US 11,055,966 B2
Reel growth and award enhancement triggers
Hanna Sanborn, Pflugerville, TX (US); Chad La Guardia, Austin, TX (US); Erick Ching, Cedar Park, TX (US); Jennifer Mizzi, Reno, NV (US); and Rogelio Decasa, Jr., Renton, WA (US)
Assigned to Aristocrat Technologies, Inc., Las Vegas, NV (US)
Filed by Aristocrat Technologies, Inc., Las Vegas, NV (US)
Filed on Nov. 9, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/679,174.
Prior Publication US 2021/0142622 A1, May 13, 2021
Int. Cl. G07F 17/32 (2006.01); G07F 17/34 (2006.01)
CPC G07F 17/3267 (2013.01) [G07F 17/3213 (2013.01); G07F 17/34 (2013.01)] 23 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A gaming device, comprising:
a user interface system configured for receiving an indication to initiate one or more instances of a slot game;
a display system comprising one or more display devices; and
a control system comprising one or more processors, the control system configured for controlling the gaming device to present the one or more instances of the slot game, wherein presenting the one or more instances of the slot game comprises:
receiving an indication, via the user interface system, of a player's initiation of one or more instances of the slot game;
determining a slot game outcome and corresponding display symbols, the display symbols selected from a symbol set comprising expansion trigger symbols, award enhancement trigger symbols, and combination trigger symbols that function as both an expansion trigger symbol and an award enhancement trigger symbol;
controlling, in response to receiving the indication via the user interface system, the display system to display selected display symbols for the slot game outcome at a plurality of display symbol positions on a display device of the display system, wherein the display symbol positions are arranged in a plurality of active display symbol rows and a plurality of active display symbol columns, and wherein at least one of the selected display symbols is a combination trigger symbol;
controlling, in response to displaying the combination trigger symbol, the display system to change the displayed combination trigger symbol to the expansion trigger symbol and thereby present the expansion trigger symbol;
controlling the display system to present at least one additional active display symbol position in a display symbol row or a display symbol column in which the expansion trigger symbol is displayed;
controlling, after presenting the at least one additional active display symbol position and in response to displaying the expansion trigger symbol, the display system to change the displayed expansion trigger symbol to the award enhancement trigger symbol and thereby present the award enhancement trigger symbol in at least one of the active display symbol positions; and
controlling the display system to present one or more enhanced award symbols in a row or column of active display symbol positions in which the expansion trigger symbol was presented.