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Megnolia
August 16th, 2009, 08:36 PM
Does anyone know the name of the game that you stick a quarter in, then it's shot up to hit some targets, and falls down onto a ledge covered in quarters and there are little mechanical arms that push the quarters ever so much closer to the edge? There are always hundreds of quarters just perched on the ledge, and it's so tempting!

Anyway, I love that game, but no one on shore has any idea what I'm talking about, and I can't figure out what it's called!! If you know, I would have one of life's great mysteries figured out, then onto the next :)

Thanks!

Megnolia
August 17th, 2009, 12:39 PM
Ok, I searched, and found out that it's called "Flip it". Just in case you were interested ;)

Winnterpeg
August 19th, 2009, 06:20 PM
I don't know why...but I seem to get a kick out of that machine where you drop the coin in at the right time...and it pushes the ones in front over the edge and down the chute. I have no idea what it's called...but it's pretty cool (for those of us that have no idea what we're doing in a casino).

Anyway...I hit paydirt with that thing on NCL Dream...I got the thing to push out about $40.00, and it only took me about a dozen quarters.

Meagre I know...but still a kick.

Jeffffffs
August 20th, 2009, 11:57 AM
I'm the same way...there's something about those machines that I love. It's probably memories of the arcades at the Jersey Shore from when I was a kid...but I can't walk by without puting in a few dollars.

Yo Eleven
August 21st, 2009, 07:41 AM
I know that machine. It has the most annoying music, right? LOL!
Oh and don't even think about shaking the machine. That buzzer is a killer.
Don't ask me how I know. HAHAHA!

jetwet1
August 23rd, 2009, 05:13 AM
I used to love those things, nearly always a money loser, but fun to play.

Silly story, many years ago Vegas World ran a stupid promotion with two of those machines, they had placed so quarters inside with little red dots stuck to them, get one of them and it was worth $100 !

Now I am not going to name names, but I do know at least one person thought this promotion through, saw the big hole in it, went to office max, bought a bunch of the stickers and "won" a lot of money.

tuppermern
February 28th, 2010, 12:13 AM
If you have a Dave & Busters in your area--------those games are all over the place!

tb37
March 25th, 2010, 09:43 PM
that have the quarter slots and you drop a quarter in hope to push a bunch off the edge with it? dont see them on land based casinos only onboard? anyone know the name? win much? i can sit and play em for ever on 10 bucks it seems.

foureyedbuzzard
March 25th, 2010, 09:47 PM
Oh, those! They are called hypnotic bafflating mesmerizer revenue generators.:D

MagnoliaBlossom
March 25th, 2010, 10:47 PM
Many years ago there was a little cruise ship out of New Orleans that was partially owned by Isle of Capri and it did w/e cruises to no where. It only held about 200 passengers, was very small, very old and had NO stabilizers of any kind.

One w/e the weather was horrid, awful horrible - puke, puke, puking bad.
They finally closed the casino because people were falling off the stools and the ball would not stay in the roulette wheel (I kid you not). Anyway, later that night the casino was empty and I was strolling through (think pinball here bouncing off the walls) when we hit this big wave and that cute little quarter machine just poured out quarters.

My nausea was instantly cured :D

BBQ Lover
March 26th, 2010, 12:51 AM
That machine is often colloquially called "push-push"

brnsnbrws
March 26th, 2010, 06:44 PM
I don't know what they are called on the ship but an arcade we go to at a lake it is called "Silver Falls."

cb at sea
March 26th, 2010, 07:43 PM
It's a rip-off...whatever it's called!

steveokla
March 26th, 2010, 08:18 PM
Would doubt they would have such a machine on a cruise ship due to the possible ship movement giving away too many quarters

deadmoney
March 27th, 2010, 10:35 AM
They had them on the Inspiration last time we went(2007)
I just hope they DON'T have them on the Legend my wife likes them a little to much:(

Dawn125408
March 27th, 2010, 09:31 PM
There was one on the Legend in 2007 also.

deadmoney
March 27th, 2010, 11:12 PM
There was one on the Legend in 2007 also.

That's my ship on 5/09/10:(
Gonna have to limit my wife's spending:D

jimjamxx
March 27th, 2010, 11:26 PM
Many years ago there was a little cruise ship out of New Orleans that was partially owned by Isle of Capri and it did w/e cruises to no where. It only held about 200 passengers, was very small, very old and had NO stabilizers of any kind.

One w/e the weather was horrid, awful horrible - puke, puke, puking bad.
They finally closed the casino because people were falling off the stools and the ball would not stay in the roulette wheel (I kid you not). Anyway, later that night the casino was empty and I was strolling through (think pinball here bouncing off the walls) when we hit this big wave and that cute little quarter machine just poured out quarters.

