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463001000 - INCLUDING MEANS FOR PROCESSING ELECTRONIC DATA (E.G., COMPUTER/VIDEO GAME, ETC.)

463016000 - In a chance application

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463018000 - Plural lots (e.g., keno, etc.)

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20130029745AFFILIATED GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method for providing a secondary gaming feature across affiliated properties, which includes enabling secondary game elements based upon based upon the wagering activity of the player at a base game. When the elements have been enabled a winning or losing outcome for the secondary game may be derived. In certain embodiments the player may select from one or more secondary games. The player may wager upon the secondary game using promotional funds. The secondary game may be a progressive game whose prize is funded based upon player wagering activity.01-31-2013
20100120489GAMING SYSTEM, GAMING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A GAME HAVING A FIRST EVALUATION BASED ON DRAWN SYMBOLS AND A SECOND EVALUATION BASED ON AN ORDER IN WHICH THE SYMBOLS ARE DRAWN - A gaming system displays a plurality of bingo cards each containing at least one column, each column having at least one square. Each square includes a random number selected from a range associated with that column. The gaming system displays each bingo card and an initially-empty accumulation area. Balls are drawn from a pool of balls, each ball associated with a number. As the balls are drawn, any square on any of the bingo cards containing the number of the drawn ball is marked with a suitable indicator. A primary award is provided for combinations of marked squares on one or more of the bingo cards. The gaming system displays the balls in the accumulated area in the order in which they are drawn. The gaming system provides a secondary award for combinations of balls displayed in the accumulation area.05-13-2010
20120184346BINGO GAME - A bingo game is disclosed in which players select one or more numbers prior to game play. If the player obtains a bingo on one of the selected numbers, an additional prize is awarded.07-19-2012
20110195771NUMBER-BASED GAME SYSTEM AND METHOD WHEREIN PLAYERS VOTE TO DETERMINE THE SELECTION OF GAME NUMBERS FROM A PLURALITY OF RANDOMLY SELECTED GAME NUMBERS AND/OR SYMBOLS - A system and method of use wherein players are allowed to vote on a game number from multiple game numbers wherein the game number receiving the most votes is selected as a next game number. Games involving multiple player, including bingo and lottery-style games, may benefit from the disclosed system and method. Given a large set of players and over the course of the game, the voting scheme does not impact the random nature of the game outcome. Advantageously, and despite the continued randomness of game outcomes, players tend to believe that the voting scheme impacts the game outcome by skewing the game outcome in the player's favor. Accordingly, the interactive nature of the game is attractive to players especially new and young players having grown up with interactive video games and also provides more experienced players with a new spin on old games.08-11-2011
20100041459MULTI-PLAYER BINGO GAME WITH OPTIONAL PROGRESSIVE JACKPOT WAGER - The invention is directed to methods and gaming units for conducting a wagering game and an associated progressive jackpot. Players may win the wagering game, interim pattern awards and/or progressive jackpot awards by matching predetermined patterns with patterns formed on their unique game array with indicia matching selected indicia. The players may optionally participate and be eligible to win all or a portion of the progressive jackpot. In one embodiment, the player may be eligible for the progressive jackpot by wagering at least a minimum wager amount, and perhaps the maximum bet for the wagering game. In another embodiment, the player may affirmatively elect to be eligible for the progressive jackpot by placing a wager or fee in addition to a wager on the wagering game. Graphics corresponding to the progressive jackpot may be optionally displayed only to players eligible to win the progressive jackpot.02-18-2010
20100105463SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR PRESENTING GAMING RESULTS USING MULTIPLE PRIZE DISTRIBUTIONS - A system, apparatus, and method are disclosed for presenting a game using multiple award distributions. An example embodiment includes operating a player station in a first play mode in which the result for a respective game play initiated through the player station is assigned according to a first award distribution. In response to a trigger event, the result for a respective game play initiated through the player station is assigned according to a second award distribution. The player station is switched from the second play mode to the first play mode in response to a return event. Another disclosed aspect includes correlating a game result of a first game to a second game and providing a game presentation of the second game to a player.04-29-2010
20090137305Bingo Game System and Method - Presented is a system and method for generating bingo game bonuses that are non-banked, for use with pooled bingo games. The system generates pools of money for use in bingo games by deducting a percentage of the amount used to purchase bingo cards (in the present invention, virtual bingo cards). Each bingo game automatically enrolls active players in one or more bonus games, exemplified by “4 corners,” where the amounts to be given away to players as bonuses are calculated to be equal, over time, to the amount taken in from players buying bingo cards. The house has no stake in the bonus awards.05-28-2009
20130040722GAMING SYSTEM, GAMING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A CASCADING STYLE MATCHING GAME - A gaming system selects and displays one of a plurality of symbol blocks in each of a plurality of block positions, wherein each of the selected blocks includes at least one partial symbol. Each partial symbol has at least one complementary partial symbol which, when arranged in a designated spatial relationship with one another, form a complete matching symbol. If any of the partial symbols on the selected blocks create a complete matching symbol, the gaming system provides at least one award to the player. Each matching block which includes any portion of a complete matching symbol is then removed, creating an empty block position. The gaming system then fills the empty block position by either shifting a displayed block into the empty block position or by selecting a new block. The gaming system repeats this process until no complete matching symbols are formed.02-14-2013
20130040721GAMING DEVICE HAVING SEQUENTIAL ACTIVATIONS OF A GAME AND REPLAY OF PREVIOUS ACTIVATIONS OF THE GAME - A gaming device including a plurality of reels with a plurality of symbols on each of the reels. At least one of the symbols on the primary reels are designated as tracking or back symbols. A tracking symbol is a symbol that, when generated on a reel, causes the gaming device to flag the outcome of the current and all tracking spins. A back symbol is a symbol that, when generated on a reel, causes the gaming device to retrieve the flagged outcomes of each flagged spin and to re-display the outcomes in a sequential manner and to provide the awards associated with the outcomes to the player.02-14-2013
20130045786CARD TRADE SYSTEM AND METHODS THEREOF - A Bingo card trade feature is disclosed. This feature can offer players the option to trade one set of Bingo cards for another set of different Bingo cards. This exchange can cost nothing or an additional preset cost. These trades can be established through the entity hosting the game. The traded cards can be available for further trades for the same Bingo game based on the business rule set by the entity. The players can be able to trade cards up until a specified time before the start of the actual game. The players can also be able to trade a card as many times as they wish depending on their budget. In one specific example, a “Bonanza Trade” can offer the player the ability to take a daubed Bonanza card that was purchased, add a dollar and get two new Bonanza cards in exchange.02-21-2013
20130053121VIDEO BINGO GAME AND METHOD THEREFOR - A video bingo poker game comprising: providing each player with an individual flashboard, each flashboard having an equal number of spaces, each space defined by a column label and a space number, wherein the space number is randomly selected from a predefined number range for each column; providing a plurality of bingo balls, wherein each bingo ball has markings associated with one of the plurality of spaces; randomly selecting a first group of bingo balls; displaying to each player the markings associated with each selected bingo ball of the first group of bingo balls; marking each square associated with each of the first group of bingo balls on each individual flashcard; and determining any winning flashboard.02-28-2013
