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JP5980728B2
JP5980728B2 JP2013129053A JP2013129053A JP5980728B2 JP 5980728 B2 JP5980728 B2 JP 5980728B2 JP 2013129053 A JP2013129053 A JP 2013129053A JP 2013129053 A JP2013129053 A JP 2013129053A JP 5980728 B2 JP5980728 B2 JP 5980728B2
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  The present invention relates to a gaming machine provided with a entrance that allows a game ball flowing down a game area to enter.

  A pachinko machine, which is a typical gaming machine, is provided with various effect devices such as a symbol display device at a substantially central position of a game area defined on the board surface of the game board set in the game machine. There is an entrance part with a entrance, etc., where a pachinko ball (pachinko ball) of a pachinko ball (game ball) can enter in the lower side or the side, etc., toward the game area according to the player's handle operation By causing the launched pachinko ball to enter the entrance, an appropriate game is performed in the effect device. For example, in a pachinko machine equipped with a liquid crystal type or drum type display device that displays a plurality of symbols as the effect device, a game nail in which pachinko balls launched into the game area are implanted in the game area The ball is gradually bounced down by its own weight while rebounding by contact with the ball, etc., and by entering the start winning port as the ball inlet in the process of flowing down the game area, a predetermined number of winning balls are paid out and the symbol display device Various game effects such as reach effects accompanying the symbol variation effects are made, and when the symbols stop on the symbol display device in a predetermined combination, a so-called big hit occurs and an opportunity to acquire a large number of prize balls is obtained. (For example, refer patent document 1).

JP 2006-247107 A

  By the way, many of the conventional pachinko machines are provided with a ball entrance part configured to open and close the entrance with an opening and closing member, and the pachinko ball always enters the entrance part with the opening and closing member. By restricting and driving an electric driving means such as a solenoid when a predetermined opening condition is established to open and close the opening / closing member to allow the pachinko ball to enter the entrance, There is something that has increased interest in entering pachinko balls into the entrance. However, the entrance opening that is opened and closed by the opening / closing member has taken in and discharged the pachinko balls after entering.

  That is, the present invention has been proposed in order to suitably solve these problems inherent in the conventional technology, and a new game is achieved by using a ball entrance portion whose entrance is opened and closed by an opening / closing member. An object is to provide a gaming machine capable of creating sex.

In order to overcome the above-mentioned problems and achieve the intended purpose, the invention according to claim 1 of the present application provides:
In a gaming machine having a gaming board (20) in which a gaming area (20a) in which a gaming ball (P) can flow down is defined,
A first opening / closing member (131) displaceable to a closed position for closing the first entrance (101) and an open position for opening the first entrance (101) with respect to the game area (20a). ) A first variable pitching portion (130) having
A second opening / closing member (165,166) displaceable to a closed position for closing the second entrance (102,103) and an open position for opening the second entrance (102,103) with respect to the game area (20a). ) and the second variable ball entrance portion of the plurality (161, 162) having,
A third opening / closing member (43) displaceable to a closed position for closing the third entrance (41) and an open position for opening the third entrance (41) with respect to the game area (20a). ) A third variable pitching portion (40) having
A fourth entrance (34) through which a game ball (P) flowing down the game area (20a) can pass ;
The first variable ball entry portion (130) is connected to the first opening / closing member (131) by an electric drive means (135), and the first variable entry portion (130) is driven by the electric drive means (135). The openable / closable member (131) is configured to open and close, and the third variable pitching portion (40) is connected to the third openable / closable member (43) by another electric drive means (42). And the third opening / closing member (43) is configured to open and close in accordance with the driving of the other electric driving means (42),
The third entrance / exit member (43) is configured to open when the game ball (P) enters the second entrance (102, 103), and the fourth entrance (34) configured to be able to open the first opening and closing member (131) triggered by a game ball (P) entering the ball,
Compared with the opening time of the first opening / closing member (131) that opens when the game ball (P) enters the fourth entrance (34), the second entrance (102, 103) Each of the electric drive means (135) so that the opening time in at least one opening mode of the third opening / closing member (43) that opens when the game ball (P) enters the ball is increased. Is configured to be driven,
Each of the second variable pitching portions (161, 162)
A first actuating member (176) capable of displacing the second opening / closing member (165, 166) from the closed position to the open position by being displaced from the reference position to the actuating position in accordance with the contact of the game ball (P);
A second actuating member (201) capable of displacing the second opening / closing member (165, 166) from the open position to the closed position by displacing from the ball entry actuating position to the closed holding position with the contact of the game ball (P); Prepared,
Of the plurality of second variable ball entering portions (161, 162) , the first ball passage (302) communicating with the first ball entering port (101) has a second one of a predetermined second variable ball entering portion . 1 actuating member (176) faces, and the game ball (P) passing through the first ball passage (302) comes into contact with the first actuating member (176),
Wherein the predetermined second variable ball entrance portion second ball passage communicating with the second ball entrance opening (102) in (161) (115,304), the second variable ball entrance portion of the predetermined (161) A game ball that passes through the second ball passage (115, 304) while facing the second actuating member (201) and facing the first actuating member (176) in another second variable ball entry portion (162) The gist is that (P) is configured to contact the second operating member (201) and the first operating member (176).

In this way, the game ball that has entered the first entrance as the first opening / closing member in the first variable entry portion is opened by driving the electric drive means is the first ball. Since the second opening and closing member in the second variable ball entry portion can be switched to the open position by contacting the first operating member in any second variable ball entry portion in the process of passing through the passage, New game play is provided by the first variable ball-in-part operated by the electric drive means and the second variable ball-in part operated in association with the opening / closing operation of the first variable ball-in part. It is possible to create and enhance the interest of the game. Furthermore, since the opening of the second variable ball entry portion leads to the opening of another second variable ball entry portion, the game ball that has entered the first variable ball entry portion that is operated by the electric drive means, A plurality of second variable ball entering portions can be operated continuously.
Then, by providing a third variable entrance portion in which the third opening / closing member opens by the entrance of the game ball to the second entrance, the game ball enters the second entrance. Increasing interest in the entry of game balls into the first variable entry part where entry is possible and the operation of the second variable entry part after entering the first variable entry part It is possible to create a new game by the first variable pitching portion and the plurality of second variable pitching portions to enhance the interest of the game.
In addition, compared with the opening time of the first opening and closing member that opens when the game ball enters the fourth entrance, the game ball enters the second entrance. By configuring the opening time of at least one of the third opening / closing members to be opened to be longer, the second variable pitching portion is formed by a game ball that has entered the first variable pitching portion. Can raise interest in being activated.

  According to the gaming machine according to the present invention, the interest is maintained not only before the game ball enters but also after the game ball enters the variable entrance portion that can open and close the entrance by the opening and closing member. be able to.

