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1.

CLASS II BINGO GAMING SYSTEM WITH PERSISTENT ELEMENTS

      
Document Number 03069347
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-01-22
Open to Public Date 2020-07-24
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Luciano, Cyrus
  • Eytchison, Jonathan
  • Dye, Michael
  • Belingheri, Nickolas

Abstract

Gaming systems and methods which utilize zero, one or more persistent elements in association with a Class II bingo game.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 3/06 - Lottos or bingo games; Systems, apparatus or devices for checking such games

2.

GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD PROVIDING A KENO GAME INCLUDING BONUS TILES

      
Document Number 03024793
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-11-20
Open to Public Date 2019-06-19
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor Brown, Bradford

Abstract

The present disclosure is directed to a gaming system and method providing a keno game including bonus tiles. The method includes, in response to a determination that a quantity of bonus draws for a first keno board is greater than zero bonus draw, causing a display device to display at least one bonus tile with the first keno board, for each bonus tile displayed with the first keno board, adding a bonus keno number to the set of different keno numbers, selecting a quantity of keno numbers from the set of different keno numbers based on in part the quantity of bonus draws, adding the selected keno numbers to a gaming system keno number set, and determining any bonus awards based on a comparison of the keno numbers included in the gaming system keno number set and the bonus keno numbers that map to any of the displayed bonus tiles.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 13/80 - Special adaptations for executing a specific game genre or game mode
  • A63F 3/08 - Raffle games that can be played by a fairly large number of people

3.

GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD PROVIDING A CLASS II BINGO GAME WITH AN INTERIM VIDEO POKER GAME

      
Document Number 03024547
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-11-16
Open to Public Date 2019-06-05
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Wolf, Bryan
  • Kuran, Kevin

Abstract

The gaming system of the present disclosure provides a Class II bingo game with an interim video poker game. In various embodiments, the interim video poker game is a single-hand video poker game. In various embodiments, the interim video poker game is a multi-hand video poker game.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 13/80 - Special adaptations for executing a specific game genre or game mode
  • A63F 1/00 - Card games
  • A63F 3/06 - Lottos or bingo games; Systems, apparatus or devices for checking such games

4.

GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD PROVIDING A WAGERING GAME WITH A KICKER MODIFIER FEATURE

      
Document Number 03006366
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-05-25
Open to Public Date 2019-01-24
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Humphery, Thomas
  • Brown, Bradford

Abstract

The present disclosure is directed to a gaming system and method providing a wagering game with a kicker modifier feature. In certain embodiments, the gaming system is configured to initiate a play of a wagering game associated with a paytable including multiple winning hand categories each associated with one of multiple award amounts. The winning hand categories include a designated winning hand category associated with a designated award amount and multiple designated winning hands. The gaming system is configured to display a hand of cards and to determine whether the hand of cards forms one of the designated winning hands. The gaming system is configured to, responsive to determining that the hand of cards forms one of the designated winning hands, determine a modifier based on a designated card of the hand of cards and determine and display an award based on the designated award amount and the modifier.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 13/80 - Special adaptations for executing a specific game genre or game mode
  • A63F 1/00 - Card games

5.

GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UTILIZING A MOBILE DEVICE TO FUND A GAMING SESSION

      
Document Number 02941809
Status Pending
Filing Date 2016-09-13
Open to Public Date 2017-03-25
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Petersen, Erik B.
  • Higgins, Kevin M.
  • Nelson, Dwayne R.
  • Lemay, Steven G.
  • Davis, Dwayne A.
  • Kleppen, Dennis T.
  • Cockerille, Warner R.
  • Vasquez, James A.
  • Boudreau, Bradley
  • Cockerille, Suzanne
  • Espin, Mark A.
  • Hollibaugh, Larry R.

Abstract

The present disclosure relates generally to gaming systems and methods for facilitating funds to and from an electronic gaming machine via a mobile device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G06Q 20/10 - Payment architectures specially adapted for home banking systems
  • G06Q 20/32 - Payment architectures, schemes or protocols characterised by the use of specific devices using wireless devices

6.

GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFERRING FUNDS TO A MOBILE DEVICE

      
Document Number 02942024
Status Pending
Filing Date 2016-09-14
Open to Public Date 2017-03-25
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor Nelson, Dwayne R.

Abstract

The present disclosure relates generally to gaming systems and methods for facilitating an automatic transfer of funds to and from an electronic gaming machine via a mobile device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G06Q 20/10 - Payment architectures specially adapted for home banking systems

7.

GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD PROVIDING A GAMING TOURNAMENT HAVING A VARIABLE AVERAGE EXPECTED POINT PAYOUT

      
Document Number 02941629
Status Pending
Filing Date 2016-09-09
Open to Public Date 2017-03-23
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Lark, David R.
  • Holsclaw, Benjamin R.
  • Brown, Bradford
  • Papson, Ronald P.
  • Ruymann, Robert W.

Abstract

The present disclosure is directed to a gaming system and method providing a gaming tournament having a variable average expected point payout. Generally, during the gaming tournament, the gaming system enables each tournament player to play a tournament game at an EGM. The gaming system accumulates one or more tournament points for the tournament player when a play of the tournament game results in a winning outcome. At various points during the tournament, the gaming system increases or decreases an average expected point payout of the tournament game to change the tournament players' gaming experience.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

8.

GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD EMPLOYING AN AWARD EVALUTION FOR A SYMBOL BASED ON A TOTAL QUANTITY OF REELS IN A SET OF REELS EACH DISPLAYING AN INSTANCE OF THAT SYMBOL AND A TOTAL QUANTITY OF INSTANCES OF THAT SYMBOL DISPLAYED ON THE REELS OF THE SET

      
Document Number 02928324
Status Pending
Filing Date 2016-04-28
Open to Public Date 2016-11-08
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor Joung, Sek Hwan

Abstract

Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a gaming system and method providing a reel-based game and employing an award evaluation for a symbol based on a total quantity of reels in a set of reels each displaying an instance of that symbol and a total quantity of instances of that symbol displayed on the reels of the set. When performing the award evaluation of the present disclosure, the gaming system determines any award for a symbol regardless of the relative position of the displayed instances of that symbol on the reels and also regardless of the particular quantity of instances of that symbol displayed by any individual reel.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/34 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements depending on the stopping of moving members, e.g. "fruit" machines

9.

IMPROVED MECHANICAL WHEELS FOR GAME MACHINES

      
Document Number 02858737
Status Pending
Filing Date 2014-08-07
Open to Public Date 2015-02-16
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Brooks, Jack Henry
  • Lesourd, Kehl
  • Mathew, Anish Cherian
  • Oehlert, Megan
  • Eustaquio, Mindy
  • Legras, Jean Pierre

Abstract

Electronic gaming machines having mechanical or electro-mechanical wheel devices are described herein. The gaming machines include a cabinet, a display coupled to the cabinet, and a wheel coupled to the cabinet. The wheel includes a plurality of wheel segments positioned axially about a center point of the wheel. The plurality of wheel segments may be configured to rotate about the center point and to transform an appearance of the wheel. The wheel further includes an indicator configured to indicate an indicated wheel segment. The indicator may be configured to rotate about the center point.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 5/04 - Disc roulettes; Dial roulettes; Teetotums; Dice-tops
  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for

10.

MULTI-TIERED STATIC CHAIN OF TRUST

      
Document Number 02844557
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-03-03
Open to Public Date 2014-09-08
Grant Date 2019-08-13
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Laputz, Jerrod L.
  • Wei, Wu Chih
  • Chen, Xuedong
  • Gowin, Scott

Abstract

A multi-tiered static chain of trust is established in a computer system which utilizes a first authentication program stored on a first memory device to authentic data stored on a second memory device. If the data stored on the second memory device is authenticated, then a second authentication program stored on the second memory device authenticates data stored on a third memory device. If the data on the third memory device is authenticated the computer system is allowed to utilize the data stored on the third memory device. The data stored on the third memory device is indirectly authenticated while the data is being used by authenticating the data stored on the first memory device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/57 - Certifying or maintaining trusted computer platforms, e.g. secure boots or power-downs, version controls, system software checks, secure updates or assessing vulnerabilities
  • G06F 21/30 - Authentication, i.e. establishing the identity or authorisation of security principals
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

11.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HINGING AND HANGING A GAMING MACHINE DOOR

      
Document Number 02827603
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-09-17
Open to Public Date 2014-03-27
Grant Date 2019-07-09
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Rosander, Tai
  • Franich, Matthew A.

Abstract

A gaming machine includes a cabinet having a compartment for housing circuitry for gaming and a door for closing the compartment. The door is attached to the cabinet by a hinge system. The hinge system includes a first portion attached to a door and a second portion attached to the cabinet. The first portion includes a first pin proximate a first corner of the door, and a second pin further including a round head proximate a second comer of the door. The second pin has a longitudinal axis aligned to the longitudinal axis of the first pin.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/90 - Constructional details or arrangements of video game devices not provided for in groups  or , e.g. housing, wiring, connections or cabinets

12.

GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A SYMBOL MATRIX WITH A MOVEABLE SYMBOL DISPLAY WINDOW

      
Document Number 02826044
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-08-28
Open to Public Date 2014-03-25
Grant Date 2019-07-16
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Zoltewicz, Benjamin J.
  • Nicely, Mark C.
  • Lafky, Ernest M.

Abstract

In various embodiments, the present disclosure generally relates to gaming systems and methods which utilize a symbol matrix or symbol field in conjunction with a movable symbol display window to randomly select different subsets of symbols from the symbol matrix and provide different awards to players based on such selected symbol subsets.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/45 - Controlling the progress of the video game
  • A63F 13/80 - Special adaptations for executing a specific game genre or game mode

13.

THIN CLIENT SUPPORT FOR A GAMING MACHINE

      
Document Number 02826527
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-09-04
Open to Public Date 2014-03-11
Grant Date 2019-02-05
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Lemay, Steven G.
  • Nelson, Dwayne R.

Abstract

A gaming machine, such as a video slot or video poker machine, may be configured to request a thin client game from a game server for presentation within a thin client. The outcome of the thin client game is determined by the game server. The gaming machine is also configured to execute a thick client game determined by the gaming machine. Indications of the outcomes of the thin and thick client games may be provided to a data collection device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers
  • A63F 13/70 - Game security or game management aspects

14.

GAMING SYSTEM, GAMING DEVICE, AND METHOD PROVIDING A GAME WITH MULTI-COMPONENT SYMBOLS AND AWARDS BASED ON COMMON COMPONENTS

      
Document Number 02787610
Status Pending
Filing Date 2012-08-24
Open to Public Date 2014-02-24
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Nicely, Mark C.
  • Wolf, Bryan D.

Abstract

The gaming system receives a wager from a player for a play of a game including a plurality of multi-component symbols. Each of the multi-component symbols includes a plurality of symbol component locations. A plurality of the multi- component symbols include at least one of the symbol components in at least one of the symbol component locations. The gaming system randomly generates and displays a plurality of the multi-component symbols. The gaming system determines, for a first one of a designated number of the displayed multi-component symbols, a quantity of symbol component locations of the first one of the displayed multi-component symbols that display one of the symbol components and that correspond to a symbol component location of each of the other displayed multi-component symbols of the designated number of the displayed multi-component symbols that each display one of the symbol components. Any awards are determined based on the determined quantity.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/34 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements depending on the stopping of moving members, e.g. "fruit" machines

15.

