①About Pachislot Parlors
There are about 10,000 pachislot parlors in Japan.
Parlors are commonly located around train stations and other places where many people gather.
Pachislot parlors have a signboard outside with the word “SLOT”, you can spot pachislot parlors easily.
If the signboard also says “PACHINKO”, that means there are pachinko machines within that parlor, but most parlors have both pachislot and pachinko machines.
Most parlors operate from 10AM to 10PM.
※Persons under the age of 18 years are not permitted in pachislot parlors and are not permitted to play pachislot.
②About Burrowing Medals
Little while ago, it was common to burrow one medal for 20 yen.
But there are many parlors renting out the medals with lower rate these days.
If you are playing with the rate of 20 yen, and if you don’t hit any jackpots, this would mean you would be spending over 10,000 yen just within an hour.
We suggest you play with lower rates (such as 5 yen per medal) first.
③How to Choose the Machine
There are many pachislot machines inside a parlor, and you get to choose a machine that you would like to play.
Compared to pachinko machines, pachislot machines tend to have more complex internal settings.
Most parlors have a notice of the type of pachislot machine above each machine. (See below)
Please use this notice as a reference for your choice.
Pachislot machines have a function called “setting”.
This setting is set by the parlor in the morning, before they open, and it is common that they have 6 different levels.
Some pachislot machines have only 4 levels.
Table shown above is a setting for a pachislot machine called “I’m Juggler”.
As you can see, it is quite hard to win with setting 1, and much more easier to win with setting 6.
Advanced players guess the setting of the machine while they play.
※Please note that it doesn’t always pay out accordingly to the pay out rate.
Roughly divided, there are 3 types of pachislot machines
・Type A (For beginners)
With this type of pachislot machine, player can collect certain amount of medals by lining up the jackpot suits.
Player can only collect the same suit once they win a lottery within the machine.
Its internal setting is quite simple, that we suggest to play this type of pachislot machine if you are a beginner.
Most famous Type A machine is called “I’m Juggler”, and almost all of the parlors in Japan have this machine.
This pachislot machine can be played easily, since the lamp on the lower left corner lights up when the player wins a lottery, meaning they have hit a jackpot.
・Type A + ART
With this type of pachislot machine, there will be a navigation of pressing the buttons when player wins a lottery on top of a jackpot player wins with the type A machine.
Player can collect medals by following the navigation.
It is quite difficult to know if you have won the jackpot or not, but player can enjoy more if they understand the system.
・Type ART and Type AT
This type of machine also has a navigation system.
By pressing the buttons accordingly to the navigation, player can win medlas.
Since it doesn’t have a function of lining up the same suits, player can win more medals by following the navigation.
The main point of this machine is to prolong the navigation system.
This machine is for advanced player since it has the most complex internal setting compared to other types, so player needs to understand the system to enjoy it.
※Please know that you cannot win a jackpot just by spinning the reels in a certain amount of times.
You may win with just 1,000 yen, but there are times you don’t win even with 10,000 yen.
So, it would be wise to decide how much money you want to spend.
It is difficult at first, but check the data of the machine to guess the setting of machines.
When choosing a machine, let’s check if that machine is not being played by other players.
If there are cigarettes, lighter, medals or other things on the machine, this means someone is “keeping” that machine.
Please avoid these machines.
Please choose a machine that has nothing on it.
④How to Burrow Medals
After choosing a machine that you would like to play, you will need to insert money into a machine called “sand”.
(For pachislot machines, “sand” is usually located on the right of the pachislot machine)
After inserting money, you will burrow the medals by pressing “Burrow Medals” button.
※Pachislot machine is played by burrowing medals from a parlor.
Do not bring in medals or bring out the medals.
⑤How to Play Pachislot
Insert medals into an insertion slot.
Pachislot machines have a credit function, that player can insert medals up to 50.
You can spin the reels by pulling down the lever.
Basically, you press the buttons from left to right to stop the reels from spinning.
※If the pachislot machine you are playing with have the navigation function, please press the buttons accordingly to the navigation.
It is a jackpot if you line up the suits, such as 7’s!!
Please continue to play after hitting a jackpot, so that you can collect your winnings.
Please move the medals to a plastic container called “Dollar Box” when the saucer beneath the machine gets filled.
“Dollar Box” is located right above the machine or by the hallway.
⑥How to Rest
If you are leaving the machine just for few minutes, it is okay to leave your medals.
But if you are leaving for more than 10 minutes, you will need to tell parlor staff that you are taking a break.
Press “call” button to tell the staff you are taking a break.
Many parlors have a break room, so feel free to use this room when taking a break.
※When returning to your machine, press “call” button again to tell that you came back.
⑦How to Finish Playing
When finishing your play, please check to make sure that you are not leaving behind any medals.
Also, it is important to check if you have used up all the credits or not.
If you still have a money left inside the machine, you can collect it back by pressing “refund” button.
When this button is pressed, either IC card or a IC coin will come out from the machine.
Please don’t forget to do this if you still have some money left.
※If you are leaving your machine for a long time (such as for bathroom and meals), please make sure to press “refund” button and bring IC card or IC coins with you.
This way, you can avoid unnecessary troubles such as theft.
If you have medals left, press “call” button to ask the staff to count how many medals you have.
If you tell l the staff that you are done playing, the staff will bring your medals to a machine that counts medals (called Jet Counter).
Then you will receive a receipt (or an IC card) with the number of medals you have won.
※If you don’t have any medals left, you can just leave the parlor.
⑧How to Exchange Your Medals
Bring your receipt (or an IC card) to a booth with prizes.
There are daily necessaries, toys and snacks, so choose the prize you would like to exchange within the amount of medals you have won.
You can also exchange your winnings to an actual gold.
After exchanging your winnings, and if you still have money left in your IC card of IC coins, make sure to collect back your money.
You will need to insert your IC card or IC coin to a money adjusting machine.
※Please don’t forget to collect your money back, as IC card or IC coins can be only refunded within that day.
If you have any questions, please ask parlor staffs nearby.
Also, there may be a shop nearby that will buy a gold that you have won.
You are just burrowing a medal from the parlor.
Please do not bring in or bring out the medals.
Also, persons under the age of 18 years are not permitted to enter into a parlor.