Betting Or Wagering Board (e.g., Casino) Patents (Class 273/274)
  • Patent number: 10388108
    Abstract: A gaming system and method disclosed herein enable a plurality of players to play for and attempt to win at least one progressive award and a bonus game. The gaming system includes a central controller in communication with a plurality of gaming machines. The central controller maintains a plurality of progressive awards associated with the gaming machines. Each gaming machine includes a primary game operable upon a wager placed by a player. Upon a determination that a designated one of the progressive awards will be provided, based on at least one play of the primary games, the central controller causes one of the gaming machines to provide the designated progressive award to the player of such gaming machine. Each gaming machine is also associated with a bonus game operable upon a triggering event in the primary game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Ryan W. Cuddy, Eric Satterlie
  • Patent number: 10380848
    Abstract: A gaming device provides one or more different types of symbol evaluations based on the amount wagered by a player in a game. In one embodiment, the gaming device includes a plurality of different types of symbol evaluation, each type of symbol evaluation associated with a different wager amount. If the player wagers a first wager amount to cause a play of the game, the gaming device provides a first type of symbol evaluation. If the player wagers a second wager amount to cause a play of the game, the gaming device provides a second, different type of symbol evaluation in addition to the first type of symbol evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Paulina Rodgers
  • Patent number: 10373444
    Abstract: In a method of presenting a game, a player places an ante wager, a secondary wager and one or more optional bonus or side bets via an input receiving device of a gaming table. Three cards are dealt to the player and a dealer, and thereafter two pairs of community cards are dealt. The player must place a tertiary wager to continue the game. The player and dealer attempt to form a highest ranking five card flush hand from their three cards and the community cards. The outcome of the player's ante, secondary and tertiary wagers are determined with reference to at least one of the dealer's hand and the player's hand. The optional bonus or side bets may be resolved relative to certain criteria for cards dealt in the game. Awards for winning wagers or bets may be awarded in accordance with a pay table or via a wheel spin or other award selection event which is initiated by the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventors: John Hemberger, Ofir Ventura, Zbigniew Czyzweski, Michael Skvorzov
  • Patent number: 10357706
    Abstract: An online casino game utilizes at least one deck of playing cards. Each player places an initial wager. A first and a second number of cards are dealt to a dealer and to each player, respectively. The first and the second numbers are greater than the number of cards to be used in determining a poker rank hand for the dealer and for each player, respectively. The dealer and each player discard at least one card to form a dealer hand and a player hand, respectively, having an equal number of cards. Each player hand is resolved against the dealer hand according to predetermined game rules. The initial wager must be at least matched with a game wager (play wager), which may be a multiple of the initial wager (e.g., 1× to 5×, at the option of the player), for the player to remain in the game after receiving his cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger M. Snow, Louis J. Castle, II
  • Patent number: 10347087
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention set forth systems, apparatuses and methods for providing game features. In a game of chance involving at least one outcome, a plurality of alternative outcomes can be derived for a gaming event, such as when one of the outcomes will provide a payout at or above a certain level. The player is presented with an opportunity to select among the alternative outcomes, without being aware of the particular characteristics or values associated with the outcomes. While the player will only select the outcome having the payout at/above the threshold level a certain percentage of the time, the opportunity can be presented to the player more often, while keeping the mathematical probabilities the same or similar if desired, thereby providing the player with the feeling of getting higher value opportunities more often.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Chad Shapiro
  • Patent number: 10311672
    Abstract: The progress of a game while a change in gaming media placed in a betting area of a gaming table is left uncollected is prevented. A gaming table system includes a gaming table including a betting area in which gaming media are placed and an antenna member configured to read a value of the gaming media placed in the betting area by wireless communication and a control unit configured to execute a scanning process of obtaining the total value of the gaming media in the betting area by controlling the antenna member. The control unit fixes a first bet amount by executing the scanning process at a timing to fix the bet and fixes a second bet amount by executing the scanning process again at a predetermined timing, and the control unit repeats the scanning process until these amounts become identical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventors: Shinsuke Yamaguchi, Koichi Matsumoto, Yoshiyuki Kanno, Masaya Kato
  • Patent number: 10204475
    Abstract: A method and system for playing casino jackpot games is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 10204490
