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Back in the day was anyone able to AP/"beat" these machines?

By GolfKill

1 year ago

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    #1 1 year ago

    A question for people who remember the Bingo era: Was there a class of people who were skilled enough to "beat" the house on a regular basis on those machines purely by skill? Would they get banned from establishments/roughed up/whacked etc similar to Card Counters or other type of Advantage Players in Vegas?

    #2 1 year ago

    I was never good enough to be banned, but there were a few people that were in my neighborhood.

    #3 1 year ago

    I wrote this article almost 20 years ago. Maybe it's worth a read...


    #4 1 year ago

    I don't know if you could do it on a Bingo game.

    On regular gambling pins in my area. You could pull the win feature limiting payouts.

    LTG : )

    #5 1 year ago

    I was slightly better than the average bingo player. My friend was a pinball wizard. We would go to bars in Memphis and he would make lots money. At least a couple of hundred at each place. This was in the late '70s. He was barred from all of the places after a while. He would color his hair and grow a beard so he could go back. He pulled it off a few more times then he was rolled in the parking lot and told not to ever come back or else. I missed that trip.
    It was much more fun than slots and probably brought in more to the owners. Tennessee was the last of all the southern states to outlaw bingos for gambling.
    Even though I can't win money on my Laguna Beach but I love playing it.

    #6 1 year ago
    Quoted from okorange:

    I wrote this article almost 20 years ago.

    Great article. We weren't so analytical on which side to play but we did play based on if or how it was leaning. And how easy it was to tilt, how loose the lockdown bar was. If it tilted too easy no one would play. You are right on the money as far as how to bump the machine.
    When I got my machine I was so proud of how I could still play with such skill and expertise. Then I checked the tilt. I probably could have turned it over and not tilted the machine.

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