Japan and Pinball: Japanese Panchinko gambling industry

Japan and Pinball machines, Panchinko industry, Japanese Architecture Project

Japan and Pinball

9 Jan 2020

If you believe that the Las Vegas casinos bring in the most cash, that Sin City is the leader when it comes to money making, then think again as Japan’s pinball gambling industry actually rakes in 30 times more cash that the famous casinos of Las Vegas!

What is Panchinko?

Pachinko is a vertical pinball games rather than the horizontal pinball machines that most of us are used to and Japan spends in excess of $200 billion on pachinko every single year.

The games is a combination of the traditional pinball game and slots where the player uses numerous small metal balls (a lot like ball bearings) in a machine. Originally, the pachinko machines were manually operated and required no electricity to power them, but over the years the machines have undergone development with the digital version of the game also proving popular.

The game was first played exclusively in Japanese Pachinko parlors, but as its popularity increased so did the games distribution.

The older styled Pachinko machines has a spring loaded knob very similar to the standard pinball machines to release the balls, but like everything else, today the machines use an electrical method although the player can still set the power of the ball discharge – even so some fans of the games feel that a little of the ‘hands on’ experience has been lost on the newer machines.

Old Style Pachinko V Modern Style Panchinko

In the old style game players purchased balls in much the same way as poker chips would be bought, which would then be loaded into a machine. The vertical area was full of pins and holes and when the balls were released the player had the chance of winning many more balls which were already in the machine from prior games (just like slots games) In the Japanese Pachinko parlors it is actually illegal to cash in any won balls for cash prizes but there is usually an exchange of balls for a token and a short walk outside to a shed very close to the parlor where prizes can be collected.

Modern casinos have prevented players of Pachinko from bringing in their own balls by making the balls virtual. Here players insert their coins and given a number of virtual balls, then the player can shoot these into the machines, results are recorded electronically and wins are either paid as credits or as coins.

In the electronic games some of the holes that the balls fall into can trigger three reels to spin, just like a slot game, and if the reels land on the same image then the player wins either a larger number of virtual balls or credits.

Why we like it Virtual

Either version of Panchinko is enjoyable but in this online world we live in it’s not surprising that many prefer playing their games on the go using a portable device such as a smartphone.

Playing at Conquer Casino is a perfect example of how much online sites have improved since they first arrived on our screens. Games are optimized for the player who wants to enjoy their games whenever and wherever they choose and sport excellent graphics, audio and video clips to enhance player experience.

Today players expect to get the same quality on their smaller screens as they would receive on their home computers resulting in games evolving to such an extent that that many actually prefer using their smartphones to play games on.

Convenient, enjoyable and totally entertaining!

Location: Japan




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