06231445 is referenced by 816 patents and cites 62 patents.

A method for awarding bonuses over a gaming network having a plurality of gaming machines interconnected by a network. Play is allowed to occur on the plurality of gaming machines. A bonus period is initiating for which a bonus-triggering event (e.g. a winning combination) and an initial bonus amount is determined. The reel combinations obtained from normal play over the machines are detected and compared to the wining combination determined at the start of the bonus period. A match of the combination obtained with the winning combination initiates a bonus-triggering event that results in the bonus amount being paid out to the gaming machine which had the winning combination. In a preferred embodiment, the initial bonus amount is decremented over the bonus period so that the bonus amount won is greater if the winning combination appears at the beginning of the bonus period as opposed to near the end.

Title
Method for awarding variable bonus awards to gaming machines over a network
Application Number
9/105981
Publication Number
6231445 (B1)
Application Date
June 26, 1998
Publication Date
May 15, 2001
Inventor
John F Acres
Corvallis
OR, US
Agent
Marger Johnson & McCollom PC
US
Assignee
Acres Gaming
NV, US
IPC
A63F 9/24
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