20090305762BINGO GAME APPARATUS WITH VARIABLE PAYOUT CAPABILITY - A Bingo game apparatus with variable payout capability has a server apparatus and multiple player terminals. The server apparatus runs a Bingo game program with variable payout capability. The Bingo game program with variable payout capability has acts of: accepting to be selected pay rules, accepting to be bought Bingo cards, starting draw balls and resetting judgement. In the act of the accepting to be selected pay rules, the server apparatus generates a multiple pay rules table and sends the multiple pay rules table having multiple pay rules settings to the player terminals. A preferred pay rules setting is selected at the player terminal so increasing enjoyment by allowing players to select their pay-rules.12-10-2009
20090312082BINGO GAME APPARATUS WITH VARIABLE PAYOUT CAPABILITY - A Bingo game apparatus with variable payout capability has a server apparatus, a random number generator and multiple player terminals. The server apparatus runs a Bingo game program with variable payout capability. The Bingo game program with variable payout capability comprises acts of: setting up and buying Bingo cards, accumulating prizes, judging preset Jackpot prize, drawing balls, paying out the Jackpot prize and generating new Jackpot prize target, judging BINGO occurrence, paying out BINGO prize, judging special BINGO occurrence and paying out the special BINGO prize and generating a new special BINGO prize. Flexibility of payout rules of the Bingo game apparatus is increased since players may define preferred pay rule settings and credit value before play and have chances to win a normal Jackpot prize, the special BINGO prize or both.12-17-2009
20090291735GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF GAMING - A game controller comprises a display module operable to display a Bingo game card. The Bingo game card has a plurality of symbol spaces which are populated independently of a player with a set of symbols such that at least one symbol free space remains. The at least one symbol free space is locatable in any one of the plurality of symbol spaces. A matching module is also provided which is arranged to match drawn symbols against the symbols provided on the game card. An award module makes an award responsive to determining that a match condition has been met.11-26-2009
20120225708System and Method for Implementing an Additional Game to Players of a Lottery Game - A system and method for providing an additional or end-of-game drawing to players of a lottery game is provided. In one embodiment, unique validation codes provided on lottery tickets can be encrypted using an algorithm and used to create a record of such encrypted codes. A player then participates in the lottery and subsequently submits the validation code from the ticket to a lottery provider. The lottery provider applies the algorithm to the submitted validation code to create another encryption code for comparison with the record of encrypted codes. In the event a match is found, the player is entered into a second-chance or end of game drawing. Upon entry, the player is no longer required to maintain possession of the ticket for subsequent validation.09-06-2012
20110028201BINGO GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING MULTIPLE OUTCOMES FROM SINGLE BINGO PATTERN - The gaming system and method disclosed herein provides a bingo game wherein a single bingo pattern is associated with a plurality of outcomes. In one such embodiment, a first bingo pattern is associated with a static outcome, such as an award of a designated value, and a second bingo pattern is associated with an open-ended outcome, such as a progressive award. If a bingo pattern associated with a progressive award is covered, the disclosed gaming system and method causes the bingo game to display a symbol combination associated with the progressive award. In one embodiment, the disclosed gaming system and method selects the symbol combination from a plurality of symbol combinations associated with the progressive award.02-03-2011
20120270631Bingo Apparatus - Described is a method of constructing prize structures that are particularly useful in gaming systems which can be used to implement various games such as bingo and poker. In particular the described pay structures and game systems can have sufficient granularity such that the outcome or payoff of the game being played can be expanded to provide higher payout amounts as well as closely replicate the payoff of a second game. Included are methods and apparatus for playing bingo games and determining which bingo cards are winners. In addition, methods and apparatus for evaluating or checking each card in a bingo game using a bit marked card technique and vector operations are described.10-25-2012
20110009179Method of Providing a Supplemental Bingo Game - Systems and methods for providing a supplemental bingo game and produce supplemental bingo cards for use in a supplemental bingo game that can provide simultaneous winners. The bingo cards have a predetermined number of rows and columns forming a grid with a plurality of locations. Each location has an assigned bingo number. The numbers in one of the columns of one of the bingo cards are the same as the numbers in all of the other bingo cards, but arranged in a random order.01-13-2011
20090017895DEVICES AND METHODS FOR PLAYING ELECTRONIC BINGO GAME - An electronic bingo game and method for playing the same is disclosed. A bingo card having a plurality of numbered spaces is presented to a player, in which at least one of the numbered spaces is hidden to the player's view, thereby forming covered and uncovered portions of the bingo card. A random number generator draws bingo numbers until the occurrence of a game ending event, which numbers are compared to the numbered spaces on both the covered and uncovered portions of the bingo card. If the pattern of numbers formed on the uncovered portion of the bingo card forms one or more of a set of designated winning bingo patterns, a first award is paid to the player. The player is then presented with the opportunity to reveal one or more of the covered spaces on the bingo card whereupon a second prize is paid if the pattern of numbers formed on the uncovered spaces forms one or more of a set of designated winning bingo patterns.01-15-2009
20120028696DRAW BINGO - The present invention provides methods and devices for providing a bingo game having aspects of a poker game on a network of gaming machines. Some implementations include a bingo card display in which areas of a bingo card correspond with playing cards. Some such implementations provide first phase of a bingo game that is concluded when a player daubs a game-ending pattern of a bingo card and a second phase wherein players may establish interim wins by daubing other patterns that correspond to poker hands. In some implementations, only the highest-ranking interim win results in a payout. Preferred implementations provide games with easily recognizable bingo play and payout probabilities similar to existing bingo games.02-02-2012
20090011814Devices and Methods for Feature Ball Bingo - An electronic bingo game and method for playing the same wherein a random number generator selects bingo balls from a predetermined range that includes regular bingo balls (01-08-2009
20120190422METHOD, APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PRESENTING RESULTS IN A BINGO-TYPE GAME - A result represented by a matched bingo card representation is displayed to a player in a bingo-type game through a result representation provided at a suitable player station. Each result representation includes a graphical representation unrelated to the bingo-type game. That is, although the game results are simply bingo game results defined by predetermined patterns of matches between the various card designations and the designation set produced or called for a particular bingo-type game, the game results are displayed to the players with a graphical display including a graphic that is not merely a graphical representation or reproduction of a bingo card.07-26-2012
20110009180BINGO GAME SYSTEM AND METHOD - Presented is a system and method for generating bingo game bonuses that are non-banked, for use with pooled bingo games. The system generates pools of money for use in bingo games by deducting a percentage of the amount used to purchase bingo cards (in the present invention, virtual bingo cards). Each bingo game automatically enrolls active players in one or more bonus games, exemplified by “4 corners,” where the amounts to be given away to players as bonuses are calculated to be equal, over time, to the amount taken in from players buying bingo cards. The house has no stake in the bonus awards.01-13-2011
