For Entertainment, Amusement, Or Gambling Patents (Class 902/23)
  • Patent number: 8817299
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for automatic generation of a hostname for a network printer embedded in or associated with a gaming machine are provided. An identification number is received at the printer from the gaming machine. The printer can then generate a unique Hostname for the printer by modifying the identification number. Once the Hostname is generated, the printer is able to connect to the network using the generated Hostname. For example, a connection of the printer to the network may be delayed after initial power up of the printer until print data for a game generated ticket has been received at the printer from the gaming machine. The identification number may be extracted from the print data at the printer and used to generate the Hostname.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: TransAct Technologies Incorporated
    Inventor: Russell Alan Wige
  • Patent number: 8784192
    Abstract: A wagering game account management system and its operations are described herein. In some embodiments, the operations include assigning one or more money values to a graphical user interface control and linking the graphical user interface control to a credit account. The credit account is a third-party financial account from which a player account is authorized to borrow funds up to a credit limit. In some embodiments, the operations further include providing the graphical user interface control for presentation during a wagering game session associated with the player account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: WMS Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark B. Gagner, Erhard W. Rathsack, Alfred Thomas
  • Patent number: 8696463
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for integrating player tracking and cash access in a casino or other gaming environment. One aspect of the invention allows for fund access and management wherein gaming machines, such as slot machines, receive playable credits directly from a patron's banking or credit card account. Another aspect of the present invention relates to integrating player tracking and cash access transactions by allowing the players to provide a player tracking card for each financial transaction conducted in the casino. In return, the casino issues gaming or bonus points to the players for allowing their transactions to be tracked. Yet another aspect of the present invention consolidates the players' financial account information into a single casino database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Global Cash Access, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Potts, Richard Beer
  • Patent number: 8608567
    Abstract: A secure and modular architecture for monitoring and controlling clusters of pay entertainment and gaming devices. The architecture allows flexible and secure use of state-of-the-art multimedia and Internet technologies to attract the younger player generation used to flashy and networked games. Cash or cash-less entertainment and gaming devices are supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Gatto, Thierry Brunet de Courssou, Pierre-Jean Beney
  • Patent number: 8439746
    Abstract: A wagering game account management system and its operations are described herein. In embodiments, the operations include presenting a graphical user interface that includes a graphical control associated with a credit account belonging to a wagering game player; detecting a selection of the graphical control that initiates a financial transaction to transfer money from the credit account to a wagering game session account; determining access information stored in a player profile, the access information to access the credit account; determining an amount to transfer from the credit account to the wagering game session account balance; determining one or more rules limiting use of the credit account; and enforcing the one or more limitation rules on the use of the credit account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: WMS Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark B. Gagner, Erhard W. Rathsack, Alfred Thomas
  • Patent number: 8393960
    Abstract: A controller of gaming machines includes an input/output module adapted to receive signals that represent a current status of a parameter of the gaming machines. A microprocessing unit generates for each gaming machine(s) an icon having variable visual indicia indicative of a value of the parameter being monitored. The microprocessing unit automatically changes in substantially real-time the visual indicia associated with the icon to reflect a change in the status of the parameter of an associated first gaming machine in accordance with a first received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc
    Inventors: Peter R. Anderson, Christopher W. Blackburn, Robert T. Davis, Christopher J. Frattinger, Timothy J. Holman, Suzanne J. Ruebusch, Terry D. Warkentin
  • Patent number: 8360314
    Abstract: Systems and methods of distributing, dispensing and validating game tickets provide for the use of radio frequency identifiers (RFIDS). Game ticket consumables may also be tracked with RFIDS. Ticket data such as game numbers, void if removed numbers, theme descriptions, place styles, price points and player account information can be stored to a memory of a game ticket, where the ticket is capable of transmitting the ticket data as an RF signal. Approaches also provide for the use of RFIDS in game sponsor/ticket printer facilities, ticket warehouse facilities and ticket destruction facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Gtech Rhode Island Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Meehan, Stephen Carney, Jennifer Seymour, Craig Fitzgerald, Richard Finocchio
