Sunday, 29 April 2018

Pachinko - Hiroshima

Some pics of a Pachinko parlour. This one is in Hiroshima near the main train station.
A really loud place. It reminds me of the poker machine parlours you will see in Australia.
Though i understand that gambling for money is illegal in Japan.

The Pachinko uses 1 mm diameter steel balls, which are rented to the player by the owner . In comparison a western pinball game use a larger single ball.
So its a bit like a vertical pinball game.
The pachinko player loads one or more balls into the machine, then presses and releases a spring-loaded handle... just like a western pinball.

The Pachinko playing field, is populated by a large number of brass pins, &several small cups (catcher) into which the player hopes the ball will fall. A ball which enters a catcher will trigger a payout (more balls). These balls are dropped into a tray at the front of the machine. They are the reward (not money).

The balls can't be removed from the parlour, but can be exchanged for tokens, or prizes.


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