INPUT DEVICE WITH MEMBRANE TO IMPEDE ENTRANCE OF FOREIGN CONTAMINATES INTO AN ELECTRONIC GAMING MACHINE

      
Document Number 02824046
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-08-14
Open to Public Date 2014-02-24
Grant Date 2018-07-24
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Oehlert, Michael W.
  • Labrosse, Nathan D.
  • Baker, Brian K.
  • Beadell, John L.
  • Mcgahn, Steve P.
  • Combs, Jacquelyn S.
  • Waxman, Thomas D.
  • Chudd, Russell
  • Rosander, Tai

Abstract

Methods, systems, or apparatuses for impeding the entrance of foreign contaminates into a housing of a gaming machine may include a gaming controller, a panel, and an input device mounted to the panel. The input device may include a housing. The housing of the input device may include a first section, a second section, and a member moveable with respect to the first and the second sections, wherein the moveable member is configured to be actuated by a player to provide input to the gaming controller; and a membrane disposed between the first section and the panel, wherein the membrane impedes the entrance of foreign contaminates into the housing.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G07F 9/10 - Casings, e.g. with means for heating or cooling
  • H01H 13/14 - Operating parts, e.g. push-button

16.

DIGITAL SPREAD SPECTRUM TECHNIQUE FOR ELECTROMAGNETIC EMISSION REDUCTION

      
Document Number 02816522
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-05-23
Open to Public Date 2013-12-01
Grant Date 2019-06-25
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Decoursey, Calvin
  • Powell, Gene E.

Abstract

Techniques for reducing electromagnetic (EM) emission in a wager-based gaming machine. A gaming machine includes one or more processors configured to generate a bus clock signal having a fundamental frequency and fundamental spectral components at harmonics of the fundamental frequency. The fundamental spectral components each have a fundamental amplitude. A signal processor is configured to generate a spread spectrum clock signal having a nominal frequency substantially equivalent to the fundamental frequency of the bus clock signal as well as nominal spectral components at harmonics of the nominal frequency. However, the nominal spectral components each have a nominal amplitude less than the fundamental amplitude of a fundamental spectral component at the same harmonic. A bus connects the signal processor with one or more elements and carries the spread spectrum clock signal to the one or more elements, thereby reducing EM emissions from the bus.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G06F 1/04 - Generating or distributing clock signals or signals derived directly therefrom
  • H03K 5/156 - Arrangements in which a continuous pulse train is transformed into a train having a desired pattern
  • H03K 5/159 - Applications of delay lines not covered by the preceding subgroups
  • H04B 1/69 - Spread spectrum techniques

17.

GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD PROVIDING GAME WITH MULTIDIRECTIONAL SPINNING SYMBOL DISPLAYS

      
Document Number 02815073
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-05-06
Open to Public Date 2013-11-17
Grant Date 2018-06-19
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Daeges, Jib I.
  • Wolf, Bryan D.
  • Cheung, Dorothy P.

Abstract

A gaming system and method which displays a plurality of symbol displays having symbol sets distributed about circumferential paths thereof. The gaming system enables the player to select one or more directions of spin or circumferential paths for the symbol displays, and then spins the symbol displays in the selected direction(s) or along the selected circumferential paths. After the gaming system stops the spinning, each symbol display displays at least one randomly generated symbol of the symbol set extending along the circumferential path of that symbol display which corresponds to the direction of spin of that symbol display. The gaming system evaluates the displayed symbols for any winning combinations. The gaming system provides the player any awards associated with the displayed winning combinations.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

18.

BACKLIGHT FOR VIDEO DISPLAY

      
Document Number 02811560
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-04-03
Open to Public Date 2013-10-17
Grant Date 2018-06-12
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Griswold, Chauncey W.
  • Silva, Gregory A.
  • Franich, Matthew A.
  • Emslie, James Stephen

Abstract

A gaming system including an electronic gaming machine (EGM) having a backlit video display, is described. In particular, the EGM can be configured with a display that allows display elements, such as mechanical stepper reels, positioned behind the display to be either revealed or obscured by using directional lighting. The display assembly can include an edge-lit light guide having different regions that can extract light coming from a particular direction.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G02F 1/13357 - Illuminating devices
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G09G 3/36 - Control arrangements or circuits, of interest only in connection with visual indicators other than cathode-ray tubes for presentation of an assembly of a number of characters, e.g. a page, by composing the assembly by combination of individual elements arranged in a matrix by control of light from an independent source using liquid crystals
  • G09G 5/10 - Intensity circuits

19.

GAMING SYSTEM HAVING REDUCED APPEARANCE OF PARALLAX ARTIFACTS ON DISPLAY DEVICES INCLUDING MULTIPLE DISPLAY SCREENS

      
Document Number 02802373
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-15
Open to Public Date 2013-08-17
Grant Date 2018-12-11
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor Schlottmann, Gregory A.

Abstract

Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide gaming systems having reduced appearance of parallax artifacts on display devices including multiple display screens. In one embodiment, the gaming system determines a location on a first display screen of a display device at which to display a portion of a first image and subsequently determines, based on that determined location and one or more other variables, a location on a second display screen of the display device at which to display a portion of a second image such that the appearance of parallax artifacts associated with the first image and the second image is reduced or eliminated.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 13/52 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving aspects of the displayed game scene

20.

SOCIAL MEDIA APPLICATIONS FOR A WAGER-BASED GAMING SYSTEM

      
Document Number 02798846
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-14
Open to Public Date 2013-06-21
Grant Date 2019-04-16
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Nelson, Dwayne R.
  • Lemay, Steven G.

Abstract

A gaming system compatible with patron-controlled mobile devices, such as smart phones or tablet computers, is described. The gaming system can be configured to convert a presentation of an outcome of a wager-based game played on an electronic gaming machine (EGM) into a social media presentation that can be uploaded to a social media site. In one embodiment, a copy of an image showing the outcome of the wager-based that is output on an EGM can be incorporated into the social media presentation. Then, the social media presentation can be uploaded from the EGM to a player's mobile device or directly to a social media site.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • H04L 12/16 - Arrangements for providing special services to substations

21.

SCREEN CAPTURE TO A MOBILE DEVICE

      
Document Number 02798890
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-14
Open to Public Date 2013-06-21
Grant Date 2018-04-10
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Lemay, Steven G.
  • Nelson, Dwayne R.

Abstract

A gaming system compatible with patron-controlled mobile devices, such as smart phones or tablet computers, is described. The gaming system can be configured to convert a presentation of an outcome of a wager-based game played on an electronic gaming machine (EGM) into a social media presentation that can be uploaded to a social media site. In one embodiment, a copy of an image showing the outcome of the wager-based that is output on an EGM can be incorporated into the social media presentation. Then, the social media presentation can be uploaded from the EGM to a player's mobile device or directly to a social media site.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G07F 17/34 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements depending on the stopping of moving members, e.g. "fruit" machines

22.

CONTACTING INTERNET THROUGH PLAYER MOBILE DEVICE

      
Document Number 02798893
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-14
Open to Public Date 2013-06-21
Grant Date 2019-05-07
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Nelson, Dwayne R.
  • Lemay, Steven G.

Abstract

A gaming system including wager-based electronic gaming machines compatible with mobile devices, such as smart phones or tablet computers, is described. The electronic gaming machines can be configured to establish temporary communication connections with mobile devices. After a communication connection is established with a mobile device, the EGM can be configured to utilize the network access capabilities of the mobile device to access a wide area network, such as the Internet. In one embodiment, the EGM can be configured to push data, such as fault condition data, to a remote device via the wide area network connection. In another embodiment, owners of the mobile devices, which can be a player playing the EGM, can receive incentives for allowing the EGM to utilize its network access capabilities.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • H04W 12/02 - Protecting privacy or anonymity

23.

SCREEN CAPTURE TO A MOBILE DEVICE

      
Document Number 02798933
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-14
Open to Public Date 2013-06-21
Grant Date 2019-03-12
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Lemay, Steven G.
  • Nelson, Dwayne R.

Abstract

A gaming system compatible with patron-controlled mobile devices, such as smart phones or tablet computers, is described. The gaming system can be configured to convert a presentation of an outcome of a wager-based game played on an electronic gaming machine (EGM) into a social media presentation that can be uploaded to a social media site. In one embodiment, a copy of an image showing the outcome of the wager-based that is output on an EGM can be incorporated into the social media presentation. Then, the social media presentation can be uploaded from the EGM to a player's mobile device or directly to a social media site.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • H04W 4/21 - Services signalling; Auxiliary data signalling, i.e. transmitting data via a non-traffic channel for social networking applications

24.

GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REWARDING PLAYERS

      
Document Number 02789870
Status Pending
Filing Date 2012-09-14
Open to Public Date 2013-03-30
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Radisich, Anthony David
  • Blignaut, Johann
  • Gray, Colin

Abstract

A gaming system and method of rewarding players of electronic gaming machines connected by a network to a host computer, including storing player-- useable points at a network-accessible location, enabling a player to convert at least some of the points into monetary units at a conversion rate, wherein the monetary units are convertible into credits for wagering on at least one of the electronic gaming machines, awarding a personal points conversion rate multiplier to a player, and applying the points conversion rate multiplier to the conversion rate.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

25.

GAMING SYSTEM, GAMING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR UTILIZING MOBILE DEVICES AT A GAMING ESTABLISHMENT

      
Document Number 02790660
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-09-21
Open to Public Date 2013-03-30
Grant Date 2019-06-25
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Shorrock, Michael
  • Baerlocher, Anthony J.
  • Nicely, Mark C.

Abstract

A gaming system which facilitates the two-way communication between mobile devices, such as mobile phones, and different gaming system components to enhance a player's gaming experience.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 13/332 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers using wide area network [WAN] connections using wireless networks, e.g. cellular phone networks

26.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE RENDERING OF CONTENT ON AN ELECTRONIC GAMING MACHINE

      
Document Number 02791117
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-09-25
Open to Public Date 2013-03-30
Grant Date 2019-07-23
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Lemay, Steven G.
  • Nelson, Dwayne R.

Abstract

A gaming system is described. The gaming system can include one or more host devices and EGM clients that communicate with one another over a network. Various non- gaming applications can be maintained on the host device. In response to a request received from an EGM client, a non-gaming application program can be executed on the host device. Content from the non-gaming application can be converted to a media stream that is sent to the EGM client for output. The media stream can be processed using a codec executed on the EGM. Input data associated with the content can be received at the EGM and sent to the host device. The content from the non-gaming application executed on the host can be adjusted in response to the input data received from the EGM.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • H04N 21/434 - Disassembling of a multiplex stream, e.g. demultiplexing audio and video streams or extraction of additional data from a video stream; Remultiplexing of multiplex streams; Extraction or processing of SI; Disassembling of packetised elementary stream
  • H04N 21/462 - Content or additional data management e.g. creating a master electronic program guide from data received from the Internet and a Head-end or controlling the complexity of a video stream by scaling the resolution or bit-rate based on the client capabi
  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers

27.

