US Patent No: 7,607,976

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Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards

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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.

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IGTRENO, NV2910

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Baerlocher, Anthony J Reno, NV 1047 35169
Ching, Erick T Reno, NV 78 2375
Peterson, Tonja M Reno, NV 42 1681
Vasquez, James A Carson City, NV 94 2261

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7,331,868 Wagering gaming device providing physical stimulation responses to various components of the gaming device 54 2002
2003/0092,484 System for awarding a bonus to a gaming device on a wide area network 108 2002
2003/0228,912 Method for downloading data to gaming devices 102 2003
6,910,964 Selective indication of a bonus at a gaming device with player input 171 2003
6,692,355 Gaming device having separately changeable value and modifier bonus scheme 201 2003
6,918,832 Gaming device with traveling reel symbols 104 2003
7,226,358 Method, apparatus and system for gaming using a rotatable payout indicator 58 2003
6,832,958 Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices 190 2003
6,899,620 Gaming device having a multiple selection and award distribution bonus scheme 101 2003
7,160,188 Gaming device having a multiple selection and award distribution bonus scheme 91 2003
2005/0012,818 Security camera interface 55 2003
2005/0059,467 Multi-player bingo with slept awards reverting to progressive jackpot pool 148 2004
2004/0176,161 Method and apparatus for authenticating and verifying communication on a network of gaming devices 7 2004
6,981,917 Gaming device having a first game scheme involving a symbol generator, a second game and a first game terminator 67 2004
2005/0101,374 Method for providing incentive to play gaming devices connected by a network to a host computer 104 2004
2005/0032,573 Computer network and method for changing the pay schedules of gaming devices 143 2004
2005/0070,353 Gaming device having a primary game scheme involving a symbol generator and secondary award wheels 67 2004
2006/0073,887 Wide area progressive jackpot system and methods 118 2004
2005/0096,125 Play per view 87 2004
2005/0101,375 Gaming device having an award exchange bonus round and method for revealing award exchange possibilities 107 2004
2006/0183,538 Flexible determination of progressive awards 96 2005
2005/0143,169 Direction interfaces and services on a gaming machine 120 2005
2005/0192,099 Secured virtual network in a gaming environment 160 2005
2005/0282,626 Method and apparatus for awarding a mystery promotional ticket 152 2005
2006/0030,403 Gaming method and device involving progressive wagers 157 2005
2006/0035,705 System and method for delivering mystery awards 79 2005
2006/0040,732 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 217 2005
* 7,500,913 Gaming system which provides multiple players multiple bonus awards 33 2005
2006/0025,210 Method of awarding prizes for jackpot and gaming machines based on amount wagered during a time period 149 2005
* 2007/0105,619 GAMING SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE GAMING MACHINES WHICH PROVIDE BONUS AWARDS 99 2006
2007/0129,131 GAMING DEVICE HAVING A MULTIPLE SELECTION AND AWARD DISTRIBUTION BONUS SCHEME 80 2007
2008/0214,263 Method and apparatus for bonus round play 49 2008
 
ZYNGA INC. (5)
5,707,286 Universal gaming engine 271 1994
6,142,872 Method and apparatus for team play of slot machines 428 1998
6,319,122 Electronic amusement device and method for providing payouts based on the activity of other devices 199 1998
6,361,441 Method and apparatus for team play of slot machines 231 2000
2004/0242,297 Method and apparatus for team play of slot machines 174 2004
 
MIRAGE RESORTS, INCORPORATED (1)
6,416,409 Gaming system with shared progressive jackpot 214 1999
 
HARRAH'S OPERATING COMPANY, INC. (1)
5,761,647 National customer recognition system and method 604 1996
 
FOREVER ENDEAVOR SOFTWARE, INC. (2)
5,833,537 Gaming apparatus and method with persistence effect 591 1996
5,980,384 Gaming apparatus and method having an integrated first and second game 841 1997
 
SPIELO INTERNATIONAL CANADA ULC (1)
2006/0052,159 Multivendor progressive gaming system 107 2004
 
Summit Systems, Inc. (Interscience Systems) (1)
4,283,709 Cash accounting and surveillance system for games 343 1980
 
