Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS20020068623 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 09/952,613
Publication dateJun 6, 2002
Filing dateSep 13, 2001
Priority dateSep 14, 2000
Also published asDE10045572A1
Publication number09952613, 952613, US 2002/0068623 A1, US 2002/068623 A1, US 20020068623 A1, US 20020068623A1, US 2002068623 A1, US 2002068623A1, US-A1-20020068623, US-A1-2002068623, US2002/0068623A1, US2002/068623A1, US20020068623 A1, US20020068623A1, US2002068623 A1, US2002068623A1
InventorsMichael Gauselmann
Original AssigneeMichael Gauselmann
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Replacement of symbols displayed by a gaming machine to create a winning symbol combination
US 20020068623 A1
Abstract
Electronic slot machine with a symbol display device which displays symbols which are arranged in rows and columns and which have at least one specially identified winning symbol which replaces or supplements a missing symbol which is necessary for a winning symbol combination.
Images(2)
Previous page
Next page
Claims(9)
1. Electronic slot machine with a symbol display device which displays symbols which are arranged in rows and columns and have at least one specially identified winning symbol which replaces or supplements a missing symbol which is necessary for a winning symbol combination, characterized in that
in the display of a specially identified winning symbol all adjacent winning symbols becomes the specially identified winning symbol.
2. Electronic slot machine as claimed in claim 1, wherein when a specially identified winning symbol is displayed in the symbol display device in one of the win lines which can be evaluated, the specially identified winning symbol replaces at least one symbol and the winning value according to the winning pattern for the substituted symbol combination is awarded.
3. Electronic slot machine as claimed in claim 2, wherein when a specially identified winning symbol is displayed with the symbol display device, the winning symbols located horizontally to the specially identified winning symbol, when determining a win, assumes the winning value of the winning symbol which is located on the first or the last reel in the line in which the specially identified winning symbol is located.
4. Electronic slot machine as claimed in claim 2, wherein in a symbol display device with three lines and five columns for display of winning symbols and for display of the specially identified winning symbol in the third column in the first or third line the diagonally running win lines are also evaluated for determining a win.
5. Electronic slot machine as claimed in claim 2, wherein when the specially identified winning symbol is displayed, the win lines which run in a zigzag are taken into account for the determination of a win.
6. Electronic slot machine as claimed in claim 1, wherein the adjacent identified winning symbols to the especially identified winning symbol receive the property of the specially identified winning symbol.
7. Electronic slot machine as claimed in claim 1, wherein when a specially identified symbol is displayed, each symbol located in the vicinity of this specially identified symbol according to the winning pattern is completed with a symbol which guarantees a win.
8. Electronic slot machine as claimed in claim 1, wherein when a specially identified symbol is displayed only identified symbols in the display area are completed, changed or replaced.
9. Electronic slot machine as claimed in claim 1, wherein when a specially identified symbol is displayed the non-winning symbols which are located in the win line are completed.
Description
  • [0001]
    The invention relates to an electronic slot machine as claimed in the preamble of claim 1.
  • [0002]
    The journal Muenzautomat 4/1984, page 12, discloses a coin-operated electronic slot machine with a symbol game means composed of three reels located next to one another. When the reels stop the winning symbol combination is displayed in a viewing window. When three identical winning symbols are displayed, the prize assigned to them is awarded. Instead of one of these three symbols which are included in the winning combination a specially identified replacement symbol, a joker, can also be used.
  • [0003]
    It is however a disadvantage that this specially identified winning symbol is located one time only on the middle reel of the three reels.
  • [0004]
    The object of the invention is to develop a generic electronic slot machine such that a winning value can also be assigned even to an incomplete winning symbol combination.
  • [0005]
    This object is achieved by the characterizing features of claim 1.
  • [0006]
    Other features which form the invention can be taken from the dependent claims.
  • [0007]
    The electronic slot machine as claimed in the invention has the advantage that the varied use of a joker which completes the winning combination increases the entertainment value on the electronic slot machine. Since at the same time there are several different possible applications of the joker, the playing pleasure is especially high with long-lasting encouragement to use the electronic slot machine.
  • [0008]
    One embodiment as claimed in the invention is explained using the drawing.
