Arcade Games

Bar Tournaments to Drive Bar Traffic

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COVID is brutal on getting consistent foot traffic. Taking aside the new protocols, here’s ideas (some new – some reinforcing) to better repeat traffic in your bar, restaurant or barcade.


Trivia made easy with AMI digital music systems. The digital game master has lots of great games to choose from. Run on every screen in the house for easy social distancing.

AMI also helps you by running contests on to users. This encourages app usage for both gaming and music playing. You, as the owner, has lots of options what to charge for and what’s free.


Want to turn your slowest night into your busiest? Looking to attracting a competitive audience? Near a gym and want to capture the post-workout crowd? How about a tournament?

Darts are a good one to start with. The G3-Fire can be connected to the internet to create a league with even a few people to start. The G3-Fire is a brilliant red to brighten even the darkest corner.

Billiards – what more can we say? Pool is a favorite with lots of variations to tournament, team or individual play.

Golden Tee also has internet leagues, contests and other built in games. Or work to create your own league. The new Golden Tee PGA is just shipping now, so this is a brand new game for the Golden Tee fan.

Pinball games are getting in the action by adding new internet capabilities. You can run a tournament. Join Stern Army. But always, and we mean always, keep the high scores on the game!

Tournaments should have some type of prize. Check with your local jurisdiction as to what you can and can not award!

Tournament Play Control

If you aren’t using some of the preset internet leagues, try an app like Match Play to control your tournament. Players can enter their score, with you controlling the official approval. You choose the games from head-to-head, round robin, elimination, best score, ladder brackets…. This allows you to run tournaments over time. Change the type of tournament to entertain your audience. And – extend the contest so everyone who wants can participate.

If you want a simple, manual bracket game – try printing a large format bracket. Or use chalkboard paint on a wall and draw or paint a bracket.


Think ahead to make the game approachable. Everyone likes to participate and win!

  • Grand “Prize”
  • Best Fan Club
  • Make it a team sport
  • Announce winners across your TV screens with AMI Ad Manager
  • Consolation prizes are always a hit – worse ball, best flipper, etc.
  • Prizes can be money, trophies, medals, gift cards, bar swag (free advertising!), or other prizes

Don’t Drag It Out – But Maybe You Can

Pay attention to how long your tournament will last. You don’t want people to get too bored and leave. Or a tournament you can’t finish within last call.

Think about your tournament running over multiple evenings or on a particular week day. Invite players back for a “best of” tournament – along with drink/food specials.

Run a triathlon of games. Every Tuesday is a different game that accumulates points. Darts, Pinball, Golden Tee, etc. Players have 4 weeks to complete each station to their best score.

Start Your Own Pinball Tournament

Interested? Looking for more resources?

  1. Professional and Amateur Pinball Association ( guidelines.
  2. Stern Army
  3. International Flipper Pinball Association
  4. Bullshooter Dart League Downloadable Ads

Call GAD Vending office closest to you or our Omaha office at (402) 553-2812. Our staff has extensive knowledge in tournament resources

*The suggestions in this article are general. Make sure you check your local NE, SD, KS, MO or IO laws about gaming, awards and tournament rules before you choose the tournament type and rules that work for you. GAD Knows and Sells Games, Pinball, Pool and Arcade.

Back to School: Game Night Can Save Your Sanity

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Spending more family time always sounded like a great idea – before COVID. Now, hopefully, all the kids are back (physically) in school. But as the novelty of school wears off again, its time to start Family Game Night.

Turn the TV off. Go to an arcade to play. Or add a game to your home. Either way, there are lots of games for all ages.

Going Out to an Arcade? 

There are lots of ways to find the games you want to play. Google, of course. Call GAD – we can give you suggestions for games that are age appropriate. Stern Pinball has their own map of Stern Pinball game locations. Try Pinball Game Map or Pinside. 

Break Up the Boredom and Up Your Game Night At Home

While board games can be fun, they generally don’t always engage the entire family. (Unless you set up an Olympic type marathon tournament that includes board games, pinball, darts, etc.) Why not find a set of games that match your family dynamic? Here are a few suggestions.

