Portland Pinball And Beer



When I was in high school in the 60s, I never met a pinball machine that didn't pay off.

I had a friend who was a pinball wizard and a couple of us would back his play at a bowling ally on weekends, until he won enough to buy a case of beer. Then we'd immediately cash in, go find our booze buyer and start partying.

As you know, it was never a for sure thing and sometimes it would take such a long time that there was no time left over in the evening for us to drink the beer even if we got the money to buy it.

Sometimes we simply ran out of money. However, many times it all worked out and we really knew we were masters of our fate.

What fun it was-talking to the machines, razzing each other, loving it when the player is on a roll then everyone wanting
to take over the play when the player falls into a slump, "Come on let me get us back on track."

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Aug 01, 2014

Portland Pinball Machines
by: Anonymous

I too, remember the payout pinball machines. The ones without flippers.

They could be beaten if you used good money management and had excellent reflexes. Of course, not all machines could be beaten. Some tilted too easily, and others never gave enough good shots to be worthwhile.

The regulars knew where the good machines were and that's where the action was. Sometimes a
tavern, sometimes a bowing alley, nightclub, or restaurant.

After the city of Portland decided these pinballs were a bad thing, they retained their popularity in outlying areas and in other cities in Oregon and Washington.

They were a lot of fun, and I never thought they were such an evil thing as they were portrayed to be.

You had to understand the features of the machine, and know a good one from a bad one. If you could do that, you had a chance.

Some of the names of the machines I can recall:

Circus Queen
Silver Sails
Golden Gate
Can Can
County Fair
Sea Island
Carnival Queen
Roller Derby