Lot-to-lot Combination (e.g., Slot Machine, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/20)
  • Patent number: 11364438
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to facilitating collaboration between multiple players in an online game to achieve a goal in the game. Achievement of the goal may result in provision of an award related to the goal to one or more of the multiple players and/or to one or more affiliations associated with the multiple player. The goal may comprise a predetermined set of tasks required to be completed by more than one player, or may just comprise a predetermined set of tasks that may be completed by one or more players. Responsive to achieving the goal, the award may be provided to one or more recipients. The recipients may comprise, for example, players that initiated the completion of the goal, one or more players who provided the most input to the goal, one or more affiliations associated with respective one or more players involved in achieving the goal, and/or other entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Wakeford, Clifford J. Harrington
  • Patent number: 11361624
    Abstract: A method may involve determining which slot symbols will be presented on a display system for an instance of a slot game. The symbols may include one or more mystery symbols and one or more trigger symbols. The method may involve controlling the display system to present first visual effects corresponding to the instance of the game. The first visual effects may include moving symbols and landing of the one or more mystery symbols and the one or more trigger symbols. The method may involve controlling the display system to present second visual effects corresponding to the one or more mystery symbols. The second visual effects may include a first revealed mystery symbol image corresponding to a first mystery symbol. The first revealed mystery symbol image and the trigger symbols, taken together, may correspond to a feature award. The method may involve presenting third visual effects corresponding to the feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Hanna Lee Sanborn, Chad La Guardia, Erick T. Ching
  • Patent number: 11361623
    Abstract: A gaming machine comprises memory storing a pay table comprising a plurality of pay table items, each item defining a prize and a required winning combination of symbols to achieve the respective prize, a pay table modifier configured to modify the pay table to apply to at least one game outcome by changing the required winning combination of symbols associated with a first prize such that a lower number of symbols are required to achieve the first prize, an outcome generator configured to generate each at least one game outcome by selecting symbols for display in a plurality of columns of symbol display positions on a display of the gaming machine, and an outcome evaluator configured to evaluate the selected symbols based on the modified pay table upon the pay table being modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Christian James Salmon, Kieran Power
  • Patent number: 11354971
    Abstract: An gaming system includes a display device, an input device, and a game controller. When the game controller determines that a condition is met, the game controller modifies a plurality of symbols selected for display to include a prize awarding symbol. When the game controller determines that a designated condition is met, the game controller modifies the prize awarding symbol to reveal an award. The game controller evaluates the plurality of symbols to determine an award amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Billy Tam, Liam Sanders, Alessandro Sidoti
  • Patent number: 11354979
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods which utilize alternative gaming presentations of the results of sporting event wagers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Kevin Higgins, Dwayne R. Nelson, Jeffery Shepherd
  • Patent number: 11354980
    Abstract: A described gaming system implements an arrangement wherein, as part of a first base game instance, a gaming device is caused to include, at a first symbol position of a symbol array to be implemented by a gaming device, a first Wild symbol at a first symbol position on a reel of a plurality of reels; and, as part of a second base game instance following the first game instance, a modification of the reel of the plurality of reels is performed to move the first Wild symbol into a second symbol position different than the first symbol position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia PTY Limited
    Inventors: Philip Seifert, Natalie Bryant, Nicole Hedley, Ronald Dy, Doanh Dang, Oliver Crispino
  • Patent number: 11348401
    Abstract: A method of conducting a wagering game includes: conducting a base game on an electronic gaming machine; detecting a first trigger condition in the base game; initiating a feature game in response to the first trigger condition; detecting a second trigger condition in the feature game; granting access to a plurality of bonus feature game levels in response to the second trigger condition; and determining an outcome of the feature game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: James Kroon
  • Patent number: 11341538
    Abstract: In various embodiments, promotions are featured on mobile gaming devices. Data based on which a first promotion associated with a first advertiser may be displayed on a mobile gaming device. The data may include a first set of criteria identifying when the first promotion should be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Howard W. Lutnick, Kevin Burman, Dean P. Alderucci, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Antonio Papageorgiou, Mark Miller
  • Patent number: 11341822
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to gaming systems, machines, and methods and, in particular, hidden symbol tracking. As an example, an electronic gaming machine is described that includes a set of reels, where each reel in the set of reels includes a plurality of symbol regions with at least one symbol provided therein, and where a first reel in the set of reels includes a hidden symbol that is capable of different presentations based upon having different lighting conditions applied thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Kyle Rothchild, Thomas Humphrey, Matthew Palazzetti, Cullen O'Day
