In A Chance Application Patents (Class 463/16)
  • Patent number: 9818258
    Abstract: A gaming system which enables a player to exchange progressive awards of corresponding progressive award levels of different multi-level progressive award (“MLP”) configurations. Following the gaming system determining a progressive award of a specific progressive award level of a specific MLP configuration, the gaming system enables the player to accept that determined progressive award or forfeit that determined progressive award for another progressive award of a corresponding progressive award level of a different MLP configuration. The gaming system thus enables a player to swap or replace one progressive award of one progressive award level of one MLP configuration for a different progressive award of a corresponding progressive award level of a different MLP configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Pratik Jhanb, Adam J. Thompson, Clyde A. Ruckle
  • Patent number: 9811974
    Abstract: A multi-directional shooting interleaved wagering system is disclosed including an interactive processing device constructed to: communicate application telemetry data; receive wagering telemetry data and application resource data; automatically configure a wagering user interface; communicate application resource management data; receive updated application resource data; automatically configure an interactive application display; a wager controller constructed to: receive wager request data; determine a wager outcome; communicate the wager outcome data; the process controller operatively connecting the interactive processing device and the wager controller, and constructed to: receive the application telemetry data; generate the wager request data; communicate wager request data; receive wager outcome data; scan the wager outcome data; automatically determine wagering telemetry data, an application resource, and whether there is space for the application resource; communicate wagering telemetry and applicat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, Timothy Isaacson, Edvard Toth, Carlos Schulte
  • Patent number: 9811983
    Abstract: A gaming machine, system and method includes a housing having a user interface, display, preferably a lower display and an upper display, and a controller preferably mounted in the housing and in communication with the display. The controller enables standard game play mode until the occurrence of a predetermined event, such as the appearance of preferably three scatter symbols. Upon occurrence of the predetermined event, the controller enables feature game play mode where display presents a plurality of feature game symbols, and a symbol selection pointer, and optionally presents a landscape including at least some of the feature game symbols. At least one of the feature game symbols is a switchable symbol symbol having a first state and a second state, and at least one is a switching symbol that changes the state of the switchable symbol. The controller causes the symbol selection pointer to randomly select one of the feature game symbols. There are two ways to change the state of the switchable symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Novomatic AG
    Inventor: Oliver Bartosik
  • Patent number: 9811977
    Abstract: A method and system for operating a wagering event includes one to four outcomes on random number correspondence to numbers in a four by four array of predefined numbers. To win any wager, an active random number must appear in a preselected corner frame. The method may be an independent game or may be a side bet/wager in a keno game. Separate wagers may be placed on the one to four outcomes, with progressive correspondence of random numbers to the four by four array of predefined numbers, winning outcomes on any wager are dependent upon sequences of correspondence of the predefined numbers, especially in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal order. Use of an electronic gaming machine with a touchscreen facilitates the method and simplifies the system. It is preferred that the numbers in the array are printed onto a paper or other material sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: Andres Gonzalez-Roa, Mark L. Yoseloff
  • Patent number: 9805558
    Abstract: A delivery method for providing supplemental slot machine output content through a slot machine has been developed. The method includes offering slot machine output content that has been tested by a gaming commission and offering supplemental slot machine output content that has not been tested by the gaming commission. A separation is maintained between the tested content and the untested content with a software construct that prevents the untested content from changing the tested content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Aim Management, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas M. Okuniewicz
  • Patent number: 9805553
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a gaming system and method providing an additional award opportunity based on a plurality of accumulated designated symbols. In one embodiment, for each play of a game associated with a plurality of symbols including a designated symbol, the gaming system displays a plurality of the symbols at a plurality of symbol display areas, determines any awards associated with the displayed symbols, and provides any determined awards. Upon an occurrence of a designated symbol accumulation event, the gaming system displays the designated symbol at a designated symbol accumulation area. The gaming system removes the accumulated designated symbol from the designated symbol accumulation area following an expiration event. Upon an occurrence of an additional award opportunity triggering event associated with any accumulated designated symbols displayed at the designated symbol accumulation area, the gaming system provides an additional award opportunity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: John H. Zielinski, Eric D. Fullenwider
