Card Or Tile Games, Cards Or Tiles Therefor Patents (Class 273/292)
  • Patent number: 10733843
    Abstract: An electronic gaming system includes a progressive system server configured to establish a tiered plurality of progressive jackpots that includes a first jackpot increasable a first cap value, a second jackpot increasable to a second cap value greater than the first cap value, and at least one intermediate jackpot increasable to at least one intermediate cap value greater than the first cap value and less than the second cap value. The progressive system server is further configured to allocate portions of player wagers to one of i) the first jackpot, ii) the at least one intermediate jackpot, and iii) the second jackpot, whereby the first jackpot is initially incrementally increased to the first cap value, the at least one intermediate jackpot is next incrementally increased to the at least one intermediate cap value, and the second jackpot is next incrementally increased to the second cap value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Kevin Walsh, Michael P. Casey
  • Patent number: 10726675
    Abstract: A system and method for playing a competitive wagering domino event using a physical or virtual play surface having positions for from 2-4 players, 28 standard domino tiles and a play rotation sign that is reversible to indicate direction of play in player order for each game executed on the play surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Harold Moret, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10720020
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a secondary contest involving a plurality of players playing a primary award wagering game. The players enter wagers in the primary game, and the results from the primary wagering game determine the outcome of a secondary pari-mutuel contest in which players compete against each other. The results from the primary wagering game resolve the secondary contest where the highest ranking results will win the wagers placed in the secondary contest on a tiered basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: deWaal IP LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Jacobus deWaal
  • Patent number: 10713884
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatuses of and for playing electronic or electro-mechanical wager gaming devices, including a player interface, of and for playing a poker and “video poker” type game based at least in part upon card-deck games such as but not limited to poker. The methods, systems and apparatuses include a plurality of configurations with multiple rule sets to facilitate the inducement and build game player excitement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Ahmnon D. Moskowitz
  • Patent number: 10672224
    Abstract: An improved apparatus, system and method for presenting multiple systems, games, and/or services on a common Player Interface, for example, any component or components of a gaming system, including an electronic or technologic aid—including, but not limited to terminals, player stations, handhelds, fixed units, etc.—that directly enables player interaction in a game, and create, monitor, translate, record, and communicate data such as accounting information, player transactions, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Ronnie Harris
  • Patent number: 10650643
    Abstract: A system and method for conducting a card game including a player v. dealer arrangement involving a comparison of HI and LO hand values. Players declare a three-card hand as either HI or LO and a dealer forms three-card LO and HI hands using five cards with a shared card being used in both the LO and HI hand. Aces have a value of 1 point when used in a LO hand and 11 when used in a HI hand, face cards have a value of 0 points and cards 2 through 10 have values matching their rank. Match and poker bonus features may also be incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: James E. Lemanski, Daryl P. Jendraszkiewicz
  • Patent number: 10607447
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a gaming system and method providing a wagering game with a transforming card feature, wherein thee gaming system initiates a play of a wagering game responsive to receipt of a game-initiation input and determines whether a transforming card triggering event occurred. Responsive to determining that the transforming card triggering event occurred, the gaming system determines and displays a player hand including multiple non-transforming cards selected from a set of non-transforming cards and at least one transforming card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Ernest W. Moody
  • Patent number: 10600277
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to a gaming device having oversized symbols in the play matrix. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention relate to a gaming apparatus having an improved game play comprising oversized symbols in the play matrix, and methods of administering, operating and playing the same in wagering and non-wagering applications. In one embodiment of the present invention, a game comprises a plurality of reels, each of the reels including a plurality of symbol positions; a plurality of symbols at the plurality of symbol positions on the reels, the plurality of symbols including an oversized symbol occupying at least a plurality of symbol positions; and predetermined winning symbol combination of a plurality of winning symbol combinations including the oversized symbol, wherein the predetermined winning symbol combination is associated with an award.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Aaron Stuart Zoble, Anthony Singer, Mykyta Panasenko, Philip B. Welty
  • Patent number: 10599256
    Abstract: The present invention is a program for causing an electronic device having a display unit and a contact-type position input unit to execute displaying a screen including objects associated with events on the display unit; detecting, in the case where a touch on the contact-type position input unit is detected and two or more objects are located within a predetermined distance from the detected touched coordinates; selecting candidate objects in the case where the touch is detected, the candidate objects being the two or more objects located within the predetermined distance from the detected touched coordinates; determining weights relating to the occurrence of individual candidate events, the candidate events being events associated with the individual selected candidate objects, on the basis of the candidate events, a sequence of events executed immediately before, and event history information; and executing or presenting the candidate event having the highest weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Cygames, Inc.
