06015344 is referenced by 574 patents and cites 66 patents.

The present invention provides a prize redemption system for use with one or more game apparatuses. A game is provided on a game apparatus for a player to play in exchange for monetary input, and prize credits are credited to the player based on the game. A prize selection menu is displayed by the game apparatus, the menu including one or more prizes, where the player may select a prize having a prize cost within the player's prize credit amount. The player can be dispensed a specific prize ticket from the game apparatus or other unit that is redeemable for the selected prize. The game apparatus can also provide specific prizes and tournament games played for a tournament prize. An operator can adjust prizes and payout percentages of the system to achieve a desired profitability for game apparatuses. Prize input is entered into a prize table describing multiple available prizes and payout information that indicates a desired amount of payout that the operator wishes to provide back to players. Prize information, such as prize costs and specific prize win ratios, is automatically determined by the system for each of the prizes in view of the desired profitability of the game apparatus.

Title
Prize redemption system for games
Application Number
746755
Publication Number
6015344
Application Date
September 29, 1997
Publication Date
January 18, 2000
Inventor
John E Link
Tracy
CA, US
John G Kroeckel
San Ramon
CA, US
Norman B Petermeier
Saratoga
CA, US
Bryan M Kelly
Almo
CA, US
Matthew F Kelly
San Ramon
CA, US
Agent
Hickman Stephens & Coleman
Assignee
RLT Acquisition
CA, US
IPC
G06F 15/00
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