(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: us 6,203,428 Bi
Giobbi et al. (45) Date of Patent: Mar. 20,2001
(54) VIDEO GAMING DEVICE HAVING MULTIPLE STACKING FEATURES
(75) Inventors: John J. Giobbi, Crown Point, IN (US);
Joel R. Jaffe, Evanston, IL (US)
(73) Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc., Chicago, IL (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term ol this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 09/392,980
(22) Filed: Sep. 9, 1999
(51) Int. CI. A63F 13/00
(52) U.S. CI 463/16; 463/18; 463/19;
(58) Field of Search 463/16, 17, 18,
463/19, 20, 21, 27, 12, 13; 273/143 R,
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An electronic video gaming machine for playing multiple games substantially at the same time is set forth. The gaming machine includes a plurality ol game boards arranged in a stack and displayed on a touch screen. The stack includes a top end and a bottom end and each game board has a lace on which a single game is displayed. A plurality ol game control buttons and game control indicators are provided for operating the game and selecting game elements, such as lucky numbers, random numbers, and bingo patterns, to be applied to each game board in the stack. A number ol game boards to be played in the stack is selectable by the player and a winning game board is indicated to the player such that the winning game board appears to pop-up from the stack in cash-register-like lashion such that the lace ol the winning game board is more visible relative to prior said game board popping up. The lace ol any game board is viewable by the player by touching the touch screen at a location ol the game board to be viewed. Alter touching the game board, the game board slides out from the stack to expose its lace.
49 Claims, 5 Drawing Sheets