  • Patent number: 8360874
    Abstract: A method for casino operators and/or players to instantly “create” new games without requiring recertification by a gaming laboratory. New games are created on the fly by making combinations of game attributes including but not limited to theme, denomination, volatility, RTP. Game attributes are associated to pre-certified software components that are then dynamically linked to instantly offer a new game. Having players dynamically create games according to their preference totally removes the game operator's risk to compose menus of available games that players will not play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Sylvie Linard, Thierry Brunet de Courssou
  • Patent number: 8360862
    Abstract: Described herein are processes and devices that integrate social contact identifiers into wagering games. One of the devices described is a social contact identifier integrator. The social contact identifier integrator can display one or more elements of a wagering game, such as graphics that are part of, or connected to, the wagering game. A player of the wagering game can have a social network account that has one or more related social network accounts, such as friends or acquaintances. The social contact identifier integrator selects a social contact identifier from one of the related social network accounts and integrates the social contact identifier into the wagering game. The social contact identifier integrator can also determine and assign rewards to the player or to the related social network account whose social contact identifier appeared in the wagering game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: WMS Gaming, Inc
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Allen, Damon E. Gura, Jeremy M. Hornik
  • Patent number: 8342944
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a wagering game system includes at least one wagering game computer program operative on the wagering game platform to detect a wager. A persistent state manager software component is operative to read or write persistent state data to and from the wagering game computer program and persistent state media. In one embodiment, the persistent state media is a bar-coded ticket, and in another embodiment an electronic data storage device such as a RFID device. A messaging system allows persistent state media devices to interact with the wagering game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Mark B. Gagner, Jim Motyl, James M. Rasmussen, Craig J. Sylla
  • Patent number: 8317599
    Abstract: A system comprises: a receiving unit for receiving information of a user; a first notifying unit for notifying the user of a first challenge in a first game apparatus a first output unit for outputting first clear information when a progress result of a game controlled by the first game apparatus becomes the first result relating to the first challenge; a second notifying unit for notifying the user of a second challenge in a second game apparatus; a second output unit for outputting second clear information when a progress result of a game controlled by the second game apparatus becomes the second result relating to the second challenge; and a processing unit for performing predetermined process for determining whether a predetermined process condition is satisfied, and for performing, when the predetermined process condition is satisfied, predetermined process that is not performed when the predetermined process condition is not satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Goto, Takashi Uchiyama, Kazuhiro Kusuda, Hiroshi Tomaru, Masato Okuaki
  • Patent number: 8308573
    Abstract: The present Gaming Device For Multi-Player Games provides the end user with a private bidirectional link to the gaming site to enter their moves, to optionally receive private data from the gaming site to enable the end user's device to display private data that is hidden from the other players, and to communicate privately with another member or members of a sub-group. The Gaming Device For Multi-Player Games comprises a content display for displaying content that is transmitted to the plurality of end users on the unidirectional forward path, a plurality of controls for enabling an end user to generate data for transmission to at least one of the multicasting system and the plurality of end users, and a message display for displaying end user private communications received at the end user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Lava Two, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Bernard McKenna, James Michael Graziano, George Kauss
  • Patent number: 8308557
    Abstract: Methods and devices for evaluating risk profiles for potential participants in e-commerce transactions, such as online wager gaming, are described. Player attributes such as identity, age, location, and/or residence may be profiled using data service providers (“DSPs”). The best available DSP(s) may be selected, e.g., according to the jurisdiction. Players may be evaluated according to DSP scores and assigned to levels or “tiers” with predefined attributes, e.g., predefined transaction limits. For example, relatively lower-risk players may be assigned to tiers with relatively higher deposit and withdrawal limits, and vice versa. Efficiencies may be created by differentiating verification steps that are performed during the registration process from those that are performed when a player attempts to make a transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Andy O. Bryson, Zackery E. Derich, Ahern P. Knox, Crystian Terry, Jamie Tsao
  • Patent number: 8308572
