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Jan R from Demark writes in – March 2007:
I am searching the net for a game I just bought ! Do you have any clue ?
It is a Playmatic Bingo Pinball - bought in Denmark -
I have found a pic from it in your site ....... here's another one !
I also have one more ..... This is a huge machine ! Called Miss Reno ! Do
you have any information about these ?? (also bought in Denmark)
Regards - Jan R. - Norway .
Darrell Mcfadden writes in – March 2007:
I am interested in the purchase of the 25 hole pinball machine known as the "Silver Sail". Man... do you want to talk about memories!!! I remember playing this game with my Dad back in the late 50's and early sixties. I'm also interested in purchasing other Bally 25 hole (nickel Drop) machines that were popular during that era.
Thank you for your time and attention.
Salisbury, MD US
Gary Stanos writes in - March 2007:
Thank you, Danny, for your reply but it is soooo sad that you do not know of a group in NYC. I would have wanted to relive my teenage years.
Well, my story is quite typical. One is a teenager with lunch money and one day while playing hooky one sees these pinball machines at the bowling alley near one's highschool. First, I would play only the regular pinball but I would notice this fellow in his 20s play what later on I knew as bingo pinball. (All machines then were just called "pinball" by the gang.) It definitely needed more skill than the regular pinball and that caught my attention. The experience was frustrating at first (of course) because one had to "know" the machine well -- how "bouncy" the rubber was on each peg, how much one would have to pull the launcher so that the ball would enter the playing field to the left or the right, etc. You know what I mean, I am sure. Eventually, a 3-in-line was easy and the 5-in-line was the real challenge. Of course, the owner of the machines caught on to us and would tweak the machines so that we would have to relearn the machine from scratch. I think though I ended up ahead of the fellow. 5-in-line payoffs were 50:1 convertible to cash. This was in the Philippines circa 1970. I recently moved to NYC and remembered the game.
I will continue to search but if you do hear of something in the tri-state area, please let me know.
Warm bingo regards,
Vic Campalottaro write in – March 2007:
Here is my opening page to my website .
I have been trying to get my website up and running again but haven't been able to do so at the present time. If you want you can put this opening page on your website.
David writes in – Sept 2006:
Alan Fleming writes in – January 2006:
Please send me a copy of the Don Hooker tape to my attached
Dave write in – May 2005
I am a Bingo enthusiast and currently have two machines, a Lido and a Bikini. I have the good fortune to live only a couple of miles from Jeff Lawton, one of, if not the most knowledgeable of all Bingo guys. He keeps my machines in excellent working order. I play every day and often have friends over for all-night pinball parties. I liked your article on Bingos. If you get this, drop me a line or call me at 513-231-XXXX and let me know what you’re up to wrt Bingos.
Tom writes in – Sept 2004:
I’m sorry to bother you with this question but I can not find any info on the net. I’m 49 years old and when I was a teenage, let's say about 1969 or so, some local bars (northern California) had these pinball machines without flippers. The machine had holes for the ball and went from 1-25. Number 16 was in the middle and was the hardest to get but also the best one to get as it connected with many number. The object was to get 3,4, or 5 balls in a row and you won games. The amount of games you won was determined by on how many games you pushed off trying to jump up the odds. You could even push a button that would give you certain games and let you move the numbers around, making it easier to get 3 in a row. Now the best part was that the bartender would pay you off .05 a game. Would you have any idea about what I’m talking about or know where I could find any link to these types of games. Thanks so much.
Jay writes in – Sept 2004:
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
Ed writes in – July 2003:
Dan, I was talking to Vic Camp and he told me to send this to you. I've had many hobbies over the years and have met a lot of people. This is the first time that I've had so many people ready to help me with problems in the hobby. After looking for a Bingo machine, I happened onto Vic Camps Web page. I asked him if he knew anyone in my area that sold Bingos. He recommended Mark Mentzer. After buying a Bingo from Mark, I had a lot of problems with it. Took it back to Mark to be fixed at lease 3 times. Mark did everything he could to get things right. Finally he suggested I trade it for another Bingo at no cost. It worked out great, I now not only have a great Bingo (Key West)but a good friend in Mark. When I was having problems, Yourself and Phil Hooper, tried to help me but I was in over my head with the troubleshooting. Thank you both for your help. If every hobby had people like I've contacted in this one the World would be a better place. Thanks again.
Later - - ED
P.S. Spelling doesn't count.
Keith writes in – May 2003:
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. 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.
Aloha and Mahalo.
Laurian Moomjian writes in – March 2003
I've been a binger for 25 years. I first got hooked when I found a stash of machines on the second floor of an old arcade in Long Beach California. As the story goes, Mr. Sullivan had a bunch of Bally bingos on one cent play in his arcade on the Long Beach Nu-Pike, a great hangout and popular place for US Navy folks. Apparently the Feds wanted to slap a fee on each machine ($50?) and Mr. Sullivan said BS and moved all of 'em upstairs where they sat for years. He passed away, and one of my pinball buddies told me about the machines. His daughter was still running the arcade in it's last days, and she let me have my pick for , you guessed it, $50 apiece. I remember the fun of being in the dusty room with bingos stacked everywhere, take your choice. I had a Big Time, Double Header, Night Club and Show Time back then. I sold 'em when I moved from California abut 10 years ago, but recently bought a Silver Sails and am having a blast with it!
Dave L writes in – March 2003:
When a lad of thirteen or
fourteen I used to hang around guys who played the bingo pinball machines at
the ice creamery and the bowling alleys in my neighborhood. You know, I never
saw a female play one. Hmm. Who's the smart one of the species? :)
Richard writes in – Jan 2003:
Dave Cross write Vic Camp – Dec 2002:
Johnny Henry email – Jan 2001:
Pinball machines were a regular habit with me when growing up.. I remember this type of pinball machine, they had no flippers and worked like bingo games where by getting five in row you'd win free games and the free games could be used to increase the odds or cashed in for money. If memory serves it cost 5 cents per play. These were illegal in Oklahoma but like liquor by the drink (also illegal in Okla. at the time) people ignored the law, but somewhere along the way the usual crowd of "do-gooders" managed to get rid of them. I’d like to know if these pinball machines still around anywhere and are they still illegal?.. I enjoyed your site and the memories..
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