Wagering games with unlockable bonus rounds

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 8216061
APP PUB NO 20090170593A1
SERIAL NO

11887626

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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
BALLY GAMING, INC.LAS VEGAS, NV2120

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Pacey, Larry J Northbrook, US 188 5045

Cited Art Landscape

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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
IGT (2)
8986093 Gaming system and method modifying one or more options provided to a player based on the player's previously-chosen options 0 2012
8777744 Gaming system and method configured to provide a musical game associated with unlockable musical instruments 0 2012
 
BALLY GAMING, INC. (12)
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* 2013/0005,446 WAGERING GAME WITH PERSISTENT STATE OF GAME ASSETS AFFECTING OTHER PLAYERS 1 2012
D704273 Gaming machine 7 2012
D691665 Gaming machine 4 2012
D712975 Gaming machine 6 2013
D704275 Gaming machine 9 2013
D730993 Inclined input interface for a gaming terminal 5 2013
D742974 Gaming machine 1 2014
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Cadillac Jack, Inc. (2)
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AFTERSHOCK SERVICES, INC. (1)
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