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A system for monitoring and configuring gaming devices interconnected over a high-speed network is disclosed. The system can support a file server, one or more floor controllers, one or more pit terminals, and other terminals all interconnected over the network. Each gaming device includes an electronic module which allows the gaming device to communicate with a floor controller over a current loop network. The electronic module includes a player tracking module and a data communication node. The player tracking module includes a card reader for detecting a player tracking card inserted therein which identifies the player. The data communication node communicates with both the floor controller and the gaming device. The data communication node communicates with the gaming device over a serial interface through which the data communication node transmits reconfiguration commands. The gaming device reconfigures its payout schedule responsive to the reconfiguration commands to provide a variety of promotional bonuses such as multiple jackpot bonuses, mystery jackpot bonuses, progressive jackpot bonuses, or player specific bonuses.

Title
Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices
Application Number
322172
Publication Number
5836817
Application Date
June 6, 1995
Publication Date
November 17, 1998
Inventor
David Wiebenson
Corvallis
OR, US
Alec Ginsburg
Corvallis
OR, US
John F Acres
Corvallis
OR, US
Agent
Marger Johnson McCollom & Stolowitz
Assignee
Acres Gaming
OR, US
IPC
A63F 9/00
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