of a plurality of display positions arranged in a three-dimensional array; and determining whether the game outcome includes one or more winning outcomes. The method may include expanding the size of the three-dimensional array in response to occurrence of at least one trigger condition. The method may also include migrating symbols from one position to another within the three-dimensional array prior to determining whether the game outcome includes any winning outcomes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Linn Anthony McKay, Jay Stone
  • Patent number: 10373433
    Abstract: A player comp system and method may include a gaming device having a processor programmed to provide a game of chance to a player. A player comp indicator provides a notification output based on a signal received from a remote computer that calculates comp eligibility points based on gameplay data and at least one comp eligibility criterion. The comp indicator may provide a visual notification, such as a light, LED, or a voucher or ticket provided to the player or an attendant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Gaming Arts, LLC
    Inventors: David Colvin, Eric D. Colvin
  • Patent number: 10366580
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a gaming device having a bonus game that provides a player with a primary set of reel symbols having a primary probability of winning and a secondary set of reel symbols having a secondary probability of winning, where the secondary probability of winning is greater than the primary probability of winning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Paulina Rodgers, Anthony J. Baerlocher
  • Patent number: 10347074
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the gaming system is configured to operate a slot game including a plurality of reels, one of which includes a plurality of designated symbols adjacent to one another on the reel forming a group of designated symbols. For a play of the game, if at least a first quantity of the designated symbols of the group of designated symbols but less than a second greater quantity of the designated symbols of the group of designated symbols is displayed, the gaming system displays one or more other designated symbols of the group of designated symbols in addition to the displayed designated symbols of the group of designated symbols such that the second greater quantity of the designated symbols is displayed. The gaming system determines and provides any awards based on the displayed symbols including any displayed designated symbols of the second greater quantity of the designated symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: William K. Hughes, Bradford D. Brown, Kimberly N. LeFever
  • Patent number: 10339764
    Abstract: The present invention combines aspects of social media with traditional lottery games. In one aspect, the present invention provides a lottery game for drawing-based and instant-based games, where the numbers or icons that are traditionally used are replaced by player profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: IGT Global Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald Babineau, Amy Morin, Todd Nash, Kenneth Perry, Nicolas Seccatore, Christopher Simonelli, John Taylor, Jess Wright
  • Patent number: 10328333
    Abstract: An improved game surface for a table game system includes a random number generator for identifying one or more numbers relevant to determining an outcome of a game of chance. The table game surface includes a game layout, including a plurality of player positions and a plurality of wagering areas corresponding to different possible outcomes. Each wagering area includes at least one illumination source associated therewith that can be switched between an on condition and an off condition. Each at least one illumination source may be configured to switch to the on condition when the wagering area with which it is associated is a winning outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Mark Hamilton Jones and Sheryle Lynn Jones Family Trust
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones
  • Patent number: 10332334
    Abstract: An electronic method of operating a gaming system comprising a game controller. The method comprises forming, using the game controller, at least one dynamically generated reel strip by a) conducting a random determination to select one of a plurality of different arrangements of a defined number of stacked symbols, each arrangement dividing the defined number of stacked symbols into a different number of stacks of the symbol, and b) adding the selected arrangement to symbols predefined for the respective reel strip; selecting symbols, using the game controller, from a set of reel strips including the at least one dynamically generated reel strip; displaying the selected symbols on the display; and making, using the game controller, an award if the selected symbols include one or more winning outcomes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: T. Grant Bolling, Jr., Kurt Larsen
  • Patent number: 10332352
    Abstract: A gaming machine has a display and a game controller arranged to control images displayed on the display. The game controller is arranged to play a spinning reel game wherein one or more random events are caused to be displayed on the display and, if a predefined winning event occurs, the machine awards a prize. When at least one special symbol appears on the display, the special symbol is held in a superimposed representation in that position for at least one further game while at least that reel carrying the special symbol is re-spun for the at least one further game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Nicholas Luke Bennett, Natalie Bryant
  • Patent number: 10304286