  • Patent number: 11341804
    Abstract: Wagering gaming systems, devices, and methods are presented. A gaming device includes a credit input mechanism, a player interface mechanism, a display, and a controller. The credit input mechanism receives a physical item representing a monetary value and increases a credit balance of a credit meter based on the monetary value of the received physical item. The display includes symbol positions arranged in an array of rows and columns. During game play, the controller is further configured to display symbols selected from the set of symbols on the array. The symbol set includes a plurality of image segments that form a contiguous image when they are displayed in a predetermined arrangement on the array of symbol positions. The controller makes an award or triggers an event, such as a bonus game, if the displayed symbols include the plurality of image segments arranged to display the contiguous image. Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: David Marsh, Karl Roelofs
  • Patent number: 11328553
    Abstract: A method may include determining a first base game outcome of a first instance of a base game; controlling a display system to present the first base game outcome in a first window of one or more display devices of the display system; and in response determining whether a first feature game trigger condition of a feature game exist. Then in response to this determining, controlling the display system to present a first feature game in a second window of the one or more display devices concurrently with presenting the base game in the first window of the one or more display devices; determining a second base game outcome of a second instance of the base game; determining a first feature game outcome of a first instance of the feature game; controlling the display system to present the second base game outcome in the first window; and controlling the display system to present the first feature game outcome in the second window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cash Imutan, Bradley Hendricks
  • Patent number: 11328558
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine includes a game controller configured to (a) determine, during a base game, that a feature game trigger condition is satisfied; (b) activate a feature game within the base game; (c) display, a feature game play area associated with the feature game, the feature game play area including a plurality of zone patterns overlaid on the symbol display positions; (d) convert the symbol display positions into independent feature game reels; (e) generate a first game outcome by (i) holding a first set of feature game reels displaying the prize symbols while (ii) selecting and displaying a symbol for a second set of feature game reels; (f) determine that at least one zone pattern is complete with prize symbols; (g) apply a zone multiplier associated with the zone pattern to credit values within the zone pattern; and (h) award the incremented credit values to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hanna Sanborn, Chad La Guardia, Erick Ching, Rogelio Decasa, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11305200
    Abstract: A computer device is configured to provide a computer implemented game. The computer device has at least one processor which is configured to determine a number of booster options that have been activated, a booster option being usable in the computer implemented game to provide a respective additional effect. The at least one processor is further configured to determining if the determined number of booster options is greater than a threshold number and when the determined number of booster options is greater than the threshold number, determine that a further booster option is to be provided in the computer implemented game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: KING.COM LIMITED
    Inventors: Brent Blazek, Marwan Zitouni, Nishant Shah
  • Patent number: 11308770
    Abstract: Systems and methods which operate in at least two modes, such as an arcade mode and a hybrid arcade/wagering mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Cameron A. Filipour
  • Patent number: 11302148
    Abstract: A game controller selects and displays first symbols at display positions on a display device, and triggers play of a series of feature games when the first symbols correspond to a trigger event. During the series of feature games, the game controller selects and displays second symbols at the display positions, reveals a replacement symbol for each reveal symbol in the second symbols while retaining other symbols in the second symbols, and determines a feature game outcome based on the replacement symbol revealed for each reveal symbol and other symbols in the second symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Scott Christopher Olive
  • Patent number: 11302137
    Abstract: Systems and methods of gaming are disclosed herein. An example method includes receiving a credit wager to initiate play of a base game. The method also includes designating a first symbol display position on the display, selecting a first symbol from a symbol set for display at the first symbol display position, evaluating whether the first symbol is an award symbol, and controlling the display to display a secondary game in response to a determination that the first symbol is an award symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Gesa Murphy
  • Patent number: 11295574
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine is provided, including a player interface, a meter, a game display, and a game controller. The player interface is configured to receive a wager for a round of the wagering game. The meter is configured to record a wager amount for the round. The game display is configured to display a matrix of symbols. The game controller is coupled to the meter and the game display. The game controller is configured to conduct the round of the wagering game, including selecting the matrix of symbols. The game controller is further configured to detect a trigger symbol among the matrix of symbols. The trigger symbol corresponds to a multiplier feature. The game controller is further configured to award a multiple of the wager amount according to the multiplier feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Ryan Hawkins, Robert Honeycutt, Stephanie Johns