GAMING SYSTEM, GAMING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A MULTIPLE PLAYER, MULTIPLE GAME BONUSING ENVIRONMENT

      
Document Number 02786061
Status Pending
Filing Date 2012-08-14
Open to Public Date 2013-03-28
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Nicely, Mark C.
  • Tan, Carmen
  • Weiss, Alan R.

Abstract

A gaming system and method for exchanging one or more triggered individual bonus games for one or more current plays of a community game or one or more future plays of a community game. If an individual bonus game is triggered in association with an individual gaming device, the gaming system enables the player to: (i) play the triggered individual bonus game, (ii) skip the individual bonus game and play or participate in a community or group game, or (iii) skip the individual bonus game and save an entry to play or participate in a future community or group game. In these embodiments, the gaming system determines one or more features or attributes of the available community game (which the player may play or defer play of) based, at least in part, on which of a plurality of different individual bonus games are triggered.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

28.

GAMING SYSTEM, GAMING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING MULTIPLE CONCURRENT GAMES USING DYNAMIC FOCAL POINTS

      
Document Number 02785133
Status Pending
Filing Date 2012-08-08
Open to Public Date 2013-03-26
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Nelson, Dwayne R.
  • Quitt, Jonathan
  • Cockerille, Warner
  • Carlisle, Christopher D.
  • Kertesz, Andrew
  • O'Rourke, Suzanne

Abstract

The gaming system disclosed herein changes the focal point of a display device at different points in time to assist the player in focusing on different simultaneously or concurrently played games at different points in time. Specifically, the gaming system displays a plurality of simultaneously or concurrently played games on a display device. In response to a designated event occurring in association with a specific one of the plurality of simultaneously or concurrently played games, the gaming system changes the focal point of the display device to draw the player's focus or attention to that specific one of the simultaneously or concurrently played games. Put differently, the gaming system dynamically allocates and/or indicates different portions of a display device to different simultaneously or concurrently played games at different points in time to account for different events occurring in such simultaneously or concurrently played games.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 13/52 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving aspects of the displayed game scene

29.

GAMING SYSTEM, GAMING DEVICE, AND METHOD PROVIDING ADVERTISING MESSAGES TO PLAYERS BASED ON A DETERMINATION OF A POSITIVE WINNING GAMING SESSION

      
Document Number 02790119
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-09-05
Open to Public Date 2013-03-21
Grant Date 2018-03-20
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Thoeni, Stewart
  • Griswold, Chauncey

Abstract

A gaming system, gaming device, and method providing advertising messages to players based on a determination of a positive winning gaming session. In one embodiment, the gaming system monitors a plurality of plays of at least one wagering game during a designated period. At the end of the designated period, the gaming system determines whether a player of the monitored plays had a positive winning gaming session. If the player had a positive winning gaming session, the gaming system provides at least one advertising message to the player.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 50/34 - Betting or bookmaking, e.g. Internet betting
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination

30.

REDEMPTION OF VIRTUAL TICKETS USING A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

      
Document Number 03091507
Status Pending
Filing Date 2012-09-06
Open to Public Date 2013-03-09
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Lemay, Steven G.
  • Nelson, Dwayne R.
  • Vasquez, Jim A.
  • Gowin, Scott T.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions
  • G07B 11/00 - Apparatus for validating or cancelling issued tickets

31.

VIRTUAL TICKET-IN AND TICKET-OUT ON A GAMING MACHINE

      
Document Number 02788904
Status Pending
Filing Date 2012-09-04
Open to Public Date 2013-03-09
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Nelson, Dwayne R.
  • Vasquez, Jim A.
  • Gowin, Scott T.
  • Lemay, Steven G.

Abstract

A gaming system compatible with patron-controlled portable electronic devices, such as smart phones or tablet computers, is described. The gaming system can include electronic gaming machines that are compatible to receive both virtual ticket vouchers and printed ticket vouchers that are redeemable for credits on the electronic gaming machines. Information associated with a virtual ticket voucher can be stored on a patron-controlled portable electronic device and then can be wireless transmitted to the electronic gaming machines. The electronic gaming machines can be configured to issue virtual ticket vouchers and printed ticket vouchers that can be redeemed for cash or additional game play on another electronic gaming machine. In one embodiment, the electronic gaming machine can be configured to issue a virtual ticket voucher to a patron-controlled portable electronic device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers

32.

REDEMPTION OF VIRTUAL TICKETS USING A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

      
Document Number 02790437
Status Pending
Filing Date 2012-09-06
Open to Public Date 2013-03-09
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Lemay, Steven G.
  • Nelson, Dwayne R.
  • Vasquez, Jim A.
  • Gowin, Scott T.

Abstract

A gaming system compatible with patron-controlled portable electronic devices, such as smart phones or tablet computers, is described. The gaming system can include electronic gaming machines that are compatible to receive both virtual ticket vouchers and printed ticket vouchers that are redeemable for credits on the electronic gaming machines. Information associated with a virtual ticket voucher can be stored on a patron-controlled portable electronic device and then can be wireless transmitted to the electronic gaming machines. The electronic gaming machines can be configured to issue virtual ticket vouchers and printed ticket vouchers that can be redeemed for cash or additional game play on another electronic gaming machine. In one embodiment, the electronic gaming machine can be configured to issue a virtual ticket voucher to a patron-controlled portable electronic device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G07B 11/00 - Apparatus for validating or cancelling issued tickets

33.

ATTRACT BASED ON MOBILE DEVICE

      
Document Number 02787567
Status Pending
Filing Date 2012-08-23
Open to Public Date 2013-02-28
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Nelson, Dwayne R.
  • Lemay, Steven G.

Abstract

A gaming system compatible with patron-controlled portable electronic devices, such as smart phones or tablet computers, is described. The gaming system is configured to detect the presence of portable electronic devices and determine their locations in a casino environment and determine whether to initiate an attract feature. Based on the determined location of the portable electronic device, nearby gaming devices, such as electronic gaming machines can be selected for use in generating an attract feature for a patron. The generated attract feature can include outputting content to one or more EGMs and/or a patron's portable electronic device. The gaming devices selected for use in an attract feature and/or the content associated with the attract feature can be affected by patron specified preferences. In one embodiment, the patron specified preferences can be entered and stored using an application executed on their portable electronic device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 13/216 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types using geographical information, e.g. location of the game device or player using GPS
  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers
  • A63F 13/85 - Providing additional services to players

34.

GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD PROVIDING MULTI-DIMENSIONAL SYMBOL WAGERING GAME

      
Document Number 02783272
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-07-16
Open to Public Date 2013-01-21
Grant Date 2019-03-26
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor Saunders, Brian F.

Abstract

A gaming system and method providing a multi-dimensional symbol wagering game is provided. A player selects a payline, places a wager on the selected payline, and selects a plurality of a plurality of different symbols in a selection order. Symbols are generated and displayed at each of a plurality of symbol display positions. If at least a designated quantity of the symbol display positions associated with the selected payline displays any one of the selected symbols, the gaming system determines a display order of the generated and displayed symbols associated with the selected payline, and determines any awards associated with the selected payline based on a quantity of the symbol display positions associated with the selected payline that display the player selected symbols and a comparison of the selection order with the display order. Any awards are provided to the player. Cascading and rotating symbol features are provided.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

35.

MULTI-LAYER PROJECTION DISPLAYS

      
Document Number 02773820
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-04-12
Open to Public Date 2012-10-19
Grant Date 2015-03-31
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Griswold, Chauncey W.
  • Maddox, Robert

Abstract

A multi-layer projection display including first and second panels separated by a predetermined distance, wherein at least a portion of the first panel overlaps at least a portion of the second panel, and the first panel is disposed between a viewing location and the second panel. The display also includes a controller configured to cause the first and second panels to alternate between substantially opaque and substantially transparent states at a determined frequency, such that the first panel is substantially opaque when the second panel is substantially transparent, and the second panel is substantially opaque when the first panel is substantially transparent. The display further includes a projector configured to project an image onto the first panel when the first panel is substantially opaque, and further configured to project the image onto the second panel when the second panel is substantially opaque.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G02B 27/18 - Optical systems or apparatus not provided for by any of the groups , for optical projection, e.g. combination of mirror and condenser and objective
  • G02B 27/22 - Other optical systems; Other optical apparatus for producing stereoscopic or other three-dimensional effects
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • H04N 5/74 - Projection arrangements for image reproduction, e.g. using eidophor

36.

METHODS AND REGULATED GAMING MACHINES CONFIGURED FOR SERVICE ORIENTED SMART DISPLAY BUTTONS

      
Document Number 02750590
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-10-12
Open to Public Date 2010-09-10
Grant Date 2015-06-16
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Brunet De Courssou, Thierry
  • Filipour, Cameron Anthony

Abstract

A regulated gaming system includes a plurality of computer nodes communicating over a network. At least one of the computer nodes includes a gaming machine, which may include a game controller and an interactivity apparatus to accept wa-gers from a player and to provide random outcomes while playing a game. The interactivity apparatus may include one or more video displays; a menu of available player-selectable games and one or more option buttons, the function of which changes de-pending upon which of the player-selectable games is selected by the player. A non- video display is associated with each option button, and is configured to indicate the status and/or the function thereof. The gaming machine includes a non-video services subscriber configured to receive, over the network, selected non-video display services to which the non- video services sub-scriber has subscribed from a non-video display services provider executing in one or more of the computer nodes.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers
  • A63F 13/533 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game for prompting the player, e.g. by displaying a game menu

37.

TIERED VERIFICATION

      
Document Number 02750077
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-09-03
Open to Public Date 2010-07-29
Grant Date 2014-12-30
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Bryson, Andy O.
  • Derich, Zackery E.
  • Knox, Ahern P.
  • Terry, Crystian
  • Tsao, Jamie

Abstract

Methods and devices for evaluating risk profiles for potential participants in e-commerce transactions, such as online wager gaming, are de-scribed. 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 at-tributes, 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 verifica-tion steps that are performed during the registration process from those that are performed when a player attempts to make a transaction.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 50/34 - Betting or bookmaking, e.g. Internet betting
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

38.

SERVER BASED GAMING SYSTEM PROVIDING MULTIPLE SIDE BET AWARDS

      
Document Number 02702128
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-09-25
Open to Public Date 2009-04-30
Grant Date 2017-03-28
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor Iddings, Cara

Abstract

A gaming system including at least one gaming machine enabling a player to select at least one of a plurality of different selectable side bets. A side bet controller maintaining at least one side bet. A side bet revenue manager configured to communicate with the gaming machine and side bet controller to accept and track fund data associated with a side bet from the gaming machine; transfer fund data to the side bet controller; accept and track fund data from the side bet controller; and transfer fund data to the gaming device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers

39.

CENTRALIZED LICENSING SERVICES

      
Document Number 02679621
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-02-28
Open to Public Date 2008-09-25
Grant Date 2016-05-17
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor Kinsley, Michael

Abstract

Methods and devices are provided for central management of licenses, particularly those relating to wagering games. A license proxy deployed in and/or dedicated to a gaming establishment may operate under the control of a central licensing manager controlled by another entity, e.g., by a game provider. The license proxy may receive requests to enable features of an electronic gaming machine of the gaming establishment (e.g., game themes, player tracking features and/or peripheral device features) and determine, based on information provided by the central licensing manager, whether to grant such requests. The license proxy may also process requests to enable features of other devices in a gaming establishment, such as server-based features.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

40.

