(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2002/0094871 Al
Luciano, JR. et al. (43) Pub. Date: Jul. 18,2002
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Continuation-in-part of application No. 09/742,679, filed on Dec. 20, 2000.
(51) Int. CI.7 A63F 9/24
(52) U.S. CI 463/43; 463/16; 463/29; 463/42
A system and method for maintaining player's game state (award credits, partial award states, and non-award or noncredit states) in a gaming environment is disclosed. In particular, the player may restore the game state from previously played games either from the same game device or from another game device. The invention also provides for award redemption of the award credits (or game pieces) earned by a player during game play.