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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Abstract

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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, NV2670

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Baerlocher, Anthony J Reno, NV 994 26393
Cohen, Alexdander Casey Naglestad - 4 29
Ferry, Tonja Marie Reno, NV 14 314
Koby, Adam Reno, NV 16 319

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2005/0054,429 Gaming device having bonus game dependent upon variable wager component selection 146 2003
7,004,835 Gaming device having an award distributor and an award accumulator bonus game 28 2003
7,112,137 Gaming device having an indicator selection with probability-based outcome 27 2003
2004/0171,416 Gaming device having selectively accessible bonus scheme 43 2004
2005/0101,374 Method for providing incentive to play gaming devices connected by a network to a host computer 82 2004
2005/0096,114 Method, apparatus and system for perpetual bonus game 50 2004
2005/0032,573 Computer network and method for changing the pay schedules of gaming devices 115 2004
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2005/0101,375 Gaming device having an award exchange bonus round and method for revealing award exchange possibilities 83 2004
2005/0130,729 Gaming device having risk evaluation bonus round 45 2005
2005/0176,498 Name your prize game playing methodology 19 2005
2005/0192,099 Secured virtual network in a gaming environment 127 2005
2005/0197,180 Gaming device having an offer and acceptance game 44 2005
2005/0227,754 Gaming device having resultant wild symbols 52 2005
2005/0282,626 Method and apparatus for awarding a mystery promotional ticket 118 2005
2006/0030,403 Gaming method and device involving progressive wagers 125 2005
2006/0040,732 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 174 2005
2006/0040,736 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 103 2005
2006/0025,210 Method of awarding prizes for jackpot and gaming machines based on amount wagered during a time period 126 2005
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WMS GAMING INC. (3)
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