08142272 is referenced by 169 patents and cites 181 patents.

The present invention allows gaming devices to set or modify game parameters through the use of random events such as spinning slot machine reels and/or random number generators. In one embodiment, a player may purchase an entry into a bonus round of a bonus game, without first having to qualify for the entry by obtaining a qualifying outcome of a base game. In one embodiment, a player may provide payment for an entry into one or more bonus rounds to establish an initial credit meter balance, wherein the initial credit meter balance is set to a number of credits based on the results of the one or more bonus rounds and not to an amount of credits corresponding to the payment provided by the player, wherein the player can pay for the entry without first having to qualify for the entry via a qualifying outcome of the base game.

Title
Method and apparatus for facilitating entry into bonus rounds
Application Number
11/160150
Publication Number
8142272 (B2)
Application Date
June 10, 2005
Publication Date
March 27, 2012
Inventor
Geoffrey M Gelman
Boston
MA, US
James A Jorasch
New York
NY, US
Jay S Walker
Ridgefield
CT, US
Agent
K&L Gates
Assignee
IGT
NV, US
IPC
A63F 9/00
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