Chance Selection Patents (Class 273/139)
  • Patent number: 10589170
    Abstract: An exemplary method of controlling a server that can provide a game can include associating a user with a group; determining, based on information related to activity of the user in at least one of the game and an event within the game, information related to activity of the group with which the user is associated; and providing a bonus to the group based on the information related to activity of the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventor: Shinji Mizuno
  • Patent number: 10540848
    Abstract: Provided is a game system in which when a bonus game or the like is conducted, linkage presentation using player tracking devices (PTS terminals) is performed over a plurality of gaming machines. Upon the occurrence of winning in the bonus game, a bonus server 11 transmits a bonus winning notification to a gaming machine in a bank in which a gaming machine having won therein is included. A PTS terminal of the gaming machine which has received the bonus winning notification transmits a linkage presentation start request to a gaming machine which operates as a presentation control server in the bank. The PTS terminal of the gaming machine which has received the linkage presentation start request broadcasts a linkage presentation execution request to a network segment of the bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noritoshi Kukita, Yuya Konno, Jun Haishima, Shigehiko Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10482717
    Abstract: A system for generating an optimized wagering strategy is disclosed. The system may include a communication device configured for receiving a wagering budget associated with the pari-mutuel event from a user device associated with a user account, receiving wagering data from at least one wagering data source, receiving prediction data from at least one handicapper device associated with at least one handicapper account, transmitting an optimized wagering strategy to the user device, and transmitting the optimized wagering strategy to an advance deposit wagering account associated with the user device. Further, the wagering data may include money wagered on each competitor of the plurality of competitors for each type of wager. Further, the user device may be configured for presenting the optimized wagering strategy. Further, the system may include a processing device configured for generating the optimized wagering strategy based on each of the wagering budget, wagering data and the prediction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas G Reetz
  • Patent number: 10460569
    Abstract: A lottery ticket dispenser array includes a frame and a plurality of separate bins contained within the frame. Each bin includes a housing having a front side that faces a purchaser in operational use of the dispenser array, an opposite back side, and an internal space for receipt of a supply of interconnected lottery tickets, wherein each lottery tickets contains a code printed thereon. Each bin has an electronic drive mechanism that dispenses the lottery tickets therefrom. A controller is in communication with each of the drive mechanisms to initiate a dispense sequence upon receipt of a ticket dispense command from the controller. The controller is configured on the frame and is variably positional relative to the frame between different operational positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Scientific Games International, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10424166
    Abstract: A method of playing a game that uses the numbers generated by a Keno game is described. The method includes i) receiving a wager from a player, ii) the player selecting to play a matrix-like game displaying through a display medium the player selected variables, with the matrix containing subsets each with a plurality of numbers, the subsets defined by linear contiguous trajectories; vertical, horizontal and diagonal; the subsets including generally equivalent amounts of variables, each subset including a variable that is shared with at least one other subset in the matrix and there are a plurality of subsets that include a variable that are mutually exclusive to another subset within the matrix, and iii) determining the gaming operators variables, displaying the gaming operators variables, determining whether the player wins or loses the game according to predetermined rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Ahmnon D. Moskowitz
  • Patent number: 10395482
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, systems, methods and articles of manufacture provide for a game comprising a primary game and a bonus round comprising a plurality of player selectable elements, in which game an outcome of the primary game may include an eliminator symbol which functions to render unavailable for selection at least one of the player selectable elements. In one embodiment, the lowest value player selectable element is removed or rendered unavailable, thus effectively increasing the player's chances of selecting a higher value player selectable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Gamesys, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hans Elias
  • Patent number: 10394409
