CN1842826A - An apparatus and method for awarding a prize - Google Patents

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CN1842826A
CN1842826A CN 200480024774 CN200480024774A CN1842826A CN 1842826 A CN1842826 A CN 1842826A CN 200480024774 CN200480024774 CN 200480024774 CN 200480024774 A CN200480024774 A CN 200480024774A CN 1842826 A CN1842826 A CN 1842826A
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Apparatus (1) and associated methods are disclosed for determining the award of a plurality of prizes having respective prize values. The apparatus includes memory (2) for storing data indicative of a current prize value; an input device (3) being responsive to input signals from a respective plurality of gaming terminals (4) for providing an increment signal; a controller (5) for defining a prize value between upper and lower prize values and for incrementing an accumulated value toward the current prize value in response to the increment signal; a comparator (7) being responsive to the current prize value and the accumulated value for determining if the current prize value is to be awarded and, if so, generating an award signal that actuates the controller (5) to define a second prize value. Methods are disclosed in which, upon payment of a prize, the accumulated value is reset to the prize value or the upper or lower prize value and in which subsequent prize values are selected between a preceding prize value and either the upper prize value or the lower prize value.

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用于颁发奖金的装置和方法 Apparatus and method for offering prizes

技术领域 FIELD

本发明涉及用于颁发奖金的装置和方法。 The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for issuing bonus.

本发明主要是为与博奕场所中的多个连环博奕机一起使用而开发的,并且以下将参照此应用进行描述。 The present invention is primarily for use with a plurality of gaming properties of gaming machines chain developed, and will be described with reference to this application. 然而,本发明并不限于上述特定使用领域,并且适合与联机博彩、遍布在多个博奕场所中的博奕机、洛托、赌注式台球、彩票、福利彩票(art union)、宾果、抽彩以及在具有有限发生概率的结果上押注一个或多个赌注的其它博奕活动一起使用。 However, the present invention is not limited to the specific field of use, and is suitable for online gaming, gaming machines throughout a plurality of properties of gaming, lotto, bet billiards, lottery, lottery welfare (art union), bingo, lottery as well as with results with a limited betting on the probability of occurrence of one or more other gaming bet activity.

背景技术 Background technique

众所周知,把博奕机“联系起来”可以提供许多附加功能性。 As we all know, the gaming machine "linked" can provide a lot of additional functionality. 包括控制奖金发放的能力,这是因为奖池比较大,并且可用基金是已知的,不需要进行估计。 Bonuses include the ability to control, because the prize pool is relatively large, and the available funds are known, do not need to be estimated. 连环博奕机的另一个功能性是二次博奕。 Another feature of the chain is a secondary gaming machine gaming. 例如,对于一组连环博奕机,中央显示屏为博奕者提供当前的累积奖金的直观指示,其中当博奕者操纵连环博奕机时,当前的累积奖金会逐渐增加。 For example, for a serial set of gaming machines, the central display provides a visual indication of the current jackpot gaming is who manipulates wherein when the gaming chain gaming machines, the current jackpot will gradually increase. 博奕者熟知当奖金达到不超过预定值的一个随机选定值时,会发放奖金。 Game time when the bonus reaches a person familiar with randomly selected value does not exceed a predetermined value, will be paid a bonus. 通常,利用显示屏以可视方式向博奕者显示该预定值。 Typically, the display screen using the predetermined value to the gaming who visually.

使用此类功能性是为了给博奕者提供额外刺激,以使他们参与博奕,从而除相应博奕机发放的奖金之外,可以赢取累积奖金。 The use of such functionality is intended to provide additional stimulus to the Game who, in order to enable them to participate in gaming, gaming machines so that in addition to the corresponding bonuses, you can win the jackpot. 然而,由于博奕者不断采用先进技术并且逐渐完善其博奕方法,大大降低了人们对累积奖金的兴趣。 However, since the Game's use of advanced technology and the gradual improvement of its gaming method, greatly reducing the interest in the jackpot.

本说明书内的现有技术的论述是为了帮助收件人理解本发明,不是承认发明领域内的一般常识的范围,并且说明书包含现有技术的描述而不带任何偏见。 Discussion of the prior art in this specification is to assist the addressee understand the present invention, the range is not an admission of the common general knowledge in the field of invention and the prior art contains a description of the specification without any bias.

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本发明的目的在于克服或至少充分改善现有技术的一个或多个缺点,或至少提供一个有用的选择方案。 Object of the present invention to overcome or at least substantially ameliorate one or more disadvantages of the prior art, or at least provide a useful alternative.

根据本发明的第一方面,提供用于确定具有相应奖金额的多个奖金的发放的装置,该装置包括:存储器,用于存储表示当前奖金额的数据;输入设备,响应来自相应的多个博奕终端的输入信号,以提供增量信号;控制器,把当前奖金额定义为第一奖金额,并响应该增量信号以便朝着当前奖金额的方向增加累积值;以及比较器,响应当前奖金额和累积值以便确定是否发放当前奖金额,若是,则生成一个发奖信号,该信号促使控制器把当前奖金额定义为第二奖金额。 According to a first aspect of the present invention, there is provided having means for determining a plurality of respective prize money amount of the payment, the apparatus comprising: a memory for storing data representing the current prize money; an input device, a response from a corresponding plurality of Game terminal input signal to provide an increment signal; and a controller, the current prize fund is defined as a first prize money, and in response to the increment signal so as to increase the current accumulated value toward the prize amount; and a comparator, responsive to current Award amount and the accumulated value in order to determine whether to issue the current prize money, and if so, generating a prize-giving signal that causes the controller to the current prize money is defined as the second prize amount.

更可取地,奖金额属于较高奖金额和较低奖金额之间的范围内,并且存储器包含用来表示较高奖金额和较低奖金额的数据。 Preferably, within the scope of prize money between the higher and lower prize money prize money, and a memory containing data used to represent higher and lower prize money prize amount. 更可取地,控制器响应较高奖金额和较低奖金额以确定第二奖金额。 Preferably, the controller is responsive to the higher and lower prize money prize money to determine a second payout. 亦即,控制器顺序确定奖金额,然后更新存储器中的数据以反映最新的确定:当前奖金额。 That is, the controller determines the order of prize money, and then update the data in the memory to reflect the latest determine: The current prize money. 更可取地,确定奖金额以便交替属于:当前奖金额和较高奖金额之间;以及当前的优先奖金额和较低奖金额之间。 Preferably, the prize money is determined so as to alternately belong: the prize money between the current and the higher prize money; between the current and the low priority and prize money payout.

在其它实施方式中,在确定发放当前奖金额时,把累积值复位为较高奖金额和较低奖金额中的一个。 In other embodiments, when determining the payment of the current prize money, the accumulated value is reset to a higher and lower prize amount of prize money. 更可取地,把累积值交替复位为较高奖金额和较低奖金额。 Preferably, the cumulative value is reset to alternately higher and lower prize money payout.

同时,更可取地,终端为相应的博奕机。 At the same time, Preferably, the corresponding terminal is a gaming machine. 然而,在其它实施方式中,终端为计算机设备,如独立的台式计算机。 However, in other embodiments, the terminal is a computer device, such as a stand-alone desktop computer. 更可取地,经由支持web的接口或其它联机接口,连接台式计算机和这些装置。 Preferably, via a web-interface or other online interface to connect these devices and desktop computers. 在其它实施方式中,终端为博奕机和联机计算设备。 In other embodiments, the terminal is a computing device and online gaming machines.

在优选方式中,该装置包括支付设备,该设备响应增量信号和发奖信号,选择要向其发放奖金的终端。 In a preferred embodiment, the apparatus includes a payment device, the device in response to signals and incremental signal awards, to select a terminal to which the bonus payment. 更可取地,每个终端均包括博奕余额和支付设备,一旦选择该终端,就把相应的博奕余额记入贷方。 Preferably, each gaming terminal includes a payment device balances and, upon selection of the terminal, the corresponding put credited gaming balance. 更可取地,支付设备依据累积值把博奕余额记入贷方。 Preferably, the payment device based on the cumulative value of the gaming balance credited.

