US 9,811,971 B1
Use of mobile device as a direct input/output device for a player tracking system for gaming machines
Millard H. Reeves, Philadelphia, PA (US)
Assigned to Iverson Gaming Systems, Inc., Bala Cynwyd, PA (US)
Filed by IVERSON GAMING SYSTEMS, INC., Bala Cynwyd, PA (US)
Filed on Jan. 23, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/412,673.
Application 15/412,673 is a continuation of application No. 14/492,868, filed on Sep. 22, 2014, granted, now 9,552,693.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/881,757, filed on Sep. 24, 2013.
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. G07F 17/32 (2006.01)
CPC G07F 17/3239 (2013.01) [G07F 17/3223 (2013.01); G07F 17/3227 (2013.01); G07F 17/3244 (2013.01)] 15 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method of using a mobile device as an input/output device for a player tracking system for gaming machines, each gaming machine having a unique identifier, each player having a unique identifier that is associated with an account of the player, the mobile device including an application, the method comprising:
(a) electronically communicating player credentials, via the mobile device, directly to the player tracking system, wherein each player credential is associated with a player's unique identifier that is maintained by the player tracking system;
(b) electronically communicating directly to the player tracking system, using the mobile device, a gaming machine that the player wishes to play;
(c) prior to initiation of game play on a gaming machine, the player tracking system associating the unique identifier of a player with the unique identifier of a gaming machine that the player wishes to play;
(d) initiating a play session at the gaming machine and associating game play at the gaming machine with the account of the player, wherein activity from the play session is captured by the player tracking system;
(e) electronically communicating information from the player tracking system directly to the mobile device during the play session, the information including data regarding the player that is maintained in the player tracking system;
(f) displaying the information on a display screen of the mobile device during the play session, wherein steps (a), (b) and (f) are performed using the application executing on the mobile device; and
(g) electronically requesting, via the application, to change at least one setting on the gaming machine during the play session at the gaming machine.