    Abstract: A method and system are provided with instant probability tickets combined with gaming machines wherein the win/lose outcome of the probability game is determined by the subset selections the player makes from a superset comprising a multiplicity of possible game element spots. The gaming machines hold the purchased probability ticket in escrow in an internal region of the gaming machine such that the player cannot gain physical access to the probability ticket until he or she commits to a selection of subset game elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Diamond Game Enterprises
    Inventors: Randee R. Kerns, James A. Breslo, William F. Breslo, Robert J. Siemasko, Kenneth E. Irwin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10388112
    Abstract: Disclosed is a gaming system including a gaming machine primarily dedicated for use in playing at least one regulated casino wagering game. In response to a triggering event, the gaming system initiates play of a feature game including a plurality of standard symbols and value symbols, the value symbols being associated with one or more values. One or more of the value symbols are held in place in a group on a display device, the standard symbols then replaced with respective replacement symbols randomly selected from the plurality of standard and value symbols. In response to the replacement symbols including another value symbol, the value symbol is added to the group and at least one of the values of the symbols previously in the group is modified. An award based on the current cumulative value of the held value symbols is determined at the conclusion of the feature game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Qin You, Yanhua Yin, Peter Wilkins, Elizabeth Carter, Jack Chesworth, Ross Malcolm Gilbertson
  • Patent number: 10360576
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media, software, and apparatuses are disclosed for an interactive rewards system for engaging and rewarding drivers. In one aspect, a system comprising a first computing associated with a driver and a second computing device is disclosed, where the second computing device is configured to receive, from the first computing device, driving score information for the driver, assign at least one lottery ticket to the driver based on the driving score information, and send, to the first computing device, a notification indicating that the at least one lottery ticket has been assigned to the driver. In another aspect, the second computing device may be configured to assign, to a driver, a card for a virtual card game. The particular card assigned may be based on the driver's driving behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Chienlan Hsu-Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10315102
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for playing an instant win gaming ticket. An instant win gaming ticket has multiple instant win games which can be played by the player. The amount won per game is dependent on the results of at least one previous game on the same ticket. The player plays the games on a single ticket and the amount the player wins for each game depends on whether previously played games on the same ticket were won or lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: IGT GLOBAL SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Philip Warren Green
  • Patent number: 10286317
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium including a program product for causing a user terminal to realize functions to control progress of a video game is provided. A set constituted by at least one game element is used in the video game. A user owns the at least one game element in the video game. The functions include: a specifying function configured to specify an event to be carried out by the user; an organizing function configured to refer to the event to organize a recommended set, the recommended set being constituted by a game element configuration that satisfies a predetermined condition; and a displaying function configured to display an image, the image causing the user to recognize information regarding the recommended set organized by the organizing function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE ENIX (ALSO TRADING AS SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.)
    Inventor: Jin Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 10275984
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for completing wagers and purchases from a gaming device when a player presses or selects the cash out feature on the device. The present invention provides for a more convenient method for players to make additional gaming wagers and purchases directly from a gaming device. The player can select the option to make a wager on a sporting event, lottery game, Keno game or any game of chance offered by the gaming establishment. The present invention also enables the player to select the option to make purchases for among other things show tickets, sporting events, movies, retail items or even credit the proceeds from the gaming device to the players hotel room account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Russell Robert Roth
  • Patent number: 10238956
