04440036 is referenced by 18 patents and cites 11 patents.

An improved amusement or game device of the type which has one or more indicia-bearing rotatable reels which are rotated upon initiation of play by a player is disclosed. The game device has an improved main drive mechanism which permits the player to vary the initial rotational speed of the reels in direct proportion to the speed in which an associated operating handle is pulled. A supplemental drive mechanism is included for increasing the speed of the reels if the player fails to pull the operating handle with sufficient force to rotate the reels at a predetermined minimum speed. The device also includes an improved indexing means for stopping the reels in accordance with the operation of the game device. The game device also includes means for absorbing excessive energy that may be provided by a player pulling the operating handle with extraordinary speed or force. A mechanism is also included for providing slight resistance to movement of the reels subsequently of enablement of the game device and immediately before pulling of the operating handle, during which time the reels are otherwise free to rotate since neither the main drive mechanism, the supplemental drive mechanism nor the indexing mechanism is engaged at this time.

Title
Gaming apparatus having manually controllable operating speed
Application Number
119217
Publication Number
4440036
Application Date
September 25, 1981
Publication Date
April 3, 1984
Inventor
Roman A Tojza
Chicago
IL, US
Donald E Hooker
Wilmette
IL, US
Agent
Welsh & Katz
Assignee
Bally Manufacturing Corporation
IL, US
IPC
A63B 71/00
F16D 41/12
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