REALISTIC VIDEO REELS

      
Document Number 02668667
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-11-12
Open to Public Date 2008-05-29
Grant Date 2016-11-08
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Williams, David C.
  • Hedrick, Joseph R.
  • Larsen, Kurt

Abstract

Described herein is a gaming machine configured to output video data that simulates mechanical reels in a traditional mechanical slot machine. Embodiments detailed herein contribute to the emulation and perception of a mechanical machine by providing video data adaptations that each simulate a realistic visual attribute of a mechanical reel gaming machine.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

41.

SIMULATED REEL IMPERFECTIONS

      
Document Number 02668656
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-11-08
Open to Public Date 2008-05-29
Grant Date 2017-02-28
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Williams, David C.
  • Hedrick, Joseph R.
  • Larsen, Kurt

Abstract

Described herein is a gaming machine configured to output video data that simulates mechanical reels in a traditional mechanical slot machine. Embodiments described herein contribute to the emulation of a mechanical machine by simulating one or more visible mechanical imperfections commonly found in a mechanical reel machine.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

42.

SINGLE PLANE SPANNING MODE ACROSS INDEPENDENTLY DRIVEN DISPLAYS

      
Document Number 02668936
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-11-12
Open to Public Date 2008-05-29
Grant Date 2016-06-14
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Williams, David C.
  • Larsen, Kurt
  • Hedrick, Joseph R.

Abstract

A multi-layer display device having a first display screen having a first resolution and adapted to present a first visual image thereon, a second display screen having a second resolution and adapted to present a second visual image thereon, and a logic device configured to communicate with the first display screen and the second display screen and configured to receive a combined single plane visual image for display on the first and second display screen, the combined visual image having a first portion corresponding to the first visual image to be displayed on the first display screen and a second portion corresponding to the second visual image to be displayed on the second display screen, wherein the logic device is configured to transmit the first visual image to the first display screen and the second visual image to the second display screen.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

43.

DOWNLOADING UPON THE OCCURRENCE OF PREDETERMINED EVENTS

      
Document Number 02669089
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-10-30
Open to Public Date 2008-05-29
Grant Date 2016-06-14
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Gowin, Scott T.
  • Lam, Rex Yinzok
  • Pickering, Robert Leland
  • Quraishi, Nadeem Ahmad
  • Lemay, Stephen G.

Abstract

Some aspects of the present invention provide for the downloading of code, including but not limited to peripheral device code, upon the occurrence of predetermined events, sometimes referred to herein as "triggers." For example, exceeding a predetermined number of errors within a predetermined time may comprise a trigger. Some implementations provide new peripheral device code each time a gaming machine initializes. Some embodiments provide peripheral devices with relatively small (or no) non-volatile memory. A smaller non-volatile memory (as compared to prior art peripheral devices of the same type) may be possible because it is not necessary-and may not be desirable--to retain peripheral device code in non-volatile memory.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

44.

GAMING DEVICE HAVING A WHEEL-BASED GAME

      
Document Number 02610131
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-11-09
Open to Public Date 2008-05-10
Grant Date 2016-12-06
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Miltenberger, Paul D.
  • Nicely, Mark C.

Abstract

A gaming device including at least one wagering station and a rotor. The rotor supports a series of symbols arranged about a center. The rotor also supports a series of landings arranged adjacent to the series of symbols. In operation, at least one ball travels along the rotor and eventually reaches a landing. One or more of the elements of the gaming device has a designated shape, construction or function to enable designated operations of a primary game, a secondary outcome determiner or a combination thereof.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 5/00 - Roulette games

45.

GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD WHICH ENABLES MULTIPLE PLAYERS TO SIMULTANEOUSLY PLAY MULTIPLE INDIVIDUAL GAMES OR GROUP GAMES ON A CENTRAL DISPLAY

      
Document Number 02660176
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-09-06
Open to Public Date 2008-03-13
Grant Date 2018-05-22
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Kovacs, James
  • Baerlocher, Anthony J.

Abstract

The present disclosure provides a gaming system including a central controller, a central display which includes a plurality of display segments and a plurality player stations. The display segments are configured to each separately display one of a plurality of games, to co-act to display a plurality of games, or to co-act to display one game. Each player station is configured to enable a player to play one or more of the games displayed by the display segments. The gaming system enables a plurality of players to play a group game on the central display, a plurality of players to simultaneously play multiple group games on the central display, and a plurality of players to each simultaneously play multiple individual games on the central display.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers

46.

VIRTUAL PLAYER TRACKING AND RELATED SERVICES

      
Document Number 02658555
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-07-31
Open to Public Date 2008-02-07
Grant Date 2017-06-20
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Nguyen, Binh
  • Wolf, Bryan D.
  • Underdahl, Brian
  • Lemay, Steven G.

Abstract

Various gaming-related services are provided, including but not limited to security services, harm minimization services, player identification services, bonusing/progressive services, accounting services, financial/banking services, network tunneling services, cheating detection services, etc. Such services may be provided, at least in part, by software agents that can be configured for different platforms and/or operating systems. Some software-based player tracking methods of the invention can aggregate data from multiple devices used by a player for gaming.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

47.

SERVER BASED GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTIVELY PROVIDING ONE OR MORE DIFFERENT TOURNAMENTS

      
Document Number 02655095
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-06-08
Open to Public Date 2007-12-21
Grant Date 2018-04-17
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Schlottmann, Gregory A.
  • Graham, Jacob Thomas
  • Wolf, Bryan D.
  • Baerlocher, Anthony J.
  • Schneider, Richard J.
  • Iddings, Cara L.
  • Manfredi, Vince
  • Macvittie, Michael

Abstract

A gaming system (10) includes a central server (12) operable to communicate a plurality of different commands to a plurality of gamin machines (14) to provide non-tournament game play (120) and to provide tournament game play (100) on the same machines (14).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers

48.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INTEGRATING REMOTELY-HOSTED AND LOCALLY RENDERED CONTENT ON A GAMING DEVICE

      
Document Number 02648079
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-03-27
Open to Public Date 2007-10-25
Grant Date 2017-03-14
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Little, William C.
  • Manfredi, Vincent S.
  • Iddings, Cara L.
  • Lemay, Steven G.
  • Gipp, David A.
  • De Waal, Daniel
  • Bullard, Bryan
  • Beaulieu, Nicole M.
  • Schneider, Richard J.
  • Russell, Keith

Abstract

A gaming system including a number of host devices each coupled to one or more gaming machines, wherein content provided by the host device is output on the gaming machine. To output the content provided by the remote host, a host-controlled process that is authenticated by the gaming machine and executed in a secure memory location such that it is isolated from other processes executing on the gaming machine may be utilized. The host-controlled processes may be decoupled from the process used to execute the game of chance played on the gaming machine such that the content output by the host-controlled process doesn't alter the play of game of chance.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

49.

REMOTE CONTENT MANAGEMENT AND RESOURCE SHARING ON A GAMING MACHINE AND METHOD OF IMPLEMENTING SAME

      
Document Number 02648100
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-03-28
Open to Public Date 2007-10-25
Grant Date 2016-01-05
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Little, William
  • Manfredi, Vincent S.
  • Iddings, Cara L.
  • Lemay, Steven G.
  • Gipp, David A.
  • De Waal, Daniel
  • Bullard, Bryan
  • Schneider, Richard J.
  • Beaulieu, Nicole M.

Abstract

A gaming system including a number of host devices each coupled to one or more gaming machines, wherein content provided by the host device is output on the gaming machine. To output the content provided by the remote host, a host-controlled process that is authenticated by the gaming machine and executed in a secure memory location such that it is isolated from other processes executing on the gaming machine may be utilized. The host-controlled processes may be decoupled from the process used to execute the game of chance played on the gaming machine such that the content output by the host-controlled process doesn't alter the play of game of chance.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

50.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INTEGRATING REMOTELY-HOSTED AND LOCALLY RENDERED CONTENT ON A GAMING DEVICE

      
Document Number 02942412
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-03-27
Open to Public Date 2007-10-25
Grant Date 2019-06-04
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Little, William
  • Manfredi, Vincent S.
  • Iddings, Cara L.
  • Lemay, Steven G.
  • Gipp, David
  • De Waal, Daniel
  • Bullard, Bryan
  • Schneider, Richard J.
  • Beaulieu, Nicole M.
  • Russell, Keith

Abstract

A gaming system comprising: at least one display device; at least one input device; at least one processor; and at least one memory device which stores a plurality of instructions. When executed by the at least one processor, the instructions cause the at least one processor to operate with the at least one display device and the at least one input device to receive a wager for a play of a game. For the wagered on play of the game, the processor (i) determines a game outcome from a plurality of game outcomes, (ii) displays, in a game window controlled by the at least one processor, the determined game outcome, (iii) determines any award associated with the displayed game outcome, and (iv) displays any determined award associated with the displayed game outcome. If a determination occurs to allocate a first resource to a remote host, the processor causes a display, in a first service window controlled by the remote host, of at least one of: an available player service and an available function.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 13/85 - Providing additional services to players

51.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INTEGRATING REMOTELY-HOSTED AND LOCALLY RENDERED CONTENT ON A GAMING DEVICE

      
Document Number 03040520
Status Pending
Filing Date 2007-03-27
Open to Public Date 2007-10-25
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Little, William
  • Manfredi, Vincent S.
  • Iddings, Cara L.
  • Lemay, Steven G.
  • Gipp, David
  • De Waal, Daniel
  • Bullard, Bryan
  • Schneider, Richard J.
  • Beaulieu, Nicole M.
  • Russell, Keith

Abstract

A gaming system which includes a housing, a plurality of input devices supported by the housing, including an acceptor and a cashout device and at least one display device supported by the housing. There is also at least one processor and at least one memory device which stores a plurality of instructions. When executed, the instructions cause the at least one processor to: responsive to a physical item being received via the acceptor, establish a credit balance based, at least in part, on a monetary value associated with the received physical item. For a wagered on play of a game, the processor determines a game outcome from a plurality of game outcomes and displays device to display, in a game window, the determined game outcome. The processor also determines and displays any award associated with the displayed game outcome. Responsive to a determination occurring, allocating control of a first resource of the at least one display device to a remote host which is distinct from the at least one processor. Following an allocation of the first resource of the at least one display device to the remote host, causeing a generation of a lottery ticket responsive to an input to obtain at least one lottery ticket being received in association with a service window controlled by the remote host executing remote host software. Responsive to a cashout input being received via the cashout device, the processor also causes an initiation of any payout associated with the credit balance.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 13/85 - Providing additional services to players

52.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AWARDING A BONUS ON A NETWORK OF ELECTRONIC GAMING DEVICES DURING A PRE-DETERMINED TIME PERIOD

      
Document Number 02645495
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-03-23
Open to Public Date 2007-10-18
Grant Date 2016-08-23
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Schneider, Richard J.
  • Iddings, Cara L.
  • Pitman, Lawrence R.
  • Nguyen, Binh T.

