Pool Carryover (e.g., Progressive Jackpot, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/27)
  • Patent number: 10832529
    Abstract: To bring the excitement to the people (majority, who are not experts in games), we present the examples, described here, for one person to be able to bet on and be part of the deal and excitement for a third party, as his agent, proxy, or shadow. Some other examples are: one-link connectivity for easy registration and betting, connection and integration of social networks, Game of skills and/or chance, TV show integration, Player vs player situations, One-click betting/linking/functioning/triggering or OCB, Tipster scheme, a website belonging to our platform, Charity scheme, Pari-mutuel betting in our environment (all bets of a type in a pool, where any winning can be shared, after the house or casino deduction for fees), Proposition betting in our environment, and Multiple leg/parameter situation (where only a subset of decisions is relied upon on a 3rd party, and the rest are decided by the 1st party, herself).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Sean Malek
  • Patent number: 10832528
    Abstract: To bring the excitement to the people (majority, who are not experts in games), we present the examples, described here, for one person to be able to bet on and be part of the deal and excitement for a third party, as his agent, proxy, or shadow. Some other examples are: one-link connectivity for easy registration and betting, connection and integration of social networks, Game of skills and/or chance, TV show integration, Player vs player situations, One-click betting/linking/functioning/triggering or OCB, Tipster scheme, a website belonging to our platform, Charity scheme, Pari-mutuel betting in our environment (all bets of a type in a pool, where any winning can be shared, after the house or casino deduction for fees), Proposition betting in our environment, and Multiple leg/parameter situation (where only a subset of decisions is relied upon on a 3rd party, and the rest are decided by the 1st party, herself).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Sean Malek
  • Patent number: 10832527
    Abstract: To bring the excitement to the people (majority, who are not experts in games), we present the examples, described here, for one person to be able to bet on and be part of the deal and excitement for a third party, as his agent, proxy, or shadow. Some other examples are: one-link connectivity for easy registration and betting, connection and integration of social networks, Game of skills and/or chance, TV show integration, Player vs player situations, One-click betting/linking/functioning/triggering or OCB, Tipster scheme, a website belonging to our platform, Charity scheme, Pari-mutuel betting in our environment (all bets of a type in a pool, where any winning can be shared, after the house or casino deduction for fees), Proposition betting in our environment, and Multiple leg/parameter situation (where only a subset of decisions is relied upon on a 3rd party, and the rest are decided by the 1st party, herself).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Sean Malek
  • Patent number: 10796529
    Abstract: A reel-based electronic gaming system, electronic gaming device, and electronic wagering game in which a player is provided one or more player actions during the course of play. The player actions allow the player to alter an active play area in a variety of ways. The system controls the return to player based on potential user actions and their associated potential outcomes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: T. Grant Bolling, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10786738
    Abstract: In an aspect, fantasy sports data is analyzed to generate and/or manage the delivery of and user experience of fantasy sports games and contests, including timing and payout structure(s) for short-term fantasy contests, such as daily, weekly, etc. fantasy sports contests, that motivate and appeal to contestants and is/are reasonably structured and concisely represented. In yet another aspect, a daily fantasy contest system is provided to automatically adjust to user demand without overshooting profitable levels and offer a variety of different contests, as well as offer contests with guaranteed and non-guaranteed payouts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: OATH INC.