Table Classic-Cade

This is the perfect family game for all ages, genders and skill levels. With over 60 classic games, it offers hours of single play, one on one and team play fun.

Games include: Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Mario Bros, Centipede, Galaga, Pong and so many more!


A pinball game is a classic, family favorite.

Choose from titles like Hot Wheels, Ghostbusters and The Addams Family for younger audiences. Check out Stranger Things, Jurassic Park and Houdini for a junior high school + age audience. And, consider Metallica, Iron Maiden or Guns ‘N Roses for an older player.

For family favorites across all ages, check out Stern’s The Mandalorian, Guardians of the Galaxy, or Hot Wheels.

Ask us about connecting your Pinball game to the internet. Many of the newer games are internet friendly allowing for remote play against friends, family or internet tournaments!

Golden Tee

Golden Tee 2021 Home Edition is the worldwide hit bar game Golden Tee programmed for home play. With the internet, play tournaments, win best shot of the week or play against friends remote.

Golden Tee PGA is becoming the newest standard for Golden Tee lovers. If you are looking at a new game, the commercial version is available for home purchase.


Electronic darts has upped the game with electronic scoring and internet tournaments.

Our new favorite is the G3 Galaxy Fire:

  • Larger 24” Monitor
  • Automatic Target Flip
  • Live Remote Play
  • Remote Leagues
  • Glowing Cabinet
  • Made in the USA

GAD can help you figure out the best titles for the ages of your family, the size of your home game room and game selections in your budget. GAD provides quotes that are all inclusive, so you never have any surprises.

GAD Vending provides games to Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and South Dakota.

ESPN The Ocho is Back! So much to watch…..

ESPN The Ocho is Back! So much to watch….. 1161 575 GAD Vending

ESPN says “All Day Friday” – and we think they mean there’s also teaser stuff on Wednesday, Thursday but Friday is the day. Check out the schedule and schedule a work from home day. 

So many of our favorite games are actually represented – Golden Tee, Foosball, Air Hockey, and Corgi Races…..

Here’s what ESPN has to say: 

Friday, Aug. 6, will mark the return of ESPN8: The Ocho, transforming ESPN2 into the No. 1 destination for distinguishable sporting events. With everything from cow chip championships to cornhole, ESPN8 will feature 24 hours of unique programming, including fan favorites and newcomers. Throughout the week, leading up to the main event, there will be ESPN8: The Ocho preview days (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday) that will give fans a taste of what is to come.

As part of this edition, The Ocho will be live from the 2021 American Cornhole League (ACL) World Championships in Rock Hill, S.C at 9 p.m. ET.  ESPN’s Ryan McGee and Marty Smith will participate in the ACL Celebrity Throwdown alongside football legends and ACL Pros.

World Chase Tag will debut live on ESPN’s YouTube channel at 2 p.m. before airing on television at 7 p.m. Additional ESPN 8: The Ocho content will be available to fans on YouTube throughout the day in the form of an Ocho playlist.

New events this year include:

  • Table Shuffleboard Crazy Eights: Competitors meet in Dallas, Texas for a variation of traditional shuffleboard that gives every player equal chance to win. The goal is to accomplish a hanger in which four points are scored – which is the maximum amount possible – and is achieved by getting the weight to hang over the end of the board.
  • Minecraft: Battle of the Boroughs: Students/players are tasked with designing and building up a virtual city in the game that empowers sustainable communities.
  • Pogopalooza: The world championship of extreme pogo, this game features the best pogo athletes as they perform innovative moves and enthrall the onlooking crowd.
  • CROSSNET Sand Series: SoCal: An emerging sport similar to four square and volleyball featuring a centrally placed net and a four-quadrant court. Players are eliminated as the game goes along and the winner is the first player in square four to 11 points.
  • Stern Heads-Up Pinball Invitational: At the Stern Pinball Invitational, players from various locations compete, trying to obtain the highest scores possible.
  • Air Hockey Invitational: At the Air Hockey Invitational, competitors work to get their puck into the opposite team’s goal, scoring enough points to eventually win the game.
  • World Championship Rototiller Races: Competitors run full speed behind a garden tiller as they race up a dirt strip with the goal of getting to the finish line as quickly as possible.
  • 2021 Corgi Races at Emerald Downs: Members of the beloved small dog breed dash down the track to see which one can cross the finish line first.
  • 52nd Annual World Championship Cow Chip Throwing Contest: Originating in Oklahoma, the Cow Chip Championship consists of contestants throwing dried cow feces to see who can make it the farthest distance.
  • 2020 USA Mullet ChampionshipsIt’s business in the front and party in the back for contestants with the much-talked-about hairstyle, whose mullets are judged for a chance to win the Mullet Mega Money Pot.
  • 2021 US Air Guitar Championships: “Musicians” use invisible instruments to perform songs for judges in hopes of becoming the US Air Guitar Champion.
  • World Chase Tag USA 2021: World Chase Tag (WCT) combines the dynamic athleticism of Parkour with the age-old game of tag.

Get These Games Before They’re Gone….

Get These Games Before They’re Gone…. 400 401 GAD Vending

Great games are coming in all of the time from our various, creative gamers but there are also some we are sorry to see go.

Here’s a few you want to get before they are gone.

Golden Tee Live 2021

Golden Tee Live 2021 commercial version is being replaced with Golden Tee PGA Tour with shipments starting to arrive in August. This game console is designed for commercial arcade, bar, restaurant and business use – and can be purchased for home game rooms.

GAD has the Home Version Golden Tee 2021 arriving in September.

Call GAD for a conversation about the unique differences in these games, pricing and exact deliver schedules.

Digital Darts

With the Arachnid Galaxy 3 Fire’s in stock, GAD also has some used Galaxy 3 and refurbished Galaxy 2.5’s coming in. There are features available with the G3 Fire for tournament, commercial and heavy users will appreciate. For general or home use, the Arachnid Galaxy 2.5 may be at a better value.


Stern’s catalog has gotten large over the pandemic, so we expect to see a few models beginning to be phased out. The latest announcement is Stranger Things Pro in final run. We may still have stock/and or orders coming in. Check with your GAD representative to find out more.

Check our games inventory for monthly updates. GAD is always happy to give a complete price – pick up, delivery, sales tax, etc. – quote on request.

Hot New Game! Jet Pong

Hot New Game! Jet Pong 515 593 GAD Vending

Valley-Dynamo has done it again.  Introducing Jet-Pong, the electronic coin-operated version of the novelty game Beer-Pong. Real Tavern Ready Fun!

Nothing virtual about it. Jet-Pong is hands on, go-for-it fun for multiple players (or just one). The rules are few, the object is simple and anyone can play!

This innovative table top game allows for 1 or 2 player modes and features our patented ball return Aerr Technology.  This game also features, HMI Scoring Screens, Video Display Advertising Screen, Custom LED Lighting, Matrix LED Playfield, 200 Watt Speaker system, Custom Sounds for Scoring and Attract Modes, Built-in Wireless, and meets the local, city and state liquor license guidelines allowing it to be used in bars, restaurants, resorts, cruise ships, college campuses, FEC’s and barcades.

And, GAD has preordered this game! Delivery expected in August – and orders being taken now. 

Jet-Pong does not require the use of liquids, of any kind, allowing this game to function without the mess, as well as be one of the top money earners in any establishment.

How it works: 

  • Ball pops up to allow the player to conveniently pick and toss the ball into one of 10 red cups
  • Balls returned automatically using Valley-Dynamo patented Aerr technology
  • Dual displays near the players show the score, number of balls left and cups yet to be made
  • LEDs under cups shut off when a cup is made
  • Music and cheering play when a cup is made
  • One and two player modes
  • Playing area is tournament regulation size

Table Specifications

Jet-Pong is available is both 120V and 220V and is UL/ULC approved.