It is a front view which shows the pachinko machine which concerns on the Example of this invention. It is a front view which shows the game board which concerns on an Example, Comprising: The special figure display and the common figure display are expanded and shown. It is a perspective view which shows the variable pitching apparatus which concerns on an Example. It is a front view which shows the variable pitching apparatus which concerns on an Example. It is a rear view which shows the variable pitching apparatus which concerns on an Example. It is a disassembled perspective view shown in the state which looked at the variable pitching device and the ball passage unit from the front side. It is a disassembled perspective view shown in the state which looked at the variable pitching device concerning an example from the back side. It is a disassembled perspective view which shows the electric switching unit which concerns on an Example in the state seen from the front side. It is sectional drawing which cut | disconnected the electric switching unit longitudinally in the formation position of the 1st and 2nd branch inflow passage. It is a perspective view which shows the variable starting prize-winning part by omitting the start opening / closing member according to the embodiment, (a) shows a state seen from the front side, and (b) shows a state seen from the rear side. It is a disassembled perspective view of the variable start winning part which abbreviate | omitted the start opening / closing member. It is a perspective view which shows the action | operation mechanism of the variable start prize-winning part which concerns on an Example, and a start port opening-and-closing member, Comprising: (a) shows the state seen from the front side, (b) shows the state seen from the back side. It is a side view which shows the rotation control part which concerns on an Example. (a) is a front view showing the relationship between the start opening and closing member held in the closed position and the operating mechanism of the variable start winning portion, (b) is a plan view thereof, (c) is a right side view thereof. It is. (a) in FIG. 14, the first operating member is displaced from the reference position to the operating position, the start opening / closing member swings to the open position, and the second operating member is displaced to the first ball entry operating position. It is a front view which shows a state, (b) is a top view, (c) is a right view. (a) is a perspective view which shows the state which the 2nd operation member displaced to the 2nd entrance operation position in FIG. 14, (b) is a front view, (c) is a right view. 14A is a cross-sectional view taken along line AA in FIG. 14, and FIG. 15B is a cross-sectional view taken along line BB in FIG. ) Is a cross-sectional view taken along the line CC of FIG. It is a vertical front view of the variable ball entry device and the ball passage unit at the formation position of the first and second branch inflow passages, (a) is a pachinko ball from the first branch inflow passage to the first branch discharge passage (B) shows the flow of pachinko spheres from the second branch inflow passage to the second branch discharge passage. FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional view showing a state in which each of the operating port opening / closing member and the first and second start port opening / closing members is in a closed position, in which (a) is a cross-sectional view taken along the line DD of FIG. It is EE sectional view taken on the line, (c) is FF sectional view taken on the line. (a) is the DD sectional view taken on the line in FIG. 4 in a state in which the operating port opening / closing member is in the open position and the distribution body is in the first distribution position, and (b) is in the state (a) It is EE sectional view taken on the line which shows the state by which the 1st operation member of the 1st variable starting prize-winning part was act | operated by the pachinko ball which entered the operation port, (c) is the 1st from the state of (b) It is EE sectional view taken on the line which shows the state which the action | operation member returned. (a) is the DD sectional view taken on the line in FIG. 4 in a state where the operating port opening / closing member is in the open position and the sorting body is in the second sorting position, and (b) is in the state of (a). It is FF sectional view taken on the line which shows the state by which the 1st action | operation member of the 2nd variable start prize-winning part was act | operated by the pachinko ball which entered the action port, (c) is a 1st from the state of (b). It is FF sectional view taken on the line which shows the state which the action | operation member returned. It is a block diagram which shows the control structure of a pachinko machine. It is explanatory drawing which shows the kind of jackpot game. It is a timing chart which shows the relationship between the opening / closing operation | movement pattern of the working port opening / closing member and the operation pattern of a distribution body in the usual figure. In the variable pitching device according to another example, it is a front view in which the variable pitching device and the ball path unit at the formation position of the first and second branch inflow passages are vertically cut, and the pachinko ball that has entered the working opening and the first This shows the flow of the pachinko ball that won the variable start opening. In the variable pitching device according to another example, it is an explanatory view schematically showing the flow of pachinko balls that have entered the working port, the first variable starting port and the second variable starting port, and the pachinko that has entered the working port The ball comes into contact with the first actuating member of the first variable start winning portion, and the pachinko ball that wins the first variable start winning portion is the second actuating member of the first variable start winning portion and the second variable start winning portion of the second variable start winning portion. It shows a state in which a pachinko ball that is in contact with one actuating member and wins a second variable start opening contacts a second actuating member of a second variable start winning portion.

  Next, the gaming machine according to the present invention will be described in detail below with reference to the accompanying drawings by way of preferred embodiments. As a gaming machine, a pachinko machine in which a game is played using a pachinko ball as a gaming ball will be described as an example. In the following description, “front”, “rear”, “left”, and “right” refer to the pachinko machine 10 viewed from the front side (player side) as shown in FIG. 1 unless otherwise specified. Named by state.

(About pachinko machine 10)
As shown in FIG. 1, the pachinko machine 10 according to the embodiment is formed in a rectangular frame shape that opens front and rear, and an outer frame 11 as a fixed frame that is installed in a vertically installed posture on an installation frame base (not shown) of a game shop. A middle frame 12 as a main body frame for detachably holding the game board 20 is detachably assembled to the front side of the opening, and a predetermined condition is established on the back side of the game board 20 (a fixed start prize to be described later) When the pachinko ball P is awarded to the fixed start port 31 of the unit 30 or each of the variable start ports 102 and 103 of the variable pitching device 100, a design pattern (hereinafter referred to as a decorative drawing) is displayed in a variable manner. A symbol display device 17 (symbol display means) as an effect execution means for performing the above is detachably disposed. Further, on the front side of the middle frame 12, a front frame 13 as a decorative frame in which a window 13a that opens in the front and rear is formed at a position corresponding to the game area 21 of the game board 20 is detachably assembled. . The front frame 13 is provided with a see-through protection plate 18 formed of a glass plate or a transparent synthetic resin material so as to cover the window 13a, and protects the game board 20 from the front side in a state where it can be seen. Yes. In addition, ball trays 14 and 15 capable of storing pachinko balls P are provided below the window 13a in the front frame 13, and the ball trays 14 and 15 can be opened and closed integrally with the front frame 13. It is like that. An upper ball tray 14 and a lower ball tray 15 are assembled to the front frame 13 of the embodiment in a vertical positional relationship. Note that one or both of the upper and lower ball trays 14 and 15 may be assembled to the middle frame 12 separately from the front frame 13. Moreover, it can also be set as the structure provided only with one ball | bowl tray 14,15.

  An operation handle 16 for operating a ball striking device (not shown) disposed on the middle frame 12 is provided at a lower right position of the middle frame 12. The operation handle 16 includes an operation lever 16a urged in the left rotation direction. When the player turns the operation lever 16a to rotate right, the hitting ball launching device is operated, Pachinko balls P stored in the ball tray 14 are launched one by one toward the game area 21 of the game board 20. Here, the hitting force of the pachinko ball P by the hitting ball launching device is configured to change in strength according to the turning amount of the operation lever 16a, and the player adjusts the turning amount of the operation lever 16a. The launch position of the pachinko ball P to the game area 21 can be arbitrarily changed. In the embodiment, a liquid crystal display device in which a liquid crystal panel is housed in a housing case is adopted as the symbol display device 17, but the present invention is not limited to this, and a drum-type symbol display device 17 or a dot matrix type is employed. Various conventionally known display devices capable of stopping and variably displaying various decorative drawings such as the above display devices can be adopted.

(About game board 20)
As shown in FIG. 2, the game board 20 is a substantially rectangular plate member formed of a veneer material or a synthetic resin material, and the symbol display device 17 is disposed on the back side of the game board 20. . A guide rail 22 curved in a substantially circular shape is disposed on the front surface of the game board 20, and a pachinko ball P can enter a substantially circular game area 21 defined by the guide rail 22. And a plurality of ball entering portions (fixed starting port 31 and variable starting ports 102 and 103 of the changing ball device) are provided, and the pachinko balls P launched into the game area 21 by the hitting ball launching device are The game is played by entering the ball. In addition, the game board 20 is provided with installation holes (not shown) penetrating in the front-rear direction at appropriate positions, and various game board 20 installation components are attached to the respective installation openings, and a game area 21 is provided. In the lowermost position, an out port 23 for discharging the pachinko ball P launched into the game area 21 is opened. As will be described later, the game board 20 of the embodiment is provided with a frame-shaped decorative body 25, a fixed start winning portion 30, a variable pitching device 100, a special winning portion 40, a gate portion 33 and the like as game board 20 installation parts. ing.

  As shown in FIG. 2, a frame-shaped decorative body 25, also called a center role, is attached to the game board 20 at the approximate center of the game area 21 surrounded by the guide rails 22. The frame-shaped decorative body 25 is formed in a frame shape that opens in the front-rear direction so that the display unit of the symbol display device 17 on the back side of the game board 20 can be viewed from the front side. That is, the game area 21 defined in the game board 20 of the embodiment includes a first ball flow path 21a through which the launched pachinko ball P flows down the left side of the frame-shaped decorative body 25, and the launched pachinko ball. The ball P is partitioned into a second ball flow path 21b that flows down the right side of the frame-shaped decorative body 25, and the pachinko ball is adjusted by rotating the operation lever 16a of the operation handle 16 to adjust the hitting force. The player can arbitrarily select one of a game form in which P flows down the first ball flow path 21a and a game form in which the pachinko ball P flows down the second ball flow path 21b. Further, the first and second ball flow paths 21a and 21b are joined to the game area 21 at a position below the frame-shaped decorative body 25, and the first and second ball flow paths 21a and 21a, The out port 23 is positioned in a merge area 21c where 21b merges. A large number of game nails 26 are provided in the game area 21 (first and second ball flow paths 21a, 21b) of the game board 20, and the pachinko that contacts the game nail 26 in the process of flowing down the game area 21 The flow direction of the sphere P is irregularly changed. Note that the frame-shaped decorative body 25 is not limited to the form of opening in the front-rear direction, and may be configured to close all or part of the opening with a transparent plate or the like.

