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 lots of interesting reading and are tired of getting bogged down in the details, click over to Danny Leach's bingo site or Ray Watts site

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.


What's new

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

new John Leigh provided the information for documenting the mixers and reflex unit for Miami Beach. This was the smoothest experience I've been involved with for making these diagrams, so a How-to will be written soon. 4/19/17
new Dennis Dodel provided some more united paperwork. Manual/schem for Playtime, manual for Nevada, and better schematics for Pixies and Bally Palm Springs. See entries in machine listings. 3/24/17
new Daniel McDonald provided some internal pictures of Lotta Fun. See entry in machine listings. 3/11/17
new James McLaren has completed an Arduino-based interface to connect JR's machine simulations to a real cabinet/playfield. JR is hosting the details at http://bingo.joopriem.nl/. 1/19/17
new A very good computer version of various machines 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.

Another open-source system for creating a hardware/software hybrid machine is being worked on by Nick Baldridge. More to come when it's publically available.

4/26/16