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JP2013034563A
JP2013034563A JP2011171529A JP2011171529A JP2013034563A JP 2013034563 A JP2013034563 A JP 2013034563A JP 2011171529 A JP2011171529 A JP 2011171529A JP 2011171529 A JP2011171529 A JP 2011171529A JP 2013034563 A JP2013034563 A JP 2013034563A
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Tetsuya Sakamoto
哲也 坂本
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Kind Code: A1 A gaming machine capable of suitably coexisting various configurations on the back of a gaming machine is provided.
A pachinko machine 10 is provided with a back pack unit 15 so as to cover an inner frame from behind. The back pack unit 15 includes a tank 350 that stores game balls, a tank rail 360 that guides the game balls stored in the tank 350 to the case rail unit 322, and a wiring that is arranged on the side of the tank 350 from behind the gaming machine. And an external terminal plate 319 to be connected. The tank rail 360 has a bent portion that bends so as to bypass the external terminal plate 319 rearward, and a part of the tank rail 360 is formed to overlap the external terminal plate 319 in the front-rear direction. By detouring the tank rail 360 to the rear, a gap portion is formed between the tank rail 360 and the external terminal plate 319, which functions as a work space for performing wiring connection work to the external terminal plate 319. ing.
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  The present invention relates to a gaming machine.
  A gaming machine such as a pachinko machine has a gaming machine main body on which main components such as a picture display device and various control devices are mounted, and a back cover that covers the major components in the gaming machine main body from the rear side of the gaming machine. There is something to have. By adopting the back cover, it is difficult to cause inconveniences such as a game ball colliding with a control device or the like, and protection of the same configuration is achieved (for example, see Patent Document 1).
  A type of gaming machine having a back cover includes a ball tank, a guide passage, a payout mechanism, and a board (external terminal board) for transmitting various information to the hall computer. In many cases, the rear unit is configured by various configurations. The back cover is a part that can be easily accessed by an operator by opening the gaming machine main body, and the configuration that may need to be accessed during maintenance or the like is exposed to the back side of the gaming machine. As a result, workability is improved.
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  Here, there is still room for improvement in the positional relationship of these various configurations in order to facilitate the work of connecting the wiring to the board while ensuring the function of guiding the game ball in the guide path.
  The present invention has been made in view of the above-described circumstances and the like, and an object thereof is to provide a gaming machine in which various configurations can suitably coexist on the back surface of the gaming machine.
  Hereinafter, means for solving the above problems will be described.
The invention described in claim 1
A ball tank that is provided on the back of the gaming machine and stores game balls;
A board on the back of the gaming machine that is arranged side by side with the ball tank so that the board surface faces the back of the gaming machine, and wiring is connected from the back of the gaming machine;
A guide passage for guiding the game balls discharged from the ball tank,
The guide passage has a lateral passage portion provided so that a part thereof overlaps with the substrate in the front-rear direction of the gaming machine,
The lateral passage portion is formed with a bent portion that bends the substrate backward, and the lateral passage portion connects the substrate and the wiring between the guide passage and the substrate. The present invention is characterized in that a gap that functions as a working space for implementation is secured.
  Various configurations can preferably coexist on the back of the gaming machine.
It is a front view which shows the pachinko machine in 1st Embodiment. It is a perspective view which expands and shows the main structures of a pachinko machine. It is a rear view which shows the structure of a front door frame. It is a front view which shows the structure of an inner frame. It is a front view which shows the structure of a game board. It is a rear view which shows the structure of an inner frame. It is a perspective view which shows the back surface structure of a game board. It is a front perspective view which shows the state which removed the game board from the inner frame. FIG. 5 is a partial cross-sectional view taken along line AA in FIG. 4. It is the schematic which shows the positional relationship of the open front door frame, the game board, and the insertion part. It is a rear view which shows the structure of a pachinko machine. It is a front view which shows the structure of a back pack unit. It is a disassembled perspective view which shows the structure of a back pack unit. It is a top view of a payout mechanism part. It is a disassembled perspective view of a tank unit. FIG. 15 is a partial sectional view taken along line BB in FIG. 14. (A) Schematic showing the positional relationship between the tank, tank rail and external terminal plate of the pachinko machine shown in the present embodiment, (b) Schematic showing the positional relationship between the tank, tank rail and external terminal plate in the conventional pachinko machine. FIG. It is CC sectional view taken on the line of FIG. (A) is the schematic which shows a tolerance state, (b) is the outline which shows a blocking state. It is the schematic which shows the flow of a game ball. (A) It is the schematic which shows the mode of the fall of the spherical leveling member provided so that rocking is possible, (b) It is the schematic which shows the mode of the effect of the spherical leveling member provided so that rocking is impossible. It is the schematic which shows the relationship between the ball stop member and sphere leveling member in 2nd Embodiment. It is the schematic which looked at the tank unit from the game machine front. It is the schematic which shows the operation | movement aspect of a ball stop member and a ball leveling member. It is the schematic which shows operation for eliminating ball clogging, and a motion of the game ball by it. It is the schematic which shows operation for eliminating ball clogging, and a motion of the game ball by it.
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Hereinafter, a first embodiment of a pachinko gaming machine (hereinafter referred to as “pachinko machine”), which is a type of gaming machine, will be described in detail with reference to the drawings. FIG. 1 is a front view of the pachinko machine 10, and FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing the main configuration of the pachinko machine 10 in an exploded manner. In FIG. 2, the configuration in the game area of the pachinko machine 10 is omitted for convenience.
  As shown in FIG. 1, the pachinko machine 10 includes an outer frame 11 that forms an outer shell of the pachinko machine 10, and a gaming machine main part 12 attached to the outer frame 11.
  The outer frame 11 is configured by connecting wooden plates to four sides and has a rectangular frame shape. The pachinko machine 10 is installed in the island facility of the game hall by attaching and fixing the outer frame 11 to the island facility. In the pachinko machine 10, the outer frame 11 is not an essential configuration, and the outer frame 11 may be provided on the island facility of the game arcade.
  The game machine main part 12 is supported by the outer frame 11 in an openable and closable state. Specifically, as shown in FIG. 1, an upper support bracket 17 is fixed to a connection portion between the upper frame portion and the left frame portion in the outer frame 11, and the lower frame portion and the left frame in the outer frame 11 are further fixed. A lower support metal fitting 18 is provided at a connecting portion with the portion. The upper support bracket 17 and the lower support bracket 18 form a support mechanism. The support mechanism causes the gaming machine main unit 12 to turn the left side of the pachinko machine 10 in the front view with respect to the outer frame 11. In addition, the right side can be turned forward of the pachinko machine 10 with the turning tip side.
  As shown in FIG. 2, the gaming machine main part 12 includes an inner frame 13 as a base body, a front door frame 14 arranged in front of the inner frame 13, and a back pack arranged behind the inner frame 13. And a unit 15 (see FIG. 3). The inner frame 13 of the gaming machine main part 12 is supported so as to be rotatable with respect to the outer frame 11.
  The front door frame 14 is attached to the inner frame 13 so that the front door frame 14 can be rotated forward with the left side as a rotation base end side and the right side as a rotation front end side in a front view of the pachinko machine 10. 15 is attached to the inner frame 13 so that it can be rotated rearward with the left side as the rotation base end side and the right side as the rotation front end side in the front view of the pachinko machine 10.
  Here, the front door frame 14 will be described. In the following description, FIGS. 1 and 2 are referred to, and FIG. 3 is referred to for the configuration of the back surface of the front door frame 14. FIG. 3 is a rear view of the front door frame 14.
  As shown in FIG. 2, the front door frame 14 is mainly composed of a synthetic resin frame 20 whose outer shape is substantially the same as that of the outer frame 11, and covers almost the entire front surface side of the inner frame 13. ing. A substantially elliptical window portion 21 is formed in the central portion of the frame body 20 so that a substantially entire game area PE, which will be described later, can be viewed from the front. The window portion 21 is formed by the glass unit 30. It is covered from the back side of the front door frame 14 (see FIG. 3).
  As shown in FIG. 3, a glass unit installation portion 22 is formed on the frame 20 so as to surround the window portion 21. Specifically, the glass unit installation portion 22 is arranged on the back side of the frame body 20 and is recessed toward the front of the pachinko machine 10, and the window portion 21 is formed at the bottom thereof. The glass unit 30 is fitted in the glass unit installation portion 22 so that the displacement in the vertical direction and the horizontal direction is restricted.
  The glass unit 30 includes glass panels 31 and 32 having transparency, and a glass holder 33 that holds the glass panels 31 and 32. The glass holder 33 has an annular frame portion formed along the window portion 21, and the glass panels 31 and 32 are accommodated in a region surrounded by the frame portion, and the glass panels 31 and 32 play games. The region PE is double-covered from the front side of the pachinko machine 10.
  A plurality of attachment portions for the frame body 20 are formed on the frame portion so as to protrude to the side opposite to the side housing the glass panels 31 and 32. These attachment parts are plate-shaped facing the back surface of the frame body 20, and the frame body 20 is provided with a lever member 23 that sandwiches and holds the attachment parts between the frame body 20. The lever member 23 is attached in a rotatable state between a holding position for holding the attachment portion and a release position for holding the attachment portion. The lever member 23 is formed with a convex portion that protrudes toward the mounting portion at a portion facing the mounting portion, and the convex portion is fitted into the concave portion formed in the mounting portion, so that It is in a state where movement to the release position is restricted, that is, a state where it is held at the clamping position.
  Referring back to FIG. 1, light emitting means such as various lamps are provided around the window portion 21. For example, an annular illumination part 24 incorporating a light emitting means such as an LED is provided along the periphery of the window part 21. In the annular illumination unit 24, lighting or blinking is performed according to a change in the gaming state at the time of a big hit or a predetermined reach. In addition, an error display lamp unit 25 is provided at the center of the annular illumination unit 24 and at the top of the pachinko machine 10 so as to be lit when a predetermined error occurs. A prize ball lamp unit 26 is provided. In addition, a speaker unit 27 is provided at a position close to the central error display lamp unit 25 to output a sound effect corresponding to the gaming state.
  Below the window portion 21 in the front door frame 14, an upper bulging portion 28 and a lower bulging portion 29 bulging toward the front side are arranged in parallel. An upper pan 28a that opens upward is provided inside the upper bulging portion 28, and a lower pan 29a that also opens upward is provided inside the lower bulging portion 29. The upper plate 28a has a function of temporarily storing game balls paid out from a payout device, which will be described later, and guiding the game balls to a game ball launching mechanism, which will be described later, while aligning them in a line. In addition, the lower tray 29a has a function of storing game balls that are surplus in the upper tray 28a.
  A game ball launching handle 41 is provided at a position aligned with the lower bulging portion 29 so as to protrude toward the front side. By operating the game ball launch handle 41, a game ball is launched from a game ball launch mechanism described later.
  As shown in FIGS. 2 and 3, a passage forming unit 50 is attached to the back surface of the front door frame 14. The passage forming unit 50 is formed of a synthetic resin, and includes a front door side upper tray passage 51 that communicates with the upper tray 28a and a front door side lower tray passage 52 that communicates with the lower tray 29a. In the passage forming unit 50, a receiving portion 53 that protrudes rearward and opens upward is formed at an upper corner portion thereof, and the receiving portion 53 is divided into left and right portions by a partition wall 54, whereby the front door side upper plate is formed. A passage 51 and an entrance portion of the front door side lower dish passage 52 are formed. The upstream side of the front door side upper dish passage 51 and the front door side lower dish path 52 are connected to a game ball distributing section described later, and the game balls that have entered the front door side upper dish path 51 are guided to the upper plate 28a, The game balls that have entered the door-side lower dish passage 52 are guided to the lower dish 29a.
  Next, the inner frame 13 will be described in detail with reference to FIG. FIG. 4 is a front view of the inner frame 13. In FIG. 4, the configuration in the game area of the pachinko machine 10 is omitted as in FIG. 2.
  The inner frame 13 is mainly composed of a resin base 70 whose outer shape is substantially the same as that of the outer frame 11. Support metal fittings 71 and 72 are attached to the upper end portion and the lower end portion of the rotation base end side (left side in FIG. 4) on the front surface of the resin base 70. Further, projection shafts 61 and 62 are provided on the rotation base end side (the right side in FIG. 3) on the back surface of the front door frame 14 so as to correspond to the support fittings 71 and 72. Although illustration is omitted, shaft holes are formed in the support fittings 71 and 72, and the projection shafts 61 and 62 of the front door frame 14 are inserted into these shaft holes, so that the front door with respect to the inner frame 13. The frame 14 is rotatably supported. That is, the support fittings 71 and 72 and the projecting shafts 61 and 62 constitute an assembly mechanism for the inner frame 13.
  A locking device 75 is provided on the front surface of the inner frame 13. The locking device 75 has a plurality of front door flange members 76 extending toward the front door frame 14. Corresponding to these front door collar members 76, a plurality of collar receiving members 63 extending toward the inner frame 13 are provided on the back surface of the front door frame 14. When the front door collar member 76 is hooked on the collar receiving member 63, the front door frame 14 is locked in a closed state. The locking device 75 has an inner frame collar member 77 extending rearward of the inner frame 13. These inner frame hook members 77 are hooked on the hook receiving member 19 of the outer frame 11, so that the gaming machine main part 12 is locked in a closed state with respect to the outer frame 11.
  A cylinder lock 78 for performing an unlocking operation of the locking device is installed at the lower right corner of the resin base 70. The cylinder lock 78 is integrated with the locking device, and the tip portion (key hole portion) is exposed to the front of the pachinko machine 10 through a hole provided in the front door frame 14. Turning the key inserted into the key hole of the cylinder lock 78 to the right releases the locking of the front door frame 14 with respect to the inner frame 13, and turning the key to the left releases the locking of the inner frame 13 with respect to the outer frame 11. .
  A game board housing portion 73 for housing the game board 80 is formed at a substantially central portion of the front surface of the resin base 70. The game board accommodating portion 73 is recessed behind the pachinko machine 10 to define an accommodation space for accommodating the game board 80, and the game board 80 attached to the resin base 70 is fitted in the accommodation space. ing. Particularly in the present embodiment, the game board 80 is detachably attached to the resin base 70, thereby facilitating maintenance work and the like.
  The game board 80 includes a wooden plywood and a sheet material that covers a front plate surface of the plywood, and the front surface of the game board 80 is exposed to the front side of the resin base 70 through an open portion of the game board housing portion 73. . In the exposed portion, that is, the front surface of the game board 80, a game area PE in which game balls flow down is formed. As already described, the game area PE is covered with the glass panel 32. In the glass panel 32, the gap between the front surface of the game board 80 is slightly larger than the diameter of the game ball, that is, the game balls flowing down the game area PE are not lined up and down in the same place of the game area PE. Are arranged as follows. Thereby, the ball blockage in the game area PE is suppressed. Note that the game board 80 is not limited to wood, and can be formed using a synthetic resin material.
  Hereinafter, the game board 80 (in particular, various configurations arranged in the game area PE) will be described with reference to FIG. FIG. 5 is a front view of the game board 80.
  The game board 80 is formed with a plurality of large and small openings penetrating in its own thickness direction (front-rear direction) by performing router processing. Each opening is provided with a general winning port 81, a variable winning device 82, operating ports 83a and 83b, a through gate 84, a variable display unit 85, and the like. When game balls enter the general winning port 81, the variable winning device 82, and the operation ports 83a and 83b, the game balls are detected by a detection switch described later, and a predetermined number of award balls are paid out based on the detection result. The In addition, an out port 86 is provided at the lowermost part of the game board 80, and game balls that have not entered various winning ports etc. are discharged from the game area PE through the out port 86.
  In addition, in the game board 80, a number of nails 87 are implanted in order to disperse and adjust the flow path of the game ball as appropriate, and various members (functions) such as a windmill are arranged. By various configurations such as the nail 87 and the windmill, the flow path of the game ball is differentiated and adjusted so that the winning to the above-described general winning opening 81 or the like occurs with an appropriate probability.
  The variable winning device 82 is normally in a closed state in which a game ball cannot be won or is difficult to win, and is switched to a predetermined open state in which a game ball is easy to win in the case of a big win. As a release mode of the variable winning device 82, a predetermined time (for example, 30 seconds) or a predetermined number (for example, 10) of winnings is regarded as one round, and the variable winning device 82 is opened by a plurality of rounds (for example, 15 rounds). It is set to be repeated as the upper limit.
  The variable display unit 85 is disposed at the upper center of the game board 80, and the operation ports 83a and 83b are disposed below the variable display unit 85. More specifically, the operation ports 83a and 83b are arranged side by side with the operation port 83a on the upper side and the operation port 83b on the lower side. The variable display unit 85 and the operation ports 83a and 83b are portions that control game play, and the player's attention is likely to be gathered. By arranging the variable display unit 85 and the operation ports 83a and 83b side by side in the center of the gaming machine, the movement amount of the line of sight between the two is suppressed, which contributes to the reduction of the burden on the player's eyes.
  The variable display unit 85 includes a symbol display device 94 that variably displays symbols with a winning in the operation ports 83a and 83b as a trigger. The symbol display device 94 is configured as a liquid crystal display device including a liquid crystal display (display screen 94a), and the display content is controlled by a display control device described later. Specifically, on the display screen 94a, symbols are displayed side by side in the upper, middle, and lower levels, and these symbols are variably displayed as they are scrolled in the horizontal direction. When a big hit occurs, a predetermined combination of symbols is stopped and displayed on a preset active line, and a transition is made to a special gaming state. The display mode on the display screen 94a may be changed as follows. That is, the symbols may be displayed side by side on the left, middle, and right, and the symbols may be displayed in a variable manner by scrolling up and down.
  The variable display unit 85 includes a center frame 95 formed so as to surround the symbol display device 94. A first specific lamp unit 96 and a second specific lamp unit 97 are provided on the center frame 95. Reservation lamp portions 98 and 99 are provided at the upper and lower portions of the center frame 95, respectively. The lower holding lamp unit 98 corresponds to the symbol display device 94 and the first specific lamp unit 96, and the number of times that the game ball has passed through the operation port 83 is held up to four times, and the holding lamp unit 98 is turned on. The number of reserved items is displayed. The upper holding lamp unit 99 corresponds to the second specific lamp unit 97, and the number of times that the game ball has passed through the through gate 84 is held up to four times, and the number of holdings is displayed by lighting the holding lamp unit 99. It has become so.
  Referring again to FIG. 4, below the game board housing portion 73 (game board 80) in the resin base 70, a game ball that launches a game ball to the game area PE based on the operation of the game ball launch handle 41. A firing mechanism 110 is provided. The game ball launching mechanism 110 includes a solenoid 111 that launches a game ball placed at a predetermined launch standby position, a launch rail 112 that defines the launch direction of the game ball launched by the solenoid 111, and a game at the launch standby position. A ball feeding device 113 for supplying a ball and a base plate 114 to which these various configurations 111 to 113 are mounted are provided as main components, and the base plate 114 is screwed to the resin base 70 to be internally It is integrated with the frame 13.
  The firing rail 112 is fixed to the base plate 114 in an inclined state so as to be inclined upward toward the game board 80 side. A ball stopper 115 that holds the game ball supplied from the ball feeding device 113 at the above-described firing standby position is disposed at a position closer to the downstream end portion (that is, the lower end portion) of the firing rail 112. The solenoid 111 is disposed at a position further downstream than the ball stopper 115.
  The solenoid 111 is electrically connected to a power source / launch control device described later. Based on the output of the electrical signal from the power supply / launch control device, the output shaft of the solenoid 111 reciprocates in the expansion / contraction direction, so that the game ball placed at the launch standby position is on the game board 80 side, more specifically, the game. It is driven out toward the guide rail 100 mounted on the board 80.
  The guide rail 100 forms a game area PE together with the game area partition member 108 so that the outer shape of the game area PE is substantially circular. In addition, the guide rail 100 includes an inner rail 101 and an outer rail 102 arranged so as to face each other with a gap slightly larger than the diameter of the game ball, and a single guide passage 103 is defined by both the rails 101 and 102. Is formed. The guide passage 103 includes an inlet portion 104 that is opened to the tip side (obliquely downward) of the firing rail 112, and an outlet portion 105 that is located above the gaming area PE. The game ball fired based on the operation of the solenoid 111 is guided to the game area PE by moving in the order of the firing rail 112 → the guide rail 100 (the entrance portion 104 → the exit portion 105). In the game board 80, a reversal prevention member 106 for preventing the reversal of the game ball reaching the game area PE into the guide passage 103 is attached to the front side of the exit portion 105, specifically near the tip of the inner rail 101. Thus, it is possible to prevent the subsequent launch of the game ball from being hindered by the game ball that has reached the game area PE first.
  Each of the rails 101 and 102 constituting the guide rail 100 has an arc shape centered at a substantially central portion of the game area PE. For this reason, the game ball passing through the guide passage 103 is likely to move (slide or roll) along the outer rail 102, that is, in contact with the outer rail 102 due to the centrifugal force generated by itself.
  As shown in FIG. 4, the guide rail 100 and the launch rail 112 are arranged so that the entrance portion 104 of the guide rail 100 and the tip portion of the launch rail 112 face each other diagonally across the lower edge of the game board 80. Has been. That is, both the rails 100 and 112 are arranged such that the entrance portion 104 of the guide rail 100 and the tip portion of the firing rail 112 are shifted left and right in the vicinity of the lower end edge of the game board 80. Thus, a gap of a predetermined interval is formed between the entrance portion 104 of the guide rail 100 and the firing rail 112 while bringing both rails 100 and 112 close to the lower end edge of the game board 80.
  A foul ball passage 55 is disposed below the gap formed in this way. The foul ball passage 55 is integrally formed with the passage formation unit 50 of the front door frame 14. If the game balls launched from the game ball launching mechanism 110 do not reach the game area PE and return as foul balls in the guide passage 103, the foul balls enter the foul ball passage 55 through the gap. It becomes. The foul ball passage 55 communicates with the front door side lower tray passage 52, and the game balls that have entered the foul ball passage 55 are discharged to the lower tray 29a shown in FIG. This suppresses interference between the foul ball and the next game ball to be launched.