(Regarding the entrance part of the first ball flow path 21a)
As shown in FIG. 2, the game board 20 of the embodiment is provided with a ball entrance portion 30 into which the pachinko ball P can enter in the first ball flow path 21a. The first ball flow down path 21a is provided with a ball entering portion 30 where the ball entrance 31 is always open in the game area 21 (in the first ball flow down path 21a). The pachinko ball P flowing down the ball flow path 21a can enter the entrance 31 of the entrance 30 that is always open with a certain probability. Here, the pachinko ball P that has entered the ball entrance portion 30 of the first ball flow path 21a in which the ball entrance 31 is always open is configured to be detected by a ball detection sensor 75 connected to the main control board 60 by wiring. (See FIG. 22) that the ball detection sensor 75 detects the pachinko ball P and the detection signal is input to the main control board 60. It is set as a condition. Therefore, in the following description, a ball entrance portion where the ball entrance provided in the first ball flow path 21a is always open is referred to as a fixed start winning portion 30 and the ball entrance of the fixed start winning portion 30 is fixedly started. A ball detection sensor that detects the pachinko ball P that has entered the fixed start winning portion 30 and is designated as the mouth 31 is referred to as a fixed start detection sensor 75.

  Further, the fixed start opening 31 of the fixed start winning portion 30 is configured to communicate with a ball discharge passage (not shown) provided on the back side of the game board 20, and enters the fixed start opening 31. The pachinko ball P is configured to be discharged to the outside of the game board 20 through the ball discharge passage. A fixed start detection sensor 75 is disposed in the ball discharge passage so that the fixed start detection sensor 75 can detect the pachinko ball P in the process of being discharged through the ball discharge passage. Note that the fixed start winning portion 30 of the embodiment protrudes to the front side of the game board 20 at a position approximately at the center in the left-right direction of the game board 20 at a position below the frame-shaped decorative body 25 and the fixed start opening 31. Is formed in a bowl shape opening upward. A pachinko ball P flowing down the first ball flow path 21 a can enter the fixed start port 31, while the frame-shaped decorative body 25 and the game nail 26 provided on the game board 20 make the first ball The pachinko sphere P flowing down the flow path 21a enters the fixed start port 31 and the rate at which the pachinko sphere P flowing down the second ball flow path 21b enters the fixed start port 31 is lower. Has been. In the embodiment, the pachinko ball P flowing down the second ball flow path 21b is configured to be almost impossible to enter the fixed start port 31.

(Regarding the entrance part of the second ball flow path 21b)
As shown in FIG. 2, the game board 20 is provided with ball entry portions 33, 130, 161, 162 into which the pachinko balls P can enter the second ball flow path 21b. The second ball flow path 21b is provided with a ball entry portion 33 in which the entrance 34 is always open in the game area 21 (in the second ball flow path 21b). The pachinko ball P flowing down the ball flow path 21b can enter the entrance port 34 of the entrance portion 33 that is always open with a certain probability. Here, the pachinko ball P that has entered the ball entry portion 33 of the second ball flow path 21b in which the ball entrance 34 is always open is configured to be detected by a ball detection sensor 76 that is wired to the main control board 60. (Refer to FIG. 22), the fact that the ball detection sensor 75 detects the pachinko sphere P and a detection signal is input to the main control board 60 is set as a start condition of the normal fluctuation display (described later). . In addition, the entrance portion 33 where the entrance 34 is always open in the second sphere flow path 21b is formed so that the sphere exit is always open in the second sphere flow path 21b. The pachinko ball P that has entered the ball entrance 34 passes through the ball outlet as it is and flows down the second ball flow path 21b. Therefore, in the following description, the entrance portion of the first ball flow path 21a is designated as the gate portion 33, the entrance portion of the gate portion 33 is designated as the gate entrance 34, and the entrance into the gate portion 33 is entered. A ball detection sensor that detects the pachinko ball P is referred to as a gate sensor 76. The gate portion 33 is formed in a gate shape that protrudes from the front side of the game board 20 at the right side position of the frame-shaped decorative body 25 and has a gate inlet 34 and a gate outlet communicating vertically. The gate sensor 76 is disposed on the gate portion 33 protruding to the front side of the panel 20. That is, the pachinko machine 10 according to the embodiment is configured such that only the pachinko spheres P flowing down the second ball flow path 21 b can enter the gate inlet 34 of the gate portion 33. The gate portion 33 has a function as a decoration portion for decorating the gate sensor 76 protruding to the front side of the game board 20 and a protection portion for protecting the gate sensor 76.

(About the variable pitching device 100)
In addition, as shown in FIG. 2, in addition to the gate portion 33, the entrances 101, 102, and 103 into which pachinko balls P enter can be opened and closed in the second ball flow path 21 b of the game board 20. A variable pitching device (variable pitching unit) 100 having variable pitching portions 130, 161, 162 having opening / closing members 131, 165, 166 is provided. As shown in FIGS. 3 to 7, the variable pitching device 100 has a solenoid (electric drive means) connected to an opening / closing member 131 as the variable pitching portion, and the opening / closing member opens and closes as the solenoid is driven. The opening and closing members 165 and 166 are switched in an open / closed state by operating in accordance with the contact between the first variable ball entering portion 130 and the pachinko ball P that has entered the ball entrance 101 of the first variable ball entering portion 130. Second pachinko balls P that flow down the second ball flow path 21b in accordance with the open / closed state of the corresponding open / close members 131, 165, 166. It is configured to be able to enter the variable ball entering portion 130 and the second variable ball entering portions 161 and 162. That is, the game board 20 of the embodiment has a machine with a first variable ball portion 130 that is electrically operated and a pachinko ball P that has entered the first variable ball portion 130 that is electrically operated. And second variable entrance parts 161 and 162 which are actuated automatically.

  Here, the pachinko ball P that has entered the second variable ball entry portions 161 and 162 is configured to be detected by the ball detection sensors 77 and 78 connected to the main control board 60 (FIG. 22). (Refer to the above), and that the ball detection sensors 77 and 78 detect the pachinko ball P and a detection signal is input to the main control board 60 is set as a start condition for special figure fluctuation display (described later) and a payout condition for prize balls. ing. Therefore, in the following description, the first variable ball entry part which is the opening / closing operation condition of the second variable ball entry part will be referred to as the variable action ball entry part 130, and the entrance hole of the variable action ball entry part 130 will be described. Is designated as the operation opening 101, and the second variable pitching portion serving as the start condition of the special figure variation display and the payout condition of the prize ball is designated as the variable start winning portion 161, 162, and the variable start winning portion 161, The 162 entrance holes are referred to as variable start openings 102 and 103, and the ball detection sensors that detect the pachinko balls P that have entered the variable start winning portions 161 and 162 are referred to as variable start detection sensors 77 and 78. The variable pitching device 100 is provided with a plurality (two in the embodiment) of variable start winning units 161 and 162. The variable start winning unit located on the upper side is referred to as the first variable start winning unit 161. In addition to the designation, the variable start winning portion located on the lower side may be referred to as a second variable start winning portion 162 to distinguish the variable start winning portions 161 and 162.

  In addition, the variable pitching device 100 of the embodiment is provided at the lower right position of the frame-shaped decorative body 25 so as to be positioned below the gate portion 33, and the pachinko ball P that has passed through the gate portion 33 is provided. It is configured to be able to enter the variable operation ball entering portion 130 and the first and second variable start winning portions 161 and 162 (see FIG. 2). The pachinko balls P flowing down the second ball flow path 21b can enter the variable operation ball entering portion 130 and the first and second variable start winning portions 161 and 162, while being provided on the game board 20. The pachinko ball P flowing down the first ball flow path 21a is less than the ratio of the pachinko ball P flowing down the second ball flow path 21b entering the fixed start port 31 by the frame-shaped decorative body 25 and the game nail 26. Is configured such that the rate of entering the fixed start port 31 is low. In the embodiment, the pachinko ball P flowing down the first ball flow path 21a is configured so that it is substantially impossible to enter the variable operation ball entering portion 130 and the first and second variable start winning portions 161 and 162. Yes.

(About ball passage unit 80)
Further, as shown in FIGS. 5 to 6 and 18, a ball passage unit 80 is provided on the back side of the game board 20 at a rear position of the variable pitching device 100, and the variable pitching device 100. The pachinko balls P that have entered the operation port 101 and the variable start ports 102 and 103 are discharged to the outside of the game board 20 through the ball discharge passage of the ball passage unit 80. Here, the ball passage unit 80 includes working port discharge passages 81 and 83 communicating with the variable opening device 100 with the working port 101 and start port discharge passages 88 and 89 communicating with the variable start ports 102 and 103. The pachinko ball P that has entered the operation port 101 is discharged to the outside of the game board 20 through the operation port discharge passages 81 and 83, and the pachinko that has won the respective variable start ports 102 and 103. The ball P is discharged to the outside of the game board 20 through the start port discharge passages 88 and 89.