  • Patent number: 9799166
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the gaming system, gaming device, and gaming method disclosed herein provides a bonus game which enables players to combine different, independent features without introducing any significant advantage or significant disadvantage to players for combining certain features over other features. The gaming system utilizes one or more bonus game supplemental awards to insure that the average expected payout per selected feature remains the same or substantially the same regardless of which bonus game features or combinations of features are employed for a play of a bonus game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Benjamin C. Hoffman, Christmas C. Parker
  • Patent number: 9799165
    Abstract: A method for converting a game award earned during play of a first wager-based game into a game award in a second wager-based game includes, but is not limited to any of combination of: receiving, over a network, a request to convert a first award earned by a player in the first wager-based game into at least one award in the second wager-based game; converting, by one or more processors, the first award earned during play of the first wager-based game to at least one award associated with the second wager-based game based on award conversation data; and storing, by the one or more processors, data associated with result of the conversion of the first award into the at least award of the second wager-based game in a data storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Steve G. LeMay, Dwayne R. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9799164
    Abstract: A gaming system and method which includes enabling a player to initiate a play of a game, for the initiated play of the game: (i) randomly generating a game outcome, (ii) displaying to the player the randomly generated game outcome, (iii) determining any award associated with the displayed game outcome, and (iv) displaying to the player any determined award, enabling the player to invite a quantity of other players to each initiate a play of at least one game, the quantity of other players being greater than zero, and if the player invited the quantity of other players, providing the player a benefit, an amount of the benefit being based on the quantity of other players invited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Geoffrey M. Gelman, James A. Jorasch, Stephen C. Tulley, Steven M. Santisi, Daniel E. Tedesco, Magdalena M. Fincham
  • Patent number: 9792770
    Abstract: A network based play for fun gaming system and method that includes allocating a first number of achievable elements to said player based at least in part on at least one of a number of games completed by a user, a total amount of said wagers of said player in one or more games, and/or a total amount of winnings and/or losses by a player, wherein said achievable elements do not affect the game outcome. The achievable elements may also be purchased by a player and used to unlock additional features, speed play, assign additional players, provide additional features, provide additional bonuses, and/or provide a user the option to modify the player's play for fun experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Costello, Louis J. Castle, II
  • Patent number: 9792776
    Abstract: The present invention includes an apparatus and method for a bonus game, and particularly a free spin bonus with an incrementing multiplier. The bonus game includes a plurality of reels having a plurality of symbols and multipliers. The gaming device provides a number of free spins to the player at the beginning of the bonus game. The multiplier preferably starts at “1×” and increases by one after each free spin. Initially, the player spins the reels attempting to obtain a winning symbol combination on the reels. If the player obtains a winning combination, the gaming device provides an award. The award is multiplied by the multiplier and the player receives the multiplied award for that free spin. The player continues to spin the reels until there are no free spins remaining in the bonus game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Robert F. Bigelow, Jr., James A. Vasquez, Paulina Rodgers, Anthony J. Baerlocher
  • Patent number: 9782679
    Abstract: An approach to facilitating interface-based game-space contest generation is provided. A user interface may be provided to an administrator. The user interface may be configured to receive user inputs from the administrator that include one or more performance criteria to be associated with a contest to be provided in a game space, one or more awards to be distributed in association with the contest, and one or more qualifications to participate in the contest. A notification that relates to the contest may be provided, based on the user inputs, in the game space. Performance scores of users that participated in the contest may be determined based on the performance criteria and activities that are performed in the game space by the participating users. Automated distribution of the awards to individual ones of the participating users may be facilitated in accordance with the performance scores of the individual participating users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuexin Chu, Alex Genco, Jason Lee, Clive Henrick, Matthew Curtis, Kellen Christopher Smalley, Michael C. Caldarone
