Mobile gaming device carrying out uninterrupted game despite communications link disruption

  • US 9,159,189 B2
  • Filed: 04/11/2013
  • Issued: 10/13/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/13/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A remote gaming method comprising:

  • establishing a wireless communications link between a mobile gaming device, operated by a player, and a stationary gaming terminal that carries out a gaming program;

    receiving player control signals by the gaming terminal from the mobile gaming device to initiate a game;

    displaying game animation on the mobile gaming device for the game conveying to the player that the game is presently occurring;

    carrying out the game by the gaming terminal, including determining a final outcome of the game and any award for the outcome;

    transmitting signals from the gaming terminal to the mobile gaming device identifying the final outcome of the game and the award;

    stopping the game animation for the game and displaying, by the mobile gaming device, the final outcome of the game and the award;

    in the event of a communications link failure between the mobile gaming device and the gaming terminal during the game, prior to receiving the signals by the mobile gaming device identifying the final outcome of the game and the award but after the game animation for the game has begun, performing the method comprising;

    extending the game animation for the game by the mobile gaming device during the communications link failure beyond a typical time for the game until the communications link has been re-established; and

    once the communication link has been re-established, transmitting the signals to the mobile gaming device identifying the final outcome of the game and the award, stopping the game animation for the game, and displaying, by the mobile gaming device, the final outcome of the game and the award, such that the game perceived by the player is not interrupted during the communications link failure.

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