    Abstract: A medal circulation device has a structure in which a medal put into a medal inlet at an upper portion drops along a medal-dropping plate, is collected through a medal outlet at a lower portion after dropping, and is then returned to the medal inlet by a medal circulation plate. The medal circulation device includes: a guide unit for guiding medals put inside through the medal inlet of the m medal-dropping plate; and one or more pins for changing the directions of the medals dropping through the guide unit, so medals are uniformly supplied by the medal circulation plate rotating at a constant speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ANDAMIRO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Myoung Soo Lim, Soo Min Park
  • Patent number: 10229562
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a gaming system and method providing a game providing an award if a shape of a symbol displayed at a symbol display area corresponds to a shape of that symbol display area. Other embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a gaming system and method providing a game having a player-adjustable volatility. In certain embodiments, the game is the above-described game, while in other embodiments, the game is a different game. Generally, in certain such embodiments, the gaming system enables a player to tailor the overall volatility of a play of the game to the player's preference by selecting a desired combination of symbol display areas to employ for a play of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Brian F. Saunders, Timothy L. Isaacson, Ernest M. Lafky
  • Patent number: 10210700
    Abstract: A method and system is provided of enhancing the variability of high-quality computer graphics from limited sources utilizing minimal processing and bandwidth in real time. An underlying backdrop 3D model is generated. Next, Partially Rendered Pixels (PRP) of animated 3D characters are generated having lighting and texture information compatible with the underlying backdrop 3D model. The texture and other ancillary data are removed or omitted from the PRP animated 3D characters leaving only a detailed skeletal model. The extracted texture and other ancillary data are placed in a separate PRP lookup table. A fully rendered video segment is created from the PRP and a selected set of texture and other ancillary data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Inspired Gaming (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Peter Metelko, Stephen J. Goldman
  • Patent number: 10198911
    Abstract: The present invention provides a roulette game, including: a roulette wheel having a series of numbers, each number additionally having an assigned color characteristic; a betting layout having marked areas whereby one or more players may place a bet on a result of the roulette wheel, the betting layout further including first and second side bet areas for placing first and second side bets; spinning the roulette wheel to produce a game result comprising one of the roulette wheel numbers and its assigned color characteristic; a random number generator producing, for each spin of the roulette wheel, first and second random numbers selected from the same series of numbers with assigned color characteristics as represented on the roulette wheel; a display of first and second random numbers; settling roulette bets on the basis of the roulette wheel game result; settling the first side bets on the basis of the roulette wheel game result numerically matching one or both of the first and second random numbers; an
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CLUB GAMING PTY LTD
    Inventors: Linh Kohl, Daryl Bruce, David Croft
  • Patent number: 10188936
    Abstract: A device that is an accessory for or a component of games, such as tabletop games, board games, card games and the like includes an actuator, a microprocessor and a power source, and one or more of a timer, sound sensor, light emitter, sound emitter, orientation sensor, motion sensor, optical sensor, communicator, charger and randomizer. The device is programmed through sound transmitted from an external source, such as a computer. The device responds to sounds such as voice commands, hand claps, or other types of sound by a series of programmed behaviors that include rolling, jumping, bouncing and/or displaying one or more lights. When embodied as a die or other sided object, the actuator is mounted at an angle with respect to the device sides. Alternate embodiments could be configured in the shape of a character, such as an animal, person, design of a fictional character or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Nimrod Back, Saar Shai
  • Patent number: 10186107
    Abstract: There is provided a gaming machine capable of providing new gaming characteristics: the number of active lines is changeable to vary a winning probability. A slot machine controls a lower image display panel having a symbol display area in which some of symbols arranged in symbol arrays are respectively rearranged in display blocks in accordance with the game. The slot machine rearranges, on a one to one basis, the symbols in the display blocks arranged in a matrix of M columns by N rows. When a predetermined condition is satisfied, the slot machine adds display blocks to the matrix in the symbol display area to form a matrix of M columns by N+? rows, and sets additional active lines in the expanded display frame, the number of the additional active lines being calculated by multiplying the number of the added rows ? by a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, ARUZE GAMING (HONG KONG) LIMITED
    Inventors: Kenta Kitamura, Hiromoto Yamauchi, Yuki Terada, Kensaku Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 10147276
