Pool Carryover (e.g., Progressive Jackpot, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/27)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9613489
    Abstract: A system is disclosed herein for displaying winning and non-winning game results in a traditional gaming environment. The system uses an overlay game to present an entertaining display to a player upon the occurrence of a win or trigger event. An overlay game has limited capabilities and additionally is engineered to be usable on a variety of gaming machines. To be usable on a variety of gaming machines, the overlay game is intentionally kept simple; in one case, it comprises a visual display that is shown to a player upon the occurrence of a trigger event. In another embodiment, it requires a simple button press to start the overlay game. The overlay games are downloaded on an as-needed basis, run on the gaming machine, and then discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Luciano, Jr., Warren R. White
  • Patent number: 9613498
    Abstract: A system and method for peer-to-peer gaming is described. One embodiment includes a system for peer-to-peer gaming, the system comprising an at least one gaming client, wherein the at least one gaming client is configured to accept a selection of an at least one gaming option from a player, and allow the player to play a game based on the selection of the at least one gaming option; an administration server, wherein the administration server is configured to receive the selection of the at least one gaming option from the at least one gaming client, and initiate the game for the player based on the selection of the at least one gaming option; and an at least one gaming server, wherein the at least one gaming sever is configured to run the game and transmit data about the game to the administration server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AG 18, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Koustas, John Mix, Alexander Oxman
  • Patent number: 9607472
    Abstract: A method of gaming comprising: conducting a game requiring a player to make a choice between at least one optimal action and at least one sub-optimal action having a lower return to player than the optimal action such that the difference between the sub-optimal action and the optimal action represents a lost return to player; receiving a player choice of an action; and conducting a trial for an award in which the probability of success is controlled to provide an expected return to player from the trial that compensates the player for the lost return to player in response to determining that the choice is a sub-optimal action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Paul Francis Jason Bramble
  • Patent number: 9600968
    Abstract: A gaming system including a central server linked to a plurality of gaming machines, gaming tables, hand held gaming devices and/or community gaming displays. The central server monitors wagers placed on any games played. Based at least in part on the wagers placed, the central server determines when one or more bonus events will occur and which players to provide any bonus awards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Anthony J. Baerlocher, Yuliya Hungate, Christina Evans, James A. Vasquez, Tonja M. Ferry, Erick T. Ching
  • Patent number: 9569918
    Abstract: A server apparatus provides a game which accompanies a resource increasing or decreasing in a game space to a plurality of terminal apparatuses via a network. The server apparatus collects and accumulates the resources from the plurality of terminal apparatuses in the first mode and releases the accumulated resource in the second mode. The server apparatus selectively switches between the first mode and the second mode so as to distribute the resources upon reception of a request from a terminal apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventor: Toshitaka Inukai
  • Patent number: 9495835
    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: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    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: 9495834
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for determining the award of a set of prizes where each prize in the set has a respective prize value. The apparatus includes memory for storing prize data indicative of the prize values in the set. An input device is responsive to input signals from a respective plurality of gaming terminals for providing an increment signal. An increment device accesses the prize data to select at least two prize values from the set to define respective current prize values, and is responsive to the increment signal for incrementing in parallel a plurality of accumulated values toward the respective current prize values. A comparator is responsive to the current prize values and the accumulated values for determining if one of the current prize values is to be awarded and, if so, generating an award signal and removing from the set the prize value corresponding to the one of the current prize values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Paltronics Australasia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Dean Wright, Stephen Cowan, Ali Jomaa
  • Patent number: 9483907
    Abstract: A gaming machine (12) is disclosed which comprises at least one meter (76) arranged to generate game meter data. The gaming machine (12) is arranged to forward meter data generated by the at least one meter (76) to a remote data storage device (26) arranged to store meter data associated with a plurality of games. The gaming machine (12) is also arranged to retrieve meter data associated with a game from the remote data storage device (27) when the gaming machine is requested to provide the meter data associated with the game. An associated gaming system and method of gaming are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jeff Himmelright, David Lawdensky, Gary Frerking, Jeffrey Topham, David Salour
  • Patent number: 9437081
    Abstract: A gaming system and method including providing a community or group bonus event to a plurality of players at a plurality of gaming devices. For each of the players determined as eligible to participate in a triggered group bonus event, the gaming system determines that player's relative probability of winning a group bonus event award in the triggered bonus event. In one such embodiment, each player's relative probability of winning the group bonus event award is based on that player's wagering history, such as any amounts wagered by that player, the frequency of placing such wagers and/or frequency of not placing any wagers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Benjamin C. Hoffman, Paulina Rodgers, Christmas C. Parker, Brian J. Book, Jason D. Kremer
  • Patent number: 9430903
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to systems and methods for providing management of multiple progressive pools. In some embodiments, a progressive pool management system may include at least one gaming machine configured to present a first game having a progressive pool. The progressive pool management system may include at least one gaming machine configured to present a second game having a progressive pool. The progressive pool management system may include a server in communication with the at least one gaming machine configured to present the first game and the at least one gaming machine configured to present the second game. The server may associate a section of a unified pool with the progressive pool of the first game. The server may associate a section of the unified pool with the progressive pool of the second game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Harvey, Pravinkumar Patel, Patrick Spiller, Joshua D. Larsen
  • Patent number: 9418514
    Abstract: A method for controlling contributions to a progressive prize pool includes randomly determining whether a progressive pool growth event is triggered for the given play input in a wagering game. Where it is determined that a progressive pool growth event is triggered, the contribution amount is determined and the progressive pool is increased by this contribution amount. Where multiple progressive pools are maintained in a system, additional steps are taken to identify which pool or pools are to be increased when a progressive pool growth event is triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: EVERI GAMES INC.
