Is pachinko a roulette or a slot machine?

Today we will talk a little about how Japanese gambling halls work, or rather we will talk in particular about pachinko, Japan’s most famous gambling game. 

What is that? Pachinko is a mix between a pinball machine, a roulette wheel and a slot machine, and is played in arcades similar to casinos, but with a small number of machines. 

First of all, the main difference is that in Japanese arcades you can’t play with money, but you can buy metal balls that allow you to play pachinko.
Like the pinball machine, you have to throw a metal ball through a butterfly valve. Like roulette, on the other hand, the balls are thrown so that they hit the exact boxes to get more points. The higher the score, the better the chances of playing continuously with other gained balls. Since the winnings are just other balls and not chips, it is probably difficult to make a similarity between slot machines and pachinko.

This is due to the fact that in Japan, as in other countries of the East, gambling is not permitted except by exchanging non-cash prizes. In fact the spheres can be converted into other tokens or symbolic prizes, which can then be sold in special counters outside the games room. In addition, to ensure that the game does not become boring, during our stay in the game room the female staff delight customers by offering fresh drinks.

In short, Japanese gambling halls are very similar to our casinos, and pachinko is the most common game. If you want to test it, you can download some free demos on your smartphone.