Universal mark sense betting terminal system and method Patent #: 4108361
ApplicationNo. 06/116669 filed on 01/29/1980
US Classes:463/25, Credit/debit monitoring or manipulation (e.g., game entry, betting, prize level, etc.)235/375, SYSTEMS CONTROLLED BY DATA BEARING RECORDS273/143R, Edge indication340/3.51, Polling or roll call340/5.31, Lockout or disable340/5.9, Commodity (e.g., vending)463/20, Lot-to-lot combination (e.g., slot machine, etc.)463/42, Network type (e.g., computer network, etc.)705/30Accounting
ExaminersPrimary: Pitts, Harold I.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassesG07F 17/32 (20060101)
G07F 17/34 (20060101)
G07F 9/08 (20060101)
AbstractA cash accounting and surveillance system for games, whereby operation of a number of player operated gaming devices may be monitored for purposes of detecting abnormal operation and/or cheating and for providing automatic accounting information for record keeping and pilferage detection purposes. The system utilizes a node concept with each node having a non-volatile data storage capability and a communications capability for communicating with each of a plurality of gaming devices coupled to the node. The exemplary embodiment disclosed operates in conjunction with slot machines having mechanically rotatable reels and a microprocessor control system for randomizing the reel stopping payouts and other machine functions. Alternate embodiments are disclosed.