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Game system, server, gaming machine

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Title: Game system, server, gaming machine.
Abstract: A new gaming environment is provided. A server obtains a payout rate from each of gaming machines, determines winning probability of bonus in each of the gaming machines based on the obtained payout rate, and sends the determined winning probability of bonus to each gaming machine. Also, a gaming machine determines whether or not the bonus is won based on the received winning probability. If the bonus is won, a predetermined number of gaming medium is provided. ...


USPTO Applicaton #: #20090318233 - Class: 463 42 (USPTO) - 12/24/09 - Class 463 
Amusement Devices: Games > Including Means For Processing Electronic Data (e.g., Computer/video Game, Etc.) >With Communication Link (e.g., Television Broadcast, Etc.) >Network Type (e.g., Computer Network, Etc.)

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20090318233, Game system, server, gaming machine.

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CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application is based upon and claims a priority from the U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 61/075139 filed on Jun. 24, 2008, the entire contents thereof are incorporated herein by reference for all purposes.

BACKGROUND

1. Field

One or more aspects of the invention relate to a game system, a server, and a gaming machine in which a winning probability of bonus in each gaming machine is determined based on the payout rate of each gaming machine.

2. Description of Related Art

There are slot machines in which bonus occurs in a predetermined condition to enhance an entertainment aspects. Also, a probability of occurrence of the bonus is controlled based on the bet number in some of the conventional slot machines. Also, to attract players, a game system, and a server, and a gaming machine which has new feature is anticipated.

SUMMARY

In view of the foregoing, one or more aspects of the invention relate to a game system, a server, a gaming machine, a gaming method thereof, a computer readable medium having computer-executable instructions or the like in which a new gaming environment is provided.

A game system according to one or more aspects of the invention comprises gaming machines and a server connected to the plural gaming machines. The server obtains a payout rate from one of the gaming machines, determines a winning probability of a bonus in the one of the gaming machines based on the obtained payout rate, and sends the determined winning probability of the bonus to the one of the gaming machines. The gaming machine determines whether or not the bonus is won based on the received winning probability of the bonus, and provides a predetermined number of gaming medium when the bonus is won.

Herewith, since the winning probability of bonus is determined based on the payout rate in each gaming machine, the entertainment character may be enhanced, and may attract more players.

A server according to one or more aspects of the invention is connected to the gaming machines. The server obtains a payout rate from one of the gaming machines, determines a winning probability of a bonus in the one of the gaming machines based on the obtained payout rate, and sends the determined winning probability of the bonus to the one of the gaming machines.

Herewith, since the winning probability of bonus is determined based on the payout rate in each gaming machine, the entertainment character may be enhanced, and may attract more players.

A gaming machine according to one or more aspects of the invention is connected to a server. The gaming machine sends a payout rate, receives a winning probability of a bonus, determines whether or not the bonus is won based on the received winning probability of the bonus, and provides a predetermined number of gaming medium when the bonus is won.

Herewith, since the winning probability of bonus is determined based on the payout rate in each gaming machine, the entertainment character may be enhanced, and may attract more players.

One or more of the above aspects of the disclosure is more fully described in the following detailed description when read in connection with the accompanying drawings. It is to be expressly understood, however, that the drawings are for purpose of illustration only and not intended as a definition of the limits of the disclosure.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification illustrate embodiments of the invention and, together with the description, serve to explain the objects, advantages and principles of the invention.

FIG. 1 is a flowchart of a server base process in accordance with one or more aspects of the invention.

FIG. 2 is a schematic structure view of a game system in accordance with one or more aspects of the invention.

FIG. 3 is an external perspective view of the game system in accordance with one or more aspects of the invention.

FIG. 4 is an external perspective view of a slot machine in accordance with one or more aspects of the invention.

FIG. 5 is a block diagram schematically showing an internal constitution of the game system in accordance with one or more aspects of the invention.

FIG. 6 is a block diagram schematically showing an internal constitution of the slot machine in accordance with one or more aspects of the invention.

FIG. 7 is a block diagram schematically showing the internal constitution of the slot machine in accordance with one or more aspects of the invention.

FIG. 8 is a flowchart of a main control process of the game system in accordance with one or more aspects of the invention.

FIG. 9 is a flowchart of a winning probability renewing process of the game system in accordance with one or more aspects of the invention.

FIG. 10 is a flowchart of a main game process of the game system in accordance with one or more aspects of the invention.

FIG. 11 is an explanatory view of a first table in accordance with one or more aspects of the invention.

FIG. 12 is an explanatory view of a second table in accordance with one or more aspects of the invention.

FIG. 13 is an explanatory view of the first table in accordance with one or more aspects of the invention.

FIG. 14 is a flowchart of the server base process in accordance with one or more aspects of the invention.

