Miscellaneous Patents (Class 273/459)
  • Patent number: 10974157
    Abstract: An article ejection structure is disclosed, having a housing, and a first biasing member positioned in the housing and having a first biasing force biasing the first biasing member toward a first neutral position to drive a rupture structure to rupture the housing. A release member restricts the first biasing member from moving toward the first neutral position when the release member is in a lock state, and is conditionable to a release state, in which the release member at least partially releases the first biasing member to move toward the first neutral position and drive the ejection structure to rupture the housing. A second biasing member positioned in the housing, the second biasing member having a second biasing force biasing the second biasing member toward a second neutral position to drive an article positioned in the housing out of the housing when the housing is ruptured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Spin Master Ltd.
    Inventors: Amy A. Pruzansky, David L. McDonald, Tat Wah Wong
  • Patent number: 10395470
    Abstract: A gaming table includes input sensors which are configured to receive multiple inputs from a player. The sensors are linked to a gaming table controller and are configured to receive different types of inputs from players at different times. One input may comprise a wager input in the form of one or more chips which are associated with the sensor. Another input may comprise a game play input, such as a spin input for a bonus game, received by a player placing their hand proximate to the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventors: Zbigniew Czyzewski, Michael Skvorzov
  • Patent number: 10373442
    Abstract: A gaming system includes a central server or controller operable to communicate a plurality of different commands to a plurality of gaming machines to provide non-tournament game play and to provide tournament game play on the same gaming machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Greg Schlottmann, Jacob Thomas Graham, Anthony J. Baerlocher, Richard J. Schneider, Cara L. Iddings, Vince Manfredi, Michael MacVittie
  • Patent number: 10140803
    Abstract: A game board is provided for playing a game. During play, after a draw is selected from a set of available draws, a visualization of placing the selected draw on the game board is provided. As a result of placing the selected draw on the game board, a visualization of the game board moving is provided. It is determined whether a first game outcome is triggered based on the position of the game board after the movement of the game board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Joel E. Carson
  • Patent number: 10118081
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus for providing game-related information includes a computer processor, a memory device, a display screen, a transmitter, and a communication interface. The memory device stores at least one piece of computer code executable by the computer processor and data used by the computer code. The transmitter enables information to be communicated to a scoreboard. The communication interface enables information to be communicated to subscribers identified on a subscriber list stored in a database of the memory device. The computer code includes code for providing a user interface on the display screen to enable a scorekeeper to input an information item relating to a game, controlling the transmitter to transmit the information item to the scoreboard, controlling the memory device to store the information item in a memory therein, and controlling the communication interface to transmit the information item to at least one subscriber identified on the subscriber list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Hunter Huebsch
  • Patent number: 10089828
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a gaming system and method enabling a player to earn a play of a bonus game using one device and to redeem the earned play for an enhanced play of the bonus game on another device. Generally, various embodiments of the gaming system of the present disclosure enable a player to earn one or more plays of a bonus game through game play on a first device, and to either: (a) redeem an earned play on the first device for a play of a first version of the bonus game, or (b) redeem an earned play on a second different device for a play of a second different version of the bonus game. The second version of the bonus game is enhanced in one or more manners as compared to the first version of the bonus game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Dwayne R. Nelson, Cameron A. Filipour
  • Patent number: 9839388
    Abstract: The personality assessment and treatment determination system includes a facial recognition device for imaging a patient's face and receiving demographic and personality information from the patient, and a micro-lab device positioned in communication with the facial recognition device. The micro-lab device includes a body having at least one slot configured for receiving a slide holding the patient's bodily fluid, a scanner for analyzing the patient's bodily fluid, and a selector switch for selecting the bodily fluid to be analyzed. The information from the facial recognition device, each of the plurality of questionnaires, and from the micro-lab device is combined to determine the patient's psychological disorder and a treatment for the patient's psychological disorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: Mahdi S. H. S. A. Al-Sayed Ebrahim, Abrar H. A. Al-Bahrani
  • Patent number: 9764229