ROFFMAN, ELIZABETH M. (1)
6,375,568 Interactive gaming system and process 273 1999
 
INVENTOR HOLDINGS, LLC (1)
6,648,762 Electronic amusement device and method for propagating a performance adjustment signal 122 2001
 
Thunderbird Greeley, Inc. (1)
5,779,547 Pari-mutuel gaming system and method of using same 165 1997
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (1)
2002/0062,071 Manual and automatic probe calibration 10 2001
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (2)
2003/0182,574 Secure digital data format and code enforced policy 63 2002
2006/0036,552 Secure machine counting 50 2005
 
WALKER ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED PARTNERSHIP (9)
5,970,143 Remote-auditing of computer generated outcomes, authenticated billing and access control, and software metering system using cryptographic and other protocols 590 1996
6,012,983 Automated play gaming device 516 1996
6,110,041 Method and system for adapting gaming devices to playing preferences 724 1996
6,001,016 Remote gaming device 572 1996
6,099,408 Method and apparatus for securing electronic games 411 1996
6,234,896 Slot driven video story 208 1997
6,238,288 Method and apparatus for directing a game in accordance with speed of play 331 1997
6,203,430 Electronic amusement device and method for enhanced slot machine play 258 1998
6,293,866 System for adapting gaming devices to playing preferences 340 2000
 
WMS GAMING INC. (29)
5,401,024 Keno type video gaming device 317 1994
5,456,465 Method for determining payoffs in reel-type slot machines 443 1994
6,068,553 Gaming machines 230 1997
6,004,207 Slot machine with incremental pay-off multiplier 682 1997
6,190,255 Bonus game for a gaming machine 801 1998
6,159,098 Dual-award bonus game for a gaming machine 803 1998
6,358,147 Gaming machine with multiple payoff modes and award presentation schemes 291 1999
6,159,097 Gaming machine with variable probability of obtaining bonus game payouts 901 1999
6,155,925 Bonus game for gaming machine with payout percentage varying as function of wager 638 1999
6,364,766 Gaming machine with sorting feature 396 2000
6,347,996 Gaming machine with concealed image bonus feature 551 2000
6,428,412 Gaming machine with interlinked arrangements of puzzle elements 281 2000
6,322,309 Bonus game for a gaming machine 269 2000
6,749,510 Centralized gaming system with modifiable remote display terminals 233 2001
6,561,904 Decreasing or increasing number of multipliers for a multi-spin slot game 268 2001
6,645,074 Bonus game for a gaming machine 155 2001
6,939,234 Dynamic configuration of gaming system 119 2002
7,156,741 Gaming device for wagering on multiple game outcomes 50 2003
2005/0079,908 Gaming machine having an award-trading scheme 71 2003
2005/0159,211 Gaming machine with feature triggering scheme 89 2004
2006/0003,829 Wagering game having progressive amounts represented in various ways 139 2004
2006/0030,397 Video gaming machine with player-selectable banner 49 2004
2007/0060,319 Gaming network for use in a restricted-access progressive game 92 2004
2007/0202,943 Symbol Driven Contributions For A Prize Pool In A Wagering Game 62 2005
2005/0282,629 System and methods for controlling an overhead sign for a gaming system 102 2005
2006/0035,706 Wagering game with payoff rounding feature 84 2005
2006/0009,285 Gaming machine environment having controlled audio and visual media presentation 106 2005
2006/0073,889 Progressive gaming system and machines with partial payout 107 2005
2006/0073,897 Wagering game with group jackpot 156 2005
 
WALKER DIGITAL, LLC (1)
6,264,557 Method and apparatus for securing electronic games 126 2000
 
B.C.D. MECANIQUE (1)
5,743,800 Auxiliary game with random prize generation 255 1996
 
ANCHOR GAMING (1)
2001/0003,709 METHOD OF PLAYING GAME AND GAMING GAMES WITH AN ADDITIONAL PAYOUT INDICATOR 94 1998
 
AMI ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK, INC. (1)
6,082,887 Game machine with automated tournament mode 116 1998
 
IGT (AUSTRALIA) PTY LIMITED (1)
6,375,569 Operation of gaming machines in a linked bonus prize winning mode 300 1998
 