    Abstract: An electronic device or entertainment gaming machine comprising: at least one betting terminal having a software program or plurality of software programs that allow at least a second player to place a bet on a jackpot if a first player declines the right to place a bet on the jackpot, wherein the second player is at a betting terminal that is apart from the conventional casino table game and the first player is playing at a conventional casino table game and is granted a right of first refusal to place a bet on jackpot by virtue of the first player's bet on the conventional casino table game, wherein the outcome of the jackpot is determined according to a combination of cards or dice in the conventional casino table game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 10204489
    Abstract: Electromechanical gaming machines constructed to provide a lottery entry to a player and to receive real world credits are provided. The electromechanical gaming machines include an entertainment software engine that provides an entertainment game, using a visual display, the entertainment game including an enabling; a real world engine that provides a gambling game, and generates random gambling outcomes for a gambling bet in real world credits; and a game world engine coupled to the entertainment software engine and the real world engine that: receives a lottery ticket; monitors, the player's skillful play of the entertainment game; pays out game world credit to the player; triggers the gambling bet in the gambling game; receives a gambling outcome; determines to award the lottery ticket to the player on the basis of attendant rules; and issues the lottery ticket to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 10198893
    Abstract: A method and system for playing jackpot and live baccarat games are provided. One feature of the jackpot method involves the use of card combinations that may include, e.g., at least one zero-point card. Another feature of the jackpot method involves initial jackpot contribution from the banker who operates the baccarat game. It is also provided a software program or a set of software program for carrying out any or all the steps of the disclosed gaming method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 10147280
    Abstract: Gaming table systems configured to at least partially automatically administer wagering games may include a gaming table with player positions having wagering areas for accepting wagers. An automatic card-handling device configured to output subsets of cards may be supported by the gaming table. An electronic display device may be positioned and oriented to be visible by at least one of a player participating in the wagering game and a dealer aiding in administration of the wagering game. A processing unit may be programmed to dynamically select a pay table corresponding to a number of eligible hands from a set of pay tables and cause the electronic display device to display the dynamically selected pay table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger M. Snow, Jennifer K. Farrar
  • Patent number: 10127774
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and article of manufacture for receiving from a client an amount of money and instructions to place a type of bet in a game. The outcome of the game is determined without placing any bets on the game. Based on the outcome of the game, a portion of the amount of money is provided to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Howard W. Lutnick, Geoffrey M. Gelman
  • Patent number: 10089831
    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: January 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Erica Berman
  • Patent number: 10089824
    Abstract: The progress of a game while a change in gaming media placed in a betting area of a gaming table is left uncollected is prevented. A gaming table system includes a gaming table including a betting area in which gaming media are placed and an antenna member configured to read a value of the gaming media placed in the betting area by wireless communication and a control unit configured to execute a scanning process of obtaining the total value of the gaming media in the betting area by controlling the antenna member. The control unit fixes a first bet amount by executing the scanning process at a timing to fix the bet and fixes a second bet amount by executing the scanning process again at a predetermined timing, and the control unit repeats the scanning process until these amounts become identical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventors: Shinsuke Yamaguchi, Koichi Matsumoto, Yoshiyuki Kanno, Masaya Kato
  • Patent number: 10049531
    Abstract: A system and method for playing a wagering game among a plurality of players using a set of playing cards having a plurality of suits with an equal number of cards per suit. Players are provided an opportunity to wager and then cards are dealt from the set and placed face up on a gaming grid in a manner to compare the number of cards dealt in each suit until a final set number of cards in any one of the plurality of suits have been dealt. Each player's wagers are then settled based on the respective location of cards dealt from the set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Giuseppe Triolo
  • Patent number: 9978209
