Parimutuel Pool Patents (Class 463/28)
  • Patent number: 9786123
    Abstract: A system employs a server computing system with an integrated database and wireless communications devices, for example, handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs). The server computing system may also communicate with fully automated data collection systems associated with some gaming tables and/or with the casino's legacy data collection systems and databases. The server computing system may communicate with various non-gaming related casino systems, such as point-of-sale terminals and/or accounting systems, related to the various guest facilities, for example, allowing player comps to be freely exchanged for services and merchandise. The wireless communications devices permit remote wagering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Huizinga
  • Patent number: 9715785
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for provisionally crediting a financial account of a gaming environment based on player funds received by gaming devices in the form of wagers. The financial account can be maintained at a financial institution. The player funds can be currency, electronic funds, or combinations therefor. Once the currency is physically transferred to the financial institution, the provisional credit can be converted to a full credit. Similarly, for wagers using electronic funds, once the settled funds are received by the financial institution, the provisional credit can be converted to a full credit. Using provisional credits, benefits from the funds can be enjoyed by the gaming operator prior to the physical currency and/or settled funds being received and processed by the financial institution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Sightline Interactive LLC
    Inventors: Kirk E. Sanford, Thomas M. Sears, Omer Sattar
  • Patent number: 9645224
    Abstract: Correlated and processed data is received that is derived from a plurality of geo-spatial sensors that respectively generate data characterizing a plurality of sources within a zone of interest. The data includes a series of time-stamped frames for each of the sensors. Subsequently, events of interest are identified, in real-time, based on relative positions of the sources within the zone of interest prior to the data being written to a data storage application. Data can then be provided (e.g., loaded, stored, displayed, transmitted, etc.), in real-time, that characterize the events of interest. Related apparatus, systems, techniques and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Torsten Abraham, Florian Foebel, Boris Gruschko, Gerrit Simon Kazmaier, Christian Lahmer, Nico Licht, Marcus Lieberenz, Lars Volker
  • Patent number: 9251662
    Abstract: In a method of pari-mutuel wagering, one or more primary bettors place wagers having an applicable base take-out rate, and thus yielding a base pari-mutuel payout for winning wagers. One or more secondary bettors may place wagers having an applicable modified take-out rate (preferably lower than the base take-out rate), thus yielding a higher payout for winning wagers than the base payout. In one embodiment, primary bettors may place wagers through a host, such as a track. Secondary bettors may place wagers through a non-host distributor, such as an off-track betting location (OTB). Secondary bettors may apply take-out points to lower the base take-out rate to a new modified take-out rate which is applicable to their wager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventor: Lou Tavano
  • Patent number: 9047737
    Abstract: A system for parimutuel wagering on actual past events includes, in one embodiment, a video server including a database having video images of gaming events stored therein, a game server including a computer system configured to facilitate pari-mutuel wagering on actual past events and to permit a player to select a percentage weight for each of a plurality of handicapping factors, and a plurality of terminals. The video server and plurality of terminals are communicatably coupled to the game server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Race Tech LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence R. Brooks, Robert Eric Jackson
  • Patent number: 9033789
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for controlling prize funds won by a user in a gaming system are disclosed. The apparatus includes a credit meter memory (1) for storing data indicative of an amount of credit available to a user to be played on a primary game, a won funds meter (2) for storing data indicative of a value of funds won by the user in playing a primary or secondary game, a prize message receiver (3) for receiving a message indicative of a quantum of a prize won by the user, a processor (4) responsive to the prize message receiver for modifying the stored data to augment the value of funds by quantum of the prize, a user input message receiver (13) for receiving a message indicative of the user's desire to use at least a portion of the funds won by the user as a stake for a tertiary game; and a tertiary game interface (14) for communicating with a tertiary game controller (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Paltronics Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Cowan, Dean Wright, Alan Minski
  • Patent number: 9028322