  As shown in FIG. 18, the working port discharge passages 81 and 83 include a first branch discharge passage 81 connected to a first branch inflow passage 145 (described later) formed in the variable pitching device 100, and the variable discharge passage 81, 83. A second branch discharge passage 83 connected to a second branch inflow passage 146 (described later) formed in the ball entering device 100 is provided, and the pachinko ball P that has passed through the branch inflow passages 145 and 146 corresponds. Are discharged through the branch discharge passages 81 and 83. That is, in the pachinko machine 10 of the embodiment, the ball passage connected to the operation port 101 is the first branch inflow passage 145 provided in the variable ball entry device 100 and the first passage provided in the ball passage unit 80. A first branch passage composed of the branch discharge passage 81, a second branch inflow passage 146 provided in the variable ball entry device 100, and a second branch discharge passage 83 provided in the ball passage unit 80. It branches to the branch passage. Then, a pachinko ball P that has entered the working port 101 is distributed to one of the branch passages by a passage sorting section 150 (described later) provided at the branch position of the first and second branch passages. ing.

  Here, as shown in FIGS. 5 and 18, the first branch discharge passage 81 is connected to a first variable start winning portion 161 (specifically, a working ball outlet 170 b of a mechanism installation case 170 described later). The pachinko ball P is formed so as to open at the lower end portion of the game board 20 and guided to the first variable start winning portion 161 (ball receiving portion 179) via the first branch inflow passage 145. It is designed to be discharged to the outside. On the other hand, the second branch discharge passage 83 includes a ball outlet of the second branch inflow passage 146 and a second variable start winning portion 162 (more specifically, a working ball inlet 170a of a mechanism installation case 170 described later). ) And the upstream branch discharge passage 84a for guiding the pachinko ball P to the second variable start winning portion 162 (specifically, the ball receiving portion 179) and the second variable start winning portion 162 (specifically, Is composed of a downstream branch discharge passage 84b communicating with a working ball outlet 170b) of a mechanism installation case 170, which will be described later, and opened at the lower end of the game board 20, and is separated from the working port 101. While the pachinko ball P is guided to the start winning portion 162 (ball receiving portion 179), the pachinko ball P guided to the second variable start winning portion 162 (ball receiving portion 179) is discharged to the outside of the game board 20. Become The

  The second branch discharge passage 83 (specifically, the downstream branch discharge passage 84b) and the first branch discharge passage 81 include the first and second branches as shown in FIGS. Ball detection sensors 85 and 86 for detecting pachinko balls P passing through the discharge passages 81 and 83 are installed. In the following description, the ball detection sensor provided in the first branch discharge passage 81 is referred to as a first passage detection sensor 85, and the ball detection sensor provided in the second branch discharge passage 83 is referred to as a second passage detection sensor. 86. Each of the first and second passage detection sensors 85 and 86 is wired to the main control board 60 (see FIG. 22), and each of the passage detection sensors 85 and 86 detects the pachinko sphere P. When the detection signal is input to the main control board 60, the main control board 60 can grasp the operation of the variable start winning portions 161 and 162 of the branch discharge passages 81 and 83 corresponding to the passage detection sensors 85 and 86. It is like that.

  As shown in FIGS. 5 to 6 and 18, the start port discharge passages 88 and 89 are formed in the first variable start port 102 (specifically, the variable pitching device 100) of the first variable start winning portion 161. A first start port discharge passage 88 connected to the first intake port 115a), and a second variable start port 103 (specifically, formed in the variable pitching device 100) of the second variable start winning portion 162. A second start port discharge passage 89 connected to the second intake port 116a) is provided, and the pachinko balls P winning the respective variable start ports 102, 103 are connected via the corresponding start port discharge passages 88, 89. It is supposed to be discharged. A first variable start detection sensor 77 corresponding to the first variable start winning portion 161 is installed in the first start port discharge passage 88 and a second variable corresponding to the second variable start winning portion 162. A start detection sensor 78 is installed in the second start port discharge passage 89. The ball passage unit 80 is provided with an out passage 93 communicating with an out ball intake passage 119, which will be described later, and the first and second starter outlet passages 88, 89 come to join.

  As shown in FIGS. 5 and 18, the ball path unit 80 and the variable pitching device 100 are installed on the game board 20, and the front and rear thereof correspond to the arrangement position of the first variable start winning portion 161. The 1st installation window part 90 opened to is opened. The ball passage unit 80 is provided with a second installation window 91 that opens in the front-rear direction corresponding to the position where the second variable start winning portion 162 is disposed. Further, the first installation window 90 and the second installation window 91 are formed in a shape that is slightly larger than the outer shape of the corresponding variable start winning portion 161, 162 (specifically, a mechanism installation case 170 described later). The rear portions of the variable start winning prize portions 161 and 162 are exposed to the rear of the ball path unit 80 through the installation window portions 90 and 91.

  Here, in the pachinko machine 10 according to the embodiment, a detection signal in which one of the fixed start detection sensor 75 and the first and second variable start detection sensors 77 and 78 detects the pachinko ball P is input to the main control board 60. In this case, the main control CPU 60a provided on the main control board 60 is set to control a ball payout device (not shown) so as to pay out a predetermined number (three in the embodiment) prize balls. In addition, various winning information (various random number information to be described later) is acquired by the main control CPU 60a along with the detection of the pachinko ball P by the fixed start detection sensor 75 and the first and second variable start detection sensors 77 and 78. Based on the information, a lottery per special figure (winning determination) is performed. Based on the result of lottery per special figure, special figure display is executed in special figure display units 50A and 50B (described later), and the symbol change effect is executed in the symbol display device 17. . Then, as a result of the special symbol variation display in the special symbol display units 50A and 50B, the symbol that is a predetermined hit display is confirmed and stopped, and the symbol display is performed as a result of the symbol variation effect on the symbol display device 17. A winning combination that is advantageous to the player is given to the device 17 by a fixed stop display with a combination of symbols (for example, a set of three same decorative drawings) that is a predetermined winning display. Accordingly, the special winning portion 40 is opened under a predetermined opening condition so that the player can have an opportunity to win a prize ball.

(About the special prize winning section 40)
As shown in FIG. 2, the special winning section 40 (special winning means) is an open / close door 43 (not shown) that opens and closes a special winning opening 41 (not shown) as a ball opening opening in the game area 21. Opening / closing means) is provided, and is configured to be displaced between a closing position where the opening / closing door 43 is closed and an opening position where the opening / closing door 43 is opened as the special winning solenoid 42 (see FIG. 22) as the driving means is driven. In the embodiment, the special winning opening 41 is opened and closed by swinging the opening and closing door 43 in the front-rear direction, and the state where the special winning opening 41 is closed by the opening and closing door 43 is shown in FIG. Show. Further, the special prize winning section 40 is provided with a special prize detection sensor 79 (see FIG. 22) as a special prize detection means for detecting the pachinko ball P that has entered the special prize opening 41. The special prize detection sensor 79 is connected to the main control board 60 by wiring, and a predetermined number (15 in the embodiment) is input in accordance with the input of a prize detection signal from the special prize detection sensor 79 to the main control board 60. The award ball is paid out. Here, the special winning solenoid 42 is provided when a big hit game that opens the special winning portion 40 is triggered when the pachinko ball P enters the fixed start winning portion 30 or the variable start winning portions 161, 162. The main control board 60 controls driving according to a predetermined opening / closing condition corresponding to the type of the big hit game. Here, the special winning part 40 is arranged at a position below the fixed start winning part 30 and is configured to be located in a joining area 21c where the first and second ball descending paths 21a and 21b join. Even if the pachinko ball P flows down either the first or second ball flow path 21a, 21b, it can enter the special winning opening 41 of the special winning portion 40 according to the open / closed state of the open / close door 43. It is configured as follows.