    Abstract: Methods of administering wagering games may involve accepting an ante wager and a blind wager from a player. Cards may be dealt to the player and a dealer hand. A play wager or an election to fold may be accepted from the player. A value of the play wager may depend on when the play wager is accepted relative to when the player discards and draws cards. The play wager may be accepted at a first value before the player discards any cards. The play wager may be accepted at a second, lower or equal value, after the player discards any cards. The dealer hand may discard and draw cards. The ante and blind wagers may be resolved by comparing the dealer and player hands. The blind wager may be resolved by comparing the dealer and player hands and comparing the player hand to a set of predetermined, blind-winning hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger M. Snow, Ofir Ventura
  • Patent number: 9916731
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a gaming system and method providing a card game with an extra award for each winning hand including one or more extra hands of cards or a modifier for an extra award. In various embodiments, if the first hand includes any winning card combination from a first set of designated winning card combinations, the gaming system provides one or more extra hands of cards, wherein each extra hand initially includes one or more cards from the first hand and then provides one or more extra draws of cards to complete that extra hand. In various embodiments, when the first hand includes any winning card combination from a second set of designated winning card combinations, the gaming system provides a multiplier value which the gaming system applies to the award for the winning card combination from the first hand of cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Thomas W. Allen, II, Benjamin R. Holsclaw, James A. Sipaila
  • Patent number: 9916724
    Abstract: A gaming machine (10) has a display (14) and a game controller arranged to control images displayed on the display (14). The game controller is arranged to play a game wherein one or more random events arc caused to be displayed on the display (14) and, if a predefined winning event results, the machine (10) awards a prize which is credited to a credit meter of the machine (10). The credit meter includes two meter displays, a first meter display (42.1) indicating credit which is available for expenditure in the machine (10) to play at least one game and a second meter display (42.2) indicating credit set aside by at least one of a player and the game controller and which credit is unavailable to the player for wagering on a game but which is only available by termination of a playing session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
    Inventors: Nicholas Luke Bennett, Natalie Bryant, Peter Stathis
  • Patent number: 9898895
    Abstract: A method, system, gaming apparatus for playing blackjack, poker and baccarat allowing players the option of pre-determining the starting variables from a plurality of starting wagering positions with payouts that substantially correspond with a starting selection or selections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Ahmnon D. Moskowitz
  • Patent number: 9892593
    Abstract: A gaming system including a plurality of different types of progressive awards adapted to be provided to one or more players of the gaming machines. In one embodiment, one or more progressive awards are each associated with a progressive hit value, wherein when each progressive award increments to its respective progressive hit value, a triggering event occurs and such progressive award is provided to a player. In one embodiment, one or more progressive awards are each associated with a secondary game, wherein if the secondary game is triggered, a player is provided either a static award or one of the progressive awards associated with the secondary game based on a play of the secondary game. In one embodiment, one or more progressive awards are each associated with an outcome of a primary game, wherein if the associated primary game outcome is generated, such progressive award is provided to a player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Anthony J. Baerlocher
  • Patent number: 9891146
    Abstract: The invention relates to the preparation of thin tissue sections for mass spectrometric (MALDI) imaging, and proposes a method wherein a microcrystalline layer of the matrix material is produced on the surface of the thin tissue sections, and soluble analyte molecules are transported orthogonally through the thin tissue section to the matrix layer, without substantial lateral diffusion, by means of a solvent flow with alternating or constant direction, and are then deposited in the matrix layer and, if possible, embedded in the matrix crystals. A solvent flow which alternates in direction can be produced by successive, alternating phases of swelling and drying, brought about by periodic changes to the thin tissue section temperature and/or the partial pressures of the solvents. A continuous solvent flow can be generated by applying the thin tissue section onto a porous support which supplies solvent to the rear surface of the thin tissue section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Martin Schürenberg, Jochen Franzen, Kai Rückriem, Eckhard Belau
  • Patent number: 9875622
    Abstract: Game wagers are received on a hand. At least two hands are dealt and completed according to an underlying game of baccarat or baccarat variation. A bonus wager is received. After the hands are completed, a determination is made whether an end-bonus condition is met. If not, a determination is made whether a bonus-eligible sum has been obtained in a designated hand. Bonus-eligible hand sums may include designated hand sums in a player hand, a banker hand, a player hand or banker hand, and/or a player hand and banker hand. Bonus-eligible hand sums may also be hand sums closer to a target value in a designated hand. When bonus-eligible sums have been obtained in a threshold quantity of bonus triggering games, without obtaining an end-bonus condition, an award is issued on the bonus wager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventor: Ofir Ventura
