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, NV2805

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Baerlocher, Anthony J Reno, NV 1032 32814
Ching, Erick T Reno, NV 77 2153
Peterson, Tonja M Reno, NV 42 1535
Vasquez, James A Carson City, NV 92 2015

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5,265,874 Cashless gaming apparatus and method 578 1992
5,280,909 Gaming system with progressive jackpot 503 1992
5,326,104 Secure automated electronic casino gaming system 613 1992
5,655,961 Method for operating networked gaming devices 1022 1994
5,722,891 Slot machine having two distinct sets of reels 705 1995
5,605,506 Candle antenna 146 1995
5,702,304 Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices 369 1995
5,741,183 Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices 535 1995
5,820,459 Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices 524 1995
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5,788,573 Electronic game method and apparatus with hierarchy of simulated wheels 889 1996
5,902,983 Preset amount electronic funds transfer system for gaming machines 432 1996
5,876,284 Method and apparatus for implementing a jackpot bonus on a network of gaming devices 554 1996
6,244,958 Method for providing incentive to play gaming devices connected by a network to a host computer 461 1996
6,287,202 Dynamic tournament gaming method and system 261 1996
5,779,545 Central random number generation for gaming system 408 1996
5,885,158 Gaming system for multiple progressive games 442 1996
5,769,716 Symbol fall game method and apparatus 639 1996
5,851,148 Game with bonus display 607 1996
5,855,515 Progressive gaming system 429 1996
5,882,261 Method of playing game and gaming device with at least one additional payout indicator 679 1996
5,775,692 Gaming or amusement machines 339 1996
6,179,711 Method of scoring a video wagering game 239 1997
6,050,895 Hybrid gaming apparatus and method 368 1997
6,319,125 Method apparatus for promoting play on a network of gaming devices 559 1997
5,947,820 Electronic game method and apparatus with hierarchy of simulated wheels 695 1997
5,848,932 Method of playing game and gaming games with an additional payout indicator 1086 1997
6,135,884 Gaming machine having secondary display for providing video content 722 1997
6,257,981 Computer network for controlling and monitoring gaming devices 280 1997
6,110,043 Controller-based progressive jackpot linked gaming system 447 1997
6,162,122 Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices 403 1997
6,146,273 Progressive jackpot gaming system with secret bonus pool 647 1998
6,254,483 Method and apparatus for controlling the cost of playing an electronic gaming device 470 1998
6,375,567 Method and apparatus for implementing in video a secondary game responsive to player interaction with a primary game 431 1998
6,231,445 Method for awarding variable bonus awards to gaming machines over a network 625 1998
6,312,333 Networked credit adjust meter for electronic gaming 210 1998
6,168,520 Electronic game method and apparatus with hierarchy of simulated wheels 508 1998
6,371,852 Method for crediting a player of an electronic gaming device 345 1998
6,607,441 Method for transferring credit from one gaming machine to another 225 1998
6,089,978 Method of playing game and gaming games with an additional payout indicator 681 1998
6,334,814 Method of playing game and gaming games with an additional payout indicator 367 1998
6,663,488 Method of playing game and gaming games with an additional payout indicator 100 1998
6,302,790 Audio visual output for a gaming device 567 1998
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6,162,121 Value wheel game method and apparatus 576 1998
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6,315,662 System and method for automatically initiating game play on an electronic gaming device 218 1998
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6,358,149 Dynamic threshold for pool-based bonus promotions in electronic gaming systems 264 1999
6,364,768 Networked gaming devices that end a bonus and concurrently initiate another bonus 405 1999
6,210,275 Progressive jackpot game with guaranteed winner 468 1999
6,059,289 Gaming machines with bonusing 676 1999
6,346,043 Image matching game method and apparatus 445 1999
6,471,208 Method of playing a game, apparatus for playing a game and game with multiplier bonus feature 354 1999
* 6,217,448 Controller-based linked gaming machine bonus system 529 1999
6,565,434 Method and apparatus for promoting play on a network of gaming devices 275 1999
6,656,047 Computer-controlled gaming apparatus and method 150 1999
6,547,131 Preset amount electronic funds transfer system for gaming machines 126 1999
6,533,664 Gaming system with individualized centrally generated random number generator seeds 248 2000
6,398,218 Gaming machine with bonusing 394 2000
6,454,651 Method of scoring a video wagering game 216 2000
6,682,421 Wireless gaming environment 244 2000
6,592,458 Gaming system incorporating non deterministic jackpot 83 2000
6,309,300 Gaming bonus apparatus and method with player interaction 580 2000
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6,419,583 Large prize central management 210 2000
6,328,649 Gaming device having multiple award enhancing levels 472 2000
6,569,015 Gaming device having separately changeable value and modifier bonus scheme 331 2000
6,406,369 Gaming device having a competition bonus scheme 340 2000
6,966,834 Prize awarding system 146 2000
6,311,976 Video game with bonusing or wild feature 490 2000
6,675,152 Transaction signature 145 2000
