The Japanese game of pachinko has been around for many years. This pinball-like gambling game was always a huge hit in Japan and it has been gaining some serious momentum since online casinos started becoming popular.
For those not familiar with pachinko machines, their evolution runs parallel to that of slot machines. These days, casino slot games are available in a wide range of colors and themes, offering huge prizes, playing video clips, and even taking on a new life as interactive devices.
Like pachinko, though, slot machines were once very simple and to the point. They didn’t need any added thrills to entice gamblers. The machines were enough. Once online casinos came around, however, games like slots and pachinko needed to be updated.
With the easy access to a vast array of gambling games, pachinko needed to stand out. Its modern transformation resembles more of a pinball/slot machine hybrid, and there are many Japanese and pachinko-specific sites around hosting them.
Can we expect to see pachinko show up in more modern online casinos anytime soon? The short answer: probably. There’s no way a definitive yes can be offered. You just never know if the game will drop off in popularity. And you certainly cannot definitively say no, as there is currently a very large pachinko market.
The truth of the matter for all you pachinko fans out there looking for wider representation is that hoping for even more pachinko placement at online casinos is just wishful thinking to this point. With so many card games, slot games, dice games, and many other specialty games, a niche Japanese game doesn’t bring in the required audience to offer more than one or two pachinko games per venue.
Even still, this popular game is continuing to pick up a head of steam. The more pachinko-specific sites pop up, the bigger the fan base gets. And the more casinos offering the game, the more parity we’ll see.
Eventually, pachinko may share an equal listing with slot machines. In many opinions, it’s only a matter of time.