  • Patent number: 9818262
    Abstract: A gambling hybrid game that provides game world engine driven triggering of gambling events is disclosed. The gambling hybrid game includes an entertainment system engine that provides an entertainment game to a user, a real world engine that provides gambling games to users, and a game world engine that monitors the entertainment game and provides gambling games when appropriate. The entertainment system engine provides an entertainment games that provides values for a set of entertainment game variables. The game world engine receive the values of set of entertainment game variables and determined whether a gambling event in a gambling game is triggered based upon the values one or more entertainment game variables in the set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire
  • Patent number: 9811981
    Abstract: Games of chance are disclosed. In a general embodiment, collections of objects used in the game are defined. The values of objects of the collection are ranked according to a predefined hierarchy. A first object collection is assigned to a Player party. The Dealer accepts a wager from the Player on certain outcomes of random selections of a subset of the collection of objects corresponding to high value objects. A random selection of a subset of objects is made. The subset is compared to predefined high value objects. If there is no matching relationship between the subset and the high value objects, the wager is retained by the Dealer. If there is a matching relationship but not reaching a threshold level of matching, the Dealer pays funds to the Player. If the matching exceeds a threshold level, the Player may accept the payout or wager further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Trepp Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Warren Trepp, James R. Sullivan, John M. Hammond
  • Patent number: 9792767
    Abstract: A method of conducting a wagering game includes receiving a first wager amount from a player. The first wager amount initiating a first play of the wagering game. The first wager amount is deducted from an available-credits pool. An outcome of the first play is determined. In response to the outcome of the first play being a winning outcome, a credit amount associated with the winning outcome is added to the available-credits pool. Prior to a second play of the wagering game, it is determined that the available-credits pool is less than the first wager amount and, in response to that determination, an option to risk the available-credits pool is provided. The result of the risk being either (i) a triggering of the second play of the wagering game at the first wager amount or (ii) a reduction of the available-credits pool to zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Allon G. Englman, Jeremy M. Hornik, Joel R. Jaffe
  • Patent number: 9710995
    Abstract: A method with the steps of: playing a Sic Bo felt table game according to a set of conventional rules, allowing at least a first player to place a bet on the Sic Bo felt table game, allowing at least a second player to place a bet on the jackpot at a betting terminal where the second player can be the same as or different from the first player, determining the outcome of the Sic Bo felt table game according to a set of conventional casino game rules including a Sic Bo payout, and determining, by the betting terminal, the outcome of the jackpot according to a combination of dice thrown in the Sic Bo felt table game, and a separate jackpot wager bet that is only accepted at at least one live table game contributing to one jackpot pool having a jackpot pool payout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 9669289
    Abstract: A faster version of a playing card wagering game similar to baccarat includes, after a wager has been placed on at least one of a player hand winning outcome, a banker hand winning outcome or a tie, dealing exactly one or two cards to a player hand position and an initial single card to a dealer hand position. With two cards to the player position, the banker must receive a mandatory second playing card if the first banker card is a zero value card. With one card to the player position, a higher natural 8 or 9 hand wins. In all other circumstances, a third card is dealt to the lower count hand, and then a resulting higher count hand wins and a tie loses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventors: Dongsun Lee, Daniel L. Sahl
  • Patent number: 9640032
    Abstract: Systems in accordance with embodiments of the invention operate an electromechanical hybrid gaming system including a real world engine configured to provide a randomly generated payout for a gambling game; an electromechanical game system connected to an entertainment game user interface and constructed to manage the electromechanical table game including an actuator that affects a goal of the electromechanical table game, wherein outcomes of the electromechanical table game are based upon actions performed by the player, wherein the electromechanical game system operates the actuator based on an outcome of the randomly generated payout for the gambling game; and a game world engine connected to the electromechanical game system and the real world engine, the game world engine constructed to communicate gameplay gambling event occurrences based upon the sensed actions by the player during the player's skillful execution of the electromechanical table game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 9633516