  The resin base 70 has a plurality of lock devices 79 that can be switched between a locked state in which the game board 80 cannot be removed from the game board housing portion 73 and an unlocked state in which the game board 80 is allowed to be removed. Is provided. The locking device 79 has an abutting portion that abuts against the front surface of the game board 80 in the locked state, and the abutting portion abuts against the front surface of the game board 80 to move toward the front door frame 14 of the gaming board 80. The displacement of is suppressed. The holding strength of the game board by the locking device 79 is set to be higher than the holding strength of the lever member 23 that fixes the glass unit 30 to the frame body 20.
  On the left side of the firing rail 112 in the resin base 70 (specifically, the side supporting the front door frame 14), a passage forming member 121 is disposed in a through-hole penetrating the resin base 70 in the front-rear direction. The passage forming member 121 is screwed to the resin base 70 and has a main body side upper dish path 122 and a main body side lower dish path 123. The upstream side of the main body side upper dish passage 122 and the main body side lower dish passage 123 communicates with a game ball distributing section described later. A receiving portion 53 of a passage forming unit 50 attached to the front door frame 14 is inserted below the passage forming member 121, and a front door side upper plate passage 51 is provided below the main body side upper plate passage 122. The front door side upper dish path 51 is disposed below the main body side lower dish path 123 (see FIG. 3).
  In the resin base 70, below the passage forming member 121, a shutter 124 that restricts the outflow of game balls from the main body side upper dish path 122 and the main body side lower dish path 123 is provided. The shutter 124 is supported by the resin base 70 in a state where the shutter 124 can be switched between a blocking position where the exit portions of both passages are narrowed to prevent the gaming ball from flowing out and an allowable position where the gaming ball is allowed to flow out. The resin base 70 is provided with a biasing member that biases the shutter 124 toward the blocking position. When the front door frame 14 is opened with respect to the inner frame 13, the shutter is driven by the biasing force of the biasing member. 124 is configured to remain in the blocking position. Thereby, when the front door frame 14 is opened in a state where the game balls are stored in the main body side upper tray passage 122 or the main body side lower tray passage 123, the disadvantage that the stored balls spill out is avoided. . In contrast, when the front door frame 14 is closed, the shutter 124 is pushed back to the allowable position against the urging force by the receiving portion 53 provided in the passage forming unit 50 of the front door frame 14. In this state, the main body side upper tray passage 122 and the front door side upper tray passage 51 communicate with the main body side lower tray passage 123 and the front door side lower tray passage 52, respectively, and the movement of the game ball is permitted. Become.
  Next, the back configuration of the inner frame 13 (the resin base 70 and the game board 80) will be described with reference to FIG. FIG. 6 is a rear view of the inner frame 13.
  A bearing fitting 131 is attached to the rotation base end side (the right side in FIG. 6) of the back surface of the resin base 70. Bearing parts 131 and 133 are formed on the bearing fitting 131 so as to be separated from each other in the vertical direction, and the back pack unit 15 is rotatably attached to the inner frame 13 by these bearing parts 132 and 133.
  A central opening 74 that penetrates in the thickness direction of the resin base 70 and opens to the back side of the resin base 70 is formed in the bottom portion (opposing plate portion 251 described later) of the game board housing portion 73 in the resin base 70. The central opening 74 is covered from the front side of the inner frame 13 by the game board 80 housed in the game board housing part 73. Various components such as a control device are mounted on the back of the game board 80, and these various components are exposed to the back side of the inner frame 13 through the central opening 74. Here, the configuration of the back surface of the game board 80 will be described in detail with reference to FIG. FIG. 7 is a perspective view of the game board 80 as seen from the rear.
  On the back of the game board 80, a base member 141 made of synthetic resin for mounting the variable display unit 85 on the game board 80 is fixed. The pedestal member 141 has a substantially box shape opened to the game board 80 side, and covers almost the entire rear surface of the game board 80. A part of the base member 141 protrudes to the back side of the resin base 70 through the central opening 74 of the resin base 70, and the symbol display device 94 described above and the symbol display device 94 are driven with respect to the protruding portion. And a display control device for mounting. The symbol display device 94 and the display control device are arranged so that the symbol display device is on the front side and the display control device is on the rear side in the front-rear direction (thickness direction of the resin base 70). Furthermore, the game board 80 is equipped with an audio lamp control device unit 142 so as to be positioned behind the display control device. The sound lamp control device unit 142 includes a sound lamp control device 143 and a mounting table 144, and the sound lamp control device 143 is mounted on the mounting table 144.
  The sound lamp control device 143 includes a sound lamp control board that controls sound, lamp display, and display control device in accordance with instructions from a main control device to be described later, and the sound lamp control board is made of a transparent resin material or the like. It is configured to be accommodated in a substrate box 145.
  A main controller unit 160 is provided below the sound lamp controller unit 142 so as to cover the base member 141 from behind. The main controller unit 160 includes a synthetic resin mounting base 161 fixed to the back of the game board 80 and a main control unit 162 mounted on the mounting base 161. The main controller 162 includes a main control board having a function (main control circuit) that controls the main control of the game and a function (power failure monitoring circuit) that monitors the power source, and the main control board is made of a transparent resin material. It is configured to be accommodated in a substrate box 163 made of, for example.
  The board box 163 includes a substantially rectangular parallelepiped box base (front case body) and a box cover (back case body) that covers an opening of the box base. The box base and the box cover are connected so as not to be unsealed by a box sealing portion 164 as sealing means, whereby the substrate box 163 is sealed. A plurality of box sealing portions 164 are provided on the short side portion of the substrate box 163, and at least one of them is used for sealing processing.
  Any configuration can be applied to the box sealing portion 164 as long as the box base and the box cover are coupled so as not to be opened. However, by inserting a locking pin into the locking hole that forms the box sealing portion 164, the box sealing portion 164 can be applied. The base and the box cover are coupled so as not to be opened. The sealing process by the box sealing unit 164 prevents unauthorized opening after the sealing, and makes it possible to detect such a situation early and easily even if the unauthorized opening is performed. Even after opening, the sealing process can be performed again. That is, the sealing process is performed by inserting a locking pin into at least one locking hole portion among the plurality of box sealing portions 164. When the substrate box 163 is opened, such as when a failure occurs in the accommodated main control board or when the main control board is inspected, a connecting portion between the box sealing portion into which the locking pin is inserted and the substrate box 163 main body. Disconnect. As a result, the box base and the box cover of the substrate box 163 are separated, and the internal main control substrate can be taken out. Thereafter, when the sealing process is performed again, a locking pin is inserted into another locking hole. If the history of opening the substrate box 163 is left in the substrate box 163, it can be easily found that the unauthorized opening has been performed by looking at the substrate box 163.
  The board box 163 and the mounting base 161 are connected by a base seal part 165 so that they cannot be opened. Specifically, the pedestal sealing portion 165 has a locking hole portion and a locking pin similarly to the box sealing portion 164, and the locking pin is inserted into the locking hole portion so that the board box 163 and The mounting base 161 is coupled so as not to be separable. This makes it easier to grasp the fact that the substrate box 163 has been illegally removed.
  The portion of the pedestal member 141 that faces the back of the game board 80 corresponds to the game board openings of the general winning port 81, variable winning device 82, upper operating port 83a, and lower operating port 83b, and on the downstream side. A collection passage that collects in one place is formed. Thereby, all the game balls won in the general winning opening 81 and the like are gathered below the game board 80 through the collection passage. That is, the pedestal member 141 is provided with a function of collecting game balls won in various winning openings.
  A discharge passage, which will be described later, is arranged below the game board 80, and the game balls gathered below the game board 80 by the collection passage are led out into the discharge passage. Similarly, the out port 86 leads to the discharge passage, and a game ball that has not won any winning port is led out into the discharge passage through the out port 86.
  Further, in the collection passage, a winning port switch for detecting a game ball won in the general winning port 81 on the front side of the game board 80, a count switch for detecting a game ball won in the variable winning device 82, and an operation port 83a, An operating port switch for detecting a game ball entering 83b is mounted, and a winning detection mechanism is constituted by these various switches. Furthermore, gate switches for detecting game balls passing through the through gate 84 are provided on the left and right sides of the variable display unit 85 in the base member 141. These various switches are electrically connected to the main control device 162, and the detection information by each switch is output to the main control device 162.
<Attachment structure of game board 80>
Here, the mounting structure of the game board 80 will be described with reference to FIGS. 4, 8 and 9. 8 is a perspective view showing a state in which the game board 80 is removed from the inner frame 13, and FIG. 9 is a partial cross-sectional view taken along the line AA of FIG.
  As already described, the game board 80 is fitted from the front side of the inner frame 13 with respect to the game board housing portion 73 of the inner frame 13 (see FIG. 4). As shown in FIG. 8, the game board housing part 73 includes a flat counter plate part 251 that faces the back of the game board 80, and a peripheral wall part that stands up from the counter plate part 251 and extends along the periphery of the game board 80. 261. The counter plate portion 251 is formed with the above-described central opening 74 at a substantially center thereof, and has a substantially rectangular frame shape when the inner frame 13 is viewed from the front. The peripheral wall portion 261 is composed of an upper side wall portion 262, a lower side wall portion 263, a left side wall portion 264, and a right side wall portion 265 that are individually opposed to the upper, lower, left and right end surfaces of the gaming board 80, and the gaming board 80 as a whole. An annular shape surrounding the It can be said that the peripheral wall portion 261 is formed so as to surround the central opening 74.
  A plurality of stopper portions 271 that suppress the forward displacement of the game board 80 are provided on the left side wall portion 264 of the inner frame 13, that is, the wall portion 264 on the side supporting the front door frame 14. Each stopper part 271 protrudes from the inner wall surface of the left side wall part 264 to the game board housing part 73 side, and abuts against the game board 80 from the front of the pachinko machine 10. Moreover, each stopper part 271 is accommodated in the game board accommodating part 73, and the protrusion to the front door frame 14 side is suppressed.
  These stopper portions 271 are arranged at positions near the upper end and the lower end of the game board 80, so that the displacement of the game board 80 can be suppressed in a well-balanced manner. If it supplements regarding arrangement | positioning of the stopper part 271, the stopper part 271U near upper end is arrange | positioned above the part which protrudes in the rotation base end side of the game board 80 in the said guide rail 100, and is located near lower end. The stopper portion 271L is disposed below the convex portion. Accordingly, the stopper portion 271 and the guide rail 100 are preferably allowed to coexist on the front side of the game board 80, and the compression of the game area PE due to the adoption of the stopper portion 271 is suppressed.
  A metal plate member 281 is disposed on the inner frame 13 along the leading edge of the left wall portion 264. The plate member 281 has a long shape extending across both the upper frame portion 13 a and the lower frame portion 13 b of the inner frame 13, and both end portions of the plate member 281 are the left frame portion of the inner frame 13. In addition to being fixed (screwed) to 13c, an intermediate portion of the plate member 281 is fixed (screwed) to the stopper portion 271 described above. Thereby, the part connected with the outer frame 11 and the front door frame 14 in the inner frame 13 is reinforced, and also the deformation | transformation of the stopper part 271 is suppressed.
  The stopper portion 271 and the counter plate portion 251 described in detail above constitute an insertion portion 290 into which one side portion of the game board 80 can be inserted (see FIG. 9). The insertion portion 290 is located on the rotation base end side of the front door frame 14 and is the same to allow the insertion of the game board 80 from the side opposite to the side supporting the front door frame 14 in the inner frame 13. The inner frame 13 is open to the rotating front end side (right side wall 265 side). In particular, the gap dimension between the stopper portion 271 and the opposing plate portion 251 (specifically, the portion excluding ribs described later) is set larger than the thickness dimension of the game board 80. Thus, the game board 80 can be inserted into the insertion portion 290 from obliquely forward, and the game board 80 inserted into the insertion portion 290 can be rotated around the insertion portion 290. Further, by inserting the insertion port of the insertion portion 290 obliquely forward, the game board 80 extends to the rear side of the front door frame 14 when the game board is inserted, the right side frame portion 13d of the inner frame 13 (see FIG. 8), etc. To prevent interference.
  In addition, the chamfering is given to the site | part facing the game board 80 in the front-end | tip part of the stopper part 271, and the entrance part of the insertion part 290 is expanded. Thereby, the said gap dimension is enlarged and the catching of the stopper part 271 and the game board 80 at the time of inserting the game board 80 diagonally is suppressed.
  Below the insertion portion 290 (the stopper portion 271 group), specifically, at the position where the left side wall portion 264 and the lower side wall portion 263 intersect in the inner frame 13 (see FIG. 8), the game board 80 inserted into the insertion portion 290 is inserted. A temporary placement portion 125 that can be temporarily placed is provided. The temporary placement portion 125 is formed in the passage forming member 121 and has a surface shape facing the insertion portion 290 side (upward). Note that the temporary placement portion 125 is not necessarily formed in the passage forming member 121, and can be formed in the resin base 70.
  The temporary placement portion 125 is located above the lower wall portion 263 of the game board housing portion 73 and faces the lower end portion of the game board 80. On the other hand, a notch portion 88 corresponding to the temporary placement portion 125 is formed in the lower corner portion of the rotation base end side of the game board 80 (see FIG. 5). When the game board 80 is inserted into the insertion part 290 and rotated, the cutout part 88 of the game board 80 is temporarily placed (temporarily placed) with respect to the temporary placement part 125, so At least a part of the weight of 80 is supported by the resin base 70 of the inner frame 13. As a result, the work load when the game board 80 is mounted is reduced, and the rotation operation of the game board 80 is facilitated.
  Further, the temporary placement portion 125 extends to the opening side of the insertion portion 290 from the insertion portion 290. Thus, the game board 80 can be temporarily placed before being inserted into the insertion portion 290, which contributes to further facilitation of work.
  When the game board 80 is attached or detached, work is performed from the front side of the inner frame 13. At this time, it goes without saying that the operation is performed in a state where the front door frame 14 is opened. Here, the positional relationship between the opened front door frame 14, the game board 80, and the insertion portion 290 will be supplemented with the description based on FIG. FIG. 10 is a schematic diagram showing the positional relationship between the opened front door frame 14, the game board 80 and the insertion portion 290.
  As shown in FIG. 10, the front door frame 14 is pivotally supported by the support brackets 71 and 72 provided on the inner frame 13 so that the pivoted portion (rotation center axis CL) is supported. It is configured to open and close as the center. The support fitting 72 is formed with a defining portion 72 a that defines the maximum opening position of the front door frame 14. When the front door frame 14 is opened and hits against the defining portion 72a, further opening is impossible. In the present embodiment, the maximum opening amount of the front door frame 14 is set to about 100 °. This is because, when the front door frame 14 is opened in a state where the pachinko machine 10 is installed in an island facility such as a hall, the front door frame 14 is compared to other adjacent gaming machines and the like. This is a contrivance for preventing interference with a game machine adjacent thereto. The maximum opening amount of the front door frame 14 is not limited to 100 °. It may be set arbitrarily as long as it is within a range that allows at least the game board 80 to be attached and detached.
  The rotation center axis CL of the front door frame 14 is located closer to the front surface of the front door frame 14, and the rotation base of the front door frame 14 is located inside the inner frame 13 with the front door frame 14 closed. The end portion is fitted. As a result, the inconvenience that an unauthorized tool is inserted through the boundary portion between the front door frame 14 and the inner frame 13 (particularly, the boundary portion on the rotation base end side of the front door frame 14) is less likely to occur, and the security function is improved. We are trying to strengthen it.
  The insertion portion 290 is disposed behind the rotation center axis CL. Since the front door frame 14 has a predetermined thickness, even when the front door frame 14 is opened to the maximum open position as described above, a part of the rear surface is on the right side of the insertion portion 290 (supports the front door frame 14). It is in a state of overhanging on the side opposite to the side where it is running. Although the insertion portion 290 exists at a position deeper than the protruding portion, interference between the track PL and the front door frame 14 through which the game board 80 passes when the game board 80 is put in and out is avoided. In this way, the direction of the insertion slot is determined. Thereby, interference with the overhang | projection part of the front door frame 14 at the time of mounting | wearing the game board 80 and the game board 80 is suppressed.
<Back pack unit 15>
Next, the back pack unit 15 will be described with reference to FIGS. 11 is a rear view of the pachinko machine 10, FIG. 12 is a front view of the back pack unit 15, and FIG. 13 is an exploded perspective view showing the back pack unit 15 disassembled for each main configuration.
  As shown in FIG. 11, the back pack unit 15 includes a back pack 301 that covers the inner frame 13 from the back side, a payout mechanism portion 302 that is mounted on the back pack 301 and that pays out a game ball according to a game situation, Similarly, it includes a control device assembly unit 304 that is mounted on the back pack 301 and integrated with a plurality of control devices.
  As shown in FIGS. 12 and 13, the back pack 301 includes a base portion 311 that forms a skeleton, and a protective cover portion 312 that bulges from the base portion 311 to the rear of the pachinko machine 10. The base portion 311 has a substantially rectangular frame shape with an opening formed in the center, and a part of the opening is covered with a protective cover portion 312 that is formed separately from the base portion 311.
  Here, the attachment structure of the protective cover part 312 with respect to the base part 311 is demonstrated.
  A plurality of shaft portions extending in the vertical direction are formed on the edge portion on the opening side of the left side frame portion 311a (the right side frame portion in FIG. 12) of the base portion 311. By fitting the bearing portion formed on the protective cover portion 312 to these shaft portions, the protective cover portion 312 can be rotated rearward of the gaming machine. And the rotation tip part of protection cover part 312 is fixed to base part 311 using a fastener (for example, screw), and these base part 311 and protection cover part 312 are integrated.
  Note that the mounting structure of the protective cover portion 312 is arbitrary, and the protective cover portion 312 is not necessarily rotatable. For example, the base portion 311 and the protective cover portion 312 can be integrally formed, and the shaft portion, the bearing portion, and the fastener can be omitted. Further, the protective cover portion 312 can be integrally formed with the base portion 311. It is.
  A pair of upper and lower shaft fittings 313 and 314 extending in the vertical direction are fixed to an edge of the left side frame portion 311a (the right side frame portion in FIG. 12) of the base portion 311 opposite to the opening. Corresponding to these shaft fittings 313 and 314, a bearing fitting 131 is fixed to the back surface of the resin base 70 (see FIG. 6). The bearing fitting 131 extends vertically along the rotation base end portion of the inner frame 13, the bearing portion 133 corresponding to the shaft fitting 313 is provided at the upper portion of the bearing fitting 131, and the shaft fitting 314 is provided at the lower portion. Bearing portions 133 are respectively formed. Since the shaft brackets 313 and 314 are supported by the bearing portions 132 and 133, the back pack unit 15 is attached to the inner frame 13 so as to be openable and closable (specifically, rotatable).
  Further, a plurality of fixing levers 318 (see FIG. 12) for the back pack unit 15 are attached to the base portion 311 of the back pack 301, and the back pack unit 15 is fixed in a closed state by these fixing levers 318. Yes.
  These fixing levers 318 are provided on the side of the base portion 311 facing the inner frame 13, and access from the front side of the pachinko machine 10 is permitted, while Access is not possible. For this reason, when opening the back pack unit 15, it is necessary to first secure the access path to the fixed lever 318 by opening the front door frame 14 and removing the game board 80 from the inner frame 13. This makes it difficult to act to open the backpack unit 15 illegally without following the regular procedure. That is, it is difficult to open only the back pack unit 15 by stealing the surrounding eyes without performing conspicuous work such as opening the front door frame 14 or removing the game board 80. According to such a configuration, for example, it is difficult to perform illegal replacement work of various configurations covered by the back pack unit 15 and the security function of the pachinko machine 10 can be improved.
  An opening (not shown) that exposes the sound volume adjusting operation portion to the rear of the gaming machine is formed in a portion of the protective cover portion 312 facing the sound volume adjusting operation portion of the sound lamp control device 143. The volume can be adjusted through this opening. Since it is sufficient to open the main part 12 of the gaming machine when performing the volume adjustment work, it is possible to avoid the deterioration of workability due to the complicated opening procedure of the back pack unit 15 described above, and to improve the security function and workability. It is possible to balance collateral.
  Referring to FIG. 12 again, in the upper frame portion 311c of the base portion 311, the position above the shaft fitting 313, that is, the portion where the left frame portion 311a and the upper frame portion 311c are connected (upper left corner). Are provided with an external terminal plate 319. More specifically, as shown in FIG. 13, the upper left corner of the base 311 is offset rearwardly from the portion of the base 311 that is in contact with the back surface of the resin base 70. A terminal board installation part 315 is formed. By offsetting the external terminal board installation part 315 rearward, the gap between the back surface of the base part 311 (game board 80) and the external terminal board installation part 315 is secured. This gap is an area for wiring to be described later.
  The external terminal plate 319 has a long plate shape extending left and right, and one plate surface is a mounting surface 319c on which the connector 319a and the external output terminal 319b are mounted, and the other plate surface is a solder surface. ing. And the external terminal board 319 is being fixed to the external terminal board installation part 315 so that the mounting surface 319c may face the game machine back.
  The external terminal plate installation portion 315 of the base portion 311 has an opening that penetrates in the front-rear direction, and the solder surface of the external terminal plate 319 is exposed to the front of the gaming machine through this opening. The exposed portion is provided with a connector 319d for electrically connecting a control device (for example, the main control device 162) mounted on the gaming machine main portion 12 and the external terminal plate 319. . In other words, the connector 319d (see FIG. 16 described later) is attached to a portion where the solder portion for fixing the external output terminal 319b is avoided on the solder surface. By exposing the connector 319d to the side facing the gaming machine main part 12, wiring can be provided between the gaming machine main part 12 and the back pack unit 15.