(Variable entry device 100)
As shown in FIGS. 3 to 7, the variable pitching device 100 has the variable actuation pitching portion 130, first and second variable start winning portions on the back side of the main body member 105 fixed to the game board 20. 161 and 162 are arranged, and the main body member 105 is fixed from the front surface of the game board 20. In addition, the variable pitching device 100 allows the pachinko ball P that has entered the working port 101 of the variable working pitching portion 130 to pass a plurality of ball paths (specifically, first and second branch inflow paths 145, 146) is provided with a passage distribution section (distribution means) 150 for distribution. Here, the passage allocating unit 150 of the embodiment is provided in any one of the first branch passage communicating with the first variable start winning portion 161 and the second branch passage communicating with the second variable start winning portion 162. The pachinko balls P are configured to be distributed, and the pachinko balls P that have entered the operation port 101 are directed to either the first or second variable start winning portion 161 or 162 by the passage distribution in the passage distribution 150. It is supposed to be guided. That is, the variable pitching device 100 is attached to and detached from the game board 20 as a single unit member including the variable actuation pitching portion 130, the first and second variable start winning portions 161 and 162, and the passage allocating portion 150. Configured to get.

(About body member 105)
As shown in FIGS. 6 to 7, the main body member 105 includes an attachment base portion 106 attached to the front side of the game board 20 and a cover portion 108 provided on the front side of the attachment base portion 106. Is formed. Then, the variable operation ball entering portion 130 and the passage distributing portion 150 are arranged at the upper position of the main body member 105, and the second variable start winning portion 162 is arranged at the lower position of the main body member 105, and the variable operation ball entering portion 130. And the 1st variable start winning part 161 is arrange | positioned so that it may be located between the 2nd variable start winning part 162. Here, in the variable pitching device 100 of the embodiment, the electric switching unit 120 in which the variable actuation pitching portion 130 and the passage allocating portion 150 are assembled to the case bodies 121 and 140 as a unit is provided on the upper back side of the main body member 105. It is arranged.

  The main body member 105 is formed of a member that can be seen through the rear, and the pachinko ball P that has flowed into the apparatus through the operation port 101, the fixed start port 31, and the variable start ports 102, 103 is forward ( It is configured to be visible from the player side). The whole main body member 105 does not have to be formed so as to be seen through, and the passage route of the pachinko ball P may be seen through. Further, it is not necessary to be able to see through the entire distribution path of the pachinko sphere P, and the pachinko sphere P that has entered the operation port 101 is caused to pass through the first and second branch inflow passages 145 by the passage distribution portion 150. , 146 may be seen through. In this way, the pachinko ball that has entered the working port 101 can be visually recognized in such a manner that the pachinko ball P that has entered the working port 101 can be visually recognized to the first and second branch inflow passages 145 and 146. The interest in the passage path of the sphere P can be increased.

  As shown in FIGS. 3 to 4, on the outer peripheral surface of the main body member 105, an opening (specifically, a ball inflow port 110 a, a ball having a size that allows the pachinko ball P to pass therethrough) opens into the game area 21. The outlet 110b, the first variable start port 102, the second variable start port 103, and the second out port 104) are opened at a plurality of locations on the outer peripheral surface, and a pachinko ball is positioned at an appropriate position of the mounting base portion 106. The through holes (specifically, the operation port 101, the first intake port 115a, and the second intake port 116a) penetrating back and forth with a size that allows P to pass therethrough are opened at a plurality of locations. A ball passage (hereinafter referred to as an intake passage 115, 116) in which the main body member 105 communicates with the openings 102, 103 provided on the outer peripheral surface and the through holes 115a, 116a of the mounting base portion 106, or the outer periphery. A spherical passage (hereinafter referred to as a “outlet passage 110”) in which openings 110a and 110b provided on the surface are communicated is defined. Here, in the variable pitching device 100 of the embodiment, one opening portion 110a is formed on the upper surface of the main body member 105, and four on the left side surface exposed to the game area 21 (second ball flow path 21b). Openings 102, 103, 104, 110 b are formed, and the mounting base portion 106 penetrates back and forth at the positions where the variable operation ball entering portion 130, the first and second variable start winning portions 161, 162 are disposed. The through holes 101, 115a, and 116a to be formed are respectively formed. In the variable pitching device 100 of the embodiment, the through hole formed corresponding to the position where the variable actuation pitching portion 130 is disposed is the working port 101 as will be described later. In the following description, the through hole formed corresponding to the position where the first variable start winning portion 162 is disposed is referred to as the first intake 115a, and corresponds to the position where the second variable start winning portion 161 is disposed. The through hole formed in this way may be referred to as a second intake port 116a.

(About the passage 110)
As shown in FIG. 4, the passage 110 communicates an opening 110 a formed on the upper surface of the main body member 105 and an opening 110 b formed at the upper position of the left side surface of the main body member 105. The pachinko ball P flowing down the game area 21 (second ball flow path 21b) flows into the passage 110 from the opening 110a formed on the upper surface, and is formed on the left side surface. The opening 110b can be led out to the game area 21 (second ball flow path 21b). Here, the passage 110 is connected to the vertical passage 111 extending downward from the opening 110a on the upper surface and the lower end of the vertical passage 111 and is inclined downward toward the opening 110b on the left side. A passage hole 101 is formed in the mounting base portion 106 so as to open to the passage passage 110 (specifically, the longitudinal passage 111). The through hole that opens to the outlet passage 110 is opened and closed by the operation of the operating port opening / closing member (opening / closing member) 131 of the variable operation entrance portion 130. That is, the through hole provided to open to the outlet passage 110 serves as the operation port 101 of the variable operation ball entrance 130, and the opening of the operation port opening / closing member 131 of the variable operation ball entrance 130 is opened. The pachinko ball P can enter the operation port 101. In the following description, the opening formed in the upper surface of the main body member 105 is referred to as a sphere inlet 110a, and the opening formed in the upper position of the left side surface of the main body member 105 is referred to as a sphere outlet 110b. May be distinguished.

  Here, as shown in FIG. 3, the ball inlet 110 a is positioned vertically aligned with the ball outlet of the gate portion 33, and the pachinko sphere P passing through the gate portion 33 is connected to the ball inlet. 110 a is introduced into the passage 110. The left and right side wall portions 111a defining the side surface of the vertical passage 111 in the outlet passage 110 are formed in an inclined shape in which the upper end surface 111b is inclined downward toward the spherical inflow port 110a. The pachinko sphere P that has deviated to the left and right when passing through is guided to the sphere inlet 110a almost certainly by the inclination of the upper end surface 111b of the left and right side wall portions 111a. That is, by forming the upper end surface 111b of the left and right side wall portions 111a defining the side surface of the vertical passage 111 in the outlet passage 110 in an inclined shape, the operation port opening / closing member 131 of the variable operation entrance portion 130 is opened. At this time, the rate of entrance of the pachinko ball P flowing down the game area 21 (second ball flow path 21b) into the operation port 101 is increased.

  In addition, as shown in FIG. 4, a pachinko ball P can pass between the upper end surface 111 b of the left and right side wall portions 111 a that define the side surface of the vertical passage 111 in the outlet passage 110 and the gate portion 33. The pachinko ball P flowing down the game area 21 (second ball flow path 21b) without passing through the gate portion 33 is separated from the upper end surface 111b of the side wall portion 111a of the passage 110. It can flow into the passage 110 through a gap with the gate portion 33. That is, a game area when the operation opening / closing member 131 of the variable operation entrance part 130 is opened by securing a path different from the gate part 33 as a path through which the pachinko ball P can flow into the passage 110. The entrance ratio of the pachinko spheres P flowing down 21 (second ball flow path 21b) to the working port 101 is improved. Here, the upper end surface 111b of the left and right side wall portions 111a defining the side surface of the vertical passage 111 in the outlet passage 110 and the gate portion 33 are separated from each other by an interval through which one pachinko ball P can pass. 33 is provided in the vicinity. That is, when the upper end surface 111b of the left and right side wall portions 111a and the gate portion 33 are close to each other, the pachinko balls P that have passed through the gate portion 33 are prevented from escaping from the outlet passage 110 (ball inlet 110a). ing. The left and right side wall portions 111 a that define the side surface of the vertical passage 111 are formed to extend along the left and right opening edges of the working port 101, and the vertical passage 111 is formed when the working port 101 is opened. The passing pachinko ball P is easy to enter. In the main body member 105 of the embodiment, the left and right side wall portions 111a are formed on the mounting base portion 106 so as to protrude forward from the left and right opening edges of the working port 101. It is also possible to form the side wall part 111 a on the back surface of the cover part 108.