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a gaming system and method enabling a player to earn a play of a bonus game using one device and to redeem the earned play for an enhanced play of the bonus game on another device. Generally, various embodiments of the gaming system of the present disclosure enable a player to earn one or more plays of a bonus game through game play on a first device, and to either: (a) redeem an earned play on the first device for a play of a first version of the bonus game, or (b) redeem an earned play on a second different device for a play of a second different version of the bonus game. The second version of the bonus game is enhanced in one or more manners as compared to the first version of the bonus game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Dwayne R. Nelson, Cameron A. Filipour
  • Patent number: 9633514
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention set forth systems, apparatuses and methods for providing game features. In a game of chance involving at least one outcome, a plurality of alternative outcomes can be derived for a gaming event, such as when one of the outcomes will provide a payout at or above a certain level. The player is presented with an opportunity to select among the alternative outcomes, without being aware of the particular characteristics or values associated with the outcomes. While the player will only select the outcome having the payout at/above the threshold level a certain percentage of the time, the opportunity can be presented to the player more often, while keeping the mathematical probabilities the same or similar if desired, thereby providing the player with the feeling of getting higher value opportunities more often.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Chad Shapiro
  • Patent number: 9607480
    Abstract: Systems for providing a lottery ticket to a player of a hybrid game are provided. Systems include an entertainment software engine that provides an entertainment game, the entertainment game including a first type of enabling element and a second type of enabling element; a real world engine that provides a gambling game, and generates random gambling outcomes for a gambling bet in real world credits; and a game world engine coupled to the entertainment software engine and the real world engine via a network, that: receives a lottery ticket; monitors, via the network, the player's skillful play of the entertainment game; pays out game world credit to the player; triggers the gambling bet in the gambling game; receives a gambling outcome; determines to award the lottery ticket to the player on the basis of attendant rules; and issues the lottery ticket to the player via the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 9579397
    Abstract: A method of analysis and presentation of court document information includes: at least one of one or more servers providing, to a user, a user interface, the user interface permitting assignment, for each court ruling associated with a court document stored in a searchable database, of one or more of pre-defined categories relating to the ruling, the one or more pre-defined categories including at least one of: (a) a type of procedural vehicle that led to the ruling; (b) a description of the procedural vehicle that led to the ruling; and (c) the court's ruling; and at least one of the one or more servers arranging the categorized court rulings in the searchable database, such that the court documents can be searched on the basis of at least one or more of the assigned pre-defined categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Hopkins Bruce Research Corporation
    Inventors: Dwayne E. Towell, Darryl E. Towell, Amy George Towell
  • Patent number: 9564016
    Abstract: One step of the present method involves making an across ante and a down ante and an optional five card poker bet. Other steps involve making an across bet or folding, making a down bet or folding, and making a middle bet or folding. All winning bets are paid out against a designated payout table for that bet. A winning middle bet is paid to the higher of the two five card poker hands formed by the players two dealt cards and either the three across community cards or the three down community cards. A winning five card bonus bet is paid to a winning five card poker hand formed by the five community cards forming the cross. The method may be played on criss cross poker layouts on actual or simulated casino card tables or on electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventor: Ronald LaDuca
  • Patent number: 9558630
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a gaming device, a gaming system and a method for operating a gaming device or gaming system with a plurality of progressive awards. The gaming device enables a player to select one of the progressive awards. The player's selection of which progressive award to play for is based, at least in part, on a relative probability of the player winning the selected progressive award compared to the relative probabilities of the player winning the non-selected progressive awards. After selecting which award to play for, the gaming device either provides the selected progressive award to the player or modifies the relative probability that the player will win the selected progressive award with one or more of any award selections remaining. Such a configuration enables the player to strategically select which award to play for and the order that the player will play for the awards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Anthony J. Baerlocher, Alexander C. Cohen, Tonja M. Ferry, Adam Koby
  • Patent number: 9547958
