Network based control of remote system for enabling, disabling, and controlling gaming

  • US 10,347,076 B2
  • Filed: 11/02/2015
  • Issued: 07/09/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/25/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An apparatus for supporting multiple electronic gaming devices, the apparatus comprising:

  • at least one processor;

    a memory electronically coupled to the at least processor and having software instructions stored thereon that when executed by the at least one processor direct the at least one processor to;

    responsive at least in part to an action by an electronic device, receive via a communications network from the electronic device a request to initiate a gaming session, wherein the gaming session enables the electronic device to play one or more of a plurality of game activities via the electronic device;

    in connection with initiating the gaming session, receive via the communications network from the electronic device location data;

    based at least in part on the received location data, determine whether the electronic device is located within a predefined area from which gaming is permitted or is located in the predefined area from which gaming is not permitted;

    when the electronic device is located within the predefined area from which gaming is not permitted, communicate game disablement information via the communications network to the electronic device, wherein the game disablement information causes the electronic device to be configured such that the electronic device is not able to play the game activities via the electronic device; and

    when the electronic device is located within the predefined area from which gaming is permitted;

    cause network connectivity of the electronic device to be configured to disable a connection to the Internet while wager information associated with the gaming activities are being transferred from the electronic device; and

    initiate the gaming session.

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