Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7607976
APP PUB NO 20060040736A1
SERIAL NO

11204147

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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, NV3241

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Baerlocher, Anthony J Reno , US 642 51532
Ching, Erick T Reno , US 47 3847
Peterson, Tonja M Reno , US 23 2519
Vasquez, James A Carson City , US 55 3573

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6832958 Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices 241 2003
6899620 Gaming device having a multiple selection and award distribution bonus scheme 140 2003
7160188 Gaming device having a multiple selection and award distribution bonus scheme 133 2003
2005/0012,818 Security camera interface 68 2003
2005/0059,467 Multi-player bingo with slept awards reverting to progressive jackpot pool 189 2004
2004/0176,161 Method and apparatus for authenticating and verifying communication on a network of gaming devices 8 2004
6981917 Gaming device having a first game scheme involving a symbol generator, a second game and a first game terminator 86 2004
2005/0101,374 Method for providing incentive to play gaming devices connected by a network to a host computer 129 2004
2005/0032,573 Computer network and method for changing the pay schedules of gaming devices 184 2004
2005/0070,353 Gaming device having a primary game scheme involving a symbol generator and secondary award wheels 89 2004
2006/0073,887 Wide area progressive jackpot system and methods 161 2004
2005/0096,125 Play per view 101 2004
2005/0101,375 Gaming device having an award exchange bonus round and method for revealing award exchange possibilities 135 2004
2006/0183,538 Flexible determination of progressive awards 118 2005
2005/0143,169 Direction interfaces and services on a gaming machine 143 2005
2005/0192,099 Secured virtual network in a gaming environment 212 2005
2005/0282,626 Method and apparatus for awarding a mystery promotional ticket 195 2005
2006/0030,403 Gaming method and device involving progressive wagers 199 2005
2006/0035,705 System and method for delivering mystery awards 99 2005
2006/0040,732 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 291 2005
* 7500913 Gaming system which provides multiple players multiple bonus awards 51 2005
2006/0025,210 Method of awarding prizes for jackpot and gaming machines based on amount wagered during a time period 187 2005
* 2007/0105,619 GAMING SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE GAMING MACHINES WHICH PROVIDE BONUS AWARDS 138 2006
2007/0129,131 GAMING DEVICE HAVING A MULTIPLE SELECTION AND AWARD DISTRIBUTION BONUS SCHEME 110 2007
2008/0214,263 Method and apparatus for bonus round play 56 2008
 
ZYNGA INC. (5)
5707286 Universal gaming engine 342 1994
6142872 Method and apparatus for team play of slot machines 560 1998
6319122 Electronic amusement device and method for providing payouts based on the activity of other devices 246 1998
6361441 Method and apparatus for team play of slot machines 288 2000
2004/0242,297 Method and apparatus for team play of slot machines 227 2004
 
MIRAGE RESORTS, INCORPORATED (1)
6416409 Gaming system with shared progressive jackpot 267 1999
 
HARRAH'S OPERATING COMPANY, INC. (1)
5761647 National customer recognition system and method 699 1996
 
FOREVER ENDEAVOR SOFTWARE, INC. (2)
5833537 Gaming apparatus and method with persistence effect 767 1996
5980384 Gaming apparatus and method having an integrated first and second game 1012 1997
 
Summit Systems, Inc. (Interscience Systems) (1)
4283709 Cash accounting and surveillance system for games 407 1980
 
ROFFMAN, ELIZABETH M. (1)
6375568 Interactive gaming system and process 327 1999
 
INVENTOR HOLDINGS, LLC (1)
6648762 Electronic amusement device and method for propagating a performance adjustment signal 152 2001
 
Thunderbird Greeley, Inc. (1)
5779547 Pari-mutuel gaming system and method of using same 204 1997
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (1)
2002/0062,071 Manual and automatic probe calibration 20 2001
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (2)
2003/0182,574 Secure digital data format and code enforced policy 72 2002
2006/0036,552 Secure machine counting 59 2005
 
WALKER ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED PARTNERSHIP (10)
5970143 Remote-auditing of computer generated outcomes, authenticated billing and access control, and software metering system using cryptographic and other protocols 689 1996
6012983 Automated play gaming device 634 1996
6110041 Method and system for adapting gaming devices to playing preferences 928 1996
6001016 Remote gaming device 730 1996
6099408 Method and apparatus for securing electronic games 483 1996
6234896 Slot driven video story 243 1997
6238288 Method and apparatus for directing a game in accordance with speed of play 388 1997
6203430 Electronic amusement device and method for enhanced slot machine play 336 1998
6293866 System for adapting gaming devices to playing preferences 446 2000
6264557 Method and apparatus for securing electronic games 143 2000
 