(About intake passages 115 and 116)
As shown in FIGS. 3 to 4, the main body member 105 has an opening 102 formed on the left side surface of the main body member 105 and an arrangement position of the first variable start winning portion 161 of the mounting base portion 106. A first intake passage 115 that communicates with the formed first intake port 115 a is provided, and an opening 103 formed on the left side surface of the main body member 105 and a second variable start of the mounting base portion 106. A second intake passage 116 that communicates with the second intake port 116 a formed at the position where the winning portion 162 is provided is provided. That is, in the process of flowing down the game area 21 (second ball flow down path 21b), the flow into the first or second intake passages 115, 116 from the openings 102, 103 formed on the left side surface of the main body member 105. The pachinko balls P can be taken in from the first intake port 115a or the second intake port 116a corresponding to the respective intake passages 115 and 116. In the embodiment, the first intake passage 115 communicates with the opening 102 located adjacent to the lower side of the ball outlet 110 b, and the opening 103 located on the lowermost side of the left side surface of the main body member 105. The second intake passage 116 is communicated with each other.

  Here, the opening 102 corresponding to the first intake passage 115 is configured to be opened and closed by a first start port opening / closing member (opening / closing member) 165 of the first variable start winning portion 161, and An opening corresponding to one intake passage 115 functions as the first variable start port 102 of the first variable start winning portion 161. The opening 103 corresponding to the second intake passage 116 is configured to be opened and closed by a second start opening / closing member (opening / closing member) 166 of the second variable start winning prize portion 162 as shown in FIG. The opening corresponding to the second intake passage 116 functions as the second variable start port 103 of the second variable start winning portion 162. That is, the pachinko ball P can flow into the first intake passage 115 as the first start opening / closing member 165 of the first variable start winning section 161 is opened, and the second start opening of the second variable start winning section 162. The pachinko ball P can flow into the second intake passage 116 as the opening / closing member 166 is opened. In other words, the first intake passage 115 constitutes a winning path through which the pachinko ball P that has won the first variable start opening 102 of the first variable start winning portion 161 flows down, and the second intake passage 116. Constitutes a winning path through which the pachinko ball P that has won the second variable start opening 103 of the second variable start winning portion 162 flows down. Since the first intake passage 115 and the second intake passage 116 of the embodiment are basically formed in the same form, configurations having the same functions are described with the same reference numerals.

  As shown in FIGS. 3 to 4, the intake passages 115 and 116 corresponding to the first and second variable start winning portions 161 and 162 are respectively connected to the variable start ports 102 and 102 of the corresponding variable start winning portions 161 and 162. 103 is formed so as to open to the left side of the main body member 105, and has an inlet passage 117 extending from the variable start port 102, 103 to the upper portion of the corresponding intake port 115 a, 116 a, and downstream of the inlet passage 117. It comprises an operating passage 118 which communicates with the end and opens the intake ports 115a and 116a. Here, a front opening 171 of a mechanism installation case 170, which will be described later, constituting the first and second variable start winning prize portions 161 and 162 protrudes into the operation passage 118 via the corresponding intake ports 115a and 116a. The pachinko ball P is in contact with the ball entry operation portions 206 and 207 of the corresponding variable start winning portions 161 and 162 in the process of passing the pachinko balls P through the intake passages 115 and 116 (operation passages 118). It is supposed to be.

  As shown in FIGS. 7 and 19 to 21, a guide portion 118 a that guides the pachinko ball P passing through the operation passage 118 to the corresponding intakes 115 a and 116 a is provided at the lower end portion of the operation passage 118. Is formed so that the pachinko ball P passing through the intake passages 115 and 116 (operation passage 118) can be guided to the corresponding intake ports 115a and 116a. Further, a biasing protrusion 118b that protrudes into the operation passage 118 (on the intake ports 115a and 116a side) from the guide portion 118a is provided at an upper position of the guide portion 118a. When the ball P abuts against the urging protrusion 118b and is repelled toward the intake ports 115a and 116a, the corresponding variable start detection sensors 77 and 78 can quickly detect the ball P. The guide portion 118a and the biasing projection portion 118b are formed on the cover portion 108 that defines the front surface of the operation passage 118 so as to protrude into the operation passage 118.

  In addition, as shown in FIGS. 4 and 6, the main body member 105 includes a second out port 104 as an opening located between the second variable start port 103 and the first variable start port 102, and An out ball intake passage 119 is provided that communicates with a through hole (out ball intake port 119a) formed below the first intake port 115a (first variable start winning portion 161) in the mounting base portion 106. ing. Here, the out ball intake port 119a is configured to communicate with an out passage 93 formed in the ball passage unit 80 on the back side of the game board 20 (main body member 105), and the gaming area 21 (the first game area 21). The pachinko ball P that has entered the second out port 104 in the process of flowing down the two-ball flow path 21b) is discharged to the outside of the game board 20.

(About the electric switching unit 120)
As shown in FIGS. 6 and 8 to 9, the electric switching unit 120 is provided with a first main body case 121 in which the variable operation ball entering portion 130 is disposed, and the passage distributing portion 150. The second main body case 140 and the two main body cases 121 and 140 are assembled so that the variable operation ball entering portion 130 and the passage distributing portion 150 can be handled as a single unit. Specifically, in a state where the first main body case 121 is fixed to the upper rear position of the second main body case 140, the second main body is positioned at the upper position on the back side of the main body member 105 of the variable pitching device 100. A case 140 is attached.

(About the first body case 121)
As shown in FIG. 8, the first main body case 121 is fixed to the first front case body 122 fixed to the second main body case 140 and the back side of the first front case body 122. The first rear case body 123 includes a first solenoid 135 serving as a drive means for the variable operation ball entry portion 130 between the first front case body 122 and the first rear case body 123. An accommodating portion 124 that accommodates is defined. Here, the first rear case body 123 is formed in a rectangular box shape that opens forward, and the front opening of the first rear body case is closed by the first front case body 122. A storage portion 124 is defined.

  Further, as shown in FIG. 8, the first rear case body 123 has a first guide recess 125 extending in the front-rear direction at a position below the housing portion 124 that houses the first solenoid 135. The operation opening / closing member 131 of the variable operation entrance portion 130 is inserted into the first guide recess 125 so as to be slidable in the front-rear direction. Here, the first main body case 121 is not blocked by the first front case body 122 in a state where the first front case body 122 and the first rear case body 123 are assembled. The first guide recess 125 is configured to open forward.

(Regarding the variable operation entrance 130)
As shown in FIG. 8, the variable actuation ball entrance 130 has a closed position (see FIG. 19 (a)) for closing the actuation port 101 and an open position (see FIG. 20 (a)) for opening the actuation port 101. ) Displaceable operating port opening / closing member 131, a first solenoid 135 as an electric driving means for driving the operating port opening / closing member 131, and a first solenoid 135 connected to the operating port opening / closing member 131. The operation port opening / closing member 131 is displaced to the open position and the closed position by the drive control of the first solenoid 135. That is, a pachinko that flows down the outlet passage 110 (longitudinal passage 111) by the operating portion that is operated in accordance with the driving of the first solenoid 135 displaces the operating port opening and closing member 131 to the closed position and the open position. The ball P is configured to switch between a state where the ball P is allowed to enter the operation port 101 and a state where the ball is blocked. Here, the state in which the working port opening / closing member 131 closes the working port 101 is a state in which the working port 101 is completely blocked by the working port opening / closing member 131 and does not open to the outlet passage 110 (vertical passage 111). If the working port 101 is in a state in which the pachinko ball P cannot enter the ball, even if the working port 101 is open to the passage 110 (vertical passage 111). Good.

(Working port opening / closing member 131)
Here, as shown in FIG. 8, the working port opening / closing member 131 is formed in a flat plate shape elongated in the front-rear direction, and is formed in the first main body case 121 (first rear case body 123). The rear portion of the operation port opening / closing member 131 is slidably inserted into the first guide recess 125 thus formed, and the front portion of the operation port opening / closing member 131 protrudes from the front opening of the first guide recess 125. ing. That is, the operating port opening / closing member 131 is configured to be movable in the front-rear direction with the front portion protruding forward from the first guide recess 125 (first main body case 121).