    Abstract: An electronic method of operating a gaming system. The method includes selecting a plurality of symbols, displaying the selected symbols, and upon the displayed symbols including one or more designated symbols, retaining each displayed designated symbol for a subsequent game round at a respective symbol display position at which the designated symbol is displayed. The method also includes, in the subsequent game round, selecting, a plurality of symbols from the symbol data, upon a further designated symbol being selected for display at a symbol display position at which the retained designated symbol is displayed, modifying the retained designated symbol to indicate that a win containing the retained designated symbol will be increased, and upon the selected symbols in the subsequent game round corresponding to a winning outcome incorporating the modified retained designated symbol, making an award of an award value corresponding to the winning outcome modifier by the increase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Liam Sanders, Matthew Chan
  • Patent number: 10134236
    Abstract: An electronic method of gaming includes displaying, on a display, a pick to reveal jackpot game having a game board portion presenting a plurality of selectable symbols. The method includes selecting, by a game controller, a winning prize level from a plurality of prize levels. The method includes selecting, by the game controller, a pathway to the selected winning prize level from a plurality of pathways to the selected winning prize level. The method includes selecting, by the game controller, a multiplier for each of the prize levels. In various embodiments, one or more of the multipliers is greater than times one. The method includes displaying, by the game controller on the display, the selected pathway to the selected winning prize level with the one or more of the selected multipliers greater than times one in response to a sequence of user selections of a subset of the selectable symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Ryan Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10127016
    Abstract: A magnetic random number generator is disclosed. The magnetic random number generator comprises: a) a Hall cross structure comprising at least one magnetic nanowire with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy; b) an in-plane pulsed current generator operable to generate stochastic nucleation of domain walls (DWs) in the Hall cross structure; and c) a sensor configured to measure a parameter of the Hall cross structure upon DW nucleation, wherein said parameter has a value representing a random number. A greater number of Hall cross structures may be employed to generate a random number having a greater number of bits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Pankaj Sethi, Chandrasekhar Murapaka, Wen Siang Lew, Arindam Basu
  • Patent number: 10127765
    Abstract: A gaming machine has a main or master gaming controller for presenting primary games. A secondary controller is associated with the gaming machine for presenting secondary games. The gaming machine includes a primary gaming machine interface and a secondary gaming machine interface to one or more external servers, such as an accounting server. The secondary gaming machine interface is positioned between the master gaming controller and the primary gaming machine interface, whereby the secondary gaming machine interface acts as a host to the master gaming controller and whereby the secondary controller acts as a gaming device to the primary gaming machine interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Tipping Point Group, LLC
    Inventor: Sam Johnson
  • Patent number: 10121317
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention set forth systems, apparatuses and methods for enhancing gaming experiences using a game wheel. Accordingly, a gaming device can be configured to operate a gaming wheel having a plurality of sections. Each of the sections of the wheel includes a symbol mark and is associated with a section classification. Random selections of game wheel sections are made where selected sections associated with a first classification provide an award associated with the corresponding symbol mark and places a termination indicator in the selected section. Selected sections associated with a second classification clear one or more of the existing termination indicators, if any. Selections continue until a section associated with a termination indicator is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Bradley Berman
  • Patent number: 10102709
    Abstract: The disclosed gaming system displays an arrangement of symbols including a plurality of symbol positions. For a play of the game, the gaming system displays a randomly generated symbol in each symbol position. One or more of the symbols are displayed as associated with a directional indicator indicating a shift direction for that symbol. If any winning symbol combination is displayed, the gaming system shifts at least one symbol within the symbol matrix according to the directional indicator associated with that symbol, such as by shifting the symbol as designated distance in the shift direction indicated by the symbol's directional indicator. In one embodiment, the gaming system removes one or more symbols in the shift path of a shifting symbol. In one embodiment, the gaming system generates and displays new symbols in the then-empty symbol positions of the symbol matrix and repeats the determination, shifting, and generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Scott A. Caputo
  • Patent number: 10013854
    Abstract: A bingo game system provides for new features and functionality for a bingo game platform, including a bingo broadcaster in communication with a bingo game server, at least one desktop client device, and at least one mobile client device (e.g., via a bingo connection proxy).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Gamesys Ltd.
    Inventors: Hans Elias, Adam Scott
  • Patent number: 9984528
    Abstract: A gaming table includes a network analyzer. The network analyzer detects antenna reflection coefficients faster than RFID tags can be read, enabling game state information to be monitored quickly. The network analyzer detects changes in the reflection coefficients that result from movements of a human appendage, enabling the system to change game states in response to the detected hand movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Magnet Consulting, Inc.