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system configured to unlock digital content related to toys associated with users. The digital content may be unlocked based on the associations between the toys and the users, and presence of objects associated with user accounts at predetermined geographic locations. The predetermined geographic locations may be locations within theme parks, restaurants, stores, and/or hotels. The toys associated with the users may include, for example, toys owned by the users. The toys may include physical toys and/or virtual toys in a virtual space. The objects associated with user accounts may include, for example, a mobile phone belonging to the user. The user accounts may be electronic accounts associated with individual users that include information related to the toys associated with users and information related to the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: C. Matthew Dawson
  • Patent number: 9734672
    Abstract: The gaming device disclosed herein includes a plurality of simultaneously, substantially simultaneously or sequentially played primary games, wherein a designated triggering event in at least one of the games causes the gaming device to change, modify, supplement, add to, activate or otherwise influence the paytable of at least another game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Anthony J. Baerlocher, Peter Gerrard
  • Patent number: 9659462
    Abstract: The gaming device disclosed herein includes a plurality of simultaneously, substantially simultaneously or sequentially played primary games, wherein a designated triggering event in at least one of the games causes the gaming device to change, modify, supplement, add to, activate or otherwise influence the paytable of at least another game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Anthony J. Baerlocher, Peter Gerrard
  • Patent number: 9656172
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system configured to manage virtual content within a virtual space based on information associated with objects. The information associated with the objects may be updated responsive to detecting the objects at various real world physical geographic locations. The system may be configured to enhance a user's gaming experience by enabling location based unlocking of the virtual content in the virtual space. In some implementations, the locations may be locations such as but not limited to locations within theme parks, movie theaters, restaurants, and/or stores, for example. A user may be able to transport objects to one or more geographic locations where object identification devices detect the objects. Virtual content may be unlocked responsive to the detection of objects by the object identification devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Nelson, Robert Lowe, John G. Vignocchi
  • Patent number: 9504906
    Abstract: A game set which includes a plurality of cards upon which at least one of words and images are displayed in an other than normally recognizable format, a mirror by which a reflection of the words and/or images on the plurality of cards can be viewed in their corresponding normal recognizable format, and a timer for measuring the time it takes a player of the game to correctly recognize the words and/or images displayed on the plurality of cards without the use of the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Barry Magyaros
  • Patent number: 9220994
    Abstract: A card-holding component. The card-holding component comprises a main body that includes a base and a card-holding portion. The card-holding portion having a geometry of a segment of a circle with an arcuate edge. The card-holding component also comprises a multiplicity of peripheral slots arranged to open on the arcuate edge of the card-holding portion. Additionally, the card-holding component comprises a coupling notch having a width that substantially matches a thickness of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: E & M Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Murphy, Michael Woods, Marshall Grinstead, Forrest Grinstead
  • Patent number: 8864137
    Abstract: An action game apparatus and method are disclosed. The apparatus is useable to play an action game including a launching device and a collection device with an indicator that signals when a predetermined quantity of game pieces have been collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Janice Ritter, Rawn Trinidad, Stephen Lau
  • Patent number: 8777227
    Abstract: Systems and methods of organizing and conducting games are set forth herein. One method of organizing and conducting a game comprises steps of arranging a plurality of contestants within a predefined adventurous area, and providing a plurality of items, each item having a distinct identifying characteristic. An ultralight with a programmable ejection system launches the plurality of items into the adventurous area through the air according to a predetermined routine. The contestants are allowed to search for and collect the items launched by the ultralight within the adventurous area before the game ends. Means are provided for correlating the identifying characteristic of each item to a prize, and each contestant is allowed to retain the prize correlating to the identifying characteristic of the item that was collected by the contestant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Ward Kraft, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Kraft
  • Patent number: 8770588
    Abstract: A novelty item for parties and other amusement which is a straw containing a jellied shooter, a granita or a slush. Preferably the jellied shooter, the granita or slush contains a potable alcohol. Alternative embodiments incorporate a holder for multiple straws which may be operably connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas Taylor Hammer
