US Patent No: 8,216,061

Number of patents in Portfolio can not be more than 2000

Wagering games with unlockable bonus rounds

ALSO PUBLISHED AS: 20090170593

Stats

ATTORNEY / AGENT: (SPONSORED)

Importance

Loading Importance Indicators... loading....

Abstract

See full text

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.

Loading the Abstract Image... loading....

First Claim

See full text

all claims..

Related Publications

Loading Related Publications... loading....

Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
WMS GAMING INC.WAUKEGAN, IL873

International Classification(s)

  • [Classification Symbol]
  • [Patents Count]

Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Pacey, Larry J Prospect Heights, IL 246 2248

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
IGT (37)
4,948,138 Device for maintaining game state audit trail upon instantaneous power failure 100 1985
5,265,874 Cashless gaming apparatus and method 572 1992
5,586,936 Automated gaming table tracking system and method therefor 335 1994
5,655,961 Method for operating networked gaming devices 1012 1994
5,702,304 Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices 366 1995
5,741,183 Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices 528 1995
5,820,459 Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices 516 1995
5,902,983 Preset amount electronic funds transfer system for gaming machines 426 1996
6,244,958 Method for providing incentive to play gaming devices connected by a network to a host computer 457 1996
6,315,666 Gaming machines having secondary display for providing video content 193 1997
6,162,122 Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices 397 1997
6,254,483 Method and apparatus for controlling the cost of playing an electronic gaming device 464 1998
6,231,445 Method for awarding variable bonus awards to gaming machines over a network 618 1998
6,371,852 Method for crediting a player of an electronic gaming device 341 1998
6,113,098 Gaming device with supplemental ticket dispenser 371 1998
6,334,613 Multiple pay poker game 104 1999
6,251,014 Standard peripheral communication 241 1999
6,394,900 Slot reel peripheral device with a peripheral controller therein 78 2000
6,319,127 Gaming device for a flat rate play session and a method of operating same 190 2000
6,682,421 Wireless gaming environment 240 2000
6,605,001 Dice game in which categories are filled and scores awarded 123 2000
6,511,375 Gaming device having a multiple selection group bonus round 179 2000
6,394,907 Cashless transaction clearinghouse 202 2000
6,311,976 Video game with bonusing or wild feature 483 2000
6,612,575 Gaming device and method of playing a game 116 2000
6,752,312 Gaming machine with hopper and printer 71 2000
6,599,185 Gaming device having a multiple selection and award distribution bonus scheme 234 2000
6,634,943 Gaming device having related multi-game bonus scheme 85 2000
6,431,983 Method for providing incentive to play gaming devices connected by a network to a host computer 309 2001
6,533,273 Gaming device and method of playing a game 118 2001
6,592,456 Video poker system and method 24 2001
6,780,111 Method, apparatus and system for perpetual bonus game 148 2001
2004/0048,649 Gaming device having a bonus game with multiple player selectable award opportunities 91 2002
2003/0078,101 Player specific game system 146 2002
2003/0157,979 Methods and apparatus for providing tickets from gaming devices and/or lottery terminals which are not dependent on a player's success on the underlying game 89 2003
2004/0142,742 Player specific rewards 102 2003
2004/0171,416 Gaming device having selectively accessible bonus scheme 47 2004
 
WMS GAMING INC. (28)
6,068,553 Gaming machines 213 1997
6,592,457 Gaming machine with player selected events 177 2000
6,364,766 Gaming machine with sorting feature 375 2000
6,800,027 System and method for saving status of paused game of chance 66 2001
6,991,539 Graphic adventure gaming machine 14 2002
2004/0209,662 Gaming machine with persistent feature state 29 2003
6,746,327 Gaming machine with player selected events 42 2003
7,182,690 System and method for saving status of paused game of chance 69 2004
2007/0265,060 Wagering Game with Win-Deferral Feature for Payoffs 36 2005
2007/0259,713 Wagering Game with Character Building 52 2005
2007/0254,734 Wagering Game with Changed Game Indicia Over Multiple Gaming Sessions 27 2005
2007/0298,856 Wagering Game with Episodic-Game Feature for Payoffs 41 2005
2007/0259,706 Wagering Game With Board-Game Feature For Payoffs 27 2005
2006/0079,316 Wagering game with an array of player-selectable elements that are preserved for subsequent gaming sessions 62 2005
2006/0079,317 Wagering game with bonus-game assets that can be preserved for subsequent gaming sessions 67 2005
2006/0068,893 Wagering game with symbols collection 106 2005
2006/0084,495 Wagering game with feature for recording records and statistics 41 2005
2008/0113,770 Gaming System Having Exchangeable Bonus Token Accumulation-Redemption Feature 38 2005
2006/0084,496 Wagering game with alterable-math feature 47 2005
2006/0089,194 Wagering game with invitation for playing a wagering game at a subsequent gaming session 92 2005
2009/0124,372 ASSET MANAGEMENT OF DOWNLOADABLE GAMING COMPONENTS IN A GAMING SYSTEM 3 2006
2009/0247,301 MANAGEMENT OF DOWNLOADABLE GAME COMPONENTS IN A GAMING SYSTEM 1 2006
7,811,167 System and method for saving status of paused game of chance 32 2006
2009/0054,136 PERSISTENT STATE SYSTEMS, METHODS AND SOFTWARE 4 2007
2010/0240,442 PROVIDING ALTERNATIVE PERSISTENT STATE RECOVERY TECHNIQUES 6 2007
2010/0048,292 PROCESSING WAGERING GAME EVENTS 1 2007
2009/0011,822 Wagering Game With Persistent State Of Game Assests Affecting Other Players 16 2008
2009/0011,823 Wagering Game With Persistent State Of Game Assets Affecting Other Players 19 2008
 
