Ball Indicator-pocketed Disc Patents (Class 273/142E)
  • Patent number: 6082734
    Abstract: To provide a ball game machine that may simplify the structure by improving the position of balls, the ball game machine includes: a wheel device which has a plurality of ball holding portions along an inner circumference thereof and which is rotatably provided along a predetermined swivel path having a difference in height; a receiving device disposed on a side of an upper end of the swivel path of said wheel device for receiving a predetermined number of balls; a throwing device for throwing the balls received in said receiving device downwardly from the side of the upper end of the swivel path; a guide device for leading the balls thrown by said throwing device to the ball holding portions of said wheel device fed on the side of the lower end of the swivel path; and a collection device disposed on the side of the upper end of the swivel path of said wheel device for collecting the balls, which are held in the ball holding portions, to said receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Konami Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Isao Uehara, Takahiro Sakiyama
  • Patent number: 6083105
    Abstract: A roulette playing machine which is designed for an individual player with the use of a single circulating playing ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Paul Ronin
    Inventors: Paul Ronin, Mikhail Spitkovsky, Jozef Galanter, Ilya Ronin
  • Patent number: 6047965
    Abstract: In a roulette wheel assembly, canoes, which equiangularly spaced around a circle intermediate a wheel and an upper track where travel of a roulette ball begins, are modified. Air outlets are provided in each canoe. Air from a source is controlled to provide randomized outputs of air from each canoe in order to affect the travel of a ball in a vicinity of a canoe in order to increase randomization of travel of the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventors: Paul Thomas Mollo, Peter Joseph Ortiz
  • Patent number: 6042114
    Abstract: A gaming apparatus is provided including a rotating wheel assembly having an inner portion with a plurality of sections and an outer portion with a plurality of ball receiving areas. A spinning assembly is rotatably mounted on the rotating wheel assembly for selecting one of the sections of the inner portion of the rotating wheel assembly. Further included is a ball for being randomly deposited in one of the ball receiving areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: Wilkinson C. Phillip
  • Patent number: 5934999
    Abstract: The present invention is a progressive gaming device conceptually similar to a conventional roulette game. The present invention comprises a modified roulette wheel on a gaming table, a lighted display panel adjacent to the roulette wheel and built into the gaming table, a display unit at the head of the gaming table, a microcomputer and a key pad. When played, the present invention allows up to seven players to play. Play is effectuated under special rules, where a modified roulette wheel is spun by the croupier and three ivory balls are spun in a direction opposite the wheel's direction. When all balls fall into slots on the wheel, this information is sent to a nearby microcomputer for display on several display units, thereby allowing a croupier to determine payout and/or the progressive jackpot. The jackpot is progressive in that a percentage of every wager bet is placed back into the jackpot for availability during the next game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventor: John M. Valdez
  • Patent number: 5836583
    Abstract: A detection system for detecting the position of an object of a movable member and, In particular, for detection the position of a ball in a moving roulette wheel which has a light source for emitting visible light which is modulated. A sensor is provided to receive reflections of the emitted modulated light from the ball and the moving roulette wheel. The reflections are analyzed to determine the position of the member and the location of the objection in relation thereto. The light source can transmit light and the sensor can detect specific similarly modulated wavelengths which are predetrmined dependent upon the relative chrominance of the number ring and the pocket ring of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Technical Casino Services Ltd.
