J-Lo shares mom’s success on the fruit machines

jloThe reels of fruit machines up and down the UK could be spinning more often following a headline-grabbing anecdote from actress and singer Jennifer Lopez.

Appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon recently, J-Lo explained how, back in 2004, she received an unexpected telephone call from her mother.

Mom – full name Guadalupe Rodriguez – had been playing the fruit machines at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City.

J-Lo immediately knew something was strange because of her mother’s uncharacteristically calm demeanour, which soon gave way to screaming as she revealed she had just won $2.4 million.

Jimmy Fallon responded with his own anecdote – revealing that he won $200 on the same brand of fruit machines in Atlantic City on the same night.

“You know, my mom would say that you warmed it up for her,” said J-Lo. “It’s crazy slot-talk.”

Of course UK pub fruit machines and club fruit machines don’t offer progressive jackpots on such a scale, but three-figure top prizes are common place.

And Fallon revealed that his own three-figure win, shared with his father, was enough for them to go home feeling like champions – a feeling any British slots jackpot winner probably knows well.

The ‘king’ of pool tables helps mark Elvis’s 80th

elvisJanuary 8th 2015 would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday, and a very special pool table is among the memorabilia on show at the O2 to mark the occasion.

Elvis at the O2 opened on December 12th and runs until August 31st, but the King’s birthday is bound to have brought him to mind for many people.

In the case of his pool table, it is not only Elvis who provides a major musical connection for the piece – it is who he played against as well.

When the Beatles visited Elvis at his home in 1965, the sight of a pool table was an amazement – like having a nightclub in your own home.

Elvis’s manager Joe Esposito arranged the meeting, and later recalled the impression left on the Beatles by Presley’s pool table and jukebox.

It’s a reminder of how unusual and prestigious such things once were – but now, pub pool tables and juke box hire have made them familiar objects to many people.

With rental agreements designed to suit your business, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have them in your own establishment; you might just bear witness to a historic frame being played within your own four walls.

AMI chart shows what’s hot in juke box hire

musical notesFor obvious reasons, the music charts have a lot of influence over juke box hire, and particularly over which songs you’re likely to want loaded on to your juke box when it arrives.

This year, AMI Entertainment’s 2014 Jukebox Year-End Music Charts have provided direct insight into what was played most over the past 12 months.

It’s an American chart, but with the US and UK charts closely following each other, it’s still worth a look for British venues interested in juke box hire.

For instance, the hugely popular Pharrell Williams track Happy notched up nearly 600,000 plays in the US – enough for four years of continuous airplay.

Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass was another popular option with American jukebox users, while southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd racked up an astonishing number of plays – nearly seven million, or almost 40 years’ worth of playing time.

On video jukeboxes, the controversial Robin Thicke track Blurred Lines was most popular, particularly in its uncensored adult-only form, while again Pharrell’s Happy gave a strong showing.

Taking stock of fruit machine maintenance

fruit machineWith New Year’s Eve already here, it’s a good time to look back over a busy year of fruit machine maintenance – and the departure of a dear friend, who deserves one more mention before the year is out.

Our fruit machine maintenance has several aims – to keep all of our different gaming machines running at their best, but also to try and keep them in good working order for as long as possible into the future as well.

Balancing the short term with the long term is all part of the challenge, and of course to make sure the service is economical, it’s important to know when to let go of gaming machines that are simply too costly or difficult to continue repairing.

That brings us to our much-loved (and very, very well-played) Bar 7 slot machine, which was based in an arcade in Preston for whom we handle fruit machine repairs and maintenance.

In this instance though, even we had to concede that Bar 7 needed to go to the great fruit machine repair shop in the sky – having been played far longer than most machines of the type, and after taking so much money, the falling coins had worn holes into the wood of the cash box.

When a veteran gaming machine goes beyond economical repair it can genuinely be a sad moment – but with our fruit machine maintenance contracts, we can at least give each of them a good innings.