Lot-to-lot Combination (e.g., Slot Machine, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/20)
  • Patent number: 11030854
    Abstract: In various embodiments a player of a gaming device or mobile gaming device is presented with an indication of a payout amount less any taxes that would be owed for the payout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Dean P. Alderucci, Geoffrey M. Gelman
  • Patent number: 11020674
    Abstract: An information processing device running a game program which improves the strategic characteristics of a game in which one or more players participate. The device may perform a step of initiating a game part in which one or more players participate; a step of providing an action opportunity to each of the one or more players; a determination step of determining a first parameter and a second parameter so that a total value of the first parameter and the second parameter which are correlated with the player becomes constant at a predetermined value when the action opportunity is given to the player; and a step of executing action processing of the player. The first parameter may be used in processing when a subsequent action opportunity is given to the player. The second parameter may be used in processing before the subsequent action opportunity is given to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventor: Yuya Komaba
  • Patent number: 11024132
    Abstract: Embodiments of this concept are directed to gaming devices that are configured to initiate multiple gaming events in response to a player input. The gaming device may include game initiating inputs that initiate a predetermined number of gaming events in response to the player input, or the gaming device may include configurable game initiating inputs that initiate a number of gaming events specified by the player, specified the gaming device, or specified by a gaming server. The gaming device or gaming server may set the number of initiated game events in response to the occurrence of a triggering event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: ACRES TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: John F. Acres
  • Patent number: 11017634
    Abstract: The present invention is to determine whether a game result of a slot machine satisfies a specified condition by using a control unit, the specified condition is defined as any one of the plurality of game symbols in the game result replaced so that the reward condition is satisfied, and one of the game symbols replaced to be located at a replacement position; when the control unit determines that the game result satisfies the specified condition, the control unit activates a three-dimensional re-spinning component to generate a replacement game symbol. The replacement game symbol is used to replace the game symbol at the replacement position and update the game result, thereby the control unit re-determines whether the updated game result meets the reward condition, and after the reward condition is met, performs a reward program by using a reward unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: JUMBO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shun-Tsung Hsu, Chang-Yi Wang
  • Patent number: 11011022
    Abstract: A gaming machine comprises a symbol selector for selecting a plurality of symbols from a set of symbols for display during play of a base game, the set of symbols including a plurality of non-configurable symbols and a plurality of configurable symbols; a random number generator for generating random prize values; a value assigner for assigning a generated random prize value to each selected configurable symbol; and an outcome evaluator for monitoring play of the base game, wherein a feature game is triggered in response to a trigger event, the trigger event comprising a predefined number of the plurality of configurable symbols being selected by the symbol selector for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Scott Christopher Olive
  • Patent number: 11012637
    Abstract: Vehicle, method, and system are disclosed for determining when a live video feed is frozen. An example vehicle includes a camera, a display, and a processor. The processor is configured to capture a plurality of image frames via the camera, select one or more of the image frames, replace one or more pixels of the selected image frames with an icon, and output the plurality of image frames on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mohammed Al Ani
  • Patent number: 11011019
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods which utilize one or more persistent supplemental awards to dynamically modify or otherwise alter one or more awards associated with one or more game outcomes of a paytable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Thomas Humphrey, Benjamin Holsclaw, Kera Skillings
  • Patent number: 11004309
    Abstract: The information processor executes the processes of: (a) setting a winning probability of second random determination based on a winning probability corresponding to a condition set by a setting unit which sets one of conditions associated with different winning probabilities; (b) determining whether to execute the first random determination by the second random determination based on the winning probability set in the process (a); (c) when a win is achieved in the second random determination in the process (b), executing the first random determination; and (d) when a result of the first random determination in the process (c) is different from a predetermined result, executing the first random determination again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Oyama, Toshikazu Jinnouchi
  • Patent number: 10997823
    Abstract: A gaming machine provides a spinning reel game having a base game, from which a hold and spin feature game is triggered when a determined number of configurable symbols are displayed in a base game outcome. When the feature game is triggered, the configurable symbols are held in place on the display and the player is provided one or more spins during the feature game in which to collect additional configurable symbols. Any additional configurable symbols are retained on the display during subsequent spins until the feature game is completed. Each reel on the game display includes a respective multiplier meter that is adjusted when a multiplier symbol is displayed on the reel in a base game outcome. The multiplier symbols include dynamic multiplier symbols that increment the multiplier meters by a defined amount and static multiplier symbols that lock a meter at a defined multiplier value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Daniel Marks, Hua Xu
  • Patent number: 10991207
    Abstract: An electronic method of operating a gaming system. The method includes selecting a plurality of symbols, displaying the selected symbols, and upon the displayed symbols including one or more designated symbols, retaining each displayed designated symbol for a subsequent game round at a respective symbol display position at which the designated symbol is displayed. The method also includes, in the subsequent game round, selecting, a plurality of symbols from the symbol data, upon a further designated symbol being selected for display at a symbol display position at which the retained designated symbol is displayed, modifying the retained designated symbol to indicate that a win containing the retained designated symbol will be increased, and upon the selected symbols in the subsequent game round corresponding to a winning outcome incorporating the modified retained designated symbol, making an award of an award value corresponding to the winning outcome modifier by the increase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Liam Sanders, Matthew Chan
  • Patent number: 10991211
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods for providing a game and/or game feature in which images are divided in parts to form symbols or symbol parts, with the symbol parts being included in separate reels or groups from which they are randomly selected for display on a game screen, such as an array or grid formed by rows and columns. A winning or award outcome is determined based on the random game results displaying a completed image formed of the randomly displayed matching symbol parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Aimin Cong
  • Patent number: 10974155
    Abstract: An information processing device running a game program which improves the strategic characteristics of a game in which one or more players participate. The device may perform a step of initiating a game part in which one or more players participate; a step of providing an action opportunity to each of the one or more players; a determination step of determining a first parameter and a second parameter so that a total value of the first parameter and the second parameter which are correlated with the player becomes constant at a predetermined value when the action opportunity is given to the player; and a step of executing action processing of the player. The first parameter may be used in processing when a subsequent action opportunity is given to the player. The second parameter may be used in processing before the subsequent action opportunity is given to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventor: Yuya Komaba
  • Patent number: 10977891
    Abstract: A gaming machine is described herein. The gaming machine includes a control unit programmed to display a primary game screen including a plurality of virtual reels, receive a signal indicating a wager being placed on the primary game, and initiate a bonus feature selection game by displaying a bonus feature selection game screen including a plurality of bonus features. The processor receives a signal indicating one or more wagers being placed on the bonus feature game by the player, and responsive to each wager, randomly selects a bonus feature from the plurality of bonus features and modifies a bonus feature image to indicate a number of times the corresponding bonus feature has been randomly selected. The processor receives a signal to terminate the bonus feature game and initiates an instance of the primary game using the selected bonus features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Konami Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenichi Kamano
  • Patent number: 10970960
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a casino-style video game with a matching feature whereby players seek to group like game icons with one another. The system may use multiple pay tables with a relevant pay table being selected based on the number of grouped game icons forming a winning pattern such that the greater the number of matched or grouped game icons, the greater the return to player (RTP) associated with the corresponding pay table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: GAMECO, LLC
    Inventors: Blaine Goldman Graboyes, Eli Weissman, Jared Torres
  • Patent number: 10964156
    Abstract: Reel-based wagering games and associated methods and gaming apparatuses are disclosed. Examples of reel-based wagering games comprise a number of reels and multiple paylines or a multi-way payout scheme associated with the number of reels. Evaluation of payouts associated with the multiple paylines or the multi-way payout scheme starts with a first reel to stop and resets at a subsequent reel to stop when the subsequent reel does not result in a payout with previously stopped reels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Ryan Strand
  • Patent number: 10960301
    Abstract: A method of rendering a grid based user interface includes selecting a gaming object with an illumination value to be updated. The gaming objects located directly adjacent to the selected gaming object each having an associated illumination value. The updated illumination value takes into account the illumination values of the directly adjacent gaming objects. The game object is rendered using the updated illumination value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: KING.COM LTD.
