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System for incorporating premium, metered internet access into slot machines for improved player retention

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004552D
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-25

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Abstract

In the business of professional gaming operations, player retention is essential for high-profit margins. Slot machines - the highest profit games of all - provide an excellent opportunity to use ways other than gaming options to accentuate player retention. By incorporating metered, premium internet access using standard browsing software while actively gaming, slot machines can be improved in this manner. For example, premium internet access may include broadband conveyance of video-on-demand. So long as players meet a predetermined level of usage, the provision of premium internet access will continue. The player is therefore rewarded immediately for his gaming, which serves as a strong incentive to continue playing. The reward is also an affordable, fun way for the casinos to attract new patrons. As new players commence gaming, the system resets and the same rules apply.