Description: Gottlieb Royal Flush pinball. Same game as Gottlieb Card Whiz, just different number of players (4 players versus 2 players). Of the 1970s multiplayer Gottlieb pinball games, this is a good one. The object of the game is to first get the three jokers (red, green, white). Each joker scored will increase the value of a downed drop target by 1000 points (for a maximum of 4000 per target). Then the object is to get each of the card hands for extra bonus points. At the end of the ball, the game "scans" the downed drop targets looking for Kings or Jacks (one pair), Kings and Jack (two pairs), three Queens, Full House (Queens and Jacks or Kings), or a Royal Flush (hearts). Bonus points are awarded based on this. There is also a kickout hole that will collect 1000 to 4000 points, based on the number of Jokers that are scored. In addition if all three Jokers are scored, the kickout hole lights to score Special (replay). Good solid game play, though not quite as interesting as it's single player cousin Gottlieb Jacks Open.
Gottlieb sold this game design in the two flavors, though they are essentially the exact same game (with slight artwork differences). The 2 player version (Card Wiz) had a lower price than the 4 player (Royal Flush), and was marketed to game operators with less money to spend. Note Gottlieb recycled this game name, as there is also a 1957 Gottlieb Royal Flush woodrail (single player.) The 1976 Gottlieb Royal Flush has a similar card concept to Gottlieb Jacks Open (1 player). Used a bank of 9 drop targets, mounted at an angle. One pop bumper and one kickout hole, two slingshots, two 3" flippers. A modification of the Gottlieb Jacks Open playfield designs (I like the Jacks Open design a bit more, but this pinball is pretty fun too!) They made 12,250 Gottlieb Royal Flush pinballs, and 3250 Gottlieb Card Whiz pinball machines. The score card for Gottlieb Royal Flush 1976 is available here. Also the score card for Gottlieb Royal Flush 1976 is available here too.
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