My nausea was instantly cured :D

Was this your ship"
Isle of Capri:


http://inlinethumb26.webshots.com/45145/2837249010104734279S600x600Q85.jpg (http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2837249010104734279BCKfOZ)

JimmyJames

chasm4u
March 29th, 2010, 10:52 PM
A gas station near me had these. Used to win tons of money on them. Theres a trick too!
Every once in a while a few quarters will fall when somone is not playing. However after about 30 seconds after playing a lever closes teh shoot so the fallen quarters when not playing dont come out. SO if you wait a minute between each play somtime youll get some extras that fall. :D usually not many but a few.

geojobes
March 30th, 2010, 07:54 PM
When anyone asks me how much money I've won in the casino, I always tell them the ship rolled once & a quarter dropped out of one of these machines. That's all the money I've won! (Not quite true, but almost!)

fletcher57
May 5th, 2010, 04:39 PM
Do you know whether the NCL Spirit has one? I played it on the Dream and liked it for a while. Hubby claimed "they" could control how much the quarters could move forward at any given time.

silverado44
May 5th, 2010, 05:15 PM
Would doubt they would have such a machine on a cruise ship due to the possible ship movement giving away too many quarters


They are on every Carnival cruise I've been on.

sylteach
May 6th, 2010, 07:04 PM
They had one of these machines on the Ryndam last September. People were always standing around it, laughing and having a good time. I think it is put there to just help people have something to watch and laugh at. It had some scratch off lottery tickets in it. My daughter was able to get 2 of them.

goldwinger88
May 12th, 2010, 05:30 PM
They are called pushers or quarter push.
I would love to own a few of those at various locations, but I think they are illegal in South Carolina

Rapunsel
May 18th, 2010, 12:43 AM
Our Chuck E. Cheese has one and at 6 my DS knew the trick and when to drop the quarter.... So I know he will provide guidance for me!

Our RCC crusie had one and they placed $50 and $20 bills in it over night.. People walked by all day and it was spitting quarters out...

optiron
May 25th, 2010, 01:04 PM
They are known in the carnival industry as Penny Falls. A skilled operator can set them to play as loose or tight has he desires by the manner in which he places the prizes. It only takes a few seconds(1-2) to completely change the house edge once the machine is properly set up. But it's all in good fun. Eh?;)

TexasRCH
May 26th, 2010, 10:13 PM
I noticed on my recient trip to Europe that most of the coins were Euros. I guess thats what you do with your leftover change before yoy get back to theUS

Bazzito
May 28th, 2010, 04:02 PM
The Wizard of Odds website describes some of the finer points of “Flipit”:

The Catch

The casino makes its money on the coins that spill over on the extreme left or right edges, which get sucked into the machine instead of being returned to the player. This fact is not so obvious, because the chutes that take the edge coins are hidden behind signs that say "Spill Pay Area." These signs have arrows pointing to the middle of bottom shelf, indicating that you receive only coins that spill over the middle, not on the sides.

Basic Strategy

Your coin goes into one of four slots arranged left to right on the front of the machine. Typically there's a left-hand slot, two middle slots, and a right-hand slot. Coins tend to land in front of the slot they're inserted into, so you'll want to play the middle slots. This is Basic Strategy for Flip It. Playing the slots on the sides will mean that more of your coins will land on the sides, and you won't get those coins back when they spill over.

Flip-It Myths

Contrary to popular belief, the coins don't keep stacking ever higher and higher. Each machine seeks its own equilibrium for the depth of its stack, and will always return to that depth over the long run. That might be 2 coins deep on one machine and 5 coins deep on another; each machine has its own unique personality, because, after all, these machines are mechanical, not electronic.
Also contrary to popular belief, the casino doesn't come in and scoop out coins once they stack up very high. That's because the coins DON'T keep stacking infinitely, and because the casino makes all the money it needs to on the coins that spill on the sides which aren't returned to the player. These facts are obvious enough with careful observation of a machine, but just to be certain, I confirmed this with an employee at the Four Queens casino in downtown Las Vegas.



You can get the full article at:

http://wizardofodds.com/flipit

fletcher57
June 5th, 2010, 06:52 AM
Hi, I was on the NCL Spirit to Bermuda 5/21-28 and there was a quarter machine in their casino. It was called Royal Casino. Had a lot of fun with it. I had just finished playing and was standing in front of one of the stations watching somebody else play and quarters fell out into the bin at the empty station along with a chip that said "free $10 slots play". Cashed it in, went to a $.50 slot machine, put in $5 and came out with $27. Then went to cashier and asked for $22 in cash and $5 in quarters. Went back to the quarter machine and won $15. That was a big win for me - lol. Of course, over the course of the week I put much more than $15 in but I enjoyed the quarter machine much more than the slots.

fletcher57
June 16th, 2010, 08:27 AM
Would doubt they would have such a machine on a cruise ship due to the possible ship movement giving away too many quarters
Very happy to say you are wrong about that. See my post about my experience on my recent cruise to Bermuda on the Spirit and other posts from people who playe it on cruise ships. There's always a little vibration on board and usually some motion and always lots of fun.