06254483 is referenced by 690 patents and cites 147 patents.

Electronic gaming machines, such as slot machines or video poker machines are interconnected by a computer network. The behavior of each machine is controlled by configuring selected parameters such as game speed, payback percentage, or game appearance. As the machines are played, any of the selected parameters may be changed responsive to commands issued over the network. The commands are issued in response to predetermined changes in variables such as rate of play, player status, and the time of the day, week, or month. The payback percentage may be changed by implementing a new pay table at the selected machine or machines or by implementing a bonus period during which a percentage of all money played on the selected machines accrues in a bonus pool. During the bonus period, the selected machines are eligible for bonus awards that may be random or related to jackpots paid based on the pay tables in the selected machines.

Title
Method and apparatus for controlling the cost of playing an electronic gaming device
Application Number
9/86964
Publication Number
6254483 (B1)
Application Date
May 29, 1998
Publication Date
July 3, 2001
Inventor
John F Acres
Corvallis
OR, US
Agent
Marger Johnson & McCollom PC
US
Assignee
Acres Gaming Incorporated
NV, US
IPC
A63F 9/24
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