更可取地,该装置包括显示驱动程序,以便为使用终端的人员提供累积值的直观指示。 Preferably, the apparatus includes a display driver to provide a visual indication of cumulative values ​​is to use the terminal. 在终端为博奕机的博奕场所中,显示驱动程序为专用硬件和软件设备,该设备驱动位于该场所内的显著位置的LED显示器。 Gaming terminal to place gaming machines, the display driver software and dedicated hardware device, the device driver is located in the prominent position of the LED display property. 在其它实施方式中,把LED显示器替换为一个或多个彼此隔开的等离子屏幕、视频投影仪、电视监控器或其它显示设备。 In other embodiments, the LED display is the replacement of one or more spaced apart plasma screen, a video projector, a television monitor or other display device. 可以理解,博奕机通常包括专用博奕显示器,以便为博奕者提供有关博奕进展的直观反馈。 It will be appreciated, gaming machines typically include dedicated gaming display to provide visual feedback on the progress of those gaming is gaming. 在某些实施方式中,由专用博奕显示器提供显示设备。 In certain embodiments, the display apparatus provided by the dedicated gaming display.

在终端为诸如个人计算机之类的远程联网计算设备的实施方式中,显示驱动程序被编码到通信协议中。 In the embodiment, the terminal is networked computing device such as a remote personal computer, the display driver is encoded into a communication protocol. 例如,对于基于web的传送,驱动程序是以HTML的方式提供的,并且是网页的一部分,或者使用显示内容的其它方法向终端传送博奕活动。 For example, web-based transmission, the driver is provided by way of HTML, and is part of a web page, or other display method using the content transmitted to the terminal gaming activities. 在其它实施方式中,使用选择性的语言。 In other embodiments, the selective use of language.

同时,更可取地,驱动程序向使用终端的人员提供以下数据中的一个或多个的直观指示:较高奖金额;较低奖金额;以及累积值正在朝着较高奖金额的方向还是朝着较低奖金额的方向增加。 At the same time, Preferably, the driver provides a visual indication of the following data to the one or more terminals to use: the higher prize money; lower prize money; and the accumulated value is higher or the direction toward the prize amount the direction of increasing significantly lower award amount.

在优选方式中,比较器是控制器的一部分。 In a preferred embodiment, the comparator is a part of the controller. 然而,在其它实施方式中,两个组件是独立实现的。 However, in other embodiments, the two separate components is achieved.

根据本发明的第二方面,提供用于确定具有相应奖金额的多个奖金的发放的装置,其中奖金额在较高奖金额和较低奖金额之间,该装置包括:存储器,用于存储表示当前奖金额的数据;输入设备,响应来自相应的多个博奕终端的输入信号,以提供增量信号;控制器,把当前奖金额定义为第一奖金额,并响应该增量信号以便朝着当前奖金额的方向增加累积值,从而第一奖金额位于累积值和较高奖金额以及累积值和较低奖金额中的一个之间;以及比较器,响应当前奖金额和累积值以便确定是否发放当前奖金额,若是,则生成一个发奖信号,该信号促使控制器把当前奖金额定义为第二奖金额,从而第二奖金额位于累积值和较高奖金额以及累积值和较低奖金额中的另一个之间。 According to a second aspect of the present invention, there is provided having means for determining a plurality of respective prize money amount of the payment, wherein the amount of prize money between the higher and lower prize money prize, the apparatus comprising: a memory for storing data indicative of the current prize money; an input device, in response to input signals from a respective plurality of gaming terminals to provide incremental signal; and a controller, the current prize fund is defined as a first prize money, and in response to the increment signal toward the current direction of the increase in the cumulative value of the prize money, so that the first and the prize money is located higher win amount accumulated value and the accumulated value of the prize money and the lower one between; and a comparator responsive to the current prize value in order to determine the cumulative amount and whether to grant the current prize money, and if yes, generate awards a signal which causes the controller to the current prize fund is defined as a second prize money, so that the second and the prize money is located higher prize money accumulated value and the accumulated value and lower another prize money in between.

在优选实施方式中,交替奖金额导致累积值以交替方式向上增长和向下增长。 In a preferred embodiment, the prize money alternately alternating manner results in the accumulation value grows downward and upward growth. 亦即,确定奖金额以便交替属于:当前奖金额和较高奖金额之间;以及当前的优先奖金额和较低奖金额之间。 That is, in order to determine the prize money belongs alternately: between a current and a higher prize money prize money; between the current and the low priority and prize money payout.

在其它实施方式中,在确定发放当前奖金额时,把累积值复位为较高奖金额和较低奖金额中的一个。 In other embodiments, when determining the payment of the current prize money, the accumulated value is reset to a higher and lower prize amount of prize money. 更可取地,把累积值交替复位为较高奖金额和较低奖金额。 Preferably, the cumulative value is reset to alternately higher and lower prize money payout.

根据本发明的第三方面,提供用于确定具有相应奖金额的多个奖金的发放的装置,其中奖金额在较高奖金额和较低奖金额之间,该装置包括:存储器,用于存储表示当前奖金额的数据;输入设备,响应来自相应的多个博奕终端的输入信号,以提供增量信号;控制器,把当前奖金额定义为第一奖金额,并且把累积值定义为较高奖金额或较低奖金额中的一个,控制器响应该增量信号以便朝着当前奖金额的方向增加累积值;以及比较器,响应当前奖金额和累积值以便确定是否发放当前奖金额,若是,则生成一个发奖信号,该信号促使控制器把当前奖金额定义为第二奖金额,并且把累积值复位为较高奖金额或较低奖金额中的另一个。 According to a third aspect of the present invention, there is provided having means for determining a plurality of respective prize money amount of the payment, wherein the amount of prize money between the higher and lower prize money prize, the apparatus comprising: a memory for storing data indicative of the current prize money; an input device, in response to input signals from a respective plurality of gaming terminals to provide incremental signal; and a controller, the current prize money amount is defined as a first prize, and the cumulative value is defined as a higher prize money or prize money in a lower, the controller in response to the increment signal so as to increase the current accumulated value toward the prize amount; and a comparator, and in response to the current prize money in order to determine whether to issue a cumulative value of the current prize money, if , awards generating a signal which causes the controller to the current prize fund is defined as a second prize money, the accumulated value is reset and another higher or lower amount of prize money in the prize.

根据本发明的第四方面,提供用于确定具有相应奖金额的多个奖金的发放的方法,该方法包括:存储表示当前奖金额的数据; According to a fourth aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method for determining a prize pool having a respective plurality of bonus payment, the method comprising: storing data indicative of the current prize money;

响应来自相应的多个博奕终端的输入信号,以提供增量信号;提供控制器,以便把当前奖金额定义为第一奖金额,并响应该增量信号以便朝着当前奖金额的方向增加累积值;以及响应当前奖金额和累积值以便确定是否发放当前奖金额,若是,则生成一个发奖信号,该信号促使控制器把当前奖金额定义为第二奖金额。 Responsive to input signals from the respective plurality of gaming terminals to provide increment signal; providing a controller, the prize money to the current amount is defined as a first prize, and the increment signal in response to the direction of the current increase in the cumulative award amount values; and in response to the current prize amounts and the cumulative value to determine if the current prize money paid, and if yes, generate awards a signal which causes the controller to the current prize money defined as a second prize money.