  • Publication number: 20140167358
    Abstract: A method for providing play therapy utilizing an interactive role playing game that involves relationships and interaction. The method utilizes a game requiring fashion jewelry with figures to communicate visually and indicate which role(s) are available for play as the roles vary by figure as to levels of play and to be a participant and initiate play one must consent. The game relies on communication, negotiation and agreement along with Choice, Chance and Opportunity to determine potential role(s) that are multiple and diverse and are assigned to the game apparatus by the participants. The apparatus consists of communication by the numbers, spinning wheel, coins and others that will determine the specific role by chance. Transformation occurs both physically and mentally among participants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Keith C. Fox
  • Patent number: 8714555
    Abstract: A pressure-filled container-popping game is defined with pressure-filled containers that are positioned in a game play area behind various barriers. Each pressure-filled container has one or more prizes coupled to it. The barriers have openings or orifices which provides access to a corresponding pressure-filled container through the barrier. A player positions a moveable target arm using a game control attempting to align a piercing member attached to the target arm with a selected one of the orifices. When the player believes the piercing member is properly aligned, an attempt is triggered which causes the target arm to move the piercing member toward the selected orifice. If it is properly aligned, the piercing member passes through the orifice and impacts the corresponding pressure-filled container, popping it and sending the coupled prize or prizes falling into a prize chute. Otherwise, the piercing member impacts the barrier, ending the players game attempt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: LAI Games International Pte Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeremy Kelsey, Christopher John McGrath
  • Patent number: 8678395
    Abstract: An amusement device is disclosed having a housing for enclosing a playing field, and at least one target disposed on the playing field, the target oriented for interaction with a vertically dropped projectile. The device further includes a pick-up device within the housing, the pick-up device suspended from a rail arrangement that provides for four-way horizontal movement over the playing field. The device has player controls including a first control for maneuvering the pick-up device in a horizontal plane above the playing field, and a second control for releasing the projectile, wherein an objective of the amusement device is to position the pick-up device over a target and release the projectile to hit the target to win the prize.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen P. Shoemaker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8678394
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gift storage device of a gift game machine and a selection output means thereof. The gift game machine has the selection output means movable in X, Y, Z axes to correspond to a plurality of gift storage devices. Each gift storage device includes a gift support for allowing gifts to hang thereon and a rotary feeding set controlled by the selection output means. A spiral element of the rotary feeding set rotates to push the gifts on the gift support, so that the gifts can move on the gift support until they leave the gift support. Each gift storage device is positioned to a back plate of the gift game machine via an insertion frame. Tabs and insertion troughs are provided between the gift storage device and the insertion frame, so that the gift storage device can be disassembled or assembled easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Youal-Jifh Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Chieh Wang
  • Patent number: 8657294
    Abstract: A lifting device for hammer game machine includes frame, a motor laterally mounted to a lower portion of the frame, a seat longitudinally mounted to an upper portion of the frame, a lifting unit partially received in and extending through the seat, a first bracket is secured on a lower end of the lifting device, a linkage assembly connected to the motor and a second bracket laterally mounted onto the linkage assembly through the frame. The first bracket and the second bracket are slidably relative to the frame and selectively connected to each other before being operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventors: Chi-Ming Tsai, I-Chiang Yang
  • Patent number: 8628090
    Abstract: Children and adults are often seen collecting shells at the beach. Most don't know the name of the shell or anything about it. There's a need to create interest and education about seashells. There is literature which identifies seashells but nothing in the form of a game which would spark that interest. I've invented a seashell game geared for specific geographic locations that identifies indigenous seashells. The game consists of a plastic board with several indentations for specific shells to be placed into. A picture of that shell, its name and interesting information is printed next to the appropriate indentation. The object of the game is for players to fill each indentation with the proper shell within a time limit. The game provides a fun way to learn about seashells and occupy one's time while at the beach. Once filled, the game can be displayed in home, school or office.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Levin
  • Patent number: 8585057
