Credit/debit Monitoring Or Manipulation (e.g., Game Entry, Betting, Prize Level, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/25)
  • Patent number: 11145161
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to gaming systems and methods for providing one or more incentives to a player in association with a mobile device facilitated transfer of funds to an electronic gaming machine and/or from the electronic gaming machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Dwayne R. Nelson, Kevin M. Higgins
  • Patent number: 11145157
    Abstract: A gaming system is disclosed which comprises a game controller arranged to implement a game, at least one game meter arranged to obtain game related information, and an interface device arranged to facilitate transfer of at least some of the obtained game related information to a portable data storage device in response to a transfer instruction. A corresponding method of monitoring a gaming device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Linn Anthony McKay
  • Patent number: 11138839
    Abstract: A peer-to-peer wager facilitation system comprising a processor communicatively coupled to a storage comprising a gambler library with a plurality of gambler profiles. The processor is configured to receive a wager offer from a first gambler through a network, verify that the first gambler has the first amount of money, and reject the wager offer if the first gambler does not have the first amount of money. The processor is also configured to receive a wager acceptance from a second gambler through the network agreeing to the wager with the first gambler, verify that the second gambler has the second amount of money, and reject the wager acceptance if the second gambler does not have the second amount of money. The processor is configured to transfer the funds into a neutral third-party account, verify the outcome of the wager, and pay the funds to the winning party of the wager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: VIGZERO HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Charles Dunlap
  • Patent number: 11138836
    Abstract: A method of providing a multi-player wagering game includes displaying, on at least one primary display device to at least one primary player, a primary game interface for the wagering game comprising a first plurality of game elements for facilitating play of the wagering game by the at least one primary player. The method also includes displaying, on at least one secondary display device to at least one secondary player, a secondary game interface for the wagering game comprising a second plurality of game elements for facilitating play of the wagering game by the at least one secondary player, wherein play of the wagering game by the at least one secondary player includes wagering on at least one outcome associated with play of the wagering game by the at least one primary player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Stefan Keilwert, Michael Russ, Elisabeth Kiss, Lukas Angermayer, Petra Wagner, Mihael Vurusic, Werner Wagner, Marco Fink
  • Patent number: 11138833
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods that provides zero, one or more social media benefits to a player in addition to any awards provided to that player in association with a play of a game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Dwayne R. Nelson, Vincent S. Lai, Jennifer Hatok
  • Patent number: 11138618
    Abstract: Technologies are disclosed herein for optimizing in-application purchase (IAP) items to achieve a developer-specified success metric. Application developers can define customer segments and a success metric for each segment. In-application purchase items (IAP) for an application can be tuned for each customer segment in an attempt to achieve the defined success metric. The disclosed techniques can automatically determine the most compelling combination of attributes for an IAP item, such as item price, behavior, definition, and timing. Based on contextual information received from a number of resources, such as an application store, an e-commerce system, and a user device, an optimization service can modify attributes of the IAP items for users in the customer segment to achieve the developer-specified success metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Kabbara, Corey Calvin Badcock, Robert Anthony Pulciani, Jr., Steven Todd Rabuchin
  • Patent number: 11138832
    Abstract: A game system includes a receiver that receives an input of setting information related to the use of a service for an electronic money payment from a player when the service is used; a reader that reads electronic money information from a recording medium; a payment unit that makes a payment corresponding to the setting information received from the player by using the electronic money information read from the recording medium; and a setting information recorder that records first setting information input by the player. When the service is used, a screen for receiving the input of the first setting information from the player is generated when the first setting information is recorded in the setting information recorder, and a screen for receiving the input of second setting information from the player is generated when the first setting information is not recorded in the setting information recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: SEGA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Teruhito Abe, Naoki Nakamura, Koichi Kimata
  • Patent number: 11132671
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to user authentication using a contactless payment instrument. The contactless payment instrument includes a contactless chip and a gesture control module. The user makes one or more gestures at an access device during a card-present transaction scenario and the gestures are validated and the authentication status is determined by matching the gesture made by the user at the time of the transaction with one or more predefined gestures. If the authentication is successful, the payment instrument transmits the payment information required for conducting the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Vinod Kumar Pinniboyina, Habeeb Shaik Khadar, Mohan Babu Nellore