    Inventors: Justin Thaler, Maxim Sviridenko, Edo Liberty, Prerit Uppal, Ron Belmarch, Jerry Shen
  • Patent number: 10777042
    Abstract: Gaming methods and apparatus are described for providing a plurality of progressive prizes for a gaming system. Separate progressive prizes are maintained for each of a plurality of different wager options for a game playable on the gaming system. The progressive prizes can be maintained so as to reduce the difference in contribution to the expected return to player between the wager options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Gregory Leigh Plowman
  • Patent number: 10733842
    Abstract: A universal jackpot controller permits jackpots to be implemented at unlimited combinations of gaming machines and systems, including different types of gaming devices and systems of different operators and including land-based and online systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Milo Borissov, Rossi McKee
  • Patent number: 10733841
    Abstract: A gaming system includes a controller linked to a plurality of gaming devices. The central server tracks: (i) a quantity of gaming devices being actively played by players, or (ii) a quantity of players actively playing at the gaming devices. The controller determines the players' eligibility for different awards based on the tracked quantity. When the controller tracks a first quantity, the controller provides the active players with an opportunity to win a first award. When the central server tracks a second quantity, the central server provides the active players with an opportunity to win a second award. As the tracked quantity changes, the controller determines or modifies the number of awards available to the players actively playing at the gaming devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Rogelio S. Decasa, Jr., Kelsy J. Grace, Anthony J. Baerlocher
  • Patent number: 10713891
    Abstract: A gaming device for awarding a beverage to a player playing a wagering game. A display displays a graphical representation of a complimentary item or service. A game controller controls play of the wagering game and randomly determines an amount of the complimentary item or service to be graphically added to the displayed complimentary item or service in response to a play of the wagering game. An output mechanism awards the complimentary item or service when the graphical representation of the complimentary item or service is completely accumulated and activated by the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Shailesh Bansal, Harjeet Kaur, Mohit Kumar
  • Patent number: 10685535
    Abstract: An electronic method of gaming includes displaying, on a display, a pick to reveal jackpot game having a game board portion presenting a plurality of selectable symbols. The method includes selecting, by a game controller, a winning prize level from a plurality of prize levels. The method includes selecting, by the game controller, a pathway to the selected winning prize level from a plurality of pathways to the selected winning prize level. The method includes selecting, by the game controller, a multiplier for each of the prize levels. In various embodiments, one or more of the multipliers is greater than times one. The method includes displaying, by the game controller on the display, the selected pathway to the selected winning prize level with the one or more of the selected multipliers greater than times one in response to a sequence of user selections of a subset of the selectable symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Ryan Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10665056
    Abstract: Disclosed is a gaming system for playing a progressive jackpot game including a visible meter and a deficit meter. The system includes a display, a wager acceptor, player-activated buttons, and a processor. A percentage of the wager defines a contribution to the game. Each time the game is played the visible meter is increased by an increment amount. If the deficit meter is less than zero, the increment amount equals a first portion of the contribution, and a second portion of the contribution is added to the deficit value. If the deficit meter is not less than zero, the increment amount equals a third portion of the contribution. When the game is won, the visible meter is reset to a reset value which comprises a base reset value plus a random value, and the random value is subtracted from the deficit meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: NOVOMATIC AG
    Inventor: Matthew John Ward
  • Patent number: 10657770
    Abstract: A gaming machine provides a base game, from which a hold and spin feature game is triggered when a determined number of configurable symbols are displayed in a base game outcome. When the feature game is triggered, the configurable symbols are held in place on the display and the player is provided one or more spins during the feature game in which to collect additional configurable symbols. Any additional configurable symbols are retained on the display during subsequent spins until the feature game is completed. At the end of the feature game, the player is awarded a prize based on the values carried by the configurable symbols. An ante bet entitles to player to additional game instances in the hold and spin feature game. The additional game instances duplicate the configurable symbols that trigger the feature game, but are played independently from one another during the hold and spin feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Daniel Marks
  • Patent number: 10643430
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method may comprise providing a regulated gaming machine and a game in which skilled players most often achieve greater success than less-skilled players. The game may be configured to generate in-game assets configured such that interaction therewith by players during game play selectively triggers wagers. Before the player inputs are used to interact with the in-game assets, random perturbations are introduced in one or more characteristics thereof, the random perturbations being configured such that the selectively triggered wagers, in the aggregate, reward both the skilled players and the less-skilled players according to a predetermined target Return-to-Player (RTP) percentage for the game. The randomly-perturbed player inputs may then be used to interact with the plurality of in-game assets to generate outcomes. Depending upon the generated outcomes, rewards may be provided to and displayed for the players, according to the predetermined target RTP percentage of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SYNERGY BLUE LLC