    Inventor: Paul Towers
  • Patent number: 5785594
    Abstract: A spinning wheel amusement device having a receiving guide for receiving a token or coin which is deposited on to a spinning wheel which is rotated via a motor. The spinning wheel is provided with a plurality of receptacles spaced about its periphery for receiving the token or coin therein. A peripheral token guide surrounds the spinning wheel and directs tokens or coins not successfully received in a receptacle on the spinning wheel. The device includes a microprocessor configured to control and operate different components of the system. The device is also provided with sensors for detecting the presence of a token or coin received in a receptacle on the spinning wheel and for determining the position of the spinning. Each receptacle has a corresponding value such that an award, such as number of tickets or vouchers, are dispensed when a coin or token is successfully received in a receptacle on the spinning wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: H. Betti Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Seibert, Jr., Robert C. Betti
  • Patent number: 5755440
    Abstract: A new Roulette apparatus comprises multiple balls and separate tracks for launching each of the balls. In a preferred embodiment there are two balls and two tracks. Also in a preferred embodiment special apparatus is provided for launching the balls. In one embodiment the launching apparatus is air powered, and in another the apparatus is mechanical with the balls accelerated by contact with a spinning wheel. In either case the launching apparatus may be hand-held or mounted to a frame and positioned to propel the balls into the tracks. In another aspect of the invention the wheel of the Roulette apparatus is provided as a dynamic display, which may be of several different types, such as LCD and dynamic holographic displays, and electronic player stations are provided wherein players may customize and place bets. In many embodiments the games are enhanced by audio effects including such sounds as balls being launched, balls rolling in Roulette apparatus, thunder strikes, and music.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Inventor: Abraham M. Sher
  • Patent number: 5743798
    Abstract: A roulette game including a progressive jackpot includes a plurality of coin acceptors to enable players to place an optional progressive jackpot wager. Players place game wagers on a numbered layout imprinted on a table surface by using different colored chips assigned to each player. A control system includes an optical sensor head for detecting the speed and position of the ball in the roulette wheel, as well as the number of revolutions of the wheel. The control system displays on an electronic sign a progressive jackpot amount, winning numbers, and a random bonus jackpot. Players win the progressive jackpot by betting on the same winning number four times in a row. The electronic control system of the game, in conjunction with a dealer console, maintains an accounting of wagers placed, winning numbers, and amounts paid. The apparatus also includes a sound system for generating various sound effects at different stages of the game to enhance player excitement and appeal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Assignee: Progressive Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Allen Adams, Yosef Har-Nov, Donald W. Jones, Peter R. De Raedt, Jeremy Francisco Stein, Jonathan Charles West, Michael Wade Woodruff
  • Patent number: 5687967
    Abstract: To make it more difficult for system gamblers to predict their chances of successfully placing their chips, the number ring in roulette equipment is an independent component that rests on the bottom of the bowl and can be angularly displaced from outside against inherent resistance. The ring is re-adjusted from time to time by the casino personnel to contaminate the probabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: Anette Klaus
    Inventor: Willi Klaus
  • Patent number: 5639089
    Abstract: A bingo game machine in which signs on bingo cards are compared with a plurality of randomly selected specific signs to decide the winner of a game in accordance with the correspondence of the signs. The bingo game machine includes a chance device for randomly selecting the specific signs. The chance device includes a plurality of objects, and a vertically mounted roulette unit which rotates about a horizontal axis. The roulette unit has a catching portion including a plurality of containers arranged in the form of a circle on the rotating roulette unit. Each container is affixed with a specific sign, and each container is adapted for catching an object. A supply unit supplies objects to the top of the rotating roulette unit, the objects then fall to the lower portion of the rotating roulette unit. At the lower portion, the objects are caught by the containers, one object per container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: Konami Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kusuo Matsumoto, Shiro Majima
  • Patent number: 5636838
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for a roulette-type game comprising two sets of concentric indicia. According to a preferred embodiment, players may wager on either set of indicia and on the occurrence of the same indicia from both sets of indicia being indicated. A preferred roulette table comprises two independently rotatable plates each bearing identical indicia, and a mechanism for accurately aligning the indicia from the inner plate with indicia on the outer plate when the plates are not in relative motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: Richard M. Fitoussi
    Inventor: Jean B. Caro
  • Patent number: 5553851