    Abstract: A scratch-off fantasy sport gaming ticket has: a ticket support sheet; two or three distinct regions of images on one side of the ticket support sheet; a first region providing a random distribution of symbols indicating a number of distinct sports events which the ticket can use; a second region of images providing either i) a random distribution of multiple symbols indicating one sports team or player on which the ticket can be used with the number of distinct sports events; a third region providing a random distribution of symbols indicating a sports statistic to be associated with both the multiple symbols indicating the number of distinct sports events and the sports team or player; and each of the two or three visually distinct regions of images have an opaque scratch-off coating over them, or ii) a second region having both events and statistical target in each distinct region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Mark A. Litman
  • Patent number: 10242535
    Abstract: A gaming tournament and tournament system allow multiple players to play a plurality of individual games, such as at gaming machines of the system. Each player plays individual games until they have achieved a predesignated number of game losses. Each player is assigned a tournament score, such as comprising an aggregate of points which are awarded for each winning game outcome. The individual games may comprise poker games which include a replacement card feature and a dynamic point award configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Todd Fishon
  • Patent number: 10229553
    Abstract: A method of managing bets is provided. The method includes receiving one or more bets. Each bet comprises a selection of a first number of events selected from a group of events, a selection of a respective participant for each of the first number of events selected and a bet amount. The method also includes combining each bet amount to form a betting pool and determining an amount of a total payout based at least in part on the betting pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: CANTOR INDEX LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Asher, Kenneth L. Miller
  • Patent number: 10134243
    Abstract: A gaming machine providing a game that spins a plurality of reels with each reel including a plurality of symbols and thereafter stops the reels, determines a win based on arrangement of the symbols after stop, and provides an award in accordance with a win result. The gaming machine includes a display unit configured to display the game, and a controller configured to determine contents of the game to be displayed on the display unit. The controller determines application of a special event when a predetermined condition is satisfied, and determines a timing to apply the special event based on an award acquired by application of the special event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Konami Gaming, Incorporated
    Inventor: Daisuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10130869
    Abstract: A security-enhanced document includes a substrate; at least one lower portion of graphic imaging with or without first variable indicia directly or indirectly digitally imaged on the substrate; at least one release coat applied over the lower portion; at least one SOC applied over the release coat to maintain the lower portion imaging unreadable until removal of the SOC; and at least one overprint upper portion with digital imaging of second variable indicia over the SOC, the overprint upper portion being registered to cover at least a part of the imaging of the lower portion, the overprint upper portion being associated with the lower portion, such that the upper portion has at least one associated feature imaged with respect to a visual or thematic aspect of the lower portion. The document enhances the popularity and fun of games using the document, and may expand the consumer base for the games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hydra Management LLC
    Inventors: Fred W. Finnerty, Kenneth E. Irwin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10099112
    Abstract: An illuminated, three-dimensional tic-tac-toe game device is provided and includes a game board having nine posts arranged in a square. Each post includes three levels of play and a first switch and a second switch at each level. First and second game pieces are provided for use as X's and O's in the game. Each game piece includes translucent sides, a translucent top and an opaque bottom. First contacts are provided on each first game piece and are engageable with the first switches and second contacts are provided on each second game piece and are engageable with the second switches. An electronic circuit is provided for each possible combination of three of the same game pieces in a row either horizontally, vertically, transversely or diagonally. Lights are provided at each level within each post, either within each level of each post or inside a game piece arranged at the level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Randall Johnson
  • Patent number: 10086278
    Abstract: A bingo game system provides for new features and functionality for a bingo game platform, including a bingo listener for relaying messages from a bingo broadcaster to at least one mobile client device (e.g., via a bingo connection proxy).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Gamesys Ltd.
