Credit/debit Monitoring Or Manipulation (e.g., Game Entry, Betting, Prize Level, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/25)
  • Patent number: 9818260
    Abstract: A delayed wager interleaved wagering system is disclosed including an interactive processing device constructed to: provide an interactive application display; request wager actuator data; automatically configure the display to provide a wager actuator; communicate wager actuator activation data; receive wagering telemetry data and application resource data; responsive to receiving the wagering telemetry data, automatically configure the display; a wager server constructed to: receive wager request data; automatically determine and communicate a wager outcome; and the process controller operatively connecting the interactive processing device and the wager server, and constructed to: provide the wager actuator data; communicate the wager actuator data; receive the wager actuator activation data; generate wager request data; communicate the wager request data; receive the wager outcome data; automatically determine and communicate the wagering telemetry data and the application resource data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, David Chang
  • Patent number: 9818256
    Abstract: A method for synchronizing a casino game playable at a plurality of gaming devices is provided. The method includes receiving, by a server having at least one processor, an indication of a wager from at least one of the plurality of gaming devices, determining, by the server, a schedule for at least one jackpot of the casino game based at least in part on the received indication of the wager, and sending, by the server, the schedule for the at least one jackpot of the casino game to at least a first gaming device and a second gaming device, the sending including sending the schedule to the first gaming device through wired communication channels, and sending the schedule to the second gaming device through at least one wireless communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: IGT CANADA SOLUTIONS ULC
    Inventors: James William Morrow, Sean Miller, Bradley Boudreau
  • Patent number: 9811973
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system to authorize a mobile electronic device to play games of chance includes a gaming system manager and a docking station. The docking station can be configured to: (i) detect whether the mobile electronic device is connected to a receiver of the docking station; (ii) receive device information from the mobile electronic device if it is detected that the mobile electronic device is connected to the receiver; (iii) determine whether a game of chance can be played on the mobile electronic device based on the received device information; (iv) authorize the mobile electronic device to play the game of chance; and (v) transmit gaming data to the mobile electronic device if it is determined that the game of chance can be played on the mobile electronic device and if the mobile electronic device is authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Nguyen Gaming LLC
    Inventor: Binh T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9811976
    Abstract: Methods and systems for conducting a competition within a gaming environment. Two or more players can be enabled to electronically access a gaming environment over a communication network. The players can be registered to allow access to a competition within the gaming environment. Each player can be enabled to compete against one or more other players by selecting from macro events displayed in the gaming environment one or more micro event outcomes to future micro events, the micro event outcomes randomized to prevent cheating. A selection of the micro outcomes utilizes a number of points or credits, wherein each selection of a micro outcome increases a selecting player's points or credit balance if the micro outcome occurs or decreases the points or credit balance if the micro outcome selected does not occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Micro-Gaming Ventures, LLC
    Inventors: Michael W. Shore, Alfonso G. Chan, Luis M. Ortiz, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 9805548
    Abstract: An electronic method of providing an additional player reward, the method comprising determining that a gaming session has been initiated by a player in respect of a gaming device in response to an initial establishment of gaming credits at the gaming device in response to operation of a credit input mechanism associated with the gaming device and without receiving any information identifying the player; monitoring play of the gaming device in order to determine, independently of any awards made as outcomes of wagers of gaming credits placed by the player on play of the gaming device, whether one or more characteristics of play of the gaming device entitle the player to an additional award; and making any determined additional award to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Julius Patta
  • Patent number: 9799163
    Abstract: A system and method for providing currency multiplier items to one or more users of an online game is described. A user of an online game may obtain a currency multiplier item by purchase, by award, responsive to one or more actions taken in the online game, and/or by other methods. Use of the currency multiplier item may enable the user to adjust the amount of virtual currency in the inventory in the user's user account, wherein the adjustment to the amount of currency is not provided to the first user prior to use of the currency multiplier item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Aftershock Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John Kim, Bryan Tsao, Inyang Akpan, Kevin Chanthasiriphan, Albert Wei, David McNeill
  • Patent number: 9792775