  • Patent number: 11295580
    Abstract: Apparatuses such as an information processor, with which the winning probability of a specific payout at a predetermined timing is easily increased when there are many types of payouts. A server which executes a slot game in which a payout is awarded based on a randomly determined symbol combination includes a controller which is programmed to execute the processes of: a) accepting the use of a GIGA WIN confirmation item with which the probability of rearrangement of a symbol combination corresponding to a payout of “GIGA WIN” among plural symbol combinations is increased; and b) when the GIGA WIN confirmation item is used, displaying the symbol combination corresponding to the payout of “GIGA WIN” and awarding the payout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Oyama, Toshikazu Jinnouchi
  • Patent number: 11285386
    Abstract: Methods and systems to identify options of secondary client devices for a device handover of game play include establishing a session of game play of a game for a primary client device by executing the game on a server for streaming video frames to the primary client device. A request is received to generate a profile of one or more secondary client devices that are identified to be local to the primary client device. The profile is configured to identify device attributes for the secondary client devices. A handover option is provided to the primary client device during game play, identifying one or more of the secondary client devices, based on the profile. A selection of a secondary client device identified by the handover option received from the primary client device causes pausing of the streaming of video frames to the primary client device, saving a game state for the game and providing an option to resume play of the game on the secondary client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventor: Roelof Roderick Colenbrander
  • Patent number: 11288508
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to systems and methods for gaining monitoring. In particular, embodiments relate to systems and methods for gaining monitoring based on machine learning processes configured to analyse captured images to identify or detect game objects and game events to monitor games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: SENSEN NETWORKS GROUP PTY LTD
    Inventors: Nhat Vo, Subhash Challa, Louis Quinn
  • Patent number: 11287697
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with a display. The display may be mounted in a housing. Electronic components may be mounted in an interior region of the device. The display may have an array of pixels configured to display an image. A border region such as a ring-shaped border may run along the outermost peripheral edge of the array of pixels. The display may be covered by a transparent display cover layer. The transparent display cover layer may have opposing inner and outer surfaces. The inner surface may face the interior region of the device. A laser-marked light-scattering structure may be embedded within an interior portion of the display cover layer between the inner and outer surfaces. The light-scattering structure may be located in the border region and may be illuminated by a light-emitting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, Richard A. Davis, Christopher M. Werner
  • Patent number: 11282340
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods that maintain a progressive award associated with a guaranteed minimum quantity of generations of a designated symbol in a sequence of one or more plays of a game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Timothy Kennedy, Robin Heenan
  • Patent number: 11282331
    Abstract: A mixed reality system includes a video capture device, a display, a processing device, and a memory coupled to the processing device. The memory includes machine readable instructions for causing the processing device to generate, via the video capture device, a live video signal of a scene associated with a field of view of a user, wherein the scene includes a gaming device displaying a plurality of first gaming elements as part of a wagering game. The memory further includes machine readable instructions for causing the processing device to determine, based on the live video signal, virtual element in real time. The memory further includes machine readable instructions for causing the processing device to display the virtual element to the user, via the display, as part of the scene so that the virtual element is associated with the gaming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Dwayne Nelson, Patrick Danielson
  • Patent number: 11276272
    Abstract: In one aspect, an electronic gaming machine is described. The electronic gaming machine includes at least one display device, a player input interface, a credit input mechanism, and a game controller configured to execute instructions. When executed by the game controller, the instructions cause the game controller to select a set of historical events from a plurality of sets of historical events for use in a wagering game, select a plurality of arrangements of historical event data, and determine a plurality of sub-wagers from a received credit wager. The instructions further cause the game controller to assign each sub-wager of the plurality of sub-wagers to a different arrangement of the historical event data and determine an outcome of the wagering game by applying the historical event data for the set of historical events to each of the different arrangements of the historical event data having a sub-wager assigned thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Casey, Rex R. Carlson
  • Patent number: 11263862
