Pachinko is a game of gambling which is particularly popular in Japan. Looks-wise, it is more like the Western Pinball game. In the game, you sit in front of a Pinball-like machine, and you release a ball inside the machine. Now, where this ball stops in the machine determines which things you win or if you win any money or you don’t win anything at all.

Knowing the origin, the word Pachinko refers to the sound “Pachin,” which the machine makes, and “Ko” refers to small. The game has been in popularity in Japan since 1953; however, it is not very much known outside of the country.

The Pachinko machines are set in an arcade, and there are various rows in which multiple Pachinko machines are placed. Hence many players can play the game at a time on their machines.

Pachinko is also one reason why Japan’s streets look so bright, colorful, and cheering with the sound accompanying the game.

The Mechanism of Pachinko

To start the play, the player sits in front of the Pachinko machine. He rents some small steel balls to target the particular places inside the machine. The player loads these balls into the machine. He then shoots the balls by pressing a lever given, which releases the hammer.

This hammer then pushes the ball in a metal track where the ball gradually slows down and falls in a place. There are several small cups inside the machine holding a gift or money. When the ball drops in any of these cups, the player wins that particular gift.

This is the basic idea of how Pachinko works.

Pachinko and the Slot Machine

Many players compare the game with slot machines. However, it is not exactly like a slot machine. It can be said that Pachinko holds some similarities to the slot machine but not all. For example, in Pachinko, the player holds the lever to push the balls further. So here, the player controls the force when he releases the lever, which further decides the velocity of the ball.

Slots are more luck-based, whereas Pachinko depends on your manner of using the lever. Your force decides where the ball will end up and which means you have control of the game in some amount.

These days, Pachinko is available online, where the website mimics the look of the machine. However, it doesn’t give the same satisfaction; an online game doesn’t need you to go to Japan particularly to play your game.

How to Play Video Poker

Video poker gives the feel of a classy casino game. In video poker, you sit in front of a screen where you don’t have to deal with any dealer or other gamblers. You use the machine and its options to make your bet. According to the strategies used, you win or lose the game.

Nowadays, as online casinos are on the rise, video poker can be played online too. It comes much easier than getting ready and waiting in the queue for your chance to get on the screen.

Playing Video Poker

You first need to choose the game you want to play. In video poker, there are many different games from which you can choose any. Most people choose “Jacks or Better” as it offers pretty nice chances of winning, plus it is pretty famous among video poker lovers.

When you are in a casino club, you generally insert the coins in the machine or their membership cards. However, in the online world, you can play as per your deposit. You use this credit to place your bet where you don’t have to put all your money at once.

The maximum of the video poker games is based on a five-card draw where you choose your cards and decline the ones you don’t want. This way, you get five cards of your choice to play with.

People go with video poker because they have the maximum edge here, which means more chances of winning. Your win depends upon your choice of cards; once you know which cards to decline and accept, you win more than half of the game itself.

Players need to understand that you are playing against a machine that performs some fixed algorithms. Hence once you get its tactics, your chances of winning increase dramatically. 

Choosing the Paytable is important too. You shouldn’t go with any random one; choose a Paytable that offers a nearly 100% payout. In this case, you should go with a machine that offers at least 99% of return because that will reduce the house’s edge and keeps it only 0.47%. Don’t go for machines that offer around 97% returns because the house’s edge increases to 2.71%, and your chances of losing increase.

Tip: Stick to “Jack or Better” and avoid wild-card games as they reduce the chances of winning.

The biggest mistake that a player can make is playing the game with just guessing.