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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Wagering Game for Awarding Attributes in a Plurality of Plays", for Approval

February 13, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- From Washington, D.C. , VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Gomez, Benjamin T. ( Chicago, IL ); Jaffe, Joel R. ( Glenview, IL ); SeLegue, Dylan B. ( Chicago, IL ), filed on September 25, 2013 , was made available online on January 30, 2014 . The patent's assignee is WMS Gaming Inc. 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. One type of award provided to the players is a plurality of free plays. The players receive any awards corresponding to winning outcomes achieved during the free plays." As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "According to one aspect of the present invention, a method for conducting a computer-implemented wagering game includes using a processor to execute a plurality of plays of the wagering game, each play having an expected value. A plurality of randomly selected symbols, which are associated with each play, are displayed on a display. The processor is used to randomly assign a plurality of attributes across the plurality of plays. Each attribute increases an expected value of the play to which the attribute is assigned, from a first value to a second value. The first value is in the absence of the attribute and the second value is in the presence of the attribute. "According to yet another aspect of the invention, a gaming system includes a wager input device that is configured to receive a wager from a player for playing a plurality of plays of a wagering game. A display is configured to display a plurality of randomly selected symbols associated with each play of the plurality of plays. One or more processors are communicatively coupled to the display, and at least one of the processors is operative to execute the plurality of plays of the wagering game, each play having an expected value. The at least one processors is further operative to randomly assign a plurality of attributes across the plurality of plays, each attribute increasing the expected value of the play to which the attribute is assigned. The expected value increases from a first value to a second value, wherein the first value of the expected value is in the absence of the attribute and the second value of the expected value is in the presence of the attribute. "According to yet another aspect of the invention, a method for conducting a wagering game includes awarding a plurality of attributes and a plurality of plays of the wagering game. Each play has an expected value. The plurality of attributes are randomly assigned to the plurality of plays. Randomly selected symbols, which are associated with each play of the plurality of plays, are displayed on a display device. A processor is used to determine an outcome of each of the plays taking in account any attributes assigned to a specific play such that the expected value of the specific play increases from a first value to a second value based on an assigned attribute. "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. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS "FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a free-standing gaming terminal according to an embodiment of the present invention. "FIG. 2 is a schematic view of a gaming system according to an embodiment of the present invention. "FIG. 3 is an image of an exemplary basic-game screen of a wagering game displayed at a gaming terminal, according to an embodiment of the present invention. "FIG. 4 is an image of an exemplary screen displaying cash-values of a multi-level progressive award transformed to free spins, according to an embodiment of the present invention. "FIG. 5 illustrates the multi-level progressive award transformed to multiple different game items. "FIG. 6 illustrates a winning outcome in which a progressive level of the multi-level progressive award is achieved. "FIG. 7 is a flowchart for an algorithm that corresponds to instructions executed by a controller in accord with at least some aspects of the disclosed concepts. "FIG. 8 illustrates a gaming system having a plurality of gaming terminals and a community sign display for presenting a community event, according to an embodiment of the present invention. "FIG. 9 illustrates the gaming system of FIG. 8 showing a notification that a progressive event has been randomly triggered. "FIG. 10 illustrates the gaming system of FIG. 8 showing a notification that the progressive event has been awarded to one of the eligible players. "FIG. 11 illustrates the gaming system of FIG. 8 showing a notification that a progressive award has been awarded to one of the eligible players. "FIG. 12 illustrates an assignment of extra wilds positions on a reel display for a single free spin, according to an alternative embodiment of the present invention. "FIG. 13 illustrates the assignment of the extra wild positions for a plurality of free spins. "FIG. 14 illustrates a method for providing attributes across a plurality of plays. "While the invention is susceptible to various modifications and alternative forms, specific embodiments have been shown by way of example in the drawings and will be described in detail herein. It should be understood, however, that the invention is not intended to be limited to the particular forms disclosed. Rather, the invention is to cover all modifications, equivalents, and alternatives falling within the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims." For additional information on this patent application, see: Gomez, Benjamin T.; Jaffe, Joel R.; SeLegue, Dylan B. Wagering Game for Awarding Attributes in a Plurality of Plays. Filed September 25, 2013 and posted January 30, 2014 . Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1846&p=37&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140123.PD.&OS=PD/20140123&RS=PD/20140123 Keywords for this news article include: WMS Gaming Inc. 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