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, NV2817

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Baerlocher, Anthony J Reno, NV 1034 33188
Ching, Erick T Reno, NV 77 2189
Peterson, Tonja M Reno, NV 42 1568
Vasquez, James A Carson City, NV 92 2072

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6,800,030 Method for providing incentive to play gaming devices connected by a network to a host computer 195 2002
6,733,389 Gaming device having a first game scheme involving a symbol generator, a second game and a first game terminator 194 2002
7,331,868 Wagering gaming device providing physical stimulation responses to various components of the gaming device 52 2002
2003/0092,484 System for awarding a bonus to a gaming device on a wide area network 106 2002
2003/0228,912 Method for downloading data to gaming devices 100 2003
6,910,964 Selective indication of a bonus at a gaming device with player input 164 2003
6,692,355 Gaming device having separately changeable value and modifier bonus scheme 193 2003
6,918,832 Gaming device with traveling reel symbols 95 2003
7,226,358 Method, apparatus and system for gaming using a rotatable payout indicator 53 2003
6,832,958 Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices 183 2003
6,899,620 Gaming device having a multiple selection and award distribution bonus scheme 91 2003
7,160,188 Gaming device having a multiple selection and award distribution bonus scheme 83 2003
2005/0012,818 Security camera interface 52 2003
2005/0059,467 Multi-player bingo with slept awards reverting to progressive jackpot pool 141 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 63 2004
2005/0101,374 Method for providing incentive to play gaming devices connected by a network to a host computer 101 2004
2005/0032,573 Computer network and method for changing the pay schedules of gaming devices 136 2004
2005/0070,353 Gaming device having a primary game scheme involving a symbol generator and secondary award wheels 64 2004
2006/0073,887 Wide area progressive jackpot system and methods 111 2004
2005/0096,125 Play per view 83 2004
2005/0101,375 Gaming device having an award exchange bonus round and method for revealing award exchange possibilities 103 2004
2006/0183,538 Flexible determination of progressive awards 91 2005
2005/0143,169 Direction interfaces and services on a gaming machine 116 2005
2005/0192,099 Secured virtual network in a gaming environment 152 2005
2005/0282,626 Method and apparatus for awarding a mystery promotional ticket 146 2005
2006/0030,403 Gaming method and device involving progressive wagers 149 2005
2006/0035,705 System and method for delivering mystery awards 77 2005
2006/0040,732 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 207 2005
* 7,500,913 Gaming system which provides multiple players multiple bonus awards 32 2005
2006/0025,210 Method of awarding prizes for jackpot and gaming machines based on amount wagered during a time period 145 2005
* 2007/0105,619 GAMING SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE GAMING MACHINES WHICH PROVIDE BONUS AWARDS 91 2006
2007/0129,131 GAMING DEVICE HAVING A MULTIPLE SELECTION AND AWARD DISTRIBUTION BONUS SCHEME 75 2007
2008/0214,263 Method and apparatus for bonus round play 47 2008
 
ZYNGA INC. (5)
5,707,286 Universal gaming engine 260 1994
6,142,872 Method and apparatus for team play of slot machines 414 1998
6,319,122 Electronic amusement device and method for providing payouts based on the activity of other devices 194 1998
6,361,441 Method and apparatus for team play of slot machines 225 2000
2004/0242,297 Method and apparatus for team play of slot machines 168 2004
 
MIRAGE RESORTS, INCORPORATED (1)
6,416,409 Gaming system with shared progressive jackpot 208 1999
 
HARRAH'S OPERATING COMPANY, INC. (1)
5,761,647 National customer recognition system and method 592 1996
 
FOREVER ENDEAVOR SOFTWARE, INC. (2)
5,833,537 Gaming apparatus and method with persistence effect 569 1996
5,980,384 Gaming apparatus and method having an integrated first and second game 820 1997
 
SPIELO INTERNATIONAL CANADA ULC (1)
2006/0052,159 Multivendor progressive gaming system 103 2004
 
Summit Systems, Inc. (Interscience Systems) (1)
4,283,709 Cash accounting and surveillance system for games 337 1980
 
INVENTOR HOLDINGS, LLC (1)
6,293,866 System for adapting gaming devices to playing preferences 317 2000
 
ROFFMAN, ELIZABETH M. (1)
6,375,568 Interactive gaming system and process 264 1999
 
