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US5429361: Gaming machine information, communication and display system

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Richard Raven · Thomas Miner · Jay Stone ·
Assignee(s) Bally Gaming International, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Jenner & Block ·
Primary Examiner Jessica J. Harrison ·
Application Number US7763924
Filing date 09/23/1991
Issue date 07/04/1995
Predicted expiration date 09/23/2011
U.S. Classifications 273/138.A  ·
International Classifications A63F 924  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 273138 A;143 R;138 R;85 CP;85 G;434;DIG. 28;269 ·
28 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

An information and communication system permits communication between gaming machines and a central control system and between a player or operator and a central control system. The system includes a central data processor, a control unit for each gaming machine within the system which is in communication with the central data processor and a user interface which includes a keypad, a card reader and a display. A user interface is secured to each gaming machine and operatively connected to the control unit. The keypad can be used by a player or operator to transmit information to the central data processor. The control unit can be used to identify special players and transmits messages, including promotional messages, for display. The control unit includes memory which contains personality data for the gaming machine and can be used to transmit the personality data from the user interface to its memory. The control unit can accept personality data from a card inserted into the card reader and can be enabled by a personal identification number entered on the keypad. The system provides multiple features including automated maintenance, game accounting, security, player tracking, event tracking, employee/player interaction from the game to the central data processor, cashless operation of gaming machines, reserving gaming machines and other functions.

Independent Claims | See all claims (28)

  1. 1. An information and communication system for use with a player controlled gaming machine comprising:a central data processor;control means located within said gaming machine for communicating between said central data processor and the gaming machine; andan interface unit, separate and additional to the gaming machine, including a keypad, a card reader and a display secured to the gaming machine and operatively connected to said control means wherein said keypad transmits player generated information to said central data processor.
  2. 9. An information and communication system for use with a gaming machine comprising:a central data processor;control means located within said gaming machine for communicating between said central data processor and the gaming machine; andan interface unit including a keypad, a card reader and a display secured to the gaming machine and operatively connected to said control means, said control means include reservation means for permitting said keypad to be used by a player to reserve the gaming machine.
  3. 11. An information and communication system for use with a gaming machine comprising:a central data processor;control means located within said gaming machine for communicating between said central data processor and the gaming machine; andan interface unit including a keypad, a card reader and a display secured to the gaming machine and operatively connected to said control means wherein said control means is responsive to a card inserted in said card reader to identify special players to said central data processor.
  4. 12. An information and communication system for use with a gaming machine comprising:a central data processor;control means located within said gaming machine for communicating between said central data processor and the gaming machine; andan interface unit including a keypad, a card reader and a display secured to the gaming machine and operatively connected to said control means wherein said control means includes means for transmitting messages from said central data processor to said display.
  5. 14. An information and communication system for use with a gaming machine comprising:a central data processor;control means located within said gaming machine for communicating between said central data processor and the gaming machine; andan interface unit including a keypad, a card reader and a display secured to the gaming machine and operatively connected to said control means wherein said control means includes a memory and includes means for transmitting personality data from said card reader to said memory.
  6. 15. An information and communication system for use with a gaming machine comprising:a central data processor;control means located within said gaming machine for communicating between said central data processor and the gaming machine; andan interface unit including a keypad, a card reader and a display secured to the gaming machine and operatively connected to said control means wherein said control means includes cashless means which responds to a credit card inserted into said card reader for generating a request for a personal identification number to be displayed on said display; receiving a personal identification number and a credit amount from said keypad; transmitting said personal identification and said credit amount to said central data processor and displaying said amount on said display.
  7. 23. An information system for use with a gaming machine comprising:an interface unit including a keypad, a card reader and a display secured to the gaming machine;control means located within said gaming machine for transmitting information between said interface unit and said gaming machine wherein said control means includes reservation means for permitting a player to use said interface unit to reserve the gaming machine.
  8. 28.28. An information system for use with a gaming machine comprising:an interface unit including a keypad, a card reader and a display secured to the gaming machine;control means located within said gaming machine for transmitting information between said interface unit and said gaming machine;a light source secured to said interface unit responsive to signals from said control means to display a visible signal indicating a predetermined type of player.

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