    Inventor: Manuel Kurt Bosze
  • Patent number: 10957155
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine includes a processor configured to control a display device to display a plurality of columns of symbol positions, where each symbol position includes a symbol selected from a set of symbols. The processor is also configured to determine whether any of the symbol positions include a designated symbol, and if so, to: i) control the display device to hold the designated symbol in the symbol position for at least one subsequent game instance of a series of game instances, and ii) increase a multiplier used in determining a game award from a first multiplier to a second, larger, multiplier. The processor is also configured to evaluate the symbols included in each symbol position to determine whether a winning combination of symbols is displayed. If a winning combination of symbols is displayed, the processor also calculates a game award using one of the first multiplier or the second multiplier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Billy Tam, Lipi Gupta, Matthew Chan, Hiram Yu
  • Patent number: 10957159
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine includes a display, a credit input mechanism, and a processor configured to perform operations comprising: (i) initiating a free play bonus game; (ii) awarding, during the free play bonus game, a plurality of free spins of a plurality of reels; (iii) displaying, on the display, a plurality of numerical indicia, the plurality of numerical indicia displayed one at a time and increasing from an initial numerical indicium associated with an initial free spin to a final numerical indicium associated with a final free spin; and (iv) providing a game award in conjunction with the final free spin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: David Marsh, Karl Roelofs, Michael P. Casey
  • Patent number: 10957147
    Abstract: A gaming system includes a gaming machine and game-logic circuitry. The gaming machine includes a display device configured to display (i) a symbol array comprising a plurality of symbols and (ii) a modifier array comprising a plurality of modifiers. The game-logic circuitry is configured to select, for a plurality of rounds of populating the symbol array with symbols, a subarray of the modifier array. The selected subarray is displayed by the display device. The game-logic circuitry is further configured to generate, using a random-number generator, one or more random numbers to determine an outcome of a round of the plurality of rounds, modify the subarray in response to the outcome of the round including a selection symbol, and apply, in response to a trigger round of the plurality of rounds, the modifiers of the subarray to an outcome associated with the trigger round.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: SG Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Jamie Knight, Christopher Guerrero, Jeremy Hornik
  • Patent number: 10950097
    Abstract: A slot machine device providing a unique operation, payout scheme, and structure. This slot machine provides optional, unique game play features. These features may include a Notice feature which informs a player if the next cycle will be a win or a loss; a Flush feature allowing a player to discard a losing cycle; a Do-Over feature, allowing a player to replay a cycle if they do not like the results of the prior cycle; a skill-based feature that requires the player to display an element of skill; and a social feature that requires the player to perform a social task. These features may be turned on and off, and the slot machine may be configured to automatically adjust a payout option depending on what features are activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Allen Stone
  • Patent number: 10950096
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine may include a plurality of mechanical reels, each of which may include a plurality of symbols. The electronic gaming machine may also include a processor configured execute instructions stored on a memory. When the processor executes the instructions, the processor may control a first mechanical reel of the plurality of mechanical reels to spin and stop on a first stop position relative to a centerline, such that the first mechanical reel displays a first plurality of active symbols. In addition, the processor may execute the instructions to control a second mechanical reel of the plurality of mechanical reels to spin and stop on a second stop position relative to the centerline. In at least one embodiment, the second stop position may be vertically offset from the first stop position, such that the second mechanical reel displays a second plurality of active symbols greater than the first plurality of active symbols displayed by the first mechanical reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Ryan Cuddy, Lyndsay Nelson Berger
  • Patent number: 10950082
    Abstract: In response to determining that a triggering condition has been satisfied, a plurality of resolution options for a plurality of wagering games may be provided to a gaming device for display. The plurality of resolution options includes a first resolution option that includes resolving a first number of instances of a first subset of the plurality of wagering games, and a second resolution option that includes resolving a second number of instances of a second subset of the plurality of wagering games. The first number of instances is different from the second number of instances, and the first subset is different from the second subset. The plurality of wagering games is then resolved according to one of the plurality of resolution options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Stefan Keilwert, Klaus Achmuller