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing gambling games to users wherein the games are not tied to a particular gaming operator. Specifically, a third party gaming system provides central access to a library of gambling games offered by multiple gaming operators. Players connect to the third party gaming system and select a game from the library of gambling games. Once a player has selected a game, the third party gaming system provides the player with a game client for the selected game and operator configuration parameters for a suitable gaming operator system. The game client then dynamically reconfigures itself using the configuration parameters to connect to the gaming operator system to play the game. In some cases after the user has selected a game they are provided with a list of gaming operators that offer the selected game and the player can select which operator that they wish to play with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventors: Ashley Lang, Dennis Diaconescu, Peter Mares
  • Patent number: 9022853
    Abstract: A primary and secondary game for a wagering gaming machine. In one embodiment, the number of lines wagered or a slot machine makes the player eligible for a bonus game, and a wager made per payline effects how many moves or positions on a meter the player advances upon achieving the bonus triggering symbol or combination of symbols. When the player advances the meter to the end, the gaming device displays a payout event. The payout event can be any type of bonus gaming event that potentially provides an award to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Anthony J. Baerlocher, Karen M. Kendall
  • Patent number: 8992312
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and methods of providing an integrated wagering and interactive media platform. The system may allow various types of third party interactive media providers such as video game publishers (including smartphone and tablet game publishers, console game publishers, etc.), video and other multimedia download or streaming services, and others to access outcomes of real-world wagers associated with users so that the outcomes may be revealed in association with interactive media. Other types of systems may also access the reveal mechanisms to reveal outcomes of real-world wagers such as, for example, retail systems, kiosks, vending machines, and/or other user touch points that can identify a user, obtain wager outcomes from the system, and provide the wager outcomes to the user. Furthermore, in-house developed games and other interactive media may use the reveal mechanisms described herein to reveal outcomes of real-world wagers associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Game Play Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell M. Fine, Douglas W. Tung
  • Patent number: 8986105
    Abstract: A printing and dispensing system for an electronic gaming device has been developed. The system includes a gaming device with a processor that generates an outcome for the gambling device and a bonus system that generates payout that is supplemental to the payout of the gaming device. The supplemental payout is generated is response to gaming events in the gaming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Douglas M. Okuniewicz
  • Patent number: 8974294
    Abstract: Methods and systems for gaming are provided. A transpiring of a collective element in an entertainment game portion of a hybrid game is determined where the collective element is shared by two or more players of the entertainment portion of the hybrid, and where the hybrid game includes a gambling game portion and the entertainment game portion. A wager is triggered in the gambling game portion of the hybrid game based on the transpiring of the collective element in the entertainment game portion of the hybrid game. A real world credit gambling game result is distributed in the gambling game portion of the hybrid game between the two or more players. The distribution may be made on the basis of various parameters of the use of the shared collective element by the players. In addition, an allocation of an amount of a real world credit for the wager may also be based on various parameters of the players use of the shared collective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 8968071
    Abstract: Methods of weighting odds in shared bonus events and gaming systems and devices configured for weighting odds in shared bonus events. A number of participations or entries by the same gaming machine or player entity may be obtained for a shared bonus event in association with play of a base or primary game, allowing the odds of winning the shared bonus event to be weighted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Michael T. Tessmer, Lee E. Cannon, Charlotte S. Centuori, Alan D. Williams
  • Patent number: 8961295
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide power management on a wagering game machine. Inrush power may be reduced by staggering application of power to various power supplies in a wagering game machine. A processor or timer may control the activation of power supplies. Further power management may be provided by placing wagering game machine peripherals in a power consumption mode appropriate to the activity or lack of activity on a wagering game machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Charles R. Bleich, Michael J. Sosnoski
  • Patent number: 8956210