6,942,574 Method and apparatus for providing entertainment content on a gaming machine 190 2000
6,811,483 Gaming device having a graduating award exchange sequence with a tease consolation sequence and an initial qualifying sequence 165 2000
6,461,241 Gaming device having a primary game scheme involving a symbol generator and secondary award triggering games 329 2000
6,599,185 Gaming device having a multiple selection and award distribution bonus scheme 237 2000
6,645,077 Gaming terminal data repository and information distribution system 366 2000
6,656,048 Controller-based linked gaming machine bonus system 207 2001
6,589,115 Gaming method and apparatus having a proportional payout 180 2001
2003/0228,904 Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices 119 2001
6,431,983 Method for providing incentive to play gaming devices connected by a network to a host computer 313 2001
6,786,824 Method, apparatus, and system for providing a player with opportunities to win a feature event award 203 2001
6,908,387 Player tracking communication mechanisms in a gaming machine 197 2001
2003/0027,625 Multiple progressive and bonusing table game methods and apparatus 170 2001
6,837,788 Method of playing a dual wagering game 142 2001
6,761,632 Gaming device having perceived skill 185 2001
6,793,578 Gaming device having a primary game outcome employed in a bonus game 105 2001
6,935,951 Electronic signature capability in a gaming machine 57 2001
6,481,713 Poker dice casino game method of play 291 2001
6,620,046 Method and system for funding and awarding bonuses in a gaming environment 192 2001
2003/0060,269 Gaming machine reel having a flexible dynamic display 151 2001
6,575,832 Method for implementing scheduled return play at gaming machine networks 248 2001
6,599,193 Progressive gaming device 309 2001
6,607,438 Gaming device having termination variables 217 2001
6,790,141 Sequential gaming 137 2001
6,832,956 Sequential fast-ball bingo secondary bonus game for use with an electronic gaming machine 90 2001
6,511,376 Systems and methods wherein a gambling result is based on a user input 80 2001
6,869,361 System, apparatus and method employing controller for play of shared bonus games 143 2001
6,780,111 Method, apparatus and system for perpetual bonus game 150 2001
7,169,041 Method and system for weighting odds to specific gaming entities in a shared bonus event 90 2001
6,800,026 Method and apparatus for competitive bonus games with a player as the house 87 2001
6,984,174 Method and apparatus for a player-controllable bonus game 82 2001
2003/0119,576 Gaming devices and methods incorporating interactive physical skill bonus games and virtual reality games in a shared bonus event 132 2001
6,776,715 Method and apparatus for providing a personal wide area progressive for gaming apparatus 152 2002
6,935,958 Method and apparatus for machine location 122 2002
6,786,819 Apparatus and method of operating a gaming device having a central game and a plurality of peripheral games 59 2002
7,052,395 Gaming device having different sets of primary and secondary reel symbols 95 2002
2002/0187,834 System, method and interface for monitoring player game play in real time 111 2002
6,712,697 Method for crediting a player of an electronic gaming device 167 2002
6,672,959 Bonus feature on starting hands 95 2002
6,746,328 Multiplier per selected indicia 131 2002
6,648,759 Gaming machines with bonusing 96 2002
6,682,419 Gaming device having a primary game scheme involving a symbol generator and secondary award triggering games 149 2002
6,682,420 Gaming device having a primary game scheme involving a symbol generator and secondary award triggering games 109 2002
6,800,030 Method for providing incentive to play gaming devices connected by a network to a host computer 193 2002
6,733,389 Gaming device having a first game scheme involving a symbol generator, a second game and a first game terminator 193 2002
7,331,868 Wagering gaming device providing physical stimulation responses to various components of the gaming device 49 2002
2003/0092,484 System for awarding a bonus to a gaming device on a wide area network 105 2002
2003/0228,912 Method for downloading data to gaming devices 97 2003
6,910,964 Selective indication of a bonus at a gaming device with player input 162 2003
6,692,355 Gaming device having separately changeable value and modifier bonus scheme 190 2003
6,918,832 Gaming device with traveling reel symbols 94 2003
7,226,358 Method, apparatus and system for gaming using a rotatable payout indicator 51 2003
6,832,958 Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices 179 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 139 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 134 2004
2005/0070,353 Gaming device having a primary game scheme involving a symbol generator and secondary award wheels 63 2004
2006/0073,887 Wide area progressive jackpot system and methods 109 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 102 2004
2006/0183,538 Flexible determination of progressive awards 91 2005
2005/0143,169 Direction interfaces and services on a gaming machine 114 2005
2005/0192,099 Secured virtual network in a gaming environment 147 2005
2005/0282,626 Method and apparatus for awarding a mystery promotional ticket 144 2005
2006/0030,403 Gaming method and device involving progressive wagers 148 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 206 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 144 2005
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2008/0214,263 Method and apparatus for bonus round play 47 2008
 