L: 104” / 264 cm
W: 24” / 61 cm
H: 63” / 160 cm
Weight: 500 lbs / 227 kg

Coming of Age: Golden Tee PGA

Coming of Age: Golden Tee PGA 400 396 GAD Vending

Pre-orders are being accepted for the new Golden Tee PGA edition! New graphics, PGA licensed courses, new features, and so much more. Get yours ordered today for your bar, restaurant, arcade or home game room.

Happy Fourth of July

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What else to do this long holiday weekend? What about some arcade? Pinball? Is it time to go back out or stay in? Either way – you win!

If you want to up your game room, GAD knows games! Here’s a look at our game inventory. New and used games, pinball and Golden Tee. Call to arrange pick up at one of our GAD offices located in Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City.

Want to be out and about? Have a particular pinball game you want to master? Check out pinball map.   Pinside Map. Or Stern Pinball locator.

Looking to play Golden Tee? Check out the map.

Another sure fire way to find your game of choice is to call GAD. Our experienced sales people know where pinball games, Golden Tee and various arcade games are located. We can answer questions for home game rooms like pricing, availability and so much more.

Not too late to pick up the Ultimate Father’s Day Gift

Not too late to pick up the Ultimate Father’s Day Gift 400 401 GAD Vending

Yes, we know Father’s Day is Sunday. Yes, we have lots of games and pinball in stock – ready for pick up. Yes, we are happy to give you the all inclusive pricing over the phone before you make the trip to our office. Yes, before you call you can look at our new and used inventory list (online here).

GAD stocks pinball, digital darts, arcade games, commercial foosball and pool. Most of our games are sold new in box but we also have refurbished and demo models on sale.

Golden Tee PGA Tour – Preorder for July

This is the newest of a long line of amazing Golden Tee games. Fun for the entire family, the new Golden Tee has loads of upgrades, new club choices and avatars. This game boasts over 80 Golden Tee fantasy courses plus 3 licensed PGA tour courses – TPC Sawgrass, TPC Boston and TPC Deere Run.

  •  All in one cabinet – no additional TV or stands to buy.
  • 5″ touchscreen display.
  • Includes LED lighting, cupholders and a 55″ 4k commercial grade TV to enhance the audio/video experience.
  • Yearly subscription will provide year round content delivered through your internet.


Stern Pinball

Add a Stern Pinball game to your home game room or work break room.

The Mandalorian is the newest Stern Pinball following a long tradition created by Star Wars. And, Stern Pinball has history creating the original Star Wars pinball game, Star Wars Comic Book edition and now The Mandalorian.

If your dad is a rocker – Stern’s legacy of heavy rock machines is how it’s done. The newest Stern’s Led Zeppelin machine is awesome.

Stern’s current game catalog includes family appropriate games. TMNT. Stranger Things. Avengers Infinity Quest. Jurassic Park. Star Wars.

Digital Darts

Get the family off the coach! At least for a game of darts!

Darts is a skill game, hand-eye coordination and team play all together.

The G3 Fire is an upgrade digital version of the old way to play darts.

  • Larger 24″ Monitor
  • Automatic Target Flip
  • Live Remote Play
  • Remote Leagues


GAD has lots of arcade games, pinball and darts in stock – ready for curbside pick-up or delivery. Call the office closest to you to find out more:



Golden Tee PGA: The Next Generation

Golden Tee PGA: The Next Generation 516 685 GAD Vending

Looking for more information on the newest Golden Tee PGA game? Want to pre-order yours? GAD is an authorized dealer for Golden Tee – sales, parts and service. Call us to find out more current information to pre-order for July:

  • Nebraska – Jerry (402) 553-2812
  • Iowa –  Noah (515) 278-4455
  • Kansas City – Brett (816) 531-4300

Greater American Distributing (GAD Vending) is an authorized distributor of Stern Pinball. GAD is a Midwest operator, seller/distributor and service department for video arcade machines, pinball games, vending, music and simulators. GAD is located in Kansas City, Des Moines, and Omaha with warehouses and services the Midwest region. GAD sells to commercial, business and home customers. Check out our website to find out more about the huge range of products we offer, backed up by years of experience.