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Publication numberUS2454691 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 23, 1948
Filing dateAug 4, 1944
Priority dateAug 4, 1944
Publication numberUS 2454691 A, US 2454691A, US-A-2454691, US2454691 A, US2454691A
InventorsEllingson Martin A
Original AssigneeEllingson Martin A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Card shuffling and placement board
US 2454691 A
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Nov. 23, 1948. M. A. ELLINGSON 2,454,691

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einem pagina Neff Application. August jd, 1944,: Serial No. 548,033

This invention relates to improvements yill. ,ear-d shuffling and placement boards.

In thev playing of card games, Such .as Wli, ve hundred, Cribbage `and other games played with ordinary decks ofzcards, the, calare supposed to be. thoroughly ahuied after .each deal; and the deal progresses towards the. left, there. being a new dealer .after eachplay.

Since card tables areproided Wiflll.A 5111.991117 at, upper surfaces, it is `soule times. .rather d cult to pick up the. Whoie `deels asthe lower hands cannot be readily grasped with-the, finger nd requires the, insertion of `a .ngel'rial between, the. deck and thetable surface in order .to lihfitI the same. It has also. been y:tonnel `that Aduringuie playing of card games, disputes. irequenily arise as to whose turn it. iS tuhl-.lfllrarld deal lill@ cards.

n, is the. object ci this .intention to pradace` board that she...1l.b.e .constructed .in .Such ra in ner that the cards can be conveniently shuilled thereon and lifted fromtherbard.

Another object of the invention is to produce a board that will indicate who Vthe next dealer is to be by being circulated and sov positioned .as

to indicate this.

A sul farther one@ or the lannion is to produce a container having compartments for the reception of decks of cards, chips., scoreV Card-S and Pencils and. @canadien with which the .board forms. the tcp or noyer yhenit is. 110i in use. K

This invention, Driely described, Consists .a board, preferably of rectangular shape, which is provided in its upper surface with a plurality of depressed areas spaced certain distances so as to provide depressions for the reception of the tips of the nngers of the dealer in picking up the deck and in manipulating the same during the shulng operation,

Having thus briefly set forth the objects of the invention and its general construction, the invention will now be. described in detail and for this purpose reference will be had to the accompanying drawing in which it has been illustrated, and in which:

Figure 1 is a top plan view of the cover which forms the subject of this invention;

Figure 2 is an end View of the container and cover shown in Figure 1;

Figure 3 is a plan View looking into the container along plane 3-3, Figure 2;

Figure 4 is a fragmentary top plan view of another embodiment of the invention; and

2 Figure. 5 is a section taken on line .5e-.5, Fisure i.

In the, drawing .referencenumeral desie: mates box which ienne no. Dart vQf the .present intention but which is intended to` be sold in, connection with the cover that embodies `the in tenton. for which protection is sought,

rJEhe box is provided with several compartn ments asshewn in Figure 3 and terme. a, Geile vement storage lplace for the .china Spera pads. and pencils.

Extending .upwardly imm the ends Qiihe 1902.1. are bolts. H and l2 which `Serre to. hold `the replace.

The shile and placement, been@ .oiell the ter which has been designated Dyreferente numeral I3. This may be Imade oia thin sleeetL ai plywood or ,other suitable material. @111.09% which may be mentioned aber hoard 0r any Snitarle. nietig In .the emlndineai salu-a the eliuie an .Placement 129 die .ef the, as. the he?? ...and euere@ PIQY' ad W. ne. fer the nieuwe .Sg-.SW il er@ the ein. Ifar ihebli i2' e W heres l?. q u

'iS provided. with the, emblem.

.Tflle'ihra in nl are @eed uiteten? centers at thevertices of an sosceles triangle. An elongated depression I1 is positioned in alignment with the vertical bisector of the triangle. It will be seen that the three depressions outline roughly a figure corresponding in shape to a Latin cross. The depth of the depressions should be suflicient to permit the nger tips to project downwardly below the surface and below the bottom card to such an extent that the balls of the ngers will contact the entire depth of the deck of cards which have been indicated by reference numeral I8 in Figure 5.

