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6 Tips to Play Pinball Like A Pro

6 Tips to Play Pinball Like A Pro 940 788 GAD Vending

Always wanted to be a pinball wizard? Seek to impress your friends with your pinball skills? Love the game and want to improve?

Pinball is like any other game – it takes practice and strategies to become a better player. Try these 6 tips to become a better player and always remember to have a great time playing.

  1. Each pinball machine is different. Even the same exact game iteration. The balance of each machine is unique to the floor. Time of play on a game can change they way it performs. Each game is not maintained the same causing the gears and rubber pieces to perform differently.
  2. Read the rules of the games from the manufacturers.
    • All of the games have something posted on the internet about the games rules and how to activate certain advanced features.
    • The flashing lights and frantic sounds are trying to tell you something. Decoding the action will help you take those risky shots for high rewards.
    • The rules also give you the scoring rhythms. This will build your strategy for the order of shots you’ll want to make.
  3. Take tips from any (or all) of these YouTubers.
    • Dead Flip
    • Abe Flips is a good channel to watch. His videos help you understand the angles and how to use certain techniques to improve your score. For full clips, be sure to visit AbeFlips on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/AbeFlips 
    • Home Leisure Direct has a full channel of various games including pinball. Try this article to hit the pinball highlights.
  4. Learn the game.
    • Think one to two moves ahead.
    • Never have both flippers up at the same time.
    • Master the plunger.
    • Have a strategy for each ball. By score or by special feature achieved.
  5. Use the game’s scoring apps to help you track the various games you are trying to master. This way you can determine what is working best for you and track your scoring. It also helps you set goals for improvement.
  6. Don’t freak out! Mastering pinball actually takes time and practice.
    • Work on your hand-eye coordination.
    • Practice your flipper timing to maximize each ball.
    • Take the time to practice an extra game to learn the game idiosyncrasies before you play for a score.

And, if you want to talk with a pinball enthusiast about buying your own game, more tips and tricks, and where the best places are to play – GAD knows Pinball.

Legends of Valhalla Classic Pinball

Legends of Valhalla Classic Pinball 940 788 GAD Vending

Legends of Valhalla is an immersive pinball machine which brings the player into the world of the Norse gods and other Viking mythology. The game is a standard body design, utilizing three flippers offering a variety of fast and unique shots, including 3 metal ramps. The game rules have a variety of objectives that the player must either start or complete as they work their way through the game attempting to not only reach the wizard mode Valhalla, the majestic hall of dead Vikings, but also advance to the final epic battle known as Ragnarok, the super wizard mode.
Legends of Valhalla, designed by Riot Pinball, joins a ever stronger catalog by American Pinball. Legends of Valhalla joins Hot Wheels, Houdini, and Oktoberfest in offering the pinball public great games for the entire family.
Order your home or office game room pinball from GAD today!

Bond. James Bond. (As only Stern can do…)

Bond. James Bond. (As only Stern can do…) 940 788 GAD Vending

Bond. James Bond.

What a fabulous famous line. So, how did Stern take the volume of 007 movies and make 4 classic pinball machines? It was a tough duty but one Stern did with great reverence to the franchise.

There are 4 versions available – Pro, Premium, Limited and a (coming soon) 60th Anniversary Limited Edition.

Stern decided to take the favorite Bond, Sean Connery, as the prime focus of these games. Underwater Bond fight. The Austin Martin. The Bond girls, the villain’s, and Spectre.

How easy is it to get your own Stern pinball game to your home? Do any combination of these steps:

007 60th Anniversary Limited Edition of 500 Games

007 60th Anniversary Limited Edition of 500 Games 536 681 GAD Vending

Stern’s James Bond 007 60th Anniversary Limited Edition pinball machines will immerse players in the history of 007.  Limited to 500 machines globally, the highly collectible 60th Anniversary Limited Edition offers players a retro-inspired playfield packed with exciting mechanical action.  Control the chaos from Oddjob’s kinetic spinning disc hat, survive tactical precision shots against 10 drop targets, escape SPECTRE’s evil henchmen navigating pinballs through 4 fast-flowing optical spinners, learn assignments through an in-playfield LCD screen, and rack up high scores on classic-style score reels.

