Pachinko is a game that can be played at your many arcades or casinos. 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 traditionally 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 endeavored to find other ways of making a living and running Pachinko machines was the most successful of them all.
The Japanese spend a not insignificant amount of their leisure time at Pachinko parlors. Within the game, all a player has to do is drop as many silver balls as they can into a middle scoring hole. The player shoots the balls into the machine by turning a wheel, so there is an aspect of skill to the game. The balls bounce down pins before dropping into the middle hole.
Since Pachinko parlors operate in a legal grey area, converting your winnings into cold hard cash is not as easy. The parlor instead gives players tokens with the prizes they have won. These tokens can then be redeemed for cash. If for instance a player wins 200 caps, they can exchange this for money at a prize exchange shop located near the parlor.Pachinko can be an exciting and addictive game to play since there are so many permutations. The game is also popular in US casinos.