Going to Vegas late in May for a week or so... thinking of hitting up the PHOF... any opinions or suggestions? Any other good pin spots in the Sin City?
The PHOF is awesome! I was there last summer and had a blast. There are so many games to play, it's like complete sensory overload. Make sure to leave yourself plenty of time for it. FYI, they recently opened a second location with about 45 machines in the Riviera Hotel. It's located between the food court and the casino. Have fun!
I've been twice! It's fantastic, you're going to have a great time. Sadly, I couldn't find any other pin spots in vegas while I was there, but with a place like PHOF you don't really need one. It will occupy all of your time don't you worry. Tim Arnold is a saint in my book, and the PHOF is a must see for all pingeeks. I think my trip I spent 5 hours there, and my second I spent 6 hours there and probably spent about 40 bucks combined. I could've died happy after either trip. Let's us know how your trip was. And make sure to play the Pinball Circus while you're there too! Only playable one in the world.
I spent a whole day there. Not nearly enough time to do the place justice. I had met Francesco LaRocca there (who had also been there the previous day) and we had a New York City vs. Seattle showdown. New York won 16-10, but Francesco will be at the NW Pinball Show so we'll see if my play has improved since last year...
Only place in Vegas worth going to, in my book. Where else in Vegas can you play all day and spend less than 50 bucks, food included?
Tim Arnold likes it when people drop in from all over the world and chat with him. He's a bit of grumpy old man (with reason. He should be ON the Strip, not about a mile or so south of it!) but I really think he's touched by how far people will come just to visit his place.
Of course, with 150+ machines spanning 70+ years, what pinhead WOULDN'T go out of their way to go there?!?
Pinball Circus. Go play it so you can say you did! (And it was one of the games I beat New York on!)
I have a bunch of pictures on FacePlant from when I was there. Look me up there and you'll see the pics I took. (Curious, why hasn't anybody from PinSide looked me up on FacePlant yet?)
gweempose: Really? I need to get that place on my Maps, pronto!
Don't expect every game to play perfectly, they don't have enough volunteers and time to keep everything up and running 100%, all the time. Also, my friend was there a few weeks back and mentioned that they're sandbagging a lot of the games so you can't move them much, if at all.
Now that that's out of the way, IMO the PHOF is the pinball enthusiasts mecca. I just wish it were closer to home.
Quoted from jay:
Don't expect every game to play perfectly
This is true, and its true of pinball in general. There is just too many games for everything to work perfectly, but Tim is scuttling around all day cleaning and tweaking and trying his damndest. Guy could use a couple extra grafted arms and he'd be set.
If you have some spare unused parts sitting around consider taking them and donating.
Great place to visit. I agree it is the best deal in Vegas. I have been there about 5 times. You can spend about 10 bucks an hour and have a blast. I have always thought the machines were inn pretty good condition. Do not expect much conversation from the owner but the other staff will talk with you all day. Have fun.
Quoted from sulli10:
Do not expect much conversation from the owner ...
Here is a quote from a recent post by Tim on RGP. It pretty much says it all:
"Our staff, myself included, are instructed to NOT spend a lot of time
talking to the campers. Our job is to clean and maintain the machines
so our guests will enjoy well tuned and working machines. We do say
hello, and a few quick words, but that is all. We are NOT trying to be
rude. It is already very hard to concentrate on a complicated task in
a noisy and dim environment. Please understand that if you want a
friend, get a dog. If you want flippers that work, come to the PHOF."
do not pass it up tons of games best money spent in vegas plus the money goes to salvation army. AND YES play circus very interresting game one of the best things ive ever done in vegas!
I was just there yesterday! Sadly, the system 80's were down (Black Hole and Haunted House). They were down last time I was there, just like they were always busted when I was young....... so nothing's changed! You gotta love that place. I don't know how they do it.
I think I would rather go on a week day when it's not as busy and Tim Arnold is in fixing the machines. I think he is amazing but I never chatted with him. He looks pretty busy!
I was just there yesterday! Sadly, the system 80's were down (Black Hole and Haunted House).
Fortunately, they were working just fine when I was there. Here's my son having some fun on HH ...
they recently opened a second location with about 45 machines in the Riviera Hotel. It's located between the food court and the casino.
Sorry I can't get the hang of "Quote selected text" funtion.
I would like to hear more about this new location?
I would like to hear more about this new location?
Tim has only had the pins at the Riviera for about a month. I haven't been there myself yet, but here are some pics I found on RGP ...
Excellent, I know where I'll be staying next time I get to Vegas.
Hope it works out for all involved and this turns into a longterm venture.
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