Japanese Slot Machine Instructions

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Japanese Slot Machine Instructions
Pachislo machines are similar to slot machines played in American casinos. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

A Japanese slot machine is called a pachislo. While similar to an American slot machine -- like the ones you would find in a casino -- pachislo machines have some notable differences. First, pachislo machines require tokens instead of real money, which can be used to purchase prizes from a redemption counter. Also, a player can decide when to make the reels stop, after they have begun spinning by pressing a button. According to the New York Times, many of the newer pachislo machines have LCD screens that display elaborate video-game-style narratives while you play.

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    Purchase pachislo tokens from the redemption counter in the pachislo parlour. Pachislo tokens are a little bigger than an American quarter and have no monetary value.

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    Sit down at a pachislo machine and insert your tokens into the token slot. Every token is worth one credit, which is displayed on the machine.

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    Select your wager. According to TheSpinLuckClub.com, one, two or three credits can be selected at a time. Some pachislo machines only allow the maximum bet.

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    Spin the reels by pressing up or down on the spin-reel lever, located on either side of the pachislo machine, or by pressing the spin-reel knob. The knob is located on the front of the machine, next to the three stop-reel buttons.

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    Stop the reels by pressing each of the stop-reel buttons located directly below the spin reels. Additional tokens are won if the reels stop with three identical images lined up horizontally.

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    Cash out your tokens when you are done by pressing the cash-out button, which is located in front of the machine on the opposite side of the token slot.

Tips and warnings

  • Watch the reel carefully as it spins, to anticipate which image is coming. Stop the wheel by pressing the stop-reel button at just the right time to increase your chances of lining up three identical images.
  • Tokens can be used at the redemption counter to receive prizes such as kitchen appliances and lighters, reports TheSpinLuckClub.com.
  • Some pachislo machines do not features a spin-reel lever.

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