  • Patent number: 11132866
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a casino-style video game with a time collection whereby players make a wager and play a video-based game wherein the player controls the path taken through obstacles, prize symbols and time collection icons. The time collection icons are used to control the overall house advantage. That is, the longer a player plays the game, the more chances to win prizes. Time collection is ideal for controlling payouts in a skill-based or pseudo skill-based video game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: GAMECO, LLC
    Inventors: Blaine Goldman Graboyes, Eli Weissman
  • Patent number: 11132861
    Abstract: A gaming system includes multiple second gaming machines, a shared display arrangement located in a viewable position relative to the different gaming machines, and a shared display server. Each gaming machine is operable to cause its gaming machine display system to display a first portion of a game play in response to a play initiating input entered through that gaming machine's player input system. Each gaming machine is also operable to initiate a hand-off communication for a given game play in response to a hand-off condition occurring for that game play. The shared display server receives the hand-off communication for a respective game play and supplies control signals to the shared display arrangement. The shared display server functions to, after receipt of a respective hand-off communication for a given game play, cause the shared display arrangement to display a presentation for a second portion of the respective game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Everi Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Loren Nelson, Steven Meyer
  • Patent number: 11132863
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein concern mobile gaming environments. Portable electronic devices can be supported by the mobile gaming environments. The locations of the portable electronic device can influence how the portable electronic devices operate or what services or features are available to the portable electronic device or their users. According to one embodiment, a mobile gaming system can concern gaming/betting opportunities that can be secured using a portable electronic device even when an individual is located in a location where betting or games of chance are not permitted. According to another embodiment, a mobile gaming system can concern an application program operating on a portable electronic device that supports multiple modes of operation depending upon whether the portable electronic device is in a location where betting or games of chance are permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Nguyen Gaming LLC
    Inventors: Binh T. Nguyen, C. Douglass Thomas
  • Patent number: 11132862
    Abstract: A system includes a smart table at which a wagering game is provided RFID-enabled chips and RFID sensors configured to detect the presence of RFID-enabled chips. The smart table includes a dealer scratchpad for detecting a value of RFID-enabled chips within a scratchpad area on the smart table. The smart table includes a ticket reader and a processor configured to scan, with the ticket reader, a voucher presented by a player, the voucher is redeemable for a voucher value, determine the voucher value of the voucher in response to the scanning, display, to a dealer of the wagering game at the smart table, a confirmation that the player is entitled to receive the voucher value, detect, from the RFID sensor, a chip value within the scratchpad area, compare the chip value to the voucher value, and display, to the dealer, a confirmation that the chip value matches the voucher value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Cleveland, Angelo Palmisano
  • Patent number: 11127250
    Abstract: A system for wagering on outcomes of a live sporting event. The system further includes using AI to balance itself between how much it will lose bets to encourage game players to bet more, ultimately to win more profit and gain a larger game player user base. This allows the system to reduce immediate profits in exchange for long term profits due to a larger market share.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: AdrenalineIP
    Inventors: Casey Alexander Huke, John Cronin, Joseph W. Beyers, Michael D'Andrea, Harrison Grant
  • Patent number: 11127103
    Abstract: A system for increasing the betting level of profitability via a bet information advisor platform and methods of use, a computer platform having applications to select or identify Bet Information data sources, assign an Age consistency score to each Bet Information data source based on age of source assign a ROI score to each Bet Information data source for each match or game outcome based on profits earned or lost, assign or calculate an Overall Efficiency score for each Bet Information data sources based on Age consistency score and ROI grade/percentage score, utilize Bet Information data sources with an Overall Efficiency score greater than or equal to Threshold for current plays or bets, allocate x %/y %/z % plays or bets to Bet Information data sources 1×/2×/3× Threshold, track each losing positons and the Bet Information data sources associated therewith, assign an increased Risk Amount to the losing Bet Information data sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Aiya LLC
    Inventors: Samar Ayoub Said, Israel R J Dudley
  • Patent number: 11127248
