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, NV3235

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Baerlocher, Anthony J Reno , US 641 50298
Ching, Erick T Reno , US 47 3735
Peterson, Tonja M Reno , US 23 2457
Vasquez, James A Carson City , US 55 3463

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6,599,193 Progressive gaming device 402 2001
6,607,438 Gaming device having termination variables 281 2001
6,719,630 Image alignment gaming device and method 211 2001
6,790,141 Sequential gaming 178 2001
6,832,956 Sequential fast-ball bingo secondary bonus game for use with an electronic gaming machine 123 2001
6,511,376 Systems and methods wherein a gambling result is based on a user input 96 2001
6,869,361 System, apparatus and method employing controller for play of shared bonus games 189 2001
6,780,111 Method, apparatus and system for perpetual bonus game 236 2001
7,169,041 Method and system for weighting odds to specific gaming entities in a shared bonus event 118 2001
6,800,026 Method and apparatus for competitive bonus games with a player as the house 110 2001
6,984,174 Method and apparatus for a player-controllable bonus game 126 2001
2003/0119,576 Gaming devices and methods incorporating interactive physical skill bonus games and virtual reality games in a shared bonus event 215 2001
6,776,715 Method and apparatus for providing a personal wide area progressive for gaming apparatus 188 2002
6,935,958 Method and apparatus for machine location 154 2002
6,786,819 Apparatus and method of operating a gaming device having a central game and a plurality of peripheral games 77 2002
7,052,395 Gaming device having different sets of primary and secondary reel symbols 144 2002
2002/0187,834 System, method and interface for monitoring player game play in real time 139 2002
6,712,697 Method for crediting a player of an electronic gaming device 226 2002
6,672,959 Bonus feature on starting hands 134 2002
6,746,328 Multiplier per selected indicia 176 2002
6,648,759 Gaming machines with bonusing 120 2002
6,682,419 Gaming device having a primary game scheme involving a symbol generator and secondary award triggering games 186 2002
6,682,420 Gaming device having a primary game scheme involving a symbol generator and secondary award triggering games 143 2002
6,800,030 Method for providing incentive to play gaming devices connected by a network to a host computer 250 2002
6,733,389 Gaming device having a first game scheme involving a symbol generator, a second game and a first game terminator 251 2002
7,331,868 Wagering gaming device providing physical stimulation responses to various components of the gaming device 66 2002
2003/0092,484 System for awarding a bonus to a gaming device on a wide area network 135 2002
2003/0228,912 Method for downloading data to gaming devices 118 2003
6,910,964 Selective indication of a bonus at a gaming device with player input 214 2003
6,692,355 Gaming device having separately changeable value and modifier bonus scheme 243 2003
6,918,832 Gaming device with traveling reel symbols 135 2003
7,226,358 Method, apparatus and system for gaming using a rotatable payout indicator 70 2003
6,832,958 Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices 236 2003
6,899,620 Gaming device having a multiple selection and award distribution bonus scheme 137 2003
7,160,188 Gaming device having a multiple selection and award distribution bonus scheme 131 2003
2005/0012,818 Security camera interface 66 2003
2005/0059,467 Multi-player bingo with slept awards reverting to progressive jackpot pool 184 2004
2004/0176,161 Method and apparatus for authenticating and verifying communication on a network of gaming devices 8 2004
6,981,917 Gaming device having a first game scheme involving a symbol generator, a second game and a first game terminator 83 2004
2005/0101,374 Method for providing incentive to play gaming devices connected by a network to a host computer 125 2004
2005/0032,573 Computer network and method for changing the pay schedules of gaming devices 180 2004
2005/0070,353 Gaming device having a primary game scheme involving a symbol generator and secondary award wheels 86 2004
2006/0073,887 Wide area progressive jackpot system and methods 157 2004
2005/0096,125 Play per view 98 2004
2005/0101,375 Gaming device having an award exchange bonus round and method for revealing award exchange possibilities 131 2004
2006/0183,538 Flexible determination of progressive awards 115 2005
2005/0143,169 Direction interfaces and services on a gaming machine 140 2005
2005/0192,099 Secured virtual network in a gaming environment 204 2005
2005/0282,626 Method and apparatus for awarding a mystery promotional ticket 188 2005
2006/0030,403 Gaming method and device involving progressive wagers 194 2005
2006/0035,705 System and method for delivering mystery awards 96 2005
2006/0040,732 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 283 2005
* 7,500,913 Gaming system which provides multiple players multiple bonus awards 47 2005
2006/0025,210 Method of awarding prizes for jackpot and gaming machines based on amount wagered during a time period 181 2005
* 2007/0105,619 GAMING SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE GAMING MACHINES WHICH PROVIDE BONUS AWARDS 135 2006
2007/0129,131 GAMING DEVICE HAVING A MULTIPLE SELECTION AND AWARD DISTRIBUTION BONUS SCHEME 106 2007
2008/0214,263 Method and apparatus for bonus round play 54 2008
 
Zynga Inc. (5)
5,707,286 Universal gaming engine 334 1994
6,142,872 Method and apparatus for team play of slot machines 546 1998
6,319,122 Electronic amusement device and method for providing payouts based on the activity of other devices 241 1998
6,361,441 Method and apparatus for team play of slot machines 282 2000
2004/0242,297 Method and apparatus for team play of slot machines 220 2004
 
Mirage Resorts, Incorporated (1)
6,416,409 Gaming system with shared progressive jackpot 257 1999
 