    Abstract: A method and system for playing jackpot and live baccarat games are provided. One feature of the jackpot method involves the use of card combinations that includes at least one zero-point card. Another feature of the jackpot method involves initial jackpot contribution from the banker who operates the baccarat game. It is also provided a software program or a set of software program for carrying out any or all the steps of the disclosed gaming method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 8926423
    Abstract: The gaming system, gaming device and method disclosed herein determines whether to provide at least one of the plurality of progressive awards to the player based on that player's measured level of skill in: (i) a plurality of plays of a partial skill-based game, (ii) a skill-based progressive award sequence, or (iii) a plurality of plays of a partial skill-based game and a skill-based progressive award sequence. The determination is based on zero, one or more inputs made by the player which tend to measure that player's level of skill in at least one of a partial skill-based game and a skill-based progressive award sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Cameron A. Filipour, Alexander Popovich, Adam M. Singer, Ali M. Saffari, Bryan D. Wolf
  • Patent number: 8911292
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the gaming system of the present disclosure enable a player to play a secondary or bonus game, in which the player has the chance to play for a designated award in the triggered secondary or bonus game. The probability of triggering the secondary or bonus game varies based on the player's primary game wager. Additionally, the probability of winning a designated award in the triggered secondary or bonus game varies based on the player's primary game wager. In one embodiment, as the primary game wager increases, the odds of triggering the secondary or bonus game increase, but not in direct proportion to the wager. Similarly, the odds of winning the designated award in the triggered secondary or bonus game increases, but not in direct proportion to the wager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Christopher T. Brune
  • Publication number: 20140357351
    Abstract: A wagering system (10) comprising a wager processor (12); and at least one wager terminal (14) in data and control communication with the wager processor (12). The wager processor (12) issues a plurality of redeemable units (28) linked to each wager (26) placed by a user (30) on an outcome of an event, or series of events, placed by way of the wager terminal (14). The number of redeemable units (28) to be issued is a function of at least the time at which the wager (26) is placed on said outcome.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: RACING AND WAGERING WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Inventor: Scott Robert McDowell
  • Publication number: 20140342817
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus provides a unique betting product where players make selections in one or more different events. Players who are in contention to win may be offered an opportunity to sell their tickets, in whole or in part, in response to a full or partial buy-out offer made at any time prior to completion of a wagering event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Bernard Marantelli
  • Patent number: 8851982
    Abstract: A method for playing a wagering game allows an opportunity to achieve a progressive award. A wager input is received from a player for playing the wagering game. A triggered progressive game includes player-selectable elements, each of the player-selectable elements being capable of association with a progressive-winning outcome. An outcome is assigned to each of the player-selectable elements, wherein a probability that the outcome is a progressive-winning outcome depends upon an amount of the wager input. The player-selectable elements are displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Allon G. Englman, Benjamin T. Gomez, Michael W. Mastropietro, Bradley A. Rose
  • Publication number: 20140274352
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and methods of gaming, including online gambling. The system may enable betting to be performed by a user with respect to one or more events (e.g., the betting results are revealed to the user (optionally in a time delayed manner) based at least in part on the user's game play with respect to an interactive game (e.g., an online interactive electronic game)). By way of example and not limitation, the event may be a sporting event, a lottery, stock market activity, a political race, or other form of risk resolution that provides a return against an amount wagered. The interactive game may involve physical coordination, problem solving and/or other activity unrelated to the underlying event being wagered on. Further, the actual selection of events (e.g., races and competitors, stocks, etc.) to bet on may be automatically selected, without requiring the user to perform manual selections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Game Play Network, Inc. d/b/a Oddz
    Inventors: David M. Marshall, Russell M. Fine, Joseph J. Hasson, Douglas W. Tung
  • Patent number: 8834262
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and system of gaming where players contribute money to win a prize and a part of the money is allocated for public benefit such as charities and other welfare causes. The system gives the player control over certain features such as selecting a cause.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Marc Robert Amour
  • Patent number: 8827800