    Abstract: A game machine includes a frame and a control unit mounted on the frame. A rack assembly and a moving unit are respectively positioned in the frame, wherein the rack assembly is provided for containing prizes and a hammering device is mounted onto the moving unit. The moving unit and the hammering device are respectively electrically connected to the control unit. After inserting coin, the player can use the control unit to operate the moving unit for moving the hammering device to a purposed position. Finally, the player operates the hammering device to strike the rack assembly for forming vibration to move the selected prize and the prize is used as a reward after falling from the rack assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Youal-Jifh Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Chieh Wang
  • Patent number: 8561994
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a game vending machine. The game vending machine includes: at least one premium hooking unit and a puller unit. The premium hooking unit hooks premium, and the puller unit pulls a front plate included in the premium hooking unit to allow the premium to drop down into a premium discharge part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Komuse Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seong Wook Jeong, Gyo In Lim, Jeong Cheol Kim
  • Patent number: 8448944
    Abstract: A prize-displaying apparatus includes a wall, two mounts, two boards, two axles and a motor. The wall includes two apertures defined therein. Each mount includes a horizontal section between two vertical sections. Each vertical section of each mount includes an aperture defined therein. Each board includes a sleeve formed thereon. Each axle is inserted in a related aperture of the wall, the apertures of a related mount and the sleeve of a related board. The motor is operatively connected to one of the axles so that the related board can be pivoted between a supporting position where it supports the other board and a releasing position where it leaves and allows the other board to fall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignees: Feiloli Electronic Co., Ltd., Department of Electrical Engineering, National Changhua University of Education
    Inventors: I-Chiang Yang, Tsair-Rong Chen
  • Patent number: 8448948
    Abstract: An amusement game such as those found in arcades is disclosed having a housing, player controls, and a playing area surrounded by a transparent housing, the game comprising a vertical array of targets; an actuator movable in X, Y, and Z directions, player controls for moving the actuator in the X and Y directions, means for extending the actuator in the Z direction toward the vertical array of targets, a suction device for adhering the actuator to a target. The actuator moves toward the targets and can remove a target from its position if properly aligned by the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Stephen P. Shoemaker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8444151
    Abstract: An apparatus for playing a game is provided. The apparatus may include a base, a plurality of projectiles and a first target platform moveable with respect to the base. The first target platform may include a collecting position, in which the plurality of projectiles are collected at the first target platform, and a dispersing position, in which the plurality of projectiles are dispersed from the first target platform. The apparatus may further include an actuator mechanism configured to actuate movement of the first target platform from the collecting position to the dispersing position and a first launcher attached to the base and configured to project the plurality of projectiles toward the first target platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Moran, Stephen P. K. Lau, Jeremy R. Fischer, Alan Chung Chi Cheung, Vincent Chen Wen Yong, Tom Lee Tai To, Erick Huang Shi Xiong, Edmond Jiang Xiao Dong
  • Patent number: 8267405
    Abstract: A game machine includes a main frame, a partition front slantingly mounted on a middle portion of the main frame. A collecting device is mounted onto an underside of the partition and multiple falling ball sensing units are mounted onto an upside of the partition. Multiple prize dispensing devices are mounted onto an internal panel of the main frame and electrically connected to a corresponding one of the falling ball sensing units. A control unit is secured on the main frame and an operational unit is disposed to an upper portion of the main frame, wherein the operational unit is electrically connected to the control unit. When starting a game, the operational unit firstly catches a ball and targets a selected falling ball sense unit, and then releasing the ball to the targeted falling ball sensing units for driving the prize the dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Feiloli Electronic Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Chi-Ming Tsai, I-Chiang Yang
  • Patent number: 8256770
    Abstract: Skill game apparatuses include one or more game piece guiding elements configured to influence movement of game pieces within a game piece path in a manner that is dependent at least in part upon the skill of the player. In one embodiment, the back portion of a skill game apparatus is provided with one or more guide channels configured to limit horizontal movement by a game piece as it moves from the top of the back portion to a base portion of the skill game apparatus. In another embodiment, the skill game apparatus includes one or more player-repositionable guide members along a game piece path that are moveable in response to inputs provided by one or more player-operated controller devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Treasure Box, Inc.
