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G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements 10
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 3
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1.

SECURITY FOR GAMING DEVICES

      
Document Number 02533520
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-01-23
Open to Public Date 2006-09-17
Grant Date 2013-10-01
Owner GTECH GERMANY GMBH (Germany)
Inventor
  • Falvey, Grahame M.
  • Koller, Christian
  • Kopesky, Gregor
  • Tuchler, Gerhard

Abstract

A secure smart card or other secure modular memory device is plugged into (or otherwise connected to) a port of a game controller board internal to a gaming machine. The smart card is programmed to detect an encrypted "challenge" message from the host CPU and output an encrypted "response". If the host CPU determines that the response has the expected properties, then the host CPU verifies that the game program is authentic (i.e., the game program is accurate and authorized for use by that particular gaming machine and customer), and the game can be played. The challenge/request exchange may be performed before every game is played on the machine or at any other time. If the response is improper, then the host CPU will issue a halt command to halt play of the game. By controlling access to the properly programmed smart card, gaming machines cannot run unauthorized copies of the game program. Various other security features are disclosed for protecting communications and data within the gaming machine, such as erasing secure memories if tampering is detected and requiring that an authorized secure smart card be connected to each one of multiple game boards in a single gaming machine for accurate secure communications between boards.

IPC Classes  ?

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

2.

GAMING MACHINE USING CONTROLLABLE LEDS FOR REEL STRIP ILLUMINATION

      
Document Number 02495718
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-01-31
Open to Public Date 2005-11-14
Grant Date 2020-09-22
Owner GTECH GERMANY GMBH (Germany)
Inventor
  • Gauselmann, Michael
  • Tucker, David M.

Abstract

A backlight for a reel assembly is disclosed comprising a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs). An array of red, green, and blue diodes are positioned behind a translucent reel strip to backlight three adjacent symbols on a reel strip. The LEDs are individually controllable to vary the color output of the LED array for a full spectrum of colors including white. Groups of LEDs can be illuminated to optimally illuminate any number of symbols of any size. The LEDs may be controlled to highlight special symbols such as by blinking or changing colors. LEDs are also arranged on both sides of the reel strip in a vertical array so as to outline the edges of the reel strip.

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
  • H05B 45/10 - Controlling the intensity of the light
  • H05B 45/40 - Circuit arrangements for operating light emitting diodes [LED] - Details of LED load circuits

3.

GAMING MACHINE WITH PLAYER-SELECTED HIDDEN BONUS AWARDS AND DISPLAYED POSSIBLE AWARDS

      
Document Number 02485619
Status Pending
Filing Date 2004-10-20
Open to Public Date 2005-05-17
Owner GTECH GERMANY GMBH (Germany)
Inventor Gauselmann, Michael

Abstract

In one embodiment, a gaming machine carries out a main game, such as a spinning reel type game, either using physical reels or simulated reels on a video screen. A special combination of symbols activates a video bonus game. The bonus game comprises a matrix of hidden values in the form of icons that may be selected by the player. The values that may be selected are displayed to the player in an order unrelated to the arrangement of the hidden values in the matrix so the player sees what she can possibly win. The player then makes her selections to win the hidden awards. In one embodiment, the player only makes a predetermined number of selections. In another embodiment, the player makes selections until an end-of game value is selected. After each selection, the displayed values may change.

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
  • A63F 13/80 - Special adaptations for executing a specific game genre or game mode

4.

PLAYER TRACKING MODULE FOR A GAMING MACHINE

      
Document Number 02464537
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-04-15
Open to Public Date 2004-10-17
Grant Date 2019-08-27
Owner GTECH GERMANY GMBH (Germany)
Inventor
  • Schober, Helmut
  • Hoedl, Peter
  • Zechner, Robert

Abstract

A player insert for a gaming machine, the player insert comprising: an electronically controllable screen, a controller for said electronically controllable screen, an interface adapted to communicate between said controller and a host system associated with said player insert and with further player inserts, said controller being adapted to receive signals from a said host system via said interface and to thereby effect a display on said electronically controllable screen synchronized with at least one further display on at least one further player insert. The electronically controllable screen can be controlled to operate in a first state in which it is transparent and permits a separate display provided behind the screen to be viewed by the player and in a second state in which it is adapted to effect the display as stated above. The description and claims also relate to a gaming system including a plurality of gaming machines each having a respective player insert and to a method of operating such a gaming system.

IPC Classes  ?

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

5.

MOUNTING BRACKET FOR A GAMING MACHINE

      
Document Number 02450614
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-11-25
Open to Public Date 2004-07-17
Grant Date 2011-09-20
Owner GTECH GERMANY GMBH (Germany)
Inventor Gauselmann, Michael

Abstract

A mounting bracket for a slot machine is disclosed herein, where the slot machine is slid onto the mounting bracket. The mounting bracket insures proper alignment of the slot machine onto the platform and secures the slot machine into position.

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
  • 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

6.

