TODAY | December 15, 2013
>> what may seem like a complicated strategy is basic gaming to 9-year-old jason and 6-year-old maxine, brother and sister and pinball machine professionals with 11 years of experience between them.
>> wow. you really know a lot about this stuff. how long have you been playing pinball?
>> since i was like 2 1/2.
>> you're good at it?
>> really good at pinball.
>> they're ranked among the top half of all pinballers worldwide.
>> if i'm going to play this game, which is the best ball to focus on? the first ball, second ball, third ball?
>> a lot of times i have a great third ball, but the first and second and not really good. but you're setting things up.
>> you know what that's called? pinball strategy. and you guys have it, right? go to it.
>> part of a growing trend moving towards the rebirth of pinball.
>> pinball is now more popular than ever, more so than i've ever seen in 20-something years of doing this.
>> reporter: in the past three years, membership in the international flip per association has grown more than 50% to more than 8,000 players in the u.s. and restored machines sell from $5,000 to upwards of $20,000. but today, my pinballing future --
>> you guys don't stretch before a big game ? come on, come on. get up there.
>> reporter: rests in these tiny little bin paul hands. what do you think i didn't do very well?
>> you're just pressing the buttons.
>> show me the right way. wrong way? right way.
>> reporter: i think i won. i'm pretty sure i won. don't bother looking at the score. just take my word for it. doing what i can to keep the tradition alive.
>> to say i dominated would be i dominated would be an understatement. first of all, how old are you guys?
>> i'm 9.
>> how old are you?
>> you guys are literally professionals here. i would like you to help me out. how is erica doing?
>> i'm kind of lacking in that department. is that a problem in pinball.
>> how is she doing?
>> you can be honest. it's okay.
>> maybe you can flip not as much.
>> i'm an overflipper.
>> it would be easier if you could flip one at a time.
>> one flipper at a time.
>> hey, it worked, look.
>> there's a flipper up there.
>> we're going to let erica wrk on what you talked about. let's go over to lester . come on over here. lester needs a lot of advice.
>> i have issues when it comes straight down the middle, there's nothing you can do, right?
>> what do you do when it comes straight down the middle?
>> there's no -- you can't really do anything -- if it's straight down the middle, it goes down.
>> nothing you can do.
>> sometimes if it goes close to a flipper and you can save it.
>> i have launch issues, too. click it all the way like that.
>> it doesn't have to be all the way. you try to get the skill shot up there. it's the hole.
>> lester , you have a number of questions, but we do have to get to dylan .
>> i'm not done with them.
>> dylan definitely needs words of wisdom .
>> i'm actually doing pretty good here.
>> for sake of this segment, why don't you assume you need some advice. how is dylan doing, maxine?
>> i already beat the monster once.
>> we're going to continue to monitor your progress, dylan . all three of you guys.