SIERRA DESIGN GROUP (9)
5,292,127 Arcade game 252 1992
5,743,523 Multi-game system with progressive bonus 132 1996
5,816,918 Prize redemption system for games 856 1996
5,882,258 Skill-based card game 204 1997
6,015,344 Prize redemption system for games 413 1997
6,007,426 Skill based prize games for wide area networks 282 1998
6,923,721 Apparatus and method for maintaining game state 102 2000
6,758,757 Method and apparatus for maintaining game state 108 2001
6,811,486 Method and apparatus for enhancing game play through savable game play state 154 2002
 
WALKER ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED PARTNERSHIP (6)
6,012,983 Automated play gaming device 485 1996
6,110,041 Method and system for adapting gaming devices to playing preferences 662 1996
6,113,493 System and method for generating and executing insurance policies for gambling losses 122 1997
6,234,896 Slot driven video story 198 1997
6,077,163 Gaming device for a flat rate play session and a method of operating same 352 1997
6,227,972 Method and apparatus for expiration of prepaid slot machine plays 179 1997
 
BALLY GAMING INTERNATIONAL, INC. (3)
5,179,517 Game machine data transfer system utilizing portable data units 601 1988
5,429,361 Gaming machine information, communication and display system 801 1991
5,470,079 Game machine accounting and monitoring system 470 1994
 
ACRES GAMING INCORPORATED (2)
5,752,882 Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices 459 1995
5,836,817 Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices 577 1995
 
ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
6,165,071 Method and apparatus for gaming in a series of sessions 184 1997
2002/0077,170 Video table game apparatus, system, and method of use 42 2001
 
GTECH RHODE ISLAND CORPORATION (2)
4,764,666 On-line wagering system with programmable game entry cards 504 1987
4,882,473 On-line wagering system with programmable game entry cards and operator security cards 455 1988
 
MULTIMEDIA GAMES, INC. (2)
5,580,309 Linked gaming machines having a common feature controller 425 1994
5,997,401 Slot machine with symbol save feature 590 1996
 
NAMCO LTD. (2)
4,752,068 Video game machine for business use 104 1986
4,858,930 Game system 215 1988
 
ZYNGA INC. (2)
6,068,552 Gaming device and method of operation thereof 475 1998
6,364,765 Electronic amusement device offering secondary game of chance and method for operating same 206 1998
 
AFFINION NET PATENTS, INC. (1)
6,009,412 Fully integrated on-line interactive frequency and award redemption program 263 1998
 
ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED (1)
5,580,053 Multi-line gaming machine 233 1994
 
ASPEN MARKETING SERVICES, INC. (1)
5,983,196 Interactive computerized methods and apparatus for conducting an incentive awards program 202 1996
 
ATRONIC INTERNATIONAL GMBH (1)
6,776,713 Game for a gaming device where a player competes with a computer 31 2002
 
B.C.D. MECANIQUE (1)
5,743,800 Auxiliary game with random prize generation 247 1996
 
BETHLEHEM STEEL CORPORATION (1)
4,202,734 Method for producing calcined coke pellets 7 1978
 
Caesars World, Inc. (1)
5,919,091 Combined cashless/cash gaming machine 269 1997
 
Calculus Microsystems Corporation (1)
5,321,241 System and method for tracking casino promotional funds and apparatus for use therewith 242 1993
 
CASINO SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
6,273,820 Virtual player gaming method 255 1999
 
DARK HORSE TRADING CO., INC. (1)
4,575,622 Electronic access control system for coin-operated games and like selectively accessible devices 160 1983
 
DELTRONIC LABS, INC. (1)
2003/0100,362 System and method for providing incentive to user of a gaming device 45 2003
 
DEQ SYSTEMES CORP. (1)
6,179,710 Electronic system and method for operating an auxiliary incentive game 128 1999
 
DIGIDEAL CORPORATION (1)
5,586,766 Blackjack game system and methods 203 1995
 
FOREVER ENDEAVOR SOFTWARE, INC. (1)
5,833,537 Gaming apparatus and method with persistence effect 555 1996
 
HARRAH'S OPERATING COMPANY, INC. (1)
5,761,647 National customer recognition system and method 582 1996
 
HORSE SENSE CORPORATION (1)
5,957,775 Wagering game based on ranking order of game participants 85 1997
 
INVENTOR HOLDINGS, LLC (1)
6,293,866 System for adapting gaming devices to playing preferences 307 2000
 
