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

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 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
new John Kosick supplied an alternate schematic for Show-Time. There's a small difference in the shutter motor and selector lock trip relay circuits. It appears John's schematic was for early machines. 8/17/18
new Unit diagrams for Spot-Lite have been created and posted. Additional pictures of game internals added. Thanks to the Pacific Pinball Museum for loan of the machine. 8/17/18
new Terry K. provided pictures for a little write-up on open/close at zero/top switches in the how-to section.
Garnett Fraser sent in pics to make a reflex diagram for Ticker Tape. I assume Stock Market and Wall Street are the same so posted those diagrams also.
Steve Testa send in some internal pictures for Bright Lights.
4/18/18
new David Eaker provided another version of the Galaxy schematic. See entry in machine listings. This is/was pretty ... umm ... quaint. Looks like at least two people were drawing it, and they didn't agree on things like whether to draw humps at wire crossings (I changed them to humps) or the shapes and cases of letters. I didn't look yet and see how different it is from the also posted belgium version. 1/19/18
new The game manuals were all optimized with acrobat to reduce the file size. The unoptimized manuals are also available. If you see a problem with an optimized one, grab the bigger version and see if it's the same. If there is an issue, let me know.

A Bally/United Manual and Schem Hoarder link was added to the paperwork page. You can download large zip archives of all the Bally and United manuals and schems.

12/13/17
new Steve Testa completed the mixer diagrams for Safari and I added some internal pics I had. 7/30/17
new Phil Bogema documented the remaining mixers (2 and 4) for Carnival Queen....and pointed out an error in the mixer 4 diagrams for County Fair and Laguna Beach. 7/12/17
new A how-to for John Leigh's experience documenting the mixers on Miami Beach is posted. 6/1/17
new Steve Testa overcame all adversity (my explanations) and produced documentation for the reflex, random and magic random units on Nashville. This is the first time a late model 6-card machine has complete documentation available on this site. 5/16/17
new Dean Courtney provided a second schematic for Beach Beauty - serial numbers after 1750. The posted reflex unit diagram now makes sense ... it matches the later version of the game. 4/23/17
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 got written. 4/19/17