根据本发明的第五方面,提供用于确定具有相应奖金额的多个奖金的发放的方法,其中奖金额在较高奖金额和较低奖金额之间,该方法包括:存储表示当前奖金额的数据;响应来自相应的多个博奕终端的输入信号,以提供增量信号;提供控制器,以便把当前奖金额定义为第一奖金额,并响应该增量信号以便朝着当前奖金额的方向增加累积值,从而第一奖金额位于累积值和较高奖金额以及累积值和较低奖金额中的一个之间;以及响应当前奖金额和累积值以便确定是否发放当前奖金额,若是,则生成一个发奖信号,该信号促使控制器把当前奖金额定义为第二奖金额,从而第二奖金额位于累积值和较高奖金额以及累积值和较低奖金额中的另一个之间。 According to a fifth aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method for determining a plurality of payment having respective bonus prize amount, wherein the prize money between the higher and lower prize money prize money, the method comprising: storing the current prize money represented data; responsive to input signals from the respective plurality of gaming terminals to provide increment signal; providing a controller, to the current prize fund is defined as a first prize money, and in response to the increment signal to the current prize amount toward the direction of increase in the cumulative value, so that the first and the prize money is located higher prize money accumulated value and the accumulated value of the prize money and the lower one between; and in response to the current prize amounts and the cumulative value to determine if the current prize money paid, and if so, awards generating a signal which causes the controller to the current prize fund is defined as a second prize amount, whereby the second is located between the other prize money accumulated value and the accumulated prize money and higher and lower values ​​of the prize money .

根据本发明的第六方面,提供用于确定具有相应奖金额的多个奖金的发放的方法,其中奖金额在较高奖金额和较低奖金额之间,该方法包括:存储表示当前奖金额的数据;响应来自相应的多个博奕终端的输入信号,以提供增量信号;提供控制器,以便把当前奖金额定义为第一奖金额,并且把累积值定义为较高奖金额或较低奖金额中的一个;响应该增量信号以便朝着当前奖金额的方向增加累积值;以及响应当前奖金额和累积值以便确定是否发放当前奖金额,若是,则生成一个发奖信号,该信号促使控制器把当前奖金额定义为第二奖金额,并且把累积值复位为较高奖金额或较低奖金额中的另一个。 According to a sixth aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method for determining a plurality of payment having respective bonus prize amount, wherein the prize money between the higher and lower prize money prize money, the method comprising: storing the current prize money represented data; responsive to input signals from the respective plurality of gaming terminals to provide increment signal; providing a controller, the prize money to the current amount is defined as a first prize, and the cumulative value is defined as a higher or lower value payout a prize money amount; increment signal in response to the accumulated value in order to increase the amount in the direction of the current prize; and in response to the current prize amounts and the cumulative value to determine if the current prize money paid, and if yes, generating a signal awards, the signal causes the controller to the current prize fund is defined as a second prize money, the accumulated value is reset and another higher or lower amount of prize money in the prize.

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以下参照附图举例说明本发明的首选实施方式,其中图1是包含根据本发明的装置的博奕网络的示意图;图2是图1所示装置的详细示意图;图3是利用图2所示的装置驱动的显示屏的示意图;图4是图3所示的显示屏的另一个示意图;以及图5是包含根据本发明的装置的联机博奕网络的示意图。 It illustrates the preferred embodiment of the present invention with reference to the accompanying drawings, wherein FIG 1 is a schematic diagram of the gaming device of the network according to the present invention comprises; FIG. 2 is a detailed schematic of the apparatus shown in FIG. 1; FIG. 3 is shown in FIG. 2 a schematic view of the display device is driven; FIG. 4 is another schematic illustration of the display shown in FIG. 3; and FIG. 5 is a schematic diagram of an online gaming network device according to the present invention comprises.

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参照图2,该图提供用于确定具有相应的奖金额的多个奖金的发放的装置1。 Referring to FIG. 2, which provides a means for determining a respective plurality having issued the amount of the bonus prize. 装置1包括其形式为固态存储器2的存储器,用于存储表示当前奖金额的数据。 Apparatus 1 comprises a memory in the form of solid state memory 2 for storing data indicative of the current prize amount. 其形式为接口卡3的输入设备响应来自图1所示的相应的多个博奕终端4的输入信号,以提供增量信号。 In the form of input interface card device 3 in response to input signals from a respective plurality of gaming terminals 1 shown in FIG. 4, to provide incremental signals. 其形式为安装在主板6上的CPU 5的控制器把当前奖金额定义为第一奖金额,并且响应增量信号,以便朝着当前奖金额的方向增加累积值。 In the form of CPU 6 mounted on the motherboard of the current controller 5 is defined as a first prize money prize money, and in response to the increment signal so as to increase the current accumulated value toward the prize amount. 其形式为主板6上的局部处理器7的比较器响应当前奖金额和累积值以便确定是否发放当前奖金额,若是,则生成一个发奖信号,该信号促使CPU 5把当前奖金额定义为第二奖金额。 6 on the main board in the form of a local processor in response to the current comparator 7, and the accumulated value of the prize money in order to determine whether to issue the current prize money, and if yes, generate awards a signal which causes the current CPU 5 is defined as the first prize money Second Prize amount.

在其它实施方式中,插卡3是一个网卡,其目的是从多个博奕设备中检索合适信息,这些设备或者是独立的博奕机,或者是运行博奕软件的个人计算机等。 In other embodiments, the card 3 is a card, and an object is to retrieve the appropriate information from the plurality of gaming devices, these devices or a separate gaming machine, or running a personal computer gaming software.

奖金额位于较高奖金额和较低奖金额之间的范围内,同时,存储器2包含用来表示较高奖金额和较低奖金额的数据。 Prize money in the range between the lower and higher prize money prize money, at the same time, the memory 2 contains the data used to represent higher and lower prize money prize amount. CPU 5选择访问存储器2,并且响应较高奖金额和较低奖金额以确定第二奖金额。 2 Select CPU 5 accesses the memory, and in response to high and low prize money prize money to determine a second payout. 亦即,在本实施方式中,奖金额并不完全是预先确定的。 That is, in the present embodiment, the prize money is not entirely determined in advance. 相反,CPU 5顺序确定奖金额,然后更新存储器2中的数据以反映最新最新的确定:当前奖金额。 Instead, CPU 5 determines the order of prize money, and then update the data in the memory 2 to reflect the latest date to determine: The current prize money. CPU 5遵循的规则是,确定奖金额以便交替属于:当前奖金额和较高奖金额之间;以及当前的优先奖金额和较低奖金额之间。 CPU 5 rule to follow is to determine the prize money in order to alternately belong: among the current higher prize money and prize money; and the current priority between prize money and a lower payout.

主板6包括通信总线9,目的是方便所示的各种计算组件之间的通信。 Board 6 includes a communication bus 9, the purpose of communication between the various computing components illustrated conveniently.

应该理解,图2完全是示意性的,目的是帮助熟练的收件人理解装置1提供的功能性以及所示的组件之间的交互。 It should be appreciated that FIG. 2 is a fully schematic intended to help the skilled addressee interaction between the functional device 1 and the components shown provide understanding. 可以理解,根据本文的学说,可以用其它方式实现上述功能性和交互。 It will be appreciated, in accordance with the doctrine herein, may be other ways to achieve the above functionality and interaction. 例如,为清晰起见,在本实施方式中比较器7的功能性与CPU 5的功能性是分开的。 For example, for clarity, described in the present embodiment the functionality of the functionality of the CPU 5 and the comparator 7 are separate. 然而,实际上,CPU 5可以执行两个功能。 However, in practice, CPU 5 can perform two functions.

插卡3为专用硬件设备,并且通过外部通信总线10与总线9相连。 3 card dedicated hardware device and connected to the communication bus 10 via the external bus 9. 这些总线示意性地表示多个数字线。 These buses schematically showing a plurality of digital lines. 在某些实施方式中,除数字线之外,总线10还包括用于视频和音频的一条或多条模拟线。 In certain embodiments, in addition to the digit line, bus 10 further comprising one or more analog line for video and audio.