  • Patent number: 10943434
    Abstract: Methods and systems facilitate the adjustment of probabilities of triggering different bonus games in a slot machine where the probability adjustment is based on supplemental data. Programming and data structure design are provided to implement a bonus trigger probability adjusting arrangement based on supplemental data input. Such supplemental data includes the state a dynamic interactive game theme sequence displayed at the gaming machine. Player interactions with the theme can alter the sequence of the theme display and affect the adjustment of probabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Everi Games, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Meyer
  • Patent number: 10937272
    Abstract: A promotional game is conducted over participants' cell phones. During a play period, a participant advances on a virtual game board using cell phone commands. During the play period, participants' gaming wagering is used to generate drawing tickets. Each player may text COUNT to receive a text message containing his or her current board position and total tickets accumulated. Alternatively, or in addition, he or she may go to the casino, text the word STATUS and have the same information depicted with accompanying animation on a video display. At the end of the play period each player may text PEEK to receive a message indicating whether or not he or she has won any prizes. To learn the number of prizes and their worth, the player may go to the casino, text the word REVEAL and have the prize details depicted with accompanying animation on the video display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ACRES TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: John F. Acres, William M. Adamson, Patrick B. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10922923
    Abstract: An EGM is provided including a display and a game controller coupled to the display. The display selectively displays a primary and secondary game in primary and secondary matrices. The primary matrix includes a trigger column and a plurality of combinable columns corresponding to a first plurality of virtual reels. The secondary matrix includes the trigger column and a combined column corresponding to a second plurality of virtual reels. Symbols appearing in the combined column are oversized. The primary matrix is displayed and the first plurality of virtual reels are spun and stopped to conduct the primary game, where a trigger symbol appears in the trigger column. The secondary game is selected and the secondary matrix is displayed in response to the appearance of the trigger symbol. The second plurality of virtual reels are spun and stopped to conduct the secondary game in which a secondary game award is awarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: John Ludwick
  • Patent number: 10922920
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gaming machine, methods of gaming and gaming systems. The gaming system comprises: a first video display; a second video display; and a game controller. The game controller is arranged to: select a plurality of symbols from a symbol set for display on the first video display and the second video display; and evaluate a symbol subset comprising one or more of the plurality of symbols to determine whether to make an award. The number of symbols of the symbol subset is higher than a number of symbols in the symbol subset evaluated by the game controller in a previous game instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Gary Joseph Penacho, Casey Lyle Condron, Thomas Tuomey, Kurt Larsen, Charles Schotborgh, Adam Pippin, Ryan Shawn Carr
  • Patent number: 10916086
    Abstract: A gaming system including a housing and a wheel assembly supported by the housing, the wheel assembly including a frame, a rotatable wheel supported by the frame, and a hub supported by the frame and positioned in a central opening defined by the rotatable wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Brien Edick
  • Patent number: 10916099
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods for providing a sequence of a quantity of plays of a game wherein each play of the game is guaranteed to result in the generation of a guaranteed minimum quantity of a designated symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Franz Pierer
  • Patent number: 10916087
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of operating a regulated gaming machine may comprise accepting funds from a player and correspondingly establishing player game credits. A game and a progress indicator may be provided, with the game comprising a plurality of enabled in-game assets and at least one previously unavailable in-game asset. Each of the plurality of enabled in-game assets may be configured to generate a wagering opportunity when interacted with by the player. Game play may be enabled by receiving at least one player interaction, via a user interface of the regulated gaming machine, with at least some of the enabled plurality of in-game assets. For each generated wagering opportunity, it may be determined determining whether the received player interaction(s) resulted in a successful or an unsuccessful interaction with the enabled in-game asset with which the player interacted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: SYNERGY BLUE LLC
    Inventors: Michael Oberberger, Michael Low
  • Patent number: 10909811