    Abstract: The Gaming System With End User Feedback enables a reverse path feedback architecture wherein the forward path multicasted gaming content transmitted by a gaming site can be dynamically modified as a result of end user interaction or feedback, wherein each end user has a private bidirectional link to the gaming site to enter their moves, optionally receive private data from the gaming site to enable the end user's device to display private data that is hidden from the other players, and to communicate privately with another member or members of a sub-group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Lava Two, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Bernard McKenna, James Michael Graziano
  • Patent number: 8257170
    Abstract: A method for casino operators and/or players to instantly “create” new games without requiring recertification by a gaming laboratory. New games are created on the fly by making combinations of game attributes including but not limited to theme, denomination, volatility, RTP. Game attributes are associated to pre-certified software components that are then dynamically linked to instantly offer a new game. Having players dynamically create games according to their preference totally removes the game operator's risk to compose menus of available games that players will not play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Sylvie Linard, Thierry Brunet de Courssou
  • Patent number: 8221221
    Abstract: Methods and systems for metrics-based gaming operations are provided. Information concerning game play for each play may be received and stored. Such information may be used to generate certain metrics. The generated metrics, in turn, may be used to determine how to customize a game operation. Such game operations may include providing training to a player, matching a player up with another player or with a team, adjusting a game event, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Riego
  • Patent number: 8210931
    Abstract: A gaming device or mobile gaming device presenting a player with a suggested tax efficient betting strategy, in which the wager is computed based on a players current tax profile. The gaming wager is displayed on a mobile gaming device as a net payout less any taxes that would be owed for the payout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Dean P. Alderucci, Geoffrey M. Gelman
  • Patent number: 8167712
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and techniques for replacing players in an online game are described. Replacing players in an online game includes associating a first player with a first online identity and associating a second player with a second online identity. Then replacing the first player and associating the first online identity with a third player that is registered with the first online identity. Replacing players in an online game can also include associating a first player with a first online identity and associating a second player with a second online identity. Then replacing the first player and the second play so that the second player is associated with the first online identity and the first player is associated with the second online identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
    Inventors: Bhaswar Bhanu Sarkar, Ben Choorut
  • Patent number: 8157647
    Abstract: Various techniques are disclosed for operating a gaming device of a casino gaming network. In at least one embodiment, the gaming device includes a tournament manager and a first meter. In at least one embodiment, the first meter is operable to perform one or more of the following (or combinations thereof): receive a first meter update request for changing meter state information and/or meter data associated with the first meter; determine whether at least one condition exists for denying the first meter update request; and/or prevent execution of the first meter update request in response to a determination that at least one condition exists for denying the first meter update request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Larry House, William Brosnan, Paul Neil Hunt, Robert Breckner, Warner Cockerille
  • Patent number: 8118150
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a management system for a game arcade which does not decrease authenticity of money information, and is manageable without changing setting even if the number of a game machine is increased. A transmitting side includes money identification units, a slave processing unit connected to each money identification unit, and a slave wireless communication unit connected to each slave processing unit. A receiving side includes a master processing unit, and a master wireless communication unit connected to the master processing unit and communicating with the slave wireless communication unit. The system establishes a communication channel between the master wireless communication unit and the slave wireless communication unit, and the slave processing unit transmits the money information and the check information to the slave wireless communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Masaru Miyaji
  • Patent number: 8096882
    Abstract: Embodiments include an apparatus, device, system, computer-program product, and method. In an embodiment, a system includes a computer-simulated environment wherein a participant is able to take part. The system also includes a risk management element of the computer-simulated environment, and a computer storage medium operable to save a record of the arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8037307