    Abstract: A system and method includes one or more processors coupled to a memory, the one or more processors operable to read instructions from the memory to perform one or more steps or operations. The operations may include receiving a signal from a first device, sending a first code and an instruction to broadcast the code to a broadcasting device based on the signal, receiving an access request and a second code broadcasted from the broadcasting device from a second user device, and granting the second user device access to a feature of an application when the second code broadcasted from the broadcasting device matches the first code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: York Yang
  • Patent number: 11127242
    Abstract: Gaming machines, methods, and systems include a dynamically configurable pushbutton assembly including a video display having a first top surface and a first outer periphery defining a display screen area. At least one mechanical pushbutton is mounted to the display screen, the at least one mechanical pushbutton includes a second top surface and a second outer periphery defining a corresponding pushbutton area within. The second top surface and the pushbutton area are located to extend at least partly over a portion of the display screen area and within the first outer periphery, and the second top surface is transparent so that the portion of display screen area within the pushbutton area is visible through the second top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Rajendrasinh Banesinh Jadeja
  • Patent number: 11120663
    Abstract: An gaming apparatus, systems and methods with a remote redemption option including a payment acceptance device for accepting payment from a player; at least one display screen that displays symbols, a player's balance and game status information; at least one electronic game module for storing gaming information, operating a game and/or determining a redemption amount to a player; a control electronics in communication with the at least one electronic game module for processing the redemption amount to the player; and a payout dispenser for dispensing a redemption voucher to the player. The disclosure also includes an exchange center having an exchange point of sale within a store having at least one gaming device, wherein the exchange center accepts the redemption voucher as payment for an item of value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Todd Jordan
  • Patent number: 11120664
    Abstract: A casino gaming system includes gaming machines which are configured to accept and read tickets. The ticket may comprise cash-value tickets or non-cash value/promotional tickets. The tickets may also include secondary feature triggering indicia. The player may present the cash-value ticket having a feature triggering indicia or a non-cash value/promotional ticket to a gaming machine, such as by inserting it into a media reader such as a bill acceptor. Associated monetary value or non-monetary credits may be credited to the machine. In addition, if the ticket includes a feature triggering indicia, when such an indicia is detected, the gaming machine preferably triggers or initiates the feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Everi Payments Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Richards, James Palermo, Brian Watkins, Jim McHugh, Scott Howard Betts, Raymond Dumbeck
  • Patent number: 11120666
    Abstract: In response to receiving a wager, a plurality of game elements are displayed as part of the wagering game. The plurality of game elements includes a play area, an enemy element that travels along an enemy path from an enemy entry location toward an enemy goal location, and a defense element that attacks the enemy element when the enemy element is within a defense attack range of the defense element. An enemy health value of the enemy element is reduced based on the defense element attacking the enemy element when the enemy element is within the defense attack range of the defense element. Reducing the enemy health value of the enemy element to zero destroys the enemy element. In response to the enemy element being destroyed, a second monetary amount is credited to the first credit account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Patrick Danielson, Dwayne Nelson, Cameron Filipour
  • Patent number: 11114179
    Abstract: A system for testing memory includes logic that is configured to perform various normal memory operations (e.g., erase, read and write operations) on a memory device and to determine operational parameters associated with the memory operations. As an example, the amount of time to perform one or more memory operations may be measured, or a number of errors resulting from the memory operations may be counted or otherwise determined. One or more of the operational parameters may then be analyzed to determine whether they are in a range expected for counterfeit memory. If so, the logic determines that the memory under test is counterfeit (e.g., is recycled or counterfeit) and provides a notification about the authenticity of the memory. The logic may also estimate the age of the memory based on the operational parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama, for and on behalf of the University of Alabama in Huntsville
    Inventors: Biswajit Ray, M. Tauhidur Rahman
  • Patent number: 11113929
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided for operating an integrated gaming system that can receive one or more parlay parameters provided by a user of a gaming terminal, determine one or more available parlay options that satisfy the one or more parlay parameters, transmit the one or more available parlay options to the gaming terminal, and receive a parlay selection that corresponds to a parlay option among the one or more available parlay options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: HIGH SIERRA FINANCIAL CORP.