正如图1所示,终端4为相应的博奕机,它们共同位于单一博奕场所11内。 As the terminal 4 of a respective gaming machine shown in FIG. 1, 11 are co-located within a single gaming property. 尽管仅仅显示了4个终端,但是通常有更多终端,装置1通常连接10个终端。 Although only four terminals, but more usually the terminal apparatus 1 is normally connected to the terminal 10. 当需要连接更多数目的终端时,可以使用装置1的结构网络。 When the need to connect a greater number of terminals, the network may use the structure of apparatus 1. 为此,装置1包括图2所示的网卡或通信卡15。 For this purpose, apparatus 1 comprises a card 2 shown in FIG. 15 or the communication card. 在某些实施方式中,插卡15用于无线通信。 In certain embodiments, the card 15 for wireless communication.

通常把终端4排列成组或行,以便博奕者容易接近。 Usually arranged in groups or terminal 4 rows, are readily accessible for gaming. 每个终端均包括一个专用接口卡(未示出),以便向10Mb/s的5类通信总线16提供预定通信信号或接收其信号。 Each terminal includes a dedicated interface card (not shown), so as to provide a predetermined communication signals or receives its signal to 10Mb / 5 type of communication bus 16 s. 在其它实施方式中,使用诸如CMS之类的现有网络来实现所需通信。 In other embodiments, the use of existing networks, such as CMS or the like to achieve the desired communication.

同时,总线16与插卡3相连,以便允许装置1与终端4通信。 Meanwhile, the bus 16 is connected to the card 3, 4 to allow communication with the terminal apparatus 1. 可以理解,终端4彼此不需要通信,只是与装置1通信。 It will be appreciated, the terminal 4 does not need to communicate with each other, but the communication apparatus. 然而,各终端和装置1之间的通信是双向的。 However, communication between the apparatus and each terminal is bidirectional.

实际上,装置1远离终端4,装置1位于场所技术人员容易接近的位置。 Indeed, the art located places accessible 4, remote from the terminal apparatus 1 apparatus. 例如,在某些实施方式中,装置1采取的形式为网络服务器,并且与其它服务器和计算机设备一起位于该场所内的专用房间内。 For example, in certain embodiments, the device takes the form of a network server, and is located along with other servers and computer devices in the rooms in the hotel.

装置1包括其形式为视频卡17的显示驱动器,用于为使用一个或多个终端4的博奕者提供累积值的直观指示。 Apparatus 1 comprises a video card in the form of a display driver 17 for providing a visual indication of the cumulative value for use by one or more gaming terminals 4. CPU 5经由总线9和10向插卡17提供命令和数据信号。 CPU 5 provides command and data signals to the card 17 via the bus 9 and 10. 插卡上的电路和软件处理这些信号,以提供输出信号,在本实施方式中,向视频电缆18提供输出信号。 Circuitry and software on the card process these signals to provide an output signal, in the present embodiment, there is provided a cable 18 to the video output signal.

电缆18为视频显示器20提供视频输入。 Cable 18 to provide video input to video display 20. 在本实施方式中,显示器20为LED显示器,它位于靠近终端4的场所11内的显著位置。 In the present embodiment, the display is an LED display 20, which is located close to the prominent position of the terminal 11 of the venue 4. 从而使用终端4的博奕者可以轻易确定累积值的总量。 Thereby using gaming terminal 4 may be readily determined by the total accumulated value. 在本实施方式中,显示器20还向博奕者提供以下直观指示:较高奖金额,较低奖金额,以及累积值是向上增长还是向下增长。 In the present embodiment, the display 20 also provides a visual indication of the gaming by the following: higher prize money, prize money is low, and the accumulated value is growing up or down growth. 以下将参照图3和4进行详细描述。 It will be described in detail with reference to FIGS. 3 and 4.

在其它实施方式中,把LED显示器替换为一个或多个彼此隔开的等离子屏幕、视频投影仪、电视监控器、CRT投影仪或其它显示设备。 In other embodiments, the LED display is the replacement of one or more spaced apart plasma screens, video projectors, television monitors, CRT projector or other display device. 当该场所内有许多终端4,或者这些终端遍布在该场所内时,使用彼此隔开的显示设备是特别有利的。 When there are many terminal 4, or across the terminals in place within the interior of the property, the use of the display device are separated from each other particularly advantageous. 对于终端4不在同一场所内的实施方式而言,可以在不同场所内提供不同显示器。 For embodiments within the terminal 4 not in the same place, the different displays may be provided in different places.

使用显示器20是有利的,因为它可以向博奕者提供信息,并且允许他们获得指定赌注的更多乐趣。 Using the display 20 is advantageous because it can provide information to the person gaming, and allows them to have more fun designated bet. 提供显示器20作为位于显著位置的独立组件也是有利的,因为它可以向潜在的博奕者提供公开信息,就像终端4比现有终端更有益一样。 Providing a display 20 as a separate component located a significant position is also advantageous because it can provide information to potential gaming disclosed by, as more useful than the conventional terminal 4 as the terminal.

在其它实施方式中,不使用独立显示器20。 In other embodiments, the display 20 does not separate. 亦即,以数字信号的方式,经由总线16直接向终端4提供直观指示。 That is, the digital signal so as to provide visual indication to the terminal 4 via the bus 16 directly. 反过来,终端内的各接口卡接收该信号,然后在终端的显示屏上显示。 In turn, each interface card in the terminal receives the signal, is then displayed on the screen of the terminal. 在其它实施方式中,同时使用独立显示器20和各个终端的每一个上显示屏。 In other embodiments, while using a separate display on each display screen 20 and the respective terminals.

同时,在某些实施方式中,并且所有终端4都在同一场所内。 Meanwhile, in certain embodiments, and all terminals 4 are in the same place. 亦即,终端4位于至少两个不同场所内。 That is, the terminal 4 is located within the at least two different places.

装置1包括其形式为主板6上的支付电路22的支付设备,该设备响应增量信号和发奖信号,以便选择要向其发放奖金的终端。 Apparatus 1 comprises a payment device in the form of payment on the circuit board 22 6, and the increment signal in response to the device awards signal, in order to select a terminal to which the bonus payment. 可以理解,每个终端4均包括用来表示博奕余额的数据,博奕余额是使用该终端的博奕者的可用余额。 It will be appreciated, each terminal 4 comprises data used to represent the balance gaming, gaming balance is used by gaming available balance of the terminal. 一旦选择终端,电路22就把相应的博奕余额记入贷方。 Upon selection of the terminal, the corresponding circuit 22 put the credited gaming balance. 在本实施方式中,电路22依据累积值把博奕余额记入贷方。 In the present embodiment, the circuit 22 based on the accumulated gaming value credited balance. 在其它实施方式中,依据差值把博奕余额记入贷方。 In other embodiments, the difference value based on the credited gaming balance. 无论如何,一旦博奕者决定停止博奕,就采用普通方式赎回贷方余额。 In any case, once the gaming who decided to stop gaming, it is the ordinary way of redemption of credit balances. 举例来说,这包括从终端中进行现金支付,由终端更新博奕者的智能卡,或者博奕者要求出纳员或中心支付点支付。 For example, this includes cash payments from the terminal, the terminal's smart card update gaming, or gaming center or cashier demanded payment point payment. 如果累积值较大,则实现博奕者要求的赎回的最实用方式是:1.实现手工支付。 If the cumulative value is large, the most practical way of gaming requested redemption is achieved are: 1. implement manual payments.

2.把累积值转到博奕者的终端中。 2.'s accumulated value to the gaming terminal.

3.如果可行,则使用终端票证打印设备打印一个票证。 3. If available, use a printing apparatus to print a ticket terminal ticket.

