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.Il-lne 7, 1938.
J, ¿_ MVfCHELL
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2,119,867
FRAUD PREVENTING MECHANISM FOR GAME APEI’ARATUS
Filed Nov. 14, 1932
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INVENTOR.
JOSEPH JAMES MITCHELL
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June 7, 1938.
J, J, MWCHELL
2,119,867
FRAUD PREVENTING MECHANISM FOR GAME APPARATUS
Filed Nov. 14, v1932
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Patented June 7, 1938
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UNITED A STATES 'PATENT lOFFICE
FRAUD PREVENTING MECHANISM FOR
GAME APPARATUS
Joseph James Mitchell, Los Angeles, Calif.
Application November 14, 1932,.Serial No. 642,517
5 Claims. (CI. 279-118.)
This invention relates generally to game ap-
vention in its present embodiment is adapted to
paratus of the character embodying a game board
over which balls are adapted to be projected and
l to gravitate through openings in the board, cer'5 tain of which openings may be associated with a
pay-out mechanism in a manner to place the
mechanism in an operative condition for the
dispensing of checks or other considerations in
i accordance with diiîerent values of the open-
be associated with a Conventional “pin and mar
ble” gaine apparatus of the type which includes
a casing having an inclined playing surface on
which'balls are adapted to »be projected by a 5
suitable projecting device, the playing surface
having openings at various locations through
which balls are adapted to -gravitate. Certain
of such openings have predetermined pay-out
’i0 ings.
values, and balls passing through these openings 10
In operating games of this character, unscrupulous players disturb the position of the apparatus from its intended playing position on a support, such as a counter, table or stand, by tilting
'15 or jarring the apparatus in an effort to maneuver
a ball on the game board into an opening of the
latter having a pay-out Value, to thus cheat the
game.
It isa purpose of this invention to provide a
are adapted to be conducted in suitable runways
to various parts of the mechanism of this in
vention for performing certain functions, as will
be later described.
The mechanism embodying this invention is 15
adapted to be installed in the casing of the gameV
apparatus and comprises a base 9 on which are
mounted a number of pay-out slides of the gen
eral construction and function shown in United
go fraud preventing device particularly adaptedgal-
States Letters Patent 1,697,537, issued January 1, 20
though not necessarily, for association with a 1929. These pay-out slides which in the present
game apparatus of the above described character, instance are three in number, are designated at
and which is automatically operable to prevent „ I4, I5 and I 6, and are adapted to be selectively
operation of a pay-out mechanism in the event
2'5 that the playing surface of the apparatus has
been jarred, tilted or otherwise disturbed in an
eñîort to cheat the game.
‘
It is a further purpose of this invention to
provide a fraud preventing device which gives a
30 visual indication of any attempt to cheat the
game by manipulation of the playing surface
from its normal playing position.
One form of the invention will now be de-
scribed, following which the novel features there-
actuated to deliver a greater or less number of
checks or other considerations from a magazine 25
31| to -a discharge chute 20, as will be understood
by those versed in the art.
In the -present'instance three of the openings
in the playing surface» of the apparatus with
which this mechanism is associated are intended 30
to have various pay-out values, and balls passing
through these three openingsV are adapted to be
conducted respectively to three openings in a
trap I0 to temporarily rest‘upon a stop bar IIJa
'3.5 of will be set forth in claims.
spanning the upper open end of a rectangular 35
In the accompanying drawings:
Figure 1 is a side View partly in section, showing the invention in normal playing position;
Figure 2 is a side View partly in section, show4 ing in full lines a pay-out slide partially‘advanced,
and in broken lines the slide fully advanced to
pay out its tokens.
Figure 3 is a side »view partly in section, show-
container Il)b (Figures 4 and 5) on which the trap
is hingedly mounted as shown in Figure 4. A
ball passing into any one of the three openings
in the 'trap‘ I0 is lconfined in such opening when ,
the trap occupies its lowered and active position 40
shown in Figure 1, and is adapted to engage -and
depress a lever Illc pivoted at I'I'beyond one end
of the container IIlb. It will be clear that the
ing the fraud preventing device in action;
Figure 4 is a plan view of the invention in the
normal playing position corresponding to rthat
shown in Figure 1.
Figure 5 is a vertical transverse sectional view
taken on the line 5_5 of Figure 1, and illustrat-
lever will be depressed different angular distances
depending in which opening of the'trap a ball is 45
deposited, due to the different distances .at which
the >trap openings are located with respect‘to the
pivot 'I'I of the lever.