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an authentication code across a network for use in authentication of documents, such as printed lottery tickets. The system includes document-printing terminals that include a key that is used in a mathematical function with the bet information for a specific-game entry to generate a document code that is sent to a central server. The central server stores the received document code and then generates an authentication code for the document desired to be printed at the terminal, and sends the authentication code back to the terminal for printing on the issued document. The authentication code can be a further mathematical processing of the document code. Verification of the document occurs from comparison of the authentication code on the document and stored authentication and/or document codes at the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Scientific Games International Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Irwin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8028904
    Abstract: Systems and methods of distributing, dispensing and validating game tickets provide for the use of radio frequency identifiers (RFIDS). Game ticket consumables may also be tracked with RFIDS. Ticket data such as game numbers, void if removed numbers, theme descriptions, place styles, price points and player account information can be stored to a memory of a game ticket, where the ticket is capable of transmitting the ticket data as an RF signal. Approaches also provide for the use of RFIDS in game sponsor/ticket printer facilities, ticket warehouse facilities and ticket destruction facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Gtech Rhode Island Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Meehan, Stephen Carney, Jennifer Seymour, Craig Fitzgerald, Richard Finocchio
  • Patent number: 8016679
    Abstract: Two-way communications between casino games and diverse master controllers using a universal game module there between allows routing event messages with standard protocols. The universal game module with a computer processor, circuitry, connection ports, interfaces and protocols allows the communications by evaluating, prioritizing, polling and routing communications. A jackpot group of differing games is possible because the win cycles of the various games can be equalized. The volatility of the games in the group is increased by randomly segregating a percentage of the machines to be eligible to win the progressive jackpot for a limited time period. A life changing jackpot is thus payable for a variety of games in a casino on a relatively frequent basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Rolland Steil, Clyde Ruckle, John Lord
  • Patent number: 7909689
    Abstract: A gaming apparatus may include a display unit capable of generating video images, a first value input device, and a controller operatively coupled to the display unit and the value input device. The first value input device may be located at a first geographic location. The controller may comprise a processor and a memory, and may be programmed to allow a person to make a wager, to cause a first video image to be generated on the display unit, and to determine a first value payout associated with an outcome of a game. The first video image may represent a first game wagered on the first value input device. The controller may also cause a second video image to be generated on the display unit. The second video image may represent a second game wagered on at a second value input device located at a second geographic location different from the first geographic location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Brant Lardie
  • Patent number: 7846014
    Abstract: A system and method for a computer-implemented educational investment and trading game comprising a player interface for display on player computer comprising a computer-usable medium comprising computer-executable instructions for continuous display of current values for indicia in the group comprising player account equity, where player account equity comprises cash, stocks, and bonds in a player account object, economic indicators, where economic indicators comprise economic indicators used in a real-life economy and selected by the player from a database of pre-defined economic indicators during a game initialization step, and current stock price for each corporation selected by the player in a game initialization step, the indicia being adjusted upon execution of each play iteration of the game, the player interface further comprising a notice of activity icon during the execution of the play iteration comprising a textual explanation of the step being executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Shelton Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Sylvester Martin Shelton
  • Patent number: 7828652
    Abstract: Various methods and systems for providing a reliable verification of a player at a remote gaming terminal are disclosed. This is done by providing gaming events remotely via a first mode of communication, establishing criteria for verifying the identity of a player, receiving a player request to participate in a gaming event remotely, obtaining personal information for that player via a second mode of communication, verifying that the obtained personal information is adequate, and permitting the requested gaming event to commence. Additional features can include a subsequent repetition of the steps of obtaining and verifying personal information, and permitting the gaming event to commence or continue. Personal information can include pictures and/or the geographic location of the player. A cellular telephone can be used to take pictures and determine the geographic location of the player, and both of these items can be transmitted via a cellular telephone call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Binh T. Nguyen, Craig A. Paulsen
  • Patent number: 7761283