  • Patent number: 9786117
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method for presenting payouts in primary and/or secondary gaming activities. A plurality of wheels, rings, or other shapes are provided, where each includes a plurality of different symbols, numbers, or other indicia that can be used as a part of a collective payout award. The wheels, rings, or shapes are rotated, and at least one segment designator is provided to demarcate segments of each wheel, ring, or shape as an active segment when the wheels, rings, or shapes stop spinning. The payout amount is based on the aggregate of the symbols, numbers, and/or other indicia presented via the segment designator(s) when the spinning wheels, rings, or shapes have come to rest. In an alternate embodiment, the segment designators are rotated, and demarcate segments of each wheel, ring, or shape as an active segment when the segment designators stop spinning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Adam Martin
  • Patent number: 9779586
    Abstract: A game server provides a second game after a ranking of players is determined based on results of a first game in which plural players have participated is provided with an allocator that allocates a first option of plural first options to each of a predetermined number of high-order players in the ranking of the first game, the first option allocated to one of the high-order players differing from the first option allocated to another of the high-order players; a low-order player entry receiver that receives an entry for participation in the second game from a low-order player other than the predetermined number of high-order players, the entry for participation being received when one of the plural first options is selected; a determination unit that determines one of options including the plural first options; and a benefit awarder that awards benefit to a player having selected the first option determined by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Saruta, Kiyohiko Yamane, Teruhiko Kimura, Saori Hanaoka, Ryu Nagashima, Toshio Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 9779585
    Abstract: A gaming system, and method of controlling a gaming system, having a touchscreen, that simulates a game of skill by showing a graphical object and detecting a pair of spaced-apart user input touch points on the touchscreen. An increase in distance between the touch points corresponds to an increase in stress upon the object, which is animated on the touchscreen, and scaling of an associated reward. A failure threshold is selected and the increase in stress is tested against the failure threshold. The failure threshold may be at least partly randomized. If the stress exceeds the threshold, then a failure event is shown. If the touch input ceases, the user may elect to accept then current reward value or to continue. The object may be a bubble and the stress may be expansion of the bubble, leading to popping of the bubble if the expansion exceeds the failure threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: IGT CANADA SOLUTIONS ULC
    Inventors: Reuben Dupuis, Stefan Keilwert, Scott Edsall
  • Patent number: 9779581
    Abstract: There is provided an amusement system which expands an opportunity that a user obtains a prize relating to a game. In an amusement system where: the game can be played on a user terminal using a game server portion of a server apparatus; a prize relating to the game is selected by the game server portion in association with an operation by a user to the user terminal; and the user can use the selected prize in the game, a vendor apparatus being constructed as a physical apparatus different from the user terminal is connected to the server apparatus, a prize is selected by the game server portion based on an operation by a user to the vendor operation, and printing-output is performed by a printer of the vendor apparatus as one example of a physical prize corresponding to the selected prize.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Fujii, Naoya Osawa, Hiroyuki Muraki, Yoshiko Hojo, Keiichi Nakajima, Kazuya Takahashi, Taku Tateyama
  • Patent number: 9773384
    Abstract: A method in a gaming system includes receiving a wager and displaying an array having a plurality of array positions. The array positions are populated by symbols located on symbol-bearing reels, including an oversized symbol occupying a plurality of reel-symbol positions on one of the reels and having an image extending over those reel-symbol positions. The method also includes determining whether the oversized symbol will be only partially displayed in the array based on a rest location determined for the oversized symbol. If the oversized symbol will be only partially displayed in the array, the image of the oversized symbol is graphically reconfigured. The method includes spinning and stopping the reels to place the symbols in the determined rest locations. The first portion of the oversized symbol is displayed in the array with the graphically reconfigured image. The method also includes awarding a payout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffry L. Nauman
  • Patent number: 9773378
    Abstract: A gaming system presents a wagering game that includes a bonus wheel having a plurality of wheel segments. A player directs the placement of at least one award marker on a wheel segment of the plurality, and the wagering game randomly selects a winning wheel segment of the plurality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Louie, Jamie W. Vann, Allon G. Englman
