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(Topic ID: 257373)

Jacks Open 5-ball rules on 3-ball game?

By mbaumle

11 months ago

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  • 6 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 11 months ago by QuietEarp
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#1 11 months ago

So, as I play Jacks Open more, the more I prefer the 5-ball rules progression to the 3-ball. I'm finding it too easy to climb the ladder in a home environment. I'm wondering if

A: If anyone has successfully converted their game to be a 3-ball game, but use the 5-ball rules.


B: If doing so would be considered heresy.

I'd love to give it a try in the most non-invasive and most reversible way possible, and for the sake of consistency, I like to keep all my games on 3-ball play. I feel like it should just be a matter of changing the wiring at the jones plug adjustment, I just don't know how to go about it.

#2 11 months ago

I played a Surf Champ that Keith Elwin did this to and it was a much better game. I’ve tried to jumper a few things on my own to no avail. I’d be interested!

#3 11 months ago

Just jumper the respective pins to the 3 Ball play socket and try some variations.

You have to inspect what changes between the settings. Sometime a feature is added, sometimes a feature is removed, and sometimes it stays the same. See what gives you the balance you are looking for.

And I agree, sometimes 3 ball play overcompensates.

But for one example, Quick Draw/Fast Draw, 3 ball play is best/perfect.

#4 11 months ago

(1) Set the game to 5-ball play.

(2) Start a game.

(3) Play until the third ball. Take the ball out of the shooter lane and put it in your pocket.

(4) Look at the ball count unit in the lightbox. Look at the lower set of rivets. Find the rivet that is being touched by the spring-loaded finger. You want to learn the color of wire that is connected to it. You will have to look at the back of the unit. Use a pocket mirror or the service position to observe it.

(5) Find the same color of wire on the 3-ball side of the settings jones plug.

(6) Use a jumper cable to connect it to its corresponding slot on the 5-ball side. Because they are adjacent, you could also bridge them with a paperclip.

(7) Take the ball out of your pocket and drain it. The game should end.

#5 11 months ago

I agree with leckmeck. If you put the game in 5 ball mode and short the yellow-blue wire to the white-green wire at the balls per game adjustment, the Ball Count unit should take extra steps when you drain ball three to get to the game over position (ball 6).
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#6 11 months ago

Thanks so much for your insight gentlemen! I will give it a go once I get home and report back.

#7 11 months ago

You guys are incredible. Works like a champ, and simply shorted the two wires with a paper clip. Can’t ask for anything less invasive than that.

Thanks so much!

#8 11 months ago

This is awesome info! I tried playing 4 Square on 3 ball but the settings are terrible. I may try this technique soon.

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