BILL STACKER AND HOPPER ACCESS TECHNIQUE FOR A GAMING DEVICE

      
Document Number 02450626
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-11-25
Open to Public Date 2004-07-08
Grant Date 2013-09-24
Owner GTECH GERMANY GMBH (Germany)
Inventor Gauselmann, Michael

Abstract

In a gaming machine, unlocking a first lock enables an attendant to open the front door of the gaming machine, allowing access to the internal circuitry of the gaming machine but not allowing access to the money in the gaming machine. Unlocking a second lock enables an attendant to open a second access barrier to gain access to the money. Since access to the internal circuitry is separated from access to the money, better security control is provided.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G07D 9/00 - Counting coins; Handling of coins not provided for in the other groups of this subclass
  • G07F 5/26 - Interlocks, e.g. for locking the doors of compartments other than that to be used

7.

GAMING MACHINE DISPLAYING SPECIAL SYMBOL HAVING RANDOMLY SELECTED FUNCTIONS

      
Document Number 02441169
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-09-17
Open to Public Date 2004-05-19
Grant Date 2016-11-15
Owner GTECH GERMANY GMBH (Germany)
Inventor Gauselmann, Michael

Abstract

Disclosed herein is a game played on a gaming device that displays a randomly selected array of symbols, where the symbols across one or more pay lines are evaluated by circuitry to determine an award to be granted. One of the possible symbols is a special symbol that offers various special functions. The special symbol switches between two or more states, where each state provides a different function. The switching is stopped randomly or by the player, and the resulting function is carried out. In another embodiment, the special symbol allows symbols to be moved in the array or provides other functions.

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
  • 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

8.

PROGRESSIVE JACKPOT GAMING SYSTEM

      
Document Number 02437355
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-08-08
Open to Public Date 2004-02-22
Grant Date 2016-05-10
Owner GTECH GERMANY GMBH (Germany)
Inventor Gauselmann, Michael

Abstract

A progressive jackpot system for a gaming network is described wherein the accumulation of the jackpot is based upon any of a number of factors, and the winning of the jackpot is based on any of a number of factors. In one embodiment, the winning of the jackpot may be by any player using a player ID card or a cash- less card to play a gaming machine. The determination of a winner of the jackpot may be based on a random selection of a player's ID code (or cash-less card code) by a network computer.

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

9.

PATRON AND CROUPIER ASSESSMENT IN ROULETTE

      
Document Number 02300248
Status In Force
Filing Date 2000-03-09
Open to Public Date 2000-09-12
Grant Date 2015-12-01
Owner GTECH GERMANY GMBH (Germany)
Inventor Mothwurf, Ewald

Abstract

A Roulette gaming system and method for use at a roulette table having a roulette wheel, a chipper machine for sorting color chips and a chip tray for storing value chips. The gaming system comprises a computer, means interfacing the chipper machine to the computer for the counting of the number of color chips of each color sorted by the chipper machine, detection means associated with the chip tray for detecting the change in value of the chip tray, means interfacing the chip tray to the computer and a table terminal interfaced to the computer for inputting information concerning the identity of individual patrons, and information associating a color chip to any patron playing at the table.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 5/00 - Roulette games
  • G06M 3/10 - Counters with additional facilities for counting denominations with unequal numbers in each stage, e.g. degrees and minutes of angle
  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements

10.

METHOD FOR THE DETERMINATION OF A SHARED JACKPOT WINNING

      
Document Number 02208188
Status In Force
Filing Date 1997-06-18
Open to Public Date 1997-12-18
Grant Date 2005-06-14
Owner GTECH GERMANY GMBH (Germany)
Inventor Gauselmann, Michael

Abstract

A method of a shared jackpot system of a gambling apparatus unit is provided, where the gambling apparatus unit comprises a plurality of coin-operated gambling machines. The gambling machines are linked to each other and jointly fill a jackpot. A predetermined part of the gambling bet of each gambling machine is employed to fill the jackpot. The filling level of the jackpot is displayed on each gambling machine and with a large display. A communication board is coordinated to each gambling apparatus in addition to a control unit. Upon actuation of the gambling machines, it is automatically determined which one of the gambling machines assumes the control in the form of a master. The master gambling machine monitors whether a jackpot trigger value is present. In case a jackpot trigger value is present, a command sequence is sent to all linked gambling machines. At the same time there occurs a final game in the gambling machines based on the command sequence. A rank sequence and a winning quota, respectively, is determined based on the predicted game result and the actual game result, wherein the rank sequence and the winning quota, respectively, represents a distribution key for the jackpot.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G07C 15/00 - Generating random numbers; Lottery apparatus

11.

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DATA GATHERING IN GAMES OF CHANCE

      
Document Number 02230534
Status In Force
Filing Date 1996-08-16
Open to Public Date 1997-03-20
Grant Date 2004-10-19
Owner GTECH GERMANY GMBH (Germany)
Inventor Mothwurf, Ewald

Abstract

A method and apparatus for determining the win or less of individual participants in a game of chance, such as for example Black Jack, Poker or the like, wherein the bet and the winnings are represented by chips. A central chip depository (102) is provided for receiving the game inventory and the latter has means for determining its momentary content. At least one chip deposit area (110, 111) is provided per participant and has in each case at least one sensor (701) for the detection of chips lying on the deposit area (110, 111). The means for determining the momentary chip content and also the sensors (701) have their outputs connected to the inputs of a data processing system (104).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07F 17/32 - Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports, or amusements
  • G07D 9/06 - Devices for stacking or otherwise arranging coins on a support, e.g. apertured plate for use in counting coins