  • [0009]
    [0009]FIG. 1 shows the front of a coin-operated entertainment machine.
  • [0010]
    The coin-operated electronic slot machine which is labeled 1 in FIG. 1 comprises a front side 2 with a viewing window 3 behind which there is a display device for display of symbols. The display device preferably consists of a TV monitor. The TV monitor displays five reels, located next to one another, with winning symbols. Three winning symbols at a time are displayed simultaneously by each stopped reel. Underneath the display device there is a control panel 4. On the control panel 4 there is a plurality of operational controls 5. Adjacent to the operational controls there is a coin acceptance opening 6. There is a coin removal trough 7 underneath the control panel 4.
  • [0011]
    The coin-operated electronic slot machine 1 comprises a control unit which is not shown, with a microcomputer. The control unit controls of the order of events in the electronic slot machine 1. If a balance meter has a play, the control unit causes a symbol combination, which is to be displayed, to be determined by a pseudorandom generator. The displayed reels with the TV monitor are caused to spin and are stopped such that predetermined symbol combinations are displayed. The symbols of the reels are displayed in a matrix form in the display device. The matrix comprises five columns and three rows. A total of nine win lines are evaluated. On each win line it is checked how often the same symbol is displayed. For a display of the same symbol five times, the highest winning value for this symbol is awarded. For display of three or four of the same symbols, a lower winning value is awarded. Furthermore, each reel comprises a specially identified symbol. The specially identified symbol has the function of a joker and replaces any displayed symbol for the required winning symbol. There are 32 symbols on each virtual reel. One or more of the winning symbols on each virtual reel are made as the specially identified winning symbol (joker). When displayed in the viewing window 3 of the stopped reel, the specially identified winning symbol causes all winning symbols adjoining to the left and/or right of it in a horizontally running win line to be replaced for the outer left or right displayed winning symbol and thus a win line with up to five winning symbols to be formed. The specially identified winning symbol is in the fourth display position from left to right and in the first display position.
  • [0012]
    On a coin-operated electronic slot machine 1 the control unit spins the virtual reels and stops them in predetermined positions. In the viewing window 3 of the coin-operated electronic slot machine 1 a winning symbol matrix consisting of three lines and five columns appears to the user. When a specially identified winning symbol is displayed, a joker, for example on the third reel in the second line, the bordering symbols are recognized a joker symbols in the evaluation of winning.
  • [0013]
    The win recognition program now detects the symbol arrangement for each of the nine win lines and compares it to the winning pattern. If several win lines have a winning combination, the highest prize is warded and it is credited in the balance storage of the control unit.
  • [0014]
    In another embodiment as claimed in the invention, when the specially identified winning symbol is displayed, not as before do all bordering symbols become the joker symbol, but a symbol combination, for example in the second line, is displayed in the display on the stopped virtual reels, and the right-hand, fifth reel in the second row shows a specially identified winning symbol, a joker, then the winning symbols located to the left of the specially identified winning symbol are treated as if the winning symbol of the 1st reel in the second row is displayed and according to the control unit-side winning pattern the winning value of five identical symbols located next to one another is awarded according to the winning pattern.
  • [0015]
    According to another embodiment as claimed in the invention, when the winning symbols are displayed by the stopped virtual reels, upon display of a specially identified symbol on the third, the middle, reel, displayed in the third line, and when an identical winning symbol is displayed by the first and the fifth reel each in the first line, the symbols located in the diagonals on the second and fourth reel in the second line are evaluated in the win line evaluation as if at this position the winning symbols are displayed which are displayed by the first and the fifth reels in the first line.
  • [0016]
    There is further evaluation and winning value determination as claimed in the invention when, of the displayed winning symbols, there is one symbol on the first reel in the first line, there is the specially identified winning symbol on the third reel in the first line and on the fifth reel in the third line there is a symbol identical to the first reel, first line. By using the specially identified winning symbol in the win line evaluation the winning symbols located to the specially identified symbol become the winning symbols which correspond to those on the first reel in the first line or on the fifth reel in the third line. The winning value of the five identical winning symbols is determined according to the winning pattern.