4.记入博奕者的信用卡或联机钱包中。 4. Note Rubo Yi's credit card or online wallet.

5.把该款项转到允许此类转帐的移动设备中,以便稍后赎回,移动设备包括但不限于,蜂窝电话、PDA或移动电脑。 5. The amount to allow such transfer to a mobile device, for later redemption, the mobile device including, but not limited to, a cellular telephone, PDA, or mobile computer.

在其它实施方式中,例如在图5所示的方式中,终端4为远程计算机设备,如独立的台式计算机。 In other embodiments, for example, in the embodiment shown in FIG. 5, the terminal 4 is the remote computer device, such as a standalone desktop computer. 在本实施方式中,各计算机位于各个博奕者的住所内。 In the present embodiment, each of the respective gaming computer located in the home's. 这些计算机经由电话线27与因特网26相连。 The computer 26 is connected to the Internet via a telephone line 27. 另一方面,装置1经由总线16与因特网服务器28相连。 On the other hand, the device 1 is connected with the Internet server 16 via the bus 28.

服务器28提供终端4和装置1之间的通信,以便提供与图1所示的实施方式实现功能性相同的功能性。 Server 28 provides communication between the terminal apparatus 1 and 4, in order to achieve the same functionality to provide functionality and the embodiment shown in FIG. 然而,在此种情况中,信息的传送是基于浏览器的。 However, in this case, the transmission of information is browser-based.

在某些实施方式中,装置1同时与作为博奕机的终端和作为远程台式计算机的终端进行通信。 In certain embodiments, the apparatus 1 simultaneously communicate with a terminal and a terminal as a remote gaming machine as a desktop computer.

根据本文的教导,本领域的熟练技术人员可以理解,服务器28允许利用多种终端执行本发明,终端为膝上型计算机、小型计算机、PDA或具有因特网、3G或WAP能力的其它计算设备。 According to the teachings herein, those skilled in the art will be appreciated, the server 28 allows the implementation of the present invention using a variety of terminal, the terminal is a laptop computer, mini computer, PDA or Internet has, 3G or other computing device WAP capabilities. 此外,在某些实施方式中,服务器28能够利用蜂窝电话网络与博奕者进行交互。 Further, in some embodiments, the server 28 can interact with the Internet using the cellular phone's Game.

再次参照图1和图2。 Referring again to FIGS. 1 and 2. 使用时,操作终端4的博奕者参与博彩游戏,博彩游戏是有许多图标的屏幕上的预定虚拟空间上的偶然事件。 In use, the operator terminal's Game 4 of participating in gambling games, gaming there are many accident on a predetermined virtual space on screen icons. 在该博奕者通过某种方式利用该终端建立贷方余额后,该博奕者就开始博奕。 After the Game who use the terminal to establish credit balance in some way, who started the Game Game. 在博奕结束并且在该终端的屏幕上显示结构之后,该终端在总线16上提供输入信号。 After the end of the Game configuration and displayed on the screen of the terminal, the terminal provides an input signal on bus 16. 该输入信号包括一个多位串信息,后者包括该终端的唯一标识符以及在所完成的博奕上押注的赌注。 The multi-bit input signal comprises a string of information which includes a unique identifier of the terminal and completion of the bets on the gaming bets. 当各个博奕者同时在终端上博奕时,由插卡3接收输入信号流。 When each person while gaming on gaming terminal, receiving an input signal stream from the card 3.

除各个博彩游戏之外,博奕者还可以参与另外一组博彩游戏,因为他们有资格赢取“累积奖金”。 In addition to the various gambling games, gaming can also participate in another set of gaming, because they are eligible to win the "jackpot." 两个博奕是独立运行的,因为博奕者赢取某个博奕的概率不影响他们赢取另一个博奕的概率。 Game two is run independently, because the probability of a Game Game Winning does not affect their chances of winning another Game.

如上所述,存储器2包括用来表示当前奖金额以及较高奖金额和较低奖金额的数据。 As described above, the memory 2 includes the data used to represent the current prize money amount, and the higher and lower prize award amount. 当前奖金额是下次发放的累积奖金。 The current jackpot prize money is the next release. 较高奖金额是要发放的最高奖金额,而较低奖金额是要发放的最低奖金额。 Higher prize money is the highest prize money to be paid, and the lower the minimum prize money is to be paid in prize money.

开始时,对CPU 5进行编程,以便把默认累积值设置为较高奖金额或较低奖金额中的一个,并控制插卡17以确保在显示器20上以可视方式显示默认累积值。 Initially, the program for CPU 5 so as to set the default value to a higher accumulated prize money or prize money is lower, the control card 17 and to ensure that visually display the default cumulative value on the display 20. 显示该数量作为可以向博奕者发放的累积奖金。 The number is displayed as the jackpot can be issued to those gaming. 对于本实施方式而言,假定默认值是较低奖金额。 For this embodiment, assuming that the default value is low prize money. 对于上面的特例而言,累积值(即,图3的区域31中显示的值)最初为$10,000,并且在博奕者操作终端4时向上增长。 For the special case of the above, the cumulative value (i.e., value of the area 31 of FIG. 3 shows) initially $ 10,000, and operates the gaming terminal increase up 4:00.

同时,CPU确定当前奖金额,其方法是,随机或者伪随机选择最小值和最大值之间的某个值,并把它存储到存储器2中。 Meanwhile, the CPU determines the current prize money, which is, somewhere between the random or pseudo-random selection of minimum and maximum values, and stores it into the memory 2. 然而,在其它实施方式中,当前奖金额的初始值是根据预定算法选择的。 However, in other embodiments, the initial value of the current prize money is selected in accordance with a predetermined algorithm.

在上面的特例中,确定的奖金额是$13,398.39。 In the above exception, the prize money is certain is $ 13,398.39. 不显示当前奖金额,或相反,向博奕者传送当前奖金额。 Do not display the current prize money, or vice versa, the current prize money transferred to the Game's.

在博奕者操作终端并且向插卡3提供输入信号时,通过加权处理生成增量信号,加权依赖于博奕者押注的赌注。 And to provide an input signal when the card 3 operates in the gaming terminals, the process of generating the incremental signal by weighting, by a weighting dependent on the gaming bet wager. CPU 5响应该增量信号,朝着当前奖金额的方向,通过加权处理来增加累积值。 Increment signal in response to the CPU 5, the direction of the current prize amount, by a weighted accumulated value increases processing. 在该周期的这一部分中,增加是向上的。 In this part of the cycle, the increase is upward.

在显示器20上显示经过更新的累积值,以确保博奕者可以使用经过修订的信息。 Displayed on the display 20 through the updated accumulated value, to ensure that gaming may use information through revised. 博奕者越多,并且他们押注的赌注越大,累积值的增长越快。 Game's more, the greater their bets and wagers, the cumulative value of the faster growth. 图3表示此周期阶段中的显示器20的一个例子。 Figure 3 shows an example of this cycle stage display 20. 更准确地说,区域31中显示的累积值为$12,452.54,利用上箭头32表示累积值向上增长。 More specifically, the display region of the cumulative value of $ 12,452.54 31 by the arrow 32 represents the cumulative value of the upward growth. 在本实施方式中,较高奖金额为$15,000,而较低奖金额为$10,000。 In this embodiment, a higher prize money amounted to $ 15,000, while the lower prize money amounted to $ 10,000. 正如图3和4分别指示的那样,在显示器20的区域33中交替显示该信息。 And 4 indicate that as in FIG. 3 alternately displays the information in the display area 3320.