  • Patent number: 9773369
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention set forth systems, apparatuses and methods for implementation of multi-reel symbols from prior game results on gaming devices. Accordingly, a gaming device can be configured to receive a first game initiation signal and spin reels on the display to show a first game outcome. The gaming device then determines if the results of the first game outcome are associated with a multi-reel symbol trigger condition. When it is determined that the trigger condition is satisfied, a multi-reel symbol is formed from symbols associated with the triggering condition by locking the symbols together. When the game device receives a second game initiation signal, it determines a second game outcome using the locked multi-reel symbol and then displays the determined second game outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Gregg Palmer
  • Patent number: 9767644
    Abstract: An integrations portal can communicate with a developer client and can include an interface to prompt the developer client for and to receive peer-to-peer competition settings and third-party game mechanics. A peer-to-peer wagering platform can be in communication with the integrations portal and a plurality of player clients and can receive data from the integrations portal that includes the peer-to-peer competition settings and the third-party game mechanics. A peer-to-peer competition can be caused to be provided to the plurality of player clients according to the peer-to-peer competition settings in which at least one of the plurality of player clients wagers on an outcome of the peer-to-peer competition. At least a part of the wager can form a reward for a winner. The outcome of the peer-to-peer competition can be determined based on a received performance and the third-party game mechanics. Related apparatus, systems, techniques, and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Skillz Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Paradise, Dennis Zografos
  • Patent number: 9767652
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, architectures, and methods provide a wagering game machine with instrumentality to enable a wagering game that may be automatically generated from identification of an activation event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Allon Englman, Rob Kyte, Michael W. Mastropietro
  • Patent number: 9767637
    Abstract: A gaming device repetitively generating an outcome display, for each play, is positioned relative to a companion complementary display. The symbols dominant to a winning outcome, which are displayed after a play, are used to control the characteristic of the complementary display. Several symbols may be displayed to indicate a game outcome in association with color characteristics. In an embodiment, a color of light is associated with a particular game symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Philip Jeffrey Anderson
  • Patent number: 9767648
    Abstract: A gaming system and method which provides for one or more gaming device triggered bonus games to be skipped or otherwise not provided to the players at the gaming devices which triggered such bonus games. The average expected payouts of skipped gaming device triggered bonus games are contributed to a bonus accumulation pool or fund. The accumulation pool is subsequently utilized to provide one or more gaming system triggered bonuses to one or more players at one or more of the gaming devices in the gaming system. A player's accumulated triggering symbols determine, at least in part, the player's probability of winning part of the bonus accumulation pool and/or the player's portion of the bonus accumulation pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Anthony J. Baerlocher
  • Patent number: 9767654
    Abstract: A gaming system is disclosed which comprises a symbol selector arranged to select a plurality of symbols for display at a corresponding plurality of display positions, an outcome evaluator arranged to determine whether the selected symbols correspond to a winning symbol combination by evaluating symbols disposed in defined win lines, and a prize allocator arranged to allocate a prize to a player when a winning symbol combination exists in a defined win line. At least one display position is of different size to at least one other display position and the defined win lines are dependent on the respective sizes of and locations of the display positions. A corresponding method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Michael A. Shai-Hee
  • Patent number: 9761084
    Abstract: A “Pick the Board” game allows players to compete for cash prizes by selecting (either manually or automatically through a “quick pick”) the winners of an entire week's (or other time period's) worth of designated sporting events, such as football games, basketball games, baseball games, etc. Importantly, participants are not charged any entry fee for participating in the game and winners receive cash prizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: KIZZANG, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Alexander
  • Patent number: 9757642
