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As I was putting together my “midlife crisis in Hawaii” page today and was looking for associated links, I realized I was missing some old emails sent to me years ago _ Luckily these survived these last 5-years of my crazy life, that I know resulted in my loosing 1000s of bingo goodies _ Once again, I am very sorry for the delay on getting some of this stuff posted _ I know some of you gave up on me for a while there _ I apologize!


----- Original Message -----

From: Hawaiian Brian's Billiards

To: bingopinballs@

Sent: Friday, September 03, 2004 5:48 PM

Subject: hawaiian bingo pinball story


"The Tooth Throws a Hawaiian Luau"


As one of the few establishments in Honolulu that had bingo pinball machines, sadly the Honolulu Police Department confiscated them yesterday. These machines have been a part of Hawaiian poolroom "culture" for many generations.


Jay Zablan, Hawaiian Brian's Promotions




----- Original Message -----

From: Hawaiian Brian's Billiards

To: bingopinablls@

Sent: Friday, September 03, 2004 6:03 PM

Subject: follow up on hawaii email


As far as bingo pinballs being a game of chance, we have had a few players who could prove it is very assuredly a game of skill. There is no way you could allow certain players to continue playing on your machines every day because they would win every day, they are just that good. When you see the skilled players "kick" the ball back up from the bottom rows up to the top row you know they are skilled. Or watch them shake (vibrate) a ball out of a numbered hole before the ball settles in, that's really a thing of beauty.The way the "modern" player in Hawaii "kicks" the machine to give it more action has changed from when I first started playing the machines in high school back in 1960. They now "bang" it from the front top of the machine which gives it a lot more action, especially with new rubber on the bumpers. Nostalgia. Hawaii has a colorful history with bingo pinballs.


Jay Zablan, Hawaiian Brian's




The law

By Will Hoover
Advertiser Staff Writer


Sometime around 1930, the first pinball machine arrived in Hawai‘i. It must have been a sensation. Within five years, authorities estimated there were 600 such machines in Honolulu alone.


At the same time, police were fielding a crescendo of complaints from angry parents about schoolboys squandering lunch nickels on pinball. By January 1936, authorities had rounded up a half-dozen Honolulu merchants who featured pinball in their shops and charged them with violating obscure lottery laws. Pinball had officially been put on notice.


The game only got more popular.


Journalist and author David Lippman described Hotel Street before World War II as a setting swarming "with shooting galleries, pinball machines and taxi-dance halls." By 1945, the courts had decreed it was illegal for minors in the Territory to so much as lay eyes on a pinball machine unless accompanied by an adult.


In 1957, free pinball games were outlawed. In 1960, nine Honolulu bowling alleys were raided, 15 pinball games confiscated and 16 managers arrested. More raids and arrests followed. Meanwhile, committees were formed to study "the pinball problem."


Part of the problem was confusion over the difference between flipper-less bingo-type pin games that were actually gambling devices, and flipper-type pinball machines that were intended for amusement only. Since the games looked similar, the general public usually couldn’t tell the difference.

It wasn’t until 1980 — a half century after the threat of pinball began — that the Hawai‘i Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, struck down laws that prohibited operators from allowing, or kids from playing, pinball.




----- Original Message -----


To: Danny

Sent: Monday, May 19, 2003 3:48 PM

Subject: Re: bingo pinball


Sorry to bother you, but is it legal for kids to play the bingo pinball machines in Hawaii?

Also, is it legal for a Hawaii resident to buy and bring a bingo pinball machine into the state?

Thank you for your time.

Aloha and Mahalo.


 ~ Follow-up ~






Hi Danny.

I used to play at the local pool halls. I always thought it was legal to own the machines but illegal to have it brought into Hawaii. My favorites were the 2 in blue and the “ok” machines, particularly Circus Circus, Carnival Queen, and Sea Island.







By Wally


I have been playing Bingo Pinball for about twenty-five years, and consider myself
a 'good player'. Like any game of skill, the more you play the better you become.
A flippered pinball game may take a player years to master, where a bingo game
can take decades and still be just as fun and exciting as day one.


Bingo, A Fun Challenge!

 In Hawaii, where I live, there are over 100 bingo machines in operation, almost all 'Magic Screen' machines Bullet6 Carnival Queen, Bullet6 Sea Island, Bullet6 BallerinaBullet6 County Fair, Bullet6 Laguna Beach, Bullet6 Roller Derby, Bullet6 Can-Can, Bullet6 Bikini and Bullet6 Lido are
among the more popular bingos.


MAGIC SCREENS : First introduced in Carnival Queen, the numbers on the card
are stationary, but a moving metal screen is slid across them. The screen has
in-line scoring and irregularly shaped colored section scoring. In the sections,
rather than needing 3,4,or 5-in-line, you can get 3,4, or 5-in-section to score.
While some sections have numbers that are in a line, to win in a section, the
lit numbers DO NOT need to be adjacent!

What makes these games so popular? Is it is pure relaxation, or is it the money
that could be won? For me, it is both. Are these games gambling devices? Not
at all. A gambling device is defined by law as a 'game of chance', i.e. a slot
machine, a crap shoot, etc. Bingos are pure physical and mental skill. These
games should be an Olympic event But in the real world, ironically, after mastering
a bingo game, the highest honor a player can get is to be '86'ed' [not allowed
to play) in a bingo parlor, because the player almost always leaves with a profit.

I know there are countless bingo players out there like myself who would love
to play a new magic screen bingo on their PC. If we all contact Druadic, show
our support and feedback, he will see the demand and build the first magic screen
table. As I have been encouraging him: "Build it and they will play".




Hawaii 1980:


It wasn’t until 1980 — a half century after the threat of pinball began — that the Hawai‘i Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, struck down laws that prohibited operators from allowing, or kids from playing, pinball.




Hawaii 1995:


Plaintiffs also sought a declaration that ownership and operation of the machines was legal.  The complaints were consolidated for trial.  The machines at issue in this appeal are (1) three “Match 5 Jukeboxes”; and (2) three flipperless pinball machines.


A bench trial was held in December 1995.  In April 1996, the trial court issued a statement of decision concluding all six machines were illegal gambling devices.  The statement of decision found as follows: “The owners are directed to remove the machines from the establishment.”




Billboard March 29th, 1943


Billboard March 2nd, 1957


Billboard _ June 10th, 1957


Billboard _ July 20th, 1959 _ Pin Actions Keep The Trade Busy


Billboard _ Sept 18th, 1965





……starting to look like following the military is another possible way to track into the games……











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