    Inventors: Forrest S. Seitz, Joshua K. Hoyt, Bartley A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9981180
    Abstract: A die rolling and identification apparatus having a die container with a die shaker, an opening connector and a die slide and containing a least one die, the opening connector is between the die shaker and the die slide to enable the die to move between the die shaker and the die slide through the opening connector; a motor and a plurality of gears connected to the motor. The plurality of gears turn the die container, the die slide has a slide lower surface and slide upper surface, the slide lower surface and the slide upper surface are substantially parallel such that the die slides in the die slide without rolling, the die shaken in the die shaker are stopped in a prescribed position in the die slide and the die are read by light sensors disposed on a surface of the die slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventors: Takashi Koyanagi, Koichi Mori
  • Patent number: 9978203
    Abstract: In an effect assemblage for a gaming machine which is configured to display a process of determining win/loss and a result of the win/loss by moving a first object image and a second object image relative to each other and stopping the first object image at a predetermined part of the second object image, after the first object image and the second object image move relative to each other, the movement of the second object image is corrected, with the result that a predetermined part of the second object image reaches the end of the movement locus at a timing at which the first object image reaches the end of the movement locus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventor: Yukihiro Matsumura
  • Patent number: 9928693
    Abstract: A gaming system for play of a base game, and arranged to detect a trigger condition during the base game. A feature game is implemented when a feature game frequency criterion is met. The feature game frequency criterion may be based on the number of base games having been implemented since the last implementation of a feature game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIAN PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Kin Wai San
  • Patent number: 9911287
    Abstract: A game device includes a first setting unit, a lottery unit, a decision unit, and a determination unit. The first setting unit sets a first character for a first player and a second character different from the first character, both belonging to a first group. The lottery unit decides stop positions of spinning slot reels of a reel group displayed on a display. The decision unit decides a battle action of the first group. The determination unit decreases hit points of an enemy character in response to the battle action and decreases hit points of at least one of the first and second characters in response to another battle action by the enemy character, so as to determine a winner based on respective remaining amounts of the hit points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co.. LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuya Takahashi, Franklin Kang, Naoki Okada
  • Patent number: 9898898
    Abstract: A gaming device includes a cabinet, a display coupled to the cabinet, and a reel assembly positioned within the cabinet. The reel assembly includes a reel configured to rotate, and a reel strip coupled to the reel and including a symbol having a first image and a second image. The gaming device also includes a light source located within the cabinet and configured to selectively project a light for backlighting the reel strip, wherein the light source has a first mode for projecting the light in a first configuration and a second mode for projecting the light in a second configuration, and a game controller coupled to the cabinet and configured to control the light source. The first image is viewable when the light source projects the light in the first configuration to backlight the reel strip, and the second image is viewable when the light source projects the light in the second configuration to backlight the reel strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: James Brewer, Gene A. Spoor
  • Patent number: 9881460
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a gaming system and method providing a bonus opportunity when a designated relationship exists between a plurality of randomly determined elements. The gaming system randomly generates a plurality of elements in association with a play of a secondary game. The gaming system determines whether a designated relationship exists between the randomly determined elements. If the designated relationship exists between the randomly determined elements, the gaming system determines a bonus opportunity associated with the randomly determined elements and provides the bonus opportunity to a player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Leandro Basallo, Rachael A. Bristol, Colin M. Ferris, John Grime, Ana K. Rollins, Timothy L. Isaacson, Mark C. Nicely, Dacotah A. Petermann-Turner, Alex Present
  • Patent number: 9858762
    Abstract: A gaming machine has a display and a game controller arranged to control images displayed on the display. The game controller is arranged to play a spinning reel game wherein one or more random events are caused to be displayed on the display and, if a predefined winning event occurs, the machine awards a prize. When at least one special symbol appears on the display, the special symbol is held in a superimposed representation in that position for at least one further game while at least that reel carrying the special symbol is re-spun for the at least one further game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Nicholas Luke Bennett, Natalie Bryant
  • Patent number: 9858768
    Abstract: Gaming systems, controllers, and associated methods are provided. An example gaming system includes a game controller arranged to control play of a game. The game includes a plurality of selectable game play characteristics. The game controller is arranged to control play of the game such that one or more of the selectable game play characteristics are played in the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Colin Fong
  • Patent number: 9858764