    Inventor: Shuichi Kurabayashi
  • Patent number: 10576362
    Abstract: A card includes a substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface. The first surface has a first surface area. The card also includes an image area on the first surface. The image area has a second surface area less than the first surface area. The cars further includes a contrast region between the image area and an edge of the substrate. The contrast region is a solid border surrounding the image area. The card additionally includes a plurality of markings extending from the contrast region into the image area. Each marking of the plurality of markings arranged in a pattern such that the markings of the plurality of markings are separated from one another by a portion of the image area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: PLAYFUSION LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark Michael Gerhard, Riaan Henning Hodgson, David Gomberg
  • Patent number: 10559168
    Abstract: A casino management networked computer system is described. The networked computer system includes a database server computer and an application server computer coupled to the database server computer and to a plurality of gaming devices. The database server processor is programmed to generate and store a program file including a patron logic matrix that includes data records of patron ranking information included in the spreadsheet. Each data record includes a market definition value, a patron ranking value, a theoretical loss value, and a comp reinvestment data. The application processor is programmed to calculate patron comp point values based on the comp reinvestment data and patron wager data included in a patron data record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Konami Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey George, Michael Crittenden
  • Patent number: 10553081
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods for enhancing winning result opportunities in poker gaming activities. Embodiments involve identifying award-enhancing opportunities using dice to determine award-enhancing opportunities based on the dice results for a poker game played on a gaming device. Award-enhancing opportunities can be accumulated during multiple bonus rounds, or single bonus rolls of dice may be used to determine multipliers or other modifiers to enhance awards received in the poker games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Bradley Berman
  • Patent number: 10553079
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a gaming system and method providing an additional award opportunity triggerable based on the initially dealt cards of a card game. Generally, for a play of the card game, the gaming system randomly determines and displays an initial hand of cards. If the initial hand of cards satisfies an additional award opportunity condition, the gaming system provides an additional award opportunity by randomly determining and providing one of a plurality of bonus awards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Ernest W. Moody, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10535219
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and articles of manufacture for electronic gaming are disclosed. In a first aspect, a method may include generating a plurality of reel strips, where each reel strip includes a plurality of symbol display positions, and where each of the plurality of symbol display positions has a width and a height. The method may further include adding a first oversized symbol to two of the plurality of reel strips, where the first oversized symbol has an oversized width that is at least twice the width of a symbol display position. The method may further include adding a plurality of symbols to the plurality of reel strips generating a game outcome based upon the first oversized symbol and the plurality of symbols, and generating game award based upon the game outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Bradley Hendricks, Thomas Tuomey
  • Patent number: 10529192
    Abstract: A method and system for implementing a wagering event includes a player position wager; a single random playing card symbol to the player position; a single random playing card symbol to a dealer position; and in order, the player position then the dealer position; the player position then the dealer position receiving no additional random playing card symbols and determining a final random outcome value for the player position in the wagering outcome, receiving one or more additional random playing card symbols until a final random outcome value of less than or equal to 11 is achieved, or receiving one or more additional random playing card symbols until a final random outcome value of greater than 11 is achieved, ending the wagering event and comparing final outcome values at the player position and dealer position to determine a win or loss of the committed wager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Matthew Henry Stream
  • Patent number: 10515517
    Abstract: In various embodiments, players may compete in a gaming context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Howard W. Lutnick, Lee Amaitis, Dean P. Alderucci, Geoffrey M. Gelman
  • Patent number: 10504324
    Abstract: A gaming system including a central server linked to a plurality of gaming machines. The gaming system includes a bonus event unit based system to provide one or more awards to one or more players. Such bonus event units are accumulated by a player based on one or more events associated with the player's gaming experience. The bonus event units utilized in the gaming system are selectively redeemed by the player in exchange for one or more opportunities to win an award.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Anthony J. Baerlocher, Glen Keith Russell