    Inventors: Osama Ibrahim Mohamad Mousa, Joselito Santiago DeGuzman
  • Patent number: 8167311
    Abstract: A game machine includes a cabinet-type main frame. A rack and a movement assembly respectively mounted in the main frame. The rack has multiple rooms defined therein for receiving prizes. An operational unit is mounted on a front panel of the main frame for user to operate the movement assembly. A drive device is mounted on the movement assembly and reciprocally moved relative to the rack. Multiple driven devices are mounted on the rack. Each driven device aligns with a corresponding one of the rooms. Each driven device has a shaft extending into the corresponding room and reciprocally moved to push a prized received in the room when the drive device is engaged to and pushes the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Youal-Jifh Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Chieh Wang
  • Patent number: 8079597
    Abstract: A striking device for a prize-winning game machine is disclosed, primarily comprising a striking head, an X-Z axis moving mechanism, and a Y-axis striking mechanism. The moving mechanism comprises two symmetrically disposed X-axis guiding rails and a Z-axis guiding rail where both ends of the Z-axis guiding rail are movably connected at X-axis guiding rails. The Y-axis striking mechanism can movably connected at the Z-axis guiding rail and comprises a Y-axis guiding rail and a striking rod moving along and disposed on the Y-axis guiding rail. The striking rod is off-axis aligned and connected to a back surface of the striking head for striking the targets in the prize-winning game machine. Therefore, the Y-axis striking mechanism will not be tilted or shifted during numerous striking operations to greatly increase the durations of the striking head and the striking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Paokai Electronic Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ming-Shan Wei
  • Patent number: 8016292
    Abstract: A game machine includes a main frame standing on a supporting surface, a move assembly and a rack respectively disposed in the main frame. An operating unit and a slot unit are respectively disposed on the main frame. A prize dispensing hole is defined in the main frame. The moving assembly includes an X-axis drive unit, a Y-axis drive unit and a Z-axis push unit. The rack has multiple rooms defined therein and each room has a prize received therein. The player can control the X-axis drive unit and the Y-axis drive unit to make the Z-axis push unit linearly corresponding to one of the rooms for pushing the prize in the corresponding room such that the pushed prize falls into the prize dispensing hole and the player can take the fallen prize from the prize dispensing hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Feiloli Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: I-Chiang Yang, Tsair-Rong Chen, Wen-Ren Yang
  • Patent number: 8002284
    Abstract: A doll-based game machine includes a frame, a doll-hanging unit, a displacement unit, a string-cutting unit and an operation unit. The frame includes an opening defined therein. The doll-hanging unit is located in the frame and used to hang dolls. The displacement unit includes an X-axis displacement unit located in the frame, a Y-axis displacement unit connected to the X-axis displacement unit, and a cutter-carrying unit connected to the Y-axis displacement unit. The string-cutting unit is carried by the cutter-carrying unit. The operation unit is located on the frame and operable to cause the X-axis displacement unit to move the Y-axis displacement unit along an X-axis, to cause the Y-axis displacement unit to move the cutter-carrying unit along a Y-axis, and to turn the string-cutting unit into a cutting mode from an idle mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Feiloli Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kun-Hung Hsieh, Yi-Chiang Yang, Tsair-Rong Chen
  • Patent number: 7934723
    Abstract: A pusher game machine 1 includes: a medal feeder 9 which feeds a medal on an upper game board 20; and an upper pushing member 22 which is arranged on the upper game board 20, and performs reciprocating movement, wherein a medal feedable region 61 by the medal feeder 9 is set on the deep side of the upper pushing member, viewing from the medal feeding side by the medal feeding means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryu Sasaki, Atsushi Inoue, Motoki Imanishi, Etsushi Torii
  • Patent number: 7909332
    Abstract: An interactive sports-themed game is disclosed. The game involves generating a list of predicted outcomes of the next play of a live sporting event, ranking the list, selecting one or more of the predicted outcomes to form a subset list. The outcome of the next play of the live sporting event is then compared to the subset list, and the player of the interactive sports-themed game is awarded points if the outcome of the play of the live sporting event matches one of the predictions in the subset list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Bleacher League Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventor: John Root
  • Publication number: 20100319096
