Pachinko – How To Play
Today, I went to go play Pachinko and Slots with my friends on a whim (maybe my second time playing ever), and I won 10,000 yen (roughly $ 100). To Play, I’m writing this post about how to play Pachinko.
So, my friend Todd is visiting me from America, and after a full day of billiards, sightseeing, and various other fun activities; Him, my host-uncle, and I decided to go to a gambling hall and try and win some money situs domino online.
The first thing you notice is when you enter a Pachinko Hall is the noise, it’s deafening. When you walk in, you are greeted with the * ching ching ching * of a thousand balls falling into pinball-like courses in a variety of machines. You will eventually get used to the sound, even if you don’t want to get into your game, and when you leave, how quiet it is.
When you sit down at the machine, there are only 3 areas that you can pay attention to.
1: The top left / right of the machine. (This is where you put your money, it’s like a vending machine)
2. The bottom half of the machine. (These are the balls that you buy / win and where you need to put them in order to play)
3. The turn-wheel. (This is what you do to make the balls enter the machine, usually located at the bottom right corner)
Even if you don’t speak ANY Japanese, if you remember where these 3 areas are and what they are for, you can play without a problem.
Pachinko is a lot like pinball, so if you know how to play pinball, you essentially know how to play. Basically, balls = money, so the idea of the game is to use the balls to get more and more balls. Pachinko is a lot like pinball, except that there are no flippers, and you just hold down the turn-wheel, and hopefully the balls fall into the designed holes, thereby earning you more money. The rules of Pachinko are so simple, even a baby could play it, all you need to do is hold down the turn wheel, and wait for the balls to fall into the holes, where there is no skill / timing / thinking involved. If you still want to know how to play after Pachinko, you can either read English, or are brain-dead.
When you’re done playing, if you accumulate a significant amount of balls, you can turn them in at the counter and exchange some cold hard cash for them. However, since gambling is illegal in Japan, you won’t actually get your hard-earned-balls for cash. What you get for your balls is a card / card with a number written on them. These cards have no real value, HOWEVER, you can exchange them (just outside the store at a counter, it’s called Kan Kan Jou) for real money. By giving you the money this way, the Pachinko circumvents the anti-gambling law of Japan, and is able to stay in business.
So now that you know all the rules, you can take your knowledge, and go to a gambling hall. Hopefully, you’ve found this post helpful, but remember, Pachinko can be extremely addictive, so if you have a tendency to gamble, or an addictive personality, it would be a good idea to stay away from Pachinko.
I’m a foreign exchange student currently living in Aichi Japan, and I blog about my life, everyday 🙂