  • [0017]
    In a development as claimed in the invention for the coin-electronic slot machine 1 as claimed in the invention, when the specially identified symbol is displayed with the display device, it is determined pseudorandomly in which other display fields of the display matrix the displayed winning symbols are exchanged for the specially identified winning symbols.
  • [0018]
    If a specially identified winning symbol is displayed by the virtual reels on the second reel in the middle position, it is subsequently determined pseudorandomly how many other specially identified winning symbols are displayed and which position they are to occupy in the display field. When the winning value is subsequently determined, for example a specially identified winning symbol on the fourth reel in the first line and on the fifth reel in this third line will be displayed. In the subsequent evaluation of the displayed winning combination the special symbols are taken into account according to the winning pattern. Instead of pseudorandom selection of the number and position of the other specially identified symbols, symbols can be replaced by higher-value symbols, if they have already been identified as such beforehand. In addition to the specially identified symbols on the virtual reels there are symbols which assume the same function of the specially identified symbols to the extent that, of the displayed symbol combinations, there is at least one symbol as the specially identified winning symbol.
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US7077745 *May 29, 2003Jul 18, 2006Wms Gaming Inc.Slot machine with win completion feature
US7252592 *Jan 23, 2006Aug 7, 2007IgtGaming device having symbols with transformation probabilities
US7503847Sep 8, 2003Mar 17, 2009IgtGaming device having convertible reel symbols
US7553231 *Sep 9, 2005Jun 30, 2009IgtGaming device having game with cascading wild symbols
US7591722Sep 8, 2003Sep 22, 2009IgtGaming device having board and converting chip game
US7604538Nov 13, 2003Oct 20, 2009Wms Gaming Inc.Slot machine with a regenerating bonus array
US7654895Jan 16, 2004Feb 2, 2010Wms Gaming Inc.Gaming machine with expandable array
US7699696Oct 15, 2004Apr 20, 2010IgtGaming device with wild activation symbols and wild termination symbols
US7744458Aug 31, 2005Jun 29, 2010IgtSlot machine game having a plurality of ways for a user to obtain payouts based on selection of one or more symbols (power pays)
US7780519Sep 28, 2005Aug 24, 2010Wms GamingGaming machine with symbol upgrade feature
US7785191Aug 31, 2005Aug 31, 2010IgtSlot machine game having a plurality of ways for a user to obtain payouts based on selection of one or more symbols (power pays)
US8105151Jul 2, 2008Jan 31, 2012IgtGaming system, gaming device and method for providing cascading symbols with wild features
US8162741Nov 9, 2007Apr 24, 2012IgtGaming system, gaming device, and gaming method for transferring symbols between linked reels in multiple reel sets
US8226468Nov 13, 2008Jul 24, 2012IgtGaming system and method including points of symbol expansion
US8323091Aug 9, 2010Dec 4, 2012IgtGaming system, gaming device, and method for providing a cascading symbol game including shifting different determined symbols
US8357041Jul 21, 2011Jan 22, 2013IgtGaming system and method for providing a multi-dimensional cascading symbols game with player selection of symbols
US8366538Jul 21, 2011Feb 5, 2013IgtGaming system, gaming device and method for providing a multiple dimension cascading symbols game
US8371930Jul 21, 2011Feb 12, 2013IgtGaming system, gaming device and method for providing a multiple dimension cascading symbols game with a time element
US8414380Jul 21, 2011Apr 9, 2013IgtGaming system, gaming device and method for providing a multiple dimension cascading symbols game with three dimensional symbols
US8430737Jul 21, 2011Apr 30, 2013IgtGaming system and method providing multi-dimensional symbol wagering game
US8444473Aug 27, 2009May 21, 2013IgtGaming system, gaming device, and gaming method for shifting symbols from a staging area to a symbol matrix