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for revealing a winner. The current embodiments are in the field of toys and games and reveal a winner in play battle or sport. Specifically the device utilizes at least one sensing mechanism for revealing a winner. More specifically a device for revealing a winner can be Balloon Toys such as Balloon Swords. It uses sensing mechanisms to determine the moment a winner has won and then triggers a mechanism in the non-winners device to destroy itself. A device for revealing a winner may include a bladder fill able with fluid, a way to hold the bladder, a mechanism to detect a win event, a mechanism to notify the loser's equipment of the win event, and a mechanism to burst the bladder of the loser's battle/sport equipment based on their loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Perry Scott Kaye
  • Patent number: 9761086
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a gaming system and method providing a game having a plurality of activatable award indicators. Generally, in various embodiments, the gaming system enables a player to play any of a plurality of different games, each of which is associated with a different activatable award indicator of an award generator that is associated with a plurality of awards. For each different game, when a particular award indicator activation event occurs during play of that game, the gaming system activates the award indicator associated with that game. When an award determination triggering event occurs, the gaming system indicates a different award of the award generator for each active award indicator and provides the indicated awards to the player. The gaming system of the present disclosure thus enables the player to activate different award indicators through play of different games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Holsclaw, Thomas J. Humphrey, Bradford D. Brown
  • Patent number: 9754442
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic gaming machine that includes an electronic data store storing game data for a given game; an electronic 3D-enabled gaming display; and one or more processors. The processors are configured to: generate, with at least a three-dimensional graphics processor, game surfaces using the game data, each of the game surfaces for displaying at least one game symbol thereon; present a three-dimensional view of the game surfaces on the electronic display, the game surfaces arranged in layers such that a foreground game surface appears to be closer to the user than a background game surface; and in response to a game trigger event: remove at least one game symbol displayed on the foreground game surface from the game; and integrate at least one game symbol displayed on the background game surface into the game such that the integrated game symbol interacts with remaining game symbols displayed on the foreground game surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: IGT CANADA SOLUTIONS ULC
    Inventors: Reuben Dupuis, Vicky Leblanc, Edward Bowron
  • Patent number: 9754452
    Abstract: A method and apparatus provides a bonus event on an electronic video gaming machine having touchscreen sensitivity on a video display in communication with a processor. The method includes: a) triggering a bonus event; b) providing and displaying at least one wild card symbol in a fixed position in columns and rows used to determine a bonus outcome; c) the processor generates a first random symbol for use in the bonus game which is displayed on the video gaming machine; d) the touch screen is activated so that a final position for the first random symbol is selectable by touchscreen activity; e) the processor filling the unfilled frames with random symbols; and f) the processor resolving a bonus outcome of the bonus outcome according to paylines within the columns and rows used to determine the bonus outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Sarah Anne St. John, Daniel L. Sahl
  • Patent number: 9754448
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to providing durational promotions to players in an online game. The system may adjust the outcome probabilities of winning in a slot machine type of game once the player's content drops below a predetermined threshold so that the player will experience some substantial winning in the initial period. The system may adjust the outcome probabilities of winning in the slot machine type of game for a period of time once a player has purchased content to continue to play the game. This may temporarily adjusting outcome probabilities within the game in favor of a player that has recently made a purchase. This may facilitate positive player experiences subsequent to making purchases, thereby increasing further purchases and/or the likelihood thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventor: Harmanpal Dhaliwal
  • Patent number: 9744456
    Abstract: Each client device sends an acquisition request the input of which has been accepted and writes, in a second storage unit, status information and a revision number received from a server device. After restoring the status of a game based on the status information in the second storage unit, the client device advances the game. During the advancement of the game, each client device sends, based on an instruction the input of which has been accepted, sends to the server device an update request including status information indicating the present status of the game as well as account information and the revision number of the second storage unit. The server device, based on account information included in the update request, determines whether the revision number read out from the first storage unit and the revision number in the update request match each other. If the numbers match, the server device updates the status information and the revision number in the first storage unit based on the update request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: GREE, INC.
