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The apparatus and method of the present invention provides a gaming device having a bonus scheme, wherein the player may choose when to play a bonus scheme, so long as the player is qualified to do so. The method of qualifying the player to enter the bonus round connects or links the base game operation of the gaming device with the bonus scheme. The reels of the base game contain symbols which alone or in combination with other symbols yield one or more bonus awards to a player. The bonus awards are escrowed and displayed a bonus award escrow display. Once the player obtains a single bonus award, the player becomes eligible or qualified to play the bonus round and the player may choose to do so at any time. The player can accumulate bonus awards and use multiple bonus awards at one time.

Title
Gaming device having a selectively accessible bonus scheme
Application Number
9/657916
Publication Number
6726563 (B1)
Application Date
September 8, 2000
Publication Date
April 27, 2004
Inventor
Peter Gerrard
Manchester
US
Anthony J Baerlocher
Reno
NV, US
Agent
Bell Boyd Lloyd
US
Assignee
IGT
NV, US
IPC
A63F 13/00
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