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Since, most of us here are 25+ you might remember this game.
* Pachinko *

When I was little, my family had one of these in the basement and of course I was not aloud to touch it.

I have been looking to buy one for a few years now and guess what I have found a ton of them this last month.

Here is the one I bought last week. It is a blast.
So, I got another yesterday for parts or to fix it up. :D

Just had to share with you guys. :wink:
 

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although i meet the age criteria, ive never seen or heard of this at all :?

what is it? how do you play?
 

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Pachinko!!

Oh man, we use to play all the time when we were kids (lived in Japan for many years on Navy bases while going up!!)...I was stationed in Yokosuka later on while I did my Navy gig and there were tons of Pachinko parlors everywhere (still are I'm sure)...
 

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"Pachinko is a mixture between slot machine and pinball. The player is quite passive while playing pachinko. He or she is only controlling the speed with which many small steel balls are thrown into the pachinko machine.

Most of the balls just fall down the machine and disappear, but a few find their way into special holes. Then you get a payout of more steel balls.

Pachinko machines can be found in pachinko parlors which are spread over Japan. One can recognize parlors easily because they are bright and colorful. Inside a parlor it is loud and smoky. Women and men are playing pachinko and it is said that there are even a few pachinko professionals.

If you win balls, you can exchange them into goods that are available in the parlor's gift shop. But you can also bypass the law that prohibits gambling in Japan by exchanging the balls first into some special goods and then exchange them for cash at a small window just outside the parlor. "


It is just mindless fun. IMO
 

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Here is a pic of a newer machine. Some have LCD screens with video clips.

I really want to get one of these. (not this one, there are cooler ones)



PACHINKO MACINE: This is an official pachinko machine used in japanese casinos. The playfield has tons of obsticles and tasks. What makes this model unique is its Vegas reel playfield obsticles and goals. It has amazing grahic theme and beautiful background color. Also features seven payout pockets, a super jackpot trap door, and standard ball return. The lights and sounds are mesmerizing. When you activate a bonus round, you will be amazed by an incredible light show, payout, and themed stereo sound effects. Each game measures about 20" (Width) x 10" (Depth) x 32" (Height). The machines are done in a beautiful glossy plastic like finish with wood frames. Sold for HOME USE ONLY. Please look out for our 55 different models being listed in the next few weeks.

HOW OLD ARE THESE MACHINES?: These machines are generally used for around 6 months to 3 years and cost anywhere from $2600-$3800 BRAND NEW. They are required to change out the machines every 2 years. Each machine is given a full inspection by a qualified technician, and restored to its original condition.
 

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there used to be a parlor in san francisco. always wondered why so many people played there..
 

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There is a mall called Woodfield Mall(It used to be the largest shopping mall in the U.S. before Mall of America was built) in Chicago suburb area. I found a store that was selling original used Pachinko machines from Japan about a couple of months ago. Each of them even came with Japanese Pachinko coins. I think they were about $500.
 

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selling original used Pachinko machines from Japan about a couple of months ago. Each of them even came with Japanese Pachinko coins. I think they were about $500.
The ones I bought are "original" from the 50's or so, but I bought each for around $100.00 shipped.

The newer-used ones are going for $300.00 or so.

Coins would be illegal (they would be gambling), they are steel balls. You would buy balls, and win balls, then they turn in the balls for a plastic chip, then they take that chip down the street for money.
 

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That's too funny! I used to have one when I was a kid... used to play with it for hours.
 

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I lost some money in Taiwan on those machines before, it was a form of gambling in taiwan and was very big. They are somewhat illigal to play in over here now.

Jim
 

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Sweet Fx said:
selling original used Pachinko machines from Japan about a couple of months ago. Each of them even came with Japanese Pachinko coins. I think they were about $500.
Coins would be illegal (they would be gambling), they are steel balls. You would buy balls, and win balls, then they turn in the balls for a plastic chip, then they take that chip down the street for money.
Yes I saw that from Travel Channel.

I've never been to Japan but they sure look fun.
 

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My wife got one for her 6th grade graduation present (it has finally migrated from her mother's house to ours). She was from Long Island, and her friends had them. I was from Western PA and had never seen one until we met. It can be addicting to play, as silly as it seems. I can see why people would play when they could actually win something.
 

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I have never been to Japan.

These were a big thing in Chicago households and bars in the 60's and 70's. My grandpa took me to a lot of bars when I was little and they were the coolest just to watch them play.

A lot of the guys bought them when they were overseas in the War. They were a novalty item.
 
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