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

  • US 6,620,046 B2
  • Filed: 09/27/2001
  • Issued: 09/16/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/10/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method of providing a bonus to a player of a gaming machine comprising:

  • accepting a wager establishing entitlement of said player to play a game presented at said gaming machine;

    funding a bonus award independent of said wager accepted from said player;

    accepting player identification information at said gaming machine;

    configuring bonus event information regarding a bonus award;

    determining if said player is entitled to participate in said bonus event using at least said player identification information;

    if said player is entitled to participate in said bonus event, determining if said player is a winner of said bonus event based upon one or more criteria for winning said bonus event; and

    if said player is the winner of said bonus event, awarding said bonus award.

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