  In particular, the connector 319d is fixed so that its terminal faces rearward, and the wiring connected to the connector 319d is projected to the gaming machine main part 12 side (the gaming machine front). As described above, the gap between the back surface of the gaming machine main part 12 (specifically, the game board 80) and the external terminal board installation part 315 is secured, so that it is possible to secure a wiring arrangement area. It has become.
  The external terminal plate installation portion 315 is configured such that the mounting surface 319c (specifically, the connector 319a and the external output terminal 319b) does not protrude rearward from the protective cover portion 312. Thus, for example, even when the back pack unit 15 is placed on the floor or the like, it is possible to prevent the floor surface and the external terminal plate 319 from hitting, and the external terminal plate 319 is protected. ing.
  In addition, as shown in FIG. 13 etc., about the external terminal board 319 shown in this Embodiment, falling off to the back is controlled by the cover member for external terminal boards 319, However, It is not limited to this Alternatively, the cover member can be unmounted.
  The connectors 319a and 319d are connected to wirings H1 and H3 extending from a backpack substrate, which will be described later, and the external output terminal 319b is connected to a wiring H2 extending from the island facility of the game hall. As a result, various information relating to the game, such as the number of jackpots and the number of game balls paid out, is output to the management control device (hall computer HC) on the game hall side through the backpack substrate 325 → wiring H1 → external terminal board 319 → wiring H2. It is the composition which becomes.
  By providing the external terminal plate 319 at the rotation base end portion of the back pack unit 15, the wiring H <b> 1 to H <b> 3 is provided with a margin considering the opening of the gaming machine main part 12 and the back pack unit 15, It is possible to prevent the margin from becoming unnecessarily large. As a result, slack in the wirings H1 and H2 can be reduced, and the occurrence of catching of the wirings H1 to H3 can be suppressed.
  As already described, the protective cover portion 312 is disposed so as to cover at least a part of the central opening of the base portion 311. The protective cover portion 312 includes an upright wall portion formed along the periphery of the central opening, and an opposing plate portion that is continuous with the tip portion of the upright wall portion and faces the back surface of the inner frame 13. More specifically, the protective cover portion 312 is connected to the upper frame portion 311c and the left and right frame portions 311a and 311b, and the left and right side surfaces and the upper surface are closed and only the lower surface is opened.
  The protective cover portion 312 has a size sufficient to enclose all of the variable display unit 85 (audio lamp control device 143) mounted on the game board 80 and a part of the main control device unit 160 from the rear of the gaming machine. ing. In this way, by surrounding the variable display unit 85 and the like by the protective cover portion 312, the game balls that have fallen from the island equipment of the game hall and the payout mechanism portion 302 (details will be described later, such as a tank 350), are those variable display units 85. The variable display unit 85 and the like are protected.
  Note that the base portion 311 and the protective cover portion 312 are formed using a synthetic resin material having transparency (specifically, a polycarbonate resin). Accordingly, even when the back pack 301 is attached to the inner frame 13 (closed state), visual confirmation of various configurations (for example, the main controller unit 160) located on the back side of the game board 80 is allowed. Has been.
  In the base portion 311, the payout mechanism portion 302 is disposed so as to bypass the protective cover portion 312. More specifically, the upper portion (upper frame portion 311 c) and the left side (left frame portion 311 a) of the protective cover portion 312 are installation areas of the payout mechanism portion 302.
  The dispensing mechanism unit 302 includes a tank unit 321 and a case rail unit 322 connected to the tank unit 321. The tank unit 321 is provided with a tank 350 located at the top of the back pack 301 and opened upward, and a tank rail 360 connected to the tank 350. The game balls replenished from the island facility will flow into the case rail unit 322 via the tank rail 360.
  The case rail unit 322 is attached to the rotation base end portion (left frame portion 311a) of the back pack 301. The case rail unit 322 includes a case rail 324 that has a substantially rectangular parallelepiped shape extending in the vertical direction. The upper end of the case rail 324 has an inlet for a game ball, and the lower end has an outlet for a game ball. Is formed.
  A back pack substrate 325 and a payout device 326 for paying out game balls are attached to an intermediate position of the case rail 324. The back pack substrate 325 is used to electrically connect the main control device 162 and the control device assembly unit 304 (a payout control device and a power source / launch control device described later in detail) to the payout device 326 and the external terminal plate 319. A function as a relay board is given. The payout device 326 operates when a control signal from the payout control device is input via the back pack substrate 325 and is configured to appropriately pay out a required number of game balls.
  On the downstream side of the case rail unit 322, the back pack side passage portion that guides the game ball that has passed through the case rail unit 322 to the inner frame 13, and the game ball that has passed through the back pack side passage portion is guided to the front door frame 14. A main body side passage portion and a front side passage portion that guides the game balls that have passed through the main body side passage portion to the upper plate 28a and the lower plate 29a are provided. That is, between the tank unit 321 and the ball trays of the upper plate 28a and the lower plate 29a, there are a case rail unit 322, a back pack side discharge passage portion, an inner frame side discharge passage portion, and the front door side passages 51 and 52. A guide passage portion is provided, and the game balls stored in the tank unit 321 are paid out to the upper plate 28a or the lower plate 29a through the guide passage portion.
  In this way, by adopting a configuration in which the game balls flow down or form a row along the rotation base end portion of the back pack unit 15, a holding mechanism (shaft fittings 313, 314 and bearing fittings for the back pack unit 15 is formed. 131) is reduced, and the holding posture of the back pack unit 15 is stabilized.
  A control device installation portion 316 for installing the control device assembly unit 304 is provided in a portion of the base portion 311 that is lower than the protective cover portion 312, that is, the lower frame portion 311 d. The control device assembly unit 304 is integrated with the back pack 301 by being fixed to the base portion 311 while being installed from the rear of the pachinko machine 10 with respect to the control device installation portion 316.
  The backpack 301 and the control device assembly unit 304 may be individually attached to the inner frame 13. Moreover, when making such a change, it is also possible to adopt a configuration in which the control device assembly unit 304 and the backpack 301 can be individually opened and closed with respect to the inner frame 13.
  The control device assembly unit 304 is formed by integrating a horizontally long payout control device 331 and a power source / fire control device 332 such that the former is on the rear side and the latter is on the front side.
  The payout control device 331 includes a payout control board for controlling the payout device 326 in a board box 333. The payout command signal from the payout control device 331 to the payout device 326 is relayed by the backpack substrate 325 described above. The payout control device 331 is provided with a state return switch 334. For example, when the state return switch 334 is pressed when a payout error such as a ball jam in the payout device 326 occurs, the ball jam is eliminated.
  The power source / launch control device 332 includes a power source / launch control board housed in a board box 335, and a predetermined power source required by various control devices is generated and output by the board. Further, a game ball by a player Control of the launch of the game ball accompanying the operation of the firing handle 41 is performed. Further, the power supply / launch control device 332 is provided with a power switch 336, and the power switch 336 can be operated to switch the power ON / OFF.
  This pachinko machine 10 has a function to store and store various data so that even if a power failure occurs, it maintains the state at the time of the power failure, and when it recovers from the power failure, it can be restored to the state at the time of the power failure. It has become. Therefore, for example, when the power supply is shut down by a normal procedure as in the case of the game hall being closed, the state before the shutdown is stored and held. A RAM erase switch 166 is provided in a portion not covered by the protective cover portion 312 in the main control device 162, that is, a portion exposed rearward (see FIG. 11). The RAM data is initialized by turning on the power switch 336 while pressing the RAM erase switch 166.
  A discharge passage board 305 is fixed to the lower frame portion 311 d of the base portion 311 on the side opposite to the control device installation portion 316, that is, the side facing the inner frame 13. A discharge passage 339 opened rearward is formed on a surface of the discharge passage board 305 facing the control device assembly unit 304, and an open portion of the discharge passage 339 is blocked by the control device assembly unit 304. . The discharge passage 339 is formed so as to discharge the game ball to the island facility or the like of the game hall, and the game ball led out to the discharge passage 341 from the above-mentioned various winning holes etc. passes through the discharge passage 341 to allow the pachinko machine 10 discharged outside.
<Tank unit 321>
Here, based on FIG.14 and FIG.15, the tank unit 321 and the structure relevant to it are demonstrated in detail. FIG. 14 is a plan view of the tank unit 321, and FIG. 15 is an exploded perspective view showing the tank unit 321 in an exploded manner for each main configuration. In FIG. 14, for the sake of convenience, the back pack 201 is indicated by a two-dot chain line.
  As shown in FIG. 14, the tank unit 321 includes a unit main body 340 provided with a function of storing game balls and a function of guiding the stored game balls to a case rail unit 322 (specifically, a payout device 326), and a unit main body. The ball stop member 400 and the ball leveling member 420 attached to 340 are configured. Hereinafter, the unit main body 340 will be described first, and then the relationship between the unit main body 340, the ball stopper member 400 and the ball leveling member 420 will be described.
  The unit main body 340 includes a substantially box-shaped tank 350 opened upward and a tank rail 360 connected to the tank 350, and both of these components are integrally formed using a resin material having transparency.
  Note that the tank and passage members in the payout mechanism 302 are both formed of a conductive synthetic resin material, such as a conductive polycarbonate resin, and are grounded at a part thereof. Thereby, generation | occurrence | production of the noise by charging of a game ball is suppressed.
  As shown in FIG. 15, the tank 350 has a horizontally long shape, and the bottom 351 is provided with a height difference so that the front part 351a of the bottom 351 is lower than the rear part 351b. The front portion 351a is inclined downward from the rotation proximal end side of the back pack 301 toward the rotation distal end side, and the rear portion 351b is inclined downward from the rotation distal end side of the back pack 301 toward the rotation proximal end side. doing.
  By arranging the exit part of the game ball replenishment passage extending from the island facility of the game hall to be located at the most upstream part of the front part 351a, the game ball supplied to the tank 350 is placed in the front part 351a → rear It will move to the side part 351b. Thus, by reversing the flow direction of the game ball, the ball pressure of the game ball flowing into the tank rail 360 is reduced, or the supplied game ball flows into the tank rail 360 while maintaining its momentum. This can be suppressed.
  As shown in FIGS. 12 and 14, the tank 350 is arranged on the upper side of the back pack 301 so as to be aligned with the external terminal plate 319. Specifically, it is arranged at a position on the rotating front end side of the back pack 301 with respect to the external terminal plate 319.
  The tank rail 360 extends from the tank 350 to the rotation base end side of the back pack 301, and is formed along the upper end portion of the protective cover portion 312. The tank rail 360 has a flat plate shape extending left and right, a bottom plate portion 361 having a plate surface (rolling surface of a game ball) facing upward, a front side wall portion 362 standing upward from front and rear edges of the bottom plate portion 361, and It has a rear side wall portion 363 and has a bowl shape opened upward as a whole.
  As shown in FIG. 14, the tank rail 360 is provided with a partition wall 366 that partitions the guide passage back and forth. The partition wall 366 stands from the bottom plate portion 361 of the tank rail 360 and is positioned between the front side wall portion 362 and the rear side wall portion 363 that form the tank rail 360. That is, the passage portion of the tank rail 360 is divided into two by the partition wall 366 in the width direction (front-rear direction) of the tank rail 360. The two ball paths partitioned by the partition wall 366 are slightly wider than the diameter of the game ball, and the game ball flowing into the tank rail 360 is split into two hands by the partition wall 366. Yes. As a result, a guide passage (two ball passages) for guiding the game balls one by one is formed.
  Note that the amount of standing of the partition wall 366 from the bottom plate portion 361 is set to be at least larger than the diameter dimension of the game ball, and the movement of the game ball across the partition wall 366 is suppressed.
  The bottom plate portion 361 is gently lowered from the rotation front end side of the back pack unit 15 to the rotation base end side. For this reason, the game ball that has flowed into the tank rail 360 moves to the rotation base end side of the back pack unit 15 along the inclination of the bottom plate portion 361.
  A plurality of openings are formed in the bottom surface (bottom plate portion 361) of each ball passage in a region excluding a portion in contact with the game ball, that is, a region excluding a central portion in the width direction of the ball passage. By allowing the dust to fall through the portion, the accumulation of dust in the tank rail 360 may be suppressed.
  The tank rail 360 includes an upstream passage portion 360U that is continuous with the tank 350, a downstream passage portion 360D that is continuous with the case rail unit 322, and an intermediate passage portion 360M that connects the upstream passage portion 360U and the downstream passage portion 360D. It is constituted by.
  Here, with reference to FIG. 12, FIG. 14, and FIG. 16, the relationship between the tank rail 360, the tank 350, and the external terminal plate 319 is supplementarily described. 16 is a partial cross-sectional view taken along line BB in FIG.
  As shown in FIG. 14, at least a part of the upstream passage portion 360U of the tank rail 360 is formed so as to enter an area surrounded by the peripheral wall portion 352 of the tank 350, and the bottom plate portion 361 and the rear side wall are formed. A portion constituting the upstream passage portion 360 </ b> U in the portion 363 is continuous with the bottom portion 351 and the peripheral wall portion 352 of the tank 350.
  Similarly to the tank 350, the upstream passage portion 360U is located on the side of the external terminal plate 319. On the other hand, as shown in FIG. 16, the downstream passage portion 360D is located behind the external terminal plate 319, and a part of the downstream passage portion 360D overlaps the front and rear of the external terminal plate 319. The intermediate passage portion 360M is inclined obliquely rearward so as to connect the upstream passage portion 360U and the downstream passage portion 360D that are provided to be shifted back and forth. That is, the tank rail 360 is bent at both the connecting portion between the upstream passage portion 360U and the intermediate passage portion 360M and the connecting portion between the downstream passage portion 360D and the intermediate passage portion 360M, and the downstream passage portion 360D. Is bypassing the external terminal plate 319 so as to cross the rear of the external terminal plate 319. Thereby, while suppressing the expansion of the area occupied by the tank unit 321 and the external terminal plate 319 in the vertical direction, the case rail unit 322 disposed slightly closer to the rotation center than the external terminal plate 319 and the external terminal plate 319 It is possible to connect the tank 350 arranged on the side.
  As for the tank rail 360, the connecting portion between the upstream passage portion 360U and the intermediate passage portion 360M and the connecting portion between the intermediate passage portion 360M and the downstream passage portion 360D are bent. By providing the bent portion on the tank rail 360 in this manner, the deactivation of the game balls moving along the tank rail 360 and the reduction of the ball pressure propagating through the game ball row formed in the tank rail 360 are reduced. Will be realized. Therefore, it is possible to avoid the inconvenience that the durability of the payout mechanism 302 (particularly the payout device 326) is reduced due to the reduction of the occupied area described above.
  The offset amount of the downstream passage portion 360D with respect to the upstream passage portion 360U is at least larger than the diameter size of the game ball.
  Incidentally, the partition wall 366 described above is not provided in the upstream passage portion 360U, but is provided in the range from the midway position of the intermediate passage portion 360M to the most downstream position of the downstream passage portion 360D. For this reason, the game balls are aligned so as to be in two rows in the front-rear direction from the middle position of the intermediate passage portion 360M.
  Here, the positional relationship between the tank rail 360 (specifically, the downstream passage portion 360D) and the external terminal plate 319 will be supplementarily described.
  The backward offset amount of the downstream passage portion 360D is suppressed to such an extent that the thickness of the back pack unit 15 does not increase, specifically, the downstream passage portion 360D does not protrude rearward from the protective cover portion 312. . More specifically, the offset amount is set such that the front and rear positions of the rear end portion of the downstream passage portion 360D and the rear end portion of the protective cover portion 312 are substantially the same. This increases the amount of separation between the downstream passage portion 360D and the external terminal plate 319 before and after the increase in thickness of the back pack unit 15 is suppressed.
  As already described, the external terminal board 319 is configured to be connected to the wirings H1 and H2 from the rear of the gaming machine. Here, by increasing the distance as described above, a work space for wiring attachment / detachment is secured behind the external terminal board 319. In addition, the above-described pressure reduction / deactivation function is enhanced by increasing the offset amount.
  Hereinafter, with reference to FIG. 17, the positional relationship between the tank, tank rail, and external terminal plate of the pachinko machine 10 shown in the present embodiment is compared with the positional relationship between the tank, tank rail, and external terminal plate in the conventional pachinko machine. To do. FIG. 17A is a schematic diagram showing the positional relationship between a tank, a tank rail, and an external terminal plate in a conventional pachinko machine, and FIG. 17B shows a tank, a tank rail, and an external terminal of the pachinko machine shown in the present embodiment. Schematic diagram showing the positional relationship of the boards, FIG. 17 (1) group is a schematic diagram viewed from the back of the gaming machine, FIG. 17 (2) group is a schematic diagram viewed from above the gaming machine.
  As shown in the group (1) of FIG. 17, in the pachinko machine 10 shown in the present embodiment, the position of the tank rail 360 is shifted upward so as to be aligned with the tank 350 as compared with the conventional pachinko machine 10X. As a result, the area occupied by the tank unit 321 in the vertical direction is reduced. Along with such a change in arrangement, the protective cover portion 312 is expanded upward to such an extent that it does not erode the arrangement area of the external terminal plate 319. Thereby, the area surrounded by the protective cover portion 312 is expanded, which contributes to an increase in the size of the game board 80 and the configuration (for example, the variable display unit 85) associated therewith.
  In recent years, there is a tendency that the expansion of the game area PE and the adoption of movable objects and the like are promoted for the purpose of improving the interest of the gaming machine. In consideration of such a specification change of the gaming machine, it is not preferable that the change becomes difficult due to the presence of the back pack unit 15. Therefore, if the arrangement of the tank 350 and the tank rail 360 is devised as shown in the present embodiment, it is possible to prevent the back pack unit 15 from hindering the improvement of the interest of the gaming machine.
  In particular, in the pachinko machine 10 shown in the present embodiment, as shown in the group (2) of FIG. 17, the tank rail 360 is bypassed so as to bypass the external terminal plate 319 backward. Here, since the detour route is determined so as not to exceed the range of the protective cover portion 312 that protrudes rearward, the game board 80 and its associated configuration (for example, the variable display unit 85) By realizing the increase in size, it is possible to avoid an increase in the thickness of the back pack unit 15 (and consequently the pachinko machine 10).
  Furthermore, in the case where the tank 350X and the tank rail 360X are arranged side by side, the decompression / deactivation function can be exhibited by moving the game ball so as to be folded up and down. On the other hand, when the tank 350 and the tank rail 360 are arranged side by side as shown in the present embodiment, such folding up and down becomes difficult, and there is a concern that the pressure reduction / deactivation function is lowered. In this regard, as shown in FIG. 17 (1), the tank rail 360 can be bent so as to bypass the external terminal plate 319, so that the decompression / reduction function can be exhibited. It can be avoided that the guidance function of the game ball is impaired due to the realization of an increase in the size of the configuration (for example, the variable display unit 85).
  The most downstream portion (downstream passage portion 360D) of the tank rail 360 described in detail above can be switched between a blocking state that prevents the game ball from flowing out from the tank rail 360 and an allowable state that allows the game ball to flow out. The ball stopper member 400 is provided.
<About Ball Stopping Member 400>
Next, the ball stopper member 400 will be described with reference to FIGS. 14 to 16 and 18. 18 is a partial cross-sectional view taken along the line CC of FIG.
  As shown in FIG. 15, the ball stopper member 400 has a base portion 311 that faces the bottom plate portion 361 from above with a partition wall 366 interposed therebetween. The base portion 311 is disposed in a region sandwiched between both wall portions 362 and 363 of the tank rail 360 (see FIG. 14), and along the both wall portions 362 and 363, the upstream side and the downstream side of the tank rail 360 are provided. It is in the shape of a long plate extending to
  The ball stopper member 400 is rotatably held by both wall portions 362 and 363 of the tank rail 360. Specifically, as shown in FIG. 14, each wall portion 362 has an end portion facing the wall portions 362 and 363 in the base portion 311 (specifically, an intermediate portion between the long side portions of the base portion 311). A pair of first protrusions 405 projecting toward the portions 362 and 363 are provided. These first protrusions 405 have a substantially cylindrical shape extending in a direction (front-rear direction) orthogonal to the passage direction of the downstream passage portion 360D. Hereinafter, for the sake of convenience, the front first protrusion 405 is referred to as “front first protrusion 405F”, and the rear first protrusion 405 is referred to as “rear first protrusion 405R”.
  An insertion hole 371 through which the front first protrusion 405F is inserted is formed in a portion of the front side wall 362 facing the front first protrusion 405F. On the other hand, a concave portion 372 that is recessed in the thickness direction of the front side wall portion 362 is formed in a portion of the rear side wall portion 363 that faces the rear first protrusion 405R. An insertion hole 373 through which the rear first protrusion 405R is inserted is formed at the bottom of the recess 372. Both insertion holes 371 and 373 have a round hole shape, and the first protrusions 405F and 405R are fitted into the insertion holes 371 and 373, so that the ball stopper member 400 centering on the first protrusions 405F and 405R. Is allowed to rotate. In this way, the ball stopper member 400 is attached to the tank rail 360 and the both are integrated, whereby the tank unit 321 is configured.
  A second protrusion 406 is formed at a position upstream of the first protrusion 405 in the base portion 311, specifically at an intermediate position between the upstream end of the base portion 311 and the first protrusion 405. Similar to the first protrusion 405, the second protrusion 406 protrudes from the long side portion of the ball stopper member 400 toward the wall portions 362 and 363, and has a substantially tapered shape that is slightly tapered. Hereinafter, for convenience, the front-side second protrusion 406 is referred to as “front-side second protrusion 406F”, and the rear-side second protrusion 406 is referred to as “rear-side second protrusion 406R”.
  An insertion hole 375 through which the front second protrusion 406F is inserted is formed in a portion of the front side wall portion 362 facing the front second protrusion 406F. On the other hand, a concave portion 376 that is recessed in the thickness direction of the rear side wall portion 363 is formed in a portion of the rear side wall portion 363 facing the rear second protrusion 406R. An insertion hole 377 through which the rear second protrusion 406R is inserted is formed at the bottom of the recess 376. Since the second protrusions 406F and 406R are fitted in the insertion holes 375 and 377, the rotation of the ball stopper member 400 is suppressed.