20090143130METHOD FOR PROVIDING A PLAYING CARD GAME SIMULATION BASED ON BINGO GAME RESULTS - A method includes displaying playing card face representations at an electronic player station. The displayed playing card face representations include card face representations that are included in a group of card face representations that has been assigned to the player in response to a bingo pattern achieved by the player in a bingo game. The player may then select one or more of the displayed card face representations to be replaced with one or more card face representations that are also included in the assigned group but have been concealed from the player. A prize is ultimately awarded to the player based on the card face representations remaining in the player's hand after replacement of the selected card face representations. This prize represents the player's prize for achieving the bingo patter, but is based on the player's card hand produced after the player makes their selections and replaces the desired cards.06-04-2009
20080207302Method, Apparatus, and Program Product for Presenting Results in a Bingo-Type Game - Each bingo card representation matched with a game designation draw in a given bingo game (a “matched bingo card representation”) represents a respective game play record providing a result in the bingo game. The result represented by a matched bingo card representation is displayed to a player in the bingo-type game through a result representation provided at a suitable player station. Each result representation is correlated to one or more game results in the bingo-type game so that each game result in the bingo-type game is associated with a result representation. Each result representation includes a graphical representation unrelated to the bingo-type game. That is, although the game results are simply bingo game results defined by predetermined patterns of matches between the various card designations and the designation set produced or called for a particular bingo-type game, the game results are displayed to the players with a graphical display including a graphic that is not merely a graphical representation or reproduction of a bingo card. Displaying the result of the bingo-type game to the player thus involves displaying the result representation associated with the particular game result in lieu of or at least in addition to, the representation of the matched bingo-type game card.08-28-2008
20110269524PLAYER ACTION INCENTIVE ARRANGEMENT FOR GAMING SYSTEMS - A processing device measures the time it takes for a player to take some action in a game and bases the award or result in the game for the player at least in part on that measured time. A player receives a more desirable result or outcome for a particular game play in response to a shorter player action time and/or receives a less desirable result or outcome for a particular game play in response to a longer player action time. Providing more desirable results for shorter player action times or less desirable results for longer player action times provides players an incentive that influences them to take the appropriate player actions more quickly.11-03-2011
20120295686SYNCHRONIZED GAMING AND PROGRAMMING - To encourage viewer participation, games, contests and social interactions are able to be synchronized with programming such as television shows or commercials utilizing a second screen such as a cell phone, iPad® or laptop computer. The programming is able to be television programming, Internet programming (e.g. a video displayed on a webpage or mobile device) or any other programming. The gaming is able to be any game such as a game of skill or chance, for example, a scavenger hunt or a treasure hunt.11-22-2012
20080293475GAMING MACHINE, PROGRAM, AND SERVER - In a bingo game or other game using a matrix card, a gaming machine is provided to which is added an element that enables a player to make a selection that can influence the game result. The designs of playing cards, etc. are used in the respective cells of a matrix card and profit is provided to a player only when all cells of a single line are made effective by lottery and a winning combination of a poker game, etc. is formed on this line.11-27-2008
20110207519MULTI-PLAYER MATCHING GAME - A matching game involves attempting to match one or more sets of base symbols with two or more sets of player symbols, such as player symbols in two matrices. In a single player variation, a player attempts to achieve combinations of matches. One or more winning combinations comprise matches of all symbols along contiguous rows, columns or diagonals of two or more of the matrices. In a multi-player variation, individual players attempt to achieve patterns of matches across their own matrix and combinations of contiguous matches spanning the matrices of two or more of the players.08-25-2011
20090029759Reverse Gaming Systems and Methods - Generally, the systems and methods presented herein (the “utility”) provide for reverse gaming. This utility allows players to vote for the next number to be chosen, in essence, shifting the odds of winning to the card that the players are holding. To illustrate, each player in a game may be given a card with a random selection of numbers. Instead of the House drawing certain numbers or balls, the players of the game vote on numbers to be selected. The number with the most votes, for example, may be selected and the players with that number may accordingly mark their cards. Players may also conspire together to hopefully increase the chances of their winning. For example, two players may compare cards to ascertain any common numbers between the two cards such that the two players may vote as one for a particular number.01-29-2009
20110230249GAMES AND GAMING MACHINES HAVING WHEEL FEATURES - Gaming machines and games are configured with one or more wheel events or features. The wheel events or features may comprise main games or bonus games, or may comprise entertaining representations of outcomes of other games or events. The wheel events comprise the selection of one or more segments of a wheel having associated awards. Wheel events may have various entertaining configurations, such as morphing wheels, symbols that reveal awards and the like.09-22-2011
20090191939METHOD OF GAMING, A GAME CONTROLLER AND A GAMING SYSTEM - A method of gaming comprising: generating a game outcome by selecting symbols for a plurality of symbol positions arranged in a plurality of columns, at least some of the selected symbols being displayed to a player; generating a win entitlement by selecting a symbol pattern to be evaluated in respect of the game outcome, the symbol pattern consisting of a subset of displayed symbol positions; and evaluating the win entitlement by determining the extent to which the subset of displayed symbol positions corresponds to one or more designated winning symbols.07-30-2009
20120077562Game of Chance and System and Method for Playing Games of Chance - A game of chance is provided in which a predetermined fixed number of winning cell content drawn from a predetermined set of cell content. The drawn content is matched to the content on game cards and if the matched game card content covers a predetermined winning pattern then the game card is a winner. In one example, numerous winners may occur per game session because the game continues until the predetermined fixed number of winning cell content is drawn and not until a win occurs.03-29-2012
20090247260Drawing Machine and Game Apparatus Using the Same - The present invention provides a drawing machine and a game apparatus using the same by which it is easier to give the participants of the drawing an impression like drawing is carried out fairly when the computer drawing in which a winning-probability of each of drawing-objects is changed is carried out.10-01-2009
20090131143PLAYER GAMING CONSOLE, GAMING MACHINE, NETWORKED GAMING SYSTEM - Games, networked gaming systems, gaming machines and methods are disclosed that provide various player-centric games and rewards the casino patrons, as well as systems games, rewards, and tournaments to the casino patrons.05-21-2009
20100184503Bingo powerball - A new method of combining Bingo and lottery games as one. The new game can be played online or by buying a ticket from an authorized lottery agent.07-22-2010
20100216538GAMING SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD WITH A PLAYER DECISION FIELD FOR PROVIDING INTERACTIVE GAME RESULTS - A system, apparatus, and method are disclosed wherein a decision field is displayed having a number of result tokens spaced apart at different locations about the decision field, with each result token displaying a respective potential result. A decision point is also displayed within the decision field. This decision point is associated with two or more direction options which are preferably graphically depicted along with the decision point, and the player is enabled to make a direction input to select one of the direction options.08-26-2010