  • Patent number: 10497219
    Abstract: Embodiments of this concept are directed to a video poker gaming device that deals five cards to a player and selects five more cards that represent the possible cards used in a later draw. From these ten cards, the gaming device if a winning combination above a threshold amount is possible. If such a winning combination is not possible, in some embodiments, the device automatically ends the game and deals a new hand. If a win over the threshold amount is possible, the gaming device allows the player to hold and draw cards. This increases the speed of play of the poker game and focuses game play on hands where winning combinations are likely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: PATENT INVESTMENT & LICENSING COMPANY
    Inventor: John F. Acres
  • Patent number: 10482718
    Abstract: A modified method of playing a blackjack style bonus game that includes additional wagering options for players. Various double down options are provided for players to increase their chances of winning by receiving additional cards from a blackjack card deck incorporating at least two specialized wild cards. The game begins by receiving a first hand value between 12 and 17 and electing a bonus wagering option that the next card will produce a 21 without busting. After receiving a third card count less than 21, electing a second bonus option and winning on the ratio of 20 to 1 if the additional blackjack cards or specialized wild cards add up to 21 without busting. The dealer settles the bonus wagers and the traditional game of blackjack continues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Rickey R. Hendon
  • Patent number: 10467853
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide gaming systems and methods providing casual games with dynamic award schemes. Each game has a designated number of elements. For each play of the wagering game, the gaming system: determines a number of the designated number of elements that will be as payout elements; determines which of the designated number of elements to make the payout elements; and for each payout element, determines the payout value associated with that payout element. The gaming system enables the player to play the wagering game in accordance with predetermined rules of the wagering game, which includes enabling the player to employ the elements until a game ending condition occurs. If a payout element is employed in that play of the wagering game in a designated manner, the gaming system provides the player the associated payout value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Anthony J. Baerlocher
  • Patent number: 10453314
    Abstract: The invention provides a gaming machine comprising a display for displaying a game comprising the display of randomly selected game symbols and where predetermined winning combinations of the randomly selected game symbols in the game award prizes to a player. A game controller controls the display of the game symbols on the display and determines whether a trigger event has occurred in the play of the game. The trigger event has a probability with a probability component that is independent of the value received from the player. Upon occurrence of the trigger event, the game controller offers a plurality of bonus prizes for selection by the player. Once the player selects a bonus prize, the game controller causes the selected bonus prize to only be available during play of the game. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ainsworth Game Technology Limited
    Inventor: Kin Wai San
  • Patent number: 10445986
    Abstract: A method of simulating a heads up gaming tournament utilizing at least one game server and a plurality of personal communication devices includes receiving value from a plurality of participants using the personal communication devices, providing the participants with wagering units, pairing unpaired first and second ones of the participants to play a heads up game, initiating the game by generating a game state, for example, dealing the private cards of a hold'em poker game, and transmitting the game state to the participants for display on the personal communications devices, whereupon the first participant transmits an action to the game server in response to the game state, receiving the action and updating the game state, receiving a second input in response to the first participant's action from the second participant, continuing play until the outcome of the heads up game is determined, updating the number of wagering units held by the first and second participants, repairing the participants for the n
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Malcolm B. Davis
  • Patent number: 10410473
    Abstract: A unified platform supports a plurality of game titles and diverse gaming devices to provide publishers and developers with a software development kit (SDK) including application programming interfaces (APIs) for creating multiplayer tournaments. Developers use the SDK to create tournament definitions and permission levels for tournament organizers. Tournament definitions specify configuration values as parameters the unified platform uses to create instances of multiplayer tournaments. Permission levels can define which tournament organizers are able to set up and manage tournaments and can define parameters to which they must adhere. The unified platform can store tournament definitions that are created by game publishers, game developers, or tournament organizers and can use the stored definitions to create tournament instances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Siebert, Thomas A. Langan, Antonio Vargas Garcia, Justin Brown, Gregory M. Smith
