(i9) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication oo) Pub. No.: US 2007/0202943 Al
Thomas (43) Pub. Date: Aug. 30,2007
(54) SYMBOL DRIVEN CONTRIBUTIONS FOR A PRIZE POOL IN A WAGERING GAME
(76) Inventor: Alfred Thomas, Las Vegas, NV (US)
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 60/558,222, filed on Mar. 31, 2004.
A gaming terminal and a method for playing a wagering game on the gaming terminal. The gaming terminal is one of a plurality of gambling terminals and the wagering game has a prize pool. The method includes conducting a basic game having a randomly selected outcome. A player is awarded at payout amount if the randomly selected outcome is one of a plurality of winning outcomes. Also, the amount of the prize pool is increased if the randomly selected outcome is a prize-pool increasing outcome. In one embodiment, the only payout amounts available at the gaming terminal are from the bonus pool that is funded by the prize-pool increasing outcome.