    Abstract: Gaming apparatus in which a ball is traveled onto a revolving surface has a plurality of rings of differing diameters which jointly form the revolving surface. The rings are centered on a vertical axis of rotation and may rotate in opposite directions or in the same direction at different speeds. The rings have winning apertures and losing apertures through which a rolling ball may drop through the ring. The rings, other than the final ring along the path of travel of the ball, also have pass zones at which a ball may roll on to the next ring without dropping into an aperture. Progressively higher score values may be assigned to the winning apertures of the successive rings along the path of ball travel. In the preferred form, the apparatus includes a ball launcher and detectors for counting balls which drop through winning apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: Quick Silver Development Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Malavazos, Gregory Malavazos, Constantine Malavazos
  • Patent number: 5540442
    Abstract: In a modified roulette game offering an additional betting opportunity with a large payoff for a winning bet, a player, having made a conventional roulette bet on a conventional roulette betting layout, may make a second or side bet on a related betting layout exhibiting only the numbers of the conventional roulette betting layout, without regard to color, parity or position. When the winning bets in the conventional layout are determined by the operation of the roulette wheel, a random number generator also generates and displays one of the conventional roulette numbers, i.e, 1-36, 0 or 00. If the number displayed by the random number generator is the same as the winning number that is determined by the roulette wheel, the side bet on that number is a winning bet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Inventors: Thomas S. Orselli, John Dunne
  • Patent number: 5437452
    Abstract: The invention concerns a roulette bowl, in particular for the use in gambling casinos, having a roulette wheel. According to the invention it is provided that the roulette wheel (4) carries a ring (5) having radially extending fins (10) that confine the fields (32) and that the fins (10) confining the fields (32) are constructed in one single piece with the ring (5) that preferably is deepenedly inserted into a recess of the roulette wheel (4) (FIG. 1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Assignee: Novo-Invest Development Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Johann Graf, Werner Machac
  • Patent number: 5435556
    Abstract: An electrically operated random number selector has a main housing with top and bottom walls. A number selection turntable assembly is mounted at the top wall of the housing which contains a power source for rotating the turntable assembly and a power control member at the bottom wall of the housing. When the selector is resting on a support surface the power control member is held in a power off position at the bottom wall of the housing and when the selector is lifted off of the support surface, the power control member is automatically movable to a power on position extending downwardly from the bottom wall of the selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: Win-It Lotto Selections Inc.
    Inventors: Richard R. Rice, William D. Rice
  • Patent number: 5360214
    Abstract: A gaming apparatus including a rigid circular ring with a plurality of hollow spokes projecting radially from a central hub having a cylindrical cavity with passageways from said cavity to each of said spokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Inventor: Larry V. Harmen
  • Patent number: 5238440
    Abstract: A toy top comprises a base plate having a plurality of apertures therein, a rotatable disk which is mounted beneath the base plate, a plurality of balls which are received on the base plate and a transparent dome enclosing the balls and the base plate. The device is operative by depressing a central plunger to rotate the disk beneath the base plate. The rotatable disk has a plurality of projections thereon which pass beneath the apertures in the base plate so that they engage any of the balls received in the apertures to bump or pop the balls out of the apertures as the disk is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Playskool, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew T. Morin
  • Patent number: 5102135
    Abstract: An improved roulette game whose rotor has a conical surface sloped towards its center, in which is placed a central rotating disk coaxially on the rotor mounting shaft, the rotor being free to rotate on its shaft and its conical inclined surface terminating abruptly in a lateral annular surface which leaves a free space from that surface to the shaft secured coaxially to the mentioned rotor and from that annular surface a plurality of projecting walls extend radially defining, between each pair of adjacent walls, a pocket to contain the ball used in the game. The pockets thus defined are frontally closed by another annular wall belonging to the central rotating disk. The latter is placed in the free space existing between the pockets and the rotor mounting shaft, and its annular wall has a height substantially similar to that of the rotor annular wall. The central rotating disk has a conical slope whose lower edge coincides with the pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventor: Ricardo Addiechi
  • Patent number: 5102138
    Abstract: A portable gaming device which is adaptable to simulate the action of several popular casino games. The device includes a spinning wheel rotatably mounted to a support. The spinning wheel defines an interior chamber which houses a plurality of game pieces. As the wheel is rotated, the game pieces are mixed until the wheel is stopped, whereupon one or more game pieces are displayed in a window to determine the result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventor: Robert J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5092596
    Abstract: A parlor game is described which combines the strategic decision-making of managing a sports team with the financial management of owning a professional sports franchise. A baseball game is played using a wheel which is spun to simulate a pitch, and a ball tossed into the wheel to simulate a hitting attempt. A legend on the wheel aligned with the location in which the ball comes to rest in the wheel is read to establish the outcome of the hitting attempt. No hitting attempt results in balls and strikes being read from the wheel as indicated by an external indicator. Different legends on the wheel correspond to different skill levels assigned to players on the teams. Currency provided with the game is used to upgrade the skill level of players, and to buy and sell concessions and media ownership rights. A player on a team may be challenged on a particular play by a player on the opposing team, the skill level of each player determining the probability of that player's success in the challenge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Inventor: Laurence J. Bucaria