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine comprises a symbol selector, in response to game initiation, selecting a plurality of symbols and causing the selected symbols to be displayed at respective ones of a plurality of symbol display positions; a trigger monitor to determine whether one or both of a first feature game trigger condition and a second feature game trigger condition are met by the displayed plurality of symbols; and a feature game controller to conduct: a first feature game having a first game play characteristic if only the first feature game trigger condition is met, a second feature game having a second game play characteristic if only the second feature game trigger condition is met, and a third feature game that combines the first game play characteristic and the second game play characteristic if both the first and the second feature game trigger conditions are met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Oliver Crispino, Billy Tam, Paul Lombardo
  • Patent number: 10909801
    Abstract: A game comprising: a plurality of reels, each of the reels comprising a plurality of symbol positions; a plurality of symbols, at least one of the plurality of symbols positioned in least one of the plurality of symbol positions; at least one processor for executing instructions stored in a memory to play a slot machine game comprising the steps: accepting a wager; receiving an instruction to initiate a spin of the game; generating a plurality of generated random numbers using a pseudo random number generator; determining a spin outcome including a stop positions for the plurality of reels based on the generated random numbers; displaying a portion of the plurality of reels in a play matrix; issuing an award if the play matrix comprises a winning symbol combination; and accumulating a player element total based on gameplay, the player element total transferrable to a second spin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Anthony M. Singer, Howard Marks, Daniel Marks
  • Patent number: 10909810
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a bonus game that is common to a bank of electronic gaming devices. One or more pools accrue with each wager placed. A player qualifies to play the bonus game when at least one tracked player or game criterion, such as wagers made, exceeds a threshold, triggers a mystery-jackpot counter, or is selected by a weighted pay table. The bonus game includes a video display of a wheel bouncing against a brick wall with bricks being exploded by coins. After an opening is formed in the wall and the wheel escapes, a wheel spin determines the bonus game outcome. More than one player may play the bonus game in sequence until the last player spins the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: ACRES TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: John F. Acres
  • Patent number: 10902702
    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 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hanna Sanborn, Chad La Guardia, Erick Ching, Rogelio Decasa, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10902700
    Abstract: A gaming system displays a plurality of columns, receives a selection of at least one column, and determines a set of win lines to be played during the game, wherein the set of win lines is defined, at least, by combining each symbol display position of the selected column with one symbol display position of each non-selected column. When a single column is selected, a number of win lines is equal to a total number of symbol display positions of the single selected column. When more than one column is selected, the number of win lines is equal to a number of symbol display positions of a first selected column multiplied by a respective number of symbol display positions of each other selected column. The gaming system also determines a symbol to be displayed at each position, populates each position with a symbol, and determines an outcome of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Daniel Julio Montenegro
  • Patent number: 10896579
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods for providing a sequence of a quantity of plays of a game wherein each play of the game is guaranteed to result in at least a currently employed guaranteed award amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Thomas Allen, II
  • Patent number: 10885736
    Abstract: A flexible display assembly for a display device having a processor and a memory coupled to the processor includes a flexible display coupled to the processor for displaying graphical elements to a user in response to instructions from the processor. The flexible display is reversibly deformable between a first display configuration and a second display configuration. The display device further includes a mechanical assembly coupled to the flexible display for reversibly deforming the flexible display between the first display configuration and the second display configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Fayez Idris, David Froy
  • Patent number: 10885737
    Abstract: Method and systems of gaming are provided herein. One method includes storing in a memory of the gaming system a plurality of reel strips sets, each reel strips set including a characteristic that is different from the other reel strips sets. The method may further include initiating a play of the game. The method may include selecting, at random, via the game controller, a reel strips set from the plurality of reel strips sets. The method also includes displaying, via the game controller, symbols in symbol display positions on the display of the gaming system. The method further includes evaluating, via the game controller, the selected symbols. The method further includes updating, via the game controller, a meter stored in the memory in accordance with the evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Colin Fong, Matthew Chan
