Having Means To Alter Combination Probability Patents (Class 463/21)
  • Patent number: 10445989
    Abstract: A gaming system includes a cascading symbol or tumbling reel game which utilizes one or more different classes or sets of symbols. Each class or set of symbols includes one or more related symbols. If a symbol class triggering event occurs in association with a class or set of symbols, the gaming system removes each of the related symbols in that class of symbols which are displayed at symbol display positions of one or more symbol display position matrices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Jon M. Leupp
  • Patent number: 10410463
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, an online game server provides a reel-type slot machine game interface that is modified over a course of a game and wherein the game includes a bonus feature that is triggered once a sufficient number of special symbols (e.g., scatter symbols) are accumulated by a player. In accordance with some embodiments, in order to qualify for the bonus feature, the special symbols need to be accumulated as a result of a single wager and original spin and any cascades that are triggered by an outcome of the original spin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Gamesys, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hans Elias
  • Patent number: 10373445
    Abstract: A gaming system, apparatus, and method are disclosed providing a wagering games, gaming machines, networked gaming systems that provide a persistent gaming mode including a persistent game mode with multiple rounds in which each round includes a randomization of the matrix of symbol locations, a chance to win an award, and a chance to include a persistent feature event. An adjustable meter may be used to allow players to compete for the same bonuses or jackpots no matter what their bet level. A rolling meter shows special features scheduled to appear in future rounds using a rolling group of status indicators. A persistent game mode control process sets the frequency of scheduled special features and adjusts reel weights to achieve a desired payout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Everi Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan Mariscal, Robert Spidale
  • Patent number: 10304290
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and articles of manufacture provide for systems and methods slot-style games having a locking feature. In one example, the locking feature may be activated based on whether a winning outcome was determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Gamesys Ltd.
    Inventor: Hans Elias
  • Patent number: 10275996
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a game mechanic for an electronic game (e.g., a reel-based slot machine type game) which includes a cascade feature provides for a block of symbol(s) to be moved into and out of a game interface. The block of symbol(s) is moved or manipulated as a single unit and may be stepped into and/or out of the game interface over a course of a plurality of game events (e.g., cascades or spins of the game). The block of symbol(s) may, in some embodiments, comprise at least one symbol which spans a plurality of symbol positions of a symbol matrix when the entirety of it is placed into the symbol matrix. In some embodiments, the block of symbol(s) may function as at least one wild symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Gamesys, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hans Elias, Thomas David James Aicken, Alexander Sandford Todd Young
  • Patent number: 10249142
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, an electronic gaming machine and method for a game of play is provided for use in a gaming establishment, or on a general purpose computing device for offering games with multiple outcomes. The outcome of game play is displayed as a symbol array on a display device. The size of the symbol array may be varied dynamically (expanded or contracted) from one game play to another by adding or removing at least one symbol position once a trigger event has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Novomatic AG
    Inventors: Heike Schmidt, Daniel Huppert
  • Patent number: 10198898
    Abstract: A gaming system comprising a plurality of betting terminals and a computer server comprising: a plurality of betting terminals for selecting and playing one or more live casino game(s) being played at a plurality of tables; each of the plurality of betting terminals has at least one first portion of a first screen for displaying the one or more live-casino game(s) to said player wherein the one or more live casino game(s) is a game offered in at least one casino resort, wherein a results history for each table is displayed in at least one first portion of a first screen to provide a results history display, and a switching mechanism for selecting, switching and playing one or more casino slot machine game(s) adapted to allow the player to switch between the live casino games according to at least the results history display for each table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 10186105
    Abstract: Systems and methods of electronic gaming are disclosed. In various embodiments, a gaming system may implement a method for electronic gaming, which may comprise receiving a credit wager to initiate play of a game, selecting a plurality symbols from a plurality of reel strips stored in the memory, displaying the selected plurality of symbols in a plurality of adjacent columns of symbol display positions, dividing the symbol display positions in each of the plurality of columns into a first subset of symbol display positions and a second subset of symbol display positions, determining whether an evaluation change condition has been met with respect to a column in the plurality of columns, a first game evaluation based upon the evaluation change condition, and performing a second game evaluation based upon the evaluation change condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Amy Batsiokis
