GAMES, INC "THE HUNTER" FLASHER-TYPE SLOT MACHINE

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In 1951 the Johnson Act was passed that prohibited the shipment of gambling devices or component parts across state lines to any area that they were not legal. At that time, only Nevada and some counties in Maryland were legal destinations other than for export. Included in definitions was the following language:

-- The term "gambling device" means --

(1) any so-called "slot machine" or any other machine or mechanical device an essential part of which is a drum or reel with insignia thereon, and (A) which when operated may deliver, as the result of the application of an element of chance, any money or property, or (B) by the operation of which a person may become entitled to receive, as a result of the application of an element of chance, any money or property...

The flasher games contained no reel or drum, and operated in the grey area for a period of time as did the in-line pinball games. Payouts were not made in coins but were registered in replays. The replays could be cancelled by the business owner and paid over the counter. Meters inside the games recorded total plays, coin plays and replays cancelled so detailed revenue for the machines could be determined.

Games, Inc. was formed by Clarence Schuyler in 1955 or 1956. Schuyler was formerly with H. C. Evans Co. before that company closed with the death of Richard Hood, its owner.

The Hunter was produced in 1956 so far as I know. It was based on a 1954 machine, Saddle and Turf.

Other manufacturers of flashers included Auto-Bell, Bally, Buckley and Keeney.