Pachinko is a game that can be played at your typical arcade or in the casino. The game, which originates from Japan, is a form of vertical
pinball. Pachinko combines slots and pinball to give a hybrid form of the two and is very famous in the country. Though gambling for money is prohibited in Japan, Pachinko is reported to employ more people than any of the top five car manufacturers.
Pachinko has always been run by Korean Japanese who could not make it to the traditional workforce. Having faced discrimination since the end of World War II, Korean Japanese sort to find other ways of making a living and running Pachinko machines was the most successful of them.
The Japanese population spends more than half their leisure time at Pachinko parlors. All a player has to do is drop as many silver balls
as they can to a middle scoring hole. The player shoots the balls into the machine by turning a wheel. The balls bounce down pins before drooping into the middle hole.
Since Pachinko parlors operate in a legal grey area, and converting your winnings to cold hard cash is not as easy. The parlor gives
players token with the prizes they have won. These tokens can then be redeemed for cash. If for instance a player wins 200 caps, they exchange this for money at a prize exchange shop located near the parlor.
Pachinko can be exciting to play since there are lots of different configurations players can use. The game is also popular in US casinos.