  • Patent number: 10147281
    Abstract: A gaming system which employs a plurality of randomly generated stacks of symbols, wherein a stack of symbols includes a plurality of related symbols positioned adjacent to each other. If a symbol stack modification event occurs, the gaming system modifies a plurality of such symbols not included in any stack of symbols into a stack of symbols. The gaming system then evaluates the displayed symbols (including this newly formed stack of symbols) for any additional awards to provide to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Troy Zurawski, T. Grant Bolling, Jr., Brant Frazee
  • Patent number: 10127772
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention set forth systems, apparatuses and methods for bonusing symbols in subsequent games of gaming devices based on a current game outcome. Accordingly, a gaming device can be configured to initiate and display a first gaming event on a game display of the gaming device. If one or more symbols appear as part of a predefined criterion, such as being part of a winning symbol combination, the one or more symbols may be associated with a modifier, such as a multiplier, in one or more subsequent gaming events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Jacob Lamb
  • Patent number: 10121329
    Abstract: To provide a gaming machine that can provide a new type of game that maintains or improves the interest of a player, and a method and program for providing a game. In the gaming machine 1, by removing symbols of a particular type and moving a following symbol, the ratio of symbols of types other than the particular type becomes higher in the symbol array formed on the display unit 27, and it is easier for the symbol array to configure a winning combination. Because the chance of winning is higher after the particular type of symbol is removed in this manner, it is possible to provide a new type of game where the interest of the player can be maintained or improved after the symbols are removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: KONAMI GAMING, INC.
    Inventor: Daisuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10109150
    Abstract: Method and systems of gaming are provided herein. One method includes receiving a credit wager to initiate play of a base game. The method also includes awarding, in a feature game, at least two game rounds including at least an initial game round and a subsequent game round. The method also includes generating a plurality of candidate game outcomes for a plurality of game rounds, and determining, for each of the plurality of candidate game outcomes, an expected benefit to be gained from the respective candidate game outcome when generating a subsequent game outcome in the subsequent game round. The method still further includes selecting a candidate game round of the plurality of candidate game rounds having a candidate game outcome of the plurality of candidate game outcomes associated with a greatest expected benefit, and displaying the selected candidate game round on a display as the initial game round.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Gregory Leigh Plowman
  • Patent number: 10096210
    Abstract: Methods for providing gaming advice are provided. For example, regarding a blackjack game, one or more first player cards are identified for a first player and one or more second player cards are identified for a second player. The first and second player cards are displayed to the first player. A probability associated with a first one of the plurality of playing options is determined based at least on a set of predetermined statistical blackjack data, the one or more first player cards, and the one or more second player cards. It is then determined, based at least on the determined probability associated with the first playing option, whether to display a first indication corresponding with first advice regarding the first playing option, a second indication corresponding with second advice regarding the first playing option, or a third indication corresponding with third advice regarding the first playing option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: CANTOR INDEX, LLC
    Inventors: Lee M. Amaitis, Joseph M. Asher, James C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10086288
    Abstract: Techniques for forking and merging of electronically presented content items, such as MMO and other video games, are described herein. In particular, a first content item session may be forked to generate a second (forked) content item session. The first and forked content item sessions may then continue to execute and evolve in separate directions from one another. In some examples, a user of the forked content item session may serve as an administrator of the forked content item session and may receive compensation in exchange for serving as an administrator. Additionally, one or more forked or other separate content item sessions may be merged together to form a merged content item session. In some examples, conflicts between merged content item sessions may be identified and resolved based, at least in part, on input from administrators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis Xavier Surjo-Subagio, Brian David Fisher, David Edward Maldonado, Patrick Gilmore, Christopher Thomas Larson, Yu Ping Hu
  • Patent number: 9908039
    Abstract: A system and method for providing offers to facilitate users to complete active game actions in a game space are disclosed. Offers to forego a group of pending wait periods of active game actions may be generated and presented to the users at the same time or near the same time along with offers to forego these pending wait periods individually and separately. In some examples, for incentivizing the users to accept the offer to forego the group of pending wait periods, a discount may be determined for these offers with respect to the offers to forego the group of pending wait periods individually and separately. In some examples, selection of the group of pending wait periods may be made based on likelihoods as to whether the users will spend stored consideration to forego the group of pending wait periods individually and separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Rull, Luc Pieron, Kevin Simmons, Jay Jodway
