6/16/2004 9:13;:15 PM


Actually the pinball machine that many talk about being gambling machines are the flipperless (bingo) games that are still around. You can play many of these games in local bars or clubs throughout western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, California and the NW US. These games are gambling devices in the way they are operated to pay out. If you’re not familiar with these games there are different styles but for the most part they are like playing bingo. Most machines have 25 holes, some have 28 and the rare ones have 10. You buy bingo cards that are on the backglass, most times it is .25 for 3 cards then you buy into additional cards or winning features. You get 5 balls to play, the object of the game is to shoot the balls into the pay field and guide them to the number that you need. The object is to match your numbers in a line, 3, 4, or 5 in a line wins you points (or in bingo pinball language TICS). Some places will pay 10 cents a tic while others can pay 25 cents a tic, but you have to have over 100 tics to cash in. Some machines are set up to pay out different amounts of tics based on what cards you are playing. Example, there is a game called Shoot-A-Line it is a 28 hole game. You pay 25 cents and get the first 3 cards, if you get 3 in a line on card 1 you win 4 tics, but say you get 5 in a line on card 3 you win 85 tics. With these tics you can then buy cards 4-5 and 6. Of course the odds go up with these cards but so does the payoffs. I have won my share of money on these games but also lost some cash also. If you ever get a chance to play one it does take great skill and patience. As for regular flipper pinball games, no I have never heard a system set up for them to be used as a gambling device. I know several places that offer gifts for high scores but that to me isn’t gambling. As for other games of chance considered as gambling, as stated by many state laws, "A gambling device is one that is designed to pay out a certain amount of money based on the games design". So your local Dave and Busters or local arcade really cannot be considered a place of gambling unless they pay out cash winnings for their games of chance. Take care



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