Abstract

Embodiments of lhe invention provide a time-based bonus system that can be pre-configured to award a certain amount of money to players of networked gaming devices over a certain time period. The time-based bonus system may include a variety of networked gaming devices and a method of arranging participation so that each of the variety of gaming devices has appropriate representation in the bonus pool. The amount of bonus money in a bonus pool is pre-determined by a casino or other gaming network operator. Additionally, the total amount of bonus money in a particular bonus pool can be divided into multiple smaller bonuses, which can be distributed to many players over the time period in which the bonus pool is operating.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers
  • A63F 13/70 - Game security or game management aspects
  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for

53.

UNIVERSAL GAME DOWNLOAD SYSTEM FOR LEGACY GAMING MACHINES USING ROM AND NVRAM EMULATION

      
Document Number 02646915
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-02-02
Open to Public Date 2007-09-27
Grant Date 2016-05-17
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Gatto, Jean-Marie
  • Beney, Pierre-Jean
  • Brunet De Courssou, Thierry

Abstract

A universal method and system for downloading game software to ROM based legacy gaming machines, activating selected games and providing new services. The method includes a ROM emulator for replacing the game program image and an NVRAM emulator for swapping the game context and critical meters accordingly. The method includes detection of the state of the current game activity such as to activate a new game only at an authorized time, when no player is playing a game or is carded-in for example. The system includes emulation of the original peripherals fitted to the legacy gaming machine such as to offer extended functionality and services. The universal method and system therefore prolongs the useful life of legacy machines which otherwise would be prematurely retired.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for

54.

GAME REMOVAL WITH GAME HISTORY

      
Document Number 02644029
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-03-01
Open to Public Date 2007-09-13
Grant Date 2015-12-29
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Nelson, Dwayne R.
  • Lemay, Steven G.
  • Breckner, Robert E.
  • Cockerille, Warner R.
  • Benbrahim, Jamal
  • Wolf, Bryan D.

Abstract

Games may be divided into different portions having differing preservation needs. These different portions may be saved to set locations for set periods of time when a downloaded game that was available on a given gaming terminal must be disabled, removed or otherwise made unavailable on the gaming terminal. The removal process may be automated or controlled remotely, although this is not strictly required. Further, preservation of games may be implemented using directories of the various game components for multiple downloaded games available to a gaming terminal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

55.

NON-VOLATILE MEMORY MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE IMPLEMENTED IN A GAMING MACHINE

      
Document Number 02644709
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-03-01
Open to Public Date 2007-09-13
Grant Date 2015-12-01
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Wolf, Bryan D.
  • Nelson, Dwayne R.
  • Stockdale, James W.
  • Lemay, Steven G.

Abstract

Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to different techniques for managing the storage of accumulated information in selected non-volatile memory sources at a gaming machine. In one implementation of the present invention relates to a technique for automatically and dynamically swapping critical data and/or other game related information between the non-volatile RAM and the alternate storage (e.g., disk drive) of a gaming machine as new games are activated and/or existing games are deactivated at the gaming machine.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

56.

DISTRIBUTED GAME SERVICES

      
Document Number 02621232
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-08-24
Open to Public Date 2007-03-22
Grant Date 2016-01-12
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Nguyen, Binh T.
  • Benbrahim, Jamal
  • Bansemer, Mark

Abstract

Disclosed are methods, apparatus, and systems, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for providing a game of chance. A local gaming machine is in communication with a remote gaming machine over a data network. A player input is received at an input terminal of the local gaming machine. The player input requests a game application. The requested game application is located at the remote gamine machine. It is determined whether interface requirements of the requested game application are compatible with an interface of the local gaming machine. It is also determined whether the requested game application is available for execution on the remote gaming machine. In some embodiments, determining availability of the requested game application includes determining compliance with interface requirements, licensing requirements and/or jurisdictional requirements. When the requirements are compatible and the requested game application is available for execution, an instance of the requested game application is reserved on the remote gaming machine. When the instance is executed on the remote gaming machine, output data is sent to the local gaming machine over the data network. One or more game parameters can be captured from the received output data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

57.

ENHANCED GAMING CHIPS AND TABLE GAME SECURITY

      
Document Number 02621734
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-09-06
Open to Public Date 2007-03-22
Grant Date 2012-08-14
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Rowe, Richard E.
  • Schneider, Richard J.
  • Nguyen, Binh T.

Abstract

Systems and methods for tracking RFID gaming chips at a gaming table are disclosed. Gaming chips include an outer body with center and rim portions, and a plurality of RFID tags contained within the outer body. Signals from gaming chip RFID tags can be encrypted only for readers having an appropriate private key, and can be subject to a variable time delay unique to each RFID tag. Separate RFID tags within one gaming chip can be identical for security purposes, and to increase "visibility" to associated RFID readers at the gaming table . Security breach components within RFID tags can reduce or prevent unauthorized writing or tampering attempts to an RFID gaming chip. Further system components include a gaming table and a plurality of RFID reading devices distributed thereabout, including transponders and antennae. Such RFID reading devices are disposed beneath an upper surface of the gaming table in a grid-like fashion. Tampering protection is provided for RFID chips.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

58.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INSTANT-ON GAME DOWNLOAD

      
Document Number 02621567
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-08-23
Open to Public Date 2007-03-22
Grant Date 2016-08-09
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Nguyen, Binh, T.
  • Hedrick, Joseph, R.
  • Wolf, Bryan

Abstract

Disclosed are methods, apparatus, and systems, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for a method for providing a game on demand over a data network, in a gaming machine. The gaming machine sends a request message for a game application over the data network. In a network mode, the gaming machine receives outputted results from an executed game application over a streaming channel of the data network for network-based game play. During the network-based game play, the game application is downloaded over a download channel of the data network. In a local mode, the gaming machine executes the downloaded game application independent of the network-based game play. The gaming machine switches instantaneously from the network mode to the local mode for machine-based game play, including maintaining a status of the network-based game play.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

59.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PEER-TO-PEER WAGERING GAME

      
Document Number 02559412
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-09-08
Open to Public Date 2007-03-09
Grant Date 2013-11-19
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Abbott, Eric L.
  • Knowles, Brandon D.
  • Ziems, Robert B.

Abstract

A remote peer-to-peer wagering gaming system (WGS) is disclosed. The WGS comprises a device tracking assembly (DTA) including a tracking interface device (TID). The WGS includes a peer-to-peer (PTP) device, which provides for communication between the DTA. Optionally the PTP device may communicate directly with another PTP device. The PTP device is responsive to input from a player. The player may select how to be visually represented on a display of the PTP device during the wagering game. The wagering game may comprise a remotely located live player or a remotely located virtual player.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 3/08 - Raffle games that can be played by a fairly large number of people
  • A63F 13/12 - involving interaction between a plurality of game devices, e.g. transmission or distribution systems

60.

EMULATION METHODS AND DEVICES FOR A GAMING MACHINE

      
Document Number 02619349
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-07-27
Open to Public Date 2007-02-22
Grant Date 2015-10-27
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Nguyen, Binh T.
  • Goodman, John
  • Chan, Wai

Abstract

The invention provides numerous methods and devices for enhancing the use of gaming machines. Some embodiments of the invention provide enhanced functionality for legacy gaming machines. Alternative embodiments of the invention may be implemented in an entirely new gaming machine and/or in gaming machines that are not yet in existence. Some such implementations are directed to the use of non-native gaming software in gaming machines that include (a) different peripheral devices and/or (b) a different CPU from that of the gaming machine for which the gaming software was written. These implementations may use software emulation and hardware abstraction methods and devices.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

61.

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR AUTHENTICATION AND LICENSING IN A GAMING NETWORK

      
Document Number 02617653
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-07-27
Open to Public Date 2007-02-08
Grant Date 2015-12-29
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Kinsley, Michael
  • Lemay, Steven
  • Orner, Lance

Abstract

Methods and devices are provided for managing licenses in gaming networks. Some aspects of the invention are provided as a license manager module that operates as part of a server-based system for provisioning and configuring gaming machines. Security and authentication techniques are provided to prevent unauthorized gaming software usage. Such gaming software may be, for example, downloaded to gaming machines in the network under the control of a gaming establishment's game management server that is in communication with a license manager device. In preferred implementations, a gaming machine is prevented from executing software for a game of chance unless the license for that game is valid and has not expired.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

62.

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR MANAGING GAMING NETWORKS

      
Document Number 02617542
Status Pending
Filing Date 2006-07-27
Open to Public Date 2007-02-08
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Wolf, Bryan D.
  • Bansemer, Mark
  • Saffari, Ali
  • Shaffer, Stephen
  • Kinsley, Michael
  • Lundy, Chris

Abstract

Some implementations of the invention provide methods and devices for managing gaming establishments and for provisioning and configuring gaming machines. Some such implementations allow a user to configure one or more gaming machines via an easy-to-use GUI displayed on a wired or a wireless device, such as a laptop, a PDA, a work station or other host device. Gaming machine parameters that can be changed according to some implementations of the invention include game denominations, games to enable or disable, game payback percentage, deal speed, volume level and enabling or disabling a tournament. Some preferred implementations of the invention provide an event scheduler that allows a user either to cause events to occur immediately or schedule certain events to occur at a future time. Some implementations of the invention allow a user to generate activity reports highlighting configuration changes, user logins, game set additions, and/or game downloading. Novel methods and devices for authentication are also provided herein. Some implementations of the invention allow a user to manage easily game downloads to a local server and/or to each gaming machine.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

63.

DYNAMIC PLAYER NOTICES FOR OPERATIONAL CHANGES IN GAMING MACHINES

      
Document Number 02613629
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-06-27
Open to Public Date 2007-01-18
Grant Date 2015-10-06
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor Rowe, Richard E.

Abstract

A gaming terminal data repository (GTDR) for storing game software components and transaction information for gaming machine and gaming terminals is disclosed. A system database is partitioned according to different gaming entities allowing game software component configurations of particular gaming terminals to be easily analyzed and modified. Game software components for gaming terminals connected to the GTDR may be automatically updated using various triggers. System gaming machines may utilize a combination of game software components residing on the gaming machine and those received from the GTDR. A player compliance module (PCM) can be adapted to detect significant changes to gaming machine or gaming terminal playing conditions or parameters, and provide appropriate notices to players of such changes dynamically. The PCM can also facilitate the creation of a log or audit trail to confirm that such player notices have been provided.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

64.