  • Patent number: 9865134
    Abstract: The gaming system and method disclosed herein provides that the probability that a group bonus event will be triggered for a plurality of gaming devices in the gaming system is independent of the number of players that are currently playing such gaming devices. The gaming system and method disclosed herein further provides that different players that are wagering different amounts at different rates are provided different quantities of evaluation points such that if a group bonus event is triggered, different players are provided different group bonus event awards proportional to each individual player's wagering activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Benjamin C. Hoffman, Paulina Rodgers, Christmas C. Parker, Robert F. Lester
  • Patent number: 9858749
    Abstract: A method for allowing a player to play a slot game with a gaming device is described herein. The method includes randomly generating an outcome of the game, wherein the outcome includes a first outcome and a second outcome. The method includes spinning and stopping the plurality of reels to display the first outcome, detecting an appearance of a symbol selection area in the first outcome, and responsively selecting at least one symbol for display in the symbol selection area. The method also includes displaying the second outcome including the first outcome and the selected at least one symbol being displayed in the symbol selection area and providing an award to the player as a function of the second outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: KONAMI GAMING, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Delekta
  • Patent number: 9852574
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the present disclosure generally relates to gaming systems and methods which utilize a symbol matrix or symbol field in conjunction with a movable symbol display window to randomly select different subsets of symbols from the symbol matrix and provide different awards to players based on such selected symbol subsets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Zoltewicz, Mark C. Nicely, Ernest M. Lafky
  • Patent number: 9836922
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a video gaming machine is disclosed. The method comprises a player placing at least one wager in order to be eligible to activate at least one payline. A grid of symbol boxes is displayed on the screen. A random array of symbols is displayed within the symbol boxes from a predetermined set of symbols. The set of symbols includes at least one special symbol that has a dual functionality. Firstly, a special symbol acts as a non-valuable payline indicator symbol that determines a payline and activates the payline if the player has placed a wager on said payline. Secondly, the special symbol acts as a valuable wild symbol in any activated payline differing from the payline determined by its payline indicator functionality. The symbol array is evaluated, and wins are paid according to a predetermined paytable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Kathleen Nylund Jackson
  • Patent number: 9824534
    Abstract: A method of connecting a wireless device to an electronic gaming machine is described. The method includes broadcasting, though a wireless transceiver of the gaming machine, a discovery message to wireless communication devices within a broadcast range of the wireless transceiver. The method further includes receiving, at the wireless transceiver, a response message from the wireless device. The method includes establishing, by the gaming machine, a wireless connection between the wireless device and the gaming machine. The method further includes requesting, by the gaming machine, a player identification and player preferences of a user of the wireless device. The method includes receiving, from the wireless device, the player identification and player preferences of the user. The method further includes broadcasting, through the wireless transceiver, an audio message customized for the user to the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Binh T. Nguyen, Craig A. Paulsen, James Stockdale, David Muir
  • Patent number: 9805557
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electronic gaming machine and method for a game of play for use in a gaming establishment, or on a general purpose computing device for offering games with multiple outcomes. The outcome of game play is displayed as a symbol matrix on a display device. The symbol matrix has a predetermined number of rows and columns, wherein symbols are randomly arranged in the symbol matrix. In response to detecting a trigger event, a range for matrix expansion is randomly defined or selected from a number of possible ranges for matrix expansion. An expanded symbol matrix is created and displayed, wherein the range for matrix expansion is indicated in the expanded symbol matrix. Then an active symbol area is determined for at least one consecutive game play, which usually is larger than the symbol matrix and which may be changed dynamically for each game play the feature is triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Novomatic AG
    Inventors: Heike Schmidt, Daniel Huppert
  • Patent number: 9767638