    Inventors: Michael M Oberberger, Nolan K Bushnell
  • Patent number: 10636251
    Abstract: A gaming machine provides a base game from which a feature game is triggered when a determined number of configurable symbols are displayed in a base game outcome. When the feature game is triggered, the configurable symbols are held in place on the display and the player is provided with more spins during the feature game in which to collect additional configurable symbols. The feature game includes an initial quantity of spins. Upon completion of the initial quantity of spins, the player is presented with a plurality of picks that each correspond to an additional quantity of spins. The selected pick is then revealed by the gaming machine and the additional quantity of spins corresponding to the player's pick is provided. At the end of the feature game, the player may be awarded a feature award based, at least in part, on a value of each of the configurable symbols displayed at the end of the feature game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Daniel Marks, Hua Xu
  • Patent number: 10629030
    Abstract: A gaming machine provides a base game from which a feature game is triggered when a determined number of configurable symbols are displayed in a base game outcome. When the feature game is triggered, the configurable symbols are held in place on the display and the player is provided with more spins during the feature game in which to collect additional configurable symbols. Any additional configurable symbols are retained on the display during subsequent spins until the feature game is completed. The configurable symbols include mystery symbols whose value is not determined until the mystery symbol is displayed. A first valuation game, such as a wheel spin, is used to determine the value for the mystery symbols. At the end of the feature game, the player is awarded a prize based on the values carried by the configurable symbols. A second valuation game, such as a wheel spin, is used to provide an enhanced award if the player collects a determined number of configurable symbols during the feature game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Daniel Marks, Hua Xu
  • Patent number: 10607445
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a system that provides zero, one or more benefits to a consumer in association with the consumer utilizing an instrument associated with a qualifying financial account to purchase goods and/or services, wherein an amount of any benefits may be disproportionate to the value of the purchased goods and/or services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Kevin Higgins, Jeffery Shepherd, Dwayne A. Davis, Andrew Fisher
  • Patent number: 10600286
    Abstract: A gaming machine provides a base game, from which a spin and hold feature game is triggered when a determined number of configurable symbols are displayed in a base game outcome. When the feature game is triggered, the configurable symbols are held in place on the display and the player is provided more spins during the feature game in which to collect additional configurable symbols. Any additional configurable symbols are retained on the display during subsequent spins until the feature game is completed. At the end of the feature game, the player is awarded a prize based on the values carried by the configurable symbols. During play of the feature game, the configurable symbols include repeater symbols whose value is determined by summing the values of the configurable symbols that triggered the feature game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Austrailia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Daniel Marks
  • Patent number: 10593158
    Abstract: Systems and methods of operating a major progressive jackpot linked to wagering games having different jackpot triggers with different probabilities. The major jackpot winning probabilities may be normalized such that players may have the substantially the same odds to win the major progressive jackpot regardless on the wagering game being played. During game play, the gaming stations may be randomly selected to participate for a chance to win the major progressive jackpot according to an eligibility probability, which may be inversely proportional to the probability of a jackpot trigger for the wagering game administered by the gaming station. Players may be informed of whether the current round of game play is eligible for the major progressive jackpot after wagers are placed and before the current round of game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SG Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Zbigniew Czyzewski, E. Damian Bless, Jeremy Halter
  • Patent number: 10580257
    Abstract: Gaming systems, apparatuses and methods for providing a progressive jackpot(s) with must-hit functionality and non-resetting progressive jackpots. Awards that increase in value over time, such as progressive awards/jackpots, may be enhanced by establishing conditions in which such progressive awards are guaranteed to be paid to players, and establishing conditions in which such progressive awards will continue to increase in value notwithstanding payout of such progressive awards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Anthony Rath
  • Patent number: 10460551
    Abstract: There is disclosed a gaming system and method of gaming for playing a game, wherein in response to receipt of an additional bet from a player, the player is able to obtain at least one additional outcome in relation to which an additional prize is awarded. It is determined independently of whether the player has placed the additional bet, whether to award the additional prize to the player based on an amount bet by the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Naomi Hall
  • Patent number: 10386988
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating user progression in a virtual space based user purchases of virtual currency are disclosed. The facilitated user progression may include user progression a virtual space ability or abilities based on purchases of the virtual currency with real world money. Such user progression in those abilities may be distinct and separate from user progressions in other virtual space abilities based on gameplays by the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTRONIC ARTS INC.