20100160027Game of chance and system and method for playing games of chance - A game of chance is provided in which a predetermined fixed number of winning cell content drawn from a predetermined set of cell content. The drawn content is matched to the content on game cards and if the matched game card content covers a predetermined winning pattern then the game card is a winner. In one example, numerous winners may occur per game session because the game continues until the predetermined fixed number of winning cell content is drawn and not until a win occurs.06-24-2010
20090075715MULTI-CARD BINGO GAME FEATURES - After the main ball drop of a bingo game, a player may be given a free extra bingo number. A probability of awarding a free ball may be determined, at least in part, according to a desired paytable percentage for the bingo game (or vice versa). Some implementations of the invention provide multi-card bingo games. A player may be required to hit a predetermined pattern on more than one bingo card in order to obtain a progressive award. The number of hits in the pattern(s) and/or the number of bingo cards involved may be determined according to a desired progressive award size and/or a desired probability of obtaining the progressive award. Players may have an opportunity to purchase one or more additional bingo numbers after the main ball drop of a bingo game. A player may be provided the option of purchasing a block of more than one additional bingo number after the main ball drop. The player may be offered such a block at a discount, as compared to the price for purchasing the additional bingo numbers individually.03-19-2009
20090075714MULTI-CARD BINGO PATTERNS AND WILD BALLS - Methods and devices are provided for enhanced bingo play, particularly multi-card play. Multi-card bingo patterns can provide low hit probabilities and correspondingly high payouts, even if the underlying bingo cards have relatively few spots. Some multi-card patterns can only be hit one way. “Wild” bingo balls, which may be placed on any available spot on a bingo card, are also provided.03-19-2009
20100222126GAMING SYSTEM, MACHINE AND METHOD WITH MODIFIED PAYOUT MAPPING - A gaming system, apparatus, and method are disclosed which include identifying a set of initial game designations to produce a game ending winner for a game, one or more additional game designations may be considered, that is, compared against a set of elements shown on a card or display in play in the game. Considering these additional game designations in addition to the set of initial game designations may produce additional matched locations on the card or display and may produce a winning pattern that would not have been produced considering only the initial set of game designations. This use of additional game designations provides additional opportunities for players to obtain a winning result.09-02-2010
20120244927ELECTRONIC SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A GAME OF BINGO - A system and method for providing a game of chance and proceeding with the game only after determining that the game involves at least two users and that at least one of the game boards of the users will present a game winning pattern and awarding a prize to a winner of the game.09-27-2012
20130130767BINGO-TYPE MATCHING GAME - A matching game involves attempting to match one or more sets of base symbols with two or more sets of player symbols, such as player symbols in two matrices. In a single player variation, a player attempts to achieve combinations of matches. One or more winning combinations comprise matches of all symbols along contiguous rows, columns or diagonals of two or more of the matrices. In a multi-player variation, individual players attempt to achieve patterns of matches across their own matrix and combinations of contiguous matches spanning the matrices of two or more of the players.05-23-2013
20090036194System for Playing a Bingo-Type Game - A system for playing a bingo-type game comprises a number of player stations, a random event generator capable of generating a number of random events upon which an outcome of a game of bingo is based, a secondary display means corresponding to each player station, the secondary display means being instructable by the player station to display a simulation of the turn of the game of bingo, and a primary display means corresponding to each player station, the primary display means being instructable by the player station to display to a player a simulation of a turn of a different entertainment game. Each player station is operable by a player to place a wager on a turn of the game of bingo. The outcome of the turn of the game of bingo is either an unfavourable outcome in which the player forfeits the wager, and at least one favourable outcome in which the player wins a corresponding prize. The turn of the different entertainment game has an outcome that is unfavourable outcome when the outcome of the turn of the game of bingo is an unfavourable outcome, and an outcome that causes the player to win the same corresponding prize as the game of bingo when the outcome of the turn of the game of bingo is a favourable outcome.02-05-2009
20100331071GAME SYSTEM, AND JACKPOT DRAWING APPARATUS AND GAME APPARATUS CONSTITUTING THE SAME - Where a drawing machine for jackpot game is utilized in a game system in which a plurality of game apparatuses are divided into a plurality of groups for management, a payout ratio is easily managed for each group.12-30-2010
20100178973SYSTEM, METHOD AND HANDHELD CONTROLLER FOR MULTI-PLAYER GAMING - Embodiments of the invention relate to systems and methods for multi-player gaming. Some embodiments relate to systems having an improved communications infrastructure and improved handheld game controllers, while other embodiments relate to improvements in handling large numbers of players in the multi-player game when played in a game arena with a single large display screen showing the multi-player game images. In one particular embodiment, a bingo system is provided that has a game server controlling a display system to display the multi-player bingo game on the large screen and a plurality of bingo game controllers. Each game controller has a secondary display means for providing a secondary bingo game display and input means for receiving player input. The system further comprises communication means for enabling communication between the game server and each of the plurality of game controllers. The plurality of game controllers are located in proximity to the large display screen such that it is visible to game players manipulating the game controllers while playing the multi-player game.07-15-2010
20110130190Authentication of Game Results - A gaming system includes a game server and a client server. The client server requests random numeric outcomes from the game server and supplies various state and game information. The game server generates one or more random numeric outcomes. The game server communicates the random numeric outcomes to the client server to be used in making a win determination. For purposes of future authentication, the game server stores a digitally-signed file that includes the random numeric outcomes and the state and game information.06-02-2011
20110244941SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAPPING RESULTS FROM SPORTING EVENTS TO GAME INPUTS - A method of mapping sporting event results to inputs for a game is provided. One or more event results of a particular sporting event having a particular number of participants are received, and a set of rules is selected from a plurality of sets of rules based on the particular number of participants in the particular sporting event. For each of a plurality of bets, one or more inputs for a game are determined by applying the selected set of rules to the received one or more event results of the particular sporting event. The result of the game is then determined for each of the plurality of bets based at least on the one or more determined inputs for that bet.10-06-2011
20110086694SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SIMULATING THE OUTCOME OF AN ELECTRONIC BINGO GAME AS A KENO GAME - A game system and method plays an electronic game and simulates the outcome as a keno game. The game system allows a player to place a wager, plays the electronic game, and establishes an outcome of the electronic game. The outcome of the electronic game includes a payout according to a first pay table if a set of predetermined conditions has been achieved. The outcome of the game is simulated as a keno game. The outcome of the keno game is equivalent to the outcome of the electronic game.04-14-2011