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR DOWNLOADING GAMES OF CHANCE

      
Document Number 02613660
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-06-20
Open to Public Date 2007-01-11
Grant Date 2014-10-14
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Kinsley, Michael
  • Nguyen, Binh T.
  • Benbrahim, Jamal

Abstract

The present invention provides systems for downloading gaming software. According to some implementations of the invention, gaming software is continuously transmitted on a plurality of channels, e.g., by one or more servers. In some such implementations, each channel is dedicated to software for a wagering game. Gaming software components are transmitted on a plurality of channels, with each channel dedicated to a particular gaming software component. Some implementations provide gaming software in response to a request from a gaming machine. Implementations over dedicated and/or public networks are provided. Some such implementations determine whether payment is required for gaming software and provide for automated payment, if so required. Software packets or frames are downloaded in an arbitrary order. Every software has assigned a predetermined downloaded channel in a look-up table.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

65.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMPENSATING FOR PLAYER CHOICE IN A GAME OF CHANCE

      
Document Number 02531034
Status Pending
Filing Date 2005-12-20
Open to Public Date 2006-06-21
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Wolf, Bryan
  • Oles, David

Abstract

Disclosed are methods and apparatus, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for compensating for a player choice in a game of chance. A plurality of outcomes is defined. A sequence of positions corresponding to the plurality of outcomes is provided, including a reference position. A plurality of pointers is situated at positions in the sequence. Each pointer has an offset value with respect to the reference position along the sequence of positions. Responsive to selection of one of the pointers, the reference position is moved according to the offset value associated with the selected one pointer, so that the selected one pointer points at the reference position. A number is received. The received number determines one of the plurality of outcomes according to a predefined probability associated with the reference position. The determined one outcome is output at the reference position. Alternatively, a plurality of pay tables is provided. Each pay table is associated with a respective one of the plurality of pointers. Each pay table also stores a set of predefined probabilities for the set of outcomes. Responsive to selection of one of the pointers, one of the pay tables is selected. The received number determines one of the plurality of outcomes in the selected pay table according to the predefined probability for the determined one outcome in the selected pay table.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 3/06 - Lottos or bingo games; Systems, apparatus or devices for checking such games
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

66.

GAMING SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE GAMING MACHINES WHICH PROVIDE BONUS AWARDS

      
Document Number 02576346
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-08-15
Open to Public Date 2006-03-02
Grant Date 2017-12-12
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Baerlocher, Anthony J.
  • Vasquez, James A.
  • Peterson, Tonja M.
  • Ching, Erick T.

Abstract

A gaming system including a central server linked to a plurality of gaming machines and a plurality of bonus awards. The central server monitors wagers on the gaming machines. Based at least in part on the wagers the central server determines when bonus events will occur and which gaming machine(s) will provide the bonus awards. In one embodiment, the central server determines which gaming machine will provide a primary bonus award and any secondary bonus awards. In one embodiment, the number of secondary bonus awards is determined based on the number of active gaming machines. The selected gaming machine then determines a component of or the amount of the bonus award to be provided to the gaming machine selected by the central server.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/45 - Controlling the progress of the video game
  • A63F 13/79 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

67.

GAMING MACHINE USER INTERFACE

      
Document Number 02570901
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-06-17
Open to Public Date 2006-01-26
Grant Date 2015-02-17
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Parrott, Greg
  • Nguyen, Binh T.
  • Paulsen, Craig A.
  • Hua, Dung K.

Abstract

A gaming machine having a non contact user interface and methods for receiving input to the gaming machine using the non-contact user interface are described. The gaming machine described can receive player tracking information associated with a player, where the player tracking information can include personalization information associated with the player. The gaming machine can receive a signal provided by the player at a non-contact interface device. Next, the gaming machine can decode the signal. The non-contact interface device comprises either an eye motion recognition device or a hand motion recognition device or a voice or speech recognition device or virtual keyboard or virtual touch screen. Other biometric imput means are also included, and the biometric input means are correlated with the stored tracking information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

68.

WIRELESS IDENTIFICATION AND TRACKING IN GAMING SYSTEMS

      
Document Number 02488203
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-11-22
Open to Public Date 2005-12-14
Grant Date 2011-10-11
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Russell, Glen Keith
  • Jordan, R. Jeffrey

Abstract

A gaming system has at least two gaming components. Each gaming component has controller, a communications interface, a communication link to allow the controllers of the gaming components to communicate with internal components in either a wired or wireless fashion, a communication link providing for a wireless communications to external systems and/or components, a wireless identification mechanism used to uniquely and automatically identify the gaming device to appropriate sensors, and a positioning system that can relay precise positional data to host systems.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G06F 11/00 - Error detection; Error correction; Monitoring
  • G06Q 50/00 - Systems or methods specially adapted for specific business sectors, e.g. utilities or tourism
  • G06F 1/20 - Cooling means

69.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTHENTICATING AND VERIFYING COMMUNICATION ON A NETWORK OF GAMING DEVICES

      
Document Number 02489880
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-12-13
Open to Public Date 2005-08-19
Grant Date 2010-10-12
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Shelby, Michael B.
  • Dailey, Mark N.

Abstract

A method to transmit commands across a gaming network is implemented with digitally signed messages. The command messages are generated upon a triggering event, such as the winning of a bonus. The messages are digitally signed by the transmitting node and transmitted to the subservient device. When the subservient device receives the message, it verifies the signature and executes the command. If the signature does not verify, the subservient device may raise an alarm.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 9/32 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication including means for verifying the identity or authority of a user of the system
  • A63F 5/04 - Disc roulettes; Dial roulettes; Teetotums; Dice-tops
  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • H04L 12/16 - Arrangements for providing special services to substations

70.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR USING A LIGHT VALVE TO REDUCE THE VISIBILITY OF AN OBJECT WITHIN A GAMING APPARATUS

      
Document Number 02552879
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-01-11
Open to Public Date 2005-08-04
Grant Date 2015-10-27
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Griswold, Chauncey W.
  • Mattice, Harold E.
  • Wilder, Richard L.

Abstract

A gaming apparatus is disclosed that includes a housing, a value input device, a transparent panel having an outer surface and an inner surface, and a plurality of mechanically rotatable slot reels disposed in the housing so that the mechanically rotatable reels are visible to a player through the transparent panel. The gaming apparatus also having a light valve that includes a suspended particle device disposed between the inner surface and the slot reels, and a controller coupled to the light valve to cause the light valve to become opaque to substantially block the view of the slot reels to the player.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G02F 1/17 - Devices or arrangements for the control of the intensity, colour, phase, polarisation or direction of light arriving from an independent light source, e.g. switching, gating or modulating; Non-linear optics for the control of the intensity, phase, polarisation or colour based on variable-absorption elements not provided for in groups
  • G07F 17/34 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements depending on the stopping of moving members, e.g. "fruit" machines

71.

VIRTUAL GLASS FOR A GAMING MACHINE

      
Document Number 02552400
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-01-06
Open to Public Date 2005-08-04
Grant Date 2015-04-07
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Lemay, Steven G.
  • Goodman, John
  • Schlottmann, Gregory A.

Abstract

Various virtual glasses for providing visual and audio displays in a gaming machine are disclosed. Such virtual glasses may replace traditional gaming machine displays such as silk-screened glasses and secondary video screens. A virtual glass system comprises at least a host adapted to provide video content, a host storage unit adapted to store video content for the host, and a virtual glass in communication with the host. A standard virtual glass comprises at least a logic device, a storage unit, and a video display device. Multiples of each item may be present in each virtual glass system and/or virtual glass. In particular, the combined capacity of all virtual glass storage units is substantially less than the combined video content capacity of the host storage units. Additional devices can include remote hosts, remote virtual glasses, multiple hosts, networked systems and advanced logic devices capable of providing prioritization and increased functionality.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

72.

THREE-DIMENSIONAL AUTOSTEREOSCOPIC IMAGE DISPLAY FOR A GAMING APPARATUS

      
Document Number 02538776
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-08-31
Open to Public Date 2005-04-14
Grant Date 2015-10-06
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Wilder, Richard L.
  • Mattice, Harold E.
  • Griswold, Chauncey W.

Abstract

A gaming apparatus may include a display unit capable of displaying three- dimensioal images, a value input device, and a controller operatively coupled to the display unit and the value input device. The display unite may include a display screen which may have a plurality of display pixels and a lenticular screen coupled with the display screen. The controller may comprise a processor and a memory, and may be programmed to cause the display unit to generate a game display, to receive image data relating to a combination of a plurality of perspective views of an image, said plurality of perspective views being interlaced to form said image, to cause the display unit to generate a three-dimensional display from the image data, and to determine a value payout associated with an outcome of a game. The three-dimensional display may include a first perspective view of the when the image is viewed from a first angle and a second perspective view of the image when the image is viewed from a second angle, the first and second perspective views being displayed simultaneously.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

73.

PERSONAL GAMING DEVICE AND METHOD OF PRESENTING A GAME

      
Document Number 02539826
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-09-23
Open to Public Date 2005-04-07
Grant Date 2014-12-02
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Nguyen, Binh T.
  • Paulsen, Craig A.

Abstract

A game is presented to a player via a personal gaming device of the invention. In one embodiment, the gaming device includes a display screen, a processing unit including a processor and a memory, and a wireless communication interface associated with the processing unit. Game code is stored at the gaming device. A player pre-purchases game play, and information enabling the game device to present the game is provided, such as via a smart card, to the gaming device for use by the game code. The information may comprise game outcome information. The outcomes of played games are verified against stored information regarding the purchased games. Activation information is transmitted to the gaming device to enable operation of the device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

74.

UNIVERSAL GAME SERVER

      
Document Number 02535903
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-09-02
Open to Public Date 2005-03-17
Grant Date 2015-06-16
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Gatto, Jean-Marie
  • Brunet De Courssou, Thierry
  • Beney, Pierre-Jean

Abstract

A trusted disaster tolerant system architecture supporting concurrently a number of distributed online gaming operations such as slip-scan lottery, video lottery, fixed odd betting terminals, Internet gaming, and interactive TV. A personality front end resolves the peculiarities of the various client systems before submitting the relevant transactional payload to a trusted transactional cache. A universal game random generator may be used either at the central game server or at each individual gaming machine, thus conferring a significant trust to the entire estate of gaming machines fitted with the game random generator. An auditable trusted log allows to rapidly resolve any dispute. The instant-draw model and the differed-draw model are supported. The system may advantageously be used in casino environments.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/31 - Communication aspects specific to video games, e.g. between several handheld game devices at close range
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 3/06 - Lottos or bingo games; Systems, apparatus or devices for checking such games

75.

REWRITABLE CARD PRINTER WITH RETRACTABLE HEAD

      
Document Number 02564801
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-09-02
Open to Public Date 2005-03-10
Grant Date 2009-12-22
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Meyerhofer, Eric
  • Hedrick, Joseph R.
  • Crivelli, Franco

Abstract

A rewritable card printer (110) having a retractable head. The head such as a magnetic read/write head (2101) is retracted whenever a rewritable card (114), not having feature recognizable by the head, is inserted into the rewritable card printer. The head is retractable to minimize wear on the head when the head is not in use. In a rewritable printer having multiple other heads, the other heads may by used to read from the rewritable card while the retractable head is retracted. If the other heads are incapable of reading the rewritable card, the retractable head is extend to read from the rewritable card.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B41F 17/00 - Printing apparatus or machines of special types or for particular purposes, not otherwise provided for
  • B41J 13/12 - Sheet holders, retainers, or stationary guides specially adapted for cards, envelopes, or the like
  • B41M 3/14 - Security printing
  • G06K 1/12 - Methods or arrangements for marking the record carrier in digital fashion otherwise than by punching
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G06K 5/00 - Methods or arrangements for verifying the correctness of markings on a record carrier; Column-detection devices
  • G06K 7/08 - Methods or arrangements for sensing record carriers by means detecting the change of an electrostatic or magnetic field, e.g. by detecting change of capacitance between electrodes
  • G06K 19/06 - Record carriers for use with machines and with at least a part designed to carry digital markings characterised by the kind of the digital marking, e.g. shape, nature, code

76.