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a reel for a slot machine according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: forming an opening in a reel strip on which a plurality of first symbols are printed; forming a second symbol on an optical sheet by vacuum forming the optical sheet to form a symbol piece, the second symbol including a protrusion and a depression; attaching the symbol piece to the reel strip such that the second symbol is exposed through the opening of the reel strip; and attaching the reel strip to a reel frame for the slot machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignees: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Jun Hirato, Kou Kobayashi, Motomichi Sato, Takuto Nakayama, Yoshitomo Sasaki, Satoshi Joko
  • Patent number: 9792768
    Abstract: A method for providing a jackpot controlled by a computer implemented jackpot controller. The method includes (a) on commencement of the jackpot, the jackpot controller setting a start-up jackpot prize value, the start-up prize value being the sum of a base amount and a predefined average increment amount for the jackpot, (b) incrementing the jackpot prize value by the jackpot controller using contributions from at least one participating gaming device until a jackpot trigger is determined; and (c) in response to the jackpot controller determining the jackpot trigger, awarding the jackpot prize and re-setting the jackpot prize value to the base amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Paul Francis Jason Bramble
  • Patent number: 9786120
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention allow a player to have a unique gaming experience, different than other players, even when playing on the same network. A game may span several gaming sessions. States of a game, for example a bonus game, may be stored when the player decides to stop playing the game. When the player initiates a next gaming session, at the same or another location, the previous state of the game is re-loaded onto the gaming machine and the player returns to the previous state. Further, additional bonuses can be implemented because the network knows the identity and other information about the player. The additional bonuses may be unique to that player. Messages particular to a player are exchanged between a gaming device and a gaming network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Glen Keith Russell, David Hollister, Scott Boyd, Richard J. Schneider, R. Jeffrey Jordan, Matt Glazier, Shannon Mason, Kevan Wilkins, Allan Legler
  • Patent number: 9786128
    Abstract: A casino game, machine, system, and method for playing and awarding a payout as a function of an outcome of the game are provided. The casino game may be played using one or more computer based gaming machines. The casino game may be played over a network, online and/or using one or more mobile devices. The casino game may be played using a stand-alone gaming machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: CASTLE HILL HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Jacob Fulton, Jason Todd Sprinkle
  • Patent number: 9779584
    Abstract: A gaming system may include a gaming machine having a monetary input device, a wager input device, and a processor may be coupled to the wager input device and a memory device. The processor may establish a credit balance based on the monetary value, decrease the credit balance by the selected wager, and present the wagering game at an interface. The wagering game may include a jackpot winnable based on an outcome of the wagering game. A game server may transmit content for the wagering game to the gaming machine. The game server may also determine a plurality of parameters relating to the jackpot, track a turnover of the gaming machine, and change a parameter of the plurality of parameters in response to comparison of the turnover to a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Novomatic AG
    Inventor: Roman Czubak
  • Patent number: 9778737
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for recommending games based on user ability. A computing device determines a gesture profile for an electronic game. The computing device generates, for a particular user, a recommendation about another electronic game. The recommendation is based at least in part on the gesture profile of the electronic game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: William Alexander Strand
  • Patent number: 9767642
    Abstract: Various embodiments directed to systems and methods that enable cross platform persistent gaming sessions using a mobile device in a mobile device-enhanced system are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method for reformatting original graphical content designed for presentation on a gaming machine for presentation on a mobile computing device for which the original graphical content was not originally designed may include transmitting display information associated with a display on the mobile computing device to the gaming machine. The method may include receiving, by the gaming machine, the display information transmitted by the mobile computing device. The method may include determining a resolution or aspect ratio associated with the original graphical content. The method may include reformatting the original graphical content based on the resolution or aspect ratio associated with the original graphical content and the display information received from the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott T. Hilbert, Joseph R. Hedrick
  • Patent number: 9769269
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices for selecting an end-user device from a plurality of end-user devices to satisfy a user request. The method comprises storing at a portal aggregator data identifying a user device group comprising a plurality of end-user devices, wherein the data identifying the device group comprises the capabilities of each end-user device. When the portal aggregator receives a request from the user the portal aggregator generates a list of end-user devices from the device group that are capable of satisfying the user request. The portal aggregator then selects an end-user device from the list of capable end-user devices and then transmits a command to the selected end-user device to satisfy the request. In some cases the list of capable end-user devices may be sorted and/or filtered prior to selecting an end-user device from the list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Imagination Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Ian R. Knowles, Nicholas H. Jurascheck