20100210339MULTI-PLAYER BINGO GAME WITH MULTIPLE ALTERNATE OUTCOME DISPLAYS - The invention is directed to methods and gaming units for conducting a multi-player wagering game, such as a Bingo game, in which at least one of the players may win the occurrence of the wagering game by matching a predetermined game-winning pattern of game indicia on one or more game arrays having unique combinations of game indicia based on matching the game indicia on the game arrays to game indicia randomly selected for the occurrence of the wagering game. The outcome of the multi-player wagering game may be displayed to the player at the gaming unit, along with an alternate outcome display at two or more alternate outcome display devices at the gaming unit. In one embodiment, an outcome of a Bingo game may be mapped to an outcome of a slot machine having a bonus feature such as a wheel. Outcomes of the Bingo game may then be displayed on the plurality of alternate display devices as outcomes of the slot game and accompanying bonus feature.08-19-2010
20100210340GAMING SYSTEM, MACHINE AND METHOD WITH A SCANNABLE PHYSICAL COMPONENT ASSOCIABLE WITH A GAME - A system, apparatus, and method are disclosed that include generating a scannable physical gaming component associable with a game. The disclosed method also includes identifying a game structure at a player station through a scan of the gaming component, receiving a game play request from a player at the player station, associating the game structure with the game, and awarding the player based on the game outcome. Further disclosed is a group or community game with which the player may be associated upon game play request wherein a winner may be determined based upon the game outcomes at respective player stations.08-19-2010
20110250945Gaming apparatus - Described is a method of constructing prize structures that are particularly useful in gaming systems which can be used to implement various games such as bingo and poker. In particular the described pay structures and game systems can have sufficient granularity such that the outcome or payoff of the game being played can be expanded to provide higher payout amounts as well as closely replicate the payoff of a second game.10-13-2011
20110077068METHOD OF COMMUNITY GAMING AND A GAMING SYSTEM - A method of community gaming comprising: collecting at least one element in a main game for eligibility into a community game by at least one player; and conducting the community game for each eligible player, in which each collected element is employed in determining the community game outcome.03-31-2011
20120202578APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MAPPING MULTIPLE BINGO GAME RESULTS TO A COMMON DISPLAY - Apparatus and methods are described for presenting multiple bingo game results on a common display. A bingo game player may participate in a number of bingo games and obtain results for each of those games. These bingo game results are combined to amount to a cumulative result, and a common graphic display is produced that is representative of the cumulative result. The common graphic display is then shown to the player on the display device of a particular electronic player station.08-09-2012
20120231867METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONDUCTING A GAME - In some embodiments, the instant invention provides a computer-implemented method to conduct a drawing game that at least includes: providing a first game piece, where the first game piece has a first game data of the drawing game; receiving the first game data of the drawing game; determining a second game data of the drawing game based at least in part on: the first game data, where the second data includes the first game data, and a predetermined rule; randomly generating a third game data of the drawing game; providing a second game piece having the second game data and the third game data of the drawing game to a player, where the second game piece is capable of enabling the player to determine, by comparing the second game data and the third game data of the drawing game, whether the player wins a prize of the drawing game.09-13-2012
20120202577System and Method for Playing a Game Having Online and Offline Elements - A system and method are provided for playing a game of chance. The game of chance may include, for example, a lottery-type or casino-based game. A partial result of the game of chance is revealed to a player in an offline portion of the game. The remaining portion of the result is revealed to the player in an online portion of the game. In one example, the online/offline game includes a slot machine game. In one example, the online/offline game includes a bingo game. In yet another example, the online/offline game includes a game of roulette. In one example, particular game features are associated with either the online or offline portions of the game. In this way, players are motivated to participate in both portions of the game, enhancing and prolonging the game experience.08-09-2012
20090143129Methods and devices for operating a modified Bingo game - Aspects of the present inventions concern methods and devices for operating a Bingo game. Such aspects include: assigning to each of a first set of real or virtual balls a number selected from a group within a predetermined numerical sequence; assigning a non-numerical designation to only a second set of real or virtual balls within the predetermined numerical sequence, wherein the second set of real or virtual balls is a subset of the first set of real or virtual balls; providing each of one or more players with at least one real or virtual player card having a randomly assigned field of spaces each space of which includes a number within the predetermined numerical sequence given for the first set of real or virtual balls, wherein there are fewer spaces than numbers in the predetermined numerical sequence; assigning at least one subset of the spaces as a first winning criteria; randomly selecting at least one of the real or virtual balls from the first set and presenting it to the one or more players; and repeatedly and randomly selecting another one of the real or virtual balls from the first set and presenting it to the one or more players until at least one of the players indicates that the first winning criteria is satisfied. Such aspects further include: awarding the player a first prize corresponding to the first winning criteria; and awarding the player a second prize if the ball that caused the first winning criteria to be satisfied is among the second set of real or virtual balls, the latter prize amount being determined by the total number of virtual balls that both correspond to the first winning criteria and that are among the second set of virtual balls.06-04-2009
20120202576Methodology for Electronic Gaming - One possible embodiment of the invention could be a gaming methodology comprising the following steps but not necessarily in the order shown, providing an electronic gaming system for playing one or more games of chance, the electronic gaming system utilizing a user interface to allow at least one player to communicate with the electronic gaming system; providing through the user interface a visual presentation to the player of a set of spaces with each space being assigned a gaming symbol used in the play of game, no two or more spaces having the same gaming symbol; selecting by a player, through the set of spaces, a number of gaming symbols for use as winning gaming symbols to determine whether the player has won a game; and selecting by the electronic gaming system of a number of gaming symbols for use by the player for the play of the game.08-09-2012
20080254854Bingo Game, Method, and Elimination Tournament - A Bingo game, method, and elimination tournament is provided. In one embodiment, the present invention may take the form of a Bingo elimination tournament played by players wagering on respective networked gaming machines in a casino environment. The Bingo elimination tournament may include a plurality of successive Bingo games (rounds) carried out according to standard Bingo methodology, including randomly-drawn numbers being called out, and players' respective Bingo cards being updated (e.g. marked) accordingly, perhaps along with one or more computer-player cards. After each tournament round, among the cards that have not achieved a Bingo during that round, the card or cards having the fewest number of matched numbers are preferably eliminated. Successive rounds are played, often resulting in a single winner of the tournament. Various wagering options are provided for added excitement and enjoyment.10-16-2008
20100167807Method and apparatus for conducting a game of chance - A system and method are provided for playing a game of chance. The game of chance may include, for example, a lottery-type game. A result of the game of chance is revealed to a player in another medium. In one example, the result is revealed during multiple game instances of one or more online games. In one example, the online game includes a scrambled word game similar to the well-known game of JUMBLE.07-01-2010
