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What was the actual machine that got the NY ban on pinball overturned?

By Kaytrox

33 days ago

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#5 33 days ago

Pretty sure El Dorado was the other game.

#8 33 days ago

"There were two games in the courtroom that morning, both of which were built by Gottlieb, one of pinball's major developers. On one side of the room was a billiards-themed machine called Bank Shot. On the other, El Dorado, styled after Spaghetti Westerns. Roger approached El Dorado. Before he could play, the council interrupted. Fearing that the player's preferred machine might have been rigged, they sent him across the room to the other game. Pinball's future would depend on Bank Shot.

After explaining the basic maneuvers to the councilmen, Sharpe (considered one of the best players in the world) made a bold move: He called his next shot. On the next turn, he announced, he would shoot the ball down the center passage. The council watched incredulously as he pulled the plunger. When the ball came down the chute he paused, waiting to time his shot just right, then he hit the flipper. The ball shot down the center. The council immediately voted 6-0 to overturn the ban on pinball."


The story has been told many times...I am sure there are other articles. Apparently the story should be told many more times so everyone remembers.

Roger is the man.

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