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the gaming system, gaming device, and gaming method disclosed herein includes an accumulation sequence and a competition sequence. In one embodiment, the gaming system includes competitor points which determine (i) a competitor's eligibility to participate in the competition sequence and (ii) the competitor's relative probability of success in the competition sequence. In this embodiment, a competitor (which is either representative of an actual player or a virtual, gaming system controlled player) accumulates competitor points during one or more point accumulation sequences which occur in association with designated events. For a subsequent competition sequence, the gaming system determines if a competitor will participate in the triggered competition sequence based on the competitor's accumulated competitor points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Anthony J. Baerlocher, Alexandria Estella Ponte Sutich, Lance R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 8814700
    Abstract: Methods and systems of pari-mutuel wagering are disclosed to facilitate the wager construction process. Methods and systems of pari-mutuel wagering may enable an organization to set rules to display the gaming activity. Methods and systems of pari-mutuel wagering may enable players to make subscription as well as programmed bets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: United Tote Company
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Vlazny, Scott B. Pfennighausen, Stephen M. Smith, Joseph J. Tracy, Victor I. Harrison
  • Patent number: 8814668
    Abstract: A pari-mutuel wagering system has a gaming computer, a wager database, an account database, and a wager receiving program operably installed in the memory of the gaming computer. The wager receiving program defines a first group of sporting events, and a second group of the sporting events. Wagers are made on who will win each of the sporting events in the first and second groups, and a primary pool of the wagers is allocated to a first common pari-mutuel fund, a second common pari-mutuel fund, and to a house commission. Winning wagers regarding the first group receive a payout according to a pari-mutuel strategy from the first common pari-mutuel fund, and are also eligible to win the second common pari-mutuel fund if they make winning wagers regarding the second group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Pari-Mutual Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Mark A. Cornett
  • Patent number: 8814695
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a fantasy sports game. In some embodiments, an expected performance value may be determined. In some embodiments, a same player may appear multiple times in a team. Various other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Lee Amaitis, Phillip Flaherty, Andrew Garrood
  • Publication number: 20140206439
    Abstract: In a method of wagering, one or more primary bettors place wagers having an applicable base take-out or rake rate, and thus yielding a base payout for winning wagers. One or more secondary bettors may place wagers having an applicable modified take-out or rake rate (preferably lower than the base take-out or rake rate), thus yielding a higher payout for winning wagers than the base payout. The wagering may occur relative to card games such as poker, or other types of games or events, including sports betting. Bets may be placed with a host, such as a casino or track, or an off-track entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Louis J. Tavano
  • Patent number: 8764558
    Abstract: A method of managing bets includes receiving first types of bets and second types of bets. Each first type of bet comprises a bet that the number of units earned by a participant in a plurality of events will fall within a first range of numbers. Each second type of bet comprises a bet that the number of units earned by the participant over a course of a plurality of events will fall within a second range of numbers. The total number of units earned by the participant is determined based on the positioning of the participant in each event. The method includes determining whether the first or second type of bets are winning bets. A betting pool is determined based on the total amounts associated with the first and second types of bets. A payout is determined based on the betting pool and the total amounts of the winning bets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Cantor Index, LLC
    Inventors: Lee M. Amaitis, Joseph M. Asher, Adam Burgis, Dominic Crosthwaite
  • Patent number: 8764542
    Abstract: A game of chance and a method of playing a game of chance with a unique format and innovative wagering options, including parlay and progressive betting. At least one player must place at least one bet for the game to commence. Wagers can be placed on one event or multiple random events occurring simultaneously. Winning payouts are calculated based on the odds of the single event or the cumulative odds of multiple simultaneous events. The progressive bet can only be placed if another wager is simultaneously made, and is paid out as a separate bet. Once commenced, the game incorporates a plurality of random event generators to generate outcomes, which are paid out depending on predetermined payout odds. This game and method would be well suited for casinos in table, hybrid or electronic formats. This game could be played as a board game, a video game or a machine game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Jared Cram
  • Publication number: 20140162771