    Inventor: Hans Elias
  • Patent number: 10065105
    Abstract: A scratch off lottery ticket and method of manufacturing the scratch off lottery ticket in which the lottery ticket contains multiple game play areas where a player can scratch off a layer of scratch off material to reveal the hidden results, and depending on those results, can be awarded prizes for each particular game play area or can be awarded prizes for the combination of the results from two or more of the multiple game play areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: FROST PRODUCTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Cathy S. Frost
  • Patent number: 10046243
    Abstract: Systems in accordance with embodiments of the invention provide separation between a computing device and a server that is constructed to execute a wager in accordance with a gambling proposition and contains the auditable systems and functions enabling gaming regulatory body approval. However, the wager is initiated by, and the result of the wager is to be communicated to, the computing device in an environment that is separate from the server and its auditable systems and functions. A controller is used to interface between the server and the computing device in its separate environment. The controller receives data from the computing device and uses that data to trigger wagers in the server. The controller receives wager outcomes from the server and converts those wager outcomes into instructions that are used to control the computing device, thus separating the computing device and the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, Scott Shimmin
  • Patent number: 10022618
    Abstract: A method including, manufacturing individual playing cards; shuffling, using a shuffling machine with multiple pockets, a multiple number of decks of the playing cards at random in a factory utilizing at least a first card feeding step and a second card feeding step; detecting, using an imaging device and an image processing unit, a rank and a suit of each of the cards; counting, using the image processing unit, the number of each rank and each suit; inspecting, using the image processing unit, during or after the shuffling of the decks of playing cards, but before packaging, whether or not there is an excess or deficiency in the number of the rank or the suit contained in the multiple number of decks of the playing cards; and, after the inspecting step, packaging a set of the shuffled decks of the playing cards in an individual package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 9997025
    Abstract: The present invention describes a lottery ticket system providing an instant scratch lottery ticket to a consumer on-demand. A customer vending device of the lottery ticket system may be used to receive consumer input. The consumer input may include selection of a lottery game and one or more play actions for an associated interactive game. A scratch lottery ticket having hidden and non-hidden portions collectively defining an outcome for the lottery ticket is printed on-demand by the vending machine using blank lottery ticket media. The customer input may or may not impact the outcome of the printed lottery ticket. The vending machine may also communicate with one or more network servers to exchange ticket information for lottery ticket generation, authentication, recordation, and redemption, in addition to performing episodic lottery games by managing linked records of ticket information. Lastly, on-demand lottery tickets may be generated using real-time promotional and marketing information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter R Anderson
  • Patent number: 9978217
    Abstract: A method of and system for conducting multiple competitions of skill for a single performance are described herein. User generated competition groups and system generated competition groups allow users to participate in multiple competitions at once based on answering the same questions or making the same selections related to a single event. The users are informed of each competition either via email, text message or when logging into the network via a website. The users select which competitions groups to join. After joining the desired groups, the users then make their selections related to the event which are transmitted to the network where results are tabulated and transmitted back to the users. The results are separated based on each competition group, so that users can continually know where they stand in each separate competition. With multiple competition groups, users are able to have varying success from the same performance in multiple competitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Winview, Inc.
    Inventor: David B. Lockton
  • Patent number: 9959574
    Abstract: A clearing system comprising: a database for storing a plurality of accounts; and a risk manager for carrying out a risk assessment for a group of accounts comprising one or more accounts of said plurality of accounts; said risk manager being configured to update a risk assessment for a group of accounts each time the clearing system receives information about a new event affecting at least one account of said group of accounts. The event may be a new trade. The trade may be reported to the clearing system as soon as it has been settled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: CINNOBER FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY AB
    Inventor: Hannes Edvardson
  • Patent number: 9934652