    Inventors: Michael Franklin Reeder, Charles Gregory Plaxton
  • Patent number: 11106747
    Abstract: The method, computer program product and computer system may include computing device which may collect message data containing one or more metadata tags from one or more collaboration and social media communication networks. The computing device may load the message data into a datastore. The computing device may determine the utility of the one or more metadata tags contained within the message data. The computing device may determine the effectiveness of the one or more metadata tags contained within the message data. The computing device may combine the calculated frequency and the calculated information gain of the one or more metadata tags using regression analysis and may activate a metadata tag management routine for the one or more metadata tags if the combined frequency and information gain falls below a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Robert E. Loredo
  • Patent number: 11107328
    Abstract: Systems and methods which utilize zero, one or more random determinations in association with a determination of an award of a placed sporting event wager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Dwayne R. Nelson, Vincent S. Lai
  • Patent number: 11107322
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for implementing no rake line wagering. In one aspect, a method includes accessing rake line data for an event. The accessed rake line data is converted into a no rake line. The no rake line is published to a wagering platform accessible by multiple members. The wagering platform includes multiple separate wagering groups that each include multiple members. At a pre-specified time relative to a start time of the sports event, locking any wagers made within a particular group based on the no rake line. An outcome of the sporting event is obtained. From among the wagers, winning wagers and losing wagers in the particular group are determined based on the outcome of the sports event and the no rake line. Accounts of the members in the particular group that wagered on the sporting event are updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Paul Kenney
  • Patent number: 11106960
    Abstract: A secure dual frequency RFID device is provided. The secure RFID device includes a standard high frequency RFID transponder and a low-frequency authenticator. When the high-frequency transponder is activated, it generates a command signal to turn on the low-frequency authenticator, which in turn generates its own low frequency coded transponder signal. High and low frequency readers accept the respective transponder signals and system software confirms the identity of a tagged object using both signals. The authenticator may include a MEMs device or an ASIC. An authentication code generator generates a programmed sequence of authentication signals taking advantage of one or more authenticator parameters including capacitance, resistance, and/or RF frequency. Another embodiment includes a gaming piece housing the RFID device. Another embodiment includes a method of determining locations of gaming pieces on a gaming board, while yet another embodiment includes a gaming device with RFID tagged gaming pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Geissler Companies, LLC
    Inventors: Randolph Keith Geissler, Steven Arthur Lewis
  • Patent number: 11107317
    Abstract: A system and method of providing a player loyalty program to award a player of an electronic gaming machine, including conducting games with enhanced payouts based on a cash in or initial investment amount. 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 facilitated by electronic gaming machines or devices and server-based games may utilize the method disclosed herein. Players may also receive enhanced awards such as enhanced player points based on the amount of the initial investment. Awards and bonuses may also be provided to players who exhaust an initial investment exceeding a threshold amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Sean Malek
  • Patent number: 11107313
    Abstract: A video slot gaming system and method for conducting a slot game incorporating unique bonus games and in-game graphics. A certain number of pre-established symbols appearing on a video screen matrix trigger a bonus game during which a certain number of free spins are undertaken. The primary game reels are used with a modified set of bonus symbols for generating a bonus award. Dynamic multipliers are also used to enhance certain bonus payouts. In addition to the bonus game features, graphics, including animation, serve to enhance the gaming experience for players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Justin Tilemahos Georgilas
  • Patent number: 11107107
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for determining, by a coupon distributor, a value for a coupon of a product or service that will be provided by a coupon provider. The coupon provider provides, to the coupon distributor, one or both of a budget value that indicates an amount the coupon provider is willing to pay the coupon distributor for distributing the coupon, and a redemption rate that indicates one or more target redemption rates. The coupon provider uses a coupon value equation to calculate the coupon value based on a budget value and a redemption rate. The coupon provider might estimate that no coupon value will allow the coupon provider to stay within the budget and ensure that the actual redemption rate will be close to a particular redemption rate, which may or may not be specified by the coupon distributor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: QUOTIENT TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Deepak Goel, Kavel Patel, Sajjit Thampy