    Inventors: Robin Akira Boucher, Jason Parrott
  • Patent number: 9747754
    Abstract: A convertible in-revenue and out-of-revenue gaming system is disclosed that includes a server connected to automatically convert operating modes and control in-revenue and out-of-revenue operation of one or more banks of gaming machines. Additionally disclosed are gaming machines with video cameras connected to provide live video feed to one or more displays, such as during tournament play when live video feed of the players and the player tournament positions may be driven in real-time to an overhead display by the server operating in a tournament controller mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Everi Games Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Carpenter, Keith Riggs, Allison Pope, Michael D. Conway, Clint Owen, Bradley W. Johnson, JP Cody
  • Patent number: 9747755
    Abstract: A gaming system comprises at least one display for displaying a main window and a plurality of activatable additional windows and a game controller. The game controller is arranged to activate one or more of the activatable additional windows in response to one or more activation conditions being met and conduct at least one game round.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: James Kroon
  • Patent number: 9747746
    Abstract: A gaming system that is arranged to facilitate selection of one or more win lines by a player is described. The gaming system comprises a weight allocator for allocating a weight to a wager, the allocated weight being dependent on a number of win lines selected by the player. The gaming system further comprises a prize allocator, and a trigger determiner arranged to determine a trigger condition, the trigger condition being dependent at least in part on the allocated weight. The gaming system is arranged to allocate a prize to a player in response to determination of the trigger condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Ryan Paul Hawkins, Jamie Keith Langille
  • Patent number: 9744445
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to a multi-prize mystery box that provides an award to users who activate the mystery boxes and benefits to members of affiliations associated with the activating users. Users of an association may be provided notifications informing the users that the activating user has provided them with a benefit, increasing recognition of the activating user in the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Luc Pieron, Thomas Baxter, Henry Rull, Sam McLellan, Stephanie Schultz
  • Patent number: 9744446
    Abstract: A system and method for varying the distribution probabilities of individual potential awards associated with probability item bundles depending on a purchase history of a user activating a probability item bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Sam McLellan, Luc Pieron, Dylan Swift, Stephanie Schultz
  • Patent number: 9737819
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to a multi-prize mystery box that dynamically changes probabilities to ensure payout value in an online game. The multi-prize mystery box which dynamically changes probabilities may provide the ability to arrange multiple items in a mystery box. The probability of acquiring an instance of the second item through Nth item may be dynamically weighted based on the value of the first item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Desanti, Tim Ernst, Travis Hawk, Rick Mendoza, Peter Im
  • Patent number: 9741207
    Abstract: A non-sequential frame insertion interleaved wagering system is disclosed including an interactive processing device constructed to: provide an interactive application and display; communicate application telemetry data; incorporate the application resource data into the interactive application; a wager controller constructed to: determine a wager outcome; and communicate wager outcome data; and the process controller operatively connecting the interactive processing device and the wager controller, and constructed to: generate non-sequential frames; determine whether disruption system parameters are met; communicate generated non-sequential frames; determine a change in user performance; when a change in user performance is determined, communicate change in user performance notification data; when a change in user performance is not determined, determine whether to trigger a wager request; when a wager request is triggered, generate wager request data and communicate wager request data; determine wagering te
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 9734656
    Abstract: A gaming system comprises a player interface (50) comprising a display on which a plurality of selectable symbol display positions are displayed to a player, the player interface (50) allowing a player to select one or more windows (700-703) defining respective ones of one or more subsets of the symbol display positions (600), and a game controller (60) arranged to select symbols for display at all symbol display positions (600), and to evaluate selected symbols within each selected window based on a win entitlement applying to the selected window to determine a game outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Colin Fong
  • Patent number: 9728050
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and articles of manufacture provide for new features and functionality of slot-style games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Gamesys Ltd.
    Inventors: Hans Elias, Marlon James Dublin
  • Patent number: 9728034
    Abstract: Games such as reel-type slot games may have various features, including: an attribute accumulate feature which a player attempts to form combinations of collectable special symbols; a geometric pattern feature in which symbols within a geometric pattern or area may take on special attributes or features; a moving trigger feature; a symbol-triggered game transformation feature using logical rules; a player symbol selection in which reel symbols are player selected; and a reel-locking feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventor: Olaf Vancura
  • Patent number: 9724606
    Abstract: A system, a machine-readable storage medium storing instructions, and a computer-implemented method are described herein to display positions of symbols in a target sequence. In various embodiments, a Sequence Generator generates a target sequence of symbols to be identified by a player in a virtual gaming environment. The Sequence Generator generates an obscured display of the target sequence. The Sequence Generator receives from the player a first selected sequence of symbols to be played in a first game move in the virtual gaming environment. The Sequence Generator identifies a first shared symbol present in both the first selected sequence and the target sequence. Responsive to the identifying, the Sequence Generator changes the obscured display of the target sequence to reveal the first shared symbol at a first position in the target sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Pao Lai, Sora Bai, David Baack, Katherine Lee