  • Patent number: 4989873
    Abstract: A roulette playing device includes a hitting device for releasing a ball onto a circular runway which comprises a first rotatable roller disposed upstream of an outlet, a second rotatable roller opposed to the first roller and spaced therefrom by a distance smaller than the diameter of the ball, and a driver for rotating the first and the second rollers in opposite direction to each other. Such arrangement makes it easy to spin and release the ball and to control the spin of the ball. A release device for feeding a ball to the hitting device comprises a blower for sending forth air to the outlet through a release passage upstream of the outlet, and a feeder for feeding balls one by one to the release passage. Such arrangement enables the ball released on the circular runway to be accelerated thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1991
    Assignee: Sigma Enterprises, Incorporated
    Inventor: Katsuki Manabe
  • Patent number: 4984796
    Abstract: A device and method for selecting a plurality of numbers for an entry in a game of chance such as a lottery game in which an entry comprises a subset of numbers chosen from a set of numbers which are selectable in the lottery game. A wheel is provided having a plurality of rest positions, each rest position having a distinct number associated therewith, the distinct numbers forming the set of numbers which are selectable in the lottery game. A plurality of balls are placed on the wheel, with the number of balls corresponding to the quantity of numbers to be selected to form the subset of numbers forming the entry. The wheel is designed to cause each ball to assume one of the rest positions such that a distinct number is selected for each ball and the entry comprises the subset of numbers selected by the plurality of balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1991
    Inventor: Lawrence L. Peacock
  • Patent number: 4941665
    Abstract: A rotator game device for the generation of randomly selected data has a circular housing with a recess, and a base wheel rotatable within the housing recess upon a bearing arrangement. The base member has an upstanding handle member fitting over the bearing arrangement, and a circular retainer member having an inclined surface and a lip is mounted to the circular housing. A collar member is fitted to the upstanding handle member and has a plurality of detents as well as an indicia indicator for each detent area. A plurality of wheel or disc members carrying indicia such that each wheel member has one edge resting on the circular retainer and one edge resting on the base wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1990
    Inventor: Reuben B. Klamer
  • Patent number: 4869505
    Abstract: A roulette playing device comprises a release opening for releasing a ball. The opening is formed in a circular wall at a position higher than the level where the ball runs on the outermost circumference thereof. The circular wall is preferably tilted from a vertical plane toward a roulette wheel. Such an arrangement prevents the ball from running astray and dropping into the release opening. The roulette playing device further comprises ball sensors for detecting the ball running on the circular runway, an average speed detector for detecting the time the ball takes to run between two of the ball sensors, and a control device for outputting an instruction for prohibiting any more betting when the detected value by the speed detector reaches a preset value. Such an arrangement enables the behavior of the ball to be detected accurately and NO BETTING operation to be timed stably, whereby roulette games are made more amusing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Assignee: Sigma Enterprises, Incorporated
    Inventor: Katsuki Manabe
  • Patent number: 4754980
    Abstract: A game apparatus consisting of a housing, the interior of the housing has electrical wiring and a power switch including a switching means, for starting and stopping a toy motor. The motor being coupled to spin a multi-disk assembly. The disks are divided into sectors and each sector as a symbol marking printed thereon. When the switching means causes the motor to spin, the disks free-spin around the motor shaft. When the switching means disconnect the motor from the electrical power source, the disks coast to a stop. An indicating means designates two random symbols in alignment.The random symbol generator in conjunction with a multiplication type game board is used as a "non-problem solving" educational game.In an another embodiment, the random symbol generator is used in conjunction with a marble operated switching means, wherein a marble is aimed at a target opening, its entrance into the target opening closes the switching means, thereby causing the multi-disk symbol generator to spin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1988
    Inventor: Abraham Torgow
  • Patent number: 4735416
    Abstract: A roulette apparatus has a table, a roulette wheel mounted to spin about a vertical axis with respect to the table, the wheel having a plurality of ball receptor cups at the periphery thereof and having a hub portion and a rim portion. The hub and rim portions are displaceable axially with respect to each other between a "play" position and a "return" position, for forming a gap between the hub portion and the rim portion when the hub and rim portions are in the "return" position. A return channel is provided beneath the wheel, whereby when a ball has been projected onto the spinning wheel and has fallen into one of the cups, and the hub and rim portions have been displaced to the "return" position, the ball rolls from the cup into which it has fallen, rolls through the gap, and then falls to the return channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1988
    Assignee: The McNally Design Group Ltd.