    Abstract: A slot machine according to the present invention comprises: a symbol display capable of scroll-displaying a symbol array that includes a plurality of symbols; and a controller programmed to execute the processing of: (A) executing a normal game in which the symbol array is scroll-displayed in a single direction and then stop-displayed to the symbol display, and in which game media are paid out in an amount corresponding to the stop-displayed symbol or a combination of the stop-displayed symbols; and (B) displaying an extra symbol being added to the symbol array, while scrolling the symbol array in a direction opposite to the single direction, when a predetermined condition has been satisfied in the normal game executed in the processing (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yutaka Kadode, Masahiro Yoshida, Hiroyuki Kuroyanagi, Satoshi Watanabe, Yuka Hotta, Tsuyoshi Ohira, Hiroki Abe, Takanori Sakata
  • Patent number: 9754458
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine has an electronic game controller and a display where game symbols are arranged in an array of predetermined groups, at least one of the groups displaying at least one special symbol in a first play of the game and a subsequent play. In the first play, the electronic game controller selects a first group to display the at least one special symbol and in the subsequent play, the electronic game controller selects a different group to the first group to display the at least one special symbol. A gaming method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Ainsworth Game Technology Limited
    Inventor: Jason Meyer
  • Patent number: 9754457
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine has an electronic game controller and a display where game symbols are arranged in an array of predetermined groups, at least one of the groups displaying at least one special symbol in a first play of the game and a subsequent play. In the first play, the electronic game controller selects a first group to display the at least one special symbol and in the subsequent play, the electronic game controller selects a different group to the first group to display the at least one special symbol. A gaming method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Ainsworth Game Technology Limited
    Inventor: Jason Meyer
  • Patent number: 9711006
    Abstract: An electronic method of gaming comprising independently conducting at least two different games in individual ones of a plurality of display areas, each different game conducted based on game data specific to the game, the game data of each different game defining a set of game play rules for the specific game comprising a base game portion carried out each time the specific game is played and a first feature game portion carried out upon a first trigger condition being met such that there are a plurality of base game portions and a plurality of first game portions corresponding to respective ones of the plurality of different games, and upon a first trigger condition being met in respect of one of the games, conducting, in each of the display areas, separate instances of the first feature game portion of the specific game in respect of which the first trigger condition was met, to determine whether to make one or more awards to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Karen Michelle Kendall
  • Patent number: 9569936
    Abstract: Gaming devices, gaming systems, methods of conducting wagering games, and computer programs for executing wagering games are disclosed. A gaming system is disclosed which includes one or more processors and one or more memory devices storing instructions that, when executed by at least one of the processors, cause the gaming system to: receive a wager to play a wagering game with symbol-bearing reels, each of which has distinct reel positions populated by various symbols, at least one reel bearing a symbol clump; and, display via a display device a randomly determined outcome of the wagering game. Each wagering-game outcome includes predetermined symbols occupying distinct array positions in a displayed array. Each reel position has a weighted probability of occupying an array position in the array. The weighted probabilities are configured such that the symbol clump, when part of a wagering-game outcome, can only land in its entirety in the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Mastropietro, Allon G. Englman
  • Patent number: 9533216
    Abstract: A gaming system including one or more community game triggering events which function to both: (i) trigger a play of a community game and (ii) determine which players participate in the triggered community game. If a community game triggering event occurs, the gaming system causes a player playing a primary game associated with the occurrence of the community game triggering event to participate in a play of a community game. The gaming system additionally causes zero, one or more other players (i.e., players different from the player playing the primary game associated with the occurrence of the community game triggering event) to also participate in the play of the community game. The gaming system determines which other players participate in the play of the community game based on the specific community game triggering event which occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Scott A. Caputo, Leandro Basallo
  • Patent number: 9514616
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gaming machine capable of improving amusingness of a game by varying the continuity of the main game. According to the present invention, a normal mode game in the normal mode is started based on an input of the bet information from the bet input device; the mode is entered from the normal mode to the chance mode when an enter condition is satisfied as a result of referring to the predetermined symbol determination table in the normal mode; a free game is started as a chance mode game in the chance mode; and the mode is returned from the chance mode to the normal mode when an end condition is satisfied as a result of referring to the specific symbol determination table in the chance mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignees: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC
    Inventors: Kenta Kitamura, Tatsuya Teranishi, Akira Osawa
