Jacks to Open
Here is a Jacks to Open pinball machine made by Gottlieb under the Mystar name.
It came out in 1984 and was designed by Ed Krynski who designed many great games for Gottlieb.
This game is an electronic remake of the 1977 game called Jacks Open. It is a drop target card themed pinball game, where you try to make poker hands for extra bonus points.
The following is from the International Pinball Database:
|Manufacturer:||Mylstar Electronics, Incorporated (1983-1984) [Trade Name: Gottlieb]|
|Date Of Manufacture:||May, 1984|
|MPU:||Gottlieb System 80A|
|Type:||Solid State Electronic (SS)|
|Production:||2,350 units (confirmed)|
|Serial Number Database:||View at The Internet Pinball Serial Number Database (IPSND.net) (External site)|
|Theme:||Playing Cards – Poker|
|Notable Features:||Flippers (2), Pop bumpers (3), 9-bank drop targets (1). No slingshots. Open-elbow inlanes allow ball to pass from inlane to outlane and vice-versa. Post below flipper gap.
Actual measured weight: 229 lbs (includes legs).
|Design by:||Ed Krynski|
|Art by:||David Moore|
John Trudeau, a fellow designer at Mylstar, provided us the following information:
‘Jacks to Open’ served as the test platform for the first alphanumeric displays, although they first appeared in production on Premier’s 1985 ‘Chicago Cubs “Triple Play”‘. We actually made ten complete ‘Jack to Open’ games with the alphanumeric display and a new backglass (having new art to fit the openings for the new digits).
There was some management concern that it wouldn’t make any difference in the cashbox. That turned out to be undetermined, since there really was no way to tell how much the game would have made without it, at the same location. But we did get some positive feedback because of the initials-entering capability it now had. And players in general liked the displayed messages too.
We are aware of two of the ten alphanumeric test games, both shown here. For only one of them do we know the cabinet serial number, 13789, which numerically occurs during the production run and indicates that it and likely the other nine test games were pulled randomly out of the run for conversion instead of being designed either before or after the run.
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