    Abstract: A method includes in one embodiment wearing a first resilient sleeve having a first elbow pad on a first arm of the poker player, positioning the elbow pad between a surface of a poker table and the poker player's elbow of the first arm, and compressing a portion of the first resilient elbow pad between a surface of a poker table and the poker player's first elbow of the first arm to resiliently support the weight of the poker player's first arm on the first elbow pad during play of a plurality of poker games. The method may further include positioning a hot pack or a cold pack in a pocket attached to the sleeve on the first arm during play of the plurality of poker games.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventors: Michael A. SCOTT, Henry G. HIGGITT
  • Publication number: 20100291517
    Abstract: A math game for teaching multiplication tables is disclosed. The math game will teach multiplication of the numbers 6-10 and will also help to provide a review of the multiplication of numbers 0-4. The math game uses visual implements to assist with the learning process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: Anne Sims
  • Patent number: 7628404
    Abstract: The apparatus (10) compares the ability of multiple players to perform a physical task, and administers a disincentive, for example a measured electric shock to one or more unsuccessful players. In an example, the apparatus comprises a number of handsets (14) with input devices (22). The apparatus compares reaction time of a plurality of players from a start signal, and administers an electric shock to the players with slower, or the slowest, of reaction times via the handset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Blue Sky Designs, Ltd.
    Inventor: Jonathan Elvidge
  • Patent number: 7601065
    Abstract: A system for playing a game comprises a game unit and a number of mobile terminals which can communicate with the game unit. The game unit is arranged for sending a game code to one or more mobile terminals, and the mobile terminals are arranged for sending at least one game code-related reply message to the game unit. Each reply message comprises an identification code of the mobile terminal. The game code is a number consisting of two or more digits, and each digit identifies a key of each mobile terminal. Each reply message is a word composed of letters which have been selected by means of the keys identified by the digits of the game code. The game unit is arranged for verifying the letters of the reply message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: M-Comm B.V.
    Inventor: Paul George Priester
  • Patent number: 7533888
    Abstract: By providing a playing surface which is dimensioned for enabling a desired game to be played with all competitors positioned thereon, with the playing surface being rotated, a competitive game and/or playing system/environment is created which enables all individuals to compete equally and fairly regardless of their physical capabilities. In the preferred embodiment, the rotation of the playing surface is maintained at a constant rate of speed, although added dimensions and difficulties can be added to the game by altering the rotational speed of the playing surface during the competition. By providing a playing surface upon which any desired game can be played, particularly an action oriented game, with the playing surface being continuously rotated throughout the play of the game, forces previously unknown to each competitor are continuously imposed on each competitor, effectively rendering each competitor to possess equal capabilities, regardless of their strength, agility, proficiency, or size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Georgis
  • Publication number: 20090085286
    Abstract: Mechanical ball projection game devices, including game devices having mechanically-actuated ball loader assemblies, and game devices to release a tangible prize upon game balls reaching or entering a prize location to release a tangible prize upon game balls reaching or entering a prize location. Game devices disclosed herein include prize inserts that may be configured to receive one or more of paper currency, gift cards, financial transaction cards, greeting cards, toys, and candy. Mechanical ball projection game devices may include user-controllable features to redirect ball travel, features to guide and obstruct ball travel, and ball projector devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: T.E. Brangs, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth A. Grist, Ryan Singh
  • Patent number: 7487972
    Abstract: An amusement device for playing a skilled based game, that includes a balloon, a pump for inflating the balloon, a connecting hose for connecting the pump to the balloon, a release value for relieving pressure from the pressurized system, which includes the pump, the connecting hose, and the balloon. The game includes a countdown timer for providing a predetermined game interval, and an activation switch for the initiation of the play of the game and the countdown timer. A first detector is provided for detecting the successful exercise of skill during the play of the game and providing a signal to the controller reflecting the successful exercise of skill. A controller performs a number of functions including, in response to said signal reflecting the successful exercise of skill, activation of the air pump to operate during said game interval wherein the air pump will cause balloon to inflate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Benchmark Entertainment L.C.