In Figure l, two rectangles have been outlined; one of these has been designated by reerence numeral I9 and is shown by a broken or dotted line and the other has been designated by reference numeral 2U and is shown by dot and dash lines.

These rectangles are of a size slightly larger than a playing card. It will be observed that there are two rectangles shown by dot and dash lines. one of which is positioned at an angle of depteesil 3 forty-five degrees to the longitudinal axis of the Latin cross or of the elongated depression I1 and the other position is parallel with the axis of the cross.

These rectangles are intended'to indicate the positions to be occupied by the two parts of the deck during the shuffling operation.

The usual way of shuffling cards by players who are adept at this, is to position the two halves in the angular relationship shown in Figure 1 and bend the corners up, releasing them in such a way as to interlay the cards, after which the part of the deck indicated by dot and dash lines is moved upwardly into the second position and the two parts are then pushed together. During this operation one finger is positioned in the depression l5 and the other in the elongated depression ll, the latter depression being of sufcient length t0 permit the two halves to be entirely superposed.

The shuffling may be repeated, of course, as many times as desired. After the shuffling is completed, the player picks up the deck by inserting the thumb and forenger in the depression I6, which permits the lower card, as well as the others to be grasped.

In Figure 4, the depressions instead of being separated into four sei: arate depressions, are combined into the shape of a Latin cross. Either one of the arrangements may be employed as the object sought is attained by either one. It is to be observed that the relationship of the depressions shown in Figure 1 outline a Latin cross and that the object sought is attained whether or not the surface between the different depressions shown in Figure 1 is on the level with the rest of the board or not.

For the convenience of keeping tally during Cribbage games, the upper surface of the board or cover has been provided with a plurality of rectangular areas 22, each of which contains ten openings 23 for the reception of tally pins. This score keeping arrangement is, of course, merely provided for convenience and does not in any way affect the shuffling operation. The surface of the board is also provided with areas such as 24, 25 and 2B in which certain printed instructions may be positioned. For example, in the areas designated by reference numeral 24, a card showing the International contract bridge score may be inserted. Slides 25 and 26 are provided in the end of the board and contain a rapid bridge scorer that can be removed or reinserted at will.

During the playing of the gaine the dealer ernploys the board during the shuffling operation and after the cards have been dealt, he passes it to the next player at the left and the board therefore serves as a positive and reliable indicator as to who the next dealer is, thereby avoiding any argument or controversy concerning this.

Having described the invention, what is claimed as new is:

1. A device for use in shuffling cards, comprising a board having a plurality of depressed areas, two of which are so spaced that the distance between their farthest outer edges is greater than the width of a playing card, the distance between their inner edges being less than the width of a playing card, and two other depressed are positioned on the perpendicular bisector of th line joining the centers of the first mentione depressions, the maximum distance between th farther outer edges of the depressions on the perpendicular bisector being substantially equal to twice the length of the cards, one of the last named depressed areas having a length slightly greater than the length of the cards.

2. A device for use in shuffling playing cards, comprising a board having its upper surface provided with a plurality of depressed areas at least one of which is longer than a card, three additional depressed areas, one of which is positioned in axial alignment with the elongated depression, the distance from the farther end of the elongated depression to the farther edge of the said aligned depression being substantially equal to two times the length of a playing card, there being two additional depressed areas positioned on opposite sides of and equidistantly spaced from the center line of the elongated depression, the distance between the centers of the two laterally spaced depressions being substantially equal to the width of a playing card, the four depressions outlining a Latin cross.


REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date D. 129,384 Tishock Sept. 9, 1941 '705,873 Schinkel July 29, 1902 1,055,505 Anderson Mar. 11, 1913 1,846,063 Matthaey Feb. 23, 1932

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US1846063 *May 6, 1929Feb 23, 1932Matthaey Paul ECard shuffler
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Referenced by
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US3224780 *Jan 4, 1962Dec 21, 1965Fred W MohlGame board for solitaire
US4521021 *Feb 1, 1983Jun 4, 1985Dixon Claude EVideo game table for airlines commercial vehicles or the like
US4872550 *Feb 26, 1988Oct 10, 1989Frank StrangesDual purpose carrying container
U.S. Classification273/309
International ClassificationA63F1/12, A63F1/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63F1/12
European ClassificationA63F1/12