Bally : Mississippi Showboat
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Mississippi ShowboatThis game was never produced, but since it has a model number and is probably the last machine Bally had out for field test when they shut down bingo production, here it is.
As typical, they took the previous game of that style (Dixieland) and added a feature. In this case, it's a unique feature. You could deposit up to six extra coins/credits after the 11th coin, and each would enable a card for an extra 6th ball - e.g. if you put in at least 12 coins, you got the extra ball, but it only registered on the enabled cards.
The game is in holland, and the schematic exists. Because it's a one-off and the feature would not be easy to add to an earlier machine, I'm not going to try chasing down the paperwork.
six-card gamesThe game type has 6 5x5 bingo cards on the backglass.
Most games enable one card per coin/credit guaranteed, but a few enable the additional cards on mystery intervals.
Individual numbers light on all enabled cards at the same time, and wins on each card were scored separately, although only the highest winner on each card counted (i.e. if you had two 3-in-line winners on the same card, you got paid for only one. If you had a 3-in-line and a 4-in-line on the same card, you got paid the 4-in-line amount).
To encourage maximum coins to be played, the payouts
generally increased for successive cards. The max payout
for a game is usually only obtainable on card #6.