  • Patent number: 9406200
    Abstract: Gaming apparatus and methods of conducting a wagering game of chance. A gaming machine is disclosed which is configured for mutually concurrent play of a plurality of games of chance on a single display screen. A method of conducting a wagering activity includes providing a player with a plurality of differing games of chance, at least some of which are mutually concurrently playable on a single screen display of a gaming device and enabling mutually concurrent play of the plurality of differing games of chance on the single screen display. Various other gaming machine configurations and methods of play related to multiple differing games of chance on a single display screen are also disclosed herein. Networked gaming machines are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Lee E. Cannon, John P. O'Donovan
  • Patent number: 9401064
    Abstract: A system and method for use in one or more casino establishments for offering a game of chance with multiple wheels. A player may bet on one or more of the wheels to win an award. The resulting pay is based on the combination of the final position of the wheels after they come to a stop. The award may be the cumulative value for winning outcomes on each of the wheels, it may be a set outcome depending on the combination of symbols on a win line across the wheels, or it may include special awards such as multipliers and wild card wins depending on the wheel configuration. The system and method are offered on an electronic multi-wheel gaming system with multiple player terminals connected to a set of electro-mechanical wheels or video wheels displayed on a screen, but may also be deployed in other forms such as on a live table game with a live operator of mechanical wheels, or on a general purpose computing device connected to a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Respin LLC
    Inventor: Kent Young
  • Patent number: 9367999
    Abstract: A gaming system comprising a display area and a player symbol selector for selecting the player symbols from a plurality of player symbols. The player symbol selector comprises a plurality of reels and each reel has a plurality of player symbols. The player symbol selector is arranged so that selected player symbols are displayed at an array of display positions when the reels are stationary. A display position selector enables a player to select, prior to stopping of the reels, groups of display positions. An award allocator allocates an award associated with a winning combination of the player symbols when a winning combination of the player symbols is displayed along a win line. The player symbol selector is arranged so that each one of different player symbols of each reel has the same probability to be displayed at any one of the display positions associated with that reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Scott Monroe Stewart
  • Patent number: 9330540
    Abstract: Systems for and methods of customizing at least one gaming apparatus is provided. The at least one gaming apparatus is operated as a slot machine game. The system includes a storage unit for storing a plurality of themes. Each of the plurality of themes includes a first set of full-motion videos associated with a first body portion of a plurality of actors, a second set of full-motion videos associated with a second body portion of the plurality of actors, and a third set of full-motion videos associated with a third body portion of the plurality of actors. The system includes a circuit configured to receive a selection of a theme from the plurality of themes. The circuit is further configured to cause the at least one gaming apparatus to display the first set, the second set, and the third set of videos for the selected theme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Steven R. Michels
  • Patent number: 9305432
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to systems, devices, and methods, which may receive wagers on one or more paylines. The systems, devices, and methods may determine a winning outcome and/or a losing outcome. The systems, devices, and methods may determine one or more key values. The systems and methods may determine a scripted scenario based on the determined one or more key values. The systems and methods may display one or more presentations based on the determined scripted scenario. The scripted scenario may utilize symbols, characters, and/or other gaming objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Cadillac Jack, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan Michael Mullins, Christopher James Weitzen, Nathan Alan Poulisse, Donald James Rollo, Dmitry M. Gerenrot, Steven Joseph Tongate
  • Patent number: 9299224
    Abstract: A gaming system includes a cascading symbol or tumbling reel game which utilizes one or more different classes or sets of symbols. Each class or set of symbols includes one or more related symbols. If a symbol class triggering event occurs in association with a class or set of symbols, the gaming system removes each of the related symbols in that class of symbols which are displayed at symbol display positions of one or more symbol display position matrices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Jon M. Leupp
  • Patent number: 9275524
    Abstract: A gaming system including a cascading symbol or tumbling reel game which utilizes zero, one or more multiple symbol display position elements. Each multiple symbol display position element is configured to occupy or span a plurality of symbol display positions of a symbol display position matrix. For a generated multiple symbol display position element to be removed from the symbol display matrix, each of the individual symbols of the multiple symbol display position element must individually qualify to be removed from the symbol display matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Mark C. Nicely
  • Patent number: 9230401