    Inventors: James Koh, Kellen Christopher Smalley, Matthew Curtis
  • Patent number: 10373435
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for variable contribution multiple progressive jackpot games are disclosed. A variable contribution rate is determined as a function of a wager level. A contribution amount is determined by multiplying each wager by its corresponding contribution rate. The contribution amount is then added to at least two jackpot meters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. Yoseloff, David Pokorny, Feraidoon Bourbour, James R. Roberts
  • Patent number: 10373429
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention set forth systems, apparatuses and methods for enhancing game play of gaming devices with capped awards. Accordingly, a gaming device with capped awards is configured to enhance game play by minimizing or eliminating perceived lost value when an award is capped. To minimizing or eliminate perceived lost value when an award is capped, a remainder amount over a capped amount for an award can be used to modify an aspect of game play in future games played on the gaming device. In conjunction with using the remainder, or alternatively, a point system may be implemented to present awards in points and then convert the points to credits provided to players, where the conversion does not necessitate removing credits that appear to be won due to the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Peter Berman
  • Patent number: 10332125
    Abstract: The APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AN ONLINE REWARDS INCENTIVE PROGRAM (hereinafter “ORIP”) transforms user gameplay inputs via ORIP components into incentive rewards outputs. Also, the ORIP may monitor user gameplay associated with a metagame account and provide a rewards incentive in exchange for user gameplay activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Maureen Fan, Ha (Nancy) Hang, Aaron Ligon, Michelle Koll Potts
  • Patent number: 10332348
    Abstract: Systems and methods of operating progressive jackpots linked to wagering games having different jackpot triggers with different probabilities. The jackpot winning probabilities may be normalized such that players may have the substantially the same odds to win the major progressive jackpot regardless on the wagering game being played. The jackpot triggers may be associated with particular wagering game outcomes. The jackpot triggers may also be associated with a prize of a segment of a spin wheel that is spun in response to the occurrence of a particular wagering game outcome. The spin wheel may be displayed on a player interface of a gaming machine in response to the particular wagering game outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Halter, Ryan Masao Yee, Zbigniew Czyzewski, Edgar Damian Bless
  • Patent number: 10325447
    Abstract: To bring the excitement to the people (majority, who are not experts in games), we present the examples, described here, for one person to be able to bet on and be part of the deal and excitement for a third party, as his agent, proxy, or shadow, to bet for him, or instead of him, or as if the first person was doing the game directly, or one betting for another, or one playing for another with the other person's money. That generates more excitement on the game or casino, with more participation, transactions, income, profit, loyalty, and repeat customers. This brings a lot of variations on the game, e.g., stock market model, or derivatives model, or hedge model. This can be applied to sports and table games or fantasy sports. This can be applied to online, real, mobile, fantasy, simulation, computer generated, human based, or casino games or settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Sean Malek
  • Patent number: 10262497
    Abstract: A gaming system is primarily dedicated to playing a regulated casino wagering game providing eligibility to a plurality of progressive jackpots. The gaming system comprises a secure gaming cabinet, an electronic display device, an electronic input device, a random element generator, and game-logic circuitry. The game-logic circuitry is configured to allocate a portion of the wager to at least one of a first group of progressive jackpots, direct the electronic display device to increment the value of the first group of progressive jackpots, and direct the electronic display device to increment the values of a second group progressive jackpots based on the values of the first group of progressive jackpots. And, in response to a progressive-triggering outcome, the game-logic circuitry directs the electronic display device to display a reset value for the awarded progressive jackpot and an altered reduced value for another one of the progressive jackpots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Dion K. Aoki, Michael W. Mastropietro, Jeffry L. Nauman
  • Patent number: 10255761
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods for converting primary game outcomes to secondary game outcomes based on the satisfaction of one or more conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Meng-Yang Oh
  • Patent number: 10217317
    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: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Dwayne R. Nelson, Kevin M. Higgins
  • Patent number: 10207188
    Abstract: In an aspect, fantasy sports data is analyzed to generate and/or manage the delivery of and user experience of fantasy sports games and contests, including timing and payout structure(s) for short-term fantasy contests, such as daily, weekly, etc. fantasy sports contests, that motivate and appeal to contestants and is/are reasonably structured and concisely represented. In yet another aspect, a daily fantasy contest system is provided to automatically adjust to user demand without overshooting profitable levels and offer a variety of different contests, as well as offer contests with guaranteed and non-guaranteed payouts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: OATH INC.