B.C.D. MECANIQUE (1)
5743800 Auxiliary game with random prize generation 298 1996
 
ANCHOR GAMING (1)
2001/0003,709 METHOD OF PLAYING GAME AND GAMING GAMES WITH AN ADDITIONAL PAYOUT INDICATOR 103 1998
 
AMI ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK, INC. (1)
6082887 Game machine with automated tournament mode 131 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 117 2002
 
IGT (AUSTRALIA) PTY LIMITED (1)
6375569 Operation of gaming machines in a linked bonus prize winning mode 381 1998
 
VT TECH CORP. (1)
5762552 Interactive real-time network gaming system 828 1995
 
Trump Taj Mahal Associates (1)
5564700 Proportional payout method for progressive linked gaming machines 751 1995
 
Sega Enterprises, Ltd. (1)
5645486 Gaming system that pays out a progressive bonus using a lottery 477 1995
* Cited By Examiner

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
CFPH, LLC (11)
8092301 Information aggregation games 5 2008
* 2010/0009,741 INFORMATION AGGREGATION GAMES 1 2008
* 7942734 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 85 2009
8070595 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
7980932 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
8469785 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
8357037 Amusement devices and games including means for processing electronic data where ultimate outcome of the game is dependent on odds 0 2011
9406190 Information aggregation games 0 2012
9251644 Amusement devices and games including means for processing electronic data where users can change selections 0 2012
 
BALLY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
* 2009/0275,410 FACILITATING GROUP PLAY WITH MULTIPLE GAME DEVICES 37 2008
 
ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED (4)
* 8272960 System including one or more gaming machines 0 2006
* 2008/0194,335 System Including One or More Gaming Machines 7 2006
* 9552689 Systems and methods for disseminating information in a gaming environment 0 2012
* 8951125 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 (14)
8702501 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
8231453 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 17 2009
8342947 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 5 2009
8475262 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 13 2012
8662982 Method and apparatus for attractive bonusing 0 2012
8663002 System and method for rewarding players based on personal interests or attributes 2 2012
8827800 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
8777733 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
9286765 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
8764552 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
9159194 Method and apparatus for attractive bonusing 0 2014
9129482 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
9547955 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
 
EVERI GAMES INC. (1)
9418514 Method, apparatus, and program product for controlling contributions to progressive prize pools 0 2013
 
BALLY GAMING, INC. (22)
9101820 System, method and apparatus to produce decks for and operate games played with playing cards 0 2006
8870647 Wireless gaming environment 0 2007
9275512 Secure communications in gaming system 1 2007
9111078 Package manager service in gaming system 0 2007
8920236 Game related systems, methods, and articles that combine virtual and physical elements 0 2007
8784212 Networked gaming environment employing different classes of gaming machines 0 2007
9483911 Information distribution in gaming networks 0 2008
9092944 Coordinating group play events for multiple game devices 1 2008
9005034 Systems and methods for out-of-band gaming machine management 0 2008
8856657 User interface for managing network download and configuration tasks 1 2008
8721431 Systems, methods, and devices for providing instances of a secondary game 0 2008
* 8613655 Facilitating group play with multiple game devices 7 2008
9082258 Method and system for providing download and configuration job progress tracking and display via host user interface 2 2008
8920233 Assignment template and assignment bundle in a gaming configuration and download system 0 2008
9443377 Web pages for gaming devices 0 2009
8585484 Wagering game having continuous free bonus game plays 0 2011
9120007 Network gaming architecture, gaming systems, and related methods 1 2012
9058716 Remote game play in a wireless gaming environment 0 2012
8851988 Apparatus, method, and system to provide a multiple processor architecture for server-based gaming 0 2012
8819124 System and method for one-way delivery of notifications from server-to-clients using modified multicasts 0 2012
8667457 System and method for validating download or configuration assignment for an EGM or EGM collection 0 2012
9466172 Download and configuration management engine for gaming system 0 2014
 
UBS AG (1)
* 2013/0084,993 SYSTEM INCLUDING ONE OR MORE GAMING MACHINES 0 2012
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