US Patent No. 11,027,179

PORTABLE TAILSPORTS GAME


Patent No. 11,027,179
Issue Date June 08, 2021
Title Portable Tailsports Game
Inventorship Gary R. Krause, Livonia, MI (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 11,027,179

1. A compact, multi-level beer pong table game assembly for use in a game including at least one ping pong game ball and a plurality of ball receiving open topped beverage cups, each cup having a nominal height h and a maximum lip diameter d1, wherein said table game assembly comprises:a first table forming a substantially circular upwardly facing flat/smooth horizontal playing surface and a circumferentially continuous outwardly facing edge having a nominal diameter of dimension D1;
a second table forming a second substantially circular upwardly facing flat/smooth horizontal playing surface, a bottom surface and a circumferentially continuous outwardly facing edge having a nominal diameter of dimension D2, wherein dimension D1 is greater than the sum of dimension D2 plus two times the cup maximum lip diameter d1;
a vertically adjustable support member concentrically rigidly interconnecting the first table playing surface with the second table bottom surface, said support member having a maximum lateral dimension equaling D2 and vertically interspacing the first and second table playing surfaces by a dimension approximately equaling nominal beverage cup height h;
a plurality of circumferentially arranged cup positioning markers disposed within associated play segments formed on said first and second table playing surfaces for locating said beverage cups thereon, said cup positioning markers located on said first table playing surface being disposed radially intermediate said first table outwardly facing edge and said second table outwardly facing edge;
a circumferentially opposed pair of neutral play segments formed on said first table playing surface; and
an elongated barrier or net assembly extending vertically above said first and second playing surfaces and extending horizontally between said opposed pair of neutral play segments bisecting said first upwardly facing playing surface and said second upwardly facing playing surface, said vertical barrier operative to define discrete opposed team play areas enabling a plurality of teams to play simultaneously on opposed sides of said barrier and to prevent horizontal travel of ping pong balls between opposing team play areas, said barrier supported by a plurality of vertically elongated support stanchions, each stanchion dimensioned for removable slip-fit within an associated blind bore formed within said playing surfaces to enable selective removal and insertion thereof.