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a gaming system and method providing a video poker game with additional winning opportunities. Upon receiving a primary wager, the gaming system provides the player with a quantity of player cards. The gaming system enables the player to discard zero, some, or all of the player cards. The discarded cards are replaced. The player cards are compared to a paytable to determine an award, if any, won by the player. In addition to the player cards, the player is provided five card indicators. If one or more of the player cards matches with corresponding card indicators, then the player is provided an additional win opportunity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: James M. Cole, Michael David Capsouto
  • Patent number: 9403091
    Abstract: An amusement device has a display and an input device and includes a memory and a controller. The memory stores a plurality of games and a system control program. The controller is operatively coupled to the memory, the input device and the display. The controller controls the display based upon the system control program retrieved from the memory and based upon inputs from the input device. The controller is configured to grant a user a block of time for accessing the amusement device; permit the user to selectively retrieve from the memory and play a first game from the plurality of games during the block of time; and permit the user to selectively retrieve from the memory and play a second game from the plurality of games that is different than the first game during the block of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: AMI ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK, LLC
    Inventors: David S. Logan, James R. Stelzer, Robert K. Mills, Thomas J. Kane
  • Patent number: 9403082
    Abstract: A card disposal system for a table game is provided that is capable of assuring the disposal of all of cards corresponding to a predetermined number of decks that are used at a game table without any deficiency and without any fraudulent diversion being made over such cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Angel Playing Cards Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 9240095
    Abstract: Methods for carrying out any or all the steps of the disclosed gaming method for playing jackpot and live baccarat games with an option for insurance betting. After first two cards are dealt to a player's hand and a banker's hand, according to a set of baccarat rules, and one or more of the players are allowed to place a bet on live baccarat on either the banker's hand to win or the player's hand to win, an insurance bet becomes available for the player to be placed on the player's hand or the banker's hand and various rules are set forth for winning the insurance bet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 9218711
    Abstract: A gaming system, device and method are operable upon a bet. The system, in one embodiment, receives a bet related to a plurality of different outcome generators. The system provides an award based, at least in part, on consecutive occurrences of a competition outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: WARR Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Keith H. Weiss, Alexander P. Adams
  • Patent number: 9214065
    Abstract: A gaming system including a plurality of different types of progressive awards adapted to be provided to one or more players of the gaming machines. In one embodiment, one or more progressive awards are each associated with a progressive hit value, wherein when each progressive award increments to its respective progressive hit value, a triggering event occurs and such progressive award is provided to a player. In one embodiment, one or more progressive awards are each associated with a secondary game, wherein if the secondary game is triggered, a player is provided either a static award or one of the progressive awards associated with the secondary game based on a play of the secondary game. In one embodiment, one or more progressive awards are each associated with an outcome of a primary game, wherein if the associated primary game outcome is generated, such progressive award is provided to a player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Anthony J. Baerlocher
  • Patent number: 9199159
    Abstract: Methods of administering wagering games may comprise accepting a first wager from individual players to play against a dealer. A second wager may be accepted from at least two players to play against one another. A portion of the second wager may be placed in a first pot. A remainder of the second wager may be placed in a second pot. Cards may be dealt to each player and to the dealer. The first wager may be resolved for each player against the dealer. The second wager may be resolved for the at least two players against one another. At least a portion of the first pot may be awarded to at least one player at a conclusion of each round of play. At least a portion of the second pot may be awarded to at least one player holding a predetermined winning hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis J. Castle, II, Roger M. Snow
  • Patent number: 9196128
    Abstract: A game apparatus accepts a bet by a player on a betting target from among multiple betting targets. For each target, odds indicating a winning allotment in a first game are set. A drawing is conducted for the first game. According to the result of the drawing, a game medium is paid out. A stake is calculated for a second game whose payout ratio is 1, taking into account, along with a number of bet game media, a difference between a position payout ratio, which serves as a winning allotment expectation value per unit of game media, for the betting target bet on by the player, and a set payout ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: SEGA SAMMY CREATION INC.