  Further, as shown in FIGS. 8 and 19, the front end portion of the working port opening / closing member 131 is formed such that a spherical guide piece 132 formed in an inclined shape that inclines downward as it goes rearwardly protrudes upward. . When the working port opening / closing member 131 is moved to the open position, the ball guide piece 132 projects to the front side of the game board 20 (the inside of the passage 110) through the working port 101. Yes. That is, in the state where the working port opening / closing member 131 is moved to the open position, the pachinko balls P flowing down the passage 110 (vertical passage 111) are received by the ball guide piece 132, and the ball guide piece 132 is inclined. Thus, it is guided backward (that is, on the side of the operating port 101). Further, in a state where the operation port opening / closing member 131 has moved to the closed position, the ball guide piece 132 is retracted to the back side of the game board 20 (outside the passage passage 110) via the operation port 101, and the operation port The opening / closing member 131 is configured to block the lower side of the operation port 101 and prevent the pachinko ball P from entering the operation port 101. Further, as shown in FIGS. 19 to 21, the working port opening / closing member 131 has a ball passage hole 133 through which a pachinko ball P can pass in a front portion protruding forward from the first guide recess 125 in the vertical direction. So that the operating port opening / closing member 131 moves to the open position so that the pachinko ball P taken in from the operating port 101 can move to the communication passage 144 (to be described later) through the ball passage hole 133. It has become.

  As shown in FIG. 8, the first solenoid 135 is installed in the accommodating portion 124 of the first main body case 121 in a posture in which the plunger 135a is positioned on the front side, and swings to the first main body case 121. The first connecting portion 136 that is supported is connected to the plunger 135a. The first connecting part 136 is connected to the plunger 135a of the first solenoid 135 and is connected to the plunger 135a so as to move back and forth integrally. The first connecting part 136 is provided at both left and right ends of the connecting part 136a. The swing arm 136b is connected to the mouth opening / closing member 131 and is swingably supported by the first main body case 121. The swing arm 136b swings as the plunger 135a moves back and forth. Thus, the operating port opening / closing member 131 moves back and forth between the closed position and the open position.

(About second body case 140)
As shown in FIG. 8, the second main body case 140 includes a second front case body 141 that is fixed to the main body member 105 (mounting base portion 106) of the variable pitching device 100, and the second front side. A second rear case body 142 fixed to the back side of the case body 141, and a ball passage (introduction passage 143, communication passage 144, first passage) through which the pachinko ball P can pass through the second main body case 140. 1 and second branch inflow passages 145, 146) are defined. The second front case body 141 is formed with an introduction passage 143 that opens front and rear and upward, and when the second front case body 141 is fixed to the main body member 105, the introduction passage 143 is connected to the operation port 101. It is comprised so that it may communicate with. The upper opening of the introduction passage 143 is blocked by a passage wall 107 (see FIG. 7) formed on the rear surface of the mounting base portion 106 so as to protrude rearward along the upper edge of the opening of the working port 101. Thus, the pachinko ball P is prevented from falling from the upper opening of the introduction passage 143. Note that the operation opening / closing member 131 of the variable operation entrance portion 130 operates in the state where the first main body case 121 and the second main body case 140 are assembled, as shown in FIGS. A front portion of the mouth opening / closing member 131 is located in the introduction passage 143 and is configured to move back and forth along the introduction passage 143.

  Further, as shown in FIGS. 8, 20, and 21, the second front case body 141 extends downward and opens upward and rearward at the rear end position of the introduction passage 143. A passage 144 is defined, and the pachinko ball P that has passed through the introduction passage 143 passes through the rear opening of the communication passage 144 to the back side of the second front case body 141. A ball detection sensor 147 that detects a pachinko ball P passing through the communication passage 144 is disposed at the upstream end of the communication passage 144. The ball detection sensor 147 provided at the upstream end of the communication passage 144 is electrically connected to the main control board 60, and the operation signal is input when a detection signal from the ball detection sensor 147 is input. The main control CPU 60a can recognize that the pachinko ball P has entered the ball 101. In the following description, the ball detection sensor disposed in the communication path 144 may be referred to as a ball detection sensor 147. That is, the passage 144 a of the pachinko ball P passing through the communication passage 144 is opened rearward at a position below the ball detection sensor 147.

  As shown in FIGS. 8 to 9, in the second main body case 140, the first and second branch inflow passages 145 and 146 are formed to branch from the outlet / outlet 144 a of the communication passage 144. . That is, in the embodiment, the outlet / outlet 144a of the communication passage 144 is a branch position where the first and second branch inflow passages 145 and 146 branch. The first branch inflow passage 145 is formed to extend downward from the communication outlet 144a of the communication passage 144, and the second branch inflow passage 146 is formed laterally from the communication outlet 144a of the communication passage 144. It is formed so as to extend to the left side in the embodiment. That is, the region through which the outlet 144a of the communication passage 144 passes is a branch region where the pachinko balls P are distributed to the first and second branch inflow passages 145 and 146. In FIG. 9, the opening position of the outlet 144a is indicated by a two-dot chain line.

(About the passage allocation unit 150)
As shown in FIG. 8, the passage distribution unit 150 distributes the pachinko balls P that have passed through the communication passage 144 to one of the first and second branch inflow passages 145 and 146 for distribution. (Distributing means) 151, a second solenoid 152 as an electric drive means for driving the distributing body 151, and second connecting portions 156 and 157 for connecting and connecting the second solenoid 152 to the distributing body 151 It has. The allocating body 151 passes through the communication passage 144 and a first distribution position (see FIG. 9A) through which the pachinko spheres P that have passed through the communication passage 144 pass through the first branch inflow passage 145. The pachinko ball P is provided so as to be able to move between the second sorting position (see FIG. 9B) through which the pachinko ball P passes through the second branch inflow passage 146, and drives and controls the second solenoid 152. Thus, the sorting body 151 moves to the first sorting position and the second sorting position.

(About the distribution body 151)
As shown in FIG. 9, the distribution body 151 is formed in a plate shape having a size capable of closing the ball inlet of the first branch inflow passage 145, and is attached to the second body case 140. The second guide recess 148 formed is slidably disposed in the left-right direction. Further, a shaft portion 151 a that protrudes rearward is formed at the rear end portion of the distributing body 151, and the shaft portion 151 a is inserted through an insertion hole 142 a formed in the second rear case body 142. Protrudes to the back side of the second main body case 140. The second connecting portions 156 and 157 are connected to the shaft portion 151a of the distribution body 151 protruding from the insertion hole 142a, and the position where the distribution body 151 is accommodated in the second guide recess 148 (first The distribution position) and the position where the distribution body 151 protrudes from the second guide recess 148 and closes the ball inlet of the first branch inflow passage 145 (second distribution position). Yes. Here, in the state where the distribution body 151 is in the first distribution position, the ball inlet of the first branch inflow passage 145 is configured to open upward without being blocked by the distribution body 151, and the communication passage 144. The pachinko ball P that has passed through the outlet 144a can flow (fall) into the first branch inflow passage 145 as it is. In the state where the distribution body 151 is in the second distribution position, the top surface of the distribution body 151 is substantially the same height as the bottom surface of the second branch inflow passage 146 or the top surface of the distribution body 151 is the second position. The pachinko ball P is configured to be positioned slightly above the bottom surface of the branch inflow passage 146 so that the pachinko ball P that has passed through the communication port 144a of the communication passage 144 can flow into the second branch inflow passage 146.

  As shown in FIG. 8, the second solenoid 152 is disposed on the front surface of the second main body case 140 (second front case body 141) in a downward posture with the plunger 152a positioned on the lower side. That is, when the second solenoid 152 is excited and driven, the plunger 152a moves up and down. Further, a front protection member 153 that sandwiches the second solenoid 152 with the second front case body 141 is disposed on the front side of the second solenoid 152, and the front protection member 153 and the second protection member 153 are connected to the second solenoid 152. The second solenoid 152 is clamped and fixed by the front case body 141. The plunger 152a of the second solenoid 152 is biased downward by a biasing means such as a spring (not shown). When the second solenoid 152 is energized, the plunger 152a is pulled in and moves upward to stop the excitation. As a result, the plunger 152a moves downward.

  The second connecting portions 156 and 157 are swingably supported by a slider 156 attached to the plunger 152a of the second solenoid 152 and moving up and down integrally with the plunger 152a, and the second main body case 140. The slider 156 and the swinging member 157 are connected to each other and the swinging member 157 and the distributing body 151 are connected to each other, and the slider 156 is moved vertically. As the swinging member 157 swings, the sorting body 151 is displaced to the first sorting position and the second sorting position. Here, a guide protrusion 156a formed on the slider 156 so as to extend in the vertical direction is inserted into a guide groove 153a formed in the front protection member 153 extending in the vertical direction from the rear, and The slider 156 can be moved up and down while maintaining a certain posture. A laterally long first connecting hole 156b to which the swing member 157 is connected is formed at the rear end of the slider 156 so as to open rearward.