'I'hese vVarying amounts of angular movements
45
50 ing a different position of the mechanism.
Figure 6 is a fragmentary vertical sectional
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of the lever IIIc are utilized to actuate a selector 50 '
I9 which is pivotally mounted adjacent one end
view taken on the line 6_6 of Figure 5.
thereof on the inner section II)d of a two section «
Figure 7 is a fragmentary vertical sectional
view taken on the line 'I--7 of Figure 4.
reciprocable plunger, the outer section Ille of
which is provided with a handle I2 by which
Referring speciñcally to the drawings, this in-
manual operation of the plunger can be eiîected 55
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in a fixed position so as to be horizontally dis
from exteriorly of the casing of the apparatus.
posed when the game apparatus occupies its nor
In order to actuate the selector I9, a bar I8
mal playing position on a support, such as a
counter, table or stand, and to be visible from
projects downwardly from the lever IUC and is
adapted to engage and depress the selector I9 ad
jacent the pivoted end thereof so as to elevate the
free end of the selector from its normal inactive
position below the plane of the lowermost pay
exteriorly of the casing of the apparatus.
out slideIâ as shown in Figure 3, to one of three
active positions in which it is disposed to engage
one or more of the slides I4, I5 and IB in accord
ance with the extent to which the lever Illc is de ,
pressed by a ball in one of the trap openings.
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The outer section II)le of the plunger is adapted
to pass through the lower end of a vertical chute
15 II when the plunger is moved from its retracted
In the present instance a weighted body 24
in the form of a sphere is disposed in the cup
25 and normally rests upon the upper concave
end of a pin 26, which is urged upwardly through
a central opening in the cup and has its lower 10
end pivotally connected to a lever 21 pivoted in
termediate its ends on the container Il‘lb and
having an arm 28 with a hooked upper end adapt
ed to engage the arm 23 projecting from the trap,
15
as shown in Figure 4.
position of Figure 1 to its advanced position in
Figure 2; and a ball passing through a certain
other one of the openings in the playing surface
of the game apparatus is adapted to be con
20 ducted by a suitable runway to the chute II so
as to form an operative connection between the
two sections of the plunger, so that when the
operative connection is thus formed, and an
other ball occupies one of the openings of the
25 trap i0 with the resultant movement of the selec
tor I9 to one of its three active positions, actua
tion of the plunger will cause the selector to
Should the position of the apparatus on its
support be disturbed by jarring or tilting it so as
to correspondingly move the playing surface of
the apparatus, the body 24 will be displaced in
the cup 25 so as to clear the pin 26 and permit 20
the latter to move upwardly into the cup to the
position shown in Figures 3 and, 4, this move
ment of the pin being effected by rocking move
ment of the lever 21 and causing the arm 28 to
coact with the arm 23 in swinging the trap up 2,5
wardly and releasing from the latter any balls
coact with one or more of the pay-out slides in
advancing the latter to deliver one or more
30 checks in accordance with the number of slides
which are actuated.
A pivoted gate 32 operatively connected to the
which have been deposited therein, thereby per
mitting the selector I9 to return to its inactive
position so that actuation of the outer section I2
of the plunger will be ineffective to operate the 30
pay-out slides even though a ball is forming the
trap Iii-by a link 33 (Figure 1) normally con
ñnes a ball in the chute II against discharge
35 into a return chute 2I, which may be of any
suitable construction. During advancing move
ment of the inner section Iûd of the plunger,
the gate 32 is engaged and raised by a lug 32a
on such plunger section, to swing the trap I0
40 upwardly to the position shown in Figure 2, so as
to release from the trap any balls which have
been deposited therein, these balls being then
operative connection between the two sections n
of the plunger.
In order to restore the trap to its lowered and
active position so that the pay-out mechanism 35
will be in an operative condition, it is necessary
that a coin be inserted into the> coin slide 29 and
the latter actuated to cause its inner laterally
projecting and hooked end 39 to engage and
reversely rock the lever 21 by a camming action 40
as shown in broken lines in Figure '1, to restore '
the pin 2B to its normal lowered position so that
the body 24 will no longer be obstructed by the
free to roll from the stop bar Ilia into> the con- , pin and can gravitate to the center of the cup
tainer Iûb, and to discharge from the latter into 25 and again rest upon the upper end of the 45
the return chute 2I.
