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Aruze Gaming America Inc.

• Masumi Fujisawa, Hiroki Munakata, Jenki Enokido, Takehisa Itagaki, Massay Honda, Daisyun Okamoto

9466177 – Gaming machine, gaming system, and gaming method

In a gaming machine, a display displays images of a free game. The controller executes a game, provides a plurality of free games when a result of the game satisfies a predetermined condition, determines at least one free game to a special mode from among the plurality of free game, and determine remaining free games to a base mode, rearranges a plurality of symbols to always appear at least one special symbol on the display in the free game of the special mode, rearranges the plurality of symbols to randomly determine whether to appear the special symbol on the display in the free game of the base mode, and provides a payout determined by a winning combination of symbols appeared on the display in each free game.

Bally Gaming Inc.

Allon G. Englman, Larry J. Pacey, Peter A. Anderson, Jeremy M. Hornik

9466179 – Gaming machine having a community game with side wagering

According to one embodiment of the present invention, a system and method for conducting a wagering game on a plurality of gaming machines is disclosed. The method comprises the act of triggering a community event while conducting the wagering game on the plurality of gaming machines. Two or more gaming machines are selected to participate in the community event. The community event is selected from a plurality of independent community events. The gaming system comprises a plurality of gaming machines, at least one community display, and at least one controller. The controller is operative to select the two or more gaming machines to participate in the community event, and select the community event from the plurality of independent community events to display on the at least one community display.

Allon G. Englman, Larry J. Pacey, Peter R. Anderson, Jeremy M. Hornik

9466180 – Gaming machine having a community game with side wagering

According to one embodiment of the present invention, a system and method for conducting a wagering game on a plurality of gaming machines is disclosed. The method comprises the act of triggering a community event while conducting the wagering game on the plurality of gaming machines. Two or more gaming machines are selected to participate in the community event. The community event is selected from a plurality of independent community events. The gaming system comprises a plurality of gaming machines, at least one community display, and at least one controller. The controller is operative to select the two or more gaming machines to participate in the community event, and select the community event from the plurality of independent community events to display on the at least one community display.

Bryan M. Kelly, Geenady I. Soliterman, Reddy Rupanagudi, Dennis Lochard, Jeffrey C. Tallcott, John G. Kroeckel

9466170 – Networked gaming system communication protocols and methods

A system, method and apparatus for a gaming system is provided. The gaming system includes a rewards server and a separate gaming or slot accounting server. The system may further include a separate player tracking server. The system further includes one or more game machines. The game machines may include a base game, rewards tracking module, and a game management module. Further details will be apparent from the description, drawings and claims.

Dale R. Buchholz

9466182 – Coordinating access to wagering game machine windows

Systems and methods coordinate requests to display content on one or more windows of a display screen of a wagering game machine. A display control process determines whether or not to honor a request to display content in accordance with an owner status of a window, a lock status of the window, a lock status of the wagering game machine, or a combination thereof.

Jeremy M. Hornik, Jamies V. Wann, Joel R. Jaffe, Dion K. Aoki, Dean Ehrlich, Candice Savino

9466171 – System and method for providing benefits on wagering and non-wagering networks

A gaming system community server communications controller sends information to a wagering-game server. A community server processor obtains gaming session information relating to a player’s gaming session from the wagering-game server or wagering-game machine. The system determines whether the gaming session information satisfies a condition precedent to an award of player profile content comprising a currency in a community server secondary economy, game content available to the player on the community server, non-game content available to the player on the community server, game content available to the wagering-game machine player, non-game content available to the wagering-game machine player, and/or game content available to the player from the wagering-game server. The player profile content is stored in association with the player identified in the gaming session information and the information sent to the wagering-game server by the communications controller includes information relating to a location-based incentive available to the player.

Ryan Ruppert, Rajesh Swarna, Geethanad Vellore

9466172 – Download and configuration management engine for gaming system

A slot management system including a download and configuration server-based sub-system and method is disclosed for use with game devices, systems, and methods is provided to enable users to monitor, control, and modify game devices and other related activities. A download and configuration system controller and method is provided for managing the download and configuration server-based sub-system.

Bigelow Aerospace LLC

Robert T. Bigelow

9463883 – Spacecraft capture tug

A spacecraft capture tug is disclosed. The tug can capture objects in space, including spacecraft and satellites, using an engagement system and provide propulsion for the object to a point of servicing, repair, or other desired operations. Further, the tug may dock with other specialty tugs to form a custom transport system.

IGT

Adam M. Singer, Mark C. Nicely

9466174 – Gaming system, gaming device, and method providing one or more alternative wager propositions if a credit balance is less than a designated wager amount

Various embodiments of gaming systems, gaming devices, and methods of the present disclosure provide one or more alternative wagering propositions to a player when the player’s credit balance is less than (or, in certain embodiments, less than or equal to) a designated wager amount. If the player accepts one of the alternative wager propositions, the player risks an amount of the player’s remaining credit balance for a chance to win an alternative award. If the player wins the alternative award, the gaming system enables the player to play one or more plays of the wagering game at the designated wager amount. If the player does not win the alternative award, the gaming system reduces the player’s credit balance by the amount risked.