    Abstract: A slot machine includes an option in which the probability of an outcome is influenced by changing the probability of one or more symbols occurring on one or more reels (reel 1, reel 2, . . . ) by randomly or pseudo-randomly selecting reels from a set of two or more reels. The probability can be adjusted by changing, adding or subtracting symbols on a reel strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Bally Technologies ANZ PTY LTD
    Inventor: Terry O'Halloran
  • Patent number: 9214060
    Abstract: A gaming system comprising a main cabinet and a computer server, comprising: a mechanism in a main cabinet for selecting and playing, by a player, one or more live casino game(s) from a plurality of live casino games being played at a plurality of tables spaced away from said main cabinet; a mechanism for selecting and playing one or more casino slot machine game(s) by the player, at least one first portion of a first screen in the main cabinet for displaying the live-casino game(s), wherein a results history for each table is displayed to provide a results history display, a second additional portion of a screen in main cabinet for displaying at least one casino slot game(s), the mechanism playing the casino slot machine game(s) is adapted to allow the player to switch between the live casino games and at least one casino slot machine games according to at least the results history display for each table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 9208637
    Abstract: Each play of a base game increases the likelihood of winning a bonus award. A display provides a graphical indication of the change in likelihood of winning the bonus award. In one aspect, the bonus award comprises the opportunity to play a secondary game. In another aspect, winning the bonus award may be based on payback percentage or outcomes of the base game. In yet another aspect, the timing of the next bonus award can be configured, or otherwise based on one or more conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Patent Investment & Licensing Company
    Inventor: John F. Acres
  • Patent number: 9196113
    Abstract: A wagering game system and its operations are described herein. In some embodiments, the operations can include presenting, at a wagering game machine, a wagering game including a wagering game element. The operations can include presenting a graphical indicium in association with the wagering game element. The operations can include detecting player selection of the graphical indicium, wherein the player selection of the graphical indicium indicates player liking for the wagering game element. The operations can include modifying the wagering game based on the player liking for the wagering game element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard B. Robbins, Brian K Danilo, Andrew C. Guinn, Daniel P. Louie
  • Patent number: 9153090
    Abstract: A gaming machine for conducting a symbol pushing wagering game (40) includes a plurality of symbols (42) arranged in an array (44). The array (44) comprises at least one variable position (52) and a plurality of pass-through positions (54). At least one pass-through position is adjacent to the variable position. A first symbol in the variable position is varied and then stopped, wherein the first symbol is translated from the variable position to the adjacent pass-through position. In the direction of translation, symbols are pushed to adjacent pass-through positions. Payoff awards are distributed upon the occurrence of certain winning combination of symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry J. Pacey, Alfred Thomas
  • Patent number: 9153102
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine includes an electronic game controller and a display where game symbols are arranged in an array of predetermined game positions. The appearance of at least one special symbol in a first play of a game causes the electronic game controller to increase the value of a prize awarded for a predetermined winning combination, the increase being associated with a numerical value associated with the special symbol. Also, the numerical value associated with the special symbol sequentially increases for one or more subsequent plays of the game. A gaming method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Ainsworth Game Technology Limited
    Inventor: Jason Meyer
  • Patent number: 9117332
    Abstract: A method for use with a gaming system that provides a game in which a plurality of symbols are selected and presented on a display to form one or more combinations includes: providing a base game, providing a feature game on the occurrence of a first event during play of the base game, awarding a jackpot on the occurrence of a second event during play of the feature game, and varying the probability of both the first and the second events dependent on at least an aspect of a wager placed by a player to play the base game, wherein said variation maintains at least an approximately constant probability of the jackpot being won despite variations in said aspect of the wager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Matthew James Chan
  • Patent number: 9076302
    Abstract: A gaming machine having a display means and a game control means arranged to control images displayed on the display means, the game control means being arranged to play a game wherein at least one random event is caused to be displayed on the display means and, if a predefined winning event occurs, the machine awards a prize, wherein, when a special symbol is carried by a symbol-carrying element into a display position on the display means, the special symbol substitutes as more than one occurrence of a standard symbol of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Nicholas Luke Bennett
  • Patent number: 9076285