    Inventor: Taiji Sugai
  • Patent number: 9123198
    Abstract: A bonus game controller is disclosed for use with a plurality of gaming machines in networked relationship with the bonus game controller. The bonus game controller comprises a trigger determiner arranged to determine whether a bonus trigger signal has occurred at a gaming device. The bonus game controller is arranged to implement a first bonus game when a bonus trigger signal occurs at a gaming device, and also comprises a bonus prize allocator arranged to allocate a bonus prize to the gaming device based on an outcome of the first bonus game and based on one or more respective outcomes of at least one other subsequent bonus game implemented within a qualification period. A gaming system including a plurality of gaming devices and a game controller is also disclosed. A corresponding method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Wayne Bond, Darnell Alfonso Johnson, Gary Frerking, John Wootress, Jr., Scott Monroe Stewart
  • Patent number: 9087433
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to gaming devices having a delayed bonus win determination and methods of operating gaming systems and gaming devices to provide delayed bonus win determinations. Here, contributions to a linked jackpot may be separated from the chance to win the linked jackpot, where the chance to win the linked jackpot can be stored and used at a later time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: PATENT INVESTMENT & LICENSING COMPANY
    Inventor: John F. Acres
  • Patent number: 9070256
    Abstract: A system and a method of conducting games of chance with enhanced payouts based on a cash in or initial investment amount are described. In response to a player's initial investment or cash in amount, a payout schedule is selected. The larger the initial investment the better the selected payout schedule for the player. Live games of chance, games of chance facilitated by electronic gaming machines or devices and server-based games may utilize the method shown here. Players may also receive enhanced awards such as enhanced player points based on the amount of the initial investment, or based on other parameters and factors. Awards and bonuses may also be provided to players who exhaust an initial investment exceeding a threshold amount. Different variations of the game and winning are also explained in details.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Sean Malek
  • Patent number: 9033343
    Abstract: A domino match game employs a standard domino set and a game board or game play surface that has a common play region and peripheral regions for placing house tokens that are awarded to players during play of a game or hand, and risk regions for placing tokens awarded in an earlier hand to permit the players to make side wagers. A bogus stone may be used to indicate a player is to miss a turn. There are separate game play tokens and house tokens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Robinson Watkins, Neal Christopher Allen
  • Publication number: 20150108717
    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: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones
  • Patent number: 9005010
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods provide a tournament game which selectively awards an enhanced tournament play result. The enhanced tournament play result may be of variable value which is selected for the given instance in order to place the receiving tournament player in some predetermined rank in the tournament. Such a variable enhanced tournament play result in the tournament game may be used to help keep all participants interested in the tournament, even those participants who trail the tournament leaders by a wide margin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Watkins, Clint Owen, Allison Pope, Michael Conway, Charles Speer
  • Publication number: 20150072761
    Abstract: An additional, optional, side bet area is included on the standard casino craps table for additional betting during the regular play of craps. Players bet that every dice roll combination of 2 or more designated point numbers, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, will be rolled on the dice before a 7 is rolled. Bets are placed in accordance with casino regulations before the come out roll. During the come out roll, if a 7 rolls, all side bets are lost; if a 2, 3, 11, or 12, the bet is a push and can be removed or changed; if at 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, the bet stays until a 7 is rolled to end the round and cannot be removed or changed. If every dice roll combination of 2 or more of the designated point numbers has been rolled when the round ends, bets are paid according to a side bet payout table. If they are not rolled, the bet loses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald LaDuca
  • Patent number: 8900047
    Abstract: A new dice-based wagering system that requires six dice and a layout indicating payout amounts when the correct totals for the six dice are rolled. When rolling six dice the lowest possible total is six (6) and the highest possible total is thirty six (36). The object of the game is to place a wager on the correct total the dice will add up to. The payout ranges from nine times your wager to forty thousand times your wager on a specific number. The game also has “outside bets”. These are wagers that are not placed on a specific number but on groups of numbers or colors of numbers. There are five outside wagers. (ODD or EVEN), (RED or BLACK), (HIGH or LOW), Horizontal Row bets and Vertical Column Bets available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Nathaniel Ferrell