FIG. 15 is an explanatory view of the second table in accordance with one or more aspects of the invention.

FIG. 16 is an explanatory view of the first table in accordance with one or more aspects of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The various aspects summarized previously may be embodied in various forms. The following description shows by way of illustration of various combinations and configurations in which the aspects may be practiced. It is understood that the described aspects and/or embodiments are merely examples, and that other aspects and/or embodiments may be utilized and structural and functional modifications may be made, without departing from the scope of the present disclosure.

It is noted that various connections are set forth between items in the following description. It is noted that these connections in general and, unless specified otherwise, may be direct or indirect and that this specification is not intended to be limiting in this respect.

A gaming machine, a server, and a game system according to one or more aspects of the invention will be described in detail with reference to the drawings based on an embodiment embodying one or more aspects of the invention. However, it is appreciated that one or more aspects of the invention may be embodied in distributable (via CD and the like) or downloadable software games, console games, and the like. In this regard, the slot machine may be a virtual slot machine that is displayed on a multi-purpose computer and/or dedicated kiosk. Aspects of the invention are described by way of hardware elements. However, it is appreciated that these elements may also be software modules that are executable in a computer. The software modules may be stored on a computer readable medium, including but not limited to a USB drive, CD, DVD, computer-readable memory, tape, diskette, floppy disk, and the like. For instance, aspects of the invention may be embodied in a JAVA-based application or the like that runs in a processor or processors. Further, the terms “CPU”, “processor”, and “controller” are inclusive by nature, including at least one of hardware, software, or firmware. These terms may include a portion of a processing unit in a computer (for instance, in multiple core processing units), multiple cores, a functional processor (as running virtually on at least one of processor or server, which may be local or remote). Further, in network-based gaming systems, the processor may include only a local processor, only a remote server, or a combination of a local processor and a remote server.

It is contemplated that one or more aspects of the invention may be implemented as computer executable instructions on a computer readable medium such as a non-volatile memory, a magnetic or optical disc. Further, one or more aspects of the invention may be implemented with a carrier signal in the form of, for instance, an audio-frequency, radio-frequency, or optical carrier wave.

First Embodiment

Hereinafter, the first embodiment embodying one or more aspects of the invention will be described with reference to the drawings. Also, winning probability of bonus may mean a probability of occurrence of the bonus.

In the first embodiment, as shown in FIG. 1, in server 91, when payout rate information is received from any of the slot machines (S31: YES), a first table is renewed (S32). And, winning probability information is sent to the slot machine 1 which sent the payout rate information based on content of the renewed first table, (S33).

A schematic structure of a game system 100 according to the embodiment will be explained in detail with reference to the drawings. FIG. 2 is a schematic structure view of the game system 100 according to the embodiment. FIG. 3 is an external perspective view of the game system 100 according to the embodiment.

As shown in FIG. 2, the game system 100 according to the embodiment includes plural slot machines 1, a server 91 and a large-size display 95. The plural slot machines 1, a server 91 and a large-size display 95 are arranged in the game hall. Each of the slot machines 1 is connected to the server 91 via the net work 400 so as to be capable of communicating with each other. Also a large-size display 95 is connected to the server 91. Here, different types of slot machine 1 (namely slot machines with different reels, winning combinations, winning probability and the like) can be connected to the server 91.

As shown in FIG. 3, the large-size display 95 is provided above the plural slot machines 1. The large-size display 95 is a well-known large-size liquid crystal display, and displays a variety of gaming information in the game system 100 (for example, rules of the game, game result of each slot machine 1 and the like).

Next, the slot machine 1 which constructs the game system 100 according to the embodiment will be explained in detail with reference with the drawing. FIG. 4 is an external perspective view of the slot machine 1 according to the embodiment.

The slot machine 1 according to the embodiment is an upright type slot machine which is provided in the game hall such as the casino. The slot machine 1 includes a cabinet 2, a main door 3, and a topper effect device 4. The main door 3 is arranged in front of the cabinet 2. The topper effect 4 is arranged above the cabinet 2.

The cabinet 2 is a housing portion which houses the electric or the mechanic components for executing the predetermined gaming modes in the slot machine 1.

The slot machine 1 includes an upper display 10A, a main display 10B and a lower back panel 10C at the front side of the cabinet 2 to display various gaming information. The upper display 10A is arranged on the upper column of the cabinet 2, the main display 10B is arranged on the middle column of the cabinet 2 and the lower back panel 10C is arranged on the lower column of the cabinet 2.

The upper display 10A is constructed from the liquid crystal panel. The effect images, the payout table in the game, the game rules and the like are displayed on the upper display 10A.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20090318233 A1
Publish Date
12/24/2009
Document #
12250958
File Date
10/14/2008
USPTO Class
463 42
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
63F9/24
Drawings
17


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