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.
Here's as good a place as any for those old-school little "what's new" images!
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.
|Steve Testa completed the mixer diagrams for Safari and I added some internal pics I had.||7/30/17|
|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|
|A how-to for John Leigh's experience documenting the mixers on Miami Beach is posted. Steve Testa's approach where he does more of the work will be documented next.||6/1/17|
|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. A How-to will be written soon.||5/16/17|
|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|
|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|
|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 game listings.||3/24/17|
|Daniel McDonald provided some internal pictures of Lotta Fun. See entry in machine listings.||3/11/17|
|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|
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.