US 2081255 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
y 5, 1937. w. A. TROTH 2,081,255
GAME APPARATUS Filed Dec. 9, 1936 INVENTOR: WALTER A. TROTH. 1 av ATTORNEY Patented May 25, 1937 UNITED "STATES orricr.
This invention relates generally to a game apparatus. An important object of the invention resides in the'provision of an apparatus wherein games may be played which are both entertaining and fascinating. I
Another object is to provide a specially constructed element adapted to be rotated, or spun,
fwhereby playingpieces' associated therewith, are
rotated and come to rest in selective numbered points after the rotation of the element has subsided.
Still another object of the invention is to provide said rotatable element with specially arranged grooves so the playing pieces may be scattered during the operation of the element, said device being further featured by the provision of means to retain said playing pieces in their selected grooves during the operation of the rotatable element A still further object is the production of a device of the above-mentioned character wherein is provided a plurality of annuli rotatively mounted in relation to the spinning portion thereof.
With the above objects in view and any others which may suggest themselves from the specification and claimsto follow, a better understanding of the invention may be gained by reference to the accompanying drawing, in which,
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the apparatus.
Fig. 2 is a central vertical sectional view of the same.
Fig. 3 is a sectional detail, slightly enlarged, showing the rotative mounting of the annuli.
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary elevation, partly in section, showing the device mounted on a support.
Referring now more in detail to the accompanying drawing, wherein like characters of reference denote similar parts throughout the several views, 5 indicates a rotatable element, preferably circular, and having a plurality of concentric grooves B, 1 and 8 leading in from the top surface of said element, each groove being provided with an annulus 9, Ill and II, respectively, having a depending portion I2, l3 and i4 arranged within the groove and positioned adjacent one sidewall thereof. As shown in Fig. 1 the annuli are provided with a series of notches I5, [6, and I1, each being numbered in the sequence of l23.
The central portion of said element 5 is recessed at [8 to receive a hollow knob l9, the latter being held in position by means of a spur 20 which extends below the bottom surface of said element 5, whilst its shank portion 2| is threaded to receive a nut 22, (see Fig. 2). Said knob [9 serves as a hand-hold when the element is rotated or spun on the support 23, the latter having a recess 24 to receive said spur 20. The hollow knob It) may be used as a receptacle to 5 receive articles such as cigarettes, or the like,
whilst the circular slot 25 can hold cards or like which are used during the playing of the game.
notches and rides upwardly on the sloping wall 5 of the groove, as indicated in dotted lines in Fig.
3, and as the rotation'ceases, said playing pieces finally come to rest in adjacent notches. In view of the barriers or beads 26, the pieces are retained in the grooves 6, l and 8. 20
In order to thoroughly scatter the several playing pieces in the series of concentric grooves during the rotation of the device and to add to chances of changing the combinations of the numbers on the annuli, I propose to provide means whereby said annuli will not only rotate in conjunction with the spinning body portion, but also will be free to rotate at a slower or faster speed. That is, said annuli will not be fixedly secured to said body portion but, on the contrary, may rotate relatively thereto. To this end the upper portions of the walls between the several grooves will be cut away, as indicated at 21, Fig. 3, to receive a portion of a series of rollers 28, the said rollers being rotatively mounted on pintles 29.
As shown in Fig. 3, the annuli will rest on these rollers and in a slightly spaced relation to the top surfaces of the walls between the concentric grooves, and thus said annuli are free to rotate with the spinning body portion of the device, yet the speed of rotation may vary as regards the turning speed of said body portion in that said annuli are not fixed to the latter.
It will be understood that when the annuli are fixed to the body portion of the device the same rotate in conjunction therewith and the positions or relations of the numbers of the annuli remain the same. Under the present arrangement the several annuli turn at different speeds as re- 50 gards one another and at diiferent rates of rotations as regards the body portion of the device. This serves to break up combinations and adds to the entertaining features of the game.
In playing the game the players select cards or sticks which are normally positioned in the slot 25, there being twenty-four white cards or sticks, eight bearing the number 1, eight bearing the number 2 and eight bearing the number 3. The annuli will be correspondingly numbered and will be colored white, also there will be four numbered 1, four numbered 2 and four numbered 3, numbered in red on annuli with sticks or cards to match. The cards and the annuli will also be colored blue and there will be two numbered 1, two numbered 2 and two numbered 3. Three cards or sticks are selected and combinations are played, the colored having a higher value because there are only a few of them, since the blue offers only two possibilities of a threenumber combination, the red offers four and the white eight. The balance of plays are neutral in black. The cards or sticks are selected and placed in front of the player. For instance, if he selects 12-3 in black for which there are no special premiums, offers six chances to win and all other purchases at least three chances, thus: 1 2 3; 1-32; 2-13; 23--1; 3 1 2; and 3'2-1. The rotatable element is rotated or spun and the playing pieces are removed from the notches and during said rotation, ride up the sloping wall of the grooves by centrifugal force and as the element slows down the pieces rest in the notches in the annulus.
1. A device of the character described comprising a rotatable element having a plurality of concentric grooves disposed in the top portion thereof, there being at least three cutaway portions adjacent the inner periphery of each groove, a plurality of rollers mounted in said cutaway portions respectively, and annuli, each having a depending skirt portion positioned in each of the grooves respectively and being rotatively mounted on said rollers, the skirt portion of the annulus being notched and bearing indicia, said notches being adapted to receive a playing piece, the outer wall of said grooves being sloped whereby a playing piece during rotation of said element removes from a notch and rides upwardly on said slope during said rotation, said piece descending the slope and coming to rest in a notch when the rotation of the element has subsided.
2. A device of the character described comprising a rotatable element having a plurality of concentric grooves disposed in the top portion thereof, there being at least three spaced cutaway portions adjacent the inner periphery of each groove, a plurality of rollers mounted in said cutaway portions respectively, a plurality of annuli, each having a depending skirt portion positioned in each of the grooves respectively, and being rotatively mounted on said rollers, the skirt portion being notched and bearing indicia, said notches being adapted to receive a playing piece, the outer wall of said grooves being sloped whereby a playing piece during rotation of said element removes from a notch and rides upwardly on said slope during said rotation, said piece descending the slope and coming to rest in a notch when the rotation of the element has subsided, a knob for spinning said element, a spur extending from the central portion of said element and serving to secure said knob to said element, and a support having a recess to receive said spur when said element is rotated.
WALTER A. 'I'ROTH.