    Abstract: During play of a feature game, a gaming machine holds each feature trigger symbol at its respective display position, and if a column has spins remaining, spins/respins reels of the respective feature game column to obtain replacement symbols for each non-feature trigger symbol in the feature game column. For each of the feature game columns, the gaming machine determines, based on the symbols in the feature game column, whether to award a prize associated with the respective feature game column. Aspects of the feature game may be implemented in a base or primary game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Eric Boese
  • Patent number: 11257321
    Abstract: A method of merging a plurality of games into a single game on a gaming machine. A display displays first and second games. A game controller determines if a wager has been placed, and if the wager placed includes a base game wager and a game enhancement wager. Upon determining that the wager placed includes a base game wager and a game enhancement wager, the game controller merges the first and second games and a plurality of display positions into a merged game. The merged game selects symbols from the first game and the second game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Gary Joseph Penacho, Thomas Tuomey, Bradley Hendricks
  • Patent number: 11257332
    Abstract: A gaming system is disclosed that comprises a game controller that includes at least one processor and at least one memory device that are operably connected. The memory device(s) store computer-readable instructions for controlling the at least one processor to cause prize indicia to be displayed, each prize indicium corresponding to a spot prize awardable to a player, and cause a symbol array to be selected and displayed such that the symbol array and the prize indicia move relative to each other. The instructions also control the processor to select at least one spot prize corresponding to at least one prize indicium, determine at least one prize symbol to be added to the symbol array, corresponding to the respective selected at least one spot prize, and allocate a Wild function to the at least one added prize symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Colin Fong
  • Patent number: 11257324
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer readable storage to implement an electronic wagering game. The wagering can spin reels of symbols to a random result. A bonus round can be triggered depending on the symbols that result from the spin. If the bonus round is triggered, the player has discretion to take particular actions in the bonus round, and any non-optimal play in the bonus round has an error associated with it which is computed and added to a bonus pool so subsequent players in the bonus round can potentially be awarded the bonus pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventors: Jesper Karrbrink, Andy Hieke, Joe Kisenwether
  • Patent number: 11250670
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to gaming systems and methods of operating such gaming systems that provide multi-player elimination tournaments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Raymond Dickenson, Daniel Lund
  • Patent number: 11244536
    Abstract: A gaming machine for providing a game to a player is described herein. The gaming machine displays a primary game including a plurality of reels and spins and stops the reels to display the outcome of the primary game. The gaming machine detects a first triggering condition appearing in the outcome of the primary game and responsively initiates a bonus award game upon detecting the first triggering condition, and detects a second triggering condition appearing in the outcome of the primary game and responsively initiates a free game feature upon detecting the second triggering condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Konami Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Daisuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11244534
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the disclosure can include methods and apparatus for electronic gaming. The methods and apparatus can include hosting and/or executing a computer game that can include one or more contestants. The methods and apparatus can include displaying the contest to contestants and noncontestants. And the methods and apparatus can include receiving a wager from a wagerer regarding an outcome of the contest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Racing Reels Limited
    Inventor: Wayne K. Stevens
  • Patent number: 11244542
    Abstract: Innovations in user interface (“UI”) features of an electronic gaming device, and in features of backend processing to implement the UI features, are presented. For example, an electronic gaming machine (“EGM”) can selectively transfer target symbols between multiple windows. Each of the windows uses a set of reels, which spin in the respective windows. When at least a threshold count of target symbols lands for a reel in a window, a stack of target symbols is transferred to a corresponding reel in each of one or more other windows. After target symbols are transferred, a bonus feature, special mode, or other supplemental feature can be triggered depending on the counts of target symbols in the respective windows. As another example, an EGM can selectively start a supplemental feature (such as a bonus feature or special mode) in multiple windows depending on a count of target symbols in the windows, collectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Christmas Uberuaga, Allon Englman
  • Patent number: 11238692
    Abstract: A method of playing a feature game on a gaming machine. A display displays a first game and a second game. A game controller determines if a merging condition occurs, and if a merging condition occurs, animates a merging of the first game and the second game into a merged game at the display. The merged game has a plurality of display positions from the first game, the second game, and a set of additional display positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Gary Joseph Penacho, Thomas Tuomey
  • Patent number: 11238701