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5,401,024 Keno type video gaming device 311 1994
5,456,465 Method for determining payoffs in reel-type slot machines 434 1994
6,068,553 Gaming machines 215 1997
6,004,207 Slot machine with incremental pay-off multiplier 659 1997
6,190,255 Bonus game for a gaming machine 780 1998
6,159,098 Dual-award bonus game for a gaming machine 785 1998
6,358,147 Gaming machine with multiple payoff modes and award presentation schemes 274 1999
6,159,097 Gaming machine with variable probability of obtaining bonus game payouts 870 1999
6,155,925 Bonus game for gaming machine with payout percentage varying as function of wager 617 1999
6,364,766 Gaming machine with sorting feature 378 2000
6,347,996 Gaming machine with concealed image bonus feature 536 2000
6,428,412 Gaming machine with interlinked arrangements of puzzle elements 265 2000
6,322,309 Bonus game for a gaming machine 261 2000
6,749,510 Centralized gaming system with modifiable remote display terminals 211 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 48 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
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2006/0035,706 Wagering game with payoff rounding feature 82 2005
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6,015,346 Indicia selection game 708 1998
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6,224,482 Slot machine game-progressive jackpot with decrementing jackpot 517 1998
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5,074,559 Slot machine 144 1990
5,127,651 Slot machine 151 1991
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5,342,049 Gaming machine with skill feature 412 1993
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Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of National Defence (1)
4,409,656 Serial data bus communication system 121 1981
 
HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY (1)
5,641,050 Dispensing machine with data card scanner apparatus and enhanced features 159 1995
 
HORSE SENSE CORPORATION (1)
5,806,855 Poker wagering game 123 1997
 
IGT (AUSTRALIA) PTY LIMITED (1)
6,375,569 Operation of gaming machines in a linked bonus prize winning mode 278 1998
 
INGENIO, FILIALE DE LOTO-QUEBEC INC. (1)
6,152,823 Gain determination method and gaming apparatus 135 1999
 
INTEL CORPORATION (1)
6,167,523 Method and apparatus for forms data validation and processing control 182 1997
 
INTELLECTUAL VENTURES I LLC (1)
6,270,409 Method and apparatus for gaming 446 1999
 
INVENTOR HOLDINGS, LLC (1)
6,293,866 System for adapting gaming devices to playing preferences 312 2000
 
JCM AMERICAN CORPORATION (1)
6,889,849 Dual cash box note and ticket validator 51 2001
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (1)
2002/0062,071 Manual and automatic probe calibration 6 2001
 
Kamille; Stuart J. (1)
5,855,514 Probability game with insured winning 390 1997
 
KONAMI AUSTRALIA PTY LTD. (1)
2005/0079,911 Linked jackpot controller 162 2004
 
LA FRANCAISE DES JEUX (1)
5,507,489 Electronic game-of-chance device 164 1993
 
LAS VEGAS GAMING, INC. (1)
6,059,659 Roulette table having progressive jackpots 83 1997
 
LYDIA VLADIMIROVNA NESTERENKO (1)
6,117,011 Electronic game system, method of managing and regulating said system 149 1998
 
MAO, Inc. (1)
5,570,885 Electronic gaming system and method for multiple play wagering 301 1995
 