20110177857System, Method and Computer Program Product for Driving a Non-Bingo Game's Progress Based on a Bingo Call Outcome - A game controller utility implements a game play sequence for a non-bingo-type game driven by a bingo-type ball call outcome and displayed to a user on electronic gaming cards in an electronic gaming interface. The game controller utility generates a random pairing between one or more bingo-type game indicators and one or more die faces. As bingo-type game indicators are called in the bingo-type game being played in parallel with the non-bingo-type game, the game controller utility determines whether the currently drawn bingo-type ball call matches any one of the particular bingo-type game indicators currently paired with die faces. If a match is present, the game controller utility advances the player's token to its corresponding square on the non-bingo-type electronic gaming card in accordance with the rules of the non-bingo game and relative to the paired die face.07-21-2011
20100022291System and Method for Providing Promotional Play of a Wagering Game - A system and method of promoting play of a wagering game on an electronic gaming machine, such as bingo, which involves providing media, such as paper coupons, operatively associated with game play data for providing a preset amount of play of the wagering game to a prospective player, receiving the game play data in an electronic gaming machine, interpreting the game play data and actuating the wagering game for the preset amount of play, wherein the outcome of each of the preset amount of play of the wagering game is at least partially determined by the game play data.01-28-2010
20110218027GAMES AND GAMING MACHINES HAVING WHEEL FEATURES - Gaming machines and games are configured with one or more wheel events or features. The wheel events or features may comprise main games or bonus games, or may comprise entertaining representations of outcomes of other games or events. The wheel events comprise the selection of one or more segments of a wheel having associated awards. Wheel events may have various entertaining configurations, including use of multiple wheels, concentric wheels and the like.09-08-2011
20110045890Multi-Win Bingo Gaming System and Method - A system and method for playing a game of chance, either as a primary or secondary game offering, having a first winning criterion associated with matching player indicia on a player card to house indicia selected or otherwise determined by operator calls include awarding a first prize for every player card that satisfies the winning criterion after each operator call less than or equal to a first number of operator calls and awarding a subsequent prize for every player card that satisfies the same winning criterion after each call up to and including a second number of operator calls and continuing the game until at least all calls up to and including the second number of calls have been made.02-24-2011
20120040733BINGO SYSTEM WITH DOWNLOADABLE COMMON PATTERNS - Novel methods, devices and systems are described for mapping a variety of Class III game outcomes to a common set of bingo patterns. Each game theme may have a different entertaining display, based upon a corresponding Class III game. Preferably, each game theme will offer game play and paytable percentages closely matching those of the original Class III game. Some implementations provide a system wherein electronic gaming machines presenting entertaining displays of various Class III game themes are linked to a single bingo server. By linking many participating electronic gaming machines to a single server, some implementations of the invention allow all of the progressive contributions to be pooled into one large progressive jackpot, thereby making the game more attractive to players.02-16-2012
20110319151GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING BINGO WINS - A gaming system includes a plurality of gaming machines and a continual game sequence including a plurality of symbols and a plurality of sessions. Each session includes a number of games. At the beginning of a game sequence, the gaming system draws all of the symbols. When the number of games of the current session has been played without a winner, the game sequence proceeds to the next session. For each session, the gaming system activates a number of the drawn symbols based on the session number. Upon player activation, a gaming machine generates a symbol subset, marking each symbol in the subset which matches the activated symbols. If the marked symbols match a predetermined pattern, the gaming system provides an award for a player, basing the award on an award pool amount and the session number. As the session number increases, the award provided to the player decreases.12-29-2011
20090075713E-INK BINGO DISPLAY - A system, method and computer-readable medium for implementing gaming systems and devices using portable e-ink bingo display devices. In one embodiment, an electronic game device includes a display controller adapted for generating a game face and a display assembly that displays the generated game face. The display assembly includes an electronic ink display sheet on which the generated game face is displayed, and a dauber interface that converts dauber input signals to electronic signals received by the display controller to adjust the display of the game face on the electronic ink display.03-19-2009
20120252551METHOD OF PLAYING A BINGO-TYPE GAME WITH A MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGICAL AID, AND AN APPARATUS AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PLAYING THE GAME - A method of playing a bingo-type game includes the steps of generating a result of the game and displaying a representation of the result. More specifically, the representation of the result of the game is displayed through a mechanical technological aid at an electronic play station. An apparatus for playing the game includes a server and the electronic play station in operative communication with the server. The server generates the called numbers, which correlate to the result of the game, and the electronic play station includes the mechanical technological aid for displaying the representation of the result of the game. A program product for playing the game is stored on computer readable media and includes a result program code for generating the result of the game and a display program code for displaying the representation of the result through the mechanical technological aid.10-04-2012
20120009987SYSTEM FOR MONITORING THE STATE OF BINGO GRIDS - The present invention relates to a system for operating a bingo game. Play cells are organized into a pair of linked M×N grids, where each one of M and N is greater than two. Each one of the play cells bears one of a predetermined set of symbols. At least some of the symbols are selected by a means for randomly selecting different symbols from the set. The symbol selection designates the play cells to be daubed. A predetermined pattern spanning two grids is displayed by a means for displaying the pattern. The pattern is to be formed by combining different sub-patterns formed within each of the linked grids using the daubed play cells.01-12-2012
20120122539System and Method for Playing Bingo - Systems and methods for playing a game of chance include determining a winner based on the number of player indicia matching selected house indicia and continuing game play until at least one winner is determined. Embodiments include a fixed draw with prizes awarded to all players based on the number of player indicia matching house indicia, as well as a draw that continues until at least one player matches a predetermined number of house indicia. Embodiments include a player indicia selection device with available indicia arranged in rows having associated letters similar to a bingo flashboard. Player cards or tickets include at least some player indicia selectable by players, which may include players requesting an easy pick ticket with one or more randomly generated player indicia recorded at time of purchase.05-17-2012
20120122541GAMING SYSTEM, GAMING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A GAME HAVING A FIRST EVALUATION BASED ON DRAWN SYMBOLS AND A SECOND EVALUATION BASED ON AN ORDER IN WHICH THE SYMBOLS ARE DRAWN - A gaming system displays a plurality of bingo cards each containing at least one column, each column having at least one square. Each square includes a random number selected from a range associated with that column. The gaming system displays each bingo card and an initially-empty accumulation area. Balls are drawn from a pool of balls, each ball associated with a number. As the balls are drawn, any square on any of the bingo cards containing the number of the drawn ball is marked with a suitable indicator. A primary award is provided for combinations of marked squares on one or more of the bingo cards. The gaming system displays the balls in the accumulated area in the order in which they are drawn. The gaming system provides a secondary award for combinations of balls displayed in the accumulation area.05-17-2012
