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Patent Issued for Wager Equalized Bonus Trigger Allocation and Redemption

February 19, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- From Alexandria, Virginia, VerticalNews journalists report that a patent by the inventor Vann, Jamie W. (Chicago, IL), filed on October 25, 2011, was published online on February 4, 2014.

The patent's assignee for patent number 8641520 is WMS Gaming Inc. (Waukegan, IL).

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Gaming terminals, such as slot machines, video poker machines and the like, have been a cornerstone of the gaming industry for several years. Generally, the popularity of such machines with players is dependent on the likelihood (or perceived likelihood) of winning money at the machine and the intrinsic entertainment value of the machine relative to other available gaming options."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "According to one aspect of the present invention, a method of conducting a wagering game includes awarding one or more bonus triggers in a randomly selected outcome of a base wagering game. The player is allowed to play a progressive game having a first expected value and is eligible to receive a progressive award in the progressive game if an X number of bonus triggers is accumulated. If the number of bonus triggers accumulated is less than X, the player is allowed to play a bonus event, which is different than the progressive game and has a second expected value, if a selection is received to indicate player selection of the bonus event. The bonus event has a bonus award that is less than the progressive award. The second expected value is less than or equal to the first expected value.

"According to another aspect of the invention, a gaming system includes a wager input device for receiving a wager from a player, a display for displaying a base wagering game in response to receiving the wager from the player, an one or more processors communicatively coupled to the display. At least one of the processors is operative to select at least one randomly selected outcome from a plurality of outcomes of the base wagering game, and to award one or more bonus triggers in the randomly selected outcome of the base wagering game. If an X number of bonus triggers is accumulated, the player is allowed to play a progressive game having a first expected value. If less than the X number of bonus triggers is accumulated and a selection is received from the player, the player is allowed to play a bonus event that is different than the progressive game. The bonus event has a second expected value that is less than or equal to the first expected value.

"According to yet another aspect of the invention, a method is directed to conducting a wagering game for a human player. The wagering game includes a game sequence in which the player provides an input and a wagering game outcome is determined. The method includes using a user interface device to accept the player input, and transforming the player input to electronic data signals indicative of a wager to play the wagering game. One or more processors are used to interpret the wager from the data signals and to cause the recording of a digital representation of the wager in one or more storage devices. At least one of the processors is used to initiate the game sequence of the wagering game and to cause at least one of the display devices to display a base wagering game. At least one of the processors is used to select a randomly selected outcome from a plurality of outcomes of the base wagering game and to award one or more bonus triggers in the randomly selected outcome of the base wagering game. If an X number of bonus triggers is accumulated, the player is allowed to play a progressive game having a first expected value. If less than the X number of bonus triggers is accumulated and a selection is received from the player, the player is allowed to play a bonus event different than the progressive game. The bonus event has a second expected value that is less than or equal to the first expected value. An outcome of the game sequence is determined.

"Additional aspects of the invention will be apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art in view of the detailed description of various embodiments, which is made with reference to the drawings, a brief description of which is provided below."

For additional information on this patent, see: Vann, Jamie W.. Wager Equalized Bonus Trigger Allocation and Redemption. U.S. Patent Number 8641520, filed October 25, 2011, and published online on February 4, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=102&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=5083&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20140204.PD.&OS=ISD/20140204&RS=ISD/20140204

Keywords for this news article include: WMS Gaming Inc.

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Source: Journal of Engineering


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