    Abstract: A gaming device determines that only when a result of a game played corresponds to a predetermined outcome, a respin option becomes available for a player. This option is rendered as an offer for the player to activate a game enhancement feature for a respin during a subsequent play of the reel-spin game. The game enhancement features include holding or locking a symbol in the reels of the reel-spin game, adding a score multiplier, or adding a modified symbol to a particular position or reel, during the respin of the subsequent play of the reel-spin game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Elisabeth Kiss, Susanne Kiss, Julia-Ines Lerchbaumer, Bruno Rittner, Michael Russ
  • Patent number: 11238691
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the present disclosure relates generally to gaming systems and methods for providing one or more awards based on the accumulation of symbols over a predefined quantity of plays of a game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Andreas Zehetner
  • Patent number: 11232682
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention set forth systems, apparatuses, and methods for involve or otherwise facilitate a multiple symbol replacement process. Accordingly, a gaming device includes a display having a first game grid and a second game grid, and can be configured to replace at least two symbols in the second game grid, with each of the replaced symbols being in separate game reels that form columns in the second grid, when a predetermined symbol appears in the first game grid as part of a determined game outcome. Alternatively, the gaming device may be configured to replace symbols in the second game grid when a predetermined symbol appears in the first game grid, and replace symbols in the first game grid when a predetermined symbol appears in the second game grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventor: Bradley Berman
  • Patent number: 11222508
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods for providing free plays of a game with increasing quantities of paylines, wherein for each of a plurality of free plays of a game of a free game sequence, any awards for the displayed plurality of symbols for that free play of the game are based on a quantity of paylines associated with the symbol display positions for that free play of the game, wherein the quantity of paylines for that free play of the game is greater than a previous quantity of paylines for a previous free play of the game of the sequence by a determined quantity of additional paylines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Craig Schaefer
  • Patent number: 11217065
    Abstract: Certain embodiments involve a system comprising at least one processor; and a memory storing instructions which when executed by the at least one processor cause the at least one processor to: cause a first symbol array to be selected and displayed on at least one display in a display area, the first symbol array including a plurality of selected symbols from each reel of a plurality of reels at respective symbol locations of the display area; add at least one first Wild symbol to the display; cause a second symbol array to be selected and displayed on the at least one display in the display area, the second symbol array including a plurality of selected symbols from each reel at the respective symbol locations of the display area; add at least one second Wild symbol to the display; and move the at least one first Wild symbol relative to the display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Natalie Bryant, Philip Seifert, Nicole Hedley, Ronald Dy, Doanh Dang, Oliver Crispino
  • Patent number: 11205318
    Abstract: Innovations in user interface (“UI”) features of an electronic gaming device, and in features of backend processing to implement the UI features, are presented. For example, control logic selects active reels, which include side reels and main reels. Compared to the main reels, the side reels typically include symbols of greater interest to a user. The control logic also selects a subset of the active reels. The control logic spins at least some of the active reels on a display screen of the device. The control logic shifts some active reels into a reel area while shifting other active reels out of the reel area, before stopping at the subset of the active reels. Reel shifting can increase game volatility while maintaining a designated level of return to player. At the same time, by selecting side reels and reels within the reel area when shifting stops, outcomes can satisfy regulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Bradley Hendricks, Damien Burczyk, Joseph Masinter, Amy Bruderer, Andrew Harrington
  • Patent number: 11200782
    Abstract: A gaming device that initiates a series of game instances, and controls a display to display a multiplier meter that a) has a plurality of multiplier levels corresponding to respective ones of a sequence of multipliers applying to outcomes of the game instances and b) when a multiplier applies, indicates a current multiplier level. A processor initializes a designated symbol counter, the processor selects symbols for display for a game instance, evaluates the symbols displayed to identify any winning combinations of symbols, and for each winning combination determines an award amount, adds any awards to the win meter, increments the designated symbol counter by a number of designated symbols, changes the current multiplier level upon the designated symbol counter exceeding a defined threshold applying to a respective multiplier level, and updates the multiplier meter to indicate the current multiplier level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Eric Satterlie, Chantrelle Pryor, Paul Lombardo, Liam Sanders, Jason Meyer, Gary Penacho, Patrick Finch
  • Patent number: 11201931
    Abstract: An administrator can use a portal platform to manage social equity for social collaboration features of the web sites. A goal is to encourage users to contribute to an online community's social activities such as its blogs, message boards, and wiki pages. The portal platform supports social equity features, where users can earn points for their participation. The administrator can specify a counter period, where the points accumulated during the last period are reset. This feature can be used to encourage continual participation by the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Liferay, Inc.