    Abstract: An apparatus for simulating the internal configuration of industry standard ROM and EPROM-type chips using other types of storage technologies, while still operating transparently with interfaces and mechanisms such as authentication devices adapted to EPROM-type media. The invention includes: an EPROM connector interface, a data presentation program; user access log display program; a user login/registration program; a software/data library; software/data selection program; and software/data loader program. These components work in conjunction to securely retrieve software images resident in mass storage media and to present them to an authentication device as if the images were resident in EPROM type media. The invention is particularly adapted to use in the gaming industry where regulation and fraud detection are performed using EPROM authentication techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Keith E. Curtis, Eugene T. Bond
  • Patent number: 7749085
    Abstract: A game machine operable to execute a game program is communicatively connected to a center server. In the center server, a first transmitter transmits, to the game machine, first data indicating a settled play amount out of a played amount which is represented by either an accumulated number or time period that the game program has been executed. In the game machine, a first storage is operable to store the first data, a second storage is operable to store second data indicating the played amount, and a third storage is operable to store third data indicating an allowable unsettled play amount which represents either an allowable number or time period of which the game program is executed without settlement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Takahashi, Masahiko Kami
  • Patent number: 7749080
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method and system for authentication. In one embodiment, a first identifier associated with an item to be authenticated may be received. A first decryption key associated with the item may also be received. The first identifier may be decrypted using the first decryption key to generate a second identifier. The contents of an authentication database may be searched to find a match for the second identifier. If a match for the second identifier is found in the authentication database, the item may be confirmed as authentic. In embodiments of the present invention, the item may be a lottery ticket, a document, a receipt, a ticket, a credit card, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: GTECH Rhode Island Corporation
    Inventors: Walter Szrek, Thomas K. Oram
  • Patent number: 7727060
    Abstract: An on-line poker game system includes a poker table staffed with a live dealer with a plurality of designated seats assigned to at least one a remote player and one or more live players or to a plurality of remote players. Remote players connect to the system via a wide area network. Located at each designated seat is a private card camera that produces and transmits images of face down cards dealt thereto. A public card camera produces and transmits images of all face up cards dealt on the poker table. A table camera constantly provides an image of the entire table and dealer. A deck of cards with an identifying RFID tag is used with images to verify the identity of the private and public cards. A game logic server connects to a network server and host and client-side software programs enable the remote players to connect to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventor: Maurice Mills
  • Patent number: 7708635
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a plurality of outcomes are generated and used to create a video presentation of representative outcomes for players. 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. In one example, a plurality of slot machine spins may be generated and purchased by one or more players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Robert C. Tedesco, James A. Jorasch, Michael W. Patterson
  • Patent number: 7704145
    Abstract: A casino receives activity from a player, both in-house and on-line. The player's activities are combined in a single account stored by the casino. The combined activities can then be used to the player's benefit, for example by awarding benefits to the player, allowing the player to access his activity across a network, or by preparing for the player a tax statement based on his year-to-date activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Floyd W. Glisson, Vincent S. Manfredi, R. Jeffrey Jordan
  • Patent number: 7704143
    Abstract: A gaming machine adapted to print validated tickets for a game player includes a microprocessor for controlling game operation (e.g., slot machine operation) and including a cashout signal input, a network interface coupled to the microprocessor for communicating with a central authority, and a memory in the network interface that stores a pre-loaded ticket validation number received from the central authority. In addition, a ticket printer is coupled to the microprocessor for printing a ticket that includes pending credit indicia and pre-loaded ticket validation indicia in response to a cashout signal on the cashout signal input. After the ticket is printed, the gaming machine obtains a new pre-loaded validation number in preparation for the next ticket printing event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: F. Van Baltz, Stephanie Maddocks, Michael H. D'Amico, Alan G. Sheldon, Lori J. McDermeit, J. Christopher McNamee
  • Patent number: 7699706
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a plurality of outcomes are generated and used to create a video presentation of representative outcomes (e.g., for a blackjack game, for a video poker game) for one or more players. 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: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Robert C. Tedesco, James A. Jorasch, Michael W. Patterson
  • Patent number: 7674182
