Keep a crowd in for autumn with pub quiz machines and jukeboxes

Autumn is an unusual season for pubs and clubs. There are the isolated events such as Halloween, Bonfire Night and the run-up to Christmas, but you need a strategy for the weeks in between.

It’s seven weeks from November 5th until Christmas Eve – realistically giving you six weeks in between to host any events you might have planned to draw in the crowds.

A regular schedule can be a big help at a time of year when the nights are drawing in and many people are looking for ways to brighten up their evenings, as well as to start getting into the seasonal spirit.

Here are just a few ways pub quiz machines and jukeboxes can help you to do just that, keeping customers on your premises for longer and encouraging them to make the cold journey out into the autumn evenings from home.

Pub quiz machines keep pals entertained

Pub quiz machines are a great way to entertain groups of friends and family, and although in theory only one person can play at a time, you’ll see patrons stood two and even three deep around your quiz machine at times.

Anyone within arm’s reach of the screen can lean in to tap the correct answer to a question, so this kind of huddle is not unusual.

It’s also an easy way to introduce trivia into your establishment – so even if you’re not holding a full-blown pub quiz at the time, customers can still challenge their wits.

Jukebox bingo and pub quizzes

Another low-effort way to offer pub quizzes and even bingo is to install a pub jukebox such as the Sound Leisure VenueHub.

It features free, professionally recorded pub quiz and bingo audio, plus other marketing capabilities like the ability to display adverts for upcoming sports events you will be screening.

This of course is all in addition to its functionality as a pub jukebox, playing music as audio and/or video to generate an additional revenue stream from customers who want to choose a song.

Pub pool tables and fruit machines

Finally, give pairs and individuals some entertainment by installing pub pool tables and fruit machines, again allowing customers to play whenever they want.

Coin-operated pool tables are a great source of revenue and can keep customers on-premises for longer while they complete a game, increasing the chances of them buying drinks, snacks and other products in the meantime.

Compared with leaving to head home in the cold, dark and probably wet conditions of an autumn evening, any of the above can provide a compelling alternative to keep patrons on-site and purchasing for longer.

 

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New player’s guide to fruit machines (tips and tricks)

If you’re new to playing fruit machines, there’s no need to be daunted by all those flashing lights and bonus features – even most experienced players learn just by playing new titles when they are released.

Remember that fruit machines should always be fun, so as long as you’re having a good time, don’t be afraid to lose along the way until you get to grips with your chosen machine.

Of course, a big win is the aim for many players, so there are a few tips and tricks to making sure you’re in with a chance of the biggest pay-outs.

Tips and tricks for bigger slot machine wins

Most modern fruit machines will tell you what the previous player won – often by pressing down one of the hold buttons, but look for the scrolling text display to tell you how to display the last win.

It’s a handy way to see if the jackpot has just paid out. Fruit machines typically aim to pay out a certain percentage of total stakes over time, so while there’s some randomness involved, you might feel like you’re in with more of a chance if the previous win was small.

Many machines let you play for several different stake amounts – e.g. 25p, 50p or £1 a spin – and while you’ll get more spins for your buck at the lower levels, remember that the biggest jackpots and some of the juiciest features are restricted to that £1 stake.

By pitching your stake sensibly depending on the machine and how primed you think it is to pay out a big win or jackpot, you can focus on big pay-outs from fruit machines that are ready for a win.

How to play fruit machine features

Fruit machine features can have a lot going on, so take your time and familiarise yourself with all the options.

Look for a hi-lo reel, as this can sometimes give you a second option rather than accepting whatever is happening on the main feature board.

Check the location of the ‘game over’ and ‘bonus’ or ‘chance’ squares on the feature board. In many cases, ‘bonus’ will include the risk of an immediate game over, so if you have the option of a decent prize, it might be worth cashing out at that point.

Finally, know whether you have more than one life and/or the chance to earn extra lives, as these can keep you in the game even if a chance or bonus square doesn’t go your way – and have fun, whether you win or lose!

Pub fruit machines put the cherry on your vegan cake

We supply pub fruit machines to all kinds of establishments, from traditional local boozers to gastropubs and microbreweries that sell on-premises too.

One niche that is rapidly becoming more mainstream is vegan pubs, which play an important role in allowing vegans to enjoy a night out in the knowledge that the food and drink served to them supports their lifestyle choices.

This is about more than just a dairy-free, vegetarian menu, as many alcoholic drinks, along with other beverages, meals and bar snacks, can contain a wide variety of different animal-derived ingredients and processes.

In May 2019, Mintel’s ‘Pub Visiting’ report noted a growing number of pubs that are increasing their vegan-friendly product range, and this includes venues that take the extra step by deciding to only stock vegan food and drinks.

So if you’re going animal-free, our pub fruit machines are the perfect form of entertainment – the clue’s in the name!

