It's all about bingos!

Welcome to one of the ugliest sites on the web built by someone who did web stuff for a living.

We are talking about bingo machines here, mostly Bally, but with a few digressions into United and other manufacturers.

My main interest is the technical details and reference materials. If you are looking for interesting reading instead of getting bogged down in techno-babble, click over to Danny Leach's bingo site or Ray Watts site

If reading isn't your thing, try Nick Baldridge's For Amusement Only podcast and especially look for episodes on the Multi-bingo.

Where's the little numbered balls?

Wrong kinda bingo. We are interested in pinball machines that look somewhat like this thing.

They have no flippers, 5+ balls, and are, umm, "for amusement only" (we posted a "No Gambling Allowed" sign on the machine...that's how much we mean it!).

If you want to get the historical perspective, check out the History link over there to the left. We've swiped articles by Russ Jensen and added some pictures. Also, Jeffrey Lawton (no, that's not me!) has published a book published by Schiffer cleverly titled "Bally's Bingo Pinball Machines", so it should be easy to find.

Information for each game (like schematics, manuals, flyers, score/instruction card scans/repros, mixer/reflex unit blueprints, etc.) is in the game listings and the paper summary.

A very good computer version of various machines is at http://bingo.joopriem.nl/. Plus, he's building in a method for using the software with a real playfield and cabinet so you can add a computer and display to create a multiple game machine.

What's new

Here's as good a place as any for those old-school little "what's new" images!

new The Pacific Pinball Museum's Williams Long Beach overhaul completed. Unit diagrams and info posted. This game they will not sell. 4/30/19
new The Pacific Pinball Museum's Bally Beach Beauty overhaul complete. Mixer, reflex and timing info posted. The game is for sale. 4/30/19
new A scan of a better manual for Bally Lido is posted. 3/5/19
new The Pacific Pinball Museum's Bally Key West was overhauled. Pics and usual mixer/reflex/timing info posted. If you want one of these, see if they'll sell it. 2/27/19
new The Pacific Pinball Museum's Bally Night Club was overhauled. Pics and usual mixer/reflex/timing info posted. If you want one of these, see if they'll sell it. They have a second Night Club in similar condition with wood rails. Both have some playfield wear. I may remove the wood rails and xfer them to the pictured game if the second machine becomes a parts game. 2/12/19
new David Helyer and Chris Howard provided info on a factory adjustment plug on some Miami Beach games. The only known schematic does not have this plug on it. 2/3/19
new The Pacific Pinball Museum's United Starlet was overhauled. Pics and usual mixer/reflex/timing info posted. If you want one of these, see if they'll sell it. Caravan is a little better due to the short diagonals that make more use of roto numbers, but Starlet is interesting also. 1/23/19
new The Pacific Pinball Museum gave access to a United Pixies, mixer and timing diagrams are posted. 11/10/18
new Vic Camp provided manuals/info/pictures for GAA New Continental and Wimi Miss Bowling Turbo, as well as 30+ other pictures of machines/backglasses that have been added to the game listings. 11/3/18
new Craig McCarthy generated the reflex unit diagram for Miss America Deluxe. 10/9/18
new Joe Shope and John Kosick supplied a search chart for Atlantic City. 8/20/18

Old entries are hoarded in case you missed them