<12) United States Patent <10) Patent No.: US 7,226,357 B2 Vancura (45) Date of Patent: Jun. 5, 2007 (54) MECHANICAL WHEEL CASINO GAME OF 4,531,187 A 7/1985 Uhland CHANCE HAVING A FREE-MOTION 5,360,214 A 11/1994 Harmen INTERNAL INDICATOR AND METHOD 5,496,032 A 3/1996 Okfldfl THEREFOR 5,639,089 A 6/1997 Matsumoto et al 5,785,594 A 7/1998 Seibeit, Jr. et al. (75) Inventor: Olaf Vancura, Las Vegas, NV (US) i . . . . 5,971,851 A 10/1999 P l t l. (73) Assignee: Progressive Gaming International 6,047,963 A 4/2000 Pile; it :1‘ C0FP0Fati0I1, Las Vegas, NV (US) 6,082,734 A 7/2000 Uehara et al. ( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the tenn of this Q1 [$J§:1?;aeftaj1,l' patent is extended or adjusted under 35 _ U.S.C. 154(b) by 34 days. (comlnued) (21) Appl. No.: 11/172,116 OTHER PUBLICATIONS Bally Monte Carlo Slot Machine #1: Document with original color (22) Filed: Jun. 30, 2005 JPEG image of game tag of 1977 Bally Monte Carlo slot machine #1 (40% scaled). 65 P ' P bl‘ t' D t ( ) rior u ica ion a a (Continued) US 2006/0009278 A1 Jan. 12, 2006 _ _ _ Primary Exammer—Kim ‘Nguyen ~ Related U_s_ Application Data (74) Attorney, Agent, or F zrm—Dorr, Carson & Bimey, P.C. (60) Provisional application No. 60/586,115, filed on Jul. (57) ABSTRACT 7, 2004. A mechanical wheel casino game of chance using a freely (51) 1I4n;éFC‘l1'3/00 (2006 01) moving intemal indicator such as a ball within a housing to ~ randomly move and bounce into one possible outcome U.S. Cl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Segment in a Set of possible Outcome SegInentS_ The (58) Field of Classification Search .......... .. 463/ 16-17, expected value is controlled through a combination of 463/20, 25; 273/121 B geometrical and mathematical considerations. The set of See application file for complete search history. possible outcome segments randomly picked and placed at (56) References Cited the bottom of the wheel so that as the wheel stops, the freely
moving, bouncing ball lands in one of the possible outcome segments. The segment the ball lands in is sensed and the award associated with the landed in segment is paid out to the player. A periodic testing method determines whether mechanical bias exists in the casino game of chance.
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