    Abstract: A betting game is disclosed where betting amounts for tokens are shown to opponents at regular intervals; however, at each regular interval, the betting amount is shown for a previous time. During the game, players bid based on what they think other players will do, but only have lagged (prior time) betting information at any moment during the game, until the game ends. Once the game ends, players are paid out a percentage based on the placement of their tokens. Side bets by non-players may also be made which do not affect the placement of the tokens or pay-out to the players, the side bets having a pay-out based on a win/loss percentage forecast. The house (game administrator) may contribute to the winning pot or take a percentage of the winnings as a fee. Further, in some embodiments, players may enter more than one token, sometimes for an additional fee to be paid to the house or into the pot to be paid out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Sergei Kurdimov
  • Patent number: 8747216
    Abstract: An improved sportsbook room is disclosed. The sportsbook room allows an individual to place wagers on the sports competitions shown in the sportsbook room from a gaming terminal in his/her carrel and to also play other casino games on the same gaming terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: ISI, Ltd
    Inventors: Bill Stearns, Jim Gladney
  • Patent number: 8734241
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus provides a unique pool betting product where players make selections in a number of different events which occur in sequential legs or time periods. After some and preferably most of the legs have been completed, players who have correct “win” predictions for each of the events or legs that are completed and thus remain in contention for the Jackpot Pool, and potentially those still eligible for consolations prizes, will be offered an opportunity to sell their tickets, in whole or in part, to the game operator or through the game operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Diogenes Limited
    Inventor: Bernard J. Marantelli
  • Patent number: 8734226
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assisting game play and wagering are provided. A game assistant system may provide a user with advice on game play or wagering for casino games such as blackjack, roulette, poker, craps, slots, or baccarat. The game assistant may also provide a user with advice on wagering events (e.g., horse racing, etc.) or on other games (e.g., backgammon, chess, etc.). The information provided by the game and wagering assistant during game play or a wagering event may allow a user to minimize losses or the statistical advantage of a casino or game provider. The game and wagering assistant system may also allow a user to allocate a particular amount of money for wagering on games or events, and allow the user to control the rate at which the money is expended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: BGC Partners, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy H Heaton, Howard W Lutnick
  • Patent number: 8734240
    Abstract: In a method for administering a lottery in combination with a pari-mutuel pool, tickets are generated at point-of-purchase terminals, each ticket including a series of randomly generated or user-selected numbers. A portion of the purchase price of each ticket is allocated to the pari-mutuel pool and is treated as a wager in the pari-mutuel pool, while another portion of the purchase price may be allocated to other pools, including a supplemental payout pool. If the ticket is a winning ticket, a preliminary amount of a payout from the wager in the pari-mutuel pool is determined. In some cases, this preliminary amount is supplemented from monies in the supplemental payout pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Equilottery LLC
    Inventor: Bradford Cummings
  • Patent number: 8721439
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus provides a unique pool betting product where players make selections in a number of different events which occur in sequential legs or time periods. After some and preferably most of the legs have been completed, players who have correct “win” predictions for each of the events or legs that are completed and thus remain in contention for the Jackpot Pool, and potentially those still eligible for consolations prizes, will be offered an opportunity to sell their tickets, in whole or in part, to the game operator or through the game operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Diogenes Limited
    Inventor: Bernard J. Marantelli
  • Patent number: 8721438
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus provides a unique pool betting product where players make selections in a number of different events which occur in sequential legs or time periods. After some and preferably most of the legs have been completed, players who have correct “win” predictions for each of the events or legs that are completed and thus remain in contention for the Jackpot Pool, and potentially those still eligible for consolations prizes, will be offered an opportunity to sell their tickets, in whole or in part, to the game operator or through the game operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Diogenes Limited
    Inventor: Bernard J. Marantello
  • Patent number: 8708811