    Abstract: A printed game card, sheet or ticket set can incorporate multiple individual tickets separated by perforation, scoring or folds, for example. In various embodiments, the game card or sheet is printed with at least one playable game on each individual ticket, wherein the games can be instant win games with game indicia and one or more layers of varnish or rubber-based material that is removable to reveal the indicia. Each ticket on the game card, sheet or ticket set can include individual validation and/or activation indicia. The indicia can be human-readable and/or computer readable. Further, the entire game card, sheet or ticket set can include game or sheet activation indicia, such that when the entire sheet is sold, the entirety of individual game tickets can be activated simultaneously. When the individual game ticket validation codes are read, embodiments of the present invention can operate to individually assess whether the ticket is a winner, as well as whether the ticket has previously been redeemed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: IGT Global Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Walter Gaddy
  • Patent number: 9922575
    Abstract: A vicarious coaching method included generating a plurality of play selection user interfaces associated with a first team playing football against a second team, The play selection user interfaces include a first play selection user interface corresponding to a first play parameter and indicating a plurality of first play parameter options. The first play selection user interface is generated based on historical data indicative of previous plays executed by the first team. Responsive to receiving user inputs to the plurality of play selection user interfaces, a play called by the user is identified. Responsive to obtaining play identification information indicative of a play executed by the first team and a result of the play executed, the play called by the user is then scored based on the play executed by the first team and the result of the play executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Charles Edward Coiner
  • Patent number: 9914044
    Abstract: The present invention provides shuffled playing cards which eliminate the need for a game host to shuffle cards before games by taking a lot of time as well as eliminate the possibility of cheating. A shuffled playing cards (1) obtained by shuffling a predetermined number of decks of playing cards (12) using a shuffling machine is packaged as an individual pack. The shuffled playing cards (1) is individually packaged and sealed with an adhesive label (13). A bar code (13a) which represents a unique shuffled card ID has been printed on the adhesive label (13). The shuffled card ID is registered in a database by being associated with information which allows identification of a shuffling machine used to shuffle the playing card set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 9881339
    Abstract: The present invention is applicable in the field of corporate finance, corporate capital investments, economics, math, risk analysis, simulation, decision analysis, and business statistics, and relates to the modeling and valuation of investment decisions under uncertainty and risk within all companies, allowing these firms to properly identify, assess, quantify, value, diversify, and hedge their corporate capital investment decisions and their associated risks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Johnathan Mun
  • Patent number: 9821218
    Abstract: A bingo game system provides for new features and functionality for a bingo game platform, including a dynamically resizable wheel segment for a wheel-based game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Gamesys Ltd.
    Inventors: Hans Elias, Thomas David James Aicken
  • Patent number: 9814964
    Abstract: The present invention provides shuffled playing cards which eliminate the need for a game host to shuffle cards before games by taking a lot of time as well as eliminate the possibility of cheating. A shuffled playing cards (1) obtained by shuffling a predetermined number of decks of playing cards (12) using a shuffling machine is packaged as an individual pack. The shuffled playing cards (1) is individually packaged and sealed with an adhesive label (13). A bar code (13a) which represents a unique shuffled card ID has been printed on the adhesive label (13). The shuffled card ID is registered in a database by being associated with information which allows identification of a shuffling machine used to shuffle the playing card set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 9811968
    Abstract: A system and electronic game machine that store a map of game event outcomes correlated to possible signals received at a logic controller. Multiple sequential game event outcomes are generated using the map, with the map modified so that previously produced game event outcomes are unavailable in the modified map. The logic controller monitors for a triggering element and, upon detecting a triggering element, the map is restored by re-mapping the unavailable game event outcomes back into the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: Wayne Odom, Karolyn Gee
  • Patent number: 9773382
    Abstract: A system and method for effecting a multiple-arm wager incorporating a plurality of events, such as sporting events, includes accessing a wagering system of the type including a central computer accessible by at least one network terminal interconnected thereto and hosting an executable instruction set for computing intermediate revised odds between a minimum and a maximum as a function of bettor-selected point shades to modify the line applicable to selected individual competing event teams for determining whether the selected teams have won the games for purposes of the wager. The line for each team is individually selectively point-shaded in accordance with the wishes of the bettor, and the betting odds for the wager are calculated as a function of the total number of points shaded for the selected teams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Peter E. Korner
