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QUESTION: I recently bought a coin operated foosball table and would like to convert it to a free play. It's a tornado brand.

ANSWER: Hi Todd,

Is this the kind of mechanism that you put the quarters into vertically and then push it in and it releases the balls?

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QUESTION: Yes it is.

I am really sorry for the delay in this answer!

To set it to free play, when you open the coin mechanism, you should see some black plastic pieces held down by a screw and plate. Take those out and set them into the slots that the coins go into, and they will mimic what the coins would do, thus setting it to free play.

This video should give you some pointers.

Hope this helps!

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Brian Penzone


I can answer questions regarding coin-operated arcade game questions down to the logic board. Error codes, erratic operation, dead boards, I can help with them all. I can help with video monitors on a very limited and basic level only.


I have spent nearly 20 years as an avid arcade collector, and spent nearly 10 of those years as the lead tech for a large arcade operator, doing work for manufacturers and other coin-operated amusement companies around the globe. I maintain a good sized collection of arcade games, as well as a large inventory of spare parts for a wide range of arcade machines.

BA from The Ohio State University, Associates from DeVry University

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