Patent Number: 6,254,096

Title: Device and method for continuously shuffling cards

Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and method for moving playing cards from a first group of cards into a second group of cards, wherein the second group of cards is randomly arranged or shuffled. The apparatus comprises a card receiver for receiving the first group of cards, a single stack of card-receiving compartments generally adjacent to the card receiver, the stack generally vertically movable, an elevator for moving the stack, a card-moving mechanism between the card receiver and the stack for moving cards one at a time into a selected one of the compartments, another card moving mechanism for moving cards from one of the compartments to a second card receiver and a microprocessor that controls the card-moving mechanisms and the elevator.

Inventors: Grauzer; Attila (Plymouth, MN), Bourbour; Feraidoon (Minneapolis, MN), Helgesen; James Phillip (Eden Prairie, MN), Nelson; Troy (St. Michaels, MN), Rynda; Robert J. (Eden Prairie, MN), Scheper; Paul K. (Eden Prairie, MN), Stasson; James Bernard (Chanhassen, MN), Swanson; Ronald R. (Delano, MN)

Assignee: Shuffle Master, Inc.

International Classification: A63F 1/12 (20060101); A63F 1/00 (20060101); A63F 001/12 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018