    Inventor: Brian Alexander Watkins
  • Patent number: 9412234
    Abstract: A method of gaming in a gaming system comprising: initiating a bonus game comprising a plurality of levels having a defined sequence; determining a group of participants in the bonus game; associating each participant with a level such that each participant is eligible to a bonus win based on the level with which the participant is currently associated; awarding a bonus win to one of the participants; and associating a subsequent level with each of the participants in response to the bonus win such that each participant is eligible to a subsequent bonus win based on the subsequent level associated with the participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: VIDEO B HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventor: Christer Hutchinson-Kay
  • Patent number: 9412235
    Abstract: A gaming system having a plurality of gaming devices linked to a game controller. The linked game controller conducts a linked game in which eligible ones of the gaming devices participate and any award is shared between the participating gaming devices. The linked game controller conducts the linked game by generating at least one game outcome, and evaluating each game outcome based on the number of participating gaming devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Peter Thomas Kup-Ferroth
  • Patent number: 9406188
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for preventing near-concurrent wins in a progressive gaming system controlled by Jackpot Controller are disclosed. A VLT player may send a “win” combination to the Jackpot Controller to determine whether the “win” awards the accumulating progressive jackpot. The Jackpot Controller may evaluate the “win” message. If the “win” message is valid, the “win” of the accumulating progressive jackpot may be confirmed. Other VLTs may be blocked from submitting “win” messages for that same progressive jackpot. The VLT may then distribute the proceeds to the player. The Jackpot Controller may initiate other progressive jackpot status communications to insure against a loss of data should an interruption event occur. Individual VLTs may initiate status messages to the Jackpot Controller should they remain inactive for a predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: GTECH CANADA ULC
    Inventor: Robert Peter Erickson
  • Patent number: 9396607
    Abstract: Methods of playing games and gaming systems and devices useful for playing games. Gaming devices include a first gaming unit for randomly selecting and displaying indicia associated with play of a primary game and for generating a signal relating to play on the first gaming unit. The gaming device also includes a second gaming unit connected to the first gaming unit for conducting an ongoing bonus game and enabling participation by a player in the ongoing bonus game in response to a signal generated by the first gaming unit. The ongoing bonus game may be administered by and communicated from a second gaming unit in the form of a host server to a number of networked gaming devices. Players may enter and exit play of the ongoing bonus game while it is still in progress, participating only in a segment thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Lee E. Cannon, Don G. DuPerault
  • Patent number: 9396612
    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: September 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Sean Malek
  • Patent number: 9390583
    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: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: Sean Malek
  • Patent number: 9384625
    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: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Keith Donald Kammler, J. Christopher McNamee, Alan Gael Sheldon, Robert L. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 9378620
    Abstract: A gaming device, system and method are set forth which includes a progressive jackpot pool. Based upon a trigger condition at least a portion of the pool value PV is awarded to a player by providing free plays of a feature where each free play has an expected value EV. The number of free plays awarded is substantially PV/EV and where PV/EV includes a non-integer remainder R a remainder game having odds R/EV is played and if won an additional free play is awarded. The progressive trigger may be a mystery trigger. The free plays may be free spins of the gaming machine base game or one or more different games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Shawn Soong