  • Patent number: 9754255
    Abstract: The invention relates to authentication in mobile financial transactions, and more particularly, to systems, devices and methods of employing a location tracking function within a mobile device for the purpose of authenticating a user and a trusted transaction when this mobile device is configured to a mobile point-of-sale (POS) terminal. Authentication is primarily implemented by a secure element integrated within the mobile device based on comparison between captured geo-location data and some known information, such as a retailer address, this user's behavior pattern and shopping habit, that may be derived from the geo-location data. In the secure element, a secure memory stores a plurality of geo-location data from which a secure processor generates information concerning a behavior pattern or a shopping habit of the user. A V/A unit receives a real-time geo-location of the mobile device, and thereby, verifies the user or the trusted transaction according to the generated information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Tangkwai Ma, Michael L Bolan, Robert Robert Muchsel, Donald W. Loomis
  • Patent number: 9754451
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine that provides a gambling game and an entertainment game, including: a real world engine, an entertainment software engine, and a game world engine; the system constructed to provide a randomly generated payout of real world credit from a wager in a gambling game, wagers triggered during an entertainment game; and to collect parameter data indicative of player performance during the player's skillful execution of the entertainment game at each of a plurality of difficulty settings, the parameter data indicative of the player's actions during the player's skillful execution of the entertainment game and indicative of a rate of accumulation of game world credit during the entertainment game; and select a difficulty setting from the plurality of difficulty settings for the skill based entertainment game based upon the collected parameter data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, Frank Cire
  • Patent number: 9754440
    Abstract: A game playing information integration system is provided which is capable of objectively performing selection and/or settings according to preference of a player, and is capable of effectively making entry into market, based on a result of logical analysis of a gaming machine invoking demands of a player as a user and a manger in gaming facility in a well-balanced manner. The system includes a plurality of gaming machine units and a server connected to enable communication with each gaming machine unit. Each gaming machine unit includes player identification information reading means, number-of-consumptions data output means, and number-of-payouts data output means. Gaming machine unit identification information is individually assigned to each of the gaming machine units. The server stores data storage means for storing each of number-of-consumptions data and number-of-payouts data in association with reception time data, player identification information, and gaming machine unit identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuo Okada
  • Patent number: 9747747
    Abstract: Systems for an alternative application resource interleaved wagering system are disclosed, the system including a wager controller constructed to: receive application telemetry; determine a wager request; determine a wager outcome based on the wager request; communicate wager outcome data; an application server controller constructed to: receive wager outcome instructions; determine application resources to award the application client controller; and communicate application resource data to the application client controller; and the application client controller operatively connecting the application server controller and the wager controller, the application client controller constructed to: communicate the application telemetry; receive the wager outcome data; scan the wager outcome data to determine the wager outcome; instruct the application server controller by communicating the wager outcome instructions; receive the application resource data; scan the application resource data to determine the applica
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, David Chang, Frank Cire, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 9747745
    Abstract: An electromechanical gaming machine constructed to receive real credits from a user, and having an entertainment game controller connected to a game world controller, and a real world controller which together communicate game world information; receive a request to aggregate information; aggregate game world information, encode and associate it with a transaction identifier; receive a gambling outcome; display gambling outcome; receive a wager request; determine gambling outcome; communicate gambling outcome; determine whether or not to generate an aggregation request; generate an aggregation request; communicate plurality of transaction identifiers; receive game world information and transaction identifier; determine whether the transaction identifier is valid; disaggregate game world information, communicate wager request; receive gambling outcome; and communicate gambling outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 9744465