REWRITABLE CARD PRINTER WITH RETRACTABLE HEAD

      
Document Number 02668313
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-09-02
Open to Public Date 2005-03-10
Grant Date 2012-12-11
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Meyerhofer, Eric
  • Hedrick, Joseph R.
  • Wells, William R.
  • Crivelli, Franco

Abstract

A rewritable card printer having a retractable head. The head such as a magnetic read/write head is retracted whenever a rewritable card, not having feature recognizable by the head, is inserted into the rewritable card printer. The head is retractable to minimize wear on the head when the head is not in use. In a rewritable printer having multiple other heads, the other heads may by used to read from the rewritable card while the retractable head is retracted. If the other heads are incapable of reading the rewritable card, the retractable head is extend to read from the rewritable card.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B41F 17/00 - Printing apparatus or machines of special types or for particular purposes, not otherwise provided for
  • B41F 33/16 - Programming systems for automatic control of sequence of operations
  • B41J 13/12 - Sheet holders, retainers, or stationary guides specially adapted for cards, envelopes, or the like
  • G06K 1/12 - Methods or arrangements for marking the record carrier in digital fashion otherwise than by punching

77.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERMITTING A TOURNAMENT GAME ON DIFFERENT COMPUTING PLATFORMS

      
Document Number 02535838
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-08-06
Open to Public Date 2005-03-03
Grant Date 2016-09-13
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Nguyen, Binh T.
  • Paulsen, Craig A.

Abstract

In an embodiment of a gaming method, a fee from a player to play in a tournament may be received, and data indicative of a gaming unit on which the player has chosen to play in the tournament may be received. Gaming software may be loaded to the chosen gaming unit after the player has chosen the gaming unit, wherein the gaming software is to configure the chosen gaming unit for playing in the tournament. The chosen gaming unit may be enabled for playing in the tournament. A winning player of the tournament, if any, may be determined and, if the winning player of the tournament is determined, data indicative of a value payout to be awarded to the winning player may be generated.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

78.

TOURNAMENT GAME SYSTEM AND METHOD USING A TOURNAMENT GAME CARD

      
Document Number 02535880
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-08-06
Open to Public Date 2005-03-03
Grant Date 2016-04-19
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Nguyen, Binh T.
  • Paulsen, Craig A.

Abstract

In an embodiment of a gaming method, an identifier may be received from a first gaming unit, wherein the identifier is associated with a tournament game card, wherein the tournament game card is provided to a player in response to paying a fee. Whether the identifier received from the first gaming unit is authentic may be determined. A duration the player may play in a tournament may be determined based on the identifier, and the first gaming unit may be enabled for play in the tournament for the duration if the identifier is authentic. A tournament score of the player may be received, and a winning player of the tournament, if any, may be deten-nined. Data indicative of a value payout to be awarded to the winning player may be generated if the winning player of the tournament is determined.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

79.

PEER-TO-PEER GAMING SYSTEM

      
Document Number 02468547
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-05-27
Open to Public Date 2005-01-08
Grant Date 2012-11-13
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Russell, Glen Keith
  • Shelby, Michael B.
  • Jordan, R. Jeffrey
  • Norton, James R.

Abstract

A gaming system is disclosed. The gaming system includes at least two gaming components. Each gaming component includes a controller and a communications interface. The gaming system also includes a communication link to allow the controllers of the gaming components to communicate with other controllers of other gaming components on a peer-to-peer basis through the communication interfaces.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

80.

PROTOCOLS AND STANDARDS FOR USB PERIPHERAL COMMUNICATIONS

      
Document Number 02527553
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-06-09
Open to Public Date 2004-12-23
Grant Date 2015-04-14
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Quraishi, Nadeem Ahmad
  • Lam, Rex Yinzok
  • Pickering, Robert Leland
  • Kuna, Venkata Dhananjaya
  • Patil, Sangshetty
  • Lemay, Steven G.

Abstract

A disclosed gaming machine is coupled to a plurality of "USB gaming peripherals." The USB gaming peripherals, which may include one or more peripheral devices, communicate with a master gaming controller using a USB communication architecture. The USB communication architecture may include a vendor-specific class protocol. The USB vendor-specific class protocol may comprise: 1) a base protocol for defining message handling relating to peripheral device functionality common to a plurality of peripheral devices; and 2) one or more feature-specific protocol extensions for defining message handling specific to a USB feature where each feature-specific protocol extension defines feature-specific messages. The base protocol may be designed such that when one of the feature-specific messages is modified, the base protocol does not change.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

81.

DOWNLOAD PROCEDURES FOR PERIPHERAL DEVICES

      
Document Number 02527872
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-06-09
Open to Public Date 2004-12-23
Grant Date 2013-11-26
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Quraishi, Nadeem Ahmad
  • Lam, Rex Yinzok
  • Pickering, Robert Leland
  • Kuna, Venkata Dhananjaya
  • Patil, Sangshetty
  • Lemay, Steven G.

Abstract

A disclosed gaming machine is coupled to a plurality of "USB gaming peripherals." The USB gaming peripherals, which may include one or more peripheral devices, communicate with a master gaming controller using a USB communication architecture. The USB gaming peripherals may include USB DFU (Device Firmware Upgrade)-compatible peripheral devices. One or more host processes, such as a USB device class manager or a DFU driver, may be capable of downloading firmware to the USB DFU-compatible peripheral device. The host processes may receive a firmware identifier from the USB DFU-compatible peripheral device where the firmware identifier allows for two USB DFU- compatible peripheral devices with identical product identification information to be downloaded different firmware.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

82.

UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS SOFTWARE ARCHITECTURE IN A GAMING MACHINE

      
Document Number 02528796
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-06-09
Open to Public Date 2004-12-23
Grant Date 2014-12-09
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Lam, Rex Yinzok
  • Quraishi, Nadeem Ahmad
  • Lemay, Steven G.

Abstract

A disclosed gaming machine is coupled to a plurality of "USB gaming peripherals." The USB gaming peripherals, which may include one or more peripheral devices, communicate with a master gaming controller using a USB communication architecture. As part of the USB communication architecture, a USB device class manager may configure a USB device interface. The USB device interface may comprise a plurality of USB drivers where the USB device drivers are used to provide interfaces that are compatible with the gaming operating system such that processes in the gaming operating system may use USB communications to communicate with the plurality of USB gaming peripherals. Further, the USB device class manager may authorize the connection of each USB gaming peripheral to the USB device interface. In addition, the USB device class manager may be capable of downloading firmware to the USB gaming peripherals.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

83.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LIMITING ACCESS TO GAMES USING BIOMETRIC DATA

      
Document Number 02518770
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-03-15
Open to Public Date 2004-11-04
Grant Date 2015-02-24
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Wells, William R.
  • Mattice, Harold E.
  • Griswold, Chauncey W.
  • Wilder, Richard L.

Abstract

In a method of operating an authentication server, where the authentication server is operatively coupled to a network, a request to determine whether a person is allowed to play a game on a gaming system may be received from a computer via the network. The request may include biometric data associated with the person. The received biometric data may be compared with data in a database that includes biometric data of persons allowed to play games on the gaming system. It may be determined whether the person is allowed to play a game on the gaming system based on the comparison of the received biometric data with the data in the database. A message may be transmitted to the computer via the network that indicates whether the person is allowed to play a game on the gaming system. Additionally, it may be determined whether a gaming unit on which the person desires to play a game is in a permitted location for playing the game. A message may be transmitted to the computer via the network that indicates whether the gaming unit on which the person desires to play a game is in a permitted location.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

84.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR LIMITING ACCESS TO GAMES USING BIOMETRIC DATA

      
Document Number 02518083
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-03-11
Open to Public Date 2004-11-04
Grant Date 2012-08-07
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Wells, William R.
  • Mattice, Harold E.
  • Griswold, Chauncey W.
  • Wilder, Richard L.

Abstract

In a method of facilitating the playing of a game via a gaming apparatus, a wager may be received via a value input device. Biometric data associated with a game play selection of a game may be received, and whether to permit the game play selection may be determined based on the received biometric data. A video image relating to the game may be displayed on a display unit, and a value payout associated with an outcome of the game may be determined.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

85.

BONUS AWARD FOR GAMING MACHINES USING SELECTABLE SCRIPTS

      
Document Number 02459842
Status Pending
Filing Date 2004-03-05
Open to Public Date 2004-10-28
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Boyd, Scott A.
  • Schneider, Richard J.

Abstract

A game bonus can be initiated by a reel symbol combination; an example is the initiator symbol that occurs on the base game. Once a combination is hit, a plurality of scripts may be chosen randomly. A select script takes a player through a predetermined bonus sequence. The bonus sequence can be located on a video screen, or on a top box. Each script may request player interaction at each let of the current step before moving on to the next step. Each step may have the same value or it may have different values, with the defining difference being on the method of awarding the sum of the values of each step of the script. With multiple scripts associated with the same sum value, it is possible to provide the appearance of luck and/or skill to a player that may never see the same bonus sequence twice and thus would be unable to predict the outcome.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 13/45 - Controlling the progress of the video game
  • G07F 17/34 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements depending on the stopping of moving members, e.g. "fruit" machines

86.

VALUED END BONUS EVENT FOR GAMING MACHINE

      
Document Number 02459655
Status Pending
Filing Date 2004-03-04
Open to Public Date 2004-10-25
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Jordan, Jeff
  • Schneider, Richard J.
  • Boyd, Scott A.
  • Russell, Glen K.

Abstract

The game bonus can be initiated by a reel symbol combination; an example is the initiator symbol that occurs on the base game. In the preferred implementation, the bonus initiator will be a scatter pay on a video slot. Upon hitting the initiator, the game random number generator chooses a value to award and an associated script to display the award based upon a probability and award schedule. The embodiments of display have a play choosing chickens located in cages on a truck. Each chicken awards a value until a chicken with a stopper and a value is chosen. This stopper ends the script and the player is awarded a value.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 13/45 - Controlling the progress of the video game
  • G07F 17/34 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements depending on the stopping of moving members, e.g. "fruit" machines
  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for

87.

SECURE GAMING SYSTEM

      
Document Number 02520783
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-04-02
Open to Public Date 2004-10-21
Grant Date 2013-01-15
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Nguyen, Binh T.
  • Goodman, John

Abstract

A disclosed gaming machine provides methods and apparatus for securing a gaming system. Data files stored on the gaming machine and communications between the gaming machine and its components or external devices are protected using hardware cryptography devices placed at various locations within the gaming machine. Specifically, a hardware cryptography device is used to decrypt encrypted data files stored on the gaming machine or its components before the data files are executed. Additionally, a hardware cryptography device is used to encrypt data files before transmitting them to external devices across a communication path in the gaming machine network. Likewise, the hardware cryptography device is used to decrypt encrypted data files received from external devices.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

88.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VERIFYING ENTITLEMENT TO PLAY A GAME USING A BIOMETRIC IDENTIFIER

      
Document Number 02497622
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-08-27
Open to Public Date 2004-03-25
Grant Date 2013-03-12
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Chatigny, Michelle
  • Rowe, Rick

Abstract

A player is permitted to participate in an interactive gaming event from a remote location (fig. 2), such as a hotel room or home computer, once the player's entitlement to participate (S2) has been confirmed using a biometric identifier (S3). Player's entitlement to participate (S2) 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 (S3) is obtained and the fingerprint is stored in association with an assigned identification code (S4 and S5). When a player requests to participate in a gaming event (S6) from a remote location (fig. 2), the player's identification code (S7) is received from the player and is used to locate the corresponding stored fingerprint. The player then transmits their scanned fingerprint (S8). If the transmitted fingerprint and stored fingerprint match, the player is verified as entitled to participate in the gaming event (S9).