  • Patent number: 10406428
    Abstract: A method of rewarding players for performing actions with respect to computer-implemented games is disclosed. An action by a user with respect to a computer game is detected. It is identified that the performing of the action by the user qualifies the user to participate in a mini game, the mini game having a plurality of stages. A reward to associate with a winning by the user of a stage of the plurality of stages is determined. The winning by the user of the stage of the plurality of stages is detected. Under certain circumstances, the user is provided with an option to participate in the additional stage of the plurality of stages in exchange for the user not receiving the reward, the additional stage of the plurality of stages being associated with an additional reward, the additional reward being greater than the reward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: James Brett Nowak, Shawn Carnes, Michael Kane, Edward LeBreton, IV
  • Patent number: 10388113
    Abstract: In a wagering event based on dealer versus player poker ranks, initial player hand card ranks or combinations qualify a player for a value-enhancement activity that carries through to conclusion of the wagering event as a wager enhancement. The value-enhancement activity may include a non-redeemable marker placed adjacent to at least one wager, the value of which wager is increased or multiplied by the marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Garry Hamud
  • Patent number: 10373425
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a system and method for automatically creating and updating a friend database associated with a player. Generally, in various embodiments, the system of the present disclosure is configured to access one or more player accounts (such as social media accounts) of the player, collect player friend data from the accessed player account(s), determine a list or one of more friends of the player based on the collected player data, and create or update a friend database associated with the player to include the determined friends. The system of the present disclosure thus dynamically and automatically creates and updates the friend database associated with the player without requiring the player to actively create and repeatedly and actively update (e.g., add friends to and remove friends from) the friend database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Dwayne R. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10366570
    Abstract: A gaming system which includes a game sequence, such as a free game sequence, which enables a player to selectively apply modifiers after viewing the results of games. For a game associated with an available modifier, following the display of the results of that game, the gaming system enables the player to either utilize the available modifier for that game or accumulate another modifier to be potentially utilized for another game. If the player selects to utilize the available modifier, the gaming system modifies one or more aspects of the play of the game to result in a modified game outcome and/or a modified game award. If the player selects to not utilize the available modifier, the gaming system accumulates another modifier for the player, wherein the other modifier may or may not be subsequently utilized by the player to modify any designated aspects of a subsequent play of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Scott A. Caputo, Ernest M. Lafky, Brian F. Saunders, Jon M. Leupp
  • Patent number: 10366571
    Abstract: A wagering method includes display of random symbols in a grid array of rows and columns of frames displayed on a visual screen. The player receives a number of directable virtual projectiles. The player selects a trajectory for the virtual projectile that passes into the grid array. The processor moves the virtual projectile on the visual screen along the selected trajectory and eliminates symbols within penetrated frames. Each virtual projectile has a designated frame penetrating strength. Each moved virtual projectile passes into and through frames until the virtual projectile exhausts its frame penetrating strength, and eliminates symbols in each frame the virtual projectile penetrates. The processor accumulates all symbols eliminated in ordered arrays of like symbols or orders of symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Rachel Wurmbrand, Daniel Sahl
  • Patent number: 10366561
    Abstract: Gaming devices, gaming systems, methods of conducting a wagering game, and computer programs for initiating a wagering game are presented herein. A gaming system is presented that includes a wager input device, a display device, and game-logic circuitry. The wager input device receives wagers from players to play the wagering game. The display device displays outcomes of the wagering game via a plurality of symbol-bearing reels each having a plurality of symbol positions occupied by symbols, at least one of the reels having a designated clump area comprising a predetermined number of the symbol positions. Prior to displaying the outcome of the wagering game, the game-logic circuitry randomly determines whether to include a symbol clump in the designated clump area, the symbol clump comprising a plurality of identical symbols occupying adjacent ones of the symbol positions within the designated clump area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn C. Collette, Joel R. Jaffe, Brad Schultz, Benjamin T. Gomez, Jamie W. Vann