处理器7响应当前奖金额(目前为$13,398.39)和累积值,以确定何时发放当前奖金额。 7 processor responsive to current prize amount (currently $ 13,398.39) and the cumulative value to determine when the current grant award amount. 在本实施方式中,当累积值和当前奖金额之间的差值改变符号时,处理器7生成一个发奖信号。 In the present embodiment, when the difference between the accumulated value and the current changes sign prize money, prizes processor 7 generates a signal. 亦即,在每次改变累积值之后,处理器7确定两个值之间的差值。 That is, after each change in the accumulated value, the processor 7 determines the difference between the two values. 当最初较大的奖金额(在此种情况中为当前奖金额)现在是较小值时,生成发奖信号。 When the first big prize money (for the current prize money in this case) is now a smaller value, a signal is generated awards.

CPU 5使用发奖信号作为许多操作的启动器。 CPU 5 using the starter signal as many awards operation. 第一个操作是确定哪个终端是导致生成发奖信号的赌注站。 The first operation is to determine which terminal is a signal results in the generation of bet awards station. 这是通过查阅增量信号确定的,增量信号包括从相应的输入信号中抽取的数据。 This is determined by the incremental signals Now, the incremental signal comprises extracting from the input signal corresponding to the data. 此后,CPU 5经由插卡3与该终端进行通信,以便依照当前奖金额把余额记入贷方。 Thereafter, CPU 5 3 communicates with the card via the terminal, so as to balance credited in accordance with the current payout. 在其它实施方式中,依照不同于当前奖金额的数量把余额记入贷方。 In other embodiments, the prize money in accordance with the number different from the current balance of the credited.

下一个操作是复位当前奖金额。 The next operation is to reset the current payout. CPU 5响应较高奖金额和较低奖金额以确定下一个奖金额。 CPU 5 in response to higher and lower prize money prize money to determine the next prize money. 在该周期的这一时刻,CPU5随机或者伪随机选择介于当前奖金额和较低奖金额之间的某个值,并且更新存储器2中的数据以重新定义当前奖金额。 At this point in the cycle, CPU 5 randomly or pseudo-randomly selecting a value between the lower and the current prize money prize money, and updates the data in the memory 2 to redefine the current payout. 在本例中,把当前奖金额重新定义为$11,390.99。 In this case, the current prize money is redefined as $ 11,390.99. 然后,CPU 5响应随后的增量信号,以便朝着当前奖金额的方向推进累积值。 Then, CPU 5 in response to the subsequent incremental signals, in order to advance in the direction of the current value of the accumulated prize amount.

同时,处理器7积极确定下一个发奖信号的时间选择。 At the same time, the processor 7 determines a positive selection time signal prizes. 一旦发生,CPU就作出相应响应,并且:1.通过把适当余额记入贷方来发放奖金;2.复位当前奖金额以便随机位于当前奖金额和较高奖金额之间。 Once occurs, CPU will respond accordingly, and: 1. bonuses by crediting the proper balance; 2 resets the current random prize money to the prize money is positioned between the current and the higher prize money...

该序列重复,CPU 5确定顺序奖金额,然后更新存储器2中的数据以反映最新最新的确定。 This sequence is repeated, CPU 5 determines the order of the prize money, and then update the data in the memory 2 to reflect the most recent determination. CPU 5遵循的规则是,确定随后的奖金额以便交替属于:当前奖金额和较高奖金额之间;以及当前的优先奖金额和较低奖金额之间。 CPU 5 rule to follow is to determine the subsequent prize money to alternately belong: among the current higher prize money and prize money; and the current priority between prize money and a lower payout.

在本实施方式中,累积值决不复位,只是在确定下一个当前奖金额之后改变累积方向。 In the present embodiment, the cumulative value is reset not only to change direction after the accumulation determining a current payout. 亦即,累积值以交替方式向较高奖金额和较低奖金额前进,当它达到当前奖金额时改变方向。 That is, the cumulative value of the proceeds in an alternating manner to a higher and lower prize money prize money, changes direction when it reaches the current payout.

同时,累积值的增量的权重依赖于后续累积值之间的差值。 At the same time, the right weight increment accumulation value dependent on the difference between the subsequent cumulative value. 亦即,装置1的操作员必须确保博奕者的返奖率保持在有关规定界限内。 That is, the operator must ensure that the device 1 Game's award rate of return remain within the boundaries of the relevant provisions. 因此,如果差值较大,则权重较大,从而每个增量要比差值较小时的增量更大。 Therefore, if the difference is large, the weight is large, so that a greater increment smaller than the difference between each increment. 同时确保操作员能够获得有关装置1提供的利润率方面的最新信息,不论它们是正的还是负的。 While ensuring that the operator can obtain the latest information on profit margins of device 1 provides, whether they are positive or negative. 例如,操作员准备提供该实施方式作为为招揽顾客而进行削本出售的方式,其基础是把这些损失控制在预定百分比内。 For example, the operator is prepared to provide as an embodiment of this embodiment is carried out to attract customers to sell the present embodiment cut, which is based on these losses to a predetermined percentage. 如果是那样的话,在终端4是进行主要博奕的提供的返奖率可以较低,以确保总返奖率在要求的参数内。 If that is the case, the terminal 4 is performed mainly gaming award rate of return can be provided low to ensure that the parameters in the total award rate of return requirements.

在其它实施方式中,在确定奖金额时CPU 5遵守的规则与上面推荐的规则不同。 In other embodiments, different rules when determining the amount of CPU 5 prize to comply with the above recommendation rules. 例如,在一个特定实施方式中,奖金额是以随机方式或伪随机方式确定的,以便落在较低奖金额和较高奖金额之间。 For example, in one particular embodiment, the prize money is determined in a random or pseudo-random manner, so as to fall between the lower and higher prize money payout. 然而,累积值被交替复位为较高奖金额和较低奖金额。 However, the cumulative value is reset to alternately higher and lower prize money payout. 亦即,在发出发奖信号后,累积值的增长在正增量和负增量之间转换。 That is, after the issue awards signal, the accumulated value of the growth of transition between positive and negative incremental increments.

总之,在本发明的首选实施方式中,当前奖金额是随机设置的,并且累积值最初被设置为最小值,以便朝着当前奖金额的方向向上增长,称为渐进累积奖金,因为它是“上涨的”。 In summary, in the preferred embodiment of the invention, the current prize money is randomly set, and the accumulated value is initially set to the minimum in order to increase the upward direction toward the current prize amount, called progressive jackpot, because it is " rising. " 当累积值大于等于当前奖金额时,向造成累积值增长的博奕者发放当前奖金额。 When the accumulated value is greater than equal to the current prize money, prize money currently paid to those caused by the accumulated gaming value growth. 在下一个累积奖金博奕中,再次以随机方式复位当前奖金额,同时把累积值设置为最大值,以便从当前奖金额的方向向下增长,称为回归累积奖金,因为它是“下跌的”。 Jinbo Yi in the next jackpot, again at random resets the current prize money, while the cumulative value is set to the maximum in order to increase the downward direction from the current prize money, called the return of the jackpot, because it is "down." 当累积值小于等于当前奖金额时,向造成累积值增长的博奕者发放当前奖金额。 When the accumulated value is less than equal to the current prize money, prize money currently paid to those caused by the accumulated gaming value growth.

除明确公开的实施方式之外,也可以在以下系统中或与以下系统协力体现本发明,这些系统如我们的共同未决澳大利亚专利申请号2004902460、2003905792、2004902465、2004900978、2004902469以及2004902459中公开的系统,本文引用其内容作为参考。 In addition to the embodiments specifically disclosed embodiment, or may be embodied in conjunction with the following system of the present invention in the following systems, these systems as described in our copending Australian Patent Application No. 2004902459 disclosed in 2004902460,2003905792,2004902465,2004900978,2004902469 and system, which is incorporated by reference herein by reference.