20120122540GAMING SYSTEM, GAMING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A GAME HAVING A FIRST EVALUATION BASED ON DRAWN SYMBOLS AND A SECOND EVALUATION BASED ON AN ORDER IN WHICH THE SYMBOLS ARE DRAWN - A gaming system displays a plurality of bingo cards each containing at least one column, each column having at least one square. Each square includes a random number selected from a range associated with that column. The gaming system displays each bingo card and an initially-empty accumulation area. Balls are drawn from a pool of balls, each ball associated with a number. As the balls are drawn, any square on any of the bingo cards containing the number of the drawn ball is marked with a suitable indicator. A primary award is provided for combinations of marked squares on one or more of the bingo cards. The gaming system displays the balls in the accumulated area in the order in which they are drawn. The gaming system provides a secondary award for combinations of balls displayed in the accumulation area.05-17-2012
20090131142PLAYER GAMING CONSOLE, GAMING MACHINE, NETWORKED GAMING METHOD - Games, networked gaming systems, gaming machines and methods are disclosed that provide various player-centric games and rewards the casino patrons, as well as systems games, rewards, and tournaments to the casino patrons.05-21-2009
20120315975METHOD FOR PROVIDING A PLAYING CARD GAME SIMULATION BASED ON BINGO GAME RESULTS - A method includes displaying playing card face representations at an electronic player station. The displayed playing card face representations include card face representations that are included in a group of card face representations that has been assigned to the player in response to a bingo pattern achieved by the player in a bingo game. The player then selects one or more of the displayed card face representations to be replaced with one or more card face representations that are also included in the assigned group but have been concealed from the player. A prize is awarded to the player based on the card face representations remaining in the player's hand after replacement of the selected card face representations. This prize represents the player's prize for achieving the bingo pattern, but is based on the player's card hand produced after the player replaces the desired cards.12-13-2012
20100273549BanGo football - The BanGo football game is played with a computer generated card. The card is displayed on a monitor or obtained manually. A BanGo card consists of one sheet of paper of which eight (8) shapes are displayed. Numbers from 1 to 25 are visible with a specific shape outlined by a selected color. The numbers on a card is randomly selected by a random number generator. The computerized simulated Quarterback Draw football standalone game is played. For each play the yard line where the play start is recorded. The recorded yard line is sent to the server data base. The server data base display the yard line on the screen on a selected monitor. When the selected shape is covered on a BanGo card that player with that card is the winner.10-28-2010
20120258782VIDEO BINGO GAME AND METHOD - A bingo game and method in which bingo rules are used to simulate video poker and slot machine games. Players using linked terminals are assigned flashboards having multiple squares thereon, which squares have indicia thereon. If video poker is to be simulated, the indicia will be suit and value indicia of the type associated with playing cards. If slot machine play is to be simulated, the indicia will be of the like associated with slot machines, such as cherries, bars and bells. The calling of numbered bingo balls leads to the display to the player of corresponding indicia from numbered squares on the flashboard. A multiple overlapping ball draw may be utilized to accommodate slower and faster players, to allow overlapping games so that a slower player can have more time to play while a faster player can finish one game and commence another before the first game has closed. Where no player achieves a winning combination, an award can be provided based on a pre-determined value of indicia received by the player, including a near miss or a lowest hand. In one embodiment, the near-miss award may be paid from a progressive jackpot, to increase player excitement and to incentivize players to try for a near-miss hand.10-11-2012
20120264499CONTENT DETERMINATIVE GAME SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR KENO AND LOTTERY GAMES - Methods, systems and apparatus are described for producing wagering products and conducting wagering games. In one embodiment, a method for producing a lottery product comprises producing a play slip that includes an indication of at least one event that potentially occurs in a corresponding content (e.g., audio/video content) component of the lottery product. In one embodiment, a unit of the corresponding content is provided to a player along with a play slip.10-18-2012
20090061981ELECTRONIC BINGO-BASED ROULETTE GAME - A game visually recognizable as roulette, but wherein winning results correspond to the outcome of a simultaneous game of bingo, includes a bingo server from which bingo balls are drawn, a roulette server visually representing a roulette wheel, and two or more stations where participants place bets and perform other gaming functions. Bets are made and all bet permutations place a corresponding bet on a bonus bingo card. When “no more bets” is called, players' bets and bingo cards are locked, and bingo balls are randomly drawn. The roulette wheel spins, as a simulation of roulette. When all bingo balls are drawn, one participant wins the “end of game pattern” and a prize is awarded. A bonus bingo patterns is determined, corresponding to the numbers on a roulette wheel. The winning card is displayed, with the corresponding winning roulette ball displayed as a simulated ball dropping on the roulette spindle.03-05-2009
20110045889Primary or Secondary Multi-Win Bingo Wagering System and Method - A system and method for playing a game of chance, either as a primary or secondary game offering, having a first winning criterion associated with matching player indicia on a player card to house indicia selected or otherwise determined by operator calls include awarding a first prize for every player card that satisfies the winning criterion after each operator call less than or equal to a first number of operator calls and awarding a subsequent prize for every player card that satisfies the same winning criterion after each call up to and including a second number of operator calls and continuing the game until at least all calls up to and including the second number of calls have been made.02-24-2011
20120322531GAMING MACHINE SYSTEM AND METHOD HAVING A PERCEIVED SKILL COMPONENT - Disclosed are a gaming machine system and method including a perceived skill component comprising a skill-based award and a supplemental award that, when summed, are equal in value to a predetermined award.12-20-2012
20100203945Chance-board game method and system - A method and system for a chance-board-game with a board presentation and numerical matrix to define position and focus for chance game. The apparatus (G-Box) is a portable gaming device which includes an addressable touch screen with advanced networking, security and video graphics enabling a player to concurrently participate in multiple games of chance. Menu driven with an imbedded matrix processor, the device allows a player to actively or passively participate in multiple games, including CHINGO WORLD™ Games, Bingo, Keno, Roulette, Slot Machines and with an imbedded Alert and Notification Processor (ANP) that empowers a chance player to not only accurately play hundreds of game “cards” but also automatically monitor complex games and thus not miss any “wins” while complying with all game win notification requirements. The 6×6 matrix CHINGO game may be played using the apparatus (G-Box) for active or passive gaming or CHINGO games may be played using traditional manual cards and sheets of cards. The apparatus (G-Box) is designed to facilitate gaming within a gaming facility (Casino) or to participate in controlled open gaming through a standard cable and a national CHINGO gaming network.08-12-2010
