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First time going to PHOF

By -Matt-

8 years ago

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    #1 8 years ago

    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?

    #2 8 years ago

    Man if you go, post a few photos of the place
    -never been there

    #3 8 years ago

    Taxi = $12 one way from strip, bus pass = $2 each way or $7 for 24 hour pass. A title games and new sterns are $.75 5 ball, b titles $.50 for 3 ball, ems $.25. Way cheaper than gambling. Have fun!

    #4 8 years ago

    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!

    #5 8 years ago

    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.

    #6 8 years ago
    Quoted from guymontag451:

    And make sure to play the Pinball Circus while you're there too! Only playable one in the world.

    This is one pin among a few on my list i just cant wait to play...

    #7 8 years ago

    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!

    #8 8 years ago

    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.

    #9 8 years ago
    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.

    #10 8 years ago

    If you have some spare unused parts sitting around consider taking them and donating.

    #11 8 years ago

    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.

    #12 8 years ago
    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."

    #13 8 years ago

    I've been to PHOF from France , and I introduced myself to the staff at my arrival - They were very surprised by a french tourist there , but ALL THE PEOPLE GAMERS INCLUDED were very nice .
    Take a look at my avatar ..and you can check !

    #14 8 years ago

    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!

    #15 8 years ago

    I was there two summers ago... Ditto Gweempose, you said it all. (big smile)

    #16 8 years ago

    Hey... What does "Gweempose" stand for?

    #17 8 years ago
    Quoted from bradbot:

    Hey... What does "Gweempose" stand for?

    Absolutely nothing. I just made it up.

    #18 8 years ago

    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!

    #19 8 years ago

    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 ...


    #20 8 years ago

    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?

    #21 8 years ago

    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 ...

    Riviera_#1.jpg Riviera_#2.jpg Riviera_#3.jpg Riviera_#4.jpg Riviera_#5.jpg Riviera_#6.jpg

    #22 8 years ago

    Qweempose, your pictures give me a glimpse of what heaven must be like! I didn't even know the PHOF existed. Now I actually have a reason to go to Las Vegas!

    #23 8 years ago

    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.

    #24 8 years ago

    I just think it's great to finally have some quality pins back on the strip.

    #25 8 years ago

    Soooo jealous! I'm supposed to be in Vegas now on a work trip, but it got cancelled. The PHOF is really the only thing on my "must see" list when/if I ever get there.

    #26 8 years ago

    Woo! Now there is 2 locations for me to hit!!

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