    Abstract: An Emulator (EMU) configures a monitoring condition relevant with critical data of a game role, when the monitoring condition is met, the EMU transmits the critical data of the game role to a server; the server analyzes the critical data of the game role; when determining that the critical data of the game role is unusual, the server determines that the game role has used a plug-in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Xuxin Wang, Jianhui Yao, Xianwen Chen, Cheng Cai, Wen Tang
  • Patent number: 9744463
    Abstract: The APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CREW MECHANICS IN MULTIPLAYER GAMES (hereinafter “CMMG”) the CMMG platform transforms in game status of a user's social content item via CMMG components into a content item with layered integration of additional content indicative of status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventor: Andres Cantor
  • Patent number: 9747748
    Abstract: A system for pari-mutuel wagering on actual past events includes, in one embodiment, game terminals and a game server, all couplable to a network. The game terminals are configured to receive respective initial pari-mutuel wagers on a historic gaming event from respective players. The game terminals are further configured to receive respective winner selections for the historic gaming event for respective players. The game server is configured to randomly select the historical gaming event from a database and determine respective payouts for the game terminals based on results of the historical gaming event and the respective winner selections. The game server is further configured to admit at least one of the respective players to a bonus game, provide a bonus pool for the bonus game, and determine bonus payouts from the bonus pool to the at least one of the respective players based on bonus game results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Parimax Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Alex Corckran, Eric Jackson
  • Patent number: 9741203
    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: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Sean Malek
  • Patent number: 9731201
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating chance-based in-game virtual item distribution in a video game. A mini-game interface presents a mini-game to a user that has committed to a battle. Prior to instigation of the battle the user participates in a chance-based mini-game that determines awards to be distributed to the user from a set of potential awards. Benefits associated with a determined award are applied to a game entity included in a battle which is to follow the mini-game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Aftershock Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Wei, David McNeill, Kevin Lee
  • Patent number: 9731207
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for executing a game and for creating computer-generated game quests, which are referred to as dynamic quests. One method includes an operation for identifying a template for creating a dynamic quest. The dynamic quest includes quest tasks and quest rewards, which are provided to a player upon completion of the quest tasks in the game. The template includes template tasks and template rewards. Further, the method includes an operation for selecting one or more template tasks for the quest tasks, and an operation for selecting one or more template rewards for the quest rewards. The dynamic quest is created in the game with the selected one or more template tasks and the selected one or more template rewards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Guthridge, Edan Nahari
  • Patent number: 9728043
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present concept provide gaming devices and gaming systems that are configured to implement means for enhancing game play. Here, various embodiments of this concept use game insertion techniques to enhance the game play experience for players. These game insertion techniques include placing bonus spins, free games, or other incentives within traditional game play. In one model, a gaming device may use a bonus spin routine to replace a losing game outcome with a winning game outcome. Here, the player may be shown the initial losing game outcome and then be notified that a bonus spin has been awarded, which ultimately results in the winning game outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: PATENT INVESTMENT & LICENSING COMPANY
    Inventor: John F. Acres
  • Patent number: 9728041
    Abstract: A layout pattern of a plurality of possible layout patterns for wagering game machines is determined. An input indicating a location of a wagering game machine within the layout patter is received. A mapping of the wagering game machine to the location within the layout pattern is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: Peter R. Anderson, David E. Detlefsen, Jacob C. Greenberg, Timothy T. Gronkowski, Victor V. Lerias, III, Timothy D. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9728042
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer readable storage medium to implement a wagering paradigm in which a player can place a wager amount to wager on a random potential outcome of a series chosen randomly by a computer. The series can be a sporting event such as the World Series, and the random potential outcome can be an electronically randomly picked team. If the randomly picked team turns out to be the actual team that wins the World Series, then the wager would win. The payout on a winning wager can be determined using a number of algorithms, for example each possible team is given an equal payout. The wager can be placed before the series begins, during the series (e.g., after at least one game has been played or has been started), and even after the series has ended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Dan Setzman
  • Patent number: 9724587