  • Patent number: 10366563
    Abstract: Gaming table systems include electronic gaming tables, gaming terminals, and a system server. A system or table can be configured to administer a live wager-based table game involving an initial shared hand that is shared by multiple live players. Each player can make different live game decisions regarding discarding physical playing items from the initial shared hand, and game outcomes include final hands that vary by player depending upon the different decisions. The live table game can be draw poker, which can involve dealing five physical cards face up for the initial shared hand and five additional cards face down for a first set of replacement cards before any live game player decisions. A second set of replacement cards can provide a second play from the same initial shared hand. Methods of providing the draw poker game can include preventing further user inputs prior to revealing the face down cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Fresh Idea Global Limited
    Inventors: Jay Chun, Daryn Kiely
  • Patent number: 10366579
    Abstract: A community poker-type game that requires recognizing a favorable community card group and physically select that favorable community card group in an allotted time when that community card group becomes available. The game provides players with the choice of as many as seven different community card groups to form a best five-card poker hand. Game play can begin by two cards being dealt to at least two players. A first group of five community cards are dealt face-down in a crisscross pattern followed by a process whereas the players select a five-card community group during the timed-deal of four community cards face-up to the outermost points of the five face-down community cards. A best five-card poker hand is determined for each player which can include from zero to two of the cards dealt to each player with at least three cards from the players selected five-card community group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Norman Steinberg
  • Patent number: 10360759
    Abstract: A database system is disclosed for accessing databases, updating hands information associated with users. The database system can include a server. The server can retrieve and store data in the database. The server can retrieve a first request from a first computer over a network, the first request including a first set of authentication data. The server can identify the user and retrieve a first set of hands information data associated with the user from the database. The server can generate a first set of game data and transmit the game data to the first computer. It can then receive a first set of hands data from the first computer. It can compute a first game result based on the first set of hands data, the first set of game data and a first set of game rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Wayne Chiang, Charles Chang
  • Patent number: 10350484
    Abstract: A learning game platform, system and method, for an electronic device executing an app comprises a server for reading medium and storing user information and games, scores, and user progress within a play and learn app platform. The server communicates through the Internet with electronic devices having Internet access operated by at least one player. Registration means allows the player to register with and logon to the play and learn app. Preference selection means enables the player ability to enter user preferences, including age, game selection, skill level. Performance review means determines strength and weaknesses of the player. The platform provides a plethora of game play variations to facilitate learning in a fun inclusive manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Lucille A. Lucy
  • Patent number: 10354335
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the instant invention is directed to a computer-implemented method that at least includes: programming a Process Administrator computer system to perform: receiving life insurance data for a plurality of life insurance policies; identifying a life insurance policy that has a catch-up deduction; classifying the insured lives of the life insurance policy into a plurality of insured classes of the insured lives; determining investment amount in a separate account; receiving investment data resulted from investing in an investment option; calculating an investment return amount attributed to the life insurance policy; determining a net investment return amount to be credited to the life insurance policy based on: an insured class, the investment return amount, and the catch-up deduction; and transmitting the net investment return amount so as to result in crediting the net investment return amount to the life insurance policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Atlas Financial Partners LLC
    Inventors: John Coleman, Clifford Eisler
  • Patent number: 10339765