  • Patent number: 11100759
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are provided to enable casino operators to provide printed tangible items for patron uses, such as lottery tickets. Such embodiments accept tangible indicators of financial consideration from patrons, such as currency or tickets associated with certain verifiable values, such as valid and winning lottery tickets and other forms of consideration which a patron can provide to a casino in exchange for one or more points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: JCM American Corporation
    Inventors: David Kubajak, Mike Nguyen, Mark Adams
  • Patent number: 11100760
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a method for implementing a multigame is disclosed. The method includes randomly generating a plurality of game outcomes for the multigame. The method further includes grouping the plurality of game outcomes into a plurality of batches according to a game specification and assigning a batch number to each of the plurality of batches. The method also includes encoding each batch number with a security code. The method further includes electronically storing each encoded batch number in a respective game card, where each game card is configured to wirelessly communicate the encoded batch number to a user computing device. The method also includes providing a game application for downloading by the user computing device, where the application is configured to provide a gaming display on the user computing device to allow for playing the multigame based on the encoded batch number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: SCA PROMOTIONS
    Inventors: Jay B. Ross, Robert D. Hamman
  • Patent number: 11094168
    Abstract: A fraud detection system which detects fraud in a game of performing collection and redemption of chips in accordance with a win or lose result includes a camera which captures an image of chips contained in a chip tray of a dealer, an image analyzing apparatus which analyses the image captured by the camera to detect an amount of the chips contained in the chip tray, a card distribution device which determines a win or lose result of a game, and a control device which compares the win or lose result of the game and the amount of the chips contained in the chip tray before and after collection and redemption of the chips to detect fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 11094161
    Abstract: A system includes a memory storing player positioning information associated with a table gaming environment and a smart table configured to use RFID-enabled chips and RFID sensors configured to detect the presence of RFID-enabled chips, including a dealer scratchpad area. The system also includes a processor configured to (a) detect presence of a player at a player position, (b) receive, from a player computing device, a request to buy into the wagering game for a buy-in value using a funds source from a digital wallet accessed from the player computing device, (c) display, to a dealer, a confirmation that the player is entitled to receive the buy-in value, (d) detect, from the at least one RFID sensor, a chip value within the scratchpad area, (e) compare the chip value to the buy-in value, and (f) display, to the dealer, a confirmation that the chip value matches the buy-in value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Cleveland, Angelo Palmisano
  • Patent number: 11094173
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a wagering game associated with the game of Baccarat which includes generating game outcomes for one to N games in a single game session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Angel Espino
  • Patent number: 11087594
    Abstract: Gaming environments including gaming systems, apparatuses, and methods facilitate player selection of feature termination versus award groupings, where at least some of such termination/award groupings are associated with a likelihood of success of the feature continuing beyond the current player selection, depending on how the player makes selections. The player selects award groupings having potential ranges of multiple game-related characteristics, where at least one of those game-related characteristics impacts the likelihood of success of continued play of the gaming feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Anthony Rath
  • Patent number: 11087584
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to systems and methods that selectively alter a presentation of a live sporting event rendered to a display device. The presentation of a live sporting event rendered to a portion of the display device is changed from a live video stream, received from a video source, to a non-video alternative presentation of the live sporting event using play-by-play information received from a wagering host server. When a signal of the video source is lost or degraded, the non-video alternative presentation replaces the live video stream with play-by-play information in real time about the live sporting event. The play-by-play information is text about the live sporting event, a two-dimensional graphical representation of the live sporting event, or a three-dimensional graphical representation of the live sporting event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Dwayne Nelson, Kevin Higgins
