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Publication numberUS1570475 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 19, 1926
Filing dateOct 5, 1925
Priority dateOct 5, 1925
Publication numberUS 1570475 A, US 1570475A, US-A-1570475, US1570475 A, US1570475A
InventorsGeraci Jr Frank, Thomas Geraci
Original AssigneeGeraci Jr Frank, Thomas Geraci
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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US 1570475 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Patented Jan. 19, 1926.




Application filed October 5, 1925. Serial 11o. 60,580.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that we,.FnANK GERAGI, Jr., and THoMAs GERACI, citizens of the United States, and residents of Washington, in the District of Columbia, have invented certain .new' and useful Improvements in Playing Cards, of which the following is a specification.

The invention-is a card game in which the cards represent race horses having indicated ratings and winning oints in respect to a series of races of, diiibrent distances, such as one-half mile, three-fourths mile, etc. the

said cards preferably bearing also other 1ndications as to the number of points for second and third place, and further indications relating to a Derbyrace, all of which will be clear from the following description. In the accompanying drawings We show, as an example in Fig. 1, .four cards of the ack, which consists of fifty-four cards. ig. 2 represents a score card. Two .of the cards of Fig. l'are representative of horses My Girl and Plucky having the two highest ratings respectively 100 and 99 for the one-half mile race, and the other two cards representing the horses named Hold On and Cloudy have low ratings respectively, 47 and 48 for. the half-mile race. These cards are illustrated as representatlve of the eneral idea upon which the game is based, 1t being understood that the other cards of the pack, of which, as just stated, there are fifty-four, represent other horses with other ratings for the different races.

' Referring more particularly to the character of the cards and taking the one marked My Girl as an example, it will be noted that the lengths of the seven races that can be placed are indicated in the left-hand column, 1. e., M., M., and so on up to a distance of two miles, indicated by the symbol 2 M.' Opposite each distance indication and in the column at the right thereof under the heading Ratingare the ratings for this particular horse for each of the distances noted, that is to say, for the one-half mile 1 race M.) this horse has a rating of 100.

For the M. race the rating of this horse drops to the figure 47, and so on for each of the races a rating is given for this horse, the

rating for two miles (2 M.) being 52.

These ratings re resent the value of the card for each particular race. That is to say, if the one-half mile race is being run -the trick, 1 the trick and he would be credited with 49 points, be-

and aplayer holds and plays this card which has the high value or rating of 100, this player would take the trick into. which this card is thrown, but in playing this card-and taking this trick the player would be credited with only one point. In other words, by playing thls card the player would. be playing safe, but at the expense of receiving the n'west possible number of points.

- Each card therefore has a column of figures under the heading Win points, which figures represent the number of points the player will be credited if he takes a trick with th1s card. For instance, if in playing the two mile race.(2 M.) this card with a rating of 52 is the hi best value played into elongs to this player cause the card has this indication of 49 in the column ust' mentioned, i. e., in the *column headed Win'points.

Each card has also a column ,lieaded 2nd place and a column headed 3rd place, the

numbers in which indicate the credits that this card. will give the player if iterating or value is such as to be the second or third highest in the trick.

Each card also has a series. of indications under the general heading Derby, there being one of these indications in each of the columns Rating, Win points, 2nd place, and 3rd place, the last three indications being in the form of percentages.

In playing the game, all cards of the pack are shuflled and dealt to the players, of

which they may he, say, from four to eight. Each player is dealt, say, five cards, and the remainder of the ward on the table. I

Each player at the outset will be charged with, say, 150 points, and a score sheet will be made u like that shown in Figg2, but in blank, wit names of the playersf'and-iwith columns of spaces for the entry of'the'points won at each of the seven races. Also a column for the sum total number of points won. Also a col'umn'forthe Derby race and a column for the total points won. Also spaces at the foot of the score card in which may be entered the total of points won by the several horses in each race.

Those cards of the pack which remain after the deal and are placed face down on the table represent those horses which are not running in the race and the knowledge pack is placed face down horse which he thinks will have the best chance of coming in ahead, i. e., having the highest rating, and at the same time Wlll givc'him the highest number of winning points. The player having exercised his judgment, based on his review of h1s cards, will lay the selected card face down on the table. Each player having in like manner selected and placed face down the card which he believes gives him the best chance of winning the trick with the highest num ber of points, the selected cards are then turned face up and compared, andv the card representing the horse having the highest rating is the card of highest value and thls takes the trick and therefore wins the race, and consequently an entry is made on the score card opposite the winning players name of the number of points which are found on the winning card in the column headed Win points opposite the deslgnation of this particular race, viz, M.

It will be seen that a player has the choice of playing safe, if he has a card representing a horse with a high rating, as the horse My Girl, the rating of which for M. is 100, in which event, however, he would win only one point, or he can take a, chance otwinning the trick with a card represent1ng a poorer horse, having, say, a rating of 69, in which event he would win 32 points.

The player therefore has the element of chance to consider and if he canwin with a card representing a horse with a low rating for the particular distance the race is run, he will gain a large number of polnts, whereas if he plays a Winning card representing a horse with a high rating for this particular distance he will sacrifice h1s gain, the sure winning horse returning a low number of winning points.

The object therefore is to win the trick or the race with a card representing a horse with the smallest possible rating. At .the same time the player must be careful not to play the horse with too low. a rating be-- points indicated for these places. No record 1s kept of the ratings of the remaining cards of. this deal, it being considered that the horses represented by these cards are in the class usually designated in race course arlance as also ran. The above operations having been performed, the running of the first race is considered as closed.

