US Patent No: 7,666,094

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Gaming system and method for enabling a player to select progressive awards to try for and chances of winning progressive awards

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The present disclosure provides a gaming device, a gaming system and a method for operating a gaming device or gaming system with a plurality of progressive awards. The gaming device enables a player to select one of the progressive awards. The player's selection of which progressive award to play for is based, at least in part, on a relative probability of the player winning the selected progressive award compared to the relative probabilities of the player winning the non-selected progressive awards. After selecting which award to play for, the gaming device either provides the selected progressive award to the player or modifies the relative probability that the player will win the selected progressive award with one or more of any award selections remaining. Such a configuration enables the player to strategically select which award to play for and the order that the player will play for the awards.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
IGTRENO, NV2805

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Baerlocher, Anthony J Reno, NV 1032 32814
Cohen, Alexdander Casey Naglestad - 4 56
Ferry, Tonja Marie Reno, NV 14 434
Koby, Adam Reno, NV 16 440

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6,935,958 Method and apparatus for machine location 122 2002
6,955,600 Gaming device having a re-triggering symbol bonus scheme with a bonus symbol accumulator 151 2002
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6,939,224 Gaming device having varying risk player selections 53 2002
6,780,110 Gaming device having a competition bonus scheme 54 2002
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2003/0040,360 Gaming device having an offer / acceptance game wherein each offer is based on a plurality of independently generated events 103 2002
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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
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6,814,664 Method of operating a gaming device having termination variables 79 2003
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2005/0054,429 Gaming device having bonus game dependent upon variable wager component selection 175 2003
7,004,835 Gaming device having an award distributor and an award accumulator bonus game 31 2003
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2004/0171,416 Gaming device having selectively accessible bonus scheme 50 2004
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2005/0101,375 Gaming device having an award exchange bonus round and method for revealing award exchange possibilities 102 2004
2005/0130,729 Gaming device having risk evaluation bonus round 54 2005
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2005/0192,099 Secured virtual network in a gaming environment 147 2005
2005/0197,180 Gaming device having an offer and acceptance game 54 2005
2005/0227,754 Gaming device having resultant wild symbols 66 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
2006/0040,732 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 206 2005
2006/0040,736 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 121 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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2007/0298,873 PROGRESSIVE TABLE GAME BONUSING SYSTEMS AND METHODS 33 2006
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