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1. WO2011075122 - DISPOSITIF DE JEU

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Claims

What is claimed is:

1. A gaming device comprising:

a playing field including a substantially planar surface; and,

a target setter arranged to pivot relative to the playing field between a first position and a second position, the target setter comprising a reservoir and at least one channel extending from the reservoir, wherein the reservoir is adapted to receive and store at least one substantially spherical object therein when the target setter is in the first position, and the at least one channel is operatively arranged to direct a substantially spherical object from the reservoir to the playing field when the target setter is in the second position.

2. The gaming device recited in Claim 1 wherein the target setter comprises a plurality of channels extending from the reservoir, and each channel of the plurality of channels is operatively arranged to direct a substantially spherical object from the reservoir to the playing field when the target setter is in the second position.

3. The gaming device recited in Claim 2 wherein each channel of the plurality of channels includes a first orifice arranged at one end of the channel proximate to the reservoir, and a second orifice arranged at an opposite end of the channel, and when the target setter is in the second position, the reservoir is arranged elevationally higher than each first orifice, each first orifice is arranged elevationally higher than each second orifice, and each second orifice is arranged elevationally higher than and directly above the playing field.

4. The gaming device recited in Claim 3 wherein the reservoir is operatively arranged to store a plurality of substantially spherical objects in a line, the first orifices of the plurality of channels are arranged in line along the reservoir.

5. The gaming device recited in Claim 4 wherein the second orifices of the plurality of channels are arranged as a tetractys.

6. The gaming device recited in Claim 1 wherein the reservoir is elevationally lower than the substantially planar surface when the target setter is in the first position, and the reservoir is elevationally higher than the substantially planar surface when the target setter is in the second position.

7. The gaming device recited in Claim 1 wherein the at least one channel is operatively arranged to direct a substantially spherical object from the reservoir to the playing field when the target setter is in the second position by means of gravity.

8. The gaming device recited in Claim 1 further comprising a receptacle arranged adjacent to and elevationally lower than the substantially planar surface, wherein the receptacle is operatively arranged to receive one or more substantially spherical objects from the playing field and direct at least one substantially spherical objects into the reservoir when the target setter is in the first position.

9. The gaming device recited in Claim 8 wherein the receptacle includes an exit portal and a first declined surface operatively arranged to direct a substantially spherical object through the exit portal and into the reservoir by means of gravity, when the target setter is in the first position.

10. The gaming device recited in Claim 9 wherein the target setter comprises a substantially planar panel having a first side arranged opposite a second side, wherein the reservoir is arranged on the first side and the at least one channel is defined by the first side and a plurality of walls arranged on the first side.

11. The gaming device recited in Claim 9 wherein the reservoir is elevationally lower the first declined surface when the target setter is in the first position.

12. The gaming device recited in Claim 8 wherein the substantially planar surface of the playing field includes a first end and a second end arranged opposite the first end, the gaming device further comprises a return channel extending along the playing field between the first end and the second end, the receptacle is arranged adjacent to and elevationally lower than the second end and includes a second declined surface operatively arranged to direct a substantially spherical object into the return channel, and the return channel is operatively arranged to direct a substantially spherical object from the second end toward the first end.

13. The gaming device recited in Claim 12 wherein said return channel and said second declined surface are separated by a hinged door, said hinged door is retained in a closed position by a locking means and said locking means is released by contact between said substantially spherical object and a release button arranged proximate said hinged door.

14. The gaming device recited in Claim 12 wherein the substantially planar surface includes a left side and a right side extending between the first end and the second end, and the gaming device further comprises a left gutter arranged adjacent to and elevationally lower than the left side and a right gutter arranged adjacent to and elevationally lower than the right side, and the left gutter and the right gutter are each operatively arranged to direct a substantially spherical object from the first end to the second end by means of gravity.

15. The gaming device recited in Claim 1 wherein the target setter comprises a substantially planar panel having a first side arranged opposite a second side, wherein the reservoir is arranged on the first side and the at least one channel is defined by the first side and a plurality of walls arranged on the first side.

16. The gaming device recited in Claim 1 wherein the at least one channel extends upwardly from the reservoir when the target setter is in the first position, and the at least one channel extends downwardly from the reservoir when the target setter is in the second position.

17. The gaming device recited in Claim 1 further comprising a means for positioning at least one substantially spherical object on the playing field.

18. The gaming device recited in Claim 17 wherein the means for positioning at least one substantially spherical object on the playing field comprises a recess arranged in the substantially planar surface.

19. The gaming device recited in Claim 17 wherein the means for positioning at least one substantially spherical object on the playing field comprises a textured material arranged on the substantially planar surface.

20. The gaming device recited in Claim 1 wherein the at least one substantially spherical object comprises a substantially cylindrical portion having a height, a cylinder diameter and an axially arranged opening therethrough, and further comprises a spherical portion having a spherical diameter disposed within said opening, said spherical diameter is less than said cylinder diameter.