  In this state where the rotation of the ball stopper member 400 is suppressed, a portion of the base portion 311 that is upstream of the first protrusion 405 (hereinafter referred to as an upstream facing portion 402 for convenience) is the tip of the partition wall 366. And a portion of the base portion 311 that is on the downstream side of the first protrusion 405 (hereinafter referred to as a downstream facing portion 403 for the sake of convenience) is spaced from the tip of the partition wall 366 by a predetermined gap. Confronted. That is, the rotation of the ball stopper member 400 toward the side where the upstream facing portion 402 approaches the partition wall 366 is suppressed by the partition wall 366 as well as the second protrusion 406 and the insertion holes 375 and 377.
  As shown in FIG. 18, a claw portion 407 that protrudes toward the bottom plate portion 361 is provided on the downstream facing portion 403 of the base portion 311 so as to correspond to each spherical passage in a one-to-one relationship. More specifically, the claw portion 407 is arranged at the downstream end portion of the base portion 311, and in the state in which the rotation of the ball stopper member 400 is suppressed as described above, the game ball is allowed to flow down in the ball passage. Located outside. In this way, the presence of the claw portion 407 at a position that does not prevent the game ball from flowing out allows the game ball to flow out of the tank rail 360 (ie, the above-described allowable state). Since the rotation of the ball stopper member 400 is suppressed by the insertion holes 375 and 377, the ball stopper member 400 is maintained in an allowable state.
  Further, the upstream facing portion 402 of the ball stopper member 400 is inclined obliquely with respect to the bottom plate portion 361 of the downstream passage portion 360D so that the restriction on the height of the ball passage in the tank rail 360 becomes stronger toward the downstream side. Furthermore, the upstream facing portion 402 is bent so that the inclination angle is larger in the portion on the upstream side than the intermediate portion as compared with the portion on the downstream side.
  The upstream-side facing portion 402 has a clearance with the bottom plate portion 361 set to be larger than twice the diameter of the game ball at the upstream end, and the clearance is gradually reduced toward the downstream side. In the region where the gap is the smallest near the first protrusion 405, the gap is set to be smaller than twice the diameter of the game ball, more specifically, slightly larger than the diameter of the game ball. Thereby, each game ball flowing in the tank rail 360 finally flows down to the downstream side of the first protrusion 405 in a state where the stacking in the passage height direction is suppressed. That is, the base portion 311 is provided with a rectifying function for suppressing the stacking of game balls.
  Note that the upstream facing portion 402 of the base portion 401 does not necessarily have a flat plate shape. For example, a curved plate shape that protrudes toward the upstream side of the tank rail 360, that is, warps a bow. It is also possible to have a configuration.
  Here, a supplementary description of the mounting structure of the ball stopper member 400 will be given. The first projections 405F, 405R and the insertion holes 371, 373 are bent by bending the wall portions 362, 363 with the base portions of the wall portions 362, 363 as the base ends. Is set so that it can be pulled out from the insertion holes 371 and 373. That is, the ball stopper member 400 can be easily attached to and detached from the tank rail 360 without using a tool or the like. Thus, by making the ball stopper member 400 detachable, various maintenance operations such as cleaning of the ball passage are facilitated.
  As shown in the partially enlarged view of FIG. 14, the length dimension of the front first protrusion 405F is set smaller than the depth dimension of the recess 372. This makes it impossible to attach the ball stopper member 400 in an inverted state, thereby contributing to prevention of erroneous assembly. Further, the concave portion 372 is open to the front end side (upward) of the rear side wall portion 363, and suppresses the holding of the front first protrusion 405F and the front side wall portion 362 when the ball stopper member 400 is attached and detached.
  Similarly, with respect to the allowance between the second protrusions 406F and 406R and the insertion holes 375 and 377, the second protrusions 406F and 406R can be pulled out from the insertion holes 375 and 377 by bending the wall portions 362 and 363. It is set to be. That is, the ball stopper member 400 is temporarily fixed by the second protrusions 406F and 406R and the insertion holes 375 and 377, and the temporary fixing can be easily released without using a tool or the like. In particular, the allowance between the second protrusions 406F and 406R and the insertion holes 375 and 377 is set smaller than the allowance between the first protrusions 405F and 405R and the insertion holes 371 and 373. Accordingly, even when the wall portions 362 and 363 are bent when releasing the temporary fixing, the catch between the first protrusions 405F and 405R and the insertion holes 371 and 373 is secured, and the ball fixing member 400 is secured. It is easy to avoid falling off.
  If attention is paid to the function of temporarily stopping the ball stopper member 400 at a position where the game ball is allowed to flow out, it can be said that the temporary protrusion means is constituted by the second protrusions 406F and 406R and the insertion holes 375 and 377. If attention is paid to the fact that the ball stopper member 400 is detachably attached by the first protrusions 405F and 405R and the insertion holes 371 and 373, the first protrusions 405F and 405R and the insertion holes 371 and 373 are temporarily fixed. It can be said that the means are constituted.
  As already described, since most of the ball stopper member 400 is accommodated in the guide passage and the protrusion from the guide passage is suppressed, even if an attempt is made to operate the ball stopper member 400 with a finger or the like. There are limited areas where fingers can be hooked and grasped. Therefore, in the present embodiment, a protruding portion 408 that protrudes outside the guide passage at a portion of the ball stopper member 400 that is farthest from the rotation center of the ball stopper member 400 (an upstream end portion of the base portion 401). Is forming.
  As shown in FIG. 15, the protruding portion 408 is formed so as to straddle the upper end portions of the respective wall portions 362, 363, and a flat plate portion 408a facing the bottom plate portion 361 across the wall portions 362, 363, and The flat plate portion 408a has a pair of flange portions 408b that extend downward from the front and rear ends of the tank rail 360 and face each of the wall portions 362 and 363 of the tank rail 360 from the outside of the guide passage. Is configured to contact the wall portions 362 and 363 from above.
  When the ball stopper member 400 is operated, a finger can be hooked on the protrusion 408 or the protrusion 408 can be grasped, and the ball stopper member 400 can be difficult to operate when the ball stopper member 400 is switched from the permitted state to the blocked state. It has been avoided.
  As shown in FIG. 12, the protruding portion 408 is disposed at a position on the rotating front end side of the back pack unit 15 with respect to the external terminal plate 319, and overlapping with the external terminal plate 319 in the front-rear direction is avoided. ing. The connector 319a and the external output terminal 319b face rearward, and the wirings H1 and H2 connected to the connector 319a and the external output terminal 319b extend rearward from the external terminal plate 319. For this reason, it is possible to avoid the wirings H1 and H2 from being applied to the protruding portion 408, and it is possible to suppress the operation from being hindered by the wirings H1 and H2.
  In addition to the function as the operation unit described above, the protruding portion 408 is provided with a function as an attachment portion for attaching the spherical member 420. By attaching the ball leveling member 420 to the operation unit 408, the ball stop member 400 and the ball leveling member 420 are integrated, and when the ball stop member 400 is operated, the ball stop member 400 is operated. Following this, the ball leveling member 420 moves.
<Sphere equalizing member 420>
Hereinafter, with reference to FIG. 18, the sphere leveling member 420 and the configuration associated therewith will be described.
  The ball leveling member 420 includes a contact portion 421 for leveling a ball of the game ball by contacting the game ball moving on the tank rail 360 (specifically, the downstream passage portion 360D) from the downstream side, and the contact portion 421. And an attachment arm portion 422 extending upward. The arm portion 422 is formed with a through-hole penetrating in the width direction (front-rear direction) of the downstream passage portion 360D. By inserting the shaft pin 411 fixed to the flange portion 408b of the protruding portion 408 into the through hole, the ball leveling member 420 is pivotally supported by the ball stopper member 400.
  Cutout portions 381 and 382 corresponding to the shaft pin 411 are formed in both wall portions 362 and 363 of the tank rail 360, and the flat plate portion 408a is in contact with the wall portions 362 and 363 (the above-described allowable In the state), the shaft pin 411 is accommodated in the notches 381 and 382, and the shaft pin 411 is supported from below by the notches 381 and 382. As a result, when a stress that causes the shaft pin 411 to be pulled downward is generated, the stress is distributed to the wall portions 362 and 363 to suppress deformation of the shaft pin 411 and its mounting portion.
  The contact portion 421 can swing around the shaft pin 411 on the upstream side and the downstream side of the downstream passage portion 360D. By allowing the abutting portion 421 to swing, it is possible to suppress the occurrence of a clogged ball due to a game ball biting between the abutting portion 421 and the bottom plate portion 361.
  The abutting portion 421 has a built-in weight in a synthetic resin outer shell, and tends to stay at the lower limit position by its own weight when no stress in the rotational direction is applied to the abutting portion 421. Further, when the contact portion 421 swings, it is biased to the position before swinging by its own weight. In the following description, a position where the ball leveling member 420 stops due to its own weight in the state where there is no influence of external force is referred to as a “standby position”.
  The abutting portion 421 has a cylindrical shape extending in the same direction as the axial direction of the shaft pin 411 (the width direction of the downstream passage portion 360D), and is formed so that the entire length thereof is substantially the same as the passage width of the guide passage. Yes. The outer diameter of the abutting part 421 and the length of the arm part 422 are such that the abutting part 421, the bottom plate part 361, The distance dimension is set to be slightly larger than the diameter dimension of the game ball. This prevents a plurality of game balls from passing between the bottom plate portion 361 and the abutting portion 421 in a vertically aligned state.
  The ball stopper member 400 is provided with a stopper that defines the rotation range of the ball leveling member 420 (the swing range of the contact portion 421). The stopper includes an upstream stopper portion 412 that prevents the rotation to the upstream side, and the upstream facing portion 402 that prevents the rotation to the downstream side. Prevents turning. Note that the upstream facing portion 402 can also be referred to as a “downstream stopper portion 402” when attention is paid to the fact that the upstream facing portion 402 is provided with a stopper function.
  A range in which the distance between the contact portion 421 and the bottom plate portion 361 does not exceed twice the diameter of the game ball when the ball leveling member 420 is rotated to the maximum rotation position defined by the upstream stopper portion 412. Increase with. On the other hand, when the ball leveling member 420 reaches the maximum rotation position defined by the downstream stopper portion 402, the distance between the contact portion 421 and the bottom plate portion 361 similarly exceeds twice the diameter of the game ball. The distance is set to be larger than at least when reaching the maximum rotation position to the upstream side, although it increases in a range that is not present. That is, the amount of rotation defined by the downstream stopper 402 (the amount of rotation from the standby position) is larger than the amount of rotation defined by the upstream stopper 412 (the amount of rotation from the standby position).
  Within the rotation range defined by these stopper portions, a part of the upstream facing portion 402 and almost the whole of the base portion 401 excluding the protruding portion 408 are from a region (guide passage) sandwiched between the wall portions 362 and 363. It does not protrude, and the inconvenience that the wirings H1, H2 are sandwiched between the ball stopper member 400 and the wall portions 362, 363 of the tank rail 360 is less likely to occur.
  In addition, a restricting portion 415 that restricts the insertion of the wirings H1 and H2 is provided at a portion of the upstream facing portion 402 that can protrude by a switching operation. The restriction portion 415 extends downward from the front end portion of the base portion 401 and overlaps the front side wall portion 362 from the front of the gaming machine. The overlap margin is set so that the overlap is maintained even when the blocking state is reached, and the gap between the upstream facing portion 402 and the front side wall portion 362 is covered. Thereby, it is possible to preferably avoid the occurrence of inconvenience such as disconnection in the wirings H1 and H2 due to the switching operation of the ball stopper member 400.
<Switching operation of the ball stopper member 400>
Hereinafter, the switching operation of the ball stopper member 400 and the movement of the ball leveling member 420 based on the switching operation will be described with reference to FIG. FIG. 19A is a schematic diagram showing an allowable state, and FIG. 19B is a schematic diagram showing a blocking state.
<Switching from allowed state to blocked state>
First, the case where the ball stopper member 400 is switched from the blocked state to the allowed state will be described. As shown in FIG. 19A, when the ball stopper member 400 is in an allowable state, a game ball row is formed that is connected to the tank 350 → the tank rail 360 → the case rail unit 322. These waiting game balls move to the downstream side in accordance with the payout operation of the payout device 326, for example.
  The guide passage of the tank rail 360 is opened upward except for the portion covered with the ball stopper member 400. For this reason, the game balls that have flowed into the tank rail 360 from the tank 350 are likely to be stacked in the height direction of the guide passage in the section that is open upward to the ball stopper member 400.
  The game balls stacked in the height direction in this way are held in one vertical row by passing between the ball leveling member 420 and the bottom plate portion 361. That is, the game balls flow into the case rail unit 322 while being rectified in one vertical row.
  In the present embodiment, the sphere leveling member 420 is rotatable (the contact portion 421 is swingable). When the game balls stacked vertically push the contact portion 421 from the upstream side, the ball leveling member 420 rotates to the downstream side so that the contact portion 421 moves away from the bottom plate portion 361 while moving to the downstream side. Then it will float up. Thereby, the clearance gap between the contact part 421 and the baseplate part 361 spreads, and generation | occurrence | production of a ball clogging is avoided.
  In the allowable state, the ball stopper member 400 is temporarily fixed by the second protrusion 406 and the insertion holes 375 and 377. For this reason, if the base portion 311 is pushed by the game ball, the ball stopper member 400 is prevented from rotating in a predetermined direction (clockwise in the rear view of the pachinko machine 10). Thereby, it can suppress by the ball | bowl stop member 400 (base part 401) that the game ball which passed the ball | bowl leveling member 420 accumulates up and down. That is, it is difficult to cause the inconvenience of causing the base portion 401 to exhibit the rectification function and releasing the allowable state due to the rectification function.
  Thus, when switching from the state in which the outflow of the game ball from the tank rail 360 is allowed to the state in which the outflow of the game ball from the tank rail 360 is prevented, the protruding portion 408 of the ball stopper member 400 is fingered or the like. And is rotated in a predetermined direction (clockwise in the rear view of the pachinko machine 10). By such a rotation operation, the insertion holes 375 and 377 are pushed by the second protrusions 406F and 406R, and the wall portions 362 and 363 of the tank rail 360 are moved along the inclination of the second protrusions 406F and 406R. Bends away from each other. As a result, the second protrusions 406F and 406R are detached from the insertion holes 375 and 377, the front second protrusion 406F contacts the inner wall surface of the front side wall 362, and the rear second protrusion 406R contacts the bottom surface of the recess 376. It will be in the state. Thereby, the temporary stop of the ball stop member 400 is released. In addition, in such a state where temporary fixing is released, the wall portions 362 and 363 remain bent, and the wall portions 362 and 363 are urged toward the sides approaching each other.
  When the ball stopper member 400 is further rotated after the temporary fixing is released, the upstream facing portion 402 moves to the side away from the bottom plate portion 361. Thereby, the restrictions on the accumulation of game balls by the upstream facing portion 402 are relaxed. When the downstream facing portion 403 moves toward the side closer to the bottom plate portion 361 in conjunction with the movement of the upstream facing portion 402, the ceiling on the downstream side of the first protrusion 405 is lowered, and the claw portion 407 is moved. Move toward the flow area of the game ball. In addition, while the rotation of the ball stopper member 400 is continued in this manner, the second protrusion 406 slides on the wall portions 362 and 363, and the wall portions 362 and 363 are maintained while being urged. The Rukoto.
  When the rotation operation amount of the ball stopper member 400 reaches a predetermined amount (about 10 ° in the present embodiment), the claw portion 407 reaches the flow-down region as shown in FIG. The outlet portion of the tank rail 360 is narrowed by the portion 407 so that the game ball cannot flow out. In other words, the claw portion 407 can come into contact with the game ball located on the most downstream side of the tank rail 360 from the downstream side. At the same time or slightly ahead, the front second protrusion 406F moves above the front side wall 362, and the rear second protrusion 406R moves above the recess 376. As a result, the wall portions 362 and 363 return to positions before being bent and deformed by the urging force, the front second protrusion 406F is the upper end edge of the front side wall portion 362, and the rear second protrusion 406R is the rear side wall portion 363. It is in a state of being placed on the upper edge.
  After switching to the blocking state in this way, the second protrusions 406F and 406R are in contact with the upper end edges of the wall portions 362 and 363 from above. The second protrusion 406 and the wall portions 362 and 363 allow the ball stopper member 400 to rotate in a predetermined direction, but suppresses rotation in a direction opposite to the predetermined direction. Thus, the following effects can be enjoyed by temporarily fixing in a state in which the rotation in the direction opposite to the predetermined direction is suppressed while allowing the rotation in the predetermined direction.
  For example, when the ball pressure of a game ball connected from the tank unit 321 increases, it is assumed that the claw portion 407 is pushed by the game ball and displaced away from the bottom plate portion 361. In this regard, according to the present embodiment, the claw portion 407 can be urged toward the bottom plate portion 361 by using the spherical pressure applied to the upstream facing portion 402. Thereby, even if it is a case where a ball pressure increases, the fall of the outflow prevention function of the game ball resulting from it can be suppressed suitably.
  More specifically, in the blocking state, the downstream-side facing portion 403 is substantially parallel to the bottom plate portion 361, and the gap size between them is suppressed to a level slightly larger than the diameter size of the game ball. At this time, the gap dimension between the upstream facing portion 402 and the bottom plate portion 361 is at least larger than the gap between the downstream facing portion 403 and the bottom plate portion and gradually increases upstream. For this reason, the ball pressure applied to the downstream facing portion 403 is easily suppressed to be smaller than the ball pressure applied to the upstream facing portion 402. Therefore, if the urging force that acts to rotate the ball stopper member 400 in a predetermined direction is compared with the urging force that acts to rotate the ball stopper member 400 in a direction opposite to the predetermined direction, the former is larger. This makes it easy to exert the above-described outflow prevention function.
  Here, it supplements about the structure regarding an outflow prevention. The length dimension from the first protrusion 405 to the upstream end of the base 311 in the ball stopper 400 is the length from the first protrusion 405 to the downstream end of the base 311 in the ball stopper 400. It is set longer than the size. In other words, the length dimension of the upstream facing portion 402 in the passage direction of the tank rail 360 is set larger than the length dimension of the downstream facing portion 403 in the same direction. Thereby, it becomes easy to make the ball pressure applied to the upstream facing portion 402 greater than the ball pressure applied to the downstream facing portion 403, and the improvement of the outflow prevention function can be expected.
  In particular, the downstream facing portion 403 is parallel to the bottom plate portion 361 (that is, has no component facing the upstream side), whereas the upstream facing portion 402 has a component facing the upstream side of the tank rail 360. Yes. For this reason, the game ball waiting on the tank rail 360 is likely to hit the upstream facing portion 402, and the ball pressure applied to the upstream facing portion 402 can be made larger than the ball pressure applied to the downstream facing portion 403. It has become easy. Therefore, it is easy to maintain the ball stopper 400 in the blocking state by using the ball pressure of the game ball, and it is possible to suitably suppress the decrease in the outflow blocking function due to the increase in the ball pressure.
  As described in detail above, by switching the ball stopper member 400 to the blocking state, the inflow of game balls to various configurations (for example, the case rail unit 322 and the payout device 326) located downstream of the tank rail 360 is avoided. In addition, it can contribute to facilitating maintenance work of these various configurations.
<Motion of the sphere leveling member 420>
Next, the movement of the ball leveling member 420 and the game ball when the ball stopper member 400 is switched to the blocking state will be described.
  When the ball stopper member 400 is switched to the blocking state, the ball leveling member 420 moves to the side away from the bottom plate portion 361 as the protrusion 408 moves away from the bottom plate portion 361. That is, the sphere leveling member 420 moves together with the sphere stopper member 400 (specifically, the protruding portion 408).
  By turning the ball stopper member 400, the gap between the upstream facing portion 402 of the base portion 401 and the bottom plate portion 361 is widened, and the inflow of the game ball into the area where the inflow of the game ball has been impossible until then. Will be allowed. Then, the ball leveling member 420 located immediately upstream of the area moves to a position that does not hinder the inflow of game balls into the area, so that the game balls that have been blocked by the ball stop member 400 until then are retained. It is pushed by a game ball or the like existing on the upstream side (for example, the tank 350) or flows into the area by its own weight. As a result, the game balls are stacked vertically between the upstream facing portion 402 and the bottom plate portion 361 of the ball stopper member 400, and the flow of the game balls that have been aligned in a single row until that time is disturbed.
  In particular, when performing maintenance of the case rail unit 322, it is assumed that the movement restriction is released so that the gaming machine main part 12 and the back pack unit 15 can be easily rotated. For this reason, when a worker such as a hall manager hits the gaming machine main part 12 or the back pack unit 15 and vibrations are transmitted to the tank unit 321, the position of the game ball is likely to change. Thereby, for example, even when the game balls stacked upward straddle the two game balls located at the lower position and are prevented from moving to the downstream side, the above-mentioned vibrations etc. The positional relationship changes, and the inflow into the region is promoted.
  In this way, by disturbing the flow of the game sphere, it is possible to prevent the smooth flow of the game sphere or to intentionally cause a ball clogging. Although details will be described later, the occurrence of the disturbance is preferable for protecting the case rail unit 322 (particularly, the dispensing device 326).
  Here, it compares with the structure where the ball leveling member 420 does not move with the ball stopper member 400. When the ball stopper member 400 rotates and the gap between the upstream facing portion 402 and the bottom plate portion 361 increases, as in the present embodiment, the game ball cannot flow in until then. The inflow of the game balls will be allowed. However, as the ball leveling member 420 continues to stay in place, the game balls that have passed between the abutting portion 421 and the bottom plate portion 361 are rectified into a single row, and the inflow of the game balls to the two regions is realized. It becomes difficult to be done. In other words, no matter how large the area where game balls can flow in and then trying to disturb the flow of game balls by inviting a large amount of game balls into the area, there is little opportunity for game balls to flow into the area. Such a change in flow is unlikely to occur. Therefore, the effect similar to the protective effect shown in this embodiment cannot be expected at all.