US8485901Jul 21, 2011Jul 16, 2013IgtGaming system and method for providing a multi-dimensional symbol wagering game with rotating symbols
US8496522Jan 5, 2012Jul 30, 2013IgtGaming system, gaming device and method for providing cascading symbols with wild features
US8512138Jan 19, 2012Aug 20, 2013IgtGaming system, gaming device, and method for providing a cascading symbols game which reuses discarded symbols
US8574059Nov 14, 2008Nov 5, 2013IgtGaming system and method for providing a cascading symbol game including a plurality of independent reels which provide a stacked symbol functionality
US8585487Nov 9, 2007Nov 19, 2013IgtGaming system, gaming device and gaming method providing stacking symbols and convertible reels
US8602871Apr 2, 2012Dec 10, 2013IgtGaming system, gaming device, and gaming method for transferring symbols between linked reels in multiple reel sets
US8608545Dec 6, 2011Dec 17, 2013IgtGaming system, gaming device, and method providing a game including a cascading symbols feature causing one or more repositioned symbols to be wild symbols
US8662986Nov 13, 2008Mar 4, 2014IgtGaming system, gaming device, and method for providing a cascading symbols game having magnetic symbols and target symbols
US8690660Apr 4, 2013Apr 8, 2014IgtGaming system and method for providing a multiple dimension cascading symbols game
US8790169Jul 23, 2008Jul 29, 2014IgtGaming system, gaming device, and method for providing a cascading symbols game with wild symbols usable for a designated quantity of symbol generations
US8851974Jan 5, 2012Oct 7, 2014IgtGaming system, gaming device and method for providing cascading symbols with wild features
US8870642Mar 14, 2013Oct 28, 2014IgtGaming system and method providing a multiplay slot game including a cascading symbols feature in which symbols are removed from corresponding symbol display areas of different sets of symbol display areas
US8882578Jan 19, 2012Nov 11, 2014IgtGaming system, gaming device, and method for providing a cascading symbols game which reuses discarded symbols
US8968083Nov 12, 2009Mar 3, 2015IgtGaming system and method for dynamically grouping gaming devices to provide progressive awards
US8986102Mar 7, 2013Mar 24, 2015Wms Gaming Inc.Wagering game with ascending features
US8998702Nov 6, 2012Apr 7, 2015IgtGaming system, gaming device, and method for providing a game with additional win opportunities
US9005022Jan 19, 2012Apr 14, 2015IgtGaming system, gaming device, and method for providing a cascading symbols game which builds layers of multiple dimension symbols
US9165433Nov 10, 2009Oct 20, 2015IgtGaming system, gaming device, and method for providing a cascading symbol game including shifting symbols according to directional indicators
US9202339May 13, 2013Dec 1, 2015IgtGaming system, gaming device, and gaming method for shifting symbols from a staging area to a symbol matrix
US9230410May 17, 2013Jan 5, 2016IgtGaming system and method for providing a multiple dimension cascading symbols game
US9245421Jun 6, 2013Jan 26, 2016IgtGaming system and method for providing a multiple dimension cascading symbols game
US9251653Feb 22, 2012Feb 2, 2016IgtGaming system and method displaying one or more additional symbols of a group of designated symbols when less than all of the designated symbols of the group are displayed
US9257017May 20, 2013Feb 9, 2016IgtGaming system and method for providing a multiple dimension cascading symbols game
US9262895Feb 11, 2014Feb 16, 2016IgtGaming system, gaming device, and method for providing a cascading symbols game having magnetic symbols and target symbols
US9275524Sep 17, 2013Mar 1, 2016IgtGaming system and method for providing a cascading symbol game with multiple symbol display position elements
US9299224Sep 17, 2013Mar 29, 2016IgtGaming system and method for providing a cascading symbol game with symbol class eliminations
US9311781Sep 17, 2013Apr 12, 2016IgtGaming system and method for providing a cascading symbol game with upgrade events
US9336654Feb 11, 2015May 10, 2016IgtGaming system and method for dynamically grouping gaming devices to provide progressive awards
US9349251Sep 17, 2013May 24, 2016IgtGaming system and method for providing a cascading symbol game with upgrade events
