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, NV2826

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Baerlocher, Anthony J Reno, NV 1020 30749
Cohen, Alexdander Casey Naglestad - 4 45
Ferry, Tonja Marie Reno, NV 14 401
Koby, Adam Reno, NV 16 407

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2004/0171,416 Gaming device having selectively accessible bonus scheme 44 2004
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2005/0101,375 Gaming device having an award exchange bonus round and method for revealing award exchange possibilities 95 2004
2005/0130,729 Gaming device having risk evaluation bonus round 51 2005
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2005/0197,180 Gaming device having an offer and acceptance game 50 2005
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2005/0282,626 Method and apparatus for awarding a mystery promotional ticket 135 2005
2006/0030,403 Gaming method and device involving progressive wagers 139 2005
2006/0040,732 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 194 2005
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