(54) SLOT MACHINE GAME HAVING A PLURALITY OF WAYS TO ISSUE A PERCENTAGE OF A PROGRESSIVE AWARD BASED UPON ANY WAGER LEVEL ("PERCENTAGE PROGRESSIVE")
(75) Inventors: Daniel M. Marks, Brooklyn, NY (US);
Anthony M. Singer, Ringwood, NJ
(US); Howard M. Marks, Westport,
(73) Assignee: IGT, Reno, NV (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 753 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 10/438,323
(22) Filed: May 15, 2003
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2003/0236116 Al Dec. 25, 2003
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 60/380,485, filed on May 15, 2002.
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FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS
GB 2148037 5/1985
* cited by examiner
Primary Examiner—John M. Hotaling, II
Assistant Examiner—Dat Nguyen
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP (57) ABSTRACT
A slot machine issues a percentage of one or more progressive awards based upon any wager level ("Percentage Progressive"). In a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the Percentage Progressive concept operates as follows:
The game displays the total progressive award amount; The player sets the wager;
The game displays a Percentage Progressive value based
upon the wager level; The player presses the spin button; The reels to spin and stop;
The player collects credits for any winning combinations appearing on the reels, including pay table and progressive awards.
In the event of a progressive award, the player receives the Percentage Progressive value*total progressive award amount.
The preferred embodiment of the present invention, therefore, allows players to participate in progressive awards at any wager level.
18 Claims, 5 Drawing Sheets