Traditional fruit machines are naturally vegan-friendly, with their reels filled with images of cherries, lemons and other delicious fruits that might even help to drive sales of bar snacks among your fruitarian customers.

Completely free pub fruit machine hire

If you’re opening a new vegan pub and you want to minimise your setup costs without missing out on revenues from entertainment, our completely free pub fruit machine hire could be the solution you’ve been looking for.

We can deliver and install pub fruit machines to your premises with no setup costs or long-term contracts, so if you’re taking a gamble on opening a vegan pub in a new area or an untested market, you can reduce your risk.

You get a reliable additional revenue stream thanks to the long-term house edge on each
slot machine we supply, and we share the profits – so we only make money when you make
money.
It’s a great way to offer some on-premises entertainment to your vegan customers and their friends, helping your venue to look like a fully fledged traditional pub on its opening day or following a vegan-friendly refurb.

Pub slot machines offer customers a range of benefits. It's not just about cash prizes -there’s entertainment value in playing a losing game too, and you’ll often see groups of friends crowded around the machine to offer advice on the best tactics and features to claim.

With jackpots from £100 to £500, our pub fruit machines have the promise of substantial payouts for lucky players, while retaining a reliable house edge over the long term, so that there are plenty of revenues for you and profits for us to share in too.

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Back To School

The new school year has started, so not only are there four and five year olds embarking on new adventures, but teens starting college and university. Students today have arguably higher expectations when it comes to their college and university common rooms, so you need to make sure yours is up to scratch.

To inspire you, take a look at our top 5 recommendations:

Pool tables 

Popular not only with sporty students, pool is a great way of encouraging students to take some time out and mix with others. It can be a great way for students to de-stress, especially during exams and when they’re overloaded with coursework. Have one or two pool tables in your common room can bring a smile to the faces of mature students too, they have wide appeal. Why not hire a pool table initially? They don’t have to have a standard green cloth top either, why not opt for red, purple or a colour to match your school colours?

Juke boxes

If you want to create a space that’s fun and vibrant, having good music is key. Rather than having the radio constantly on, why not get a digital juke box, so the students can choose what they want to listen to, and when?

Magazine rack

Having a magazine rack with a range of newspapers and magazines readily available, will be a great asset to any room. Make sure you stock a range of different publications so they have wide appeal, and remove any that get tatty or damaged. Some may go walkabout, but if you put a sign up requesting students keep them in the common room, any losses should be minimal.

Comfortable seating 

A common room is a place to socialise and relax, so the seating you choose should reflect this. Your sofas should be large enough for a group of students to sit on together, and you should have other chairs and beanbags dotted around the room. It’s a good idea to have at least one table, for those wanting to eat or study.

Bins 

It’s common sense, but if you want your common room to be left tidy, you need to make sure that there are plenty of bins available for the students to deposit any rubbish. During the course of the day, small bins will tend to get filled, so you’ll have to ask your cleaning staff to empty them regularly.

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For more ideas on how you can entertain your students in your common rooms or SU, check out the full range of products available to hire and buy from our website >

 

Fruit machines – a beginner’s guide

Pub fruit machines are an ever-present source of entertainment ranging from classic one-armed bandits that have become collectors’ items, to high-stakes video slot machines that are restricted to adult players only.

The first fruit machine is credited to American inventor Charles Fey and was completed in 1895. It didn’t actually feature any fruit, but had three reels featuring symbols such as a heart, spade, diamond, star, horseshoe or a bell – the Liberty Bell that gave the machine its name.

Over the years since, designs have changed to include more reels and different symbols, plus plenty of features and side games, but the basic concept of a slot machine still owes a lot to the original Liberty Bell design by Charles Fey.

How to play a pub fruit machine

Modern pub fruit machines are computerised but the basic gameplay is the same as ever. Put the correct amount of money in the coin slot and press the Start button (or pull the lever on an old-style one-armed bandit) to spin the reels.

A basic win usually consists of the same three symbols matched up across the middle row, but there are lots of other ways to win on modern fruit machines, so take a moment to look at what’s lit up and what it’s worth before you decide to collect.

You can unlock extra features by completing the ‘trail’ (usually seen just above the ‘hold’ buttons) or sometimes by landing on a certain combination of feature symbols over one or several spins.

How to win on a slot machine

The big prizes on modern slot machines are one of the reasons why children are not allowed to play on them, but they add to the excitement for adults.

A fruit machine usually has lots of different ways to win – in fact most of those flashing lights are a win of one kind or another – and often it’s about knowing what to collect, and when.

For example, even a basic win worth tens of pence could be a way to unlock the main feature, if you successfully gamble, or you might prefer just to take the money immediately.

When you’re playing the feature, learn as you go along, and you’ll be more familiar the next time you play the same machine.

Look out for the times when you have a choice of what to collect – and if you’re coming up to a potential ‘game over’ space, decide whether it’s worth the risk or whether you should cash out early.

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