Electric Or Magnetic Patents (Class 273/138.2)
  • Patent number: 10922925
    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: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Nicholas Luke Bennett, Natalie Bryant
  • Patent number: 10909813
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for implementing a uniquely automated, and otherwise gamified, version of a Squares Game, enhanced with additional reactive gaming schemes and with an opportunity for expansion to an active wagering scenario. The disclosed schemes incorporate technology for hosting on, or interacting/reacting with, potential participants' mobile and personal communicating and computing devices. The disclosed systems and methods uniquely adapt the gamified Squares Game to implement hybrid schemes employed by one or more of the myriad “fantasy sports” leagues that have become attractive to mass audiences. The disclosed schemes provide event-long score tabulation as a mechanism by which to allocate awards. The disclosed schemes provide for branding to certain sponsors of a Super Squares event, league, or season, in a manner that the a sponsoring entity's retail and/or website properties may be linked to the automated game in order to facilitate increased traffic, sales and/or exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Frank S. Maggio
  • Patent number: 10867479
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine includes a display, a credit input mechanism, and a processor programmed to perform operations comprising: (i) determining, during a wagering game initiated in response to receiving a credit wager, that a replay trigger condition is satisfied, the wagering game including a plurality of reels; (ii) initiating, in response to the replay trigger condition, a replay bonus game; (iii) determining a number of replays for use in the replay bonus game; (iv) generating a set of symbols for the plurality of reels for each of the number of replays including an award amount associated with the set of symbols; (v) serially displaying, on the display each of the sets of symbols for each of the number of replays; and (vi) awarding a total award amount including the sum of each award amount for each of the sets of symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Jayme Dale Sevigny, David Robert Marsh
  • Patent number: 10867473
    Abstract: An online gaming system provides a double wager with various compensation payouts for a player's win in a primary game. The double wager is selectively offered to the player based on eligibility requirements related to a marketing segment associated with the player. The double wager is a fair (or better than fair) bet for the player, but in cases where the player loses the double wager, a compensation payout is offered. The particular compensation payout offered, and the parameters of the compensation payout, are determined based on a number of factors, again based on the player's segment as well as a random selection mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Playtika Ltd.
    Inventor: Erez Greenberg Castro
  • Patent number: 10854045
    Abstract: Methods and systems for electronic interaction comprising a display for presenting a grid of identifying objects, an input for receiving a player selection of an identifying object, a random generator for randomly selecting a winning identifying object, and a point tally system for awarding points to the player according to the rules comprising a first point value if the player selected identifying object exactly matches the winning identifying object, a second point value if the player selected identifying object is in a geometric relationship with the winning identifying object, and a third, negative, point value if the player is not awarded the first point value or the second point value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Milestone Entertainment, LLC
    Inventors: Randall M. Katz, Gary Dawson
  • Patent number: 10843082
    Abstract: Methods and systems for combining a computer-implemented word game with a computer-implemented non-word based game. One of the methods includes receiving, at a processor for controlling a game, a first input from a user of the game, the game including both a non-word based game and a skill-based word game, the first input received in response to a display of the non-word based game; providing at least one letter to the user in response to the first input received from the user; and receiving a second input from the user related to playing at least one letter in the word game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Playtika Ltd.
    Inventor: Lior Kenan
  • Patent number: 10846979
    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: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Linn Anthony McKay, Jay Stone
  • Patent number: 10832515
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer readable storage to implement a slot machine (or other game) with a reveal list feature. When the player wants to view the reveal list (e.g., by pressing a button), the next X (e.g., 100) outcomes on the slot machine will be revealed. Thus, as the player plays these next 100 games, the outcomes will be exactly as listed in the reveal screen. Thus, the player will know what the next 100 games will result in. In an embodiment, the outcomes in the reveal list will be applied to a skill meter which can decrease (or in some embodiments also potentially increase) the outcome depending on mechanical skill of the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Pure Skill Games Limited
    Inventor: Fernando DiCarlo
  • Patent number: 10825285
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a gaming system and method providing a slot game including a symbol generator modification event. In various embodiments, the gaming system is configured to provide a slot game, each play of which employs a subset of a plurality of symbol generators. If a symbol generator modification event occurs in association with a first play that employs a first subset of the symbol generators, the gaming system removes one of the symbol generators from the first subset and adds another one of the plurality of symbol generators to the first subset to form a second subset, and employs the second subset for a second play. The gaming system removes and adds the symbol generators to form the second subset such that the average expected payback percentage of the second play is greater than the average expected payback percentage of the first play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Scott A. Caputo, Leandro Basallo, Jon M. Leupp
  • Patent number: 10818128
    Abstract: After determining that a player has won a base game, an electronic gaming machine may award one or more free instances of a game as a bonus game or a round of bonus games. If the EGM determines that a player has won a bonus game, the EGM may present a bonus wheel. The bonus wheel may be partitioned into segments, one of which corresponds to a top-level progressive award. Other segments may correspond to multipliers of an amount won in the bonus game. A player may have a chance to win the top-level progressive award during each spin of the bonus wheel, even if the player has already won the top-level progressive award during a prior spin of the bonus wheel during the same round of bonus games. The bonus wheel may be a “weighted” wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Ryan Hawkins, Stephanie Johns, Yanis Tsombanidis, Robert Honeycutt