1n.
It is to be noted from a consideration> of Fig
It will be appreciated that although the fraud
ure 6 that upon the release of the outer sec
preventing device in its present embodiment is
tion llie of the plunger, following operation of shown and described in conjunction with a pay
the pay out mechanism, a ball which has formed out mechanism as a control against operation of 50
the operative connection between the plunger the latter, that the device provides a visual in
sections will be free to roll from the chute Il]d dication of whether or not the playing surface
into the return chute 2l which latter is sup
has been disturbed from its normal playing posi
ported by an arm 2|ab having hooked engage
tion, and gives this indication until reset by the
ment with an arm 23 extending from the trap
insertion of a coin, as the pin 26 maintains the 55
Il). A suitable operative connection (not shown)
body 24 in an oÍî center position with respect
and forming no part of the present- claimed in
to the cup 25 until resetting of the device is ef
vention may be provided between the arm 23 fected by actuation of a coin slide or other means,
and the coin slide 29 to raise the gate 32 and
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release the inner plunger section Ille upon the if desired.
I claim:
next operation of the coin slide in depositing a
1. Game apparatus having a playing surface
coin for the next game. It will be further noted
that as the trap ID is tilted during advancing adapted to be supported in a predetermined play
ing position; pay-out mechanism correlated with
movement of the plunger with a resulting lower
ing of the arm 23, that the return chute 2l is the game apparatus; a receptacle fixed relative 65
thus free to> rock downwardly and discharge to the playing surface; a spherical body in the
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receptacle free to roll from one position when the
any balls which are deposited therein, so as to
playing surface is tilted or jarred from its play
permit the balls to be `conducted to a ball pro
jecting device (not shown) by suitable runways. ing position; and control means for the pay-out
In order to prevent cheating of the game as is mechanism including a movably mounted mem
possible by tilting or jarring the apparatus to ber maintained depressed by the body when oc
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maneuver a ball on the playing surface into any
opening therein having a play-out value, the fol
lowing means is provided. A receptacle in the
form of a cup 25 having its bottom wall de
pressed towards the center of the cup is supported
cupying said one position so as to retain the con
trol means inactive, and movable upwardly into
the receptacle when the body rolls from said one
position to render the control means active in
preventing operation of the pay-out mechanism.
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2. Game apparatus having a playing surface
adapted to be supported in a predetermined play
ing position; pay-out mechanism correlated with
the game apparatus; a receptacle fixed relative
to the playing surface; a spherical body in the
receptacle free to roll from one position when the
playing surface is tilted or jarred from its play
ing position; control means for the pay-out mech
anism including a movably mounted member
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maintained depressed by the body when occupy
ing said one position so as to retain the control
means inactive, and movable upwardly into the
receptacle when the body rolls from said one
position to render the control means- active in
15 preventing operation of the pay-out mechanism;
and means correlated with the control means
by which said member can be lowered to enable
the body to return to its ñrst mentioned posi
tion and to again maintain said member de
20 pressed.
3. Mechanism of the class described compris
ing a playing board having an opening to receive
a ball, a control instrumentality engageable by
the ball passing through the opening, a dis
25 pensing mechanism, manually controllable means
operable to cause said ball to be eiîective through
said instrumentality in actuating the dispensing
mechanism, and a tilting control to prevent the
ball from thus being effective when it has been
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rolled into the opening by improper tilting of
the board.
4. Mechanism of the class described compris
ing a playing board having an opening to receive
a ball, a control instrumentality engageable by
the ball passing through the opening, a dis
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pensing mechanism, manually controllable means
operable to cause said ball to be effective through
said instrumentality in actuating the dispensing
mechanism, and a tilting control to prevent the 10
ball from thus being effective when it has been
rolled into the opening by improper tilting of
the board, said tilting control including a part
normally held by gravity in an operative position,
said part being movable to an operative position 15
when the board is tilted, to prevent operation of
said mechanism.
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5. The combination with a game device having
a substantially horizontal playing board of a tell
tale device for disclosing unauthorized tilting of
the device, comprising a member formed with a
well, a support extending upwardly from the bot
tom of said well and adapted to support a ball
thereon, said ball adapted to be dislodged from
said support upon tilting of the device, means 25
operated upon dislodgment of the ball from`
said support to disclose the unauthorized tilting
of the board.
JOSEPH JAMES MITCHELL.
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