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Fruit machine - Pick a Slot

 

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Fruit machine - Penny Stacker

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Penny Stacker (Dec 1967)

Not much info on Penny Stacker except it was designed to be used against a wall and is very attractively lit with flourescent lights.

Photo courtesy of Coin Slot.

Pick a Slot was billed as having immense play appeal with a brightly lit flash and playfield. At a penny play the payouts were 4d 6d 8d and 10d. I'm not sure if this is old or new money though. It does seem the number of coins paid out is geared for decimilisation though, because all last years machines paid 12 coins for the jackpot (1/-), where as this years only pay 10.

The player has 10 slots to choose from and the machine is billed as being a very fast money taker.

On the technical side, Pick a Slot has a continuous running motor, a 10 second play cycle and contains an anti-fiddle mechanism.

Photo courtesy of Coin Slot.

Pick a Slot (Dec 1967)

Fruit machine - Target Shooter
Fruit machine - The Paymaster

The Paymaster (Dec 1967)

Paymaster is a four player machine that was designed to be used against a wall. There's 5 slots per position and these pay out 2d 4d 6d 8d and 10d and again, I'm not sure if it's old or new money, although it seems the actual number of coins paid out was geared for decimilisation.

All last years machines paid 12 coins for the jackpot (1/-), where as this years only pay 10.

Paymaster's brightly lit display consists of four clock faces with revolving hands and a 'play now' indicator. There's also an anti-fiddle mechanism fitted.

Photo courtesy of Coin Slot.

Target Shooter (Dec 1967)

I've seen these around loads of times and even played one, but never realised they were by Brenco.

Target Shooter was one of the five Brenco machines exhibited at the anual trades exhibition in December 1967 on the Amusement Equipment and co. stand. (Brencos sole selling agents)

And the biggest attraction of them all was the Target Shooter, available as a two player or a single player machine and originally set on 6d a go for 10 shots. Target Shooter was sold as being an efficient shooting game where the target gets delivered to the player when the game is complete.

Photo courtesy of Coin Slot.

Fruit machine - Lucky Stop
Fruit machine - Two Reeler
Fruit machine - Copper Queen
Fruit machine - The Swinger

Swinger (Dec 1967)

The Swinger was billed as being an attractive single player machine with five slots that will give the operator 'swinging profits'.

The object of the game is to drop a penny in a slot and hope it falls into the swinging arrow for a payout of 8 pence.

I remember seeing Swinger in the arcades, it seemed to be one of Brencos more common machines.

Photo courtesy of Coin Slot.

There's very little on Twin Two Reeler which is surprising for such an unusual machine. But generally, Brenco's first four fruit machines were sold as being built for hard arcade conditions, along with reliability, fast play cycles, all the latest features and being proven money takers. I'm assuming Twin Two Reeler wasn't very popular as this is the only 'twin' machine I've ever seen. I'm thinking people didn't like standing so close to a stranger or maybe just wanted to play their 'own machine'!

To buy Twin Two Reeler new would have cost you £358, where as the standard Two Reeler was a snip at just £194.

Photo courtesy of Coin Slot.

Twin Two Reeler (Nov 1968)

A bit of a dusty one here!

This was one of Brencos first batch of 4 fruit machines released for the 1969 holiday season. It has been suggested that this was Brencos first fruit machine with reels, but of the four, Two Reeler, Twin Two Reeler, Lucky Stop, and Copper Queen it's not clear which actually came first.

I remember playing Two Reeler in the 1970's but it wasn't this machine! The Two Reeler I remember had the newer style symbols and ALL 2 of a kind wins paid 10 pence. So if memory serves me right, there's a newer version of Two Reeler out there.

I'm hoping eBay will come up with the answer! Mains voltage.

Two Reeler (Nov 1968)

First seen at the "preview '69" in the ballroom of the Royal Lancaster hotel, Baywater road, London on the 6th and 7th of November 1968. According to Coin Slot, "The new three reeler Lucky Stop is believed to be the first British electric upright to be specially built for the penny trade".

As decimilisation was creeping in, Brenco offered to convert any of their machines to decimal payouts for £10. Would have cost you £230 to buy new. Mains voltage. Photo courtesy of Coin Slot.

Lucky Stop (Nov 1968)

It's nice to see this machine in colour for a change!

Copper Queen was more than likely first seen at the "preview '69"

but unfortunatley it was overlooked in the after show write up. So the date's a bit uncertain on this machine although January 1969 is when Copper Queen first got a mention in Coin Slot.

To buy it new would have cost you £245.

Mains voltage.

Copper Queen (Jan 1969)

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Fruit machine - Casino

Casino was first shown at the Preview '70 held on 5th and 6th of November 1969 in the Westbourn suite in the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Casino was one of Brenco's offerings for the 1970 holiday season along with Rotor and Rota Spin.

It's a machine I remember seeing from time to time in the arcades and fairgrounds but unfortunatly, never actualy playing.

Payouts were 2p - 10p giving a choice of four different bets to try and win the 10 pence jackpot. Casino also had mystery payouts.

Photo courtesy of Mike (MDS).

Casino (Nov 1969)

Rotor - Total 383

Rotor has the same number of slots and payout structure as Rota Spin. However, it looks completley different and is a four player centre of arcade machine where the fruits continuously revolve round a central column. Unfortunatley that's all the information there is on it. Photo courtesy of Coin Slot.

Rota Spin is a single player multi slot machine where two slots pay 2 pence and four slots pay 10 pence and every fruit symbol on the dial pays.

I remember this machine from the local fairground and I played it quite often because it used to payout well. At the time I'd be about 12 so that would make it about 1977. But the problem is, it was a brand new machine, it even had that new machine smell! So the only thing I can think is that Rota Spin must have had a very long production run lasting for at least 7 years. Photo courtesy of Mike (MDS).

Rotor (Nov 1969)

Rota Spin (Nov 1969)

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