在现有技术系统中,通常总是把累积值复位为下限,从而在累积值快速上涨以前博奕者很可能失去兴趣,假设在达到当前奖金额之前它会这么做。 In the prior art system, usually always put the cumulative value is reset to the lower limit, thereby gaming are likely to lose interest before the cumulative value of the rapid rise, assuming that before reaching the current prize money it will do so. 我们发现在累积值超过可能的最小值和最大值之间的中值之前,博奕者通常不会产生兴趣。 We found that before the cumulative value exceeds in value between the minimum and maximum possible, usually not interested in gaming.

通过提供回归累积奖金,本发明的实施方式能够克服这些缺点。 By providing the return jackpots, embodiments of the present invention can overcome these disadvantages. 此种累积奖金使博奕者能够在靠近或接近最大可能值对该累积奖金的发放下注。 Such Jackpot Game is able to make near or close to the maximum possible value of the bet paid jackpot. 此外,即使使用渐进累积奖金,由于渐进累积奖金与回归累积奖金是交替的,所以博奕者能够通过他们的博奕活动来影响回归累积奖金的返奖率,同时仍然有机会赢取当前提供的渐进累积奖金。 In addition, even with a progressive jackpot, due to the progressive jackpot and jackpot alternate return, it is able to influence the return of gaming jackpot award rate of return through their gaming activities, while still providing a chance to win the progressive accumulation of current bonus.

优选实施方式的主要优点在于,可以保持博奕者的兴趣,这是因为不但累积奖金是变化的,而且显示的累积值的增加或减少也是变化的。 The main advantage of the preferred embodiment that may be maintained by the gaming interest, not only because the jackpot is changed, and the display to increase or decrease the accumulated value also varies.

尽管参照特例描述了本发明,但是本领域的熟练技术人员应该理解,可以采用许多其它方式体现本发明。 While the invention has been described with reference to a special case, those skilled in the art will appreciate that many other ways can be employed according to the present invention is embodied.