<Switching from blocked state to allowed state>
Next, with reference to FIGS. 19 and 20, a case where the ball stopper member 400 is switched from the blocked state to the allowed state will be described. FIG. 20 is a schematic diagram showing the flow of the game ball. When the ball stopper member 400 is switched to an allowable state, FIG. 19 (b) → FIG. 20 (a) → FIG. 20 (b) → FIG. Game balls will move in this order.
  When the ball stopper member 400 is in the blocking state as shown in FIG. 19B, the ball stopper member 400 is moved in a direction opposite to the predetermined direction (counterclockwise in the rear view of the pachinko machine 10). It can be switched to an allowable state by rotating. At this time, based on the rotation of the ball stopper member 400, both wall portions 362 and 363 of the tank rail 360 are pushed away from each other along the inclination of the second protrusions 406F and 406R. Since both the wall portions 362 and 363 are bent and deformed, the catch between the second protrusions 406F and 406R and the upper edge of each wall portion 362 and 363 is released, and the front second protrusion 406F is formed on the inner wall surface of the front side wall portion 362. The rear second protrusion 406R comes into contact with the bottom surface of the recess 376. Along with this, the claw portion 407 of the downstream facing portion 403 moves to the side away from the bottom plate portion 361.
  In the configuration in which the height of the tank rail 360 is limited by the ball stopper member 400, a lump of game balls is generated in a portion where the change in passage height is large, that is, a region sandwiched between the upstream facing portion 402 and the bottom plate portion 361. Cheap. When the ball stopper member 400 is further rotated, the upstream facing portion 402 moves to the side closer to the bottom plate portion 361, and the game balls are stacked between the upstream facing portion 402 and the bottom plate portion 361. Is pushed to the bottom plate portion 361 side. Thereby, the lump of game balls will be destroyed. In particular, the upstream facing portion 402 is inclined so as to be higher on the upstream side of the tank rail 360. For this reason, the game ball pushed by the upstream facing portion 402 is likely to move to the upstream side instead of the downstream side when approaching the bottom plate portion 361. Thus, by pushing the game ball back to the upstream side when switching to the permissible state, the pressure applied to the claw portion 407 increases due to pressing the game ball toward the bottom plate portion 361 by the upstream facing portion 402. This can be suppressed. Thereby, it can suppress that a deformation | transformation arises in the nail | claw part 407, the downstream facing part 403, etc., and can suppress the fall of an outflow prevention function.
  When the amount of rotation of the ball stopper member 400 reaches a predetermined amount (10 ° in the present embodiment), the claw portion 407 moves away from the flow-down region as shown in FIG. 19 (b) → FIG. 20 (a). Thus, the outflow of game balls from the tank rail 360 is allowed. Then, the second protrusions 406F and 406R reach the insertion holes 375 and 377, and the wall portions 362 and 363 return to the original state, so that the second protrusions 406F and 406R fit into the insertion holes 375 and 377. It becomes the state. The second protrusion 406 and the insertion holes 375 and 377 suppress the rotation of the ball stopper member 400 in the predetermined direction and the direction opposite to the predetermined direction. That is, the ball stopper member 400 is temporarily fixed and maintained in an allowable state. Here, as shown in FIG. 20 (a) → FIG. 20 (b), the game ball is prevented from flowing out of the tank rail 360 by pushing the game ball back to the upstream side when switching to the allowable state. In addition, it is possible to contribute to protection of various configurations (for example, the dispensing device 326) disposed on the downstream side of the tank rail 360.
  Also, when switching from the permitted state to the blocked state, the flow of the game ball is disturbed to promote the occurrence of the biting of the game, so that a large amount of the game ball flows at a time when the outflow of the game ball is permitted. Can be suppressed. That is, by increasing the shift in timing at which the game ball starts to flow down, it is possible to suppress an excessive increase in the impact transmitted from the game ball to the payout device 326 and the like, thereby contributing to the improvement of the protection function. .
  In addition, when switched to the allowable state in this way, the upstream facing portion 402 of the ball stopper member 400 comes into contact with the partition wall 366. That is, the partition wall 366 can restrict the ball stopper member 400 from being rotated beyond the predetermined amount. As described above, in the configuration in which the game ball is pushed by the upstream facing portion 402, the second projecting portion 406 and the like can be deformed by the upstream facing portion 402 being pushed in with momentum. This is not preferable because it can hinder normal operation of the ball stopper member 400. In this respect, by avoiding such excessive pressing by the partition wall 366, the occurrence of the inconvenience can be suitably suppressed, and a practically preferable configuration can be realized.
  The switching operation to the permissible state described in detail above has the following effects. It is assumed that a lump of game balls is likely to be formed in a portion of the ball passage where the size of the passage changes. In the portion where such a lump is formed, the game balls are in a state of being bitten by the flow of the game balls being disturbed, and ball clogging is likely to occur. In particular, when such a ball clogging remains when the ball stopper member 400 is switched from the blocked state to the permitted state, there may be a disadvantage that the game ball does not flow despite being in the permitted state. In the present embodiment, the protection function is exhibited by inducing such a ball clogging, but it is not preferable that the ball clogging remains as described above. In this regard, when the ball stopper member 400 is switched to an allowable state, by pressing the game ball at a position where such a ball clogging is likely to occur, the ball clogging is prevented from remaining unresolved. Yes.
  The ball clogging is caused by the positional relationship between game balls, and the positional relationship is often based on a delicate balance. Therefore, when the balance is lost due to the movable part hitting a game ball or the like, it is possible to promote the elimination of the ball clogging. Here, it is possible to eliminate the ball clogging by applying an external force by pushing the part where the ball clogging occurs with a finger or by shaking the tank rail 360 (pachinko machine 10). If such a preliminary work is required, it is considered that the switching work becomes complicated. In this regard, in the ball stopper member 400, an external force can be applied to the game ball in accordance with the switching from the blocked state to the allowed state, and the opportunity for the preliminary work described above can be reduced. Thereby, it is possible to avoid the work from becoming complicated and to improve workability.
  Next, the movement of the ball leveling member 420 and the game ball when the ball stopper member 400 is switched to the allowable state will be described.
  When the ball stopper member 400 is switched to the allowable state, the ball leveling member 420 approaches the bottom plate portion 361 as the ball stopper member 400 (specifically, the protruding portion 408) moves toward the bottom plate portion 361. Move to the side. That is, the sphere leveling member 420 moves together with the sphere stopper member 400 (specifically, the protruding portion 408).
  The ball leveling member 420 is lowered toward the bottom plate portion 361 together with the projecting portion 408, and as shown in FIGS. 20 (a) and 20 (b), the ball leveling member 420 is placed on the game ball group accumulated in the guide passage. Become. When the protrusion 408 continues to descend, the ball leveling member 420 pushes the game ball group from above, and the lump of game balls collapses. Here, if the abutting portion 421 tries to forcibly interrupt the game ball group due to the lowering of the ball leveling member 420, the ball leveling member 420 is supported and the ball leveling member 420 is supported. There is concern that the operation will be hindered. In this regard, in the present embodiment, when the reaction force from the game ball is large, the abutting portion 421 escapes upstream or downstream by rotating the ball leveling member 420. As a result, it is possible to make it difficult for the ball leveling member 420 to be gripped and the ball stopper member 400 to be difficult to operate.
  In particular, the ball leveling member 420 is less likely to hinder the subsequent flow of the game ball when the contact portion 421 escapes to the downstream side than to escape to the upstream side. Therefore, in the present embodiment, a device is provided for allowing the contact portion 421 to escape downstream when the sphere leveling member 420 is lowered. Hereinafter, with reference to FIG. 21, the structure concerning the said device is demonstrated. FIG. 21A is a schematic view showing a state in which the sphere leveling member 420 is lowered.
  As already described, the ball leveling member 420 is attached to the ball stopper member 400 and is configured to rise / lower following the movement of the ball stopper member 400 (specifically, the protruding portion 408). The ball stopper member 400 is pivotally supported at an end portion on the downstream side, and the ball stopper member 400 is disposed at the tip of the rotation. Therefore, the ball leveling member 420 does not move in the vertical direction when the ball stopper member 400 rotates, but moves along a virtual circle FC centered on the rotation center of the ball stopper member 400. Will be.
  When the ball stopper member 400 is switched from the blocked state to the permitted state, the ball leveling member 420 moves along the virtual circle FC, and moves down to the bottom plate portion 361 and moves upstream of the guide passage. Will be. By giving such a movement toward the upstream side, it becomes easy to hit the game ball group stopped in the guide passage from the downstream side of the guide passage, and after hitting the game ball group, contact While the movement of the part 421 to the upstream side is hindered, the protrusion 408 continues to move toward the upstream side. Thereby, the sphere leveling member 420 (contact part 421) is easy to escape downstream.
  Further, the ball stopper member 400 is suspended from the ball leveling member 420 and is allowed to swing along the guide passage. When the ball stopper member 400 is rotated, the posture changes so that the contact portion 421 stays at the lower limit position due to the weight of the sphere leveling member 420 (contact portion 421). Accordingly, for example, the ball stopper member 400 is allowed from the blocked state as compared with a configuration in which the ball leveling member 420 is attached so as not to rotate (cannot swing) (see FIG. 20B). It is possible to increase the amount of movement of the contact portion 421 toward the upstream side when switching to the state. Therefore, it is easy to exert the function of releasing the sphere leveling member 420 (contact portion 421) to the downstream side.
  Referring to FIG. 19 again, the protrusion 408 described above is restricted from being displaced toward the bottom plate 361 (downward) by the walls 362 and 363 of the tank rail 360, but the bottom plate Displacement to the side away from the part 361 (upward) is not restricted. And the protrusion part 408 is provided in the rotation front-end | tip part (free end) of a ball stop member, and is separated from the temporary stop location for maintaining the ball stop member 400 in an allowable state.
  When the ball stopper member 400 is switched from the blocked state to the permitted state, the operation force at the time of switching can be easily transmitted to the game ball by pushing the upstream facing portion 402 of the base portion 401 toward the bottom plate portion 361. . In this case, even if the ball leveling member 420 hits the game ball group and the force that hinders the switching operation is increased, the base portion 401 of the ball stopper member 400 is a portion where the base portion 401 is pressed by the finger, the upstream side By bending and deforming the bent portion or the like in the facing portion 402 as a center, it is possible to avoid that the support of the ball leveling member 420 becomes a factor that disables the switching operation of the ball stopper member 400. Yes.
  According to the embodiment described in detail above, the following excellent effects are obtained.
  A ball stopper member 400 is provided on the tank rail 360 of the payout mechanism 302. When the maintenance of the case rail unit 322 is performed, the game ball stored in the case rail unit 322 is discharged after the ball stopper member 400 prevents the game ball from flowing into the case rail unit 322, thereby waiting. It is possible to suppress the maintenance work from being hindered by the game balls inside. That is, it can contribute to facilitating maintenance work. Further, after the maintenance or the like is completed, the ball stopper member 400 is switched to an allowable state, thereby allowing the game ball to flow toward the payout device 326.
  In the present embodiment, the gap between the base portion 401 (specifically, the upstream facing portion 402) of the ball stopper member 400 and the bottom plate portion 361 of the tank rail 360 is changed by switching the ball stopper member 400 from the allowable state to the blocked state. The size of the game ball is increased, and the inflow of the game ball into the area where the inflow of the game ball has been restricted until that time is allowed. That is, the waiting area for the game ball is substantially expanded.
  By flowing the game ball into the expansion area when switching to the blocking state, the flow of the game ball can be disturbed. Specifically, from the state where a plurality of game balls are stacked up and down by the ball leveling member 420 provided on the upstream side of the ball stop member 400, the ball leveling member 420 and the ball stop member 400 are combined. By moving, stacking restrictions are weakened. As a result, the positional relationship of the game balls that have been regularly arranged until then changes, and the above-described disturbance occurs.
  The game balls existing between the upstream facing portion 402 and the bottom plate portion 361 are engaged with each other (for example, a lump of game balls is generated), and the game balls are clogged in the tank rail 360. Arise. For this reason, when the ball stopper member 400 is switched from the blocked state to the allowed state, the game balls existing between the ball stopper member 400 and the bottom plate portion 361 are less likely to flow out of the tank rail 360 at a stretch, and some games As for the sphere, the outflow from the tank rail 360 is hindered until the clogging is eliminated.
  With respect to the payout device 326 arranged in the case rail unit 322, there is a possibility that a payout function may be hindered by a large amount of game balls colliding with force. In this regard, as shown in the present embodiment, by avoiding a large amount of game balls from flowing into the case rail unit 322 at once, the game balls collide with the payout device 326 and the like, resulting in a large impact. And the dispensing device 326 can be protected.
  As described above, in the configuration in which the ball clogging is positively generated at the time of switching to the blocking state, the protection function can be improved. However, such a ball clogging temporarily switches the ball stopper member 400 to an allowable state. If the game ball is continued after being played, the flow of the game ball remains in the tank rail 360 and the game ball may not flow down to the case rail unit 322 side. Such inconvenience can be solved by shaking the pachinko machine 10 (for example, the back pack unit 15) or by pushing the part where the ball is clogged with a finger or the like. It is not preferable that work is required.
  In this regard, according to the above-described embodiment, when the ball stopper member 400 is switched to an allowable state, the upstream facing portion 402 of the ball stopper member 400 approaches the game ball staying on the tank rail 360. The game ball can be pushed by the upstream facing portion 402. By pushing the game ball by the upstream facing portion 402 in this manner, it is possible to contribute to the elimination of the above-described ball clogging. That is, the dependence on the preliminary work can be suppressed and the switching work can be facilitated.
  In addition, when the switching to the permissible state is performed, the above-described function to eliminate the clogging can be suitably exhibited by adopting a configuration in which the passage region of the tank rail 360 is narrowed by the upstream facing portion 402. Specifically, it is assumed that it can be suitably canceled by pressing any part of the lump of game balls in a state where the above-described game balls are bitten, and the same part is completely removed. It is difficult to predict. Therefore, as shown in this feature, if the upstream facing portion 402 is formed in a plate shape that opposes the bottom plate portion 361 and the passage area is narrowed, variation in the portion to be pressed can be suitably allowed. Thereby, a practically preferable configuration can be realized.
  When the game ball is dammed at the exit portion of the tank rail 360 by the claw portion 407 of the ball stopper member 400, the game ball can be pushed upstream by the claw portion 407 as the claw portion 407 protrudes into the passage area. . If the game ball is pushed back in this way, it may be necessary to move the game ball located at the outlet portion upstream against the ball pressure of the game ball connected to the upstream side. This can be a factor that makes switching work difficult. In this regard, in the ball stopper member 400 in the above embodiment, the upstream facing portion 402 moves to the side away from the bottom plate portion 361 based on the switching to the blocking state, thereby making it possible to create a escape place for the game ball. . That is, by allowing the game ball to move to the escape area, it is possible to contribute to the reduction of resistance that occurs when the game ball is pushed upstream in accordance with the switching to the blocking state. Therefore, it can contribute to smoothing the switching operation to the blocking state.
  Moreover, the following effects can be enjoyed by using the ball stopper member 400 as a rotation type. That is, by supporting the base portion 311 so as to be rotatable between the upstream facing portion 402 and the claw portion 407, the complexity of the configuration is suppressed, that is, the adoption of a complicated link structure is avoided. Both can be linked. In other words, by moving the ball stopper member 400 like a seesaw, it is possible to give the upstream plate 402, an opposite movement to the upstream facing portion 402 and the claw portion 407. Thereby, with a simple configuration, a ball clogging elimination function and a ball stopper function can be imparted to the ball stopper member 400, and a practically preferable configuration can be realized.
  When the upstream facing portion 402 is pushed by a game ball, the ball pressure applied to the upstream facing portion 402 acts to bring the claw portion 407 closer to the bottom plate portion 361 side. Thereby, the separation | separation from the baseplate part 361 of the nail | claw part 407 can be suppressed, and it can contribute to maintenance of a blocking state. In addition, when the ball pressure from the upstream side increases, the variation of the flow path of the game ball may increase, but when the ball pressure increases in this way, the force that pushes down the claw portion 407 increases accordingly. Therefore, it is possible to make it difficult to cause an inconvenience that the game ball located at the outlet portion of the tank rail 360 slips through the claw portion 407 due to the increase of the ball pressure, that is, the inconvenience that the blocking state is released.
  In particular, the gap between the downstream facing portion 403 and the bottom plate portion 361 allows the passage of game balls and restricts the accumulation of game balls between the downstream facing portion 403 and the bottom plate portion 361. Thus, the gap between the upstream facing portion 402 and the bottom plate portion 361 is enlarged toward the upstream side of the tank rail 360 so as to be larger than the gap between the downstream facing portion 403 and the bottom plate portion 361. . For this reason, it becomes easy to make the ball | bowl pressure added to the upstream facing part 402 larger than the sphere pressure added to the downstream facing part 403, and the said maintenance function can be made suitable.
  Further, since the distance dimension from the rotation center axis of the base 311 to the upper end of the upstream facing part 402 is set larger than the distance dimension from the rotation center axis to the claw part 407, the upstream facing part It becomes easy to make the ball pressure applied to 402 greater than the ball pressure applied to the downstream facing portion 403, and the above maintenance function can be made suitable.
  Since the lower surface of the upstream facing portion 402 has a curved surface that is convex toward the upstream side of the tank rail 360, the game ball is pushed back to the upstream side of the tank rail 360 based on the switching operation to the allowable state. It becomes easy. Therefore, it is possible to switch to the permissible state while weakening the ball pressure applied to the claw portion 407 (the ball pressure of the game ball train). In particular, it is possible to prevent the game ball waiting at the exit portion from being pushed to the downstream side and flowing vigorously due to the ball pressure from the game balls connected to the upstream side. Thereby, the impact force when the game ball that has started to flow down collides with the payout device 326 of the case rail unit 322 can be reduced, and this can contribute to the protection of the payout device 326.
  By setting the distance from the rotation center axis of the ball stopper member 400 to the upper end of the base portion 311 larger than the distance from the rotation center axis to the claw portion 407, the movement stroke of the upstream facing portion 402 is increased. The upstream facing portion 402 can contribute to improving the operability when pushing the game ball. Furthermore, by pushing and pulling the upper end of the base portion 311, it is possible to expect a reduction in resistance when the claw portion 407 is interrupted into the passage area (for example, a game ball row).
  When the ball stopper member 400 is switched to the blocking state, when the upstream facing portion 402 is pushed by the game ball waiting on the tank rail 360, the ball pressure is preferably used to maintain the blocking state. Can do. Therefore, when the ball pressure transmitted through the game ball in contact with the upstream facing portion 402 increases, the game ball waiting at the outlet of the tank rail 360 moves downstream by pushing the claw portion 407. It is possible to suitably suppress the inconvenience, that is, the spilling of the game ball.
  In the present embodiment, the tank 350 and the tank rail 360 are provided side by side, and the tank rail 360 passes through the front of the external terminal plate 319, so that the protective cover portion 312 is moved upward. It is possible to expand. Thereby, the object (for example, the variable display unit 85 mounted on the game board 80) protected by the protective cover portion 312 can be enlarged. Thereby, it contributes to the interest improvement of the pachinko machine 10.
  About the external terminal board 319, it becomes the structure to which wiring H1, H2 is connected from the island equipment of a game hall, the control apparatus of the pachinko machine 10, etc. FIG. Behind the external terminal plate 319, it is necessary to secure a working space for performing the connecting work of the wirings H1 and H2.
  In the present embodiment, the working space is secured by bending the tank rail 360 backward. The tank rail 360 is disposed between the tank 350 and the case rail unit 322 (especially the payout device 326), and prevents the game balls that have flowed out of the tank 350 from flowing into the case rail unit 322. In addition, a depressurization / decompression function for preventing the ball pressure from the tank 350 from being transmitted to the case rail unit 322 is expected. In this regard, by bending the tank rail 360 so as to bypass the external terminal plate 319, the above-described depressurization / depressurization function can be suitably exhibited.
  In the tank rail 360, the downstream passage portion 360 </ b> D positioned behind the external terminal plate 319 is offset so as to be maximum within a range in which it is not paid out rearward of the protective cover portion 312. Thereby, it is possible to suppress the increase in the thickness of the pachinko machine 10 (specifically, the back pack unit 15) resulting from the enhancement of the depressurization / decompression function.
  In particular, in the configuration in which the connector 319d is provided on the front surface of the external terminal plate 319, exposure of the connector 319d and the wiring H3 connected to the connector 319d can be suppressed, and the security function can be improved. In such a configuration, it is necessary to secure an area for allowing the wiring H3 to pass between the external terminal board 319 and the inner frame 13 (specifically, the back surface of the game board 80). Securing an area for wiring by arranging the external terminal board 319 in the forefront results in an increase in restrictions on the arrangement of the configuration related to the gaming board 80, and to improve the interest of the gaming machine described above. It is not preferable. In this regard, according to the present embodiment, it is possible to enjoy the various effects described above while securing the arrangement area of the wiring H3.
  In this embodiment, in order to open the back pack unit 15, it is necessary to open the front door frame 14 and the like, and unauthorized access to the connector 319d and the wiring H3 connected thereto is suitably suppressed. can do.
  Further, the protruding portion 408 that functions as the operation portion of the ball stopper member 400 is disposed at a position that does not overlap the external terminal plate 319 in the front-rear direction. Accordingly, it is possible to avoid the operation of the ball stopper member 400 being easily hindered by the wirings H1 and H2 connected to the external terminal plate 319.
  The upstream facing portion 402 is bent at an intermediate position thereof, and the protruding portion 408 side is configured to be higher so that the wirings H1 and H2 move over the upstream facing portion 402 and move to the protruding portion 408 side. Can be avoided.