    Inventors: Justin Thaler, Maxim Sviridenko, Edo Liberty, Prerit Uppal, Ron Belmarch, Jerry Shen
  • Patent number: 10176670
    Abstract: An operation input interface includes multiple selection buttons for a player to play a prize money game, and an information output interface includes multiple selection items comprising hidden contents and positions associated with the selection buttons. The hidden contents of the selection items include multiple rewards and at least one ending option. After the prize game starts, the selection items and the selection buttons are respectively provided at the information output interface and the operation input interface to allow the player to select the selection buttons to further display the hidden contents. When any of the at least one ending option is displayed by the information output interface, the prize money game ends immediately. Thus, the player is allowed to play the prize money game intuitively, and provides the player with the pleasure of ending the prize money game unexpectedly by ending the prize money game randomly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Tien-Shu Hsu
  • Patent number: 10134230
    Abstract: The present application provides a game playing information integration system which is capable of objectively performing selection and/or settings according to preference of a player, particularly fixed customers, and thereby capable of effectively introducing a gaming machine to invoke demands of players as users and managers of gaming facilities in a well-balanced manner from a result obtained by logically analyzing the gaming machine. (a) Game playing period at one time of each player in gaming machine unit, (b) change in balance over time of player in a game playing period, (c) operation time of the gaming machine unit, and (d) data relating to profit of a shop side by the gaming machine are generated, the degree of satisfaction of player is computed based on (a) and (b), and the degree of satisfaction of a shop side is computed based on (c) and (d).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuo Okada, Kengo Takeda
  • Patent number: 10043339
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a plurality of outcomes are generated and used to create a video presentation of representative outcomes for one or more players (e.g., for a keno game, for a bingo game). The video presentation is recorded onto a tangible medium (e.g., DVD or CD-ROM) or otherwise provided to one or more players (e.g., a player may access the video presentation online). This allows one or more players to purchase a video presentation of (e.g., predetermined) outcomes in a jurisdiction in which gambling is legal yet view the presentation at the player's convenience (e.g., from any jurisdiction and at any time). At least one player who is associated with such a video presentation may subsequently redeem it for a redemption value associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Robert C. Tedesco, James A. Jorasch, Michael W. Patterson
  • Patent number: 10019872
    Abstract: A gaming system includes a gaming machine for redeeming an accrued attribute in subsequent plays of a wagering game. A wagering game instance may include a randomly triggered bonus game. One or more occurrences, events, or conditions are accrued in a tally during the bonus game. The tally grants an attribute for redemption in one or more subsequent randomly generated outcomes (e.g., subsequent plays of the wagering game, spins of the bonus game, etc.). The occurrences, events, or conditions may include any quantifiable measurement, including a number of winning, losing, or performed spins of the bonus game, appearance of specific symbols, wins over a threshold amount, etc. The resulting attribute(s) diminish over time and may include a win amount multiplier, a number of added symbols to one or more reels, a modified math model for a predetermined number of spins, additional game features or eligibility, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan D. Sherrets, Bryan J. Vandaele, Aaron J. Schurman
  • Patent number: 9997020
    Abstract: A local jackpot system for land-based and online casinos. The jackpots comprise a continuous pool of ‘Experiences You Can't Buy’ prizes. Examples include: (a) a trip on a private jet with the soccer team of FC Barcelona, (b) a trip on a private yacht with one or more Formula 1 drivers during the Grand Prix of Monaco, (c) a shopping trip with Paris Hilton, (d) a dinner with George Clooney or (e) an acting scene in the next Hollywood blockbuster. The local jackpot system is configured to appear global in nature. Each client may be managed separately and can be customized via an internet connection. A monitoring application/module/system is installed with the purpose of monitoring and setting up local clients and broadcasting winning events globally. One or more random number generators (“RNGs”) run on each client such that prize selection is accomplished randomly at each client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: MYFUGUI BV
    Inventor: Dennis Korthouwer
  • Patent number: 9990804
    Abstract: A gaming system is primarily dedicated to playing a regulated casino wagering game providing eligibility to a plurality of progressive jackpots. The gaming system comprises a secure gaming cabinet, an electronic display device, an electronic input device, a random element generator, and game-logic circuitry. The game-logic circuitry is configured to allocate a portion of the wager to at least one of a first group of progressive jackpots, direct the electronic display device to increment the value of the first group of progressive jackpots, and direct the electronic display device to increment the values of a second group progressive jackpots based on the values of the first group of progressive jackpots. And, in response to a progressive-triggering outcome, the game-logic circuitry directs the electronic display device to display a reset value for the awarded progressive jackpot and an altered reduced value for another one of the progressive jackpots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Dion K. Aoki, Michael W. Mastropietro, Jeffry L. Nauman