To run the second race of M., all of the cards are shuflied and precedure like that above described is carried out.

After all the races indicated on the cards, there being seven races in the example given, are run in the manner above described, then the remaining number of points of the ori inal 900 with which the players were initia ly charged in the aggregate, and which have not been already won in the seven races just completed, will constitute the points to be contested for in the grand finale race, or what I term the Fra-Tom Derby.

This grand finale race is run in the same a days racing, all the points that were put up having been disposed of by the Winnings I of the various horses.

If a new series of races are run, a new score card will be brought out and used for this new series.

Each card will show the colors of the owner and stable, and these colors may be applied in any suitable way, as by colored lines at m.

It will be understood that the ratings of the horses may vary serially from card to card, say, one point, and that the winning points may vary by one unit, that is to say, the ratings may run 100, 99, 98, 97 for the same race from card to card, etc., and the winning points for first place corresponding to these "ratings would be 1, 2, 3, 4, etc., though we do not limit ourselves to this respect.

It will be noticed by comparing the cards My Girl and Plucky that for the half mile race M.) the horse My Girl has a rating of 100, whereas Plucky for the same race has a ratin of 99, and that whereas the horse I31 (irl rapidly loses stamina in running t e M. race, and drops in rating to 47, the horse Plucky although having a rating of but 99 for the half-mile race, gains in stamina, staying qualities and speed in running the M. race, as indicated by the fact that for this race the rating of this horse is 100. So it will be seen that the rating for each horse varies with the distances the races are run. The rating of a 1,570,470 I k a i I a I horse, each having thereon "a'nin 60, form ng one of a regular numerical prodicationof the'rating of t 'e' horse, which gress omv. I ratings vary by a regular numerical-pro- It is of course unnecessary to illustrate all gression, from card to card and each having 3 v 5 of thecards of the pack, it bein sufiicient also an indication of the number ofwinning to say that the card naturall be onging in points, which indications vary in numerica 5o the series next to that of lucky would: progression, substantially as described j o have a rating for the half-milera'ce of 98 8-; A pack of-playing cards, each repreand wmning points 3, andvplace points 0. senting a race horse and each having indie 10 We claim:v a cations for a plurality of races, with rating, v M 1. A- pack of playing cards, each-of which indications-one for each'race, which ratings 00' represents a race horse, each of said cards difler fromeach other, and each rating behaving an indication of the rating ofthe ing one of regular numerical EZOgI'BSSIOII in horse. and an indication of the number of respect to the indications on t other cards points which the said card may win. 7 relating to the' same race, each card having 2. A pack of =pla ing cards, each of which an indlcatlon of the number of winning 66 represents a race orse, each of said cards points belonging to eachratmg of said card, having an indication of the rating of the each winning pomt indlcation difierent v horse and an indication of thenumber of from the other winning point indications of points which the said card may win for that card and formmg one of a regular nufirst, secondor third place.- v merical progression of winning point indi-="l 0 3. A pack of playing cards, each of which cations on the other cards substantially as, represents a race horse, each of said cards described. I a I a having an indication of the rating of the 9. A pack of playing cards, each repre-, ,j-j horse, represented thereby, for an indicated senting a race horse, each card having a distance, and having also an indication-0f series of race indications thereon within 15" the number of lpoints .whichsaidcard may rating, for each race .and'an indication-oi w1n,substantia as described,

card for anyrace is indicated by anumber, a

a winning pomts foreach race, each of said 4. A pack of p aying cards, each of which cards having an indication for-a Derb race, 5 1 represents a race horse each of said cards-"with the rating of said card for the rby having indications for distances indications race, and an indication of the winning per-' o for ratings corresponding to the difierent centage,substantiallyas described. x distances, and indications of winning ints 0. A pack 'of playin cards, representin ior each of said distanc asubstanua y as race-horses, each of w ich has a Sense described. J a Y indications for races of different distances,

v 5. A pack of playing cards,'each-of which 'withfanrating for eachracedifiering from as represents a race horse,-each ofz'said ard the: ratings of the other, races indicated'on h vin ,thr o indications of a: series of said card, the ratin s for the difierent races ,races with anindicatio'nof the rating of the :d fierin'g respectivey from; the ratings of I 49 horse for each race, and an indication of the the corresponding ra'ce's on the othercards{ f '9 number o w i g points for each race, each card alsojhavmg indications thereon o v 6. A pack of pla mgc ards,'-each of which the diiferent values ofthe cardoomg dr represents arace orseyeach of-s'aid cards ing flth i fi ing indlcatfld he "1 having thereon indications'ofva series oi-on -sub'st'ant1allyasdescribed, v 4- races withanindic tion'of the rating of the r t s m yhe a. Q IB gQW- horse foreach race,fand an indication of thefftures. v q f number of nning points 101' each race for first, second and third place. 5. "1 A Pa k 0 P i cards ch ne IF-RANK Gamer, ,THQMAS Gamer

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2577961 *Jul 31, 1948Dec 11, 1951Frank R GravesGame board and chance means for simulated racing
US2823919 *May 12, 1950Feb 18, 1958Wilson L ScruggsRacing-game apparatus
US5467997 *Dec 13, 1994Nov 21, 1995Bashirzadeh; RaminMethod of using informational playing cards
U.S. Classification273/298
International ClassificationA63F1/00, A63F1/02
Cooperative ClassificationA63F1/02
European ClassificationA63F1/02