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Pachinko Card Reader Emulator System


In the Japanese pachinko parlours the game is played by the player purchasing a 'prepaid card'. This card contains the players credit, and when it is inserted into a card reader unit next to the machine, balls can be dispensed directly into the front tray ready to play, with the appropriate amount of credit being deducted from the balance on the card.

Prepaid Cards Pachinko and Card Reader
Card Reader buttons and display

Having bought a few pachinko machines for my games room, I was looking to set up a more authentic pachinko parlour style experience, and so wanted one of these prepaid card systems for my own machines. After looking at the cost of importing a genuine parlour prepaid card system, finding that the equipment costs several thousand, and the individual cards have to be bought seperately (and are single use time limited cards), I decided that it was time to design and produce my own system, and this is the result...

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