    Abstract: A system for assisting in player development is disclosed. The system includes a server maintaining a database including a plurality of player development records, each player development record including at least training data, competition data, and biographic data. The system also includes an application hosted by the server, the application including a user interface and an automated player performance application, the automated player performance application being configured to generate a player development profile for display in the user interface, the player development profile being based at least in part on performance trends in the player development record and also including one or more recommendations or comparisons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Team Sport IP, LLC
    Inventors: Jose Campaña Aguilera, Alejandro Garcia del Castillo, Joseph Keppeln
  • Patent number: 9721431
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to implementing a system to encourage cross platform operation in an online game. The online game may provide the ability to provide incentives for participating in cross platform game play. The system may monitor the player's performance on a particular console and provide incentives to accomplish tasks through game play on a different platform than the player is currently operating to play the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford J. Harrington, Kent Wakeford
  • Patent number: 9721430
    Abstract: Systems and methods for poker gameplay funding are disclosed through the crediting gaming accounts and the debiting of a stored value account. The stored value account can be linked to a stored value payment vehicle issued to a player. Funds held by the stored value account can be used for tournament poker play and cash game buy-in in virtual poker rooms and brick-and-mortar poker rooms. At the conclusion of gameplay, the gaming account can be debited and the stored value account credit to reflect poker winnings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Sightline Interactive LLC
    Inventors: Kirk E. Sanford, Thomas M. Sears, Omer Sattar
  • Patent number: 9721429
    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 player period drawing entries are generated proportional to play on electronic gaming devices, play of the promotional game, or retail purchases. Some players receive a multiplier for their drawing entries to enhance chances of winning the promotional game. In one embodiment, the multiplier is removed for a player after a cutoff threshold for prizes awarded to that player is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Patent Investment & Licensing Company
    Inventor: John F. Acres
  • Patent number: 9721421
    Abstract: A table system assists in determining wagering events. The system has a gaming surface; at least one player position on the gaming surface; and at least one area is designated at the at least one player position for placement of wagers in the form of chips. A scale is positioned beneath the at least one area configured to provide electrical signals indicating weight placed in the at least one designated area. A processor is configured to receive the electrical signals and execute code to identify numbers of chips placed in the at least one designated area. The processor is further configured to provide signals indicating the identified number of chips to a display on the gaming table surface at the player position. The display is configured to provide a visual indication of at least the number of chips or the value of chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Mladen Blazevic
  • Patent number: 9721426
    Abstract: A wagering game system and its operations are described herein. In some embodiments, the operations can include initiating a wagering game title for presentation on a display device of a gaming machine, and receiving, from the gaming machine, player input indicating autoplay settings selected by a player for the wagering game title. The operations can also include initiating an autoplay mode for the wagering game title in response to receiving an autoplay trigger from the gaming machine, managing the autoplay mode for the player according to the autoplay setting selected by the player, and generating results for each wagering game of the wagering game title played during the autoplay mode. The operations can further include monitoring game events associated with the wagering games played during the autoplay mode to determine when to stop the autoplay mode, and stopping the autoplay mode for the player based on the autoplay settings selected by the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: Peter R. Anderson, Brian J. Barclay, Andrew C. Guinn, Richard B. Robbins, Richard T. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9721424
    Abstract: An interleaved wagering system is disclosed. The system includes an interactive controller constructed to communicate application telemetry associated with an interactive application provided by the interactive controller. The system also includes a wager controller constructed to communicate a wager result associated with a received wager request. The system also includes the application controller operatively connected to the interactive controller and the wager controller, and constructed to: receive application telemetry; upon receiving application telemetry, determine whether to trigger a supplementary mode; when triggering the supplementary mode is determined, communicate a notification to provide a supplementary mode session. The interactive controller is further constructed to: provide the supplementary mode session upon receiving the supplementary mode notification; communicate results of the supplementary mode session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 9710832
    Abstract: A method for facilitating a card-based bill payment service for a customer of a biller may include (1) receiving a request from the customer to initiate the card-based bill payment service; (2) collecting customer information, the customer information including at least customer account information with the biller and card account information; (3) providing the customer information to the biller over a communications network; and (4) using a computer processor, monitoring the customer's card account for biller activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