  • Patent number: 10881961
    Abstract: A method of encouraging actions by users with respect to a game networking system is disclosed. An indication of a presence of a user of a game networking system at a physical location is received. An opportunity for the user to perform an action within a game associated with the game networking system to obtain an achievement pertaining to the game is identified. The availability of the opportunity is triggered based on the presence of the user at the physical location. A notification to the user of information pertaining to the opportunity is communicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventor: Nishchaie Khanna
  • Patent number: 10878665
    Abstract: A gaming machine for providing multiple games to a player with the same reel is described herein. The gaming machine displays a first game that includes a first portion of a reel in a first display area and concurrently displays a second game that includes a second portion of the reel being displayed in a second display area. The gaming machine randomly generates an outcome of the first game and spins and stops the at least one reel to display the first game outcome in the first display area and awards the player an award as a function of the first game outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Konami Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Satoshi Suda
  • Patent number: 10878660
    Abstract: Gaming devices, and methods for operating them, are provided that may display an attract mode display that includes one or more bonus markers and a plurality of denomination markers. One of the denomination markers may be highlighted, and a bonus prize associated with a bonus marker and the currently highlighted denomination marker may be determined and displayed in a region of the display associated with that bonus marker. The display may be controlled to display a denomination transition in which the highlighted denomination marker reverts to a non-highlighted representation and the next denomination marker is highlighted. In conjunction therewith, a bonus transition may be displayed in which the bonus prize displayed in association with at least one bonus marker is changed to a bonus prize associated with both that bonus marker and the newly highlighted denomination marker. Such operations may be repeated one or more times, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Marc Mayo, Claire Mileto, Lauren Chapple, Geoffrey Richardson
  • Patent number: 10867477
    Abstract: A gaming system including a central server linked to a plurality of gaming devices. The central server tracks the occurrences of one or more suitable events occurring at or in association with one or more gaming devices in the gaming system. Upon the central server determining that the quantity of occurred events tracked has reached a designated quantity or threshold, (i.e., a triggering event has occurred), the gaming system provides a progressive award to one of the players at one of the gaming devices in the gaming system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jacob Thomas Graham, Gregory A. Schlottmann
  • Patent number: 10867469
    Abstract: Systems and methods which provide a player zero, one or more awards based on a variable quantity of symbol display positions associated with one or more reels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: David Ceniceroz, Julianne Rodgers
  • Patent number: 10867468
    Abstract: A method includes storing multiple bet configurations for a gaming machine. Each bet configuration specifies a respective pay table and a set of bet levels including a minimum bet level. A payout percentage may be selected for each bet level. The pay tables each include a number N of prize levels and each prize level corresponding to a respective numerical prize value for a win on the gaming machine while the corresponding bet configuration is in an active state at the gaming machine. The minimum bets for the different bet configurations are unequal and are related by a translation ratio. The different numerical prize values for the different bet configurations are also related by that same translating ratio. A bet configuration may be placed in the active state at a gaming machine and plays are then resolved according to the bet configuration in the active state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Everi Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Alexander Watkins, Daniel Eulenfeld, James Palermo
  • Patent number: 10867483
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine includes a game controller configured to (a) determine that a feature game triggers; (b) activate a feature game; (c) display a plurality of feature game reels, a prize position area positioned above the plurality of feature game reels, and a credit stack positioned above the prize position area, the credit stack includes credit prizes potentially available to be won by the player; (d) automatically move at least one credit prize from the credit stack into the prize position area; (e) generate a first game outcome on the plurality of reels; (f) determine that at least one of the displayed symbols for the first game outcome is a prize symbol; (g) provide the at least one credit prize; (h) increase a multiplier by a predetermined amount; and (i) display the multiplier as an applicable multiplier for a credit prize won during a subsequent spin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Gary Penacho, Thomas Tuomey, Allon Englman