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 9/32 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication including means for verifying the identity or authority of a user of the system
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

89.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING GAMING MACHINE CODE DOWNLOADS

      
Document Number 02498155
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-08-26
Open to Public Date 2004-03-25
Grant Date 2014-02-18
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor Rowe, Rick

Abstract

A gaming machine is arranged with a gaming machine controller and a secondary "queuing" device, preferably a player tracking controller having a memory. A communication link is provided between the player tracking controller and gaming machine controller, and the player tracking controller and a player tracking network including a player tracking host or server. A game code server is connected to the player tracking network. In accordance with a method, gaming machine code or data, such as game or other control code, is transmitted from the game code server over the player tracking network to the player tracking controller. The code may be processed by the player tracking controller, including by storing it in the player tracking controller memory. The code may then be transmitted to the gaming machine controller for storage and execution.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

90.

USB DEVICE PROTOCOL FOR A GAMING MACHINE

      
Document Number 02498290
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-08-22
Open to Public Date 2004-03-25
Grant Date 2013-12-10
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Lam, Rex Y.
  • Pickering, Robert L.
  • Quraishi, Nadeem A.
  • Kuna, Venkata D.
  • Lemay, Steven G.

Abstract

A disclosed gaming machine has a plurality of "gaming peripherals," each communicating with a master gaming controller via a standard peripheral interface such as the USB (Universal Serial Bus). For USB compatible communications, characteristics of a USB gaming peripheral class are defined. The USB gaming peripheral class allows features of a USB gaming peripheral in the USB gaming peripheral class to be controlled by a USB host in amanner compatible with USB.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

91.

DYNAMIC STORAGE OF GAMING MACHINE DATA IN NONVOLATILE MEMORY

      
Document Number 02498667
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-09-11
Open to Public Date 2004-03-25
Grant Date 2014-10-28
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor Nelson, Dwayne R.

Abstract

A method and apparatus of dynamically storing critical data of a gaming machine by allocating and deallocating memory space in a gaming machine is disclosed. One or more embodiments describe downloading or removing a new game to a gaming machine such that all existing critical data in NV-RAM memory is left intact. In one embodiment, the invention discloses a method and apparatus for dynamically allocating and deallocating memory space to accommodate either permanent or temporary storage in an NV-RAM. A method and apparatus is provided to monitor available memory space and dynamically resize the memory in NV-RAM. In one embodiment, a method is disclosed for performing an integrity check of the NV-RAM and determining whether a critical data error has occurred. In one or more embodiments, methods of compacting and shifting contents of an NV-RAM are described to consolidate available memory space or to prevent unauthorized access of NV-RAM memory.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 12/02 - Addressing or allocation; Relocation
  • G06F 11/00 - Error detection; Error correction; Monitoring
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

92.

PLAYER TRACKING COMMUNICATION MECHANISMS IN A GAMING MACHINE

      
Document Number 02498814
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-09-11
Open to Public Date 2004-03-25
Grant Date 2014-08-19
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Hedrick, Joseph R.
  • Nguyen, Binh T.
  • Kinsley, Mike

Abstract

A disclosed a player tracking unit provides a multimedia interface with a display and an interface to one or more sound projection devices and a multimedia board for processing digitally formatted program files for output on the multimedia interface. The player tracking unit may provide menus of audio and video programs, such as a menu for a musical jukebox or a menu for a video-on-demand service. Using a "TV-like" interface, a user may be able to select a program to output on the multimedia interface and control playback features of the program.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G07F 7/00 - Mechanisms actuated by objects other than coins to free or to actuate vending, hiring, coin or paper currency dispensing or refunding apparatus

93.

GAMING DEVICE HAVING AN ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER SYSTEM

      
Document Number 02495550
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-08-06
Open to Public Date 2004-03-11
Grant Date 2013-07-23
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Chamberlain, John W.
  • Saffari, Ali Mohamad
  • Hollibaugh, Larry R.

Abstract

An apparatus, system and method for electronically transferring funds at a gaming device. The apparatus includes a gaming device having a ticketing system that includes a ticket reader and a ticket printer. The processor of the gaming device communicates with each of these devices as well as a ticket validation system, which is preferably located within the casino or gaming establishment outside of the gaming device. The gaming device also includes an electronic funds transfer control unit that communicates with a card reader, keypad and display for prompting the player to enter fund transfer card information. The control unit sends out fund requests over a wide area network to a remote fund repository. If the repository approves of a fund request, the approval travels back to the ticket validation system, which instructs the gaming device to issue a ticket to the player having the requested amount and a receipt for the electronic funds transfer.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G07F 17/42 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for ticket printing or like apparatus

94.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ISSUING AND USING GAMING MACHINE RECEIPTS

      
Document Number 02495889
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-07-25
Open to Public Date 2004-02-26
Grant Date 2014-01-28
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Rowe, Rick
  • Chilton, Ward

Abstract

The invention comprises a gaming system including at least one gaming machine arranged to accept and print receipts. In one embodiment of a method, a player playing a gaming machine is issued a receipt which represents credit or value belonging to the player, and includes secondary information. The secondary information may comprise promotional award information, such as a matching bet for use in playing another game or a prize, or information unrelated to the games, such as a horoscope. In another embodiment of the invention, a method comprises issuing a first receipt at a first location, such as a parking garage, accepting the first receipt at a gaming machine, issuing a second receipt at the gaming machine and then accepting the second receipt at another location, such as a parking garage exit. In this method, the gaming machine serves as a validation mechanism to a player activity or event.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G07F 17/42 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for ticket printing or like apparatus

95.

GAMING APPARATUS AND GAMING METHOD

      
Document Number 02494044
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-07-11
Open to Public Date 2004-02-12
Grant Date 2013-10-15
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Beaulieu, Nicole
  • Schlottman, Gregory A.
  • Nelson, Dwayne Riley

Abstract

A method of operating a gaming apparatus may include identifying a player, accessing stored player data relating to the player, and performing a personalized gaming operation based on the stored player data. The personalized gaming operation may include one of the following personalized gaming operations: generating a video image of a game piece, the game piece having one or more characteristics selected according to the stored player data, generating a personalized video image based on the stored player data, or generating a game environment, the game environment including video images other than a video image of a game piece, music and sound effects and one or more of the video images other than a video image of a game piece, music and sound effects selected according to the stored player data. A system or apparatus including a computer or controller programmed to operate according to the method may also be provided, as may a memory having a computer program in accordance with the method stored therein.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/70 - Game security or game management aspects
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

96.

FLEXIBLE LOYALTY POINTS MANAGEMENT FOR GAMING MACHINES

      
Document Number 02494496
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-07-30
Open to Public Date 2004-02-12
Grant Date 2015-04-14
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Kaminkow, Joseph E.
  • Rowe, Richard E.

Abstract

A disclosed a gaming machine includes an input mechanism with a non-physical contact data interface. The non-physical contact data interface may be capable of reading loyalty program data from a loyalty program instrument without contact between the loyalty program instrument and the non-physical contact data interface. The input mechanism with the non-physical contact data interface may be one of a bill validator, a bar-code reader and a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag reader. The loyalty program instrument may be a substrate including at least one of a 1-D bar-code printed on the substrate, a 2-D bar-code printed on the substrate, a symbol printed on the substrate, alpha-numeric character printed on the substrate, a RFID tag embedded in the substrate, a RFID tag printed on the substrate and combinations thereof. The loyalty program instrument may be used to store an index to a record in a database or a portable data file.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination

97.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENROLLING GAMING DEVICE PLAYERS INTO A PLAYER-TRACKING SYSTEM

      
Document Number 02429651
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-05-26
Open to Public Date 2004-01-17
Grant Date 2013-01-08
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Kastner, Steven Robert
  • Candalino, Ted G.

Abstract

A preexisting card is electronically read. Information coded into the magnetic stripe or bar code on the preexisting card is decoded. The decoded information is used to identify matching player accounts. The identified player accounts are presented to the user, who can then select one of the accounts. The selected account is then accessed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G07F 7/08 - Mechanisms actuated by objects other than coins to free or to actuate vending, hiring, coin or paper currency dispensing or refunding apparatus by coded identity card or credit card
  • H04L 12/16 - Arrangements for providing special services to substations

98.

OPEN ARCHITECTURE COMMUNICATIONS IN A GAMING NETWORK

      
Document Number 02490375
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-06-18
Open to Public Date 2004-01-08
Grant Date 2012-09-11
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Brosnan, William
  • Lemay, Steven G.
  • Cockerille, Warner
  • Nelson, Dwayne
  • Breckner, Robert

Abstract

Open architecture communication systems and methods are provided that allow flexible data transmission between gaming machines and other devices and nodes within a gaming machine network. The gaming machine and other devices employ a communication interface that sends and receives data via a common communication protocol and via common communication hardware. The communication interface and common communication protocol allow data transfer between gaming machines and other network nodes such as gaming service servers, despite the presence of different proprietary gaming machine functions and proprietary communication protocols and despite the presence of various proprietary hardware and proprietary communication protocols relied on by the servers.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure

99.

OPEN ARCHITECTURE COMMUNICATIONS IN A GAMING NETWORK

      
Document Number 02781163
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-06-18
Open to Public Date 2004-01-08
Grant Date 2016-08-16
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Brosnan, William R.
  • Lemay, Steven G.
  • Cockerille, Warner
  • Nelson, Dwayne
  • Breckner, Robert

Abstract

Open architecture communication systems and methods are provided that allow flexible data transmission between gaming machines and other devices and nodes within a gaming machine network. The gaming machine and other devices employ a communication interface that sends and receives data via a common communication protocol and via common communication hardware. The communication interface and common communication protocol allow data transfer between gaming machines and other network nodes such as gaming service servers, despite the presence of different proprietary gaming machine functions and proprietary communication protocols and despite the presence of various proprietary hardware and proprietary communication protocols relied on by the servers.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/28 - Data switching networks characterised by path configuration, e.g. LAN [Local Area Networks] or WAN [Wide Area Networks]
  • A63F 13/32 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers using local area network [LAN] connections
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

100.

CASHLESS TIME GAMING

      
Document Number 02519386
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-05-29
Open to Public Date 2003-12-18
Grant Date 2013-12-31
Owner IGT (USA)
Inventor
  • Gatto, Jean-Marie
  • Brunet De Courssou, Thierry
  • Beney, Pierre-Jean

Abstract

A player in a casino may purchase an amount of playing time and then play as quickly as he likes on a gaming machine (104) during that period of time. The player may try his luck against a frantic rhythm with minimum return on each game or at a slower pace rhythm with a higher return on each game. When the player actuates a cash-out signal, the time clock is frozen; the player may then choose to continue playing on another machine or return to the same machine at any other time. The game outcome is adjusted in accordance with the speed at which the game is played. The games may also be automatically triggered following a manual arming by the player.When the rhythm is slow, standby time may be used to entertain the player.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for
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