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  1. 1.用于确定具有相应奖金额的多个奖金的发放的装置,该装置包括:存储器,用于存储表示当前奖金额的数据;输入设备,响应来自相应的多个博奕终端的输入信号,以提供增量信号;控制器,把当前奖金额定义为第一奖金额,并响应该增量信号以便朝着当前奖金额的方向增加累积值;以及比较器,响应当前奖金额和累积值以便确定是否发放当前奖金额,若是,则生成一个发奖信号,该信号促使控制器把当前奖金额定义为第二奖金额。 1. The payment means having means for determining a plurality of respective bonus prize amount, the apparatus comprising: a memory for storing data representing the current prize money; an input device, in response to input signals from the plurality of gaming terminals corresponding to provide incremental signal; and a controller, the current prize fund is defined as a first prize money, and in response to the increment signal so as to increase the current accumulated value toward the prize amount; and a comparator responsive to the current prize value in order to determine the cumulative amount and whether to grant the current prize money, and if so, generating a prize-giving signal that causes the controller to the current prize money is defined as the second prize amount.
  2. 2.根据权利要求1的装置,其中奖金额属于较高奖金额和较低奖金额之间的范围内,并且存储器包含用来表示较高奖金额和较低奖金额的数据。 2. The apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the prize money is within the range between the lower and higher prize money prize money, and a memory containing data used to represent higher and lower prize money prize amount.
  3. 3.根据权利要求2的装置,其中控制器响应较高奖金额和较低奖金额以确定第二奖金额。 3. The apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the controller is responsive to the higher and lower prize money prize money to determine a second payout.
  4. 4.根据权利要求2或权利要求3的装置,其中确定奖金额以便交替属于:当前奖金额和较高奖金额之间;以及当前的优先奖金额和较低奖金额之间。 4. The apparatus according to claim 3 or claim 2, wherein the prize money is determined so as to alternately belong: the prize money between the current and the higher prize money; between the current and the low priority and prize money payout.
  5. 5.根据权利要求2-4之任一权利要求的装置,其中在确定发放当前奖金额时,把累积值复位为较高奖金额和较低奖金额中的一个。 The apparatus according to any of claims claim 2-4, wherein upon determining the current prize payment amount, the cumulative value is reset to a higher and lower prize amount of prize money.
  6. 6.根据权利要求5的装置,其中把累积值交替复位为较高奖金额和较低奖金额。 6. The apparatus according to claim 5, wherein the cumulative value is reset to alternately higher and lower prize money payout.
  7. 7.根据权利要求1-6之任一权利要求的装置,其中终端为相应的博奕机。 7. The apparatus of any of claims claim 1-6, wherein the terminal is a respective gaming machine.
  8. 8.根据权利要求1-6之任一权利要求的装置,其中终端为计算机设备,如独立的台式计算机。 8. The apparatus according to any one of claims 1-6, wherein the terminal is a computer device, such as a stand-alone desktop computer.
  9. 9.根据权利要求1-6之任一权利要求的装置,其中终端包括博奕机和计算机设备。 9. The apparatus according to any one of claims 1-6, wherein the terminal comprises a gaming machine and a computer device.
  10. 10.根据权利要求8或权利要求9的装置,其中经由支持web的接口或其它联机接口,连接台式计算机和这些装置。 10. The apparatus according to claim 9 or claim 8, wherein the web is supported via an online interface or other interface to connect these devices and desktop computers.
  11. 11.根据权利要求1-10之任一权利要求的装置,进一步包括支付设备,该设备响应增量信号和发奖信号,选择要向其发放奖金的终端。 11. The apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 10, further comprising a payment device, the device in response to signals and incremental signal awards, to select a terminal to which the bonus payment.
  12. 12.根据权利要求11的装置,其中每个终端均包括博奕余额和支付设备,一旦选择该终端,就把相应的博奕余额记入贷方。 12. The apparatus according to claim 11, wherein each gaming terminal includes a payment device balances and, upon selection of the terminal, the corresponding put credited gaming balance.
  13. 13.根据权利要求12的装置,其中支付设备依据累积值把博奕余额记入贷方。 13. The apparatus of claim 12, wherein the payment device based on the accumulated gaming value credited balance.
  14. 14.根据权利要求1-13之任一权利要求的装置,进一步包括显示驱动程序,以便为使用终端的人员提供累积值的直观指示。 14. The apparatus according to any of claims claim 1-13, further comprising a display driver to provide a visual indication of cumulative values ​​is to use the terminal.
  15. 15.根据取决于权利要求7或权利要求9的权利要求14的装置,其中博奕机位于博奕场所内,显示驱动程序为专用硬件和软件设备,该设备驱动位于该场所内的显著位置的LED显示器。 15. The LED display apparatus as claimed in claim 9 according to claim 14 or claim dependent on claim 7, wherein the gaming machines located in the gaming space, a display driver for dedicated hardware and software devices, the device driver is located in a prominent position within the venue .
  16. 16.根据取决于权利要求8-10之任意任一权利要求的权利要求14的装置,其中将显示驱动程序编码到该装置和该计算机设备之间的通信协议中。 16. The apparatus of claim 14 dependent on any of claims 8-10 according to any of claims 1, wherein the display driver to encode the communication protocol between the device and the computer device.
  17. 17.根据权利要求14-16之任意任一权利要求的装置,其中驱动程序向使用终端的人员提供以下数据中的一个或多个的直观指示:较高奖金额;较低奖金额;以及累积值正在朝着较高奖金额的方向还是朝着较低奖金额的方向增加。 17. The apparatus of any claim of any of claims 14-16, wherein the driver to use the terminal to provide a visual indication of the following data one or more of: higher prize money; lower prize money; and accumulating value is still lower increase in the direction towards the higher prize amount of prize money.
  18. 18.根据前述权利要求之任一权利要求的装置,其中比较器是控制器的一部分。 18. The apparatus of claim one of the preceding claims, wherein the comparator is part of the controller.
  19. 19.用于确定具有相应奖金额的多个奖金的发放的装置,其中奖金额在较高奖金额和较低奖金额之间,该装置包括:存储器,用于存储表示当前奖金额的数据;输入设备,响应来自相应的多个博奕终端的输入信号,以提供增量信号;控制器,把当前奖金额定义为第一奖金额,并响应该增量信号以便朝着当前奖金额的方向增加累积值,从而第一奖金额位于a)累积值和较高奖金额以及b)累积值和较低奖金额中的一个之间;以及比较器,响应当前奖金额和累积值以便确定是否发放当前奖金额,若是,则生成一个发奖信号,该信号促使控制器把当前奖金额定义为第二奖金额,从而第二奖金额位于a)累积值和较高奖金额以及b)累积值和较低奖金额中的另一个之间。 19. A delivery apparatus having means for determining a plurality of respective bonus prize amount, wherein the prize money between the higher and lower prize money prize money, the apparatus comprising: a memory for storing data indicative of the current prize money; input means responsive to an input signal from a respective plurality of gaming terminals to provide incremental signal; and a controller, the current prize fund is defined as a first prize money, and in response to the increment signal current to increase toward the prize amount cumulative value, so that the first prize money is located in a) and a higher win amount accumulated value and the accumulated value of b and the lower one prize money) between; and a comparator, and in response to the current prize money in order to determine whether to issue a cumulative value of the current prize money, and if yes, generate awards a signal which causes the controller to the current prize fund is defined as a second prize amount, whereby the second prize money located in a) and a higher prize money accumulated value and b) an accumulated value and less between another low in prize money.
  20. 20.根据权利要求19的装置,其中交替奖金额导致累积值以交替方式向上增长和向下增长。 20. The apparatus according to claim 19, wherein the prize money alternately alternating manner results in the accumulation value grows downward and upward growth.
  21. 21.根据权利要求19的装置,其中确定后续奖金额以便交替属于:当前奖金额和较高奖金额之间;以及当前的优先奖金额和较低奖金额之间。 21. The apparatus of claim 19, wherein the amount is determined so as to alternately belong to a subsequent prize: prize money between the current and the higher prize money; and prize money between the current priority and low prize money.
  22. 22.根据权利要求19-21之任一权利要求的装置,其中在确定发放当前奖金额时,把累积值复位为较高奖金额和较低奖金额中的一个。 22. An apparatus according to any of claims claim 19-21, wherein upon determining the current prize payment amount, the cumulative value is reset to a higher and lower prize amount of prize money.
  23. 23.根据权利要求22的装置,其中把累积值交替复位为较高奖金额和较低奖金额。 23. The apparatus of claim 22, wherein the cumulative value is reset to alternately higher and lower prize money payout.
  24. 24.用于确定具有相应奖金额的多个奖金的发放的装置,其中奖金额在较高奖金额和较低奖金额之间,该装置包括:存储器,用于存储表示当前奖金额的数据;输入设备,响应来自相应的多个博奕终端的输入信号,以提供增量信号;控制器,把当前奖金额定义为第一奖金额,并且把累积值定义为较高奖金额或较低奖金额中的一个,控制器响应该增量信号以便朝着当前奖金额的方向增加累积值;以及比较器,响应当前奖金额和累积值以便确定是否发放当前奖金额,若是,则生成一个发奖信号,该信号促使控制器把当前奖金额定义为第二奖金额,并且把累积值复位为较高奖金额或较低奖金额中的另一个。 24. A method for determining a plurality of payment means having respective bonus prize amount, wherein the prize money between the higher and lower prize money prize money, the apparatus comprising: a memory for storing data indicative of the current prize money; input means responsive to an input signal from a respective plurality of gaming terminals to provide incremental signal; and a controller, the current prize money amount is defined as a first prize, and the cumulative value is defined as a higher or lower amount of prize money prize one, the controller in response to the increment signal so as to increase the current accumulated value toward the prize amount; and a comparator, and in response to the current prize money in order to determine whether to issue a cumulative value of the current prize money, and if yes, generating a signal awards this signal causes the controller to the current prize fund is defined as a second prize money, the accumulated value is reset and another higher or lower amount of prize money in the prize.
  25. 25.用于确定具有相应奖金额的多个奖金的发放的方法,该方法包括:存储表示当前奖金额的数据;响应来自相应的多个博奕终端的输入信号,以提供增量信号;提供控制器,以便把当前奖金额定义为第一奖金额,并响应该增量信号以便朝着当前奖金额的方向增加累积值;以及响应当前奖金额和累积值以便确定是否发放当前奖金额,若是,则生成一个发奖信号,该信号促使控制器把当前奖金额定义为第二奖金额。 25. A method for determining the payment of the plurality having a respective bonus prize money, the method comprising: storing data indicative of the current prize money; in response to input signals from a respective plurality of gaming terminals to provide increment signal; providing a control , a prize money to the current amount is defined as a first prize, and the increment signal in response to increase in the direction of the current accumulated value of the prize money; and in response to the current prize amounts and the cumulative value to determine if the current prize money paid, and if so, awards generating a signal which causes the controller to the current prize money defined as a second prize money.
  26. 26.用于确定具有相应奖金额的多个奖金的发放的方法,其中奖金额在较高奖金额和较低奖金额之间,该方法包括:存储表示当前奖金额的数据;响应来自相应的多个博奕终端的输入信号,以提供增量信号;提供控制器,以便把当前奖金额定义为第一奖金额,并响应该增量信号以便朝着当前奖金额的方向增加累积值,从而第一奖金额位于累积值和较高奖金额以及累积值和较低奖金额中的一个之间;以及响应当前奖金额和累积值以便确定是否发放当前奖金额,若是,则生成一个发奖信号,该信号促使控制器把当前奖金额定义为第二奖金额,从而第二奖金额位于累积值和较高奖金额以及累积值和较低奖金额中的另一个之间。 26. A method for determining the payment of the plurality having a respective bonus prize amount, wherein the prize money between the higher and lower prize money prize money, the method comprising: storing data indicative of the current prize amount; response from the corresponding a plurality of gaming terminals the input signal to provide an increment signal; providing a controller, to the current prize fund is defined as a first prize money, and in response to the increment signal so as to increase the current accumulated value toward the prize amount, whereby the first a cumulative value of the prize money and positioned higher prize amount, and the cumulative value of the prize money and the lower one between; and in response to the current prize amounts and the cumulative value to determine if the current prize money paid, and if yes, generating a signal awards, this signal causes the controller to the current prize fund is defined as a second prize amount, whereby the second is located between the other prize money accumulated value and the accumulated prize money and higher and lower values ​​of the prize money.
  27. 27.用于确定具有相应奖金额的多个奖金的发放的方法,其中奖金额在较高奖金额和较低奖金额之间,该方法包括:存储表示当前奖金额的数据;响应来自相应的多个博奕终端的输入信号,以提供增量信号;提供控制器,以便把当前奖金额定义为第一奖金额,并且把累积值定义为较高奖金额或较低奖金额中的一个;响应该增量信号以便朝着当前奖金额的方向增加累积值;以及响应当前奖金额和累积值以便确定是否发放当前奖金额,若是,则生成一个发奖信号,该信号促使控制器把当前奖金额定义为第二奖金额,并且把累积值复位为较高奖金额或较低奖金额中的另一个。 27. A method for determining the payment of the plurality having a respective bonus prize amount, wherein the prize money between the higher and lower prize money prize money, the method comprising: storing data indicative of the current prize amount; response from the corresponding a plurality of gaming terminals the input signal to provide an increment signal; providing a controller, the prize money to the current amount is defined as a first prize, and the accumulated value is defined as a higher or lower amount of prize money in the prize; ring should increment signal so as to increase toward the cumulative value of the current prize money; and in response to the current prize amounts and the cumulative value to determine if the current prize money paid, and if yes, generate awards a signal which causes the controller to the current prize money defined as a second prize money, the accumulated value is reset and another higher or lower amount of prize money in the prize.
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