Gaming machine with interchangeable reel display arrangement

  • US 7,594,852 B2
  • Filed: 04/27/2006
  • Issued: 09/29/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/04/2005
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A slot machine comprising:

  • a housing;

    a plurality of physical symbol-bearing reels mounted in the housing; and

    a display arrangement positioned in front of the reels and interchangeable in the same housing between at least two of the following;

    (i) a display panel without an interior cavity, the display panel having first windows aligned with respective ones of the physical symbol-bearing reels to permit viewing of the physical symbol-bearing reels through the first windows,(ii) a light-guiding panel having an illuminated interior defined by opposing front and rear surfaces, the light-guiding panel having second windows aligned with respective ones of the physical symbol-bearing reels to permit viewing of the symbol-bearing reels through the second windows, the light-guiding panel including an outer edge to receive light from a peripheral light source and transmit the light through the interior, and(iii) a transmissive video display, the transmissive video display having third windows aligned with respective ones of the physical symbol-bearing reels to permit viewing of the symbol-bearing reels through the third windows, the transmissive video display configured to provide video images having levels of transmissivity varying between transparent and opaque;

    whereby any of the display arrangements can be used with the physical symbol-bearing reels.

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