    Inventor: Gordon McNally
  • Patent number: 4732385
    Abstract: A roulette for gaming, provided with a set of control and game choice displays, which includes a motor for spinning the body of the roulette where the ball rolls, and doing so at a speed that is capable of alteration, so that the ball is ejected from one slot and becomes lodged in another at random, and which furthermore includes sensors for detecting the position of the ball, for comparing it with the position staked, and for awarding a prize in the event of both being the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1988
    Inventor: Rodolfo B. Castellanos
  • Patent number: 4601470
    Abstract: A roulette game is provided wherein a ball is thrown from a rotary disk onto the ball rotating passageway and is successively subject to actions of the magnetic forces of a series of electromagnets arranged along the ball rotating passageway and gradually increases its speed. After the ball has been thrown, the direction of rotation of the rotary disk is reversed so that the rotating direction of the rotary disk is opposite to the rolling direction of the ball. After a predetermined time period has passed and the electromagnets are deenergized and the rotary disk coasts, the ball loses speed and moves from the rotating passageway onto the rotary disk and is finally caught and stopped in one of a multiplicity of pockets. Therefore, the roulette gaming apparatus gives an actual feeling which is substantially the same feeling as will be obtained when players play an actual roulette game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1986
    Inventors: Otomatsu Kadota, Masao Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 4391442
    Abstract: A gaming apparatus in which a roulette wheel has a circular rim and a downwardly converging frustoconical bowl contained within the rim and joined thereto forming a track therewith for a roulette ball and a rotatable wheel head centered within the bowl at the bottom thereof and formed with a plurality of numbered compartments for receiving the roulette ball. An automatic roulette ball spinner has a pair of guide tubes directed oppositely to one another and positioned along the rim for directing the ball tangentially onto the track. The guide tubes have a roulette ball magazine communicating therewith including respective powered plungers for propelling the ball through the guide tubes. The powered plungers are randomly activated and, in addition, the propelling force of the powered plungers is randomly adjusted. The plungers are actuated either electromagnetically or pneumatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1983
    Inventor: David Levy
  • Patent number: 4357015
    Abstract: An improved roulette game is provided wherein a television camera, preferably a color camera, focuses on the spinning roulette wheel and rotates with it, thereby sending either a slow motion or still image of the roulette wheel to at least one television receiver to monitor the spinning roulette wheel and display the wheel to participants or to remote areas. The apparatus enables the viewer to watch the spinning wheel in slow or stop action, and the very instant the ball falls into a numbered slot it instantly appears on the monitor for all to see, thereby speeding play, enabling more spins of the wheel in any given time period, informing everyone of the winning number the instant the ball drops and generally making the game more spectacular and thrilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1982
    Inventors: Frank Santora, Robert L. Saissline
  • Patent number: 4337945
    Abstract: A gaming apparatus in which a roulette wheel has a circular rim and a downwardly converging frustoconical bowl contained within the rim and joined thereto forming a track therewith for a roulette ball and a rotatable wheel head centered within the bowl at the bottom thereof and formed with a plurality of numbered compartments for receiving the roulette ball. An automatic roulette ball spinner having at least one guide tube is positioned along the rim for directing the roulette ball onto the track and is provided with a powered plunger for propelling the roulette ball through the guide tube. The guide tube is vertically moveable for lowering it onto the track to discharge the ball and then raising it to allow the ball to travel around the track uninterruptedly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1982
    Inventor: David Levy
  • Patent number: 4222561
    Abstract: A game device is provided whereby a predetermined set of word category cards are selected randomly one at a time together with spinning a roulette wheel to select the first letter designation for a word response by the players which satisfies both the category and first letter so selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1980
    Inventor: Hubert N. Whitten
  • Patent number: 4149728