  • Patent number: 9728039
    Abstract: A client device, a system and a method for enabling financial transactions for an electronic gaming machine is described. The client device includes an electronic gaming machine processor, a printer, a printer sharing module and a controller. The printer sharing module is electrically coupled to the printer and the electronic gaming machine processor. The controller is electrically coupled to the printer sharing module. The controller reroutes the communications between the electronic gaming machine processor and the printer and allows the controller to communicate with the printer so that the controller instructs the printer to print a voucher. The system also includes a wireless communications module that enables communications with at least one other wireless communication module over short distances using point to point or broadcast packets that allow for bi-directional data transmission between each client device located on a casino gaming floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: AUTOMATED CASH SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Warner, Michael Sackrison, Shawn Quick, Noah Vrudny, Michael Daly
  • Patent number: 9721427
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for providing access to first interactive content or second interactive content by a user of a portable computing device based upon a determined location of the portable computing device. The system includes a host server, a content server storing data representing the first interactive content and the second interactive content, and a communication network in communication with the host server and the content server. One or more WiFi communication beacons are in communication with the host server through the communication network. The communication network is configured to establish communication with the portable computing device. The host server is configured to determine a location of the portable computing device from the communication of the portable computing device with the communication network using a combination of WiFi signals and Bluetooth signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Thomas Hilbert, Joseph Randolph Hedrick, Nicole Marie Beaulieu
  • Patent number: 9717986
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a quest from a probability item bundle in an online game. The system and method include executing an instance of an online game. The system and method include maintaining inventories of virtual items, and presenting offers to sell probability item bundles. The system and method include associating potential awards in sets of potential awards with different award distribution probabilities. The system and method include receiving activation requests from users for purchased probability item bundles. The system and method include stochastically selecting one of the potential awards in accordance with the award distribution probabilities and providing access to a first quest in an online game in accordance with the selected award.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Jason Kawaguchi, Hannah Won Lee, Peter Im
  • Patent number: 9721435
    Abstract: A gaming terminal is utilized for playing a wagering game. The gaming terminal includes a wager-input device and a display for displaying the wagering game. The wagering game includes a randomly-selected outcome selected from a plurality of outcomes in response to a wager input received via the wager-input device. The plurality of outcomes include at least one outcome that awards standard credits and bonus tokens. A credit output device outputs a value of the standard credits and the bonus tokens in response to achieving the at least one outcome. The bonus tokens are exchangeable for a special event on a second gaming terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip B. Gelber, Thomas M. Kopera, Michael W. Mastropietro, Richard T. Schwartz, Matthew J. Ward
  • Patent number: 9715784
    Abstract: A gaming console or system including a video display, and a game control processor arranged to control images displayed on the video display. The game control processor is arranged to play a first game displayed on the video display and, if a winning combination results, the console or system pays a prize. The console or system is characterized in that the game control processor includes a dynamic game feature whereby a feature game occurs upon a first trigger condition of the first game, and wherein a second trigger condition influences one or more gameplay aspects of the feature game such as to alter the likelihood of occurrence of at least one possible outcome of a set of possible outcomes of the feature game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Nicholas Luke Bennett
  • Patent number: 9715788
    Abstract: A method of gaming with multiple players comprising: determining a set of eligible multi-player game players; assigning each eligible multi-player game player a number of multi-player game turns depending on a wager amount; and conducting the multi-player game turns with the eligible multi-player game players and determining multi-player game turn outcomes until a multi-player game end condition occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Nicholas Luke Bennett
  • Patent number: 9715786
    Abstract: An electronic method of gaming comprising: displaying a sequence of first awards including a current first award; receiving one or more selections with respect to a plurality of second awards until an award condition is met; modifying the display of the sequence of first awards to sequentially advance the display of the sequence of first awards to thereby change the current first award whenever the one or more selections are received; and making the current first award when the award condition is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Lipi Gupta
  • Patent number: 9713772
    Abstract: A computer implemented method of controlling a display of a computer device comprising: rendering on the display a game board having selectable game objects and detecting a user input to select a game object to cause the game object to move in a direction. When a selected game object is moved to an adjacent new tile location, the game object at that tile location is swapped with the selected game object. Match data for the selected game object is generated indicating whether the move results in at least three game objects of the same characteristic occupying adjacent tile locations in the game board, and, if so, the move is implemented and an animation of the move is rendered, wherein the selected game object slides in the direction up to a blocking condition which prevents further movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: KING.COM LIMITED
    Inventors: Daniel Frostberg, Nils von Segebaden