Ali M. Saffari, Bryan D. Wolf, Diane Wanex, Richard E. Michaelson

9466178 – Multi-player bingo game with progressive jackpots

Methods and gaming units for conducting a wagering game and an associated progressive jackpot in a gaming network having a plurality of operatively coupled gaming units are described. A progressive jackpot award amount may be determined in part based on the amount of the player’s wager for the occurrence of the wagering game in relation to a maximum wager amount that may be made on one of the gaming units in the gaming network. The progressive jackpot pool may include a main pool and a reserve pool. Portions of players’ wagers being added to the progressive jackpot pool may be apportioned between the main pool and the reserve pool based on calculation performed at the gaming network, with the apportionment being at least partially determined by the amount in the main pool.

Dwayne R. Nelson, Steven G. LeMay

9466173 – System and method for remote rendering of content on an electronic gaming machine

A gaming system is described. The gaming system can include one or more host devices and EGM clients that communicate with one another over a network. Various non-gaming applications can be maintained on the host device. In response to a request received from an EGM client, a non-gaming application program can be executed on the host device. Content from the non-gaming application can be converted to a media stream that is sent to the EGM client for output. The media stream can be processed using a codec executed on the EGM. Input data associated with the content can be received at the EGM and sent to the host device. The content from the non-gaming application executed on the host can be adjusted in response to the input data received from the EGM.

Ernest M. Lakfy, Carmen Tan, Mark C. Nicely

9466183 – Gaming system, gaming device and method for providing a multiple player persistent game

A gaming system including a multiple player persistent game, such as an ongoing community game. This ongoing community game includes a community game matrix which is continuously displayed to at least each of the players. The community game matrix includes a plurality of displayed positions which may be associated with an award or an award opportunity. In operation, at least each of the players playing the gaming devices of the gaming system are associated with a displayed participant that moves (either randomly or based on the player’s control) to different of the displayed positions of the community game matrix. If a player moves their associated participant to a displayed position that is associated with an award or an award opportunity, the gaming system provides the player any associated award or enables the player to participate in any associated award opportunity to potentially win an award.

Kevin M. Higgins, Erik B. Petersen, Steven G. LeMay

9465931 – Secure online gaming registration system with privacy controls

An online gaming registration system allows online gaming patrons to register once and use this registration to create online gaming accounts with gaming Web sites, thereby avoiding having to show proof of residency, age and other requirements set by regulatory entities multiple times. Residency rules and other requirements vary from one jurisdiction to another and the present invention addresses some of the issues that arise from this. An online gaming Web site receives a login from an online player over the Internet. The site determines that the player has an account with the online gaming site and that the account is linked to an online gaming registration system account. The online gaming site receives claims-based data relating to the online player and accepts the player as verified for online gaming at the gaming Web site.

Leandro Basallo, Prashant Arora

9466169 – Gaming system and method for providing a game including roaming wild symbols

In various embodiments, the present disclosure relates generally to gaming systems and methods for providing one or more games employing roaming wild symbols

Paul Farrar

9466168 – Gaming system and method for rewarding players

A gaming system and method of rewarding players of electronic gaming machines connected by a network to a host computer which stores player-useable points at a network-accessible location, awards a personal points multiplier to a player, and applies the personal points multiplier to at least some of the points.

Launchkey Inc.

Devin M. Egan, Yo Sub Kwon, Geoffrey R. Sanders, Christopher C. Shepherd, Kristin F. Tomasik

9467445 – Systems and methods for group authentication

The field of the invention relates to network connected authentication systems, and more particularly to systems and methods that enable authentication of one or more users of a group using network connected devices. In an embodiment, the system includes a network connected authentication server coupled to a network for access by a plurality of user devices in a group to authenticate a user of one or more third party applications. When a user of the group visits a third party application and initiates a group authentication, the network connected authentication server retrieves authentication rules and sends authentication requests to the user devices of the group based on the authentication rules. When the network connected authentication server receives authentication responses from the user devices, the network connected authentication server sends the responses to the third party application, which determines whether approval should be granted based on the responses and on the policies of the third party application.

Sightline Interactive LLC

Kirk E. Sanford, Thomas M. Sears, Omer Sattar

9466176 – Systems and methods for balance transfers associated with gaming environments

Systems and methods are disclosed for selectively increasing and decreasing the balances of gaming accounts and stored value accounts. Each of the gaming account and the stored value account are associated with a player. Instructions for balance transfers can be provided by the player to a remote computing device.

Silverthorn Industries LLC

Raymond Edward Paggi, Tony Lewis Shortall

9464251 – Cyclic diene or cyclic triene-based diesel fuel additive

A fuel additive includes 50 wt. % to less than 75 wt. % cyclic dienes and/or cyclic trienes that thermally crack into only chain branching radicals and greater than 25 wt. % to 50 wt. % organo-nitrates and/or nitro-organics. The fuel additive is combined with fuel at a combined treat rate ranging from 1000 (wt.) ppm to 3000 (wt.) ppm.

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