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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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