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system, method and apparatus for providing a unique pool betting product where players make selections in a number of different events which occur in sequential legs or time periods. After some and preferably most of the legs have been completed, players who have correct “win” predictions for each of the events or legs that are completed and thus remain in contention for the Jackpot Pool, and potentially those still eligible for consolations prizes, will be offered an opportunity to sell their tickets, in whole or in part, to the game operator or through the game operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Diogenes Limited
    Inventor: Bernard J. Marantelli
  • Publication number: 20140113713
    Abstract: A system generates multiple presentations, or game play opportunities, based upon a single defined value set relating to a wager produced by the outcome of concurrent, multi-venue, multi-event, multi-outcome horse racing pari-mutuel wager. Once the wager has been defined, the events comprising the dataset of wagers are arranged sequentially. One or more random number generators are utilized to distribute the dataset elements as well as corresponding numbers, symbols or images in a random rather than sequential fashion thereby resulting in multiple unique game play opportunities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventors: Anthony deLisle Fontaine, Michael Jay Staw
  • Patent number: 8702487
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for playing a wagering game with a winning game outcome determined by the selection of at least two groups from a plurality of groups. Each group having a plurality of possible game outcomes, with the possible game outcomes duplicated in some or all of the groups. The winning or selected game outcome is the game outcome associated with each of the selected groups. The selected game outcome may be determined by the intersection of the selected groups, or may be the game outcome that is common to each of the selected groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventor: Alfred Thomas
  • Patent number: 8696432
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for playing a game of chance. The game of chance may include, for example, a lottery-type game. A result of the game of chance is revealed to a player in another medium. In one example, the result is revealed during multiple game instances of one or more online games. In one example, the online game is a game in which elements are selected, and in response to the selection, a prize is revealed (or not) to the player. In another example, the player is permitted to predict the outcome of a characteristic of the online game, a game-playing computer determines an outcome to be displayed to the player that reflects a result of the game of chance. In one example game format, the player is permitted to predict the most frequently-occurring element in a group of drawn game elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Scientific Games Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Steven N. Kane, Dow Hardy, Mark E. Herrmann
  • Patent number: 8696448
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a video game allows one or more players to enter contracts, where credit cards or other financial instruments are used to secure the contracts. A player defaulting on such a contract can be subjected to penalties in the video game and/or in the real world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Van Luchene
  • Patent number: 8690667
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a pari-mutuel wagering system that includes a first wagering facility communicably coupled with a network and operable to receive a bet on a wagering event hosted by a second wagering facility. The first wagering facility is further operable to transmit the bet to the second wagering facility via the network. The system further includes a clearinghouse communicably coupled with the network and operable to capture audit information associated with the bet from the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Asher, Howard W. Lutnick
  • Publication number: 20140087859
    Abstract: A system for managing bets comprises a memory and a processor. The memory stores one or more first type of bets and one or more second types of bets. Each first type of bet is associated with a bet amount and comprises a bet that a participant selected from a set of participants in an event will finish in a predetermined subset of finishing positions associated with the event. Each second type of bet is associated with a bet amount and comprises a bet that the selected participant will not finish in the predetermined subset of finishing positions associated with the event. The processor adds the bet amounts associated with the first type of bets with the bet amounts associated with the second type of bets to form a betting pool. The processor determines an amount of a payout based at least in part on the betting pool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Cantor Index, LLC
    Inventors: Lee M. Amaitis, Joseph M. Asher, Adam Burgis, Dominic Crosthwaite
  • Patent number: 8678918
    Abstract: A gaming device having a game involving a plurality of selections and at least one progressive award increment associated with at least one of the selections. The gaming device has a progressive award which is displayable if the player picks a selection associated with a progressive award increment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Karen M. Cregan, Paulina Rodgers, Anthony J. Baerlocher
  • Patent number: 8672747