    Abstract: A monitoring system for monitoring casino gaming devices through a casino network is disclosed. The monitoring includes casino gaming devices configured to generate performance data and transmit the data corresponding to the monitored usage of the casino gaming devices over a casino network, a monitoring server configured to store and manage a database including the game data received from the casino gaming devices, and an operator station configured to retrieve and display the game data on a graphical user interface having icons that display real-time operational parameters of the casino gaming devices. A related method for gathering and maintaining operational performance indicators for a plurality of casino table devices operably coupled to a casino network including a middleware server and a client terminal is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Shuffle Master GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Ravi Nagaragatta, Georg Fekete
  • Patent number: 10339753
    Abstract: The gaming system disclosed herein enables a player to simultaneously or concurrently play a plurality of games at a gaming device regardless or independent of if the gaming device accounting system in communication with the gaming device is configured to support such simultaneous or concurrent game play. The gaming system disclosed herein additionally or alternatively enables a player to simultaneously play a plurality of games wherein certain of the games are eligible to operate with a remote host and certain of the games are ineligible to operate with the remote host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Dwayne R. Nelson, William R. Brosnan, Kevin M. Higgins, William Chad Little, Larry R. Hollibaugh, Erik B. Petersen, Adrian R. Marcu
  • Patent number: 10342083
    Abstract: A LED driving system for a LED matrix having a plurality of LEDs connected in parallel. The LED driving system includes a plurality of driving modules. Each one of the plurality of driving modules drives a corresponding one of the plurality of LEDs. Each one of the plurality of driving modules can include a local current driver receiving a reference current and providing a driving current to the corresponding one LED, and a local current tuning module receiving a U-bit current tuning command to tune the driving current for the corresponding one LED to reach a desired driving current using the U-bit current tuning command which provides a predetermined number of tuning steps ranging from 0 to 2U.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Zheng Luo, Junjian Zhao, Tong Chen, Yu-Huei Lee
  • Patent number: 10339755
    Abstract: A casino wagering game is played with a progressive jackpot and a second bonus event. At least one player places a wager to play a casino wagering game. The at least one player places a second wager that is optionally varying in amount wagered at the election of the player. The second wager enters both the progressive jackpot event and the second bonus event. The casino retains a portion of the second wager to become part of the progressive jackpot, while the second wager also is required to enter the at least one player in the second bonus event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger M. Snow
  • Patent number: 10332355
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, systems, methods, and/or articles of manufacture are associated with determining whether a first condition associated with a first player of a gaming device is satisfied, determining whether a second condition associated with a second player of the gaming device is satisfied, and awarding, in the case that both the first and second conditions are determined to be satisfied, a benefit to the first player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Daniel E. Tedesco, James A. Jorasch, Robert C. Tedesco, Magdalena M. Fincham
  • Patent number: 10332340
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a gaming system and method providing a bonus game customizable with features of one or more primary games. In various embodiments, the gaming system may trigger the customizable bonus game in association with a play of any one of a plurality of different primary games, each of which includes one or more features. Before providing a play of the customizable bonus game, the gaming system modifies the customizable bonus game to include one of the features of the primary game that triggered the customizable bonus game that is not included in any of the other primary games. The modification is in addition to at least one prior modification of the customizable bonus game. Thus, the gaming system enables a player to customize the combination of features included in the customizable bonus game by playing a variety of different primary games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Scott A. Caputo, Brian F. Saunders
  • Patent number: 10322333
    Abstract: Embodiments provide for online and/or electronic card games such as blackjack that allow at least one card to be dealt from a special deck (e.g., a restricted deck) into a hand, while the remainder of the cards for that hand (and, in some embodiments, other hands involved in the game event) are dealt from a main/conventional deck. In accordance with some embodiments, the at least one card dealt from the special deck is dealt into a hand of the player while in other embodiments it is dealt into the hand of a dealer and/or an opponent player. A special deck may be a deck that includes cards configured to provide an advantage to the player (e.g., in a blackjack game, restricted deck may only include high value cards if being used for a player hand or only low value cards if being used for a dealer hand).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Gamesys, Ltd.