HARRAH'S OPERATING COMPANY, INC. (1)
5,761,647 National customer recognition system and method 691 1996
 
Forever Endeavor Software, Inc. (2)
5,833,537 Gaming apparatus and method with persistence effect 750 1996
5,980,384 Gaming apparatus and method having an integrated first and second game 997 1997
 
SPIELO INTERNATIONAL CANADA ULC (1)
2006/0052,159 Multivendor progressive gaming system 127 2004
 
Summit Systems, Inc. (Interscience Systems) (1)
4,283,709 Cash accounting and surveillance system for games 402 1980
 
ROFFMAN, ELIZABETH M. (1)
6,375,568 Interactive gaming system and process 321 1999
 
INVENTOR HOLDINGS, LLC (1)
6,648,762 Electronic amusement device and method for propagating a performance adjustment signal 147 2001
 
Thunderbird Greeley, Inc. (1)
5,779,547 Pari-mutuel gaming system and method of using same 197 1997
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (1)
2002/0062,071 Manual and automatic probe calibration 18 2001
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (2)
2003/0182,574 Secure digital data format and code enforced policy 70 2002
2006/0036,552 Secure machine counting 57 2005
 
WALKER ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED PARTNERSHIP (10)
5,970,143 Remote-auditing of computer generated outcomes, authenticated billing and access control, and software metering system using cryptographic and other protocols 680 1996
6,012,983 Automated play gaming device 625 1996
6,110,041 Method and system for adapting gaming devices to playing preferences 909 1996
6,001,016 Remote gaming device 713 1996
6,099,408 Method and apparatus for securing electronic games 473 1996
6,234,896 Slot driven video story 239 1997
6,238,288 Method and apparatus for directing a game in accordance with speed of play 380 1997
6,203,430 Electronic amusement device and method for enhanced slot machine play 331 1998
6,293,866 System for adapting gaming devices to playing preferences 431 2000
6,264,557 Method and apparatus for securing electronic games 139 2000
 
B.C.D. MECANIQUE (1)
5,743,800 Auxiliary game with random prize generation 293 1996
 
ANCHOR GAMING (1)
2001/0003,709 METHOD OF PLAYING GAME AND GAMING GAMES WITH AN ADDITIONAL PAYOUT INDICATOR 102 1998
 
AMI ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK, INC. (1)
6,082,887 Game machine with automated tournament mode 130 1998
 
IGT (AUSTRALIA) PTY LIMITED (1)
6,375,569 Operation of gaming machines in a linked bonus prize winning mode 374 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 110 2002
 
VT Tech Corp. (1)
5,762,552 Interactive real-time network gaming system 816 1995
 
Trump Taj Mahal Associates (1)
5,564,700 Proportional payout method for progressive linked gaming machines 737 1995
 
Sega Enterprises, Ltd. (1)
5,645,486 Gaming system that pays out a progressive bonus using a lottery 468 1995
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CFPH, LLC (11)
8,092,301 Information aggregation games 5 2008
* 2010/0009,741 INFORMATION AGGREGATION GAMES 1 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 5 2009
* 2010/0203,940 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 75 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 4 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 2 2009
* 2010/0203,938 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 4 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
9,406,190 Information aggregation games 0 2012
9,251,644 Amusement devices and games including means for processing electronic data where users can change selections 0 2012
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
9,547,955 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 2015
 
BALLY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
* 2009/0275,410 FACILITATING GROUP PLAY WITH MULTIPLE GAME DEVICES 32 2008
 
ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED (3)
* 8,272,960 System including one or more gaming machines 0 2006
* 2008/0194,335 System Including One or More Gaming Machines 7 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 (13)
8,702,501 Formation and use of formal partnerships for play games 0 2007
* 2008/0248,844 FORMATION AND USE OF FORMAL PARTNERSHIPS FOR PLAY GAMES 12 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 15 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 3 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 12 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 1 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
9,286,765 Gaming system and method providing a game providing an award if a shape of a symbol displayed at a symbol display area corresponds to a shape of that symbol display area 0 2013
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
9,159,194 Method and apparatus for attractive bonusing 0 2014
9,129,482 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 2014
 
EVERI GAMES INC. (1)
9,418,514 Method, apparatus, and program product for controlling contributions to progressive prize pools 0 2013
 
BALLY GAMING, INC. (22)
9,101,820 System, method and apparatus to produce decks for and operate games played with playing cards 0 2006
8,870,647 Wireless gaming environment 0 2007
9,275,512 Secure communications in gaming system 0 2007
9,111,078 Package manager service in gaming system 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
9,483,911 Information distribution in gaming networks 0 2008
9,092,944 Coordinating group play events for multiple game devices 0 2008
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 3 2008
9,082,258 Method and system for providing download and configuration job progress tracking and display via host user interface 2 2008
8,920,233 Assignment template and assignment bundle in a gaming configuration and download system 0 2008
9,443,377 Web pages for gaming devices 0 2009
8,585,484 Wagering game having continuous free bonus game plays 0 2011
9,120,007 Network gaming architecture, gaming systems, and related methods 1 2012
9,058,716 Remote game play in a wireless gaming environment 0 2012
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
9,466,172 Download and configuration management engine for gaming system 0 2014
 
UBS AG, STAMFORD BRANCH (1)
* 2013/0084,993 SYSTEM INCLUDING ONE OR MORE GAMING MACHINES 0 2012
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