James Bond is as timeless as pinball.  Partnering with EON Productions/Danjaq, MGM Studios and Aston Martin, we created a pinball adventure capturing the suspense, action, and humor from this beloved film series.” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO.  “Get connected today and become a legend.”

Call GAD to order yours today.

New! Stern 007 Premium

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In Dr. No (1962) Sean Connery propelled 007 into the cultural zeitgeist, bringing the legendary literary figure to life through adrenalized action sequences, ground-breaking gadgets and effects, memorable characters, and timeless villains.

Stern’s James Bond 007 cornerstone pinball machine will highlight film footage and iconic music from the films that built the 007 legend: Dr. No, From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), and Diamonds Are Forever (1971).  Players are immersed into the world of espionage in this action-packed pinball experience, tackling assignments, teaming up with key allies, and stopping SPECTRE’s villainous schemes.

Gather gadgets from Q Branch as pinballs get ejected through the roof of a custom sculpted Aston Martin DB5.  Break through the Osato Chemicals drop targets to battle SPECTRE at the Bird One rocket base.  And hold your breath on the gravity defying, magnetic jetpack as it transports pinballs across the playfield.

James Bond 007 pinball machines include Stern’s award-winning Insider Connected™ system, which enables players to interact with the game and a global network of players in a variety of ways.  Through Insider Connected, players can track progress, earn new game-specific achievements, engage with the player community, and participate in promotions and Challenge Quests.  Insider Connected also provides an operator-focused toolset to drive location play through Location Leaderboards, build player loyalty, analyze performance, make adjustments remotely, and maintain the machines.  Registration for Insider Connected is available at insider.sternpinball.com/.

Limited to 1,000 machines globally, the highly collectible cornerstone Limited Edition includes an exclusive full-color mirrored back glass inspired by Thunderball, masterfully adapted cabinet artwork, custom high gloss and powder-coated pinball armor, a custom designer-autographed bottom arch, exclusive inside art blades, upgraded audio system, anti-reflection pinball playfield glass, shaker motor, a sequentially numbered plaque, and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Stern Chairman Gary Stern and President Seth Davis.

James Bond is as timeless as pinball.  Partnering with EON Productions/Danjaq, MGM Studios and Aston Martin, we created a pinball adventure capturing the suspense, action, and humor from this beloved film series.” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO.  “Get connected today and become a legend.”

New! Stern’s 007 Pro Limited to 1,000 Games

New! Stern’s 007 Pro Limited to 1,000 Games 1227 2048 GAD Vending

In Dr. No (1962) Sean Connery propelled 007 into the cultural zeitgeist, bringing the legendary literary figure to life through adrenalized action sequences, ground-breaking gadgets and effects, memorable characters, and timeless villains.

Stern’s James Bond 007 cornerstone pinball machine will highlight film footage and iconic music from the films that built the 007 legend: Dr. No, From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), and Diamonds Are Forever (1971).  Players are immersed into the world of espionage in this action-packed pinball experience, tackling assignments, teaming up with key allies, and stopping SPECTRE’s villainous schemes.

Gather gadgets from Q Branch as pinballs get ejected through the roof of a custom sculpted Aston Martin DB5.  Break through the Osato Chemicals drop targets to battle SPECTRE at the Bird One rocket base.  And hold your breath on the gravity defying, magnetic jetpack as it transports pinballs across the playfield.

James Bond 007 pinball machines include Stern’s award-winning Insider Connected™ system, which enables players to interact with the game and a global network of players in a variety of ways.  Through Insider Connected, players can track progress, earn new game-specific achievements, engage with the player community, and participate in promotions and Challenge Quests.  Insider Connected also provides an operator-focused toolset to drive location play through Location Leaderboards, build player loyalty, analyze performance, make adjustments remotely, and maintain the machines.  Registration for Insider Connected is available at insider.sternpinball.com/.

