US Patent No: 8,216,061

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Wagering games with unlockable bonus rounds

ALSO PUBLISHED AS: 20090170593

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Abstract

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Method and system are disclosed for allowing players at wagering game terminals to select entire sets of bonus games instead of a single bonus game upon occurrence of a certain randomly selected basic game outcome. One or more of the bonus games or sets of bonus games may be temporarily unavailable or “locked” to the player. The player may unlock the bonus games or sets of bonus games by acquiring certain game assets, reaching certain game milestones, and/or exceeding certain wagering levels. The unlocked games may reveal credits, prizes, progressives, basic and/or bonus game updates, or additional bonus games, some of which may also be locked. The updates and additions may already be present in the wagering game terminals or they may be downloaded from a central location. The player may retain the locked and unlocked statuses of the bonus games across multiple wagering game sessions and/or wagering game terminals.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
WMS GAMING INC.WAUKEGAN, IL945

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Pacey, Larry J Northbrook, US 171 1492

Cited Art Landscape

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IGT (37)
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6,162,122 Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices 438 1997
6,254,483 Method and apparatus for controlling the cost of playing an electronic gaming device 524 1998
6,231,445 Method for awarding variable bonus awards to gaming machines over a network 675 1998
6,371,852 Method for crediting a player of an electronic gaming device 379 1998
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6,251,014 Standard peripheral communication 263 1999
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6,682,421 Wireless gaming environment 268 2000
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6,394,907 Cashless transaction clearinghouse 220 2000
6,311,976 Video game with bonusing or wild feature 532 2000
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2003/0078,101 Player specific game system 165 2002
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6,776,713 Game for a gaming device where a player competes with a computer 36 2002
 
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6,068,552 Gaming device and method of operation thereof 531 1998
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WALKER ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED PARTNERSHIP (8)
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6,110,041 Method and system for adapting gaming devices to playing preferences 759 1996
6,113,493 System and method for generating and executing insurance policies for gambling losses 130 1997
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6,077,163 Gaming device for a flat rate play session and a method of operating same 392 1997
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6,293,866 System for adapting gaming devices to playing preferences 359 2000
 
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WMS GAMING INC. (28)
6,068,553 Gaming machines 241 1997
6,592,457 Gaming machine with player selected events 198 2000
6,364,766 Gaming machine with sorting feature 408 2000
* 6,800,027 System and method for saving status of paused game of chance 80 2001
6,991,539 Graphic adventure gaming machine 19 2002
2004/0209,662 Gaming machine with persistent feature state 34 2003
* 6,746,327 Gaming machine with player selected events 45 2003
7,182,690 System and method for saving status of paused game of chance 81 2004
2007/0265,060 Wagering Game with Win-Deferral Feature for Payoffs 59 2005
2007/0259,713 Wagering Game with Character Building 62 2005
2007/0254,734 Wagering Game with Changed Game Indicia Over Multiple Gaming Sessions 32 2005
2007/0298,856 Wagering Game with Episodic-Game Feature for Payoffs 47 2005
2007/0259,706 Wagering Game With Board-Game Feature For Payoffs 34 2005
2006/0079,316 Wagering game with an array of player-selectable elements that are preserved for subsequent gaming sessions 74 2005
2006/0079,317 Wagering game with bonus-game assets that can be preserved for subsequent gaming sessions 81 2005
2006/0068,893 Wagering game with symbols collection 128 2005
2006/0084,495 Wagering game with feature for recording records and statistics 50 2005
2008/0113,770 Gaming System Having Exchangeable Bonus Token Accumulation-Redemption Feature 49 2005
2006/0084,496 Wagering game with alterable-math feature 58 2005
2006/0089,194 Wagering game with invitation for playing a wagering game at a subsequent gaming session 112 2005
2009/0124,372 ASSET MANAGEMENT OF DOWNLOADABLE GAMING COMPONENTS IN A GAMING SYSTEM 4 2006
2009/0247,301 MANAGEMENT OF DOWNLOADABLE GAME COMPONENTS IN A GAMING SYSTEM 2 2006
7,811,167 System and method for saving status of paused game of chance 39 2006
2009/0054,136 PERSISTENT STATE SYSTEMS, METHODS AND SOFTWARE 5 2007
2010/0240,442 PROVIDING ALTERNATIVE PERSISTENT STATE RECOVERY TECHNIQUES 8 2007
2010/0048,292 PROCESSING WAGERING GAME EVENTS 2 2007
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2009/0011,823 Wagering Game With Persistent State Of Game Assets Affecting Other Players 21 2008
 
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DEQ SYSTEMS CORP. (1)
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Stuart J. Kamille (1)
5,931,467 Probability game 223 1997
 
O.D.S. Technologies, L.P. (1)
6,004,211 Interactive wagering systems and processes 109 1998
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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
IGT (2)
8,986,093 Gaming system and method modifying one or more options provided to a player based on the player's previously-chosen options 0 2012
8,777,744 Gaming system and method configured to provide a musical game associated with unlockable musical instruments 0 2012
 
WMS GAMING INC. (8)
D691666 Gaming machine 2 2011
* 8,684,826 Wagering game with persistent state of game assets affecting other players 0 2012
* 2013/0005,446 WAGERING GAME WITH PERSISTENT STATE OF GAME ASSETS AFFECTING OTHER PLAYERS 0 2012
D704273 Gaming machine 0 2012
D691665 Gaming machine 0 2012
D712975 Gaming machine 0 2013
D704275 Gaming machine 0 2013
D730993 Inclined input interface for a gaming terminal 0 2013
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