<Second Embodiment>
In the first embodiment, the ball leveling member is attached to the ball stopper member to move the ball leveling member in accordance with the movement of the ball stopper member. The relationship between the ball stopper member and the ball leveling member is different. Hereinafter, the relationship between the ball stopper member and the ball leveling member in the present embodiment will be described with reference to FIG. FIG. 22 is a schematic view showing the relationship between the ball stopper member and the ball leveling member in the second embodiment. In addition, since it is the same as that of the said 1st Embodiment about various structures other than these both members and the structure relevant to it, description is used.
  In the present embodiment, the ball leveling member 420X is attached to the tank rail 360X instead of the ball stopper member 400X. Specifically, a shaft pin 411X is disposed on the front side wall part 362X and the rear side wall part 363X constituting the tank rail 360X so as to span the both wall parts 362X and 363X. The shaft pin 411X is fixed to the wall portions 362X and 363X in a state where the shaft pin 411X is inserted into the through hole formed in the arm portion 422X of the ball leveling member 420X, whereby the ball leveling member 420X is attached to the tank rail 360X. It is integrated.
  As a result, the ball leveling member 420X is rotatable about the shaft pin 411X, and the ball leveling member 420X is rotated so that the contact portion 421X of the ball leveling member 420X is upstream of the guide passage. Swings sideways and downstream. In the present embodiment, since the mounting target of the ball leveling member 420X is changed to the tank rail 360X, even when the ball stopper member 400X is operated, the above first embodiment is used. As shown, the ball leveling member 420X does not move up and down following the ball stopper member 400X. Further, the ball stopper member 400 does not include the protruding portion 408 shown in the first embodiment.
  The tank rail 360X includes an upstream stopper portion 412X that defines a rotation limit position to the upstream side of the ball leveling member 420X, and a downstream stopper portion 413X that defines a rotation limit position to the downstream side. ing. Each stopper part 412X, 413X is formed so as to straddle both wall parts 362X, 363X, and when the turning angle of the sphere leveling member 420X reaches a predetermined angle, it comes into contact with the arm part 422X. The ball leveling member 420X is prevented from rotating.
  Here, in the present embodiment, one of the features is that an interlocking mechanism that operates the ball leveling member 420X in conjunction with the ball stopper member 400X when the ball stopper member 400X is operated is employed. It is said. Hereinafter, the interlocking mechanism will be described with reference to FIGS. FIG. 23 is a schematic view of the tank unit 321X as viewed from the front of the gaming machine.
<Interlocking mechanism>
As shown in FIG. 23, the ball stopper member 400X is formed with an operation portion 409X for operating the ball leveling member 420X. The operation portion 409X is disposed outside the guide passage, and extends to the spherical leveling member 420X side (upstream side) along the front side wall portion 362X.
  The spherical leveling member 420X is formed with a receiving portion 425X so as to face an upstream end portion (hereinafter referred to as a tip portion 409aX) of the operation portion 409X. As shown in FIG. 4, the receiving portion 425X has a surface shape facing the downstream side. When the switching operation of the ball stopper member 400X is performed, the tip portion 409aX of the operation portion 409X hits the receiving portion 425X, whereby the ball leveling member 420X rotates to the upstream side (the contact portion 421X swings to the upstream side). ).
  The receiving portion 425X includes an upper receiving portion 427X and a lower receiving portion 426X that are formed in a series. The lower receiving portion 426X extends in the vertical direction, and the upper receiving portion 427X protrudes so as to protrude toward the downstream side with respect to the lower receiving portion 426X.
  In particular, the lower receiving portion 426X is formed so as to overlap with the trajectory through which the distal end portion 409aX passes in accordance with the switching operation of the ball stopper member 400X. More specifically, the upper receiving portion 427X is configured such that the overlap with the track becomes gradually larger (above) as the distance from the bottom plate portion 361X increases. On the other hand, the lower receiving portion 426X is formed so as to ensure a predetermined gap between the lower receiving portion 426X and the distal end portion 409aX. This prevents the operation unit 409X from hindering the rotation of the ball stopper member 400X in the allowable state to the downstream side (the swinging of the contact portion 421X to the downstream side). In other words, the predetermined gap is set so that a gap remains between the operation portion 409X and the receiving portion 425X even when the ball leveling member 420X reaches a position where it contacts the downstream stopper portion 413X. Has been.
<Interlocking mode>
Here, with reference to FIG. 24, the operation of the ball leveling member 420X based on the switching operation of the ball stopper member 400X will be described. FIG. 24 is a schematic view showing an operation mode of the ball stopper member 400X and the ball leveling member 420X.
  First, a case where the ball stopper member 400X is switched from the allowed state to the blocked state will be described.
  As shown in FIG. 24 (a), when the ball stopper member 400X is in an allowable state, a game ball train is formed which is connected to the tank 350 → the tank rail 360X → the case rail unit 322. These waiting game balls move to the downstream side in accordance with the payout operation of the payout device 326, for example.
  The guide passage of the tank rail 360X is opened upward except for the portion covered by the ball stopper member 400X. For this reason, the game balls that have flowed into the tank rail 360X from the tank 350 are easily stacked in the height direction of the guide passage in the section that is open upward to the ball stopper member 400X.
  The game balls stacked in the height direction in this manner are held in one vertical row by passing between the ball leveling member 420X and the bottom plate portion 361X. That is, the game balls flow into the case rail unit 322 while being rectified in one vertical row.
  In the present embodiment, the sphere leveling member 420X is rotatable (the contact portion 421 is swingable). When the game balls stacked vertically push the contact portion 421X from the upstream side, the ball leveling member 420X rotates to the downstream side so that the contact portion 421X moves away from the bottom plate portion 361X while moving to the downstream side. Then it will float up. Thereby, the clearance gap between the contact part 421X and the baseplate part 361X spreads, and generation | occurrence | production of a ball clogging is avoided.
  As for the ball leveling member 420X, since the game balls are stacked vertically on the upstream side thereof, the ball leveling member 420X hardly stays at the above-described standby position. In many cases, the contact portion 421X is caused by the game ball from the upstream side. By being pushed, it is maintained in a state where it swings to the downstream side.
  Thus, when switching from the state in which the outflow of the game ball from the tank rail 360X is permitted to the state in which the outflow of the game ball from the tank rail 360X is performed, the upstream of the ball stopper member 400X (base portion 401X). The end on the side is picked with a finger or the like and rotated in a predetermined direction (clockwise in the rear view of the pachinko machine 10) (see FIG. 24A → FIG. 24B).
  As shown in FIG. 24 (b) → FIG. 24 (c), when the amount of rotation of the ball stopper member 400X reaches a predetermined amount (about 10 ° in the present embodiment), the downstream side of the base portion 401X is reached. The claw portion 407X formed at the end reaches the flow-down region, and the claw portion 407X narrows the outlet portion of the tank rail 360 so that the game ball cannot flow out. In other words, the claw portion 407X can come into contact with the game ball located on the most downstream side of the tank rail 360X from the downstream side.
  In the present embodiment, as the claw portion 407X reaches the flow-down region, the sphere leveling member 420X rotates to the upstream side. Specifically, the upper receiving portion 426 of the ball leveling member 420 is pushed by the operation portion 409X (specifically, the tip portion 409aX) of the ball stopper member 400X. The operation unit 409X also rotates about the center of rotation of the ball stopper member 400, but the receiving unit 426 moves upstream in accordance with the movement of the operation unit 409X. As a result, the ball leveling member 420X rotates to the upstream side, and the game ball that is in contact with the contact portion 421X from the upstream side is pushed back to the upstream side.
  As described above, in the configuration in which the claw portion 407X enters the flow-down region, depending on the position of the game ball, the parked game ball may be pushed upstream by the claw portion 407X. If such a movement of the game ball is not allowed, the switching to the blocking state may not be completed successfully, and there may be a disadvantage that the game ball flows out from the tank rail 360X. In particular, in the configuration in which the ball leveling member 420 is disposed upstream of the ball stopper member 400X, the game ball is clogged between the ball leveling member 420X (contact portion 421X) and the claw portion 407X, The possibility that switching to the blocking state becomes difficult increases.
  In this regard, in the present embodiment, as described above, the ball leveling member 420X (abutting portion 421X) is configured such that the ball leveling member 420X is allowed to escape upstream in accordance with the movement of the claw portion 407X. And the claw portion 407X are less likely to cause inconvenience such as a game ball being clogged.
  When the ball stopper member 400X is switched to the blocking state, the ball leveling member 420X remains in the state of swinging to the upstream side, and the rotation to the downstream side of the standby position is restricted. In this way, the function of reducing the ball pressure applied to the claw portion 407X of the ball stopper member 400X by receiving the game ball on the ball averager member 420X by restricting the rotation of the ball averager member 420X to the downstream side. Can be suitably exhibited. In the blocked state, the flow of game balls is hindered, and there is no need to secure the rectifying function.
  After switching to the blocking state in this way, the second protrusions 406FX and 406RX are in contact with the upper end edges of the wall portions 362X and 363X from above. The second protrusion 406X and the wall portions 362X and 363X allow the ball stopper member 400X to rotate in a predetermined direction, while suppressing rotation in a direction opposite to the predetermined direction. As described above, the ball stopper member 400X is maintained in the blocking state by temporarily stopping the rotation in the direction opposite to the predetermined direction while allowing the rotation in the predetermined direction.
  In the present embodiment, the ball stopper member 400X can be switched from the blocked state to the allowed state by rotating the ball stopper member 400X in a direction opposite to the predetermined direction. As shown in FIG. 24C → FIG. 24B → FIG. 24A, when the ball stopper member 400X is switched to the allowable state, the operation unit 409X is lowered along with the raising of the claw portion 407X. As a result, the distal end 409aX of the operation portion 409X hits the upper receiving portion 427X, and the upper receiving portion 427X is pushed downward by the distal end portion 409aX, so that the ball leveling member 420X rotates about the shaft pin 411X. Thereby, the contact part 421X moves to the upstream side.
  Thus, the position of the game ball in contact with the ball leveling member 420X is changed by operating the ball leveling member 420X in conjunction with the switching of the ball stop member 400X from the blocked state to the permitted state. Can do. Thereby, even when the ball engagement occurs in a plurality of game balls including the game balls that are in contact with the ball leveling member 420X, the positional relationship between the game balls changes, Elimination of the ball chewing will be promoted.
  In particular, as shown in FIG. 24 (b) → FIG. 24 (a), after the ball leveling member 420X has swung to some extent upstream, it moves to the opposite side due to its own weight or the like. As a result, even if a new ball bite is generated by pushing the game ball upstream, it is possible to promote the cancellation of the new ball bite by changing the positional relationship between the game balls being bitten. It has become.
  As described above in detail, even when the configuration in which the ball leveling member 420X is interlocked when the ball stopper member 400X is switched from the blocked state to the permitted state is adopted, the ball passage member 400X remains in the guide passage after the permitted state. It is difficult to completely eliminate the possibility that the ball clogging remains, and in this embodiment, a configuration for easily eliminating such a ball clogging is adopted. Hereinafter, the configuration for eliminating the ball clogging will be described with reference to FIG. 22 again.
<Configuration for eliminating ball clogging>
A protruding portion 408X protruding from the guide passage is formed at the upstream end of the base portion 401X of the ball stopper member 400X. The protruding portion 408X faces the arm portion 422X (specifically, the upper end portion 423X) of the ball leveling member 420X from above the gaming machine. A protrusion 418X that protrudes toward the upper end 423X is formed on the lower surface of the protrusion 408X that faces the upper end 423X, more specifically, at a position that is downstream of the rotation center of the ball leveling member 420X. ing.
  The upper end portion 423X has a planar shape inclined so as to descend from the downstream side to the upstream side of the guide passage, and the protrusion 418X faces the upper end portion 423X with a gap. With respect to this gap, the protrusion 418X and the upper end 423X are located within the range so as to avoid interference when the ball leveling member 420X rotates within the range defined by the stoppers 412X and 413X. The upper and lower overlaps are secured.
  In the first embodiment, when the ball stopper member 400 is in an allowable state, the base portion 401 of the ball stopper member 400X and the partition wall 366 of the tank rail 360 are in contact with each other, so that the upstream side The facing portion 402 is regulated so as not to be displaced toward the side closer to the bottom plate portion 361 of the tank rail 360. In contrast, in the present embodiment, a gap is provided between the base portion 401X (specifically, the upstream facing portion 402X) and the partition wall 366X, and a part of the upstream facing portion 402X including the protruding portion 408X. However, it is comprised so that it can displace to the side which approaches the baseplate part 361X. In the upstream facing portion 402X, by pushing a portion that is upstream from the second protrusion 406X toward the bottom plate portion 361X, the upstream facing portion 402X is bent and deformed, and the protruding portion 408X is lowered.
  Here, the portion bent upward in the upstream facing portion 402X is in contact with the wall portions 362X and 363X of the tank rail 360X. In these wall portions 362X and 363X, the portions (edge portions) that are in contact with the upstream facing portion 402X are inclined downward toward the downstream side, so that the displacement direction when the bending deformation occurs is the wall. 362X and 363X. That is, the projecting portion 408X does not descend directly below, but descends with displacement toward the downstream side.
  Hereinafter, with reference to FIG. 25 and FIG. 26, when a ball clogging occurs at the time of switching from the blocked state to the permitted state, etc., an operation for eliminating the ball clogging and the movement of the game ball will be described. FIG. 25 and FIG. 26 are schematic diagrams showing an operation for eliminating the ball clogging and the movement of the game ball thereby.
  Ball clogging in the tank rail 360X is broadly divided into that generated when the game ball is caught between the abutting portion 421X of the ball leveling member 420X and the bottom plate portion 361X of the tank rail 360X, and the base of the ball stopper member 400X. There are some that occur when a game ball bites between the portion 401X and the bottom plate portion 361X.
  First, the former of these two modes will be described with reference to FIG. As shown in FIG. 25 (a), when a game ball is caught between the contact portion 421X and the bottom plate portion 361X of the ball leveling member 420X, FIG. 25 (a) → FIG. 25 (b). As shown, the upstream facing portion 402X of the ball stopper member 400X (specifically, the portion on the upstream side of the second protrusion 406X) is pushed toward the bottom plate portion 361X.
  As a result, the protruding portion 408X of the ball stopper member 400X descends, and the protrusion 418X hits the arm portion 422X (specifically, the upper end portion 423X) of the ball leveling member 420X. When pushed further by the operator, the upper end portion 423X is pushed by the protrusion 418X, so that the ball leveling member 420X rotates around the shaft pin 411X (rotates clockwise as viewed from the rear of the gaming machine). . Thereby, the contact part 421X moves to the upstream side.
  When the contact portion 421X moves to the upstream side, the game balls that have been in contact with the contact portion 421X so far are pushed upstream, and the positional relationship between the game balls changes. As already described, the positional relationship between the game balls that generate the ball bite is easily eliminated by a subtle change in the positional relationship. Since the ball leveling member 420X shown in the present embodiment is separated from the bottom plate portion 361X by one or more balls, it is in contact with only the upper game ball among the plurality of game balls stacked vertically. For this reason, by changing the position of the contact portion 421X, the positions of some of the game balls can be changed, and the ball clogging is eliminated as shown in FIG.
  Next, with reference to FIG. 26, a case where a ball clogging has occurred between the upstream facing portion 402X and the bottom plate portion 361X of the ball stopper member 400X will be described.
  As shown in FIG. 26 (a), when the game ball is caught between the upstream facing portion 402X and the bottom plate portion 361X, as shown in FIG. 26 (a) → FIG. 26 (b). The upstream facing portion 402X (specifically, the portion on the upstream side of the second protrusion 406X) of the ball stopper member 400X is pushed toward the bottom plate portion 361X.
  As a result, the upstream facing portion 402X is bent and deformed with the second protrusion 406X as the base end, and the game ball sandwiched between the upstream facing portion 402X and the bottom plate portion 361X is pushed upstream. Thereby, the positional relationship of the game balls stacked vertically is changed, and the clogging of the balls is eliminated (see FIG. 26B).
  At this time, the fact that the upstream movement of the game ball pushed by the upstream facing portion 402X is hindered by the ball pressure or the like from the upstream game ball is a factor that makes the change in the positional relationship difficult to occur. Therefore, it is not preferable.
  In this regard, in the present embodiment, as shown in FIG. 26B, the ball leveling member 420X is rotated by pushing the upstream facing portion 402X, and the game ball is in contact with the contact portion 421X. Will be pushed upstream. As a result, the above-described resistance can be reduced, and furthermore, a space allowing the upstream movement can be created. Therefore, the ball clogging can be preferably eliminated.
  As described above in detail, when the ball clogging occurs, the ball clogging can be eliminated by pressing the upstream facing portion 402X, and therefore it is not necessary to specify the location where the ball clogging occurs. Therefore, it is possible to prevent the work for eliminating the clogging from becoming complicated.
  In addition, it is not limited to the description content of embodiment mentioned above, For example, you may implement as follows. Incidentally, the configuration of another embodiment described below may be applied individually to the configuration in the above embodiment, or may be applied in combination with each other.
  (1) In each of the above embodiments, the ball stop member 400 is configured to prevent the movement of the game ball flowing down the tank rail 360 as a “guide passage”. It is also possible to change this and to prevent the movement of the game ball flowing down the case rail 324 by the ball stop member.
  (2) In each of the embodiments described above, the ball stopper member 400 is a rotary type. However, as long as the ball stopper member 400 can be switched between a blocking state for preventing the game ball from flowing out of the tank rail 360 and an allowable state for allowing the flowing out. The detailed specifications are optional. For example, the ball stopper member 400 can be a sliding type instead of a rotating type.
  However, for example, when the ball stopper member 400 is configured to slide up and down, it is necessary to reverse the movement direction of the ball leveling member 420, and it is necessary to add a configuration for realizing such movement. Can occur. This is not preferable because the configuration of the tank unit 321 becomes complicated. Therefore, it is desirable that the ball stopper member 400 be a pivot type as shown in the above embodiment.
  (3) In each of the above embodiments, the ball stopper member 400 is configured to have both the upstream facing portion 402 as the “movable portion” and the claw portion 407 as the “projecting portion”. That is, although the “movable part” and the “projection part” are provided integrally, it is also possible to provide these “movable part” and “projection part” separately. For example, it is good also as a structure which connects a "movable part" and a "protrusion part" using a link structure etc., and connects both.
  (4) In each of the above embodiments, the “movable part” has a plate shape. However, the “movable part” only needs to be able to push at least a game ball. It is also possible to adopt a configuration having a shape.
  (5) In the above embodiment, the upstream facing portion 402 as the “movable portion” is gradually moved to the bottom plate portion 361 side of the tank rail 360 in accordance with the switching to the blocking state. The “movable part” may be configured to move to the bottom plate part 361 side when the switching to is completed.
  (6) In the above embodiment, the tank rail 360 as a “guide passage” has a groove shape opened upward, but this may be changed so that the guide passage has a cylindrical shape. Is possible. In this case, for example, the guide passage can be configured to extend vertically, and the guide passage can be easily handled.
  (7) In each of the above-described embodiments, the tank rail 360 as the “guide passage” has a configuration having two ball passages, but is not limited thereto, for example, a configuration having a single ball passage. It is good also as a structure which has three or more ball paths.
  (8) In each of the above-described embodiments, the lower surface of the upstream facing portion 402 is configured to be planar, but this may be changed to have a curved surface that is convex toward the upstream side of the tank rail 360. . This makes it easier to push the parked game ball upstream when switching to the allowed state.
  (9) In each of the above embodiments, the length of the upstream facing portion 402 in the passage direction of the tank rail 360 is set to be larger than the length of the downstream facing portion 403. However, this may be reversed. It is possible to make both dimensions the same. However, when such a change is made, there is a concern that the function of maintaining the ball stopper member 400 in the blocked state is deteriorated. Therefore, desirably, the length dimension of the upstream facing portion 402 in the passage direction of the tank rail 360 is set to be larger than the length dimension of the downstream facing portion 403 as shown in the above embodiment.
  (10) In the first embodiment, the ball leveling member 420 is attached to the upstream end portion (projecting portion 408) of the ball stopper member 400. However, the mounting position of the ball leveling member 420 is at least upstream. What is necessary is just to be located in an upstream rather than a side opposing part, and about the detailed arrangement | positioning, it is arbitrary.
  (11) In the second embodiment, in the state in which the ball stopper member 400X is switched to the blocking state, the swing of the ball stopper member 400X to the downstream side is restricted. However, the present invention is not limited to this. It is not something. Even after the ball stopper member 400X is switched to the blocking state, it is possible to adopt a configuration that allows the rocking to the downstream side.
  However, in the blocking state, the blocking function may be impaired due to deformation of the claw portion 407X due to an increase in the ball pressure applied to the claw portion 407X of the ball stopper member 400X. In view of such circumstances, in the blocking state, by restricting the ball leveling member 420X from rotating from the upstream rotation position to the downstream side, the ball pressure applied to the ball stopper member 400X is reduced. It is preferable to protect the ball stopper member 400X by adopting a configuration in which a part is received by the ball leveling member 420X.
  (12) In the second embodiment, when the ball stopper member 400X is switched to an allowable state, the ball average member 420X swings upstream in conjunction with the ball stopper member 400X. The interlocking mode of the shim member 420X is not limited to this. For example, a configuration in which the sphere leveling member 420X swings downstream or a configuration that vibrates may be employed.
  (13) In the second embodiment, when the ball stopper member 400X is operated, the operation force is used as power for interlocking the ball average member 420X. However, the following configuration may be employed as long as it is configured to be interlocked with the shim member 420X. That is, a detection sensor that detects the movement of the ball stopper member, a drive unit such as a motor that operates the ball leveling member, and a control device that drives and controls the drive unit based on detection information from the detection sensor, When the stop member is operated, it is also possible to adopt a configuration in which the sphere leveling member is operated accordingly.