    Abstract: A progressive jackpot system for a gaming network is described wherein the accumulation of the jackpot is based upon any of a number of factors, and the winning of the jackpot is based on any of a number of factors. In one embodiment, the winning of the jackpot may be by any player using a player ID card or a cash-less card to play a gaming machine. The determination of a winner of the jackpot may be based on a random selection of a player's ID code (or cash-less card code) by a network computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Atronic International GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Gauselmann
  • Patent number: 7641547
    Abstract: A method of motivating players to return to a casino includes receiving a request to convert a predetermined value of casino currency to cash. Upon the receipt of the request, a premium value is calculated based at least in part on the predetermined value. Subsequently, the customer is provided an instrument having a total value equal to the predetermined value plus the premium value when the instrument is used at the casino. The instrument may comprise a check having a negotiable value equal to the predetermined value, and a second pay-line defining the total value with the premium to be provided if the check is cashed at the issuing casino.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Thomas M. Sparico
  • Publication number: 20090236417
    Abstract: Systems and methods of distributing, dispensing and validating game tickets provide for the use of radio frequency identifiers (RFIDS). Game ticket consumables may also be tracked with RFIDS. Ticket data such as game numbers, void if removed numbers, theme descriptions, place styles, price points and player account information can be stored to a memory of a game ticket, where the ticket is capable of transmitting the ticket data as an RF signal. Approaches also provide for the use of RFIDS in game sponsor/ticket printer facilities, ticket warehouse facilities and ticket destruction facilities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventors: RICHARD MEEHAN, STEPHEN CARNEY, JENNIFER SEYMOUR, CRAIG FITZGERALD, RICHARD FINOCCHIO
  • Patent number: 7540413
    Abstract: Systems and methods of distributing, dispensing and validating game tickets provide for the use of radio frequency identifiers (RFIDS). Game ticket consumables may also be tracked with RFIDS. Ticket data such as game numbers, void if removed numbers, theme descriptions, place styles, price points and player account information can be stored to a memory of a game ticket, where the ticket is capable of transmitting the ticket data as an RF signal. Approaches also provide for the use of RFIDS in game sponsor/ticket printer facilities, ticket warehouse facilities and ticket destruction facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Gtech Rhode Island Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Meehan, Stephen Carney, Jennifer Seymour, Craig Fitzgerald, Richard Finocchio
  • Patent number: 7523861
    Abstract: Game ticketing systems and methods provide for the use of radio frequency identifiers (RFIDs). Game tickets such as instant lottery tickets include a substrate having game data and a removable mask covering the game data. A transponder is coupled to the substrate where the transponder stores a ticket RFID that defines a validation code of the game ticket. Game tickets can therefore be dispensed to consumers, validated and tracked using the ticket RFIDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: GTECH Rhode Island Corporation
    Inventor: Richard Meehan
  • Patent number: 7463725
    Abstract: Communication on a telephone line, or line segment or internet link, as to a fund, is monitored, and unauthorized accessing via that line, segment or link is blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Inventor: William W. Haefliger
  • Patent number: 7297062
    Abstract: A secure and modular architecture for monitoring and controlling clusters of pay entertainment and gaming devices. The architecture allows flexible and secure use of state-of-the-art multimedia and Internet technologies to attract the younger player generation used to flashy and networked games. Cash or cash-less entertainment and gaming devices are supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Cyberview Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Gatto, Thierry Brunet De Courssou, Pierre-Jean Beney
  • Patent number: 7261635
    Abstract: A gaming device, such as a slot machine, determines a balance and a “dispensed amount” that is less than the balance. The dispensed amount may be determined by, for example, receiving signals from one or more key presses that specify the dispensed amount. Alternatively, the dispensed amount may be determined in accordance with one or more “balance management rules”. The gaming device in turn dispenses the dispensed amount, for example, by dispensing an amount of currency, transferring the dispensed amount to an account or adjusting a balance of a remote gaming device. The balance is adjusted by the dispensed amount, and this adjusted balance is available for initiating a subsequent play of the gaming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Magdalena M. Fincham
  • Patent number: 7232371
    Abstract: Methods for avoiding or reducing reliance on the need to use a physical payment instrument in substitution for cash for wagering on gaming terminals. With the method, the player uses a secure cashless payment instrument that does not require presentation of the payment instrument through an automatic reader fitted to a gaming terminal. The cashless payment instrument features a third-party security code and a two-level limited lifetime in which one level may be reset. The method may advantageously be used in small remote gaming facilities such as in island holiday resorts, in cruise ships and on-board international flights, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Cyberview Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Gatto, Sylvie Linard, Pierre-Jean Beney, Thierry Brunet De Courssou
