Looks like Hawaii did some of their own 2nd guessing.

…Pretty Prophetic…




Bingo Pinballs


Updated 06/10/2003



Many of the bingos had “Exotic Land” themes, which is way cool and definitely part of the lure for me: Bally had Sea Island in the early years (1959) and then Tahiti, Bali, Orient, Venice, Acapulco, and Hawaii in the later years


United chose to follow suit and put out a few hooks of their own with right from the start and through out their entire history: Monaco, South Seas, Tahiti, Rio, Brazil, Singapore, Caravan, Tropic, Havana, Mexico, and their own Hawaii.


Interesting to note: I guess that Bally did some of their new bingo test runs down in Mexico. In the Hooker interview, Don briefly mentions this when asked where did Bally try out the machines. He also mentions that Texas and New Orleans where the main locations, and since we know that these bingos way a ton I always assumed that the test sites down Mexico way must have been in the border towns just across the Rio Grande. Although a pretty good assumption, I have yet to be able to find any firm evidence of this in all of my research.




Here’s a little Hawaiian Bingo stuff for ya:


By Will Hoover
Advertiser Staff Writer

Sometime around 1930, the first pinball machine arrived in Hawaii. 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 Hawaii Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, struck down laws that prohibited operators from allowing, or kids from playing, pinball.

That’s cool!!







Well then one day out of the blue a man named Christian Haberecht from Berlin Germany posts a plea for help out on the Usernet site rec.games.pinball asking if someone can help fix his Interflip Bingo from Spain. I wrote and asked for some pics (shared them with Phil Hooper) and he sent me internals and electronic copies of the schematics too :)





…….…kind of a volcanic theme on that baby………….


Completely digital, if you want the schematics, please let me know.


Interflip – Not a whole lot of info available on these guys that I can find, Here is a heading on a website that suggests they are from France?


The site shows several machines (not this one) including another bingo, Bingo Bombo listed as being solid-state, that range in dates from 1973 to 1986.

Yet another website header, probably more mysterious then the last:

* Interflip fue la marca que creó R.Franco para la exportación.

Off some totally foreign pinball forum:

Posted by: pinfriend

Liebe Leser!

Bin stolzer Besitzer eines SS Bingo von InterFlip (Spanien)- leider nicht funktionierend…
Muss Bj. ca. 1979 sein- zumindest gibts da einen Aukleber auf der CPU- Platine. Das Ding heisst
Honolulu. Ich finde leider keinerlei Hinweise im www. Die Unterlagen, die dabei waren sind leider von sehr schlechter Qualität- Stromlaufpläne sind fast nicht entzifferbar…

Soweit, sogut.

Jetzt könnte ich munter drauflosreparieren, aber leider gibt’s auf der CPU- Platine zahlreiche Leiterzugauftrennungen und dementsprechend zusätzliche Drahtbrücken, efin ich nicht weiss, ob die Kiste überhaupt mal gespielt hat (mit den Modifikationen). Welchen Grund diese Änderungen haben sollten, kann ich leider auch nicht nachvollziehen- sie entsprechen jedoch efinitive NICHT dem Stromlaufplan. Evtl. entstammen sie früheren Reparaturversuchen.

Jetzt die Frage:

Wer kennt diese Platine, hat sowas schonmal gesehen, kennt jemanden, dessen Bruder mal einen kannte, dessen Schwager mal so’n Teil hatte…...... Ist evtl. die gleiche Elektronik wie in InterFlip Flippern??

Fragen über Fragen…


Well that’s all for today……………………



May 18th 2003:


Well what do ya know, I guess people are actually out there surfing and reading my pages:


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.




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

From: Danny

To: thehawaiiguy@hawaii.rr.com

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

Subject: Re: bingo pinball

Hello Keith - No bother Sir, please write whenever you want to. Are you saying that they still have bingo machines out in town these days? Wow! That's great. What machines are still around? Where are they located? Do you play? Do you have a favorite machine or story to share? I take it you found my site? What island are you on?




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.