    Abstract: A poker game includes a roulette wheel mounted on a table top. The table top has a played card distribution area and a rack extending therefrom at an angle therewith for supporting a plurality of playing cards. Each card played is indicated in the played card distribution area. A wagering area on the table top indicates cards and poker hands for wagers concerning the operation of the roulette wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1979
    Inventor: Richard G. Thompson
  • Patent number: 4095794
    Abstract: The token return assembly cooperates with an amusement apparatus formed of a token supply receptacle with a latchable lower portion and containing a vacuum supply unit; a rotating drum positioned on a base disposed below the receptacle, has openings for receiving tokens, as they fall from the receptacle caused by movement of the lower portion of the receptacle; an associated display panel electrically connected to switches below the openings, corresponding to positions of the tokens in the respective openings, the display being energized through the closing of normally open switch contacts by action with respective tokens. The switches, mounted on movable support plates associated with solenoids within the lower portion of the drum, on actuation of the solenoids by the player activating a token return switch, are withdrawn from the openings. The tokens, falling into an inclined channel which leads to a conduit are returned to the receptacle by vacuum suction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1977
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1978
    Inventors: Joseph Benjamin Garto, Anthony Garto, Alfred Garto
  • Patent number: 4077631
    Abstract: A modern roulette game having a unique and novel modern layout of groups of numerals on the chart along side of the roulette wheel and base combined with the addition of small numerals concentrically inwardly of the conventional numerals on the roulette wheel with the small numerals being oriented in relation to the original parent numerals in a manner to enable modern roulette to be played. In the modern roulette layout, the thirty-six numbers are not arranged in consecutive fashion as in the conventional roulette layout but rather are arranged in groups of four numbers per group with their being nine groups with each of the nine groups containing two numbers that are even and two numbers that are odd, and four of the groups contain all red numbers and four groups contain all black numbers with the number one group including half red numbers and half black numbers. Small numerals on the roulette wheel inwardly of the parent numerals indicate the group in which the parent numeral falls in the layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1978
    Inventor: Charles T. Tela, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4036497
    Abstract: An amusement apparatus to be played by several players, having as many playing stations as there are players. Each of the players participates by recordable and measurable action on his part with winning scores determined by a predefined risk-reward schedule. The playing stations are independently operable by each player to produce respective output signals that are intergradable with one another. Individual playing stations are formed of a base member having a first receptacle mounted above the base member provided with a plurality of predefined valued positions, each position being capable of receiving a token i.e. a ball, set in motion thereto by a player. A second receptacle depending from a frame positioned above the first receptacle initially positions the token above the first receptacle. Each player is provided with a release member for causing the token to be dropped out of the second receptacle and into the first receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1975
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1977
    Inventors: Joseph Benjamin Garto, Anthony Garto
  • Patent number: 3980306
    Abstract: A spinning toy including a semi-spherical bowl shaped member with a portion extending upwardly over the midpoint of the spherical portion thereof thus providing a smoothly radiused interior wall portion, a spinnable member located on a vertical axis which axis is offset to the vertical axis of the bowl member when the bowl is in an upright position and the spinnable member having blades of equal lengths thereon of less dimension than the radial dimension of the bowl and a ball normally provided in the bowl below the spinnable member. The ball, spinnable member blade lengths and the axial offset of the spinnable member allow the ball to move from the bottom of the bowl past the blades of the spinnable member at locations where the axial offset of the spinnable member to the wall is the greatest and allow the ball to be supported above the spinnable member by the coaction of the blades and the wall closest to the blade tips due to the axial offset of the spinnable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1975
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1976
    Inventor: James T. Tollefson