View Full Version : Pinball machines in the pool halls.
04-21-2013, 05:39 PM
I know a lot of you guys must remember these machines.
Nickel a game and almost every pool player in my home room played them for days, banging away trying to get that little silver ball in the number to win games.
Some that i can remember are the Laguna beach and Ballerina, Laguna had the OKs on them and the Ballerinas had the 2 in the blue and many other ways of winning points.
I can remember a few pool players having their hands all beat up after playing one of those machines for hours and hours.
There was a few certain guys that did have the ability to beat them, of course they were the smart ones that would jack the machine up on one side (without the house man seeing them of course) so all the balls would roll to that side they wanted.
Those were the days!
04-21-2013, 05:54 PM
The ole Bingo machines --- Galaxy -Ms America - Red White Blue
Fun to play - plus make a hit
04-21-2013, 06:46 PM
Aha...one of my first introductions to gambling....teenage years....smoking and banging those bingo machines for 3, 4, 5 in a row.....listening to the games clicking on and on when you hit a big one....Some machines I remember......names.....Pixies, Triple Play, Monaco, Laguna Beach, Manhattan Beach....features included....selections, OK, umc buttons, super cards (3 in row scores 4 in row), Lite a name, 4 corners scores 5 in row....on those nickel machines you could dump rolls and rolls of nickels into just to jack up the odds and get all the features; end up playing one game for 5, 6, 7 bucks a game....wish they were still around.....I used to go to Reno Nevada just to play them in some casinos.....all gone now....
04-22-2013, 07:44 AM
In 1968 (an election year), the state of Wisconsin decided to crack
down on gambling. Undercover agents moved around the state for six months,
culminating with mass arrests for such things as giving free games on pinball
machines. I'm not making this up! I was arrested for selling a $2 tip on a
Packer game to an undercover agent!
Interestingly, an employee at one of the local pool halls was a bookie and he used to actually post the Vegas odds on pro sports on the top of the glass candy counter. I watched the local sheriff place bets from this sheet. Of course, he was not included in the above-described sting operation...
...some things never change!
04-22-2013, 09:07 AM
When pinball is discussed, some people seem unfamiliar with the old bingo type gambling games without flippers........those are the ones I used to favor; not your common flipper type games which do not pay out.....I remember in San Francisco at the old Palace Billiards on Market St.....you would climb these long stairs to the 2nd floor and the first thing to greet you was about 6-8 of these pinball machines side by side......the next to greet you was any one of several hustlers coming up to you, asking if you wanted to play some; even before you reached the front desk to get pool balls..........
04-22-2013, 09:08 AM
I remember the guys playin one ball low score ,saw a lot of
twenty dollar bills change hands back then , 1966 - 1969 best rob
04-22-2013, 09:58 AM
Aha...one of my first introductions to gambling....teenage years....smoking
and banging those bingo machines for 3, 4, 5 in a row.....listening to the
games clicking on and on when you hit a big one....Some machines I
remember......names.....Pixies, Triple Play, Monaco, Laguna Beach, Manhattan
Beach....features included....selections, OK, umc buttons, super cards (3 in
row scores 4 in row), Lite a name, 4 corners scores 5 in row....on those nickel
machines you could dump rolls and rolls of nickels into just to jack up the
odds and get all the features; end up playing one game for 5, 6, 7 bucks a
game....wish they were still around.....I used to go to Reno Nevada just to
play them in some casinos.....all gone now....
In the room I played in the machine was called Fun-Way many of the players were hooked on it.
04-22-2013, 01:20 PM
These were the 20 and 25 numbers pinball machine?
The nickel on the string worked for awile, until they put the cutters down in the nickel slot, that would cut the nickel off of the string and your nickel would drop in the box (that was the only way i could win or cheat i shal say).
In the late 60's i got 2 dollars on the weekend , my Dad would pay for my pool time as a plus sometimes but he hated to see me spending money on the pinball machines . The pinball machines is wear guys would put their arms when playing chicken with a cigarette , don't think they wagered anything .:smile:
04-22-2013, 01:37 PM
I never was really good at pinball but it'll keep you hooked for
hours. When I was a teenager, anywhere I'd go and see a pinball machine I had
to play it, it would call my name from across the room.
As a side note, there is a Pinball Hall of Fame in Vegas that my wife and I came across with rows and rows of pinball machines from all eras and genres. There were even a few pool themed machines. Really cool, if you're ever in Vegas and wanna kill some time look it up, it's not too far off the strip. We spent a couple hours in there feeding quarters into the many machines, good times.
04-22-2013, 03:14 PM
I heard pinball was banned in NYC until 1976. So even if Ames
wanted, they couldn't legally have pinball machines.
I dont think so. In Queens we had them all over the place, we used to have tournys on Sat afternoons in this candy store with the grand prize, a whopping $5 !
Also had a bar box in the same place, we got ahold of the keys to it one day and copied them and we used to rob the quarters out of it once a week, lol.
This had to be about 74-75.
04-22-2013, 04:08 PM
We have 2 in our local room(Miss America and Magic Gate), play them a lot.
04-22-2013, 04:27 PM
My Dad used to take me to a club he belonged to when I was a kid. I grew up on a machine just like this.
If I hit, Dad got the money but would treat me to something.
04-22-2013, 06:39 PM
When I was going to school in New Orleans in the late 60's the
city was full of them. Locals I hung out with called them "biffers".
Cash payout by the bartender if you hit.
Declared illegal on or about the mid "70's". They rounded up all they could find and dumped them in the middle of the Mississippi.
04-23-2013, 08:19 AM
That was a damn shame.......many of those machines were works of
art created by geniuses....I don't see why they would be trashed in that way.
I wish they were still around; I'd certainly play them.....they were more fun than ordinary slot machines.....
Wow, what a nice mix of the games mentioned here – Sweet`
Right out of the Bingo Playbook`