  • Patent number: 11087588
    Abstract: A gaming system for game state retention and game continuation includes a first electronic gaming machine configured to at least generate a game-state-retention sign, where the game-state-retention sign is machine-recognisable and at least partly containing a state of a wagering game, and display the game-state-retention sign for image capture by a player device. The gaming system also includes a second electronic gaming machine configured to receive, from the player device, a game-continuation sign, where the game-continuation sign is machine-recognisable and generated by the player device from the game-state-retention sign, and continue conducting the wagering game based on the captured game-continuation sign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Natalie Bryant
  • Patent number: 11080962
    Abstract: When awarding of a locally-incremented prize or a jackpot prize takes place in a chance-based gaming system, first there may be joy for the player who won but then there is a sense of lost opportunity for remaining other players as they come to realize at that moment that they have lost the opportunity to win that same prize and instead they must start all over in re-building a comparable prize amount. The notion of having to start from ground zero and build all the way up again may discourage some and induce them to walk away from the gaming machines. Methods are disclosed where the post-award prize reset amounts displayed to the remaining other players are not easily recognizable or attention attracting patterns that may induce the remaining other players to immediately recognize that a reset event has occurred, become disheartened and walk away.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventor: Alexander Christoph Albert Bitterlin
  • Patent number: 11074781
    Abstract: Various examples of managing electronic accounts across various devices are described. Tokens may be used to transfer funds from one device to another device as the funds are desired for various activities such as gaming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventor: Howard W. Lutnick
  • Patent number: 11071914
    Abstract: Embodiments include a system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, detecting a current trigger during a video game and determining a group of players involved in the current trigger. Further embodiments include recording a trigger clip of game content for each player in the group of players resulting in a group of trigger clips. Each trigger clip of the group of trigger clips is a portion of game content that includes the current trigger from a perspective of each player of the group of players. Additional embodiments include providing the group of trigger clips to a group of gaming devices over a communication network. Each gaming device of the group of gaming devices is associated with one player of the group of players. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: STEELSERIES ApS
    Inventors: Jeffrey Nicholas Mahlmeister, Thane Kurt Woidan, Thomas J. Panfil, Tino Soelberg
  • Patent number: 11069194
    Abstract: A gaming system for enabling the simultaneous play of real-money, wager-based gaming and free, play-for-fun gaming is described. The gaming system is configured to deliver a fun game to a client in conjunction with a real-money gaming event and to initiate play of a fun game upon a predesignated triggering event of the real money game. The fun game is played by a plurality of players and fun game controller directs game information to a fun game server. Fun game information can be displayed for multiple players to drive competitive-type play among players and can be used to provide awards and incentivize play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Lightning Box Games Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Peter Causley, David Little
  • Patent number: 11069190
    Abstract: A system and method that provide non-cash avenues to redeem a ticket voucher associated with an amount of funds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jeffery Shepherd, Kevin Higgins
  • Patent number: 11069186
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to gaming machines, retrofit card readers for gaming machines, and methods of operating gaming machines and retrofit card readers. As an example, a method is disclosed that includes receiving an indication that a wireless communication module has wirelessly communicated with a player credential, synthesizing a state change that emulates a physical card insertion event in response to receiving the indication that the wireless communication module has wirelessly communicated with the player credential, and communicating the synthesized state change to a Slot Machine Interface Board (SMIB). The synthesized state change may be communicated with a set of electrical signals that include a card detection state and data read from the player credential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Kevin Higgins, Erik Petersen
  • Patent number: 11062562
    Abstract: A system and method that utilize a ticket voucher complete one or more purchases of goods and/or services from a retail establishment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jeffery Shepherd, Kevin Higgins
  • Patent number: 11062554
