Method and apparatus for operating multiple games on a network of gaming devices

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7749077
APP PUB NO 20030228904A1
SERIAL NO

09827870

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Abstract

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A system for monitoring and configuring gaming devices interconnected over a high-speed network is disclosed. The system can support a file server, one or more floor controllers, one or more pit terminals, and other terminals all interconnected over the network. Each gaming device includes an electronic module which allows the gaming device to communicate with a floor controller over a current loop network. The electronic module includes a player tracking module and a data communication node. The player tracking module includes a card reader for detecting a player tracking card inserted therein which identifies the player. The data communication node communicates with both the floor controller and the gaming device. The data communication node communicates with the gaming device over a serial interface through which the data communication node transmits reconfiguration commands. The gaming device reconfigures its payout schedule responsive to the reconfiguration commands to provide a variety of promotional bonuses such as multiple jackpot bonuses, mystery jackpot bonuses, progressive jackpot bonuses, or player specific bonuses.

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IGTRENO, NV3257

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Acres, John F Corvallis, US 182 13810
Ginsburg, Alec Corvallis, US 19 6904
Wiebenson, David Corvallis, US 18 6761

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IGT (1)
RE43727 Method for operating networked gaming devices 0 1999
 
AXESNETWORK SOLUTIONS INC. (1)
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