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Let's Play Skeeball - Tips and Tricks to Make You a Winner!
All About Skeeball
You know what we need more of in life? Skeeball! You know we need to learn more about online? Skeeball! You know what game does not have enough online articles about it? Skeeball! Yes, the answer is always Skeeball.
Skeeball is potentially one of the greatest games ever created. It is similar to bowling, but on a much smaller scale. Even if you are not athletic (like me) you can play Skeeball like a champ. Skeeball machines are typically located in all arcades. It is an especially popular game at amusement parks and boardwalks.
The premise of the game is simple. You put a quarter in the slot, then a group of balls the size of a baseball roll out. You simply roll the balls one by one, similar to bowling, and you try to get each ball in a hole. Each hole is worth a specific amount of points depending on its location. The amount is anything from 10 points to 100 points. At the end of the game, you receive tokens. You can turn them in for prizes.
Skeeball is an extremely addictive game since it is so simple. It always seems like the next roll will be "the big win" which is why you keep pumping the quarters into the machine. People of all ages play this game. Who needs to gamble with the slots in Atlantic City when you walk down the boardwalk and play Skeeball instead?
A Little History About Skeeball
Skeeball is often found in arcades and even in some bars. It can be called Skeeball, Ski Ball, Skee Ball, or Skee Roll depending on where you go to play. The game was invented J. Dickinson Este in 1909. The rights to the game were sold to the Wurlitzer Corporation in 1935, and then the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1945.
In some areas of the country, the game was considered a form of gambling and was subject to restrictions. However, those restrictions no longer exist. Now, we can enjoy the wonderful game of Skeeball all over the U.S.A. and we should be ever so grateful for that!
Source: Skee Ball Wikipedia
Some Skeeball Strategies
As someone that plays skeeball whenever possible when visiting the beach, I have some strategies I am willing to list. First, I have a theory to share. I believe the only reason the 100 point holes exist is to distract you. It is next to impossible to get the ball in that goal. Every now and then you may hit it, but usually it is because the skeeball machine is off in some way. The more you aim for the 100 points and miss it, the less chance you have of getting a high score.
What you really need to aim for with Skeeball is the 50 point hole in the center of the holes. The key is to roll the ball down the very center of the ramp. Do not put too much power into it or you will roll the ball too far. Make sure to practice a bit to determine just the right amount of speed needed. Then aim away at the 50 point hole.
Often, I find that a slight twist of the wrist adds a slight spin to the ball. This can be important if you are playing on a machine with a ramp that tilts just slightly. Once again, after playing a round or two, you will get a sense of the ramp and its flaws. After all, Skeeball is very serious business. There are tons of cheap prizes to win!
The Prize at the End!
You might be wondering what are some awesome prizes you can look forward to winning after playing. Please remember Skeeball is all about the game. The prizes at the end are the icing on the cake, but not what you should concentrate on. Play the game to the best of your ability. Challenge your friends to see who can get the highest score. The best reward is having the buzzer go off and watching all the tokens come flying out.
If you are into the prizes, you will probably have to play a really long time to get a good stuffed animal. However, just a few games will likely get you a cool bouncy ball or some gum. So yes, you can get some fun stuff, but don't beat yourself up over it if you don't. It is all about playing the great game of Skeeball, so go out there and become a Skeeball Champ even if it is only in your own head.
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