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Gaming device having a symbol covering feature

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Janna B-Jensen

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

The present invention relates to a gaming device and method including a covering feature. The gaming device and method includes a game using a plurality of video or virtual reels, or cards, or numbers. The device rearranges the reels, cards, or numbers, randomizing, alternating or rearranging the symbols, images, or numbers thereon, then displays the newly randomized or rearranged symbols, images, or numbers. Preferably, before the newly randomized or rearranged symbols are displayed, the gaming device obscures the reels, or cards, or numbers using a cover and provides certain movements including an exhibition, preferably related to the theme of the game. The cover is used to obscure the random event, while the exhibition entertains the player.

Description

Other objects, features and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following detailed disclosure, taken in conjunction with the accompanying sheets of drawings, wherein like numerals refer to like parts, elements, components, steps and processes.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIGS. 1A and 1B are front plan views of alternative embodiments of the gaming device of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a schematic block diagram of the electronic configuration of one embodiment of the gaming device of the present invention;

FIG. 3 is a flow diagram of one embodiment of the present invention;

FIGS. 4A,

4B,

4C and

4D are top plan views of one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 5 is a top plan view of another embodiment of the present invention; and

FIGS. 6A and 6B are top plan views of another embodiment of the present invention.

Claims

1. A gaming device comprising:

2. The gaming device of claim 1, wherein the controller includes means for randomly altering the arrangement of the symbols.

3. The gaming device of claim 1, wherein the display device includes a video monitor.

4. The gaming device of claim 1, wherein the screen covers a portion of a plurality of the symbols during the display of the rearrangement of the symbols.

5. The gaming device of claim 1, wherein the screen covers a portion of each of the symbols during the display of the rearrangement of the symbols.

6. The gaming device of claim 1, wherein the screen covers all of a plurality of the symbols during the display of the rearrangement of the symbols.

7. The gaming device of claim 1, wherein the screen covers all of the each of the symbols during the display of the rearrangement of the symbols.

8. The gaming device of claim 1, wherein the screen covers at least a portion of the symbols by beginning at one edge of the display device and moving towards another edge of the display device.

9. The gaming device of claim 1, wherein the screen forms a pattern that covers at least a portion of the symbols.

10. A gaming device comprising:

11. The gaming device of claim 10, wherein the display means displays the first and second sets of symbols on a plurality of reels.

12. The gaming device of claim 10, wherein the display means includes a video monitor.

13. The gaming device of claim 12, wherein the video monitor includes a touch screen.

14. The gaming device of claim 10, wherein the obscuring means provides an exhibition to a player that emulates movement.

15. The gaming device of claim 10, wherein the obscuring means covers a portion of a plurality of the symbols during the display of the rearrangement of the symbols.

16. The gaming device of claim 10, wherein the obscuring means obscures a portion of each of the symbols during the display of the rearrangement of the symbols.

17. The gaming device of claim 10, wherein the obscuring means obscures all of each of the symbols during the display of the rearrangement of the symbols.

18. The gaming device of claim 10, wherein the plurality of symbols are symbols of a game selected from the group consisting of: a keno game, a bingo game and a lotto game.

19. The gaming device of claim 10, wherein the obscuring means obscures the symbols by beginning at one edge of the displaying means and moving towards another edge of the displaying means.

20. The gaming device of claim 10, wherein the obscuring means forms a pattern that obscures the symbols.

21. A method for operating a gaming device comprising the steps of:

22. The method of claim 21, which includes repeating steps (b) through (d) until the occurrence of a predetermined event.

23. The method of claim 21, wherein covering the reels includes providing an exhibition that emulates movement.

24. The method of claim 21, which includes spinning said reels to randomly determine a new combination of symbols.

25. The method of claim 24, wherein the step of covering at least one of the reels includes uncovering the reels immediately before the reels stop spinning.

26. The method of claim 21, which includes covering all of the reels.

27. The method of claim 21, which includes covering at least two of said reels.

28. The method of claim 21, wherein the plurality of reels with symbols are part of a bonus scheme of the gaming device.

29. A method for operating a gaming device comprising the steps of;

30. The method of claim 29, wherein the cards are used in a video poker game.

31. The method of claim 29, wherein the step of determining a new combination of cards includes determining a new number on at least one card.

32. A gaming device comprising:

33. The gaming device of claim 32, wherein the first and second sets of symbols include a plurality of slot machine reels.

34. The gaming device of claim 32, wherein the cover begins at one edge of the display device and moves towards another edge of the display device.

35. The gaming device of claim 32, wherein the cover forms a pattern.

36. The gaming device of claim 32, wherein the cover leaves a portion of a plurality of the symbols visible during the display of the rearrangement of the symbols.

37. The gaming device of claim 32, wherein the cover leaves a portion of each of the symbols visible during the display of the rearrangement of the symbols.

38. The gaming device of claim 32, wherein the cover leaves all of a plurality of the symbols visible during the display of the rearrangement of the symbols.

39. A gaming device comprising:

40. The gaming device of claim 39, wherein the exhibition includes a visual representation of a person, place or thing at rest or in motion.

41. The gaming device of claim 39, wherein the exhibition includes at least one of: an animation and a motion picture.

42. The gaming device of claim 39, wherein the exhibition begins at one edge of the displaying means and moves towards another edge of the displaying means.

43. The gaming device of claim 39, wherein the exhibition forms a pattern.

44. The gaming device of claim 39, wherein the exhibition leaves a portion of a plurality of the symbols visible during the display of the rearrangement of the symbols.

45. The gaming device of claim 39, wherein the exhibition leaves a portion of each of the symbols visible during the display of the rearrangement of the symbols.

46. The gaming device of claim 39, wherein the exhibition leaves all of a plurality of the symbols visible during the display of the rearrangement of the symbols.

47. A method of operating a gaming device comprising the steps of:

48. The method of claim 47, wherein the steps (a) to (c) are provided via a data network.

49. The method of claim 48, wherein the data network is an internet.

50. The method of claim 47, which includes displaying the exhibition and a portion of a plurality of the symbols during the rearrangement of the first set of symbols.

51. The method of claim 47, which includes displaying the exhibition and a portion of each of the symbols during the rearrangement of the first set of symbols.

52. The method of claim 47, which includes displaying the exhibition and all of a plurality of the symbols during the rearrangement of the first set of symbols.

53. A method of operating a gaming device comprising the steps of:

54. The method of claim 53, wherein covering all of the rearrangement includes displaying a pattern.

55. The method of claim 53, wherein the steps (a) to (e) are provided via a data network.

56. The method of claim 55, wherein the data network is an internet.

57. A method of operating a gaming device comprising the steps of:

58. The method of claim 57, wherein the steps (a) to (d) are provided via a data network.

59. The method of claim 57, wherein the data network is an internet.

60. The method of claim 57, which includes covering at least a portion of a plurality of the symbols during the rearrangement of the first set of symbols.

61. The method of claim 57, which includes covering at least a portion of each of the symbols during the rearrangement of the first set of symbols.

62. The method of claim 57, which includes covering all of a plurality of the symbols during the rearrangement of the first set of symbols.

63. A gaming device comprising: