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Feb. 6, 1973 T. G. BROWN 3,715,122
GAME TABLE Filed Feb. 23, 1971 2 SheetSSheet 1 l' 65 INVENTOR 64 f 70 F|G.|O. e7 eef THEODORE G. BROWN ATTORNEY 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 T. G. BROWN GAME TABLE Feb. 6, 1973 Filed Feb. 23, 1971 INVENTOR THEODORE G. BROWN BY fm M United States Patent O U.S. Cl. 273--136 Z 9 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A game table for the playing of card games involving the use of chips and which is especially intended for commercial card rooms. The table includes a detachable rim portion divided by circumfereutially spaced outwardly and downwardly projecting arms into sections or stations, each located between adjacent arms, one of which is allotted to each player, thus preventing any player from occupying more than his allotted space. Each station contains facilities to accommodate a drinking glass, an ashtray, chips and matches, as well as a conveniently located arm rest.
SUMMARY It is a primary aim of the present invention to provide a card table for use in commercial card rooms which will eliminate the need for separate drink stands, which are frequently overturned, and which includes means for supporting drinks, at positions below the level of the players arms, to prevent overturning of the drinks, and means for supporting ashtrays in positions in which players clothing can not `come in contact therewith and be burnt by the contents thereof.
Another object of the invention is to provide a game table having a central playing area supported by a table top and surrounded by a rim which is detachably mounted on and likewise supported by the table top and which includes divided areas or stations, one of which is utilized by each player, and each of wwhich includes means for holding a drink, an ashtray, chips and matches.
Another object of the invention is to provide a game table including a readily replaceable cover for said central area.
Various other objects and advantages of the invention will hereinafter become more fully apparent from the following description of the drawings, illustrating presently preferred embodiments thereof, and wherein:
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a top plan View of one embodiment of the game taible;
FIG. 2 is a substantially central vertical sectional view thereof, taken substantially along a plane as indicated by the line 22 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is an enlarged fragmentary vertical sectional view taken substantially along a plane as indicated by the line 3-3 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 4 is an enlarged fragmentary top plan view of a part of the game table structure as seen in FIG. 1;
FIG. 5 is a vertical sectional view, ta'ken substantially along a plane as indicated by the line 5--5 of FIG. 4;
FIG. 6 is an enlarged vertical sectional view taken substantially along a plane as indicated by the line 66i of FIG. 4;
3,715,122 Patented Feb. 6, 1973 ICC FIG. 7 is an enlarged fragmentary vertical sectional view taken substantially along a plane as indicated by the line 7-7 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 8 is an enlarged fragmentary vertical sectional view, taken substantially along a plane as indicated by the line 8 8 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 9 is an enlarged fragmentary vertical sectional view, taken substantially along a line 9 9 of FIG. 1, and
FIG. 10 is a fragmentary vertical sectional View, similar to FIG. 2, illustrating a modified embodiment of the game table.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS Referring more specifically to the drawings, and first with reference to FIGS. 1 to 9, the game table, designated generally 12, as embodied therein, includes a base 13, FIG. 2, which is adapted to rest upon a Hoor or other suitable horizontal supporting surface 14. A post or upright 15 is fixed to and rises from the center of the base 13 and the central portion of a table top 16 is mounted on and secured to the upper end of the post 15. A pad or cushion 17, preferably formed of sponge rubber, is mounted on and secured to the upper surface of the table top 16 and is preferably of a diameter somewhat less than the diameter of the table top 16, as seen in FIGS. 2 and 3.
The game table 12 also includes a rim, designated generally 18, which is preferably of molded plastic construction and which is illustrated as being of octagonal shape, as seen in FIG. 1. The rim 18 includes an octagonal shaped top wall 19 having a downturned inner wall 20 which is likewise of octagonal shape, defining an octagonal shaped opening of the rim 18.
The rim 18 includes eight equally spaced downwardly and outwardly extending arms Z1 which project from the top wall 19 and each of which is outwardly bowed, as seen in FIGS. 2 and 3. Portions of' the top wall 19, from which the arms 21 project, are recessed crosswise of said arms, and each of said recesses 22 receives an elongated arm rest 23 in the form of a padded cushion, as best seen in FIGS. 7 and 8, having a rigid base 24 which rests upon the bottom of the recess 22. Said recess bottom and the base 24 have aligned openings 25 which also align with nuts 26 which are secured to the upper side of the base 24, to receive thumb screws 27 which are threaded upwardly therethrough for securing the arm rest 23 in the recess 22, with the upper surface of said arm rest disposed above the level of the top wall 19.
As best seen in FIG. 3, each arm 21 has an outwardly opening recess 28, beneath and adjacent the recess 22, including an upwardly facing bottom` wall 29, forming a shelf, and an outwardly facing rear wall 30. The recess 28 is adapted to accommodate an ashtray 31 which rests upon the shelf 29. Each arm '21 is provided with a recess 32 at its lower end including an outturned bottom wall forming a shelf 33 and an outwardly facing rear wall 34, which extends upwardly from the shelf 33 `and which is of V-shape cross section, as best seen in FIG. 1.
The top wall 19, between the depressions 22, is provided with chip racks 35 extending from the inner to the outer edge thereof. Each chiprack 3S includes an outer or rear wall 36- and a plurality of chip receiving grooves 37, 38 and 39, which extend inwardly from said outer wall and which are inclined downwardly and inwardly. The two outer chip receiving grooves 37 and 39 .are provided intermediate of their ends with tranverse partitions 40. The inner wall has notches 41 which communicate with the inner ends of the chip grooves 37 and 39', and which are of a size less than the crosssectional size of said grooves to provide finger receiving openings into which the players ngers can be placed for extracting a single chip from either the groove 37 or the groove 39.
A plurality of trunk-type latches 42 are carried by the table top 16 and each includes an elongated base 43 which is disposed radially of the top 16 and secured to the underside thereof by fastenings 44. One end of a layer 45 is pivoted at 46 to the outer end of the base 43, which is located beyond the periphery of the table top 16. One end of a link 47 is pivoted to an intermediate portion of the lever 45. A hook 48 has a base 49 which is molded into the underside of the recess 22. The hook 48 faces outwardly to be engaged by the link 47 when the lever 45 is swung upwardly and outwardly from its dotted line position of FIG. 7 in a clockwise direction. Thereafter, the lever 45 is swung counterclockwise about its pivot 46 to its full line, locked position of FIG. 7. Eight such latches 42 and hooks 48 are preferably provided for releasably latching the rim 18 to the table top 16.
As seen in FIG. 5, a portion of the table top 16, adjacent its periphery, is provided with an opening '50' to receive a pin 50 which projects from a portion of the underside of the rim 18 so that said rim can only be applied in one position to the table top 16 and in which the latches 42 are disposed in radial alignment with the hooks 48.
As best seen in FIGS. 3 and 7, hooks 51 are xed to and depend from the underside of the top wall `19, inwardly with respect to the recesses 22. A playing surface cloth 52 covers the pad 17 and has a peripheral hem `53 containing a drawstring 54. The drawstring 5'4 has circumferentially spaced exposed portions each of which is engaged by a loop 55. Said loops 55 engage the hooks 51 to hold the cloth extended. The bottom edge of the inner wall 20 rests upon the cloth covering 52 of the pad 17 adjacent the peripheries of the pad and covering and the octagonal shaped exposed area of the cloth covered pad 17 defined by the octagonal shaped opening of the rim 18, formed by the wall 20, constitutes the playing surface of the table 12.
Beside each rack 3'5 there is a match holding receptacle 56 formed by a depression or recess in the top wall 19.
One end of a brace rod 57 is hinged at 58 to a plate 59, secured to the underside of the table top 16. A brace rod 57 is disposed in alignment with each arm 21 and said brace rods are hinged to swing outwardly and upwardly toward said arms. The rear wall 34, as seen in FIG. 3, are provided with upwardly and inwardly opening sockets 60 to receive the free ends of the brace rods 57. The arms 21 are sufficiently resilient so that they may be sprung upwardly and outwardly to enable brace rods 57 to be engaged with the sockets 60. The brace rods `57 will rigidify the arms 2'1 and the rim 1-8, and will maintain said arms with the shelves 29 and 33 inclined upwardly and outwardly at a slight angle so that drinking glasses 72 resting on the bottom shelves 33 will tend to slide inwardly against the V-shaped rear walls 34.