  As shown in FIG. 8, the swing member 157 includes a support shaft 157a pivotally supported by the second main body case 140, and a cooperation shaft 157b provided at a position spaced radially from the support shaft 157a. And a second connecting hole 157c provided at a position separated from the support shaft 157a in the radial direction. The swing member 157 is disposed so as to swing on the rear side of the second rear case body 142 of the second main body case 140 in a posture in which the support shaft 157a extends in the front-rear direction. The linkage shaft 157b is loosely fitted from the rear to the first linkage hole 156b of 156, and the shaft portion 191a of the distributing body 151 is loosely fitted from the front to the second linkage hole 157c. Yes. As a result, as the slider 156 moves up and down, the swinging member 157 rotates (swings) about the support shaft 157a extending back and forth, and the swinging member 157 rotates as described above. The distribution body 151 is configured to slide and displace to the first distribution position and the second distribution position.

(Regarding the first and second variable start winning portions 161 and 162)
As shown in FIGS. 3, 4, 6, 7, and 10 to 17, the first variable start winning portion 161 has a closed position for closing the first variable start port 102 (see the solid line in FIG. 4). ) And the first starting port opening / closing member 165 (opening / closing member) displaceable to an open position (see a two-dot chain line in FIG. 4) for opening the first variable starting port 102, and a first communicating with the operating port 101. A first actuating mechanism 175 that is provided so that the pachinko sphere P passing through the branch passage can be brought into contact with the pachinko sphere P and that operates in accordance with the contact of the pachinko sphere P; The second operating mechanism 200 is provided so that the pachinko sphere P passing through can be brought into contact with the pachinko sphere P. Then, the first operating port opening / closing member 165 is operated by the first operating mechanism 175 that is operated in contact with the pachinko ball P that has entered the operating port 101 while the first starting port opening / closing member 165 is in the closed position. Is moved from the closed position to the open position, and the second operating mechanism 200 that is operated in accordance with the contact with the pachinko ball P that has won the first variable start port 102 in a state where the first start port opening / closing member 165 is in the open position. The first start port opening / closing member 165 is configured to be displaced from the open position to the closed position.

  Similarly, as shown in FIGS. 3, 4, 6, 7, and 10 to 17, the second variable start winning portion 162 closes the second variable start opening 103 (FIG. 4). ) And the second start port opening / closing member 166 displaceable to an open position (see a two-dot chain line in FIG. 4) for opening the second variable start port 103, and a second port communicating with the operation port 101. A first operating mechanism 175 that is provided so that the pachinko sphere P passing through the branch passage can come into contact with the pachinko sphere P and operates in accordance with the contact of the pachinko sphere P, and the second intake passage 116 that communicates with the second variable start port 103 are provided. A second operating mechanism 200 is provided so that the pachinko sphere P passing therethrough can be brought into contact with the pachinko sphere P and is operated in accordance with the contact of the pachinko sphere P. Then, the first operating mechanism 175 that is operated in contact with the pachinko ball P that has entered the operating port 101 while the second starting port opening / closing member 166 is in the closed position is the second starting port opening / closing member 166. Is moved from the closed position to the open position, and the second actuating mechanism 200 that is actuated by contact with the pachinko ball P that has won the second variable start opening 103 in the state where the second start opening / closing member 166 is in the open position. The second start port opening / closing member 166 is configured to be displaced from the open position to the closed position.

  Here, the first and second start opening / closing members 165 and 166, the first operating mechanism 175 and the second operating mechanism 200 in the first and second variable start winning portions 161 and 162 are basically the same in configuration. In the following description, the first variable start winning unit 161 will be mainly described in detail, and the description of the second variable start winning unit 162 will be supplemented as necessary.

(Regarding first start port opening / closing member 165 and second start port opening / closing member 166)
As shown in FIGS. 4, 7, and 12, the first and second start port opening / closing members 165, 166 are formed in a so-called flap shape that gradually becomes thinner upward, and each start port opening / closing member A support shaft 105 a extending in the front-rear direction and formed in the main body member 105 of the variable pitching device 100 is inserted into shaft holes 165 a and 166 a formed in the lower portion of the 165 and 166. Here, the support shaft 105a that pivotally supports the second start port opening / closing member 166 is positioned on the side (left side in the embodiment) of the second intake port 116a and pivots on the first start port opening / closing member 165. The supporting shafts 105a to be supported are respectively formed on the main body member 105 (the mounting base portion 106) so as to be located on the side of the first intake port 115a (on the left side in the embodiment). Each between a closed position (see FIG. 14) in which the tip (end) is directed upward and an open position (see FIGS. 15 and 16) in which the tip is oriented obliquely left upward. The start port opening / closing members 165 and 166 are configured to swing. Further, the start opening / closing members 165 and 166 have a center of gravity biased to the left side of the support shaft 105a (a direction away from the corresponding first intake port 115a and second intake port 116a) in the closed position. It is always biased in the direction of rotation from the closed position to the open position by its own weight.

  Further, as shown in FIG. 7, at the rear end portions of the start port opening / closing members 165 and 166, the corresponding lower ends of the first intake port 115a and the second intake port 116a are provided from the center of oscillation. An engagement piece 167 protruding in the radial direction is formed. The engagement pieces 167 of the start opening / closing members 165 and 166 are located on the left side of the opening side edge (the left side edge in the embodiment) of the corresponding first intake port 115a and second intake port 116a in the closed position. In the open position, the first intake port 115a and the second intake port 116a are formed in a size and shape facing the front of the opening. And in the said closed position, it is comprised so that the engagement piece 167 may contact | abut to the closing holding | maintenance part 204 (after-mentioned) provided in the 2nd action | operation mechanism 200 of the corresponding variable start prize-winning part 161,162 (FIG. 12, FIG. 14), the rotation of the start opening / closing members 165 and 166 from the closed position to the open position due to its own weight is regulated by the contact action of the engagement piece 167 and the closing holding portion 204. Further, in the open position, the engagement pieces 167 of the start port opening / closing members 165 and 166 are positioned on the movement locus of the closing operation portion 205 (described later) in the second operation mechanism 200 of the corresponding variable start winning portion 161 and 162. (Refer to FIGS. 15 to 17), and the start opening / closing members 165, 165, are brought into contact with the closing operation portion 205 and the engagement piece 167 moving with the operation of the second operation mechanism 200. 166 is configured to be urged to rotate from the open position to the closed position.

(About mechanism installation case 170)
As shown in FIGS. 10 and 11, the first operating mechanism 175 and the second operating mechanism 200 are assembled in a mechanism installation case 170 disposed on the back side of the main body member 105. The mechanism installation case 170 is formed in a rectangular box shape that opens forward and downward, and the first operation mechanism 175 and the second operation mechanism 200 are disposed in the internal space of the mechanism installation case 170. It has become. Further, each mechanism installation case 170 has a front opening 171 of the mechanism installation case 170 communicating with the first intake port 115a and the second intake port 116a formed in the mounting base portion 106 (main body member 105). In addition, the upper opening of the ball guide rods 106a and 106a (see FIGS. 7 and 19 to 21) formed in the mounting base portion 106 (main body member 105) corresponding to the intake ports 115a and 116a and the mechanism installation The case 170 is attached to the back side of the attachment base portion 106 in a state where the lower opening 172 communicates therewith. Here, the ball guide rod 106a corresponding to the second intake port 116a is formed so as to communicate the second intake port 116a and the ball inlet of the first start port discharge passage 88 of the ball passage unit 80. In addition, the ball guide rod 106a corresponding to the first intake port 115a is formed to communicate the first intake port 115a and the ball inlet of the second start port discharge passage 89 of the ball passage unit 80. ing. That is, the pachinko ball P that has won the first and second variable start ports 102 and 103 passes from the corresponding first intake port 115a and the second intake port 116a to the internal space of the mechanism installation case 170 and passes through the ball. It moves to the guide rod 106a and is guided to the corresponding start port discharge passages 88 and 89 formed in the ball passage unit 80 via the ball guide rod 106a.

  Also, as shown in FIG. 10, an opening 170a that opens upward is formed on the upper surface of each mechanism installation case 170 so as to communicate with the first or second branch inflow passages 145, 146. (See FIG. 18). In the following description, the upper opening in each mechanism installation case 170 is referred to as a working ball inlet 170a. That is, the first branch inflow passage 145 communicates with the working ball inlet 170a of the mechanism installation case 170 in the first variable start winning portion 161, and the pachinko balls P distributed to the first branch inflow passage 145 are in the first variable start winning portion 161. While flowing into the internal space of the mechanism installation case 170 of the variable start winning portion 