J&S GAMING (1)
2003/0036,427 COIN COUNTER AND TICKET DISPENSER FOR A GAME MACHINE 38 2001
 
KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT CO., LTD. (1)
6,398,650 Game system, game progress control method, and computer-readable storage medium with a stored game program 5 2000
 
Kraftwerk Union Aktiengesellschaft (1)
4,236,968 Device for removing heat of decomposition in a steam power plant heated by nuclear energy 3 1978
 
MARCOR RESORTS, L.P.V. A LIMITED PARTNERSHIP OF NEVADA (1)
5,393,057 Electronic gaming apparatus and method 868 1992
 
MCDONALD, WILLIAM, AS TRUSTEE OF THE MCDONALD TRUST OF 1985, U/D/T DATED AUGUST 7, 1985, AS AMENDED JUNE 12, 1987 (1)
5,018,736 Interactive game system and method 118 1989
 
MGM Grand, Inc. (1)
6,048,269 Coinless slot machine system and method 590 1993
 
NEC Mobile Communications, Ltd. (1)
5,609,525 Video game data reception apparatus 44 1995
 
NetGain Technologies, LLC (1)
6,280,325 Computer network management of wide-area multi-player bingo game 232 1999
 
NINTENDO CO., LTD. (1)
5,014,982 Memory cartridge and game apparatus using the same 67 1988
 
NORDSON CORPORATION (1)
6,559,460 Ultraviolet lamp system and methods 12 2000
 
NP IP HOLDINGS LLC (1)
6,302,793 Multi-property player tracking system 366 1998
 
NSM AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
5,370,306 Coin-operated entertainment machine 98 1993
 
O.D.S. Technologies, L.P. (1)
6,004,211 Interactive wagering systems and processes 102 1998
 
ONEIDA INDIAN NATION (1)
5,674,128 Cashless computerized video game system and method 401 1996
 
PLANETARY PINBALL SUPPLY, INC (1)
5,533,727 Audit and pricing system for coin-operated games 69 1994
 
PROGRESSIVE GAMING INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (1)
6,280,326 Cashless method for a gaming system 118 1998
 
RICOH COMPANY, LTD. (1)
5,547,202 Computer game device 60 1994
 
SANDERS ASSOCIATES, INC. (1)
4,342,454 Method and apparatus for instant replay and other capabilities for microprocessor-controlled video games 56 1979
 
SCA PROMOTIONS, INC. (1)
5,551,692 Electronic game promotion device 189 1994
 
SHUFFLE MASTER GAMING (1)
6,312,334 Method of playing a multi-stage video wagering game 594 1998
 
Spademan, M.D.; Richard (1)
5,370,399 Game apparatus having incentive producing means 128 1992
 
SPIRIT MOUNTAIN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (1)
6,340,331 Cashless peripheral device for a gaming system 71 1998
 
Stuart J. Kamille (1)
5,931,467 Probability game 171 1997
 
UNITED GAMES, INC. (1)
5,833,540 Cardless distributed video gaming system 336 1996
 
UNTIGUOES TECHNOLOGY LLC (1)
6,178,408 Method of redeeming collectible points 243 1999
 
WALKER ASSET MANAGEMENT, LIMITED PARTMERSHIP (1)
6,193,608 Method for motivating players to return to a casino using premiums 108 1996
 
WALKER DIGITAL, LLC (1)
6,203,430 Electronic amusement device and method for enhanced slot machine play 240 1998
 
York Eggleston (1)
6,061,660 System and method for incentive programs and award fulfillment 555 1998
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (10)
4,200,254 Panel base 78 1978
5,451,259 ECR plasma source for remote processing 18 1994
5,770,533 Open architecture casino operating system 852 1994
5,575,474 Communications system using bets 133 1994
6,609,975 Electronic system and method for operating an incentive auxiliary game 15 1997
5,931,557 Energy efficient ultraviolet visible light source 2 1997
6,540,609 Apparatus and method for enhancing gambling devices with commercial advertising indicia 46 1999
6,840,860 Printing and dispensing bonusing system for gaming devices 26 2000
2002/0077,174 Apparatus and method for maintaining game state 73 2001
2002/0093,136 Method of operating a gaming machine with a ticket printer 54 2002

Patent Citation Ranking

Forward Cite Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
WMS GAMING INC. (6)
D691666 Gaming machine 2 2011
8,684,826 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
 
IGT (1)
8,777,744 Gaming system and method configured to provide a musical game associated with unlockable musical instruments 0 2012

Maintenance Fees

Fee Large entity fee small entity fee micro entity fee due date
3.5 Year Payment $1600.00 $800.00 $400.00 Jan 10, 2016
7.5 Year Payment $3600.00 $1800.00 $900.00 Jan 10, 2020
11.5 Year Payment $7400.00 $3700.00 $1850.00 Jan 10, 2024
Fee Large entity fee small entity fee micro entity fee
Surcharge - 3.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge - 7.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge - 11.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unavoidable $700.00 $350.00 $175.00
Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unintentional $1,640.00 $820.00 $410.00