Few outside Japan have heard of pachinko, yet its complex game is big business in Japan. A cross between pinball and slot machines, pachinko is an innovative form of gambling requiring both skill and luck for victory. Players launch steel balls around a machine until one hits their desired target or they exchange them for goods – pachinko even generates more revenue than both Las Vegas and Macau combined! In 2015 alone!
Pachinko can be played in a number of ways and each machine has its own set of rules, but one key aspect that must be kept in mind is your commitment and time investment in order to see results – most players spend hours every day at the parlor so should be ready for long term involvement in order to succeed at pachinko.
Pachinko machines called Jitan are specialized pachinko machines with higher payout percentages and are designed to resemble specific video games or idols, providing an enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere at the parlor. Popular among children, newcomers and those seeking an enjoyable gaming experience.
Another popular alternative to pachinko machines is a slot machine using coins as opposed to steel balls. While these machines may be less costly to purchase and operate than pachinko machines, they still require significant effort in order to generate income. Unfortunately, however, these machines are only legal within Japan itself; therefore it’s essential that any machine you consider purchasing be researched thoroughly to make sure that it can safely work in your location.