  • Patent number: 9747744
    Abstract: A gaming device displays a symbol matrix including a plurality of symbol positions and at least two symbol staging areas, each symbol staging area including at least one supplemental symbol potentially shiftable into the symbol matrix. The gaming device displays a symbol staging area indicator. For a play of a game, the gaming device generates a symbol in each symbol position of the symbol matrix. Upon an occurrence of a triggering condition, the gaming device indicates one of the symbol staging areas using the symbol staging area indicator and removes at least one symbol from at least one symbol position of the symbol matrix. The gaming device re-populates the empty symbol positions by shifting any appropriate symbols of the symbol matrix any appropriate empty symbol positions, and thereafter shifting at least one supplemental symbol from the indicated symbol staging area into at least one remaining empty symbol position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Erick T. Ching, Benjamin D. Menesini
  • Patent number: 9741209
    Abstract: Gaming devices, gaming systems, methods of conducting a wagering game, and computer programs for executing a wagering game are presented herein. A gaming system for conducting a wagering game is disclosed, which includes an input device for receiving wagers, a display for displaying the wagering game, and a controller. The controller is configured to: determine whether one or more progressive jackpots are active, each jackpot having a respective progressive value and a respective trigger value; randomly determine an outcome of the base game; determine if the base-game outcome has an award associated therewith; if one or more progressive jackpots are active and the base-game outcome has an award associated therewith, provide the award to the player and increment the progressive value for each active jackpot by at least the base-game award; and, if the incremented value of an active progressive jackpot is equal to or greater than its respective trigger value, award the incremented value to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Dion K. Aoki
  • Patent number: 9646464
    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: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Kin Wai San
  • Patent number: 9569922
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a game related to fantasy sports is described herein where a database includes information associated with live sporting events, a user module receives information associated with the live sporting events, a gaming server communicatively coupled to the database and the computing device is configured to display a list of the live sporting events, receive selections from teams of event outcomes, receive event outcome information from the database, display event outcome information on the user module, and determine whether the team is a winning team or a losing team. Winning teams are awarded points based on the number of losing teams and a predetermined multiplier. Losing teams are deduced points based on the number of winning teams and a predetermined multiplier. Adjusted spreads associated with the live sporting events may be calculated and applied to confer a competitive advantage to the teams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: TEASER FEVER, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Michael Johnson, Christopher James Karchon
  • Patent number: 9542800
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer readable storage medium for implementing a bonus round of a slot machine game. A plurality of concealed elements are displayed, and a player can reveal each element one by one, until a terminating symbol is revealed. Combinations are formed and a player is awarded a highest combination upon revealing a terminating symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: Jon Muskin
  • Patent number: 9536398
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for enhancing participation in gaming activities that involve replacement items, replacement cards, or other draw-type activity. A player is allowed to hold cards (or other items) of a starting hand/payline. Multiple sets of potential replacement cards are provided, from which the player can select the desired set of replacement cards. The selected set of replacement cards is used to complete the player's hand. Multiple hands may be played concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Erica Berman
  • Patent number: 9508225
    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: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: MILESTONE ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Inventors: Randall M. Katz, Gary Dawson
  • Patent number: 9498702
    Abstract: The invention consists of eliminating the inner central shaft of the drum in order to allow a more homogenous mixing of the balls such that the chances of the balls being winning balls are not dependent on the position that they may occupy before the drum is rotated. To that end, the ball mixing blades (9) are integrally attached to the inner face of the structure of the drum. Not only does this structure allow mixing the balls better, but it also simplifies maintenance work on the device, in that it includes respective outer shafts (3) that are easily accessible without having to disassemble the drum in the event that the pin that links it with the mechanism for driving the rotation of the drum breaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignees: PROINDUMAR, S.L.