  (14) In each of the embodiments described above, the downstream end portion 360D of the downstream rail portion 360D and the protective cover portion 312 so that the downstream passage portion 360D of the tank rail 360 does not protrude rearward from the protective cover portion 312 of the back pack 301. It was set as the structure which arranges the front-and-rear position with the back of. By changing this, the rear end portion of the downstream passage portion 360 </ b> D may be configured to be positioned in front of or behind the back surface of the protective cover portion 312.
  However, in order to secure the work area for the wirings H1 and H2 and enjoy the decompression / deactivation function in the tank rail 360 while suppressing the increase in the thickness of the pachinko machine 10, as shown in the above embodiment, It is preferable that the front and rear positions of the rear end portion of the downstream passage portion 360D and the back surface of the protective cover portion 312 be aligned.
  (15) In each of the above embodiments, the wiring H3 extending from the main controller 162 is connected to the front surface of the external terminal plate 319. However, the present invention is not limited to this. For example, the wiring H3 can be connected to the rear surface (mounting surface 319c) of the external terminal plate 319 in the same manner as the wirings H1 and H2.
  However, the wiring H3 is more likely to be a subject of fraudulent behavior than other wiring. Therefore, when the said modification is employ | adopted, a crime prevention function will fall easily. Therefore, it is preferable to secure a wiring arrangement space between the external terminal board 319 and the inner frame 13 (game board 80) and connect the wiring H3 to the external terminal board 319 from the front of the gaming machine. It is good to suppress the decrease.
  (16) Other types of pachinko machines different from the above embodiment, for example, a pachinko machine in which an electric accessory is released a predetermined number of times when a game ball enters a specific area of a special device, or a game ball in a specific area of a special device The present invention can also be applied to a pachinko machine that generates a right if a player enters, a pachinko machine equipped with other objects, an arrangement ball machine, a sparrow ball, and other gaming machines.
  Also, a non-ball-type gaming machine, for example, a plurality of reels with a plurality of types of symbols attached in the circumferential direction, starts rotation of the reel by inserting a medal and operating a start lever, and a stop switch is operated. If a specific symbol or a combination of specific symbols is established on the effective line visible from the display window after the reel has stopped after a predetermined time has passed, a privilege such as paying out medals is given to the player The present invention can also be applied to a slot machine.
  Further, the gaming machine main body supported by the outer frame so as to be openable and closable is provided with a storage unit and a capture device, and the start lever is operated after a predetermined number of game balls stored in the storage unit are captured by the capture device. Thus, the present invention can also be applied to a gaming machine in which a pachinko machine and a slot machine are fused to start the rotation of the reel.
<Invention Group Extracted from the Embodiments>
Hereinafter, the features of the invention group extracted from the above-described embodiment will be described while showing effects and the like as necessary. In the following, for ease of understanding, the corresponding configuration in the above embodiment is appropriately shown in parentheses, but is not limited to the specific configuration shown in parentheses.
<Feature A group>
Feature A1. A guide passage (tank rail 360) for guiding a game ball;
A blocking state in which the movement of the game ball to the downstream side of the specific position (the most downstream position of the tank rail 360) in the guide passage, and an allowable state in which the movement of the game ball to the downstream side of the specific position are allowed. A ball stopper member (ball stopper member 400) that can be switched to
A ball leveling member (ball leveling member 420) for leveling the ball of the game ball by contacting the game ball moving in the guide passage;
The ball stopper member moves to a side closer to the game ball staying upstream from the specific position by switching from the blocking state to the permission state, and by switching from the permission state to the blocking state. A movable part (upstream facing part 402) that moves away from the game ball is provided,
The ball leveling member is attached to the ball stopper member so as to be positioned on the upstream side of the movable part, and when switching from the allowable state to the blocking state is performed, the movable member is movable. A game machine that allows the game ball to flow into an area where the flow of the game ball is blocked by the ball leveling member in the guide passage by moving so as to follow the portion.
  According to the feature A1, the movement of the game ball to the downstream side of the specific position is blocked by switching the ball stopper member to the blocking state. Thereby, when the game ball is removed from various configurations (for example, the payout device 326 of the case rail unit 322) arranged on the downstream side of the ball stopper member, the game ball is prevented from newly flowing into the same configuration. , Can contribute to ease of maintenance. After the maintenance or the like is finished, the game ball is allowed to flow down by switching the ball stopper member to an allowable state.
  In the configuration having the ball stopper member described above, when switching from the blocked state to the allowed state, the gaming ball that has been blocked until then flows all at once, and the following inconvenience may occur. That is, it is assumed that a large amount of game balls reach the above-mentioned various configurations arranged on the downstream side of the ball stopper member at a stretch, and the impact generated in the various configurations at the time of reaching them increases. This is not preferable because it can cause deformation and breakage of the various configurations and hinder the security of the configuration.
  Here, in this feature, by switching from the permitted state to the blocked state, the ball leveling member moves together with the movable portion of the ball stopper member, and the inflow of the game ball to the area where the inflow of the game ball has been suppressed until then Will be allowed. That is, while the game balls in the guide passage are rectified by the ball leveling member in the allowable state, the game balls can be disturbed when switched to the blocking state. In particular, such disturbance is easily caused by the movement of the sphere leveling member together with the ball stopper. By actively disturbing the arrangement of the game balls in this way, it becomes possible to cause the ball pressure or the like to act so as to prevent the smooth flow of the game balls (for example, it is possible to intentionally generate a ball clogging). Become). Thereby, even if the blocking state is simply released, it is possible to prevent the game ball that has been dammed from flowing out at a stretch.
  By switching the ball stop member from the blocked state to the allowed state, the baby ball of the game ball is pushed by the movable portion and the ball leveling member. As the movable part and the sphere leveling member move, the nodule gradually collapses, and the above-described clogging of balls is eliminated. As a result, the game ball starts to flow, and finally the ball leveling member returns to the original position, thereby ensuring a smooth flow of the game ball. In this way, it is possible to appropriately protect the configuration by causing a shift in the timing at which the game balls start to flow and avoiding a large amount of game balls from flowing into the various downstream configurations at once.
Feature A2. A guide passage (tank rail 360) for guiding a game ball;
A blocking state in which the movement of the game ball to the downstream side of the specific position (the most downstream position of the tank rail 360) in the guide passage, and an allowable state in which the movement of the game ball to the downstream side of the specific position are allowed. A ball stopper member (ball stopper member 400) that can be switched to
A ball leveling member (ball leveling member 420) for leveling the ball of the game ball by contacting the game ball moving in the guide passage;
The guide passage has a groove shape opened upward,
The ball stopper member is opposed to the bottom portion (bottom plate portion 361) of the guide passage at a position upstream of the specific position in the guide passage, with a game ball passage area allowing the game ball to pass therethrough. A movable portion (upstream facing portion 402) formed so as to move, and the movable portion moves so as to narrow the passage region by switching from the blocking state to the allowable state, and from the allowable state to the It is configured to move so as to expand the passage area by switching to the blocking state,
The ball leveling member is attached to the ball stopper member, and when the permissible state and the blocking state are switched, the guide is provided by moving so as to follow the movable portion. A gaming machine characterized in that inflow of game balls into an area where inflow of game balls is prevented by the ball leveling member in the passage is allowed.
  According to the feature A2, in addition to the same effect as the feature A1, the following effect can be expected.
  It is assumed that the location where the above-mentioned game ball is bitten can be suitably canceled by pressing the lump composed of a plurality of game balls, and it is assumed that it will be different from time to time, and the same location should be fully predicted It is difficult. Therefore, if the movable portion is configured to narrow the passage region on the upstream side of the specific position as shown in this feature, the variety of places to be pushed can be suitably allowed. Thereby, a practically preferable configuration can be realized.
Feature A3. The ball leveling member is provided apart from the bottom portion so that a game ball can pass between the bottom portion and the ball leveling member, and follows the movable portion when switching to the blocking state. By moving as described above, the gap between the sphere leveling member and the bottom is configured to be large,
The movable part and the ball leveling member are moved in the gap to the downstream side of the area expanded by the movement of the ball leveling member accompanying the switching to the blocking state. The gaming machine according to Feature A2, characterized in that the area that is obstructed by the movement of the portion is positioned.
  For example, in a configuration in which the guide passage extends vertically, a game ball can easily enter the gap by its own weight if the passage area is expanded. For this reason, the protection function etc. which were mentioned above can be exhibited suitably. On the other hand, in a configuration in which the guide passage is not vertical, the game ball tends to stay near the bottom due to its own weight. Therefore, in order to allow the game ball to flow into the expanded area, it is necessary to use the ball pressure or the like of the subsequent game ball well. is there.
  In this regard, according to the present feature, the region expanded by the movement of the movable portion is positioned immediately downstream of the region expanded by the movement of the sphere leveling member. For this reason, the game ball that has passed through the expansion region applied to the ball leveling member is likely to flow into the expansion region applied to the movable portion, and the game ball does not flow well into the expanded region, so that it is difficult to exert the above effect. Inconvenience can be made difficult to occur.
Feature A4. The ball stopper member is
A long plate-like base portion (base portion 401) having the movable portion and extending along the guide passage;
The base portion is provided at a portion downstream of the movable portion, and when the base ball is switched to the blocking state, the game ball positioned at the specific position contacts the game ball from the downstream side of the guide passage. A stopper portion (claw portion 407) that prevents the movement of the game ball downstream from the specific position;
The base portion is rotatably supported between the movable portion and the stopper portion,
Based on the rotation of the base portion, the stopper portion moves to the side closer to the bottom portion and the movable portion moves to the side away from the bottom portion, whereby the ball stopper member is switched to the blocking state, Based on the rotation of the base portion to the opposite side to the switching to the blocking state, the stopper portion moves to the side away from the bottom portion, and the movable portion moves to the side closer to the bottom portion, The ball stopper member is configured to be switched to the allowable state,
The game ball located between the movable part and the bottom part is configured to be pushed upstream with the movement of the movable part at the time of switching to the allowed state,
The sphere leveling member is disposed at the end of the base portion on the movable portion side, and when switching to the permissible state, from the downstream side to the upstream side of the guide passage as the base portion rotates. The gaming machine according to Feature A2 or Feature A3, which moves.
  In order to realize the configuration shown in the feature A2 and the like, it is preferable that the ball stopper member (base portion) is rotatable as shown in the feature. By supporting the base part in a rotatable manner between the movable part and the stopper part, it is possible to interlock the movable part and the stopper part while suppressing the complexity of the configuration, that is, avoiding the use of a complicated link structure. Can do. That is, by moving the ball stopper member like a seesaw, the movable portion and the stopper portion can be moved in the reverse direction with respect to the bottom portion. Thereby, with a simple configuration, it is possible to provide a ball clogging elimination function and a ball stopper function to the ball stopper member, and a practically preferable configuration can be realized.
  When the ball stopper member is switched from the blocked state to the permitted state, the game ball that has been blocked is pushed upstream by the movable portion, thereby preventing the ball pressure applied to the stopper portion from increasing, and the game ball It becomes possible to break down the baby boom. Here, the sphere leveling member is attached to a rotating ball stopper, and moves from the downstream side to the upstream side as the ball stopper member rotates. For this reason, it is possible to make it difficult for the game ball pushed upstream by the movable portion to bite between the ball leveling member and the movable portion, and to prevent the disadvantage that the switching operation of the ball stopper member is hindered. It has become.
  In addition, the distance from the rotation center part of the ball stop member to the movable part is different from the distance to the ball leveling member, and the latter rate of change can be made larger than the former. As a result, it is easy to make the contact timing between the game ball and the movable part faster than the contact timing between the game ball and the ball leveling member. Contributing to
  Feature A5. The sphere leveling member is pivotally supported so as to be swingable along the guide passage, and is urged so as to remain at the lower limit position by its own weight. A gaming machine according to Feature A4.
  According to the feature A5, it is possible to increase the amount of displacement from the downstream side to the upstream side of the portion (lower end portion) that contacts the game ball in the ball leveling member. Thereby, the effect shown in the feature A4 can be exhibited more suitably.
  In addition, since the ball leveling member is pivotally supported so that it can swing, when the ball leveling member comes into contact with the game ball group in the process of switching to the permissible state, the game ball group is not forcibly interrupted. It can be set on the ball group. For this reason, even when the game ball is pushed upstream by the movable portion, it is possible to suitably avoid such a movement of the game ball being hindered by the ball leveling member.
  Feature A6. The ball leveling member is arranged such that a distance from the rotation center portion to the protruding portion is larger than a distance from the rotation center portion of the ball stopper member to the stopper portion. The gaming machine according to Feature A4 or Feature A5, characterized by
  According to the feature A6, it is possible to increase the amount of displacement of the sphere leveling member to the upstream side when switching to the allowable state. Thereby, it becomes easy to exhibit the effect shown in the feature A5.
  Further, the movement amount of the ball leveling member at the time of switching to the blocking state can be increased, facilitating the inflow of the game ball into the space for drawing in the game ball that is expanded as the movable part moves. be able to.
Feature A7. The sphere leveling member is pivotally supported so as to be swingable along the guide passage, and is urged so as to remain at the lower limit position by its own weight. ,
An upstream blocking portion (upstream stopper portion 412) for blocking the upstream movement of the sphere leveling member;
A downstream side blocking part (downstream side stopper part 402) for blocking the movement of the sphere leveling member to the downstream side,
The maximum movement amount to the upstream side defined by the upstream blocking unit is set to be smaller than the maximum movement amount to the downstream side defined by the downstream blocking unit. The gaming machine according to any one of A4.
  When the ball leveling member is configured to be swingable as shown in the feature A7, it is possible to suitably suppress the occurrence of ball clogging or the like when the ball leveling function is exhibited. However, in the configuration in which the sphere leveling member moves as shown in the feature A1 or the like, when the sphere leveling member swings to the upstream side, sphere clogging is likely to occur as compared to the case of swinging to the downstream side. It is a concern. Therefore, by making the movement range of the sphere leveling member large on the downstream side and small on the upstream side, it is possible to suppress the occurrence of sphere clogging due to the swinging of the sphere leveling member.
  In particular, in combination with the feature A4, it is easy to hit the game ball from the downstream side, so that it is possible to suitably suppress the swinging to the upstream side.
Feature A8. A guide passage (tank rail 360) for guiding a game ball;
A blocking state in which the movement of the game ball to the downstream side of the specific position (the most downstream position of the tank rail 360) in the guide passage, and an allowable state in which the movement of the game ball to the downstream side of the specific position are allowed. A ball stopper member (ball stopper member 400) that can be switched to
A ball leveling member (ball leveling member 420) for leveling the ball of the game ball by contacting the game ball moving in the guide passage;
The guide passage has a groove shape opened upward,
The ball stop member is a movable portion (upstream facing) that is formed to face the bottom portion (bottom plate portion 361) of the guide passage with a gap at a position upstream of the specific position in the guide passage. Part 402), and the movable part moves so as to narrow the area between the bottom part and the movable part by switching to the allowable state, and widens the area by switching to the blocking state. Configured to move,
The ball leveling member is pivotally supported by the ball stop member so as to be swingable along the guide passage, and when the allowable state and the blocking state are switched. The gaming machine is configured to move so as to follow the movable portion.
According to the feature A8, when switching to the permissible state, the ball leveling member rotates around the pivotal support portion by hitting the game ball group from above. Thereby, it can avoid that a ball leveling member forcibly interrupts a game ball group. When the game ball pushed by the movable part moves upstream, it is possible to avoid the movement from being hindered by the ball leveling member, and to make it difficult for the switching operation to be difficult. it can.
Supporting is avoided.
  The above feature A group is effective when applied to the following problems.
  A gaming machine such as a pachinko machine has a gaming machine main body in which a gaming board in which a gaming area is formed is mounted on a frame body, and a front door frame attached to the front side of the gaming machine main body. is there. A game ball launching handle is provided on the front door frame, and when the game ball launching handle is operated, the game ball is launched toward the game area. In the game area, there are configurations related to winning such as a prize opening and a prize-winning device, and a nail or the like that disperses the flow path of the game balls so that game balls that have reached the game area win with a reasonable probability. Various configurations are provided.
  In addition, the game machine main body is provided with a ball tank for storing game balls supplied from the island facility, and a payout device for paying out game balls stored in the ball tank. When winning a prize in a mouth or a winning device, a predetermined number of game balls are paid out to a ball tray on the front door frame.
  The payout device has various configurations such as a detection switch for detecting a paid game ball. For example, the payout function can be suitably maintained by performing maintenance such as cleaning of the payout device and operation check of the detection switch. When such maintenance work is performed, the game ball is dammed in the guide passage between the ball tank and the payout device, and the game ball on the downstream side is discharged to facilitate the work. A gaming machine has been proposed for convenience (see, for example, Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open No. 09-070476). In such a gaming machine, a ball stop member or the like is disposed in the guide passage, and the ball stop member is operated to switch between a blocking state for preventing the game ball from flowing down and an allowable state for allowing the game ball to flow down. It is common to be configured so that
  However, in the configuration in which the game ball is prevented from flowing down by the ball stopper member, the game ball stored in the ball tank can flow into the dispensing device or the like at once by releasing the ball stopper. In this case, it is assumed that an impact (load) generated in the payout device increases due to a large amount of game balls flowing in at once. This is not preferable in securing the function of the dispensing device.
  The above-mentioned problem does not occur only in the pachinko machine, but may occur in other types of gaming machines having a guide passage and a ball stopper member connected to a ball tank that stores game balls.
<Feature B group>
Feature B1. A guide passage (tank rail 360) for guiding a game ball;
A blocking state in which the movement of the game ball to the downstream side of the specific position (the most downstream position of the tank rail 360) in the guide passage, and an allowable state in which the movement of the game ball to the downstream side of the specific position are allowed. A ball stopper member (ball stopper member 400) that can be switched to
It is provided so as to be operable in the guide passage, and comprises a ball leveling member (ball leveling member 420) for leveling the ball of the game ball by contacting the game ball moving in the guide path,
The ball stopper member has a movable portion (upstream facing portion 402) that moves so as to approach the game ball staying upstream from the specific position by switching from the blocking state to the allowable state. ,
When the switching from the blocking state to the permissible state is performed, a driving mechanism (the operation unit 409 of the ball stopper member 400, the receiving unit of the ball leveling member 420) that operates the spherical leveling member in conjunction with the switching. 425).
  In a gaming machine having a ball stopper member as shown in the feature B1, when the ball stopper member is switched to the blocking state, the clogging of the game balls staying in the guide passage is disturbed and the like occurs. there is a possibility. When such an event occurs, the ball clogging remains unresolved simply by releasing the blocking state, and additional work (such as shaking the gaming machine, hitting the guide passage, (A work of pushing the game ball with a finger). Such a separate work is not preferable because it causes a decrease in workability.
  In this feature, by switching the ball stopper member to an allowable state, the movable portion constituting the ball stopper member moves to a side closer to the game ball staying upstream from the specific position. . The ball clogging is caused by the positional relationship between game balls, and the positional relationship is often based on a delicate balance. Therefore, when the balance is lost due to the movable part hitting a game ball or the like, it is possible to promote the elimination of the ball clogging.
  However, in the configuration in which the game ball is pushed by the movable part, there is a concern that the pushed game ball is supported by the ball leveling member and the movement of the game ball or the movable part is hindered. Such support for game balls is often based on a delicate balance as described above. Therefore, when the switching from the blocking state to the allowable state is performed, if the ball leveling member is operated in conjunction with the switching, the game ball is supported by giving the movement to the ball leveling member. It is possible to suppress the occurrence of inconvenience that the movement of the game ball and the movable part is hindered. Thereby, the workability | operativity at the time of switching to a permission state can be improved.
  Feature B2. The gaming machine according to Feature B1, wherein the driving mechanism operates the sphere leveling member in conjunction with switching from the blocking state to the permissible state.
  As shown in feature B1, in consideration of the possibility of new ball clogging by performing an operation to switch to an allowable state, the ball leveling member is operated in conjunction with the movement of the ball stopper member. Thus, the occurrence of such inconvenience can be more suitably suppressed. As already described, ball clogging is likely to occur when the positional relationship between a plurality of game balls is based on a delicate balance. By providing movement to the game ball group upstream and downstream of a position where there is a relatively high possibility that such an inconvenience will occur (for example, an area between the ball stopper member and the ball leveling member), the above balance is achieved. It is because it becomes easy to break.
  Feature B3. When the ball stop member is switched to the permissible state, the drive mechanism is configured to move the game ball at least while the movement of the game ball downstream from the specific position is blocked by the ball stop member. The gaming machine according to Feature B1, wherein the ball leveling member is operated such that the movement is continued.
  In the configuration in which the ball leveling member is operated in conjunction with the movement of the ball stopper member (movable part) as shown in the feature B2, while the game ball is prevented from moving downstream from the specific position, By continuing the movement of the sphere leveling member, the effect shown in the feature B2 can be preferably exhibited.
Feature B4. The movable part is configured to push the game ball upstream by switching to the allowed state,
The ball leveling member has an abutting portion (abutting portion 421) capable of abutting on the game ball, and the abutting portion abuts on the game ball moving in the guide passage, thereby allowing the game ball to move. Level
The drive mechanism operates the sphere leveling member so that the contact portion moves upstream in conjunction with the movable portion when switching from the blocking state to the allowable state is performed. The gaming machine according to any one of features B1 to B3.
  By adopting a configuration in which the game ball is pushed upstream by switching to the permissible state, the above-mentioned ball clogging eliminating function can be exhibited while preventing the flow of the game ball. However, in such a configuration, the game ball is supported between the ball leveling member disposed upstream of the movable portion and the movable portion by pushing the game ball upstream by the ball stopper member (movable portion). For example, there is a concern that the movement of the movable part is hindered or a new clogging occurs.
  Therefore, if the contact portion of the ball receiving member is configured to move to the upstream side in accordance with the movement of the ball stopper member, the contact portion moves to the upstream side together with the game ball pushed by the ball stopper member, The occurrence of the inconvenience described above can be suitably suppressed.