  • Patent number: 10861286
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods that provide a bingo game wager outcome via symbol collector(s) in a spinning reel game are disclosed. A game controller of a gaming device receives a bingo game outcome in response to a wager. The game controller selects a spinning reel game outcome based on the received bingo game outcome and spin reels of the spinning reel game to obtain the spinning reel game outcome. The game controller collects feature symbols from an array of the symbols presented in the spinning reel game in symbol collector(s). The game controller provides an award from the symbol collector(s) corresponding to a portion of the feature symbols collected in the symbol collector(s) and increases the credit balance of a credit meter by an amount equivalent to the bingo game outcome at least in part in response to the award provided from the symbol collector(s). Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: David Marsh, Karl Roelofs
  • Patent number: 10861279
    Abstract: A gaming device includes a front-mounted display, such as one or more displays which are mounted to a door of the gaming device. The display may be located in a recess or opening in the front of the gaming device, such as in the door. One or more electrical interconnection points may be electrically connected with one or more electrical attachment points to form one or more electrical connects between the gaming device and the one or more displays. The display may be mounted to the gaming device, such as the door, via one or more connectors which are accessible at an interior of the gaming device, such as the rear of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventors: Mark Andrew Thompson, Prashant L. Shah
  • Patent number: 10860987
    Abstract: A system for providing a personalized calendar comprises a server that hosts a database storing digital product event data, which associates a plurality of digital products with respective digital products event dates. The server repeatedly updates the digital product event data in the database, provides a user interface for a user, with the user interface being displayable on a remote user device of the user and includes a calendar widget personalized for the user based on a user account. The server further converts at least one portion of the digital product event data to display it through the calendar widget. The server can also receive user input indicating a date and identify a digital product associated with that date. In response to the input, the server modifies the user interface to display, in addition to the calendar widget, a digital product widget associated with the identified digital product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventors: Milan Cvetkovic, Wesley Curtis Voshell, Ashley Christine Koyama, Helen Yee
  • Patent number: 10854044
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine (EGM) may present first visual effects on a display system, including game play items, corresponding to one or more instances of a base game and determining instances of game play items that correspond to feature credits towards an automatic award of a feature comprising one or more bonus games. The EGM may present second visual effects corresponding to an accumulation of feature credits towards the automatic award of the feature, receive an indication of a player's initiation of an attempt to trigger an award of the feature, at a time during which less than a number of feature credits necessary for an automatic award of the feature has been accumulated, determine whether an award of the feature will be triggered and control the display system to present third visual effects corresponding to whether an award of the feature has been triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Lane Alan Shapiro, Erick T. Ching, Chad La Guardia, Hanna Lee Sanborn, Arlen Avakian, Brittany Nyberg Nelson
  • Patent number: 10846982
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a method of optimizing at least one performance variable, such as revenue or profitability, indicative of the performance of a casino. An initial set of operating parameters is set. At least one environmental variable, such as traffic, weather, time, cost of transportation, etc. are monitored as is the performance variable. An artificial intelligence program changes operating parameters, such as player-tracking rewards, bonuses, comps, advertising, etc. The program determines the effect of the change, and further changes the operating parameter as a function of the effect and the environmental variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: ACRES TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: John F. Acres
  • Patent number: 10839637
    Abstract: A method of gaming comprising: selecting, in each whole reel symbol game round, symbols for display to a player in a set of display positions, subsets of the display positions corresponding to respective ones of a plurality of reels set side by side, by: selecting a whole reel symbol from a whole reel symbol set for at least one of the reels, such that the whole reel symbol is at all display positions of the at least one reel, and, selecting symbols for each of the other reels from respective ones of a plurality of reel symbol sets, each reel symbol set comprised of a plurality of different symbols; and determining an outcome for each game round based on the selected symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Hyong Joo Kim