US Patent No: 7,666,094

Number of patents in Portfolio can not be more than 2000

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, NV2780

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Baerlocher, Anthony J Reno, NV 1009 29442
Cohen, Alexdander Casey Naglestad - 4 40
Ferry, Tonja Marie Reno, NV 14 372
Koby, Adam Reno, NV 16 377

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2005/0032,573 Computer network and method for changing the pay schedules of gaming devices 124 2004
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2005/0101,375 Gaming device having an award exchange bonus round and method for revealing award exchange possibilities 92 2004
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2005/0197,180 Gaming device having an offer and acceptance game 48 2005
2005/0227,754 Gaming device having resultant wild symbols 55 2005
2005/0282,626 Method and apparatus for awarding a mystery promotional ticket 128 2005
2006/0030,403 Gaming method and device involving progressive wagers 133 2005
2006/0040,732 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 186 2005
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WMS GAMING INC. (4)
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8,585,484 Wagering game having continuous free bonus game plays 0 2011
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