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Champion (Bally, 1934) VP8

VP8 Bally EM Flipperless Recreation Champion (Bally, 1934) VP8 v2.0 2020-01-28

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Patrick & tiltjlp offer something a bit different from them this time around. Presenting Bally’s 1934 Champion Payout flipperless machine. The majority of Payout games were 1 or 5 ball affairs, Bally’s Champion provided more bang for the buck, or the nickel, as the case was. Your nickel bought you ten balls, and of course some of those balls might find their way into the Out Hole. Then you could put up to 5 more nickel into a second coin slider, and for each nickel, one of those lost balls would return to you.

While I couldn’t find any information on how much the Payout was or how it worked, I’ll go out on a limb and hazard a guess. You had ten shots, plus any of the lost balls you Bought back, to land in all ten of the scoring holes. And to make sure only one ball went into any one scoring hole, a trap would snap shut when a ball had entered a scoring hole. Pretty nifty idea for a table that is 71 years old, and purely mechanical. Keep in mind that with inflation your 30 cent investment in a game would probably set you back at least five bucks today. And the odds of winning a Payout game were very much against you.

Now, since there is no price of admission to our Champion Payout game, if you find it to your liking, why not make a donation to either your favorite charity or to the Tsunami victims. If you should happen to win, consider yourself lucky and still make the donation, it’ll make you feel good inside.



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