  • Patent number: 7229354
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for an interactive wagering application that restricts wagering access. The restrictions may be based on user-defined restrictions on the location of the user equipment or any other suitable criterion. The interactive wagering application may compare blackout information and user equipment location information. When blackout information and location information match, wagering access may be restricted. An interactive wagering system may verify that the user equipment is in a location where wagering is permitted. If verified, the user equipment may be granted a location verification token. The location verification token may indicate to the interactive wagering application that the user may be provided with wagering access. User-defined wagering restrictions may also be used to restrict wagering access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: ODS Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard E. McNutt, Connie T. Marshall, Masood Garahi, Douglas V. Ramsey
  • Patent number: 7155590
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for computer memory protection and verification. In one example, the apparatus is a secure memory device (SMD) including means to independently read the program memory device and compute and store a signature or other means of verification of binary content of the program memory device, means to compare binary program memory content to binary program memory content stored in the program memory device, and means to disable reading and writing of the program memory device if predetermined conditions do not occur. A previously stored signature of program memory content may be used as means of verification of previous program memory content. A secure memory device may be constructed as a single securely enclosed unit that is tamperproof and that has electrical connections available only for purpose of connection with an apparatus that accepts a program memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Inventor: Richard M. Mathis
  • Patent number: 7017805
    Abstract: Game ticketing systems and methods provide for the use of radio frequency identifiers (RFIDs). Game tickets such as instant lottery tickets include a substrate having game data and a removable mask covering the game data. A transponder is coupled to the substrate where the transponder stores a ticket RFID that defines a validation code of the game ticket. Game tickets can therefore be dispensed to consumers, validated and tracked using the ticket RFIDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: GTECH Rhode Island Corporation
    Inventor: Richard Meehan
  • Patent number: 6979264
    Abstract: A player is permitted to participate in an interactive gaming event from a remote location, such as a hotel room or home computer, once the player's entitlement to participate has been confirmed using a biometric identifier. One method of the invention includes first verifying the identity of a potential player of a gaming event, such as by verifying the age of the player. If verified, the fingerprint of the player is obtained and the fingerprint is stored in association with an assigned identification code. When a player requests to participate in a gaming event from a remote location, the player's identification code is received from the player and is used to locate the corresponding stored fingerprint. The player then transmits their scanned fingerprint. If the transmitted fingerprint and stored fingerprint match, the player is verified as entitled to participate in the gaming event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Michelle Chatigny, Rick Rowe
  • Patent number: 6951302
    Abstract: A system and method of performing a quasi-cash transaction for a customer including receiving a desired transaction dollar amount. A State identification card issued to the customer is electronically processed to retrieve machine readable information. Customer identification information is electronically parsed from the retrieved machine readable information. Quasi-cash document information is electronically generated utilizing the desired dollar amount and at least a portion of the parsed customer identification information. A quasi-cash document is printed, with the quasi-cash document including and displaying the generated quasi-cash document information. In one preferred embodiment, customer identification information parsed from the retrieved machine readable information includes customer name, customer address and identification card number information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Cash Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig K. Potts
  • Patent number: 6945870
    Abstract: A secure and modular architecture for monitoring and controlling clusters of pay entertainment and gaming devices. The architecture allows flexible and secure use of state-of-the-art multimedia and Internet technologies to attract the younger player generation used to flashy and networked games. Cash or cash-less entertainment and gaming devices are supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Cyberscan Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Gatto, Thierry Brunet De Courssou, Pierre-Jean Beney
  • Patent number: 5083804
    Abstract: A self-propelled car is placed on a handcart in such a manner that it can freely ride on and ride off of the handcart. The handcart is provided with at least one roller which engages with the driving wheels of the self-propelled car to interrupt the running thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1992
    Assignee: Kioritz Corporation
    Inventors: Susumu Miyashita, Nori Harada