  • Patent number: 10780355
    Abstract: A method of automatically providing a hint to a first user about how a second user is likely to interact with them within a videogame includes: obtaining first indicators of behaviour for the second user recorded during at least a first previous interaction with the first user or an approximate representation of the first user, obtaining second indicators of behaviour for a corpus of a plurality of players having had at least a first successful previous interaction with the first user or an approximate representation of the first user, comparing the first and second indicators of behaviour to obtain comparison information about how the second user compares to the corpus of successful players, and providing a hint to the first user about the second user, based upon the comparison information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Pritpal Singh Panesar, Mohammed Mansoor Nusrat, Nicholas Anthony Edward Ryan, Hugh Alexander Dinsdale Spencer
  • Patent number: 10769891
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods for enhancing gaming awards in gaming activities. At least one payout modifier is awarded, and its use is deferred. During the deferment period, the payout modifier is allowed to increase to create an increased payout modifier. An end of the deferral period is randomly determined, and the increased payout modifier is awarded for use in the gaming activity. Embodiments further provide the player an option to keep the originally awarded payout modifier, or to surrender it to allow it to be deferred with potential growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Jacob Lamb
  • Patent number: 10733836
    Abstract: An application credit earning interleaved wagering system is disclosed, including an interactive controller configured to: communicate application telemetry; receive wager outcome display instructions; display a wager outcome; receive and display eligible awards; communicate an AC award request comprising an AC award from the eligible awards; and receive AC award instructions comprising the AC award; a wager controller constructed to: receive wager request; communicate wager outcome; and the application controller operatively connecting the interactive controller and the wager controller, the application controller also operatively connected to a patron management server and an AC management device, and constructed to: receive the application telemetry; determine whether to trigger a wager request; communicate the wager request; receive the wager outcome; communicate wager outcome display instructions; communicate the application telemetry; receive an AC value amount; communicate the AC value display instruct
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, Frank Cire
  • Patent number: 10713896
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods for providing options in gaming activities to take an offered award or to surrender it to play for more favorable awards. In one embodiment, a number of available awards are presented and at least one is selected for or by the player. The player can choose to keep the current award, or to surrender it to obtain a chance to obtain a different award. If the player surrenders the current award, the player is provided with selectable award advancement alternatives from which to select, including an option to obtain a new award positioned relative to the surrendered one of the available awards and an option requiring that the surrendered one of the available awards be retained. In response to the player selecting the option to obtain a new award positioned relative to the surrendered one of the available awards, the new award is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Jacob Lamb
  • Patent number: 10699516
    Abstract: A wagering game of chance comprising: an input establishing a credit balance, the credit balance being increasable and decreasable based at least on wagering activity; a memory device having computer-executable instructions stored thereon; and a processor, which upon executing the computer-executable instructions, is configured to: accept a wager, the wager amount decreasing the credit balance; use a random number generator to select and display a portion of each of a plurality of reels on a display, the plurality of reels comprising symbols thereon including one or more number symbols; determine if a game termination condition has occurred; in response to the game termination condition, issue the sum of all numbers displayed on the display as a monetary payout without regard to the alignment of the symbols on the reels and without regard to a pay table; and increment the credit balance by the issued sum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Anthony M. Singer, Howard Marks, Daniel Marks
  • Patent number: 10699515
    Abstract: A wagering game of change comprising: an input establishing a credit balance, the credit balance being increasable and decreasable based on at least wagering activity; a memory device having computer-executable instructions stored thereon; and a processor, which upon executing the computer-executable instructions, is configured to: accept a wager, the wager amount decreasing the credit balance; use a random number generator to select and display a portion of each of a plurality of reels on a display, the plurality of reels comprising symbols thereon including one or more number symbols and at least one activator symbol; determine if the activator symbol is displayed; in response to the activator symbol being displayed, issue the sum of the number symbols displayed on the display as a monetary payout without regard to the alignment of the symbols on the reels and without regard to a paytable; and increment the credit balance by the issued sum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Anthony M. Singer, Howard Marks, Daniel Marks
  • Patent number: 10688383
    Abstract: An improved system, apparatus and method for flipping gaming objects, such as dice, in a random, reliable manner. An object flipping platform can be contained within a container associated with an electronic gaming machine. The container can be at least partially transparent so that users (e.g., game players) are able to view the objects flipping. The object flipping platform can be used to flip objects (e.g., dice) from one side to an opposite side, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Fresh Idea Global Limited
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 10692328
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention set forth systems, apparatuses and methods for implementing a selection mechanic for bonuses or features available on the gaming device. Accordingly, a gaming device can be configured to have a set of mechanical reels for play of a primary game, and a video display configured to show virtual reels in a video slot presentation. When a bonus, such as a free spins or free games bonus, is triggered, the gaming device may provide the player an option to play the bonus on either the mechanical game reels or the video game reels. Each option may have different characteristics, which may be communicated to the player to aid in their selection of the display to implement the bonus event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Bradley Berman
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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