Genco King Fish

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Genco King Fish

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Whilst reading on a machine I noticed there is a machine made in 1935 by Genco called Kingfish. It was a payout machine but doesn't say if it was a slot, trade, pinball etc.

Does anyone have any information on this please?

It does say it failed and they recalled them.
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According to the Arcade Museum, it was an electro-mechanical pinball machine.
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This is the one you are asking about. :cool:
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Thank you both very much.

Good to know it's a pinball.

I wonder why it failed and they recalled them.
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It most likely failed because of the law (the fact it was recalled and not just discontinued adds weight to this). Our slightly shady friend David Rock-Ola came up with a payout pinball in an attempt to dodge the gaming laws (as if he would) but the law came down on this idea. (He should have added flippers making it a game of skill). Perhaps Genco went the same way.
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Yes you might be right, that fully makes sense.

Thank you appreciate it.
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Referring to Spike's original post, and JP's response, Stuart's picture doesn't appear to have any kind of payout, nor does it appear to be E/M !PUZZLED!
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It's described by Billboard as, "an automatic payout one-shot game", which would most likely be achieved with a battery-powered solenoid in 1935. Payout trays tended to be discretely hidden on these games.

According to Pinball News, Dec. 2006:
Genco decided to make a payout game called Kingfish in 1935 - it was a disaster and they had to recall them and return to pure novelty games.
but no reasons are given.
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JC, if you look closely at the side view of the machine you'll notice the cabinet has a pronounced deeper front 1/3 of the cabinet, that no basic pinball has, which is needed to hold the payout mechanism And there is an added drawer below the front door, the drawers were usually pivoting in action to access winnings, making it harder for the law to spot.
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Yes, I can see that now.......well, it fooled me, though it would appear it didn't fool the authorities.
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pennymachines wrote: Mon Oct 30, 2023 9:48 amwhich would most likely be achieved with a battery-powered solenoid in 1935
This would most likely be the case. Genco brought out another pinball the same year "Spitfire". This had two electric bumpers hidden below the play table (I assume they punched the ball out of the score holes).
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