Time and location based gaming

  • US 10,360,755 B2
  • Filed: 08/15/2007
  • Issued: 07/23/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/25/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An apparatus comprising:

  • at least one processor; and

    at least one memory electronically coupled to the at least one processor, in which the at least one memory stores instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, direct the at least one processor to;

    responsive to a mobile phone device attempting to access a gaming system via a communications network to start a gaming session, determine that the device is located in a predefined location in which the gaming session is permitted to occur,wherein the mobile phone device is permitted to engage in at least a first activity as part of the gaming system when the device is located in the predefined location,wherein the gaming system is controlled by a gaming service provider that provides, as part of the gaming system, a gaming application to the mobile phone device, wherein the gaming application is configured to reside on the device such that the device is pre-programmed with the gaming application, and wherein the mobile phone device accesses the gaming system by launching the gaming application on the device, and wherein if the mobile phone device participates in at least the first activity for at least a predetermined amount of time, the mobile phone device is enabled to participate in at least a second activity;

    permit the mobile phone device to engage in at least the first activity based at least in part on determining that the device is located in the predefined location,wherein to permit the mobile phone device to engage in at least the first activity includes to cause network connectivity of the device to be configured to disable a connection to the Internet while wager information associated with the first activity or the second activity is being received from the mobile phone device, ensure wagers that are associated with the at least the first activity and that are received by the gaming system from the device originate from within boundaries of the predefined location from which the gaming session is permitted to occur and not from outside the boundaries of the predefined location;

    determine that the mobile phone device participates in at least the first activity for at least the predetermined amount of time; and

    as a result of determining that the mobile phone device participates in at least the first activity for at least the predetermined amount of time, enable the mobile phone device to participate in the second activity.

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