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided. A system includes a communication interface, a processor circuit and a memory coupled to the processor circuit. The memory includes machine readable instructions that, when executed by the processor circuit, cause the processor circuit to generate, within a decentralized distributed peer-to-peer wagering architecture, a data block that includes a smart betting contract that manages a wager that is between a plurality of betting parties. The processor circuit further determines a wager outcome based on an event outcome based on a condition that is defined in the smart betting contract and, based on the wager outcome, executes the smart betting contract to cause a value that corresponds to the wager to be transmitted to one of the betting parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Charles Cohen
  • Patent number: 11062563
    Abstract: A system and method that provides zero, one or more incentives to a retail patron in association with utilizing an amount of funds in one or more gaming establishment accounts to complete one or more purchases of goods and/or services from a retail establishment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jeffery Shepherd, Kevin Higgins
  • Patent number: 11062550
    Abstract: Gaming machines, methods, and systems include a dynamically configurable pushbutton assembly including a video display having a first top surface and a first outer periphery defining a display screen area. At least one mechanical pushbutton is mounted to the display screen, the at least one mechanical pushbutton includes a second top surface and a second outer periphery defining a corresponding pushbutton area within. The second top surface and the pushbutton area are located to extend at least partly over a portion of the display screen area and within the first outer periphery, and the second top surface is transparent so that the portion of display screen area within the pushbutton area is visible through the second top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Rajendrasinh Banesinh Jadeja
  • Patent number: 11062549
    Abstract: Gaming machines, methods, and systems include a dynamically configurable pushbutton assembly including a video display having a first top surface and a first outer periphery defining a display screen area. At least one mechanical pushbutton is mounted to the display screen, the at least one mechanical pushbutton includes a second top surface and a second outer periphery defining a corresponding pushbutton area within. The second top surface and the pushbutton area are located to extend at least partly over a portion of the display screen area and within the first outer periphery, and the second top surface is transparent so that the portion of display screen area within the pushbutton area is visible through the second top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Rajendrasinh Banesinh Jadeja
  • Patent number: 11055959
    Abstract: A method for transferring a wagering game object, monetary value, and/or non-monetary value between a mobile device and a second device is described herein. In some embodiments, the method can include presenting, on a mobile device, a graphical user interface configured to receive user input. The method can further include receiving, via the graphical user interface, a gesture that initiates transfer of one or more of a wagering game object, monetary value, and non-monetary value between the mobile device and a second device. The method can further include transmitting, via a network in response to the gesture, one or more of the wagering game object, the monetary value, and the non-monetary value between the mobile device and the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: SG Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Baerlocher, Dion K. Aoki, Larry J. Pacey, Jesse M. Smith, Jamie W. Vann
  • Patent number: 11055950
    Abstract: Gaming machines, methods, and systems include a dynamically configurable pushbutton assembly including a video display having a first top surface and a first outer periphery defining a display screen area. At least one mechanical pushbutton is mounted to the display screen, the at least one mechanical pushbutton includes a second top surface and a second outer periphery defining a corresponding pushbutton area within. The second top surface and the pushbutton area are located to extend at least partly over a portion of the display screen area and within the first outer periphery, and the second top surface is transparent so that the portion of display screen area within the pushbutton area is visible through the second top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Rajendrasinh Banesinh Jadeja
  • Patent number: 11055951
    Abstract: A local electronic gaming device may include a display system, an interface system and a control system that includes one or more processors. The control system may cause the display system to present visual effects corresponding to a metamorphic image, which may correspond to an award. The visual effects may include changes to the metamorphic image in response to local game event data corresponding to one or more games presented on the local gaming device and in response to networked gaming device game event data corresponding to one or more games presented on one or more other gaming devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Chad La Guardia, Hanna Lee Sanborn, Erick T. Ching, Arlen Avakian, Brittany Nyberg Nelson, Lane Alan Shapiro