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1. (WO2008103246) APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR AN ACCOUNT BASED GAMING SYSTEM
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CLAIMS
What is claimed is:

1. A method comprising:
assigning a game instance as an account owner in a gaming system; and conveying owner functions in the gaming system to the game instance.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein assigning a game instance as an account owner includes assigning the game instance as an account owner of a plurality of accounts in the gaming system.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the method includes executing the game instance on a central game controller.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein the method includes implementing a progressive as the game instance.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein the method includes transferring funds from a player account to an account of the progressive.

6. The method of claim 4, wherein the method includes, upon selection of the progressive by a player, the player having a player account, transferring funds from the player account to an account of the progressive.

7. The method of claim 4, wherein the method includes executing the progressive game instance on a central game controller.

8. The method of claim 7, wherein the method includes executing the progressive game instance to display game content on a client of the central game controller.

9. The method of claim 4, wherein the method includes executing the progressive game instance as a multi-level progressive.

10. The method of claim 9, wherein the method includes providing a player with access to select one or more levels of the multi-level progressive.

11. The method of claim 1, wherein the method includes assigning a cash account to a gaming terminal.

12. A machine-readable medium having machine-executable instructions that, when performed by a machine, cause the machine to:
assign a game instance as an account owner in a gaming system; and convey owner functions in the gaming system to the game instance.

13. The machine-readable medium of claim 12, wherein to assign a game instance as an account owner includes assigning the game instance as an account owner of a plurality of accounts in the gaming system.

14. The machine-readable medium of claim 12, wherein the instructions include executing the game instance on a central game controller.

15. The machine-readable medium of claim 14, wherein the instructions include includes implementing a progressive as the game instance.

16. The machine-readable medium of claim 15, wherein the instructions include transferring funds from a player account to an account of the
progressive.

17. The machine-readable medium of claim 15, wherein the instructions include executing the progressive to display game content on a client of the central game controller.

18. The machine-readable medium of claim 15, wherein the instructions include executing the progressive as a multi-level progressive and providing a selection interface to select one or more levels of the multi-level progressive.

19. A system comprising:
a gaming system, the gaming system configured to:
assign account ownership to a game instance within the gaming system; and
convey owner functions to the game instance.

20. The system of 19, wherein the gaming system is configured to assign the game instance as an account owner of a plurality of accounts in the gaming system.

21. The system of 19, wherein the system includes a central game controller operatively coupled to the gaming system.

22. The system of claim 21, wherein the central game controller is structured to implement a progressive as the game instance.

23. The system of claim 22, wherein the gaming system is configured to transfer funds from a player account to an account of the progressive.

24. The system of claim 22, wherein the system includes a communication interface to display game content on a client of the central game controller.

25. The system of claim 22, wherein the system includes a means for providing a player with access to select one or more levels of a multi-level progressive.

26. The system of claim 21, wherein the system includes a communication structure having an interface to operate with a wireless network.

27. The system of claim 21, wherein the central game controller the gaming system are remote from each other.