    Abstract: A spinning reel slot machine has increased versatility, while having reels that are aesthetically similar to traditional mechanical reels. In one embodiment, the slot machine includes a plurality of optical fibers having first ends optically coupled to a surface of an image display device and seconds ends defining a curved display surface for displaying simulated mechanical reels to a player. In another embodiment, one or more of the mechanical reels has a transparent window at a location where a symbol would normally be present. A video display displays a video symbol in the transparent window. In yet a further embodiment, one of the plurality of mechanical reels has a miniature image display located at selected ones of the symbol regions for providing video symbols for the game. In yet further embodiments, a symbol region can produce more than one symbol in response to exposure at certain wavelengths or polarizations of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy C. Loose, Jacob C. Greenberg
  • Patent number: 9039509
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to systems and methods, which may utilize bingo mapping gaming options. The systems and methods may include bingo mapping functionality in a Class II environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Cadillac Jack, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan Michael Mullins, Donald James Rollo, III, Ray Edward Bornert, II
  • Patent number: 9039513
    Abstract: Systems, gaming machines, and methods for displaying an exploding icon are disclosed. One method includes receiving player input to activate a primary game; activating the primary game; presenting the activated game on a single screen of a video display, the activated game comprising a primary game displaying one or more game icons in various locations on a main screen of the video display and upon the occurrence of a triggering event, the primary game appears to animate at least one of the displayed game icons and move one or more wild icons about the main screen of the video display over one or more of the game icons, and randomly replacing one or more of the game icons with the one or more wild icons; determining whether the resulting combination of game icons and wild icons form any winning combinations; and awarding a single game payout for the primary game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Schultz, Terence G. Daly, Kimberly J. Cohn, William E. Rommerdahl, John LaSalvia, John E. Garofalo, Jr., Nathanial A. Hammond, Jack A. Martin
  • Patent number: 9022859
    Abstract: A system and a method of conducting games of chance with enhanced payouts based on a cash in or initial investment amount are described. In response to a player's initial investment or cash in amount, a payout schedule is selected. The larger the initial investment the better the selected payout schedule for the player. Live games of chance, games of chance facilitated by electronic gaming machines or devices and server-based games may utilize the method shown here. Players may also receive enhanced awards such as enhanced player points based on the amount of the initial investment, or based on other parameters and factors. Awards and bonuses may also be provided to players who exhaust an initial investment exceeding a threshold amount. Other different variations and combinations of the games and winnings are also explained in details.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Sean Malek
  • Patent number: 9022860
    Abstract: A system and a method of conducting games of chance with enhanced payouts based on a cash in or initial investment amount are described. In response to a player's initial investment or cash in amount, a payout schedule is selected. The larger the initial investment the better the selected payout schedule for the player. Live games of chance, games of chance facilitated by electronic gaming machines or devices and server-based games may utilize the method shown here. Players may also receive enhanced awards such as enhanced player points based on the amount of the initial investment, or based on other parameters and factors. Awards and bonuses may also be provided to players who exhaust an initial investment exceeding a threshold amount. Other different variations and combinations of the games and winnings are also explained in details.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Sean Malek
  • Patent number: 9022858
    Abstract: A system and a method of conducting games of chance with enhanced payouts based on a cash in or initial investment amount are described. In response to a player's initial investment or cash in amount, a payout schedule is selected. The larger the initial investment the better the selected payout schedule for the player. Live games of chance, games of chance facilitated by electronic gaming machines or devices and server-based games may utilize the method shown here. Players may also receive enhanced awards such as enhanced player points based on the amount of the initial investment, or based on other parameters and factors. Awards and bonuses may also be provided to players who exhaust an initial investment exceeding a threshold amount. Other different variations and combinations of the games and winnings are also explained in details.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: (Shahram) Sean Malek
    Inventor: Sean Malek
  • Patent number: 9017160
    Abstract: A method for use with a gaming machine arranged to provide a spinning reel game in which symbols are spun up on a plurality of reels to form at least one outcome and, if a winning outcome occurs, the gaming machine awards an award. The method includes (a) if at least one specified symbol is spun up and displayed in a resultant position on a reel, holding the specified symbol in the resultant position for at least one further game in which at least the reel carrying the specified symbol is re-spun; and (b) awarding the award if a winning outcome occurs, wherein a specified symbol comprising part of a winning outcome has the effect of increasing the award if the specified symbol is adjacent at least one other specified symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Jennifer Moroney