Joker Poker (Gottlieb, 1978)

Joker Poker

Pinside rating

This game received 69 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.654 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #113 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.83

Artwork: 7.653

Sounds/Music: 4.328

Other Aspects: 7.965

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67 days ago
A solid state game that plays like an Electro mechanical. The chimes sound is great. Probably one of the best drop target game. I prefer newer games but if i have to choose an old one for my collection, that might be a good choice.
3 months ago
Fun game to play. Love the 5 ball shooting and the the ability to build. The kings are the hardest ones for sure to shoot.
6 months ago
an old game but a lot of fun
7 months ago
Super fun drop target game.
8 months ago
A great game if you love drop targets. It certainly has the "just one more game. . . " factor.
Even though its is a step back in the evolution of sound I actually like the use of chimes in this game -- they add a pleasant background to game play. No fancy toys or complicated rules. . . this game is proof that sometimes simpler is better.
10 months ago
Love the layout and the drop target goals. Aces are challenging and the top rollovers are extremely difficult, need to use a straight shot with ball spin to get to the C. Plays fast for the era of game. Positives: Artwork, fast play, challenging, different ball goals. Negatives: sound chimes versus sound board, Rollover (A,B,C) lights with outlane rollover. Overall fun game!
10 months ago
Games one of the best ever.
Had one for a few months now been hunting for one for awhile. Don't let it fool you. It's difficult sometimes.
Great artwork and design
11 months ago
I can't say that I love the EM machines too much, but Joker Poker is one of the rarities I wish I had in my collection. It's a shooter's game 100%, and is a perfectly enjoyable machine. Not going to rock your socks off, but it simply "works" much more than a lot of later/more involved machines.
1 year ago
My favorite old game, addictive.
1 year ago
Very fun and addictive, the best gottlieg, the best EM style game, the chime sound with digital display is a real + for me.
2 years ago
I love this game. Great ruleset, great layout, great shots. Of 15-or-so machines, this is one that I keep trying to play over and over.
2 years ago
I think this is a fun "Drop Target" game. Has a nice theme, with a great backglass. If you like this era SS, you might really like this one. Has a decently open PF. Isn't filled with a ton of stuff. Just a good solid game.
3 years ago
By far - Joker Poker is the best Gtb-Sys-1 pin. It plays like EM's (I like) - keeps-up with counting, Bonus Multiplyer is great. I like the Em-chime-box in it. The other Gtb-Sys-1 are nice / good, Joker Poker is excellent.
3 years ago
Awesome game, one of the best solid states of all time.
3 years ago
Another masterpiece by Gottlieb this one has it all
3 years ago
My favorite drop target pinball. JP takes advanced skills on the flippers and at aiming to be successful when compared with most other machines. It will punish you for every mistake you make. Still it keeps me coming back again and again. Uniquely addictive.
The art work is absolutely awesome, busty women and cards, what's not to like? JP has some of the nicest visual appearance without making it difficult to follow the ball on the PF.
Game flow is nice as long as you are good at aiming. The Sound, ding-ding-ding.... certainly nothing special.
Cons: upper flipper is a bit awkward. Sides drain easily. If you're not into drop targets look elsewhere.
Bottom line: I played about every major drop target Pinball and JP is my favorite.
4 years ago
this is a fun game that I played as a kid, nice flow and long ball times
4 years ago
Who says Gottlieb didn't make any good games after they switched to solid state technology? Joker Poker stands the test of time, and remains one of the best, if not THE best, card themed game ever made, and certainly the best Gottlieb of the post-wedgehead era. Multi-player play can be quite a ball. The unique "five-ball" aspect of the game as it relates to bonus, at a time when games were moving to three-ball, adds a bit of deepness to an otherwise straightforward game. King drops on the right hand side are tricky, and you have to rely on a little luck from the slings to get them all dropped. Gordon Morison art has that wedgehead 60s vibe going for it...lots of colour, sexy girls, and hypnotic patterns. Great addition of the extra flipper, replacing one of the pops, compounds strategy when trying to complete the ace/joker bank. Great System 1 game that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser in any collection.
4 years ago
Vintage sounds of bells and more bells. I love it! Puts me in the mood for playing. Lots of replay value
4 years ago
The one game that can be easy to beat yet at the same time very frustrating. Very challenging. Getting all the drop targets. A top 5 game for me.
4 years ago
Let me say this first. This is a pin from my childhood. I'm not basing this review on nostalgia. I already had a few late 70's SS games in my collection and sold after a few months. IMO this is the best looking pin out there. Simple classic artwork. Not overdone.
Just a classy looking machine. The rules are great. It's just one of those games that keeps you coming back for more.
4 years ago
Drop targets is the name of the game fun
4 years ago
Joker Poker is a fun, simple drop target game that can also kick your a$$ more times than not. There are three sets of drop targets to shoot for (10, Jacks, Queens, Kings, and Aces), and each ball requires a different set to be knocked down to get the all-important 5x bonus multiplier. Though there are a few other nuances that's pretty much the entire game. It's addictive in that one-more-time way, particularly if your last game served you some tough drains.

Sounds are the classic chime box and work very well with the game for that nostalgic ambiance.

The real standout aspect of Joker Poker is the backglass, which features three busty jester women riding a spacey vortex of playing cards. Does it have anything to do with the rest of the art package? No, not really, but who cares!
5 years ago
Just not that much going on to keep me interested in playing
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