    Inventor: Jesus Franco Munoz
  • Patent number: 9478095
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a plurality of outcomes are generated and used to create a video presentation of representative outcomes. The video presentation is recorded onto a tangible medium (e.g., DVD or CD-ROM) or otherwise provided to a player (e.g., a player may access the video presentation online). This allows a player to purchase a video presentation of (e.g., predetermined) outcomes in a jurisdiction in which gambling is legal yet view the presentation at the player's convenience (e.g., from any jurisdiction and at any time). A player who purchases such a video presentation may subsequently redeem it for a redemption value associated therewith. In some embodiments, the player may request such outcomes by presenting and/or selecting a session object and/or by interfacing with a tangible medium recording or production device (e.g., on a casino floor).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Robert C. Tedesco, James A. Jorasch, Jose A. Suarez
  • Patent number: 9457262
    Abstract: The present invention provides shuffled playing cards which eliminate the need for a game host to shuffle cards before games by taking a lot of time as well as eliminate the possibility of cheating. A shuffled playing cards (1) obtained by shuffling a predetermined number of decks of playing cards (12) using a shuffling machine is packaged as an individual pack. The shuffled playing cards (1) is individually packaged and sealed with an adhesive label (13). A bar code (13a) which represents a unique shuffled card ID has been printed on the adhesive label (13). The shuffled card ID is registered in a database by being associated with information which allows identification of a shuffling machine used to shuffle the playing card set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Angel Playing Cards Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 9449468
    Abstract: After the main ball drop of a bingo game, a player may be given a free extra bingo number. A probability of awarding a free ball may be determined, at least in part, according to a desired paytable percentage for the bingo game. In some implementations providing multi-card bingo games, a player is required to hit a predetermined pattern on more than one bingo card in order to obtain a progressive award. The number of hits in the pattern(s) and/or the number of bingo cards involved may be determined according to a desired progressive award size and/or a desired probability of obtaining the progressive award. Players may have an opportunity to purchase an additional bingo number or a block of a plurality of additional bingo numbers after the main ball drop. The block may be offered at a discount compared to the price of an individual additional bingo number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: James Coleman, M. Ali Saffari, Mark Bansemer, Bryan D. Wolf
  • Patent number: 9430912
    Abstract: A gaming machine and method featuring a plurality of matrices and a common game position or reel separate from, and positioned between, the plurality of matrices. Each of the plurality of matrices have a plurality of game positions and the plurality of matrices and common position are configured to display a game element selected from a population of game elements. During play of the game the game, the game positions and common position are randomly populated with game elements to form a configuration of game elements. The configuration of game elements forming predetermined winning and non-winning outcomes. The game element populated at the common position being evaluated in combination with game elements of adjacent game positions on the plurality of matrices in determining whether a winning outcome has resulted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Incredible Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel John Whelan
  • Patent number: 9424718
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of aggregating a randomly distributed number of symbol images to a population of consumers using mobile communication devices to scan consumer products or promotional messages. The virtual game card puzzles on the communication devices are populated by the symbols in an order to complete a card and earn a prize or an entry for a drawing to win a prize.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Alchemy3, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Francis Guziel
  • Patent number: 9406202
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a gaming system and method providing a card game with one or more decay value cards having a decay value. The decay value represents a quantity of plays of the card game that the decay value card will remain or be provided for a player. Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a gaming session with one or more plays of a card game, wherein for a play of a card game, the gaming system: (1) designates one or more cards within a set of cards to be decay value cards; (2) determines a decay value for each decay value card; (3) determines whether to provide a decay value card during the play of the game; and (4) holds each decay value card having at least a minimum decay value for a subsequent play of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Mark W. Bansemer, Christopher T. Brune, Bradford D. Brown, John E. Grime
  • Patent number: 9390591
    Abstract: The embodiments disclose an apparatus including at least one device configured for registering, recognizing, and authenticating a player/user of an online lottery scratcher system, at least one device configured for communications between the online lottery scratcher system and at least one digital programmable online lottery scratcher application, at least one player/user wireless touch screen device for interactively interfacing with the at least one digital programmable online lottery scratcher application to display a digital scratch off ticket, and at least one functional system configured for virtual scratching off of a digital scratch off ticket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventors: William Granich, Edmond A. Defrank, Nicolas Defrank, Antonio Defrank, Allen Mark Jones
  • Patent number: 9390579
    Abstract: A gaming system and method involving a game having a plurality of symbols. The gaming system displays a play of the game on a first display while displaying a sequence of the symbols on a second display. The gaming system includes one award associated with the play and another award associated with a characteristic in common between a symbol displayed on the first display and a symbol indicated on the second display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Kunal Mishra
  • Patent number: 9327185
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, methods, and articles of manufacture provide for a bingo game including a representation of a ball queue. In one example, a display for a bingo game represents a queue of one or more upcoming ball calls for the bingo game. In some embodiments, a ball queue may include partial information about an upcoming ball call (e.g., an indication of a corresponding bingo card column but not a bingo number).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Gamesys Ltd.
    Inventor: Hans Elias