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, NV2926

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Baerlocher, Anthony J Reno, NV 1058 36309
Cohen, Alexdander Casey Naglestad - 4 65
Ferry, Tonja Marie Reno, NV 14 494
Koby, Adam Reno, NV 16 501

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6,315,664 Gaming device having an indicator selection with probability-based outcome 353 2000
6,511,375 Gaming device having a multiple selection group bonus round 206 2000
6,328,649 Gaming device having multiple award enhancing levels 493 2000
6,569,015 Gaming device having separately changeable value and modifier bonus scheme 353 2000
6,406,369 Gaming device having a competition bonus scheme 359 2000
6,966,834 Prize awarding system 152 2000
6,439,995 Gaming device having a bonus scheme with multiple selection groups 518 2000
6,726,563 Gaming device having a selectively accessible bonus scheme 252 2000
6,322,078 Game with reservable wild indicia 184 2000
6,565,436 Gaming device having a weighted probability for selecting a bonus game 206 2000
6,464,582 Gaming device with a bonus scheme having repeated selection of value sets with option to save values 253 2000
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6,811,483 Gaming device having a graduating award exchange sequence with a tease consolation sequence and an initial qualifying sequence 173 2000
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6,599,185 Gaming device having a multiple selection and award distribution bonus scheme 250 2000
6,599,192 Gaming device having risk evaluation bonus round 206 2000
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6,783,457 Gaming device having an indicator selection with probability-based outcome 72 2001
6,913,532 Gaming device having a re-triggering symbol bonus scheme 140 2001
6,676,516 Gaming device having an indicator selection with probability-based outcome 102 2001
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6,869,361 System, apparatus and method employing controller for play of shared bonus games 154 2001
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6,935,958 Method and apparatus for machine location 130 2002
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6,939,224 Gaming device having varying risk player selections 56 2002
6,780,110 Gaming device having a competition bonus scheme 56 2002
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6,712,697 Method for crediting a player of an electronic gaming device 185 2002
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6,575,830 Gaming device having apparatus and method for producing an award through award elimination or replacement 177 2002
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6,595,854 Gaming device having a bonus scheme with multiple selection groups 197 2002
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2005/0227,754 Gaming device having resultant wild symbols 74 2005
2005/0282,626 Method and apparatus for awarding a mystery promotional ticket 154 2005
2006/0030,403 Gaming method and device involving progressive wagers 162 2005
2006/0040,732 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 224 2005
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6,234,897 Gaming device with variable bonus payout feature 519 1999
6,159,095 Video gaming device having multiple stacking features 773 1999
6,322,309 Bonus game for a gaming machine 272 2000
6,749,510 Centralized gaming system with modifiable remote display terminals 239 2001
6,607,437 Selection feature for a game of chance 121 2001
6,508,707 Gaming machines with board game theme, apparatus and method 159 2001
6,939,234 Dynamic configuration of gaming system 121 2002
2005/0079,908 Gaming machine having an award-trading scheme 72 2003
2005/0159,211 Gaming machine with feature triggering scheme 91 2004
2006/0003,829 Wagering game having progressive amounts represented in various ways 140 2004
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