20120322530SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ELECTRONIC BINGO - A method for facilitating play of a bingo game via one or more play consoles is disclosed including receiving a user indication at a first console that a first user desires to enter a bingo game, receiving a user indication at a second console that a second user desires to enter the bingo game, and only after receiving a user indication at a second console that a second user desires to enter the bingo game, starting the bingo game. A space on a user's card is marked as being designated if and only if the user positively selects the space as designated. Moreover, a player is designated as bingo winner if and only if the player in question has selected a winning pattern of designated spaces and in addition has identified themselves as a bingo winner. The plurality of player consoles may be located in a common area or may be remote from one another. The player consoles may be personal computers, dedicated bingo consoles or other electronic devices.12-20-2012
20110287823CONTROLLING BINGO GAME INTERACTIVITY - A wagering game system and its operations are described herein. In some embodiments, the operations can include providing gaming content for use during a bingo game, where the gaming content includes a representation of a bingo game card that includes card identifiers, arranged in a distinct pattern, which are usable during the bingo game to track game identifiers, with equivalent values, when drawn during the bingo game. The operations can further include selecting a card identifier, in response to user input, which indicates a user prediction that a corresponding game identifier, with an equivalent value, will be drawn during the bingo game. The operations can further include placing a bet for a secondary wagering game on the selecting of the card identifier, detecting a draw of the corresponding game identifier during the bingo game, and using the draw of the game identifier as an outcome for the bet.11-24-2011
20120100906Method, System, and Program Product for Conducting Multiple Concurrent Bingo Games - A method for conducting bingo games includes using a server to collect game play requests from a plurality of electronic player stations. The server determines if a group of the collected game play requests meets one or more predefined conditions for establishing a quorum, and if so conducts a game with the group of game play requests. Even after the game is started, the server continues to collect game play requests in preparation for conducting additional games. When enough game play requests are collected, the server starts the next game, even if previous games are still in progress.04-26-2012
20130012289GAME OF CHANCE ENSURING A SINGLE WINNER - A 3-number bingo game adapted to ensure there can be only a single winner. The numbers from 1 to 75 are divided into fifteen groups of five numbers each. For each group, the unique 3-number combinations of the five numbers taken three at a time are determined and printed on game cards. A single winner is determined if the unique 3-number combination on a player's game card matches a winning set of three numbers randomly determined by the House.01-10-2013
20130017880System and Method for Constraining Bingo Card Faces to Limit Liability of Number of Random Drawn Winners - A method for adapting a game of bingo to a lottery, includes predetermining a plurality of bingo faces to achieve a desired liability profile. One or more of the plurality of bingo faces are distributed. Random call numbers are generated until a desired pattern is achieved on one or more of the distributed bingo faces.01-17-2013
20130023324Method and System for Networked Bingo - Methods and systems for facilitating networked bingo matches are presented. Bingo cards may be generated by distributing symbols from a set of symbols into grid positions on each card. One or more patterns of marked positions on a bingo card may be pre-defined. An example embodiment includes the ability for a client devices to join a networked bingo game, each being associated with one or more potentially different special symbols. When a client device achieves a pre-defined pattern of marked positions on one or more of the client device's cards where one of the client device's special symbols is used to complete the pre-defined pattern(s), the client device may be awarded a prize.01-24-2013
20080227519 GAMING SYSTEM AND A METHOD OF GAMING - A gaming system comprising a display, an object selector arranged to select at least one object to be placed in each container of a set of a plurality of containers displayed on the display and an outcome generator arranged to determine a game outcome based on at least one characteristic of the object or objects placed in at least part of each container of the set of containers.09-18-2008
20090258692METHOD FOR PLAYING A GAME OF CHANCE WITH A WIRELESS ELECTRONIC GAMING UNIT - A portable gaming unit for playing an associated game comprises a housing and a base. The housing includes a display. An electronics assembly is mounted in the housing for controlling input/output functions of the gaming unit. A pivot joint pivotably mounts the housing to the base. An easel is pivotably mounted to one of the housing and the base. The easel in a use orientation braces the housing against the base to enable the housing to maintain an acute angle in relation to a plane of the base. In a transport orientation, the easel allows the housing to fold against the base. The easel in the transport orientation serves as a handle for the gaming unit.10-15-2009
20130130766METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PLAYING BINGO GAMES VIA A PROXY PLAYER - A remote player at a first location which is remote from a second location where a bingo game is being presented is able to participate in the bingo game via a proxy player at the second location. The remote player may provide instructions to the proxy agent who uses financial account information to purchase and play bingo cards on behalf of the remote player. Winning and losing outcomes are reported to the remote player. Awards for winning outcomes may comprise the award of one or more additional game cards for the same bingo game or other bingo games.05-23-2013
20130150141MYSTERY JACKPOT WITH BINGO GAME TRIGGER - A mystery-bingo jackpot provides a bingo triggered jackpot with a maximum or upper limit. In one or more embodiments, the jackpot is guaranteed to be paid out before the jackpot increments beyond the upper limit. This allows the upper limit to published to entice players to play one or more base games associated with the jackpot. A plurality of trigger values may be generated to trigger bingo ball draws. The trigger values may be between a lower limit and the upper limit to ensure that a winning outcome occurs before the upper limit is reached. One or multiple jackpots may be offered.06-13-2013
20130196735GAME APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONDUCTING A GAME - Various embodiments of a game apparatus are described that include a digital memory storage apparatus configured to store a plurality of musical recordings, wherein each musical recording includes a portion of a recording of a song wherein such song includes an identifiable and publicly-known title, a sound generation apparatus for broadcasting at least a portion of the plurality of musical recordings as mechanical waves, a controller controlling the broadcasting of the at least a portion of the plurality of musical recordings as mechanical waves, and a plurality of playing cards for game participants, each playing card including a matrix of song titles, each playing card including a different selection and orientation of the song titles, where the song titles included on the whole of the plurality of playing cards are the same as the publicly-known titles of the professional released recordings of songs defining the plurality of musical recordings.08-01-2013
20120302313METHOD OF PLAYING A BINGO-TYPE GAME WITH A MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGICAL AID, AND AN APPARATUS AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PLAYING THE GAME - A method of playing a bingo-type game includes the steps of generating a result of the game and displaying a representation of the result. More specifically, the representation of the result of the game is displayed through a mechanical technological aid at an electronic play station. An apparatus for playing the game includes a server and the electronic play station in operative communication with the server. The server generates the called numbers, which correlate to the result of the game, and the electronic play station includes the mechanical technological aid for displaying the representation of the result of the game. A program product for playing the game is stored on computer readable media and includes a result program code for generating the result of the game and a display program code for displaying the representation of the result through the mechanical technological aid.11-29-2012

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