Feature B5. The ball leveling member is pivotally supported so that the contact portion can swing upstream and downstream along the guide path, and remains at the lower limit position due to its own weight. Is energized as
The gaming machine according to Feature B4, wherein the drive mechanism is configured not to prevent swinging of the ball stopper member after completion of switching to the permissible state.
  In this feature, even if a configuration is adopted in which the contact portion is forcibly moved when switching to the permissible state, the ball leveling member (contact portion) returns to the lower limit position by its own weight after switching to the permissible state. Will be. Thereby, in the permissible state, when the contact portion is pushed from the upstream side, the contact portion is displaced downstream without forcibly resisting. As a result, it is possible to prevent the disadvantage that the game ball is supported and to make the ball leveling function suitable.
Feature B6. The ball leveling member is pivotally supported so that the contact portion can swing upstream and downstream along the guide path, and remains at the lower limit position due to its own weight. Is energized as
In the feature B4 or feature B5, the drive mechanism has means for preventing displacement of the abutting portion to the downstream side when the ball stopper member is in the blocking state. The gaming machine described.
  According to the feature B6, since the regulating member is swingable, it is possible to suppress the occurrence of the ball biting while exhibiting the regulating function. In the blocking state, by blocking the downstream of the ball leveling member, a part of the game ball group can be received by the ball locking member, and the ball pressure applied to the ball locking member is reduced. Can contribute to mitigation.
Feature B7. The guide passage has a groove shape opened upward,
The ball stopper member has a long plate-like base portion (base portion 401) facing the bottom portion of the guide passage and extending along the guide passage,
The base portion is rotatably supported at an intermediate portion in the longitudinal direction, and a portion on the upstream side of the rotation center portion is a movable portion.
The guide passage is provided with a restricting portion that restricts the movable portion from turning toward the bottom of the guide passage away from the center of rotation.
The ball stopper member is formed so as to be deformable to the bottom side with the regulating portion as a base end even in a state regulated by the regulating portion.
The sphere leveling member is configured such that at least the abutting portion is displaced following the deformation of the ball stopper member, according to any one of features B4 to B6, Gaming machine.
  According to the feature B7, the positional relationship of the game balls can be changed by pushing the game ball existing between the base part (movable part) and the bottom part by the base part. At this time, the contact portion of the ball leveling member is displaced following the deformation of the ball stopper member, whereby the game ball in the passage is pushed, and the positional relationship of the game ball around the ball leveling member Can be changed. As already explained, the above-mentioned ball clogging is caused by the positional relationship between game balls, and the positional relationship is often based on a delicate balance. Therefore, by breaking the balance, it is possible to promote the elimination of the clogging.
  For example, the upstream end of the base portion is a free end that is allowed to bend and deformed with the restricting portion as a base end, and the free end can be pressed against the receiving portion of the spherical member. In the pressed state in which the movable part is pressed downward by the operator, the receiving part is pressed by the pressing part, so that at least the contact part is displaced following the deformation of the ball stopper member. What is necessary is just to be the structure to do.
  Feature B8. The ball leveling member is disposed upstream of the ball stopper member, and is configured such that at least the contact portion is displaced upstream of the guide passage following the deformation of the ball stopper member. The gaming machine according to Feature B7, wherein:
  According to the feature B8, since the game ball is guided to the ball stopper member in a rectified state, the switching to the blocking state can be performed smoothly. Here, as shown in the feature B4, in the configuration in which the game ball existing between the movable portion and the bottom portion is pushed to the upstream side when switching from the allowable state to the blocking state, the movable portion is caused by the ball pressure from the upstream side. It is assumed that the game ball pushed by the player becomes difficult to move, or that the game ball is prevented from moving by being supported between the ball leveling member and the movable part. This is not preferable because it makes it difficult to switch to an allowable state. In this respect, in this feature, the contact portion is displaced upstream in conjunction with the ball stopper. For this reason, the game ball pushed by the abutment portion moves upstream, thereby securing a escape area for the game ball pushed upstream by the movable portion, or reducing the ball pressure from the upstream side. be able to. As a result, it is possible to make it difficult for the inconvenience that the switching to the permissible state is hindered.
  The feature B group is effective when applied to the following problems.
  A gaming machine such as a pachinko machine has a gaming machine main body in which a gaming board in which a gaming area is formed is mounted on a frame body, and a front door frame attached to the front side of the gaming machine main body. is there. A game ball launching handle is provided on the front door frame, and when the game ball launching handle is operated, the game ball is launched toward the game area. In the game area, there are configurations related to winning such as a prize opening and a prize-winning device, and a nail or the like that disperses the flow path of the game balls so that game balls that have reached the game area win with a reasonable probability. Various configurations are provided.
  In addition, the game machine main body is provided with a ball tank for storing game balls supplied from the island facility, and a payout device for paying out game balls stored in the ball tank. When winning a prize in a mouth or a winning device, a predetermined number of game balls are paid out to a ball tray on the front door frame.
  The payout device has various configurations such as a detection switch for detecting a paid game ball. For example, the payout function can be suitably maintained by performing maintenance such as cleaning of the payout device and operation check of the detection switch. When such maintenance work is performed, the game ball is dammed in the guide passage between the ball tank and the payout device, and the game ball on the downstream side is discharged to facilitate the work. A gaming machine has been proposed for convenience (see, for example, Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open No. 09-070476). In such a gaming machine, a ball stop member is disposed in the guide passage, and the ball stop member is operated to switch between a blocking state for preventing the game ball from flowing down and an allowable state for allowing the game ball to flow down. What is configured to be able to do is common. In addition, some have been devised to limit the flow down of the game ball by arranging a ball leveling member in the guide passage. In this type of gaming machine, the effect of facilitating the above-mentioned ball stopping function can be expected by arranging the flow of game balls.
  However, in the configuration in which the game ball is prevented from flowing down by the ball stopper member, the fluidity of the game ball may be lowered upstream of the ball stopper member due to the ball pressure of the game ball connected from the ball tank. . Further, in the configuration having the above-mentioned spherical leveling member, the presence of the spherical leveling member can be a factor that causes clogging. If the game ball is clogged, the game ball may not flow well even after the ball stop is released, and the inflow of the game ball in the guide passage may be delayed. Certainly, the above inconvenience may be eliminated by pushing the part where the ball is clogged with a finger or shaking the guide passage, but this is not preferable because it may hinder the smoothing of the work. . Further, if a ball blockage is overlooked, it may be possible to hinder the game, so it is not preferable to rely only on the operator's confirmation work.
  The above-mentioned problem does not occur only in the pachinko machine, and may occur in other types of gaming machines having a guide path for a game ball and a ball stopper.
<Feature C group>
Feature C1. A ball tank (tank 350) that is provided on the back of the gaming machine and stores game balls;
A board (external terminal board 319) which is arranged at a position side by side with the ball tank on the back of the gaming machine so that the board surface faces the back of the gaming machine, and wiring (wiring H) is connected from the back of the gaming machine;
A guide passage (tank rail 360) for guiding the game balls discharged from the ball tank,
The guide passage has a lateral passage portion (downstream passage portion 360D) provided such that a part thereof overlaps with the substrate in the front-rear direction of the gaming machine,
A bent portion (boundary portion of each of the passage portions 360U, 360M, and 360D) is formed in the lateral passage portion so as to bypass the substrate backward, and the lateral passage portion includes the guide passage and the substrate. A game machine characterized in that a gap functioning as a work space for performing a connection work between the board and the wiring is ensured between the two.
  According to the feature C1, it is possible to suppress the expansion of the occupied area in the vertical direction as compared with the case where the guide path and the substrate are arranged side by side by arranging the guide passage and the substrate in a position where they overlap each other. . Thereby, the arrangement | positioning freedom degree of a periphery structure can be improved. However, if the guide passage and the substrate are simply arranged so as to overlap each other, wiring connection work becomes difficult. In this feature, a gap functioning as a work space for wiring connection work is formed between the guide passage and the board, so that the connection work becomes difficult by passing the guide passage behind the board. Can be suppressed.
  When the guide passage is formed so as to bypass the substrate and further to ensure a working gap, the change in the passage direction becomes large, and the balls of the game ball group forming a row in the guide passage The pressure can be reduced. That is, the pressure reducing function is exhibited by the guide passage. By performing depressurization in this way, for example, it is not necessary to provide a depressurizing function to the ball tank. Thereby, it can contribute to size reduction of a ball tank. Therefore, it is possible to suppress the occupying area of the ball tank, the guide passage, and the substrate from increasing in the vertical direction, thereby contributing to the above-described improvement in the degree of freedom of arrangement.
Feature C2. A game board (game board 80) having a game area (game area PE) formed on the front surface;
A frame (inner frame 13) on which the game board is mounted;
An opening / closing body (back pack unit 15) rotatably supported by the frame body,
The opening and closing body is
A cover portion (protective cover portion 312) that bulges rearward and covers the game board from the rear;
The board surface is arranged at a position above the cover portion and near the rotation base end of the opening / closing body so that the plate surface faces the back of the gaming machine, and wiring (wiring H) is connected from the back of the gaming machine. A substrate (external terminal plate 319);
A ball tank (tank 350) which is provided at a position on the rotation tip side of the opening / closing body with respect to the substrate and is opened upward to store a game ball;
A payout mechanism portion (payout device 326 and the like) that is provided below the substrate and on the side of the cover portion and pays out game balls;
A guide passage (tank rail 360) provided along the upper end portion of the cover portion and the end portion on the rotation base end side for guiding the game balls discharged from the ball tank to the payout mechanism portion; Have
The guide passage has a lateral passage portion (downstream passage portion 360D) provided so that a part thereof overlaps the front and rear of the substrate,
A bent portion (boundary portion of each of the passage portions 360U, 360M, and 360D) is formed in the lateral passage portion so as to bypass the substrate backward, and the lateral passage portion includes the guide passage and the substrate. A game machine characterized in that a gap functioning as a work space for performing a connection work between the board and the wiring is formed between the two.
  According to the feature C2, the posture of the opening / closing body and the position of the discharging mechanism portion can be stabilized by disposing the dispensing mechanism portion that is likely to be heavy on the rotation base end side of the opening / closing body. In addition, by arranging the connection destination (substrate) of the wiring on the rotation base end side, it becomes possible to reduce the slack etc. that occur in the wiring, and to make it difficult to cause inconveniences such as disconnection due to the wiring being caught. Can do.
  In such a configuration, restrictions on the arrangement path of the guide path become stronger, and there is room for improvement in the positional relationship between the guide path and the substrate, for example. In this feature, the following effects can be expected by arranging the guide passage (lateral passage portion) so that a part of the guide passage bypasses the substrate rearward. For example, compared to a configuration in which the guide passage (lateral passage portion) and the substrate are arranged side by side vertically, the area occupied by the lateral passage portion and the substrate in the vertical direction is reduced, and the cover portion is extended upward. be able to. Thereby, it can contribute to the enlargement of a game board, for example.
  Further, by forming the bent portion so as to be detoured backward in the guide passage, a function of reducing the ball pressure can be provided. As a result, it is not necessary to provide a similar decompression function to the sphere tank, and the sphere tank can be made thinner. This is a preferable configuration for dealing with a large game board.
  When the guide path is placed behind the board, there is a concern that it will be difficult to connect the wiring, but there must be a working space for the wiring connection work between the guide path and the board. Therefore, it is difficult to cause such inconvenience. In particular, securing such a space greatly detours the guide passage to the rear. Thereby, the decompression function is further strengthened, and the thinning of the sphere tank can be promoted.
  Feature C3. An arrangement space in which wiring (wiring H3) from the frame is arranged is formed between the board surface of the substrate facing the frame and the frame or the game board. The gaming machine according to Feature C2, wherein the gaming machine is characterized in that:
  As shown in the feature C3, a wiring space is formed between the board and the frame or the game board. As described above, in the configuration in which the wiring space is formed in front of the substrate, it is difficult to arrange the substrate close to the frame body so as to secure a working space between the guide passage (specifically, the lateral passage). By applying the guide passage shown in the feature C2 to this type of gaming machine, it is possible to secure the wiring space and the work space while exhibiting the above-described pressure reducing function.
  Feature C4. In the guide passage, the portion facing the substrate has a blocking state that prevents movement of the game ball downstream from a specific position (the most downstream position of the tank rail 360) in the guide passage, and the specific Any one of the features C1 to C3 is characterized in that a ball stop member (ball stop member 400) that can be switched to an allowable state that allows the movement of the game ball downstream from the position is provided. The gaming machine described.
  According to the feature C4, the flow of the game ball can be stopped by switching the ball stopper member to the blocking state, and for example, maintenance of the payout mechanism portion or the like can be easily performed.
Feature C5. The guide passage has a groove shape opened upward,
The ball stopper member has a plate-like base portion (base portion 401) facing the bottom portion of the guide passage,
A portion of the base portion corresponding to a portion of the guide passage that overlaps the front and rear is configured to be accommodated in the guide passage in at least one of the allowable state and the blocking state. The gaming machine according to Feature C4, wherein:
  According to the feature C4, by setting the ball stopper member in the permitted state or the blocked state, a portion of the base portion corresponding to the portion overlapping the front and rear in the guide passage is accommodated in the guide passage. Thereby, it can avoid that a base part obstructs the connection work of the wiring mentioned above.
Feature C6. The guide passage has a groove shape opened upward,
In the ball stopper member, the portion of the guide passage that corresponds to the portion of the guide passage that overlaps the front and rear is a wall surface portion (front) that constitutes the guide passage regardless of the blocking state or the allowable state. The gaming machine according to Feature C4, wherein the gaming machine is configured to maintain overlap in the front-rear direction with the side wall 362 and the rear side wall 363).
  According to the feature C6, it is possible to suppress the occurrence of inconvenience such as disconnection at the time of the switching operation of the ball stopper member due to, for example, wiring entering between the ball stopper member and the guide passage (wall surface portion).
Feature C7. The ball stopper member extends along the guide passage, and is supported so as to be able to rotate at an intermediate position of the ball stopper member. It is configured to switch between the state and the allowable state,
One end of the ball stopper member is present at a position where overlap in the front and rear with the substrate is avoided in both the blocked state and the allowed state,
The gaming machine according to any one of features C4 to C6, wherein the end portion is provided with a function as an operation unit when the switching is performed.
  According to the feature C7, with respect to the ball stopper member, the switching operation is hindered by the wiring because at least the portion provided with the function as the operation unit is present at a position where the overlap with the substrate can be avoided. You can avoid that. As a result, it is not necessary to perform a preliminary work such as removing the wiring when performing the switching operation, and deterioration of workability can be avoided.
  In particular, in the combination with the feature C3, etc., there is a possibility that the wiring is placed on the ball stop member, but the operation can be performed with the wiring still placed, which ensures workability. Can contribute.
  Feature C8. The ball stopper member is configured such that the end side to which the function as the operation unit is given is higher than other parts of the ball stopper member, and the end part and the other part are connected to each other. The gaming machine according to Feature C7, wherein an inclined portion is formed so as to be connected.
  According to the feature C8, it is possible to avoid the wiring from being shifted to the end side as the operation unit by the inclined portion. Thereby, it can suppress that wiring is applied to an operation part.
  Feature C9. An end portion of the ball stopper member provided with a function as the operation portion is formed so as to be positioned above the connection point (external output terminal 319b) of the wiring on the substrate. The gaming machine according to Feature C7 or Feature C8.
  According to the feature C9, it is possible to reduce the inconvenience that the operation of the ball stopper member is hindered by the wiring connected to the substrate.
Feature C10. The end on the upstream side of the ball stopper member is an end to which a function as the operation unit is provided,
The gaming machine according to any one of features C7 to C9, wherein an upper end edge of the wall portion forming the guide passage is inclined downward toward the downstream side.
  According to the feature C10, the wiring placed on the wall surface portion (upper end portion) of the guide passage can be prevented from shifting to the upstream side. Thereby, when operating the ball stop member, it is possible to suppress the same wiring from interfering with the operation.
  The feature C group is effective when applied to the following problems.
  A gaming machine such as a pachinko machine has a gaming machine main body on which main components such as a picture display device and various control devices are mounted, and a back cover that covers the major components in the gaming machine main body from the rear side of the gaming machine. There is something to have. By adopting the back cover, it is difficult to cause inconvenience such as a game ball colliding with a control device or the like, and protection of the same configuration is achieved (see, for example, Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open No. 2008-079787).
  A type of gaming machine having a back cover includes a ball tank, a guide passage, a payout mechanism, and a board (external terminal board) for transmitting various information to the hall computer. In many cases, the rear unit is configured by various configurations. The back cover is a part that can be easily accessed by an operator by opening the gaming machine main body, and the configuration that may need to be accessed during maintenance or the like is exposed to the back side of the gaming machine. As a result, workability is improved.
  Here, there is still room for improvement in the positional relationship of these various configurations in order to facilitate the work of connecting the wiring to the board while ensuring the function of guiding the game ball in the guide path.
  The basic configuration of the gaming machine to which the above features can be applied is shown below.
  Pachinko gaming machine: operating means (game ball launching handle 41) operated by the player, game ball launching means (solenoid 111 of the game ball launching mechanism 110) for launching a game ball based on the operation of the operating means, A ball passage (guide rail 100) that guides the launched game ball to a predetermined game area, and each game part (such as a nail 87) arranged in the game area, and a predetermined passage portion among these game parts A gaming machine that gives a privilege to a player when a game ball passes through (the operation port 83 or the like).
  Slot machine, etc .: A variable display means that displays a symbol sequence consisting of a plurality of symbols in a variable manner and then stops and displays the symbol sequence. Special game advantageous to the player on the condition that the change of the symbol is stopped due to the operation of the operation means for stoppage or when a predetermined time elapses and the final stop symbol at the time of stoppage is a specific symbol A gaming machine that generates a state (bonus game, etc.).
  Ball-use spinning-type gaming machine: equipped with variable display means for variably displaying a symbol string composed of a plurality of symbols, and finally stopping and displaying the symbol string, and the variation of the symbol is started due to the operation of the starting operation means, Due to the operation of the stop operating means or after a lapse of a predetermined time, the variation of the symbol is stopped, and a special game state advantageous to the player (required that the final stop symbol at the time of stoppage is a specific symbol) Bonus game, etc.), a ball receiving tray is provided, a loading device for performing a loading process for taking a game ball from the ball tray, and a paying device for paying out the game ball to the ball tray, A gaming machine configured such that the operation of the starting operation means is made effective when a game ball is inserted by the apparatus.
  DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 10 ... Pachinko machine as a gaming machine, 11 ... Outer frame, 12 ... Inner frame, 14 ... Front door frame, 15 ... Back pack unit as opening / closing body, 80 ... Game board, 301 ... Back pack, 302 ... Dispensing mechanism , 312 ... protective cover part, 315 ... external terminal board installation part, 319 ... external terminal board as a substrate, 319a, 319d ... connector, 319b ... external output terminal, 321 ... tank unit, 322 ... case rail unit, 324 ... case Rail, 326 ... Dispensing device, 350 ... Tank, 360 ... Tank rail, 360 U ... Upstream passage part, 360 M ... Intermediate passage part, 360 D ... Downstream passage part, 361 ... Bottom plate part as bottom part, 362 ... Front side wall part, 363 ... rear side wall part, 366 ... partition wall, 400 ... ball stopper member, 401 ... base part, 402 ... upstream facing part, 403 ... downstream facing part, 407 ... claw part 408 ... Projection part, 409 ... Operation part, 415 ... Restriction part, 420 ... Spherical member, 421 ... Contact part, 425 ... Reception part, 426 ... Upper reception part, 427 ... Lower reception part, H1-H3 ... Wiring, PE ... gaming area.

Claims (4)

  1. A ball tank that is provided on the back of the gaming machine and stores game balls;
    A board on the back of the gaming machine that is arranged side by side with the ball tank so that the board surface faces the back of the gaming machine, and wiring is connected from the back of the gaming machine;
    A guide passage for guiding the game balls discharged from the ball tank,
    The guide passage has a lateral passage portion provided so that a part thereof overlaps with the substrate in the front-rear direction of the gaming machine,
    The lateral passage portion is formed with a bent portion that bends the substrate backward, and the lateral passage portion connects the substrate and the wiring between the guide passage and the substrate. A gaming machine configured to secure a gap that functions as a work space for execution.
  2. A game board with a game area formed on the front,
    A frame on which the game board is mounted;
    An opening / closing body rotatably supported by the frame body,
    The opening and closing body is
    A cover that bulges backward and covers the game board from the rear;
    A board on the upper side of the cover and close to the rotation base end of the opening / closing body so that the plate surface faces the back of the gaming machine, and the wiring is connected from the back of the gaming machine;
    A ball tank that is provided at a position that is on the rotation tip side of the opening / closing body with respect to the substrate and that is opened upward and stores a game ball;
    A payout mechanism portion that is provided below the substrate and on the side of the cover portion, and for paying out game balls;
    A guide passage that is provided along the upper end portion of the cover portion and the end portion on the rotation base end side, and guides the game ball discharged from the ball tank to the payout mechanism portion;
    The guide passage has a lateral passage portion provided so that a part thereof overlaps the front and rear of the substrate,
    The lateral passage portion is formed with a bent portion that bends the substrate backward, and the lateral passage portion performs a connecting operation between the substrate and the wiring between the guide passage and the substrate. A gaming machine configured to form a gap that functions as a work space for execution.
  3.   An arrangement space in which wiring from the frame is arranged is formed between a plate surface of the substrate facing the frame and the frame or the game board. The gaming machine according to claim 2.
  4. In the guide passage, the portion facing the substrate has a blocking state in which the movement of the game ball downstream from the specific position in the guide passage is blocked, and the game ball downstream from the specific position. A ball stopper that can be switched to an allowable state that allows movement of the
    The guide passage has a groove shape opened upward,
    In the ball stopper member, the portion corresponding to the portion of the guide passage that overlaps with the substrate in the front-rear direction is the wall portion constituting the guide passage, regardless of the blocking state or the allowable state. The gaming machine according to any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the gaming machine is configured to maintain overlap in the front-rear direction.
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