Limited to 1,000 machines globally, the highly collectible cornerstone Limited Edition includes an exclusive full-color mirrored back glass inspired by Thunderball, masterfully adapted cabinet artwork, custom high gloss and powder-coated pinball armor, a custom designer-autographed bottom arch, exclusive inside art blades, upgraded audio system, anti-reflection pinball playfield glass, shaker motor, a sequentially numbered plaque, and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Stern Chairman Gary Stern and President Seth Davis.

James Bond is as timeless as pinball.  Partnering with EON Productions/Danjaq, MGM Studios and Aston Martin, we created a pinball adventure capturing the suspense, action, and humor from this beloved film series.” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO.  “Get connected today and become a legend.”

How to set up a Pinball Tournament with the Stern Army

How to set up a Pinball Tournament with the Stern Army 850 545 GAD Vending

Hosting a pinball tournament is an excellent way to build foot traffic in the winter. This is the type of event that has become much easier with internet products like Stern’s Insider connected.

Step 1 – When

Create an event calendar that you can promote two or three events at one time. This will help you determine the best time of year to add events to bring in consistent traffic.

Step 2 – How

Have you ever wanted to run your own pinball tournament, but not sure how? This is a great way to grow the pinball community at your location and the Stern Army is here to help! We’ll show you how easy it is.

Step 3 – Marketing

The key to any event is awareness marketing.

  • Promote in your establishment.
  • Have nice flyers created to distribute –
    • In the shopping area around you.
    • Post on coffee shop bulletin boards.
    • Ask your staff to promote to their influence groups.
    • Hand out to your regulars.
  • Make sure you post your pinball tournament at the IFPA.
  • Promote on your social media.
  • Add to event calendars like EventVesta.com. 

Perfect Game Room Ideas for 2022

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There’s a reason why pinball, arcade games and pool tables are popular. No matter our age, we just want to have fun at the end of the day (or all day and all night long). And reallocating space, for having your very own game room is, well, a game-changer.

It’s important to create a game room that surpasses everything your family expects!

First, decide on what space to transform. Unfinished basement? Unused attic? Garage? Maybe a shed that begs for a new life?

Design your space. Take into account lounge spaces, music, and kitchen/bar. Add fun elements like an indoor swing, slide or climbing wall. Create a gym area. Consider painting a wall with chalkboard paint. Add TV’s on the walls. Make sure to add extra comfortable seating for game console play, movie watching or cheering for your favorite team.

Then, look to GAD for your home game room equipment. GAD carries pinball, pool, foosball, shuffleboard, Golden Tee, and arcade games. Commercial and residential game versions and all for sale to the public.

New for home game rooms 2022:

  • Pac Man Air Hockey
  • Stern Pinball newest Cornerstone or select any of the incredible Stern pinball line
  • American’s newest Legends of Valhalla or (our favorite) Hot Wheels
  • Golden Tee Home Edition
  • Galaxy Fire Darts

GAD has warehouses with games in Omaha, KC and Des Moines. With many games, pool and pinball in stock, GAD is ready to give you quotes and arrange pick up or delivery.

Which Game Is Your Choice for Half Time?

Which Game Is Your Choice for Half Time? 940 788 GAD Vending

Looking for half time entertainment? GAD Knows Games.

What would you like to play? Pinball? Digital Darts? Golden Tee? GAD has in stock.

GAD has curbside pick up for people that want to add fun games to their home game rooms. Our sales staff knows how to quote all the costs and arrange pick up so you know when you arrive exactly what to expect.

GAD also supports our customers with a fully trained service staff and parts department. Our residential customers generally call us when they have an issue and we mail out (or customers pick up) the necessary part. Our service phone support is free to our customers and we sell parts to anyone that needs them.

Games are generally new but sometimes we get used machines. You can check our inventory here or call us to find out more.

Pinball Road Trip(s)

Pinball Road Trip(s) 1500 1775 GAD Vending

Why not a pinball road trip? All of these pinball tournaments are listed with lots of detail on the Stern website (here). 

Most of these are drivable. Especially the big show Pinball Expo in Chicago. October 19-22.

See you on the pinball circuit!