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.Il-lne 7, 1938. J, ¿_ MVfCHELL ' 2,119,867 FRAUD PREVENTING MECHANISM FOR GAME APEI’ARATUS Filed Nov. 14, 1932 2 Sheets-SheeiÍ l INVENTOR. JOSEPH JAMES MITCHELL BY aww, JMU@ y A TORNEYS, June 7, 1938. J, J, MWCHELL 2,119,867 FRAUD PREVENTING MECHANISM FOR GAME APPARATUS Filed Nov. 14, v1932 2 sheets-sheet 2 C) 24 “T 7 /7 /00 /002 /O Z5 INVENTOR. JOSEPH JAMES M/rcHELL Y /' 'im TTORNE YS. Patented June 7, 1938 2,119,867 - 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 55 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 2,119,867 2 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. Y 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 ì Y 60 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 65 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 70 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. 2,119,867 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 10 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 3 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 5 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. ’ , 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. .