Method and system for funding and awarding bonuses in a gaming environment

  • US 20030013513A1
  • Filed: 09/27/2001
  • Published: 01/16/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/10/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A bonus system associated with a gaming system including at least one gaming device, the gaming device arranged to present at least one game for play thereon, comprising:

  • a player tracking device associated with said gaming device, said player tracking device including a card reader, a keypad, and at least one display, said player tracking device configured to receive information regarding said gaming device;

    a player tracking host arranged to store data regarding activities of one or more players of said gaming device;

    a communications link between said player tracking device and said player tracking host over which information is transmitted; and

    a bonus system host, said bonus system host arranged to determine the eligibility of a player to participate in a bonus event, to determine whether an eligible player has won a bonus, and to generate bonus information and transmit said bonus information over said communications link to said player tracking device to a player who has won a bonus.

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