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for implementing a uniquely automated, and otherwise gamified, version of a Squares Game. The disclosed schemes incorporate technology for hosting on, or interacting/reacting with, potential participants' mobile and personal communicating and computing devices. The disclosed schemes simplify hosting of, and participation in, a unique implementation of a Squares Game associated with one or more live event, including but not limited to live sporting events. The disclosed schemes introduce a streamlined process for registering participants, selecting interior game squares, among many players, and executing all of the gaming functions in an automated manner to include identification and notification of winners when their winning numbers are determined to be associated with respective numbers in the live event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Frank S. Maggio
  • Patent number: 9857398
    Abstract: An inter-circuit board connector connects a first circuit board to a second circuit board. The inter-circuit board connector includes power pins to transmit power from the first circuit board to the second circuit board. Each power pin provides an equal amount of current from the first circuit board to the second circuit board. The inter-circuit board connector includes a current sensor to measure current on a selected number of the power pins that can be less than a total number of the power pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Jian Meng
  • Patent number: 9852583
    Abstract: Methods of administering wagering games may involve accepting a base game wager from a player to participate in a base game. The base game may involve presenting one or more lammers in response to an occurrence of one or more chance events, acceptance of one or more player instructions affecting game play of the base game, or the occurrence of the one or more chance events and the acceptance of the one or more player instructions affecting the game play of the base game in response to the occurrence of the one or more chance events. A side wager may be accepted from the player before any qualifying lammers can be presented. The side wager may be resolved by determining whether any qualifying lammers have been presented. A payout on the side wager may be paid to the player in response to a presence of at least one qualifying lammer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Customized Games Limited
    Inventor: Geoff Hall
  • Patent number: 9842466
    Abstract: Gaming systems, gaming devices and methods that provide games that control volatility. In one embodiment, the gaming system disclosed herein enables a player to select values, or cells associated with values, that are displayed in a particular arrangement. The player selected values are distributed to other values or cells according to one or more predefined rules. In one embodiment, one or more of the player selectable values are progressive award values. At some point during the game, the gaming system randomly picks one of the remaining values that have not been selected and provides an award to the player based at least in part on the selected value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Scott A. Caputo, Ernie M. Lafky, Bryan D. Wolf, Paulina Rodgers, Cameron A. Filipour, Adam M. Meyer, Adam M. Singer
  • Patent number: 9786124
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the gaming device and method disclosed herein provides a player one or more modifiers to apply to different components or characteristics of a game. In one such embodiment, the gaming device enables a player to selectively apply or associate a plurality of modifiers to a single game component or apply the plurality of modifiers across the plurality of game components. For each game component with at least one applied modifier, the gaming device disclosed herein modifies said game component based on each applied modifier. The gaming device generates any awards based on any modified game components and any unmodified game components and provides any generated awards to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Scott A. Caputo, Carl V. Kniesteadt, Alan Weiss
  • Patent number: 9786121
    Abstract: A system for interactive gaming among a plurality of players includes a host computer system and a plurality of player terminals communicably coupled to the host computer system via a network. The plurality of player terminals are located at a plurality of licensed gaming locations. The plurality of player terminals are configured to engage the plurality of players in a common interactive game operated by the host computer system. The plurality of player terminals include means for dispensing player winnings from the player terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: AG 18, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Frenkel
  • Patent number: 9767650
    Abstract: A gaming system for conducting a wagering game includes input device(s), display device(s), processor(s), and memory device(s). The memory devices store instructions that, when executed, cause the gaming system to receive a wager to initiate each instance of the wagering game, randomly select a game outcome for each instance of the wagering game, display the randomly selected game outcome for each instance, and initiate a special event in response to an occurrence of a triggering event during an instance of the wagering game. At least two of the randomly selected outcomes include a first special symbol that has a dynamic secondary element. The dynamic secondary element represents a first enhancement in a first instance and a second enhancement in a second instance of the wagering game. The triggering event and special event are associated with at least one special symbol. The special event is modified by the dynamic secondary element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel R. Jaffe, Jeffry L. Nauman, Keith Burza
  • Patent number: 9697687
    Abstract: A gaming system includes: a reader configured to read chip identification information which identifies a chip used in a casino; a writer configured to write validity information, betting information, and information about whether the chip is received from a cashier or from a dealer into chip information based on the chip identification information; and a determination unit configured to determine the validity, the betting state, and the source based on the chip information, wherein the writer is configured to update the validity information from invalid to valid when the chip is handed from the cashier or the dealer to a player and vice versa, to update the betting information as being betted when the chip is placed on a betting area and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshimi Koyama, Jun Fujimoto, Nobuyuki Nonaka