  • Patent number: 9978214
    Abstract: A gaming system including a central server linked to a plurality of gaming machines is provided. The gaming system includes a plurality of progressive awards arranged in a hierarchy. Upon the occurrence of a triggering event or qualifying condition, a bonus game is started. A player can win a next higher progressive award by accumulating award values. If the player's total award value is greater than or equal to a trigger value for a progressive award, the player wins the progressive award. Unless a termination condition occurs, the bonus game continues. The total award value is set to the progressive award value. Alternatively, the progressive award value is added to the player's total award value. The trigger value for a progressive award can be the startup value for that progressive award.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Ryan Cuddy, Anthony J. Baerlocher
  • Patent number: 9978216
    Abstract: A method of gaming comprising conducting one or more paid game rounds initiated in response to the payment of a wager by a player and a series of one or more free game rounds initiated in response to a free game series trigger event, the method comprising: in each paid game round, selecting a set of paid game round symbols for display to the player, determining a paid game round outcome based on the selected symbols, and incrementing a jackpot by a paid game jackpot increment; in each free game round, selecting a set of free game round symbols for display to the player, determining a free game round outcome based on the selected symbols, and incrementing the jackpot by a free game jackpot increment; and awarding the jackpot on the occurrence of a jackpot award event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Ply Limited
    Inventor: Paul Francis Jason Bramble
  • Patent number: 9965922
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for executing a computer game. One method includes an operation for setting an initial value to the jackpot of a first player. The jackpot of the first player is increased based on each bet by the first player in the computer game. Additionally, the jackpot of the first player is increased based on each bet made by friends of the first player in the computer game. The friends of the first player have a social connection with the first player, and the jackpot of the first player is independent from bets in the computer game of players that are not friends of the first player. The method further includes an operation for resetting the jackpot of the first player to the initial value when the first player or when any friend of the first player wins the jackpot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: John Frederic Constable, Jon-Paul Emile Dumont, Michael J. Engle, Cor Robert Despota, James Chia-Ming Liu, Michael Anthony Fox
  • Patent number: 9901833
    Abstract: A system has a computerized server connected to a network and having a processor, a data repository coupled to the processor, and software (SW) executing on the processor from a non-transitory medium. The software enables a player operating a computerized appliance connected to the network to log in to a site hosted on the server, the site providing video games and other places to which the player may navigate, enables the player to purchase virtual currency spendable in games the player may enter to play and at other places the player may select to navigate, credits the player with Points in a pre-established ratio to virtual currency spent by the player while logged in to the site, and accounts for points accredited to the player and other players, and displaying on the site Point totals for at least players having the greatest number of Points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Roblox Corporation
    Inventors: William Henry Kelly Mooney, David Baszucki
  • Patent number: 9830777
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for variable contribution multiple progressive jackpot games are disclosed. A variable contribution rate is determined as a function of a wager level. A contribution amount is determined by multiplying each wager by its corresponding contribution rate. The contribution amount is then added to at least two jackpot meters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. Yoseloff, David Pokorny, Feraidoon Bourbour, James R. Roberts
  • Patent number: 9824531
    Abstract: A device, system and method are set forth which provides for auto-configuration of progressive jackpot gaming linkages. Gaming terminals may be provided with jackpot controller software modules available to be unlocked when a licensed security device is attached. The progressive jackpot controller receives game attribute data and determines which games can be associated with which mystery or symbol based progressive jackpots. Reporting and logging functions are provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Sreekanth Iyer, Andrew St. Martin, Kalpesh Panara, Robert Crowder, Don Stefanich, Jason Cunningham, Tony Green, Nathan Harvey
  • Patent number: 9747750
