How does it work?
A multi-player game is played and each player who gets a ‘knock’ (aka: replay) is owed $1 by all other players. This bar game is best played on older machines that have multiple replay thresholds and ways to score a Special, assuming Special awards a replay.
Amanda, Ben, Carrie and Dan play a 4-player game of Harlem Globetrotters. On this particular machine, knocks or replays can be achieved by:
- Scoring 300,000
- Scoring 540,000
- Scoring 760,000
- Rolling machine (scoring over 1,000,000)
- Spelling GLOBE twice
- Completing player target bank twice and shooting Dunk Target
- Getting a Match (yes matches count!)
During this game Amanda knocks 4 times, Ben knocks 2 times, Carrie knocks 3 times and Dan gets 1 knock. This table helps to show how the payouts work:
|Amanda earns||Ben earns||Carrie earns||Dan earns||(total paid)|
As you can see from the example above, a player(s) could potentially be out more money than they might be comfortable losing. If that’s the case, this format can be played for any denomination such as a quarter a knock. Likewise, if this sort of prize pool is too low for your liking, why not $5 a knock?
Alternatively, you could keep the game at $1 a knock but put a cap on losses – say $3. In that case, no one player would be out more than $9 total ($3 per opponent) regardless of the number of knocks scored.
Things to Note
Make sure to address how to handle extra balls ahead of time – plunge or play?
You may want to have paper and a pen to help keep track of all those knocks.
Best Format For
2-4 players who’d like to play for a larger purse than a typical dollar game.
EM and solid state machines with multiple replay scores and ways to earn Specials