Patent Number: 8,585,494

Title: System architecture for wide-area wagering game and methods for conducting wide-area wagering games

Abstract: A wagering game system wide-area central gaming controller (WAGC) determines a threshold trigger (TT) for awarding a wide-area award, divides a condition prerequisite for the TT into a set of discrete threshold units (TU), one of which is associated with the TT, and distributes to each local central gaming controller (LCGC) a block of the TU for evaluation against an outcome or wager from each eligible wagering game machine. The WAGC also subtracts the distributed block of the TU from the set of TU, continues distributing to each LCGC a block of the TU selected from the set of TU for evaluation against an outcome or wager from each eligible wagering game machine and subtracting the distributed block of the TU from the set of TU until one LCGC confirms to the WAGC that a wagering game machine satisfied the TT associated with a TU allocated to the relevant LCGC.

Inventors: Parrinello; Chris (Rolling Meadows, IL), Sylla; Craig J. (Round Lake, IL), Hornik; Jeremy M. (Chicago, IL), Rathsack; Erhard W. (Reno, NV), Block; Rory L. (Carson City, NV)

Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.

International Classification: A63F 13/12 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/19/12018