With Means To Distinguish Or Identify Each Ball Pocketed Patents (Class 473/23)
  • Patent number: 10569157
    Abstract: A method and system for playing a bowling game in combination with a football-type game is disclosed. The method and system comprising the steps of initiating a conventional bowling game, filling at least one bowling frame, evaluating a bowling score for at least one bowler, generating a football play result based on the bowling score, displaying a football position based on the football play result, continuing the bowling game and generating the football play result until a 10th frame of bowling is completed, determining a winning football team, and providing an award to the winning football team.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: James Charles Mruk
  • Patent number: 8992315
    Abstract: Position data is generated. The position data describes a respective current position of each of one or more game objects (e.g., billiard game objects) in relation to a playing surface (e.g., a playing surface of a billiard table) defining a boundary of a field of play of a game involving use of the one or more game objects in the field of play. A graphical interface image is displayed on the playing surface. Whether the position data in relation to the displayed graphical interface image satisfies an input instruction predicate is determined. In response to a determination that the position data satisfies the input instruction predicate, the input instruction is executed on a machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Obscura Digital, Inc.
    Inventors: Niklas Lundback, Steve Mason, Michael Harville, Travis Threlkel
  • Patent number: 8727875
    Abstract: Position data is generated. The position data describes real-time positions of each of one or more billiard balls moving on a playing surface of a billiard table. Imagery is displayed on the playing surface. The imagery dynamically responds to the position data as the one or more billiard balls move on the playing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Obscura Digital, Inc.
    Inventors: Niklas Lundback, Steve Mason, Michael Harville, Nikolai Cornell, Travis Threlkel
  • Patent number: 8241136
    Abstract: A method of gaming comprising: providing a table game of the type where a player seeks to sink one or more balls of a set of balls in one or more pockets of the table by striking the balls with a cue ball in accordance with the rules of the table game; receiving a wager from a player additional to any amount required to play the table game, the wager entitling the player to receive at least one bonus associated with an event if the player achieves the event; and electronically monitoring play of the table game to determine whether the player achieves the event and the bonus should be awarded to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Nicholas Luke Bennett
  • Patent number: 8052538
    Abstract: The present invention may include apparatus and methods for playing a pool game with currency collection and dispensing for tallying betting and paying winnings. A pool table may have six pockets that may be connected to channels structured to channel a ball entering a pocket to move to a ball holding element. A detection channel may be disposed intermediate the channels and the ball holding element. A detector may be disposed with the detection channel with the detector in communication with a controller device. A currency element may be disposed with the controller device to collect currency and to dispense currency as communicated by the controller device. Each of a plurality of balls may have an embedded electronic target device by the detector. A display may be in communication with the controller device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: George B. Emery, III
  • Patent number: 5738591
    Abstract: A queuing system is provided for gaming apparatus such as a billiards table. The system uses a remote consol (16) that is coin operated and has a key-pad (58) for players to enter theft names in a sequence of players. The consol dispenses a ticket (76) with a unique identifier (78) marked on the ticket, corresponding to the player name. A display (18) associated with the apparatus, for example above a billiards table (12), displays the name or names of the persons playing. When a game is completed, as by pocketing the black ball in a game of snooker, the apparatus detects this condition and signals the main processor through an infrared link that the game is over. The apparatus is then locked up, as by locking a ball collector (32), until the next player enters the correct ticket at the consol to release the balls from the collector. A tournament mode of play omitting the tickets and providing for two sequences of players is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Inventor: David R. Opsal
  • Patent number: 5711715
    Abstract: A coin operated game playing machine is operated by a microprocessor so as to permit tournament play among a number of players. Names of top ranking players are displayed and a portion of the playing receipts is allocated to an award fund for distribution to the tournament winners as determined by numerical scoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Inventors: Dock E. Ringo, James Henry Pearson
  • Patent number: 5630759
    Abstract: A device used with billiard table for sensing balls dropping into the pockets and scoring as well as collecting and arranging the balls. The device is mounted under the dropping opening of the collecting ball rail of the billiard table for sensing the balls hit down into the pocket and automatically scoring as well as locating the balls at the location in the ball holding tray. After all the balls on the table are hit down, sensed and rendered in the ball holding tray, the device automatically re-arranges the balls at the preset triangular location on the billiard table for next game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Inventor: Pei-Ju Lee