    Inventor: Ann Catherine Givens
  • Patent number: 9711004
    Abstract: A managed credit system and method for managing and processing various types of credits is disclosed. The managed credit system can provide various options for processing cashable credits, restricted credits, and managed credits. Wager account balances can be paid down automatically prior to the disbursement of cash in exchange for managed credits. Cash submissions during wager account sessions can be detected and processed by converting the cash submission to managed credits. Wager account advance requests can be detected during cash game sessions. Managed credits can be converted to cashable credits. Different types of casino credit can be tracked using different meters. Varying disbursement and conversion rules can be applied to different types of credit. Game credit accounts with mixed credit types that include managed credits can be wagered in a fixed order while accommodating cash submissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Gary E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 9704337
    Abstract: A progressive gaming method may be conducted in a distributed fashion without a progressive controller. In such a method game play inputs are received through a respective player input system of each of two or more gaming machines. Each game play input defines a wager for a respective play of a wagering game. A progressive contribution value for each respective wager is calculated and a local progressive register value is incremented by that calculated amount. Calculating the progressive contribution value and incrementing the local progressive register value may each be performed at the gaming machine at which the respective wager is defined, and these calculated progressive contribution values are then communicated to each other gaming machine of the two or more gaming machines. Each gaming machine maintains a total progressive value based on the locally calculated progressive contribution values and the values communicated from other gaming machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Everi Games Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Riggs, J P Cody
  • Patent number: 9704345
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for placing a bet via the Internet on a computing device. The bet is placed by a player using the computing device and received by a backend system over a link using a single action methodology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Wendell Brown
  • Patent number: 9697690
    Abstract: There is described a gaming system including an award controller for allocating an award at a plurality of gaming machines. The award controller is arranged to allocate, in response to a win at a first gaming machine of the plurality of gaming machines, an award to a player of at least one further gaming machine of the plurality of gaming machines based on a location of the at least one further gaming machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Thomas Samuel Barbalet
  • Patent number: 9694272
    Abstract: A gaming table provides for use of RFID technology to track chip movement on a table game and to infer an association between a wager and a player position based on a chip identifier of a chip placed on a particular position of the table. In some embodiments, previous position history of the chip is also taken into account in determining a player position associated with a wager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Walker Digital Table Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Moore, Brian Besterman, Jeff Bischoff
  • Patent number: 9697683
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for preventing replay attacks for mobile promotions associated with gaming devices. Upon the occurrence of a promotion winning event such as a designated outcome of a game played on the gaming device the user, via a software application accessible to their mobile device, forwards images of the event to a server over a network. The server determines entitlement to the promotion and analyzes data associated with the images and mobile device location and time to confirm that the event is new promotion winning event. Upon such confirmation an entitlement to the promotion is awarded to the user. The foregoing prevents unscrupulous users from logging multiple claims for the same promotion winning event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin S. Lyons, Bryan M. Kelly, John Sommer
  • Patent number: 9691223
    Abstract: A selectable intermediate result interleaved wagering system is disclosed. The system includes an interactive controller operatively connected to an application controller, and constructed to: communicate application telemetry; receive an intermediate offer; communicate an indication to accept the intermediate offer; receive an application resource associated with the intermediate offer; and receive a wager outcome. The system also includes a wager controller operatively connected to the application controller, the wager controller constructed to: receive the wager request; generate a wager outcome; and communicate the wager outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, David Chang, Frank Cire, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 9691224
    Abstract: A functional transformation interleaved wagering system is disclosed, which includes an interactive controller configured to: provide a first interactive application; communicate, to an application controller, a wager request; receive a wager outcome; receive an indication to provide a second interactive application; provide the second interactive application; and communicate, to the application controller, application telemetry; a wager controller constructed to: receive the wager request; communicate the wager outcome; receive an indication; and adjust the credit meter; and the application controller operatively connecting the interactive controller and the wager controller and constructed to: receive the wager request; communicate, to the wager controller, the wager request; receive the wager outcome; communicate, to the interactive controller, the wager outcome; communicate the indication to provide the second interactive application when it is determined to provide the second interactive application; rec
