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John F Acres: Method for awarding variable bonus awards to gaming machines over a network. Acres Gaming, Marger Johnson & McCollom PC, May 15, 2001: US06231445 (845 worldwide citation)

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 amoun ...


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John Acres: Method apparatus for promoting play on a network of gaming devices. Acres Gaming Incorporated, Marger Johnson & McCollom PC, November 20, 2001: US06319125 (792 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for controlling a bonusing promotion system using a bonus server interconnected to a plurality of gaming devices is described. A percentage of a wager played on each gaming device is accumulated into a bonus pool stored on the bonus server. The bonus pool is compared to a thre ...


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John F Acres: Method and apparatus for controlling the cost of playing an electronic gaming device. Acres Gaming Incorporated, Marger Johnson & McCollom PC, July 3, 2001: US06254483 (690 worldwide citation)

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 selecte ...


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John Acres: Method for providing incentive to play gaming devices connected by a network to a host computer. Acres Gaming Incorporated, Marger Johnson & McCollom PC, June 12, 2001: US06244958 (634 worldwide citation)

A method for providing incentive to players of networked slot machines includes a card reader associated with each machine and a card associated with each player. A player account accessible by a host computer on the network is created which associates the player's card with the account. A pred ...


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John F Acres, Alec Ginsburg, David Wiebenson: Method and apparatus for operating networked gaming devices. Acres Gaming Incorporated, Marger Johnson & McCollom PC, December 19, 2000: US06162122 (561 worldwide citation)

A system for monitoring and configuring gaming devices interconnected over a high-speed network is disclosed. The system can support a file server, one or more floor controllers, one or more pit terminals, and other terminals all interconnected over the network. Each gaming device includes an electr ...


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John F Acres: Method for crediting a player of an electronic gaming device. Acres Gaming Incorporated, Marger Johnson & McCollom PC, April 16, 2002: US06371852 (506 worldwide citation)

A method of providing incentive to play gaming devices connected by a network to a host computer. The casino creates a player account accessible by the host computer. The account can accrue both player-tracking points and account credits. Account credits are applied to a player's account as sig ...


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John Acres: Method for providing incentive to play gaming devices connected by a network to a host computer. Acres Gaming, Marger Johnson & McCollom PC, August 13, 2002: US06431983 (442 worldwide citation)

A method for providing incentive to players of networked slot machines includes a card reader associated with each machine and a card associated with each player. A player account accessible by a host computer on the network is created which associates the player's card with the account. A pred ...


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John F Acres, Alec Ginsburg, David Wiebenson: Computer network for controlling and monitoring gaming devices. Acres Gaming Incorporated, Marger Johnson & McCollom PC, July 10, 2001: US06257981 (432 worldwide citation)

A system for monitoring and configuring gaming devices interconnected over a high-speed network is disclosed. The system can support a file server, one or more floor controllers, one or more pit terminals, and other terminals all interconnected over the network. Each gaming device includes an electr ...


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John F Acres: Operation of gaming machines in a linked bonus prize winning mode. Acres Gaming, Marger Johnson & McCollom PC, April 23, 2002: US06375569 (416 worldwide citation)

A gaming machine system having a bonus prize award mode in the play of gaming machines is disclosed. Interface units each are coupled to a respective gaming machine to receive a play signal that includes the identity of the respective machine. A central processor, that includes a data memory is link ...


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Vincent S Manfredi, Richard J Schneider: Method for implementing scheduled return play at gaming machine networks. Acres Gaming Incorporated, Marger Johnson & McCollom PC, June 10, 2003: US06575832 (359 worldwide citation)

A method of providing incentive to play gaming devices during certain off-peak hours comprises three types of periods: an earning period over which earned credits are accumulated responsive to the level of play on the gaming device, a redeeming period where the earned credits can be played, and a re ...