    Inventor: Ronald D. Halliburton
  • Publication number: 20080301067
    Abstract: A program is provided in which individuals submit business proposals in efforts to receive funding or other support to be used to implement the proposals. The program may be provided distributed for television, internet, cellular telephones or other media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventor: Doron Porat Corn
  • Publication number: 20080246220
    Abstract: A series of strategy cards that provide a convenient means for players of a Texas Hold'em Poker game to judge the strength of their pre-flop hands, otherwise referred to as their hold card sets or combinations. The relative strength of hold cards in Texas Hold'em Poker changes based on the number of players that are in a pot. The relative strength information is presented to the player in an easy to understand matrix that utilizes ordinal rankings and possibly a color coding scheme. The strategy systems may be shaded based on expected value, and the hold card sets may be abbreviated to allow both easy reference and allow printing onto small form factors that are convenient for pocket storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventor: Nicholas Berry
  • Publication number: 20080174072
    Abstract: The embodiments described are directed to a game tool and game method having an educational effect in psychology and social interaction having at least one player and at least one individual, wherein the player executes a plurality of game tools in isolating the at least one individual.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventor: Michal Pospieszalski
  • Patent number: 7401787
    Abstract: A combat game includes an inflatable arena, one or more inflatable player suits in fluid connection with said inflatable arena and at least one source of air in fluid connection with said inflatable arena and said one or more inflatable player suits, said at least one source of air capable of providing a flow of air under positive pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Inventors: Juan Conte, Sergio D. Galdo, Fernando R. Orbelli
  • Publication number: 20080150236
    Abstract: A new method of calculation of the scores in a game based on each separate half's of the game. Two teams are involved in the game. The score range for a team for whole game is from 0 to 6 points. For example, Team 1 and Team 2 play a football. The football game consists 2 half's by 45 min each. Team 1 won first half of the whole game and got 3 points, Team 2 got 0 points because lose a fist halve of the game. It is mean that the winner in first half is team 1. In the second half, team 1 has a draw with team 2. It is mean that both teams get 1 point because of draw result. Totally Team 1 has 4 points for the game (for both halves) and Team 2 has only 1 point (because draw in second half).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Samir Akhundov
  • Patent number: 7316400
    Abstract: A game apparatus comprising at least two receptacles, at least two pumps for pumping fluid into the at least two receptacles and a weight-activated mechanism to deliver the receptacle contents to a location of the pumps after a receptacle is filled with a predetermined amount of fluid. Connections between the pumps and receptacle may be made such that a receptacle does not deliver its contents to the location of a pump filling it. However, the connections can also be made such that the receptacle delivers its contents to the location of the pump filling it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Inventors: Janet Holsten, William Holsten
  • Patent number: 7297079
    Abstract: An outdoor game system includes a pole adapted for anchoring to the earth. A water-carrying conduit extends upwardly through the pole and is rotatable within the pole. A sprinkler is mounted atop the pole and is connected to the conduit. A reel is affixed to the conduit within the pole adjacent an opening in the pole. The reel is rotatable with the conduit. A net, capable of extension from the opening in the pole, is wound upon the reel. An elongated cover is provided for closing the opening in the pole. The cover is connected to the net for supporting the net above the earth, when the net is extended from the opening in the pole. A handgrip, for rotating the conduit to rewind the net upon the reel, is affixed to the conduit beneath the reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Inventor: Keith H. Delauter
  • Patent number: 7290768
    Abstract: Game played using match-related medium for printing gaming instructions and indicia. At least one of interior surfaces of a matchbook or matchbox carrier is printed with gaming indicia used for comparison against gaming indicia printed at least one of match sticks or match splints. Game instructions are also printed on the interior surfaces of the matchbook or matchbox carrier. A serial number printed on at least one of the matchbook, matchbox, matchstick or match splint provides control over the game. Game indicia is related to at least one of: Five-card Poker, Seven-card Poker; Pai Gow Poker, Baccarat, lotteries and raffles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Inventor: Ralph Edward Viarrial, Jr.