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How to enjoy Pachinko

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Upon visiting Japan, you will be surrounded by large illuminated buildings, whether you are near a train station or driving on the highway.
Stepping inside, it is as if you are in a casino in Las Vegas: a battlefield where humans compete with game machines over money.
500 yen is enough to play a game, but the majority requires you to have 1000 yen bills on hand.
If you are lucky, your 500 yen coin can turn into stacks of bills accounting up to 100,000 yen, in a matter of minutes. However, as this is Japanese casino, you will be warned by the workers if you are not engaged in a game or taking pictures.
Most Pachinko centers carry two types of game machines. (Of course, there are places in which they only carry one or the other).
One of them is the Pachinko Machine. By operating a handle, multiple silver balls shoot up, all of which come back down from different directions. These balls must navigate their ways to the center and make its way inside the holes that are placed underneath a series of digits, in order to roll the numbers, and therefore starting the game.
The other type is the classic slot machines that you see at casinos. For this, you must slip a special coin inside the machine and hold down a lever to let the numbers start rolling. By pressing the designated buttons, the numbers stop rolling one digit at a time.
The ultimate goal for both the Pachinko machine and the slot machine is to get as many of the same digits as possible. The biggest prize is achieved when you can get multiple 7s aligned. When other numbers appear continuously, you get the normal prize.
The slot machine costs a minimum of 1000 yen.

When the 1000 yen bill is slipped inside the machine, the corresponding number of coins is sent rushing down to the plate that is placed at the bottom.
The pachinko machine can be played with 500 yen. However, when a 1000 yen bill is inserted, you have the option to press a button which allows you to start off as if you initially inserted 500 yen. By pressing this button, the corresponding number of balls for 500 yen comes out. As one ball is calculated to have a worth of 4 yen, 125 balls come out. In some stores however, one ball is worth 1 yen. In this case, 500 balls come rushing out at once. As for the slot machines, when a bill is inserted, the corresponding number of coins for that amount comes out.
(One coin is worth 20 yen, so with 1000 yen, you get 50 coins. However, some stores offer one coin for 5 yen, which in this case, 200 coins will come out).

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Starting the Game

When the balls navigate their ways to the holes in the center, a series of numbers or animations start rolling. When the number on either sides are the same, you are at a ‘reach’, meaning that the number in the middle will automatically stop to match up with the rest.
The color blue often times indicates a misalignment, while red has a high chance of the numbers matching up, triggering the surrounding animations to start fighting. When the characters are able to tackle the ‘villain’, this means that you have won, and therefore the numbers in the middle align and the holes on the bottom right and the center opens up. The more coins you are able to get inside these holes, the more coins you will receive.
When these holes are open, you are in the midst of a ‘round’. The rounds are numbered from 4 to 16, and each time the number of coins that end up in the holes are different.
When the plate at the bottom fills up, you can either transfer it to a box yourself or with a push of a lever, the balls are saved within the machine to be automatically counted.
When you get a series of odd numbers, there is a high possibility of getting continuous digits. In this event, the background of the machine will change.
When odd digits are aligned, the number of rotations will appear and a countdown from 150-100 will start.
The number of times the digits aligned, the rotations, and the number of balls will be displayed at the top of the machine.

Ending the Game

When your round has finished and there are no more new balls coming out, the background returns to the original state. If the background does not go back or the characters are continuously fighting, carry on with the game, as the possibility of aligning is still high.
When it has returned to its normal background and you are ready to end the game, press the button at the top of the machine to call over a member of the staff.
The staff will then carry the balls and will calculate the total number of balls that you have gathered. They will give you a printed proof displaying the total number of balls, and the corresponding amount of money that you have won.
It is illegal in Japan to exchange the balls with cash; however, they will exchange the balls to an item that is worth the same amount as the value printed on your paper, when you bring the sheet to a designated counter. You can select any product that is available, which includes snacks, beverages, and goods.

Exchanging

Goods range in size, from small, medium and large, all of which you can exchange for 1000 yen, 1500 yen and 5500 yen accordingly. You must have a set number of balls for each size; the remaining balls can be exchanged with snacks or beverages. For the goods that you can get exchanged for money, you must bring it to an exchange center that is outside the store. This center is usually within 100m from the store and can be easily located as the yellow sign labelled ‘YUC’ is recognizable.
There will be a person sitting there who will exchange your goods to cash. This is the same as what you would do to exchange chips for cash at casinos.
Are you ready to step inside a Japanese Casino and try Pachinko?

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