The spaces 61 between the adjacently disposed arms 21 constitute stations or areas each adapted to accommodate a card player seated on a chair. Thus, each player has an allotted area which he or she can occupy and each player will be prevented from encroaching upon the area of an 'adjacent player by the arm 21 disposed therebetween. The drink supporting shelves 33 are located at a level below the players elbows to minimize the possibility of drinks being overturned, and so that the players can be served drinks without inconvenience to the players. The shelves 29 are located so that the garment sleeves of the players will not contact and be damaged by the burning contents of the ashtrays 31. The arm rests 23 are located at a convenient height to form a rest for a forearm of each player.
FIG. 10 illustrates a slight modification of the card table, designated generally `62, and wherein the pad 17 and its cover 52 are omitted from the table top 63. The octagonal shaped inner wall 64 of the rim 65, corresponding to the wall 20, rests directly upon the table top 63, near its periphery. An octagonal shaped pad 66, of the proper size, tits snugly in the octagonal opening defined by the wall 64 and rests upon the table top 63. The pad 66 has a removable cloth covering 67, the peripheral edge of which is defined by a hem 68 containing a drawstring 69. The marginal portion of the covering 67 is drawn under the peripheral edge of the pad 66 when the ends 70 of the draw-string are drawn together. An opening 71 is provided in the table top 63y to facilitate removal of the pad 66, so that a fresh cover can be applied to the pad or another pad containing a fresh cover can be substituted for the removed pad. It will be apparent that this can be accomplished much more readily than replacement of the cover 52, which requires the detachment of the rim 18 from the table top 16 so that a fresh pad can be applied to the underside of said rim before replacement of said rim. Additionally, the rim is provided with a more stable support in that it engages directly upon the surface of the table top 63 whereas the rim 18 rests upon the cushion 17.
It will be obvious that the rim could be made in other shapes having from three to eight or more sides and three to eight or more stations. Likewise, the number of latches 42 and hooks 48 could be reduced or increased, and numerous other modifications and changes are contemplated and may be resorted to without departing from the function or scope of the invention.
I claim as my invention:
1. A game table comprising a table top, means supporting said table top in an elevated, substantially horizontal position, a rim supported by said table top and extending outwardly from the periphery thereof, said rim having outwardly and downwardly extending circumferentially spaced arms dividing the game table into a plurality of stations or areas, the construction and arrangement of the arms relative to the table being such as to enable a player to be positioned between adjacent arms.
2. A game table as in claim 1, said rim being separable from said top, and means detachably latching said rim to the table top.
3. A game table as in claim 2, a pad supported on the table top, a cloth defining a playing surface, means detachably fastening said cloth to an underside of said rim for positioning the cloth over the pad when the rim is supported by the table top.
4. A game table as in claim 2, braces secured to the underside of said table top, said arms having means detachably receiving said braces for supporting and bracing the arms remote from the table top.
5. A game table as in claim 4, each of said arms including a bottom drink supporting shelf positioned at a slight incline outwardly and upwardly by engagement of one of the braces with the arm, and said arm having a portion extending upwardly from said shelf and forming a rear wall against which a drinking glass, resting on the shelf, is adapted to bear.
6. A game table as in claim 1, a pad resting detachably on the table top of a size and shape to t snugly within said rim, and a detachable cover forming a playing surface covering the top surface of said pad.
7. A game table as in claim 1, said rim including circumferentially spaced chip rac-ks disposed between said arms one in front of each station.
8. A game table as in claim 1, and an arm rest supported by each arm and disposed above a top surface of the rim. j f
6 9. A game table as in claim 1, and means associated 2,322,089 6/ 1943 Greitzer 273-136 Z with said rim and providing a chip rack, arm rest, drink 2,476,535 7/ 1949 Denson et a1 273-136 Z supporting shelf, ashtray holding recess and match receptacle, associated with each of said stations. FOREIGN PATENTS 5 70,464 8/1893 Germany. References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS DELBERT B. LOWE, Primary Examiner 848,042 3/11907 Musgrave 273-136 Z U.S. Cl. X.R. 1,998,672 4/1935 Hammond 273-136 Z X 10S-28, 50, 161