US9355528Sep 17, 2013May 31, 2016IgtGaming system and method for providing a cascading symbol game with shifting symbols between multiple symbol display position matrices
US9390587Sep 17, 2013Jul 12, 2016IgtGaming system and method for providing a cascading symbol game with multiple symbol display position symbols
US9418518Sep 17, 2013Aug 16, 2016IgtGaming system and method for providing a cascading symbol game with interacting symbols
US9437084Nov 1, 2013Sep 6, 2016IgtGaming system and method for providing a cascading symbol game including a plurality of independent reels which provide a stacked symbol functionality
US9449465Sep 17, 2013Sep 20, 2016IgtGaming system and method for providing a cascading symbol game with upgrade events
US9449470Mar 6, 2014Sep 20, 2016Bally Gaming, Inc.Wagering game with upgradable symbol stacks
US9460587Sep 17, 2013Oct 4, 2016IgtGaming system and method for providing a cascading symbol game with shifting symbols in different directions between multiple symbol display position matrices
US9472065Sep 17, 2013Oct 18, 2016IgtGaming system and method for providing a cascading symbol game with interacting symbols
US9483916Nov 6, 2013Nov 1, 2016IgtGaming system, gaming device and gaming method providing stacking symbols and convertible reels
US20030087687 *Nov 6, 2001May 8, 2003Locke David K.Slot machine with unified reel symbols
US20040242312 *May 29, 2003Dec 2, 2004Gomez Benjamin T.Slot machine with win completion feature
US20050049035 *Oct 15, 2004Mar 3, 2005Baerlocher Anthony J.Gaming device with wild activation symbols and wild termination symbols
US20050054405 *Sep 8, 2003Mar 10, 2005Baerlocher Anthony J.Gaming device having board and converting chip game
US20050054418 *Sep 8, 2003Mar 10, 2005Baerlocher Anthony J.Gaming device having convertible reel symbols
US20050107154 *Nov 13, 2003May 19, 2005Pacey Larry J.Slot machine with a regenerating bonus array
US20050159208 *Jan 16, 2004Jul 21, 2005Pacey Larry J.Gaming machine with expandable array
US20050239539 *Apr 21, 2005Oct 27, 2005Aruze Corp.Gaming machine
US20050266915 *May 26, 2005Dec 1, 2005Ryo IsogaiGaming machine
US20060046831 *Aug 23, 2005Mar 2, 2006Aruze Corp.Gaming machine
US20060068891 *Sep 28, 2005Mar 30, 2006Aruze Corp.Gaming machine
US20060068892 *Sep 28, 2005Mar 30, 2006Gomez Benjamin TGaming machine with symbol upgrade feature
US20060121974 *Jan 23, 2006Jun 8, 2006Paulina RodgersGaming device having symbols with transformation probabilities
US20070060248 *Sep 9, 2005Mar 15, 2007Paulina RodgersGaming device having game with cascading wild symbols
US20090124325 *Nov 9, 2007May 14, 2009IgtGaming system, gaming device, and gaming method for transferring symbols between linked reels in multiple reel sets
US20090124347 *Nov 9, 2007May 14, 2009IgtGaming system, gaming device and gaming method providing stacking symbols and convertible reels
US20090291741 *May 21, 2009Nov 26, 2009Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty LimitedGaming system and a method of gaming
US20100120501 *Nov 13, 2008May 13, 2010IgtGaming system and method including points of symbol expansion
US20100190544 *Jun 27, 2008Jul 29, 2010Wms Gaming Inc.Wagering game having a collapsible wild feature
US20100234092 *Jun 27, 2008Sep 16, 2010Wms Gaming Inc.Wagering game having hybrid winning outcomes
US20110250941 *Jan 4, 2011Oct 13, 2011Astro CorporationGaming method for playing a card game, and gaming apparatus for performing the same
CN1754596BSep 23, 2005Jul 21, 2010环球娱乐株式会社Gaming machine
EP1513119A2 *Sep 1, 2004Mar 9, 2005IgtGaming device having convertible reel symbols
EP1632915A1 *Aug 23, 2005Mar 8, 2006Aruze Corp.Gaming machine
EP1643467A1 *Sep 27, 2005Apr 5, 2006Aruze Corp.Gaming machine
Classifications
U.S. Classification463/20
International ClassificationG07F17/34
Cooperative ClassificationG07F17/3265
European ClassificationG07F17/32M2B
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Jan 28, 2002ASAssignment
Owner name: ATRONIC INTERNATIONAL GMBH, GERMANY
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:GAUSELMANN, MICHAEL;REEL/FRAME:012575/0066
Effective date: 20011211