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Top 20 pins for route use...Op's please!!


By MK6PIN

3 years ago



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    #51 2 years ago

    I've got 11 at a bar, and have been doing it for 2 years.

    Highest earners have been:

    Ghostbusters
    Metallica
    Wizard of Oz
    Star Trek
    Twilight Zone
    Addams Family

    GB, MET, and WOZ have been consistently above the average for that location for 6+ months...and not tapering off at all.

    I'll also add, if you're going to have a lot of machines, some are just going to earn more than others. If I replaced Fish Tales with MMR, MMR would earn more for sure. But would it bring more money into the room, or just take a little bit from each of the other machines?

    I don't know all the answers, but no matter what you have in there, you're going to get a mix of high earners and lower earners.

    The type of location probably matters, and so does the surrounding competition. Why will people play at your place? Is it their only option? Maybe your games play better than the competition? Maybe the competition has all older games so you are making a spot for the newer ones? Maybe there are several nearby venues that all have Star Trek...so give them something different.

    Let us know how it turns out, and good luck!

    #52 2 years ago
    Quoted from ryanwanger:

    I've got 11 at a bar, and have been doing it for 2 years.
    Highest earners have been:
    Ghostbusters
    Metallica
    Wizard of Oz
    Star Trek
    Twilight Zone
    Addams Family
    GB, MET, and WOZ have been consistently above the average for that location for 6+ months...and not tapering off at all.
    I'll also add, if you're going to have a lot of machines, some are just going to earn more than others. If I replaced Fish Tales with MMR, MMR would earn more for sure. But would it bring more money into the room, or just take a little bit from each of the other machines?
    I don't know all the answers, but no matter what you have in there, you're going to get a mix of high earners and lower earners.
    The type of location probably matters, and so does the surrounding competition. Why will people play at your place? Is it their only option? Maybe your games play better than the competition? Maybe the competition has all older games so you are making a spot for the newer ones? Maybe there are several nearby venues that all have Star Trek...so give them something different.
    Let us know how it turns out, and good luck!

    Great info!!!.....I'll post as this thing moves...really excited!!!

    #53 2 years ago

    Tspp is one that people are very attracted to and can be big earner .

    #54 2 years ago

    I have Ghostbusters pro, Judge Dredd, Independance Day, Police force and Xenon in a bowling alley. I live in a small town and my location is the only place Where you can play pins or arcade games. Gb is my top earner right now, however it's the only game priced at 1.00 and the newest in the lineup. All other games are .50 per play. All my games do well, but one thing I've noticed is that kids and adults love bright games. I had my Judge Dredd on location for about 2 months with incondescent bulbs installed and then replaced them with LEDs and I noticed my earning went up. Bright pins catch attention. Dull dim games seam to not get as many quarters dumped in them.

    One thing I would suggest to anyone wanting to put pins on location is to make sure you get 70% or more. Right now I'm splitting 60-40 with the location I'm at. I keep 60 they get 40 and the money I get from the machines just goes right back into repairs and upgrades. I've only been doing this for 5 months now and my profits have been growing every month. I'm aiming to get one more machine in there and have 6 at this location and then look for another location to put a few games and rotate my collection between the two. I also have a few arcade machines in this location as well. I have a 60-1, Star Wars Trilogy and Asteroids. Star Wars does the best out of the arcades and earns about as much as a pin At 50 cents a play.

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    #55 2 years ago
    Quoted from Agent_Hero:

    My non-pinhead family is just as drawn to playing Rescue 911 or Hardbody at a bar that also has Cirqus Voltaire or Attack From Mars.

    That is true for my family as well. Thought it is the A pins that cause me to bring my family to the places in the first place.

    An aside: If you want kids to burn through quarters quick... get a couple crane machines. It seems half my quarters for pins are gone in 5 minutes due to those evil machines. Cranes light up my kid's brains... and they start begging or stealing my pin quarters. It is similar experience as trying to pay for groceries without your kids pleading for one of the candy bar or drinks that are strategically placed near the grocery store cash registers.

    #56 2 years ago

    TOM all the way. I've had 2 pins on location at a pub for 1.5 years. TOM was always more played than whatever was beside it. It requires a little extra maintenance though, like every week you need to adjust the optos, sometimes twice.

    #57 2 years ago

    All yawl operators are wonderful people for keeping pinball alive. Thank you for all that you do!

    #58 2 years ago

    I'm going to stick with cash on my machines, as I understand there is money to me made with an ATM machine on site, as well. Negotiating to own the bar second quarter 2017, so split is a non issue....thinking I'll make more money on the booze anyway.....want to use the pins as drawing power, and some marketing ideas.....exciting stuff...we will see...

    #59 2 years ago

    I currently have 3 locations (all bars), and I am about 1 week away from opening a 40 seat pub/cafe. All my locations are 80/20 split (I take 80).

    I will be starting with 6 pins in the cafe. Will be rotating pins through all my locations.

    Food is the big earner if you can keep your cost around 30%. Up here, gov't taxes take a lot of the profit off booze. There is profit, but it is in volume sold. The pins will be keeping the lights on (I have a solid regular customer base that come to play pins).

    I have found the new Sterns to be the best earners. I've had the rest of the A listers sitting beside newer sterns, and they still don't keep pace with them. Met Pro has been my best earner of the bunch. I had an early WoZ ECLE that caused me nothing but headaches and really turned me off from JJP. Hoping to bring in an Alien as soon as production starts.

    All anecdotal, no one person will have the right answer for your location. Will all depend on what your clientele prefers.

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