    Abstract: A method is provided for providing payments at a gaming device, where the payments may occur at predictable times and are of predictable amounts. In one or more embodiments, a gaming device may provide a guaranteed payment every hour on the hour, so long as a player meets one or more criteria. Criteria may include a total amount wagered, a total number of handle pulls completed, or a total amount of time spent at a gaming device. One or more embodiments provide a method for withholding value from a player in order that the value may delivered later in the form of a guaranteed payment. One or more embodiments provide a method whereby multiple gaming devices may provide payments simultaneously, thereby creating mutually reinforcing sounds and visual displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, David F. Zucker, Jose A. Suarez, Stephen C. Tulley, Geoffrey M. Gelman
  • Patent number: 8668579
    Abstract: A method is provided for providing payments at a gaming device, where the payments may occur at predictable times and are of predictable amounts. In one or more embodiments, a gaming device may provide a guaranteed payment every hour on the hour, so long as a player meets one or more criteria. Criteria may include a total amount wagered, a total number of handle pulls completed, or a total amount of time spent at a gaming device. One or more embodiments provide a method for withholding value from a player in order that the value may delivered later in the form of a guaranteed payment. One or more embodiments provide a method whereby multiple gaming devices may provide payments simultaneously, thereby creating mutually reinforcing sounds and visual displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, David F. Zucker, Jose A. Suarez, Stephen C. Tulley, Geoffrey M. Gelman
  • Publication number: 20140066188
    Abstract: A system for parimutuel wagering on actual past events includes, in one embodiment, a video server including a database having video images of gaming events stored therein, a game server including a computer system configured to facilitate pari-mutuel wagering on actual past events and to permit a player to select a percentage weight for each of a plurality of handicapping factors, and a plurality of terminals. The video server and plurality of terminals are communicatably coupled to the game server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Lawrence Robert Brooks, Robert Eric Jackson
  • Publication number: 20140066189
    Abstract: A system for parimutuel wagering on actual past events includes, in one embodiment, a video server including a database having video images of gaming events stored therein, a game server including a computer system configured to facilitate pari-mutuel wagering on actual past events and to permit a player to select a percentage weight for each of a plurality of handicapping factors, and a plurality of terminals. The video server and plurality of terminals are communicatably coupled to the game server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Lawrence R. Brooks, Robert Eric Jackson
  • Publication number: 20140066190
    Abstract: A gambling game that contains different rooms, with different amount of players. and with different amount of money, according to the room, that each player can gamble on, will provide a platform for withdraw that if dividing the money of all player to 100 winners, each player will have very high chance to win, with regards to money that he will invest, and the relative number of winner in each withdraw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Eli Shnoer Golan
  • Patent number: 8651947
    Abstract: A gaming system and method including a plurality of gaming devices that may participate in a shared secondary or bonus game and a controller operable to communicate with said plurality of gaming devices. At least one of the plurality of gaming devices is programmed to generate and accumulate collectors upon an occurrence of a first triggering event. Upon an occurrence of a second triggering event at one of the gaming devices, the controller enables a player of said gaming device to redeem a quantity of accumulated collectors in a bonus event. The controller also enables the player to invite other gaming devices from the plurality of gaming devices to redeem accumulated collectors and participate in said bonus event. The odds of each player earning a higher-valued total award in the bonus event increases with the total number of accumulated collectors redeemed in the bonus event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Scott A Caputo, Mark C Nicely, Greg Parrott
  • Patent number: 8651948
    Abstract: A system for managing bets comprises a memory and a processor. The memory stores information associated with a field of participants for an event, each participant associated with particular odds for the event. The processor receives a bet that a lead participant from the field of participants will finish in a particular subset of finishing positions in the event, wherein the bet is associated with customized odds. The processor further select one or more additional participants from the field of participants to add to the bet such that the odds associated with the lead participant combined with the odds associated with the one or more selected additional participants at least approximates the customized odds for the bet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Cantor Index, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Asher, John W. Bristow, Howard W. Lutnick