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods are set forth designed to promote user loyalty with an enterprise. The user obtains a virtual object such as a virtual dog and earns the ability to acquire accessories or upgrades for their virtual dog through interaction with the enterprise. Certain accessories or upgrades may only be acquired or restored at a physical, brick and mortar venue for the enterprise to encourage the user to visit the venue. Acquisition of attributes such as accessories and upgrades may provide a basis for tournaments and prizes. The virtual object may be accessed and displayed at terminals at the venue or at remote devices. Acquisition of virtual objects may be used to qualify the user for a feature such as a progressive jackpot game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: John Link, Kiran Brahmandam
  • Patent number: 9741199
    Abstract: Embodiments of a wagering game system manager are described herein. In one embodiment, a wagering game system includes a plurality of wagering game machines. The wagering game system can also include a plurality of wagering game managers, wherein each of the wagering game managers is configured to acquire a different set of manufacturer-specific wagering game information from ones of the wagering game machines. Additionally, the wagering game system can include a multi-system manager configured to generate an interface including a plurality of views, each view to presents one of the different sets of manufacturer-specific wagering game information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventor: Mary M. Burke
  • Patent number: 9697681
    Abstract: A gaming system has a central authority connected to a plurality of gaming machines. Player activity is tracked at the gaming machines during regular gaming sessions and during virtual gaming sessions. Such data is transmitted to the central authority for providing player points in a player account file of a central database. Regular gaming sessions occur between player card insertion and player card removal. Virtual gaming sessions may occur prior to player card insertion as well as after player card insertion. For example, a coin-in event prior to player card insertion will establish a virtual session, and credits remaining on the credit meter at a card-out event will establish a virtual gaming session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Keith Donald Kammler, J. Christopher McNamee, Alan Gael Sheldon, Robert L. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 9697688
    Abstract: A method of processing a jackpot win in a gaming network comprising: providing a jackpot server: receiving jackpot claim data at the jackpot server; locking a jackpot record corresponding to the jackpot claim data; aggregating any outstanding jackpot contributions for the jackpot record from contributing parts of the gaming network to form a prize; and communicating prize data corresponding to the prize to a network destination identified by the jackpot claim data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventors: Ulf Abrink, Sven Hakan Andersson
  • Patent number: 9679433
    Abstract: There is disclosed a gaming system and method of gaming for playing a game, wherein in response to receipt of an additional bet from a player, the player is able to obtain at least one additional outcome in relation to which an additional prize is awarded. It is determined independently of whether the player has placed the additional bet, whether to award the additional prize to the player based on an amount bet by the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA, PTY. LIMITED
    Inventor: Naomi Hall
  • Patent number: 9672694
    Abstract: Disclosed is a progressive system for paying out a primary progressive prize and a secondary progressive prize. The system includes a progressive controller, a plurality of game devices each configured to execute a game of chance and a network interconnecting the progressive controller and the game devices. A funding module is executable by the progressive controller to maintain primary and secondary award pools. In accordance with one or more embodiments, the game devices may award shares of the secondary progressive pool to players. When the primary progressive is triggered, share holders may redeem their shares for a value determined by the system. In some embodiments, winners of shares may monitor the value of their pending certificates through various outlets such as social media sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lowell, Loren T. Nelson, Will Jones
  • Patent number: 9652939
    Abstract: To bring the excitement to the people (majority, who are not experts in games), we present the examples, described here, for one person to be able to bet on and be part of the deal and excitement for a third party, as his agent, proxy, or shadow, to bet for him, or instead of him, or as if the first person was doing the game directly, or one betting for another, or one playing for another with the other person's money. That generates more excitement on the game or casino, with more participation, transactions, income, profit, loyalty, and repeat customers. This brings a lot of variations on the game, e.g., stock market model, or derivatives model, or hedge model. This can be applied to sports and table games or fantasy sports. This can be applied to online, real, mobile, fantasy, simulation, computer generated, human based, or casino games or settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Sean Malek
  • Patent number: 9646456
    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: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Paul Francis Jason Bramble