    Inventors: Zsolt Berentey, Brian Wing Shun Chan
  • Patent number: 11200780
    Abstract: A gaming system includes game-logic circuitry that is configured to direct the display of a graphical-user interface including selectable elements, each of which being associated with a respective outcome. The circuitry is configured to detect an initial selection of a first selectable elements and designate it as an active selection. The circuitry concurrently provides the abilities to elect to: (1) exchange the first selectable element with a another one of the selectable elements, the another one being designated—and the first losing the designation of—the active selection upon exchange, (2) eliminate one or more of the remaining selectable elements that are not the active selection by revealing a game outcome associated with the eliminated selectable element, the game outcome associated with the eliminated selectable being unavailable thereafter, and (3) reveal and accept the game outcome associated with the selectable element that is currently designated as the active selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: SG Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffry L. Nauman
  • Patent number: 11195367
    Abstract: A gaming machine may be configured for supporting games that include use of pay modalities, which are overlaid on selected symbols. The gaming machine includes a credit input mechanism configured for establishing a credit balance that is increasable and decreasable based on wagering activities, a display having a plurality of display positions, and a game controller to select a plurality of symbols, to cause the display to display the selected symbols, to determine if the selected symbols associated with at least one of one or more predetermined reels of the plurality of reels include a special symbol, and if so, to determine one or more special values associated with the special symbol, and to overlay a particular one of the one or more special values on each displayed instance of the special symbol. The game controller determines a payout based on assigned special values associated with the displayed special symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Ryan Hawkins, Stephanie Johns, Yanis Tsombanidis, Robert Honeycutt
  • Patent number: 11195377
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine (EGM) or another type of gaming device may be configured to provide games that involve “WYSIWYG” (what you see is what you get) symbols or “prize on” symbols. The gaming device may be configured to provide the value of all “prize on” symbols that land during a single instance of a game if a prize on trigger symbol, which also may be referred to herein as a blast symbol, lands during the same instance of the game. In some examples, the game may be a base game. According to some examples, a feature does not need to be triggered during the instance of the base game for the value of all prize on symbols that land during the instance of the base game to be awarded. In other examples, the game may be a feature game, such as a “hold and spin” game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hanna Sanborn, Erick Ching, Chad La Guardia, Nathan Warms, Zachary Smith, Scott Hopkins, Jennifer Mizzi, Rogelio Decasa, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11189137
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the present disclosure relates generally to gaming systems and methods that provide a first game sequence including an accumulation of designated symbols during a plurality of sequential plays of one or more of a plurality of different games of the first game sequence. In various embodiments, the gaming system determines which of the plurality of different games are employed for each play of a game of the first game sequence based on the quantity of accumulated symbols for that first game sequence prior to the start of that game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Klaus Hufnagl-Abraham
  • Patent number: 11189127
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer readable storage to implement an electronic wagering game. The wagering game presents around which comprises targets which fall from a top of an electronic output device towards a bottom, and if any target passes a horizontal lose line then the round terminates. If the player completes the round without a target reaching the lose line then the player is presented with an optimal award.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Jesper Karrbrink, Andy Hieke, Joe Kisenwether
  • Patent number: 11185776
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a dynamic obstacle in a computer game may include: altering a display of each of a subset of game assets displayed by a computer system with a visual indication that indicates that the subset of game assets are available for inhibition; displaying associated with a game asset an inhibitor, wherein displaying an inhibitor associated with the game asset indicates that the game asset is inhibited; and periodically removing from display the inhibitor from one game asset of the subset of game assets and displaying the inhibitor associated with another game asset of the subset of game assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Playtika Ltd.
    Inventors: Jenny Raichel, Or Ben Shabat
  • Patent number: 11183016
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a wagering ecosystem are described for allowing punters and other entities to buy and sell already-placed wagers. Allowing purchases and sales of already-placed wagers minimizes risk exposures while increasing the diversity, volume and efficiency of wagering. Generally, systems, apparatus and methods are described for an exchange server to execute buy and sell orders received from licensed entities to manage imbalances in the entities' books and to provide accounting for the executed orders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Uplay1
    Inventor: Bruce Merati
  • Patent number: 11183002
    Abstract: A gaming device method and apparatus are disclosed, and are accomplished by a slot machine that includes one, or a plurality of primary pay lines, as well as one or a plurality of secondary pay lines, wherein symbols occurring at the primary pay lines during a plurality of independent spins are mapped into the secondary pay lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventor: Nabil N. Ghaly
  • Patent number: 11183003
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a slot-type game in which an award outcome is determined based on the amount and position of each of a randomly generated first and second symbols in the game outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventor: Aimin Cong