ARCADE PLANET, INC. (1)
2003/0027,630 System, method and article of manufacture for providing a progressive-type prize awarding scheme in an intermittently accessed network game environment 91 2002
 
VT TECH CORP. (1)
5,762,552 Interactive real-time network gaming system 677 1995
 
Trump Taj Mahal Associates (1)
5,564,700 Proportional payout method for progressive linked gaming machines 607 1995
 
Sega Enterprises, Ltd. (1)
5,645,486 Gaming system that pays out a progressive bonus using a lottery 380 1995
* Cited By Examiner

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
CFPH, LLC (6)
8,092,301 Information aggregation games 2 2008
* 7,942,734 Amusement devices and games including means for processing electronic data where ultimate outcome of the game is dependent on relative odds of a card combination and/or where chance is a factor: expected biases such as long shot and favorite bias 3 2009
8,070,595 Amusement devices and games including means for processing electronic data where ultimate outcome of the game is dependent on relative odds of a card combination and/or where chance is a factor: the monty hall paradox 2 2009
7,980,932 Amusement devices and games including means for processing electronic data where ultimate outcome of the game is dependent on relative odds of a card combination and/or where chance is a factor: wagering on hands of cards 0 2009
8,469,785 Amusement devices and games including means for processing electronic data where ultimate outcome of the game is dependent on relative odds of a card combination and/or where chance is a factor: wagering on hands of cards 0 2011
8,357,037 Amusement devices and games including means for processing electronic data where ultimate outcome of the game is dependent on odds 0 2011
 
BALLY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
* 2009/0275,410 FACILITATING GROUP PLAY WITH MULTIPLE GAME DEVICES 19 2008
 
ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED (2)
* 8,272,960 System including one or more gaming machines 0 2006
* 8,951,125 System including one or more gaming machines 0 2012
 
ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
* 2012/0258,792 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DISSEMINATING INFORMATION IN A GAMING ENVIRONMENT 0 2012
 
IGT (9)
8,702,501 Formation and use of formal partnerships for play games 0 2007
8,231,453 Gaming system, gaming device and method for providing a player an opportunity to win a designated award based on one or more aspects of the player's skill 6 2009
8,342,947 Gaming system, gaming device and method for determining an outcome of a secondary game based on one or more events which occur in association with a primary game 1 2009
8,475,262 Gaming system, gaming device and method for providing a player an opportunity to win a designated award based on one or more aspects of the player's skill 6 2012
8,662,982 Method and apparatus for attractive bonusing 0 2012
8,663,002 System and method for rewarding players based on personal interests or attributes 0 2012
8,827,800 Gaming system, gaming device and method for determining an outcome of a secondary game based on one or more events which occur in association with a primary game 0 2012
8,777,733 Gaming system, gaming device and method for determining an outcome of a secondary game based on one or more events which occur in association with a primary game 0 2012
8,764,552 Gaming system, gaming device and method for providing a player an opportunity to win a designated award based on one or more aspects of the player's skill 0 2013
 
BALLY GAMING, INC. (11)
8,870,647 Wireless gaming environment 0 2007
8,920,236 Game related systems, methods, and articles that combine virtual and physical elements 0 2007
8,784,212 Networked gaming environment employing different classes of gaming machines 0 2007
9,005,034 Systems and methods for out-of-band gaming machine management 0 2008
8,856,657 User interface for managing network download and configuration tasks 0 2008
8,721,431 Systems, methods, and devices for providing instances of a secondary game 0 2008
* 8,613,655 Facilitating group play with multiple game devices 0 2008
8,920,233 Assignment template and assignment bundle in a gaming configuration and download system 0 2008
8,851,988 Apparatus, method, and system to provide a multiple processor architecture for server-based gaming 0 2012
8,819,124 System and method for one-way delivery of notifications from server-to-clients using modified multicasts 0 2012
8,667,457 System and method for validating download or configuration assignment for an EGM or EGM collection 0 2012
 
WMS GAMING INC. (1)
8,585,484 Wagering game having continuous free bonus game plays 0 2011
 
UBS AG, STAMFORD BRANCH (1)
* 2013/0084,993 SYSTEM INCLUDING ONE OR MORE GAMING MACHINES 0 2012
* Cited By Examiner

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