Thunderbird Greeley, Inc. (1)
5,779,547 Pari-mutuel gaming system and method of using same 161 1997
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (1)
2002/0062,071 Manual and automatic probe calibration 8 2001
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (2)
2003/0182,574 Secure digital data format and code enforced policy 60 2002
2006/0036,552 Secure machine counting 47 2005
 
WALKER ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED PARTNERSHIP (7)
5,970,143 Remote-auditing of computer generated outcomes, authenticated billing and access control, and software metering system using cryptographic and other protocols 580 1996
6,012,983 Automated play gaming device 497 1996
6,110,041 Method and system for adapting gaming devices to playing preferences 692 1996
6,001,016 Remote gaming device 562 1996
6,234,896 Slot driven video story 203 1997
6,238,288 Method and apparatus for directing a game in accordance with speed of play 322 1997
6,203,430 Electronic amusement device and method for enhanced slot machine play 246 1998
 
WMS GAMING INC. (29)
5,401,024 Keno type video gaming device 311 1994
5,456,465 Method for determining payoffs in reel-type slot machines 435 1994
6,068,553 Gaming machines 222 1997
6,004,207 Slot machine with incremental pay-off multiplier 662 1997
6,190,255 Bonus game for a gaming machine 783 1998
6,159,098 Dual-award bonus game for a gaming machine 787 1998
6,358,147 Gaming machine with multiple payoff modes and award presentation schemes 277 1999
6,159,097 Gaming machine with variable probability of obtaining bonus game payouts 875 1999
6,155,925 Bonus game for gaming machine with payout percentage varying as function of wager 621 1999
6,364,766 Gaming machine with sorting feature 379 2000
6,347,996 Gaming machine with concealed image bonus feature 538 2000
6,428,412 Gaming machine with interlinked arrangements of puzzle elements 266 2000
6,322,309 Bonus game for a gaming machine 263 2000
6,749,510 Centralized gaming system with modifiable remote display terminals 218 2001
6,561,904 Decreasing or increasing number of multipliers for a multi-spin slot game 253 2001
6,645,074 Bonus game for a gaming machine 151 2001
6,939,234 Dynamic configuration of gaming system 117 2002
7,156,741 Gaming device for wagering on multiple game outcomes 49 2003
2005/0079,908 Gaming machine having an award-trading scheme 68 2003
2005/0159,211 Gaming machine with feature triggering scheme 87 2004
2006/0003,829 Wagering game having progressive amounts represented in various ways 134 2004
2006/0030,397 Video gaming machine with player-selectable banner 47 2004
2007/0060,319 Gaming network for use in a restricted-access progressive game 89 2004
2007/0202,943 Symbol Driven Contributions For A Prize Pool In A Wagering Game 61 2005
2005/0282,629 System and methods for controlling an overhead sign for a gaming system 96 2005
2006/0035,706 Wagering game with payoff rounding feature 82 2005
2006/0009,285 Gaming machine environment having controlled audio and visual media presentation 102 2005
2006/0073,889 Progressive gaming system and machines with partial payout 103 2005
2006/0073,897 Wagering game with group jackpot 148 2005
 
WALKER DIGITAL, LLC (3)
6,099,408 Method and apparatus for securing electronic games 404 1996
6,264,557 Method and apparatus for securing electronic games 122 2000
6,648,762 Electronic amusement device and method for propagating a performance adjustment signal 117 2001
 
B.C.D. MECANIQUE (1)
5,743,800 Auxiliary game with random prize generation 252 1996
 
ANCHOR GAMING (1)
2001/0003,709 METHOD OF PLAYING GAME AND GAMING GAMES WITH AN ADDITIONAL PAYOUT INDICATOR 90 1998
 
AMI ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK, INC. (1)
6,082,887 Game machine with automated tournament mode 111 1998
 
IGT (AUSTRALIA) PTY LIMITED (1)
6,375,569 Operation of gaming machines in a linked bonus prize winning mode 286 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 89 2002
 
VT TECH CORP. (1)
5,762,552 Interactive real-time network gaming system 666 1995
 
Trump Taj Mahal Associates (1)
5,564,700 Proportional payout method for progressive linked gaming machines 588 1995
 
Sega Enterprises, Ltd. (1)
5,645,486 Gaming system that pays out a progressive bonus using a lottery 370 1995
* Cited By Examiner

Patent Citation Ranking

Forward Cite Landscape

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 18 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 5 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 5 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. (10)
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
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
* Cited By Examiner

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