    Inventors: Robeson Mandela Reeves, Hans Elias, Marlon James Dublin, Alexander Sandford Todd Young
  • Patent number: 10304293
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a gaming apparatus provides for an electronic baccarat game in which game elements are placed in a game element matrix within which a plurality of paylines are defined. Each payline consists of a baccarat hand which includes a first subset of game element positions attributed to the Player side and a second subset of game element positions attributed to the Banker side. In one embodiment, a player may place a wager on a game instance of the baccarat game and select one of a Player side and a Banker side for the wager. A payout is determined for the game instance based on which of the Player side and the Banker side the player selected and how many of the paylines resulted in a Player side win and how many of the paylines resulted in a Banker side win.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Walker Digital Table Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Moore, Michael Russell, John Daley
  • Patent number: 10290174
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a system for facilitating a card game provide for outputting a game interface which includes a plurality of card positions into which cards are placed, the card positions being configured in a triangle configuration, wherein the plurality of card positions include at least one subset of card positions within the triangle configuration, each of the at least one subset arranged in a respective sub-triangle located within the triangle configuration into which the plurality of card positions are arranged. A plurality of cards are dealt for a game event and placed into the card positions. If the plurality of dealt cards includes a first winning combination of cards, a prize is awarded to the player. In some embodiments, a prize is also awarded for any sub-combination of cards in a subset of card positions that qualifies as a winning card combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Gamesys, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jagbir Rehill, Hans Elias, Thomas David James Aicken
  • Patent number: 10279273
    Abstract: A trading card includes a main portion having any character of a plurality of characters represented on at least one surface and an electronic component for contactless communication, which is contained in the main portion. The electronic component includes a storage portion which stores data related to the character represented on the main portion and a circuit which writes data received from an external apparatus through contactless communication into the storage portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kawanabe, Kenko Kawahara, Hideaki Kamata, Norio Asakura
  • Patent number: 10275993
    Abstract: A roulette system detailed herein involves modified roulette features designed to add excitement to conventional roulette. A first embodiment relates to players purchasing special chips and making wagers on multiple, consecutive random outcomes in an effort to make consecutive winning number selections. A second version relates to players placing wagers on dealer select numbers. If the dealer selects winning numbers on two or more consecutive spins of the roulette wheel, players receive an enhanced payout. In both versions, pay tables list large payouts (e.g., up to 1000 to 1) which are not the norm for roulette which has as its largest payout 35 to 1 for individual numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Doe Creek Capital, LLC
    Inventor: David Charlton
  • Patent number: 10269216
    Abstract: A method of playing a casino card game includes providing an automatic shuffling machine and a gaming table having a plurality of playing stations and a community card area. Each player antes. A hand of five cards is dealt to each player, and a plurality of community card pairs are distributed to the community area. Each player reviews the dealt hand to determine whether to fold or play, and all remaining players are required to wager a fixed amount. A community card pair is turned face up, and each player then determines whether to fold or play. Each player wagers based on the combination of the player's five-card hand and the turned community pair. The wagers are collected, and the steps of turning and wagering are repeated until all community card pairs are turned face up. The combined wagers are awarded to the player having the highest ranking hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Michael A. Lafroscia, William J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10265608
    Abstract: A game play assembly incorporating 24 substantially square frames, each substantially square frame having a quadruple of zones; and incorporating 96 objects wherein a first third of the 96 objects are of a first type, wherein a second third of the 96 objects are of a second type, wherein the remainder of the 96 objects are of a third type, wherein the 96 objects are divided in 24 four element rotational series of objects, wherein each four element rotational series of objects is supported upon and aligned with one of the quadruples of zones, and wherein each four element rotational series of objects is different from each other four element rotational series of objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Albert S. Abraham
  • Patent number: 10269206
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatuses of and for playing electronic or electro-mechanical wager gaming devices, including a player interface, of and for playing a poker and “video poker” type game based at least in part upon card-deck games such as but not limited to poker. The methods, systems and apparatuses include a plurality of configurations with multiple rule sets to facilitate the inducement and build game player excitement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Ahmnon D. Moskowitz
  • Patent number: 10235834
    Abstract: In various embodiments, players may compete in a gaming context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Howard W. Lutnick, Lee Amaitis, Dean P. Alderucci, Geoffrey M. Gelman
  • Patent number: 10226687
    Abstract: A security system for a casino table card game has a casino table with i) indicia thereon for the placement of wagers, ii) a data entry system with an associated computer, and iii) sensors that can detect the placement of at least one specific category of wager; a shuffling device with a microprocessor integral to the shuffler for providing information regarding cards or hands; a central table gaming computer that receives information from the shuffler in real time, receives information from the sensors, and receives information from the data entry system, the associated computer, the microprocessor and the central table gaming computer communicating data among each other in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Attila Grauzer, David B. Lopez