MARCOR RESORTS, L.P.V. A LIMITED PARTNERSHIP OF NEVADA (1)
5,393,057 Electronic gaming apparatus and method 876 1992
 
MATHIS, RICHARD M. (1)
5,380,008 Electronic gaming apparatus 170 1993
 
MEGABINGO, INC. (1)
5,275,400 Pari-mutuel electronic gaming 583 1992
 
MGM Grand, Inc. (1)
6,048,269 Coinless slot machine system and method 616 1993
 
MIDWEST FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. (1)
5,324,035 Video gaming system with fixed pool of winning plays and global pool access 517 1992
 
MIRAGE RESORTS, INCORPORATED (1)
6,416,409 Gaming system with shared progressive jackpot 207 1999
 
MONACO INFORMATIQUES SYSTEMS - USA, INC. (1)
2002/0152,120 System and method for casino management 178 2001
 
NP IP HOLDINGS LLC (1)
6,302,793 Multi-property player tracking system 372 1998
 
NSM AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
6,039,649 Money-operated entertainment machine 120 1997
 
POKERTEK, L.L.C. (1)
4,926,327 Computerized gaming system 460 1988
 
POWERHOUSE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
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6,030,288 Apparatus and process for verifying honest gaming transactions over a communications network 107 1997
 
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ROCKET GAMING SYSTEMS, L.L.C. (1)
2006/0287,077 Progressive gaming system 106 2005
 
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6,375,568 Interactive gaming system and process 263 1999
 
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Scotch Twist, Inc. (1)
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Sega Enterprises, Ltd. (1)
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SIGMA GAME, INC. (1)
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5,564,700 Proportional payout method for progressive linked gaming machines 581 1995
 
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6,776,714 Progressive roulette 82 2001
 
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5,762,552 Interactive real-time network gaming system 652 1995
 
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5,779,549 Database driven online distributed tournament system 690 1996
 
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5,772,511 Method for the conduct of lotteries 218 1996
 
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4,760,527 System for interactively playing poker with a plurality of players 435 1986
4,880,237 Tokenless slot machine system 279 1987
5,016,880 Coin or token-released gaming machine 118 1990
5,048,833 Apparatus for detecting a series of game outcomes 200 1990
5,158,293 Lottery game and method for playing same 316 1991
5,217,224 Prize award system for coin laundry 102 1991
5,259,616 Roulette-type coin-operated gaming machine 305 1992
5,282,620 Lottery game and method of playing a lottery game 225 1992
5,377,993 Wagering game 198 1994
6,080,062 Lotto gaming apparatus and method 183 1996
RE35864 Pari-mutuel electronic and live table gaming 214 1996
5,910,048 Loss limit method for slot machines 357 1996
5,934,999 Roulette-like gaming apparatus and method for playing same 84 1997
5,951,011 Method of progressive jackpot gaming 180 1997
6,117,013 Playing device system 220 1997
6,007,427 Method and apparatus for playing a gambling game with athletic game features 173 1997
5,984,779 Continuous real time Pari-Mutuel method 309 1997
5,851,011 Multi-deck poker progressive wagering system with multiple winners and including jackpot, bust, and insurance options 239 1997
6,241,608 Progressive wagering system 307 1998
6,210,277 Game of chance 311 1998
6,546,134 System for assessment of fine motor control in humans 53 2000
6,435,968 Progressive wagering system 231 2000
6,656,052 Progressive gaming method 123 2000
6,592,460 Progressive wagering system 203 2001
6,754,346 Method for tracing the distribution of physical digital media 57 2002
2003/0223,803 Writing pen with piezo sensor 45 2002
2006/0035,694 Game including a bonus award funded from a progressive pool and method of determining amount of a bonus award 74 2004
2005/0239,542 Method and apparatus for multi-coin and multi-denomination progressive jackpots 214 2004
2005/0070,356 Gaming machine with hidden jackpot 85 2004
2005/0143,168 Progressive wagering system 161 2005
2005/0209,004 Progressive system and methods 143 2005
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
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. (8)
8,870,647 Wireless gaming environment 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
8,851,988 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
 
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
 
ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED (1)
* 8,272,960 System including one or more gaming machines 0 2006
 
WMS GAMING INC. (1)
8,585,484 Wagering game having continuous free bonus game plays 0 2011
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