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 9685034
    Abstract: A system for interfacing with a third-party application is described. The system includes a third-party device, a server-based system configured to communicate with the third-party device, and a gaming device configured to communicate with the server-based system to display content of the product or service. The gaming device is configured to generate an outcome of a wager-based game independent of the content that is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Reid M. Weber, William C. Little, Steven G. LeMay, Adrian R. Marcu, Warner R. Cockerille, IV, Nicole M. Beaulieu, David A. Gipp, Daniel De Waal, Vincent S. Manfredi, Bryan Bullard, Cara L. Iddings, Brad Robert Steinbach, Richard J. Schneider, Glen Keith Russell, Jacob Graham, Gregory A. Schlottmann, David C. Williams, Kurt M. Larsen, Jae Man Yi, Erik B. Petersen, Kevin M. Higgins, Gregory H. Parrott, David L. Salls
  • Patent number: 9685046
    Abstract: A gaming system comprising an input device for placing wagers. The wagers include a first wager consisting of a base wager, and second and third wagers, each consisting of a base wager portion and an additional wager portion. The third wager has a higher ratio of the additional wager portion to the base wager portion than the second wager. An outcome is based on the first, second or third wager, such that upon said second wager being made and an designated event associated with the second wager occurring, a first additional benefit relative to when the first wager is made is provided, and upon said third wager being made and a designated event associated with the third wager occurring, a second additional benefit relative to when the first wager is made is provided. The second additional benefit is a greater benefit than the first additional benefit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Peter Leslie Walker
  • Patent number: 9679443
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a gambling and/or gaming apparatus comprising an input apparatus for inputting of a stake or and/or playing-tip information in the form of a number and/or number combination and/or a number matrix, an outcome ascertainment apparatus for ascertaining a winning number and/or a winning number combination and/or a winning number matrix, an indicator apparatus for indicating the ascertained winning number and/or the ascertained winning number combination and/or the ascertained winning number matrix, and a win ascertainment apparatus for ascertaining a gambling and/or gaming win from a comparison of the ascertained winning number and/or the ascertained winning number combination and/or the ascertained winning number matrix with the input stake and/or playing-tip information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: NOVOMATIC AG
    Inventors: Harald Kaiblinger, Florian Schrötter
  • Patent number: 9679439
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for managing and authenticating usage of features of gaming devices are presented. In accordance with some embodiments, the methods and apparatus may facilitate an offer engine for providing one or more offers to a user of the gaming device, wherein an offer comprises an offer for a payment to be made to the user in exchange for an action by the user, wherein the one or more offers are distinct from indications of awards the user may qualify for during play of a game playable via the gaming device. In one embodiment the methods and apparatus may provide for determining whether to adjust the first feature based on the measure of performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: INVENTOR HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Russell P. Sammon, Scott T. Friesen, Michael D. Downs, Steven M. Santisi
  • Patent number: 9672690
    Abstract: Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention operate a controlled entity hybrid game. A controlled entity hybrid game includes a real world engine constructed to provide a randomly generated payout of real world credits from at least one wager in a gambling game, an entertainment software engine constructed to execute an entertainment game providing outcomes based upon a player's skillful execution of the entertainment game; and a game world engine constructed to manage the entertainment software engine and communicate, to the gambling game, a gameplay gambling event occurrence based upon a player's instruction of a controlled entity to consume an element of the entertainment game that triggers a wager in the gambling game, and change the element on the basis of the randomly generated payout and an entertainment game variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 9672688
    Abstract: Various embodiments directed to systems and methods that enable cross platform persistent gaming sessions using a mobile device in a mobile device-enhanced system are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method may include enabling a cross platform gaming session in a system that includes a gaming machine that presents a game, and a computing device distinct from the gaming machine, both in communication with one another. The method may include associating the computing device with the gaming machine. The computing device may have one or more displays. The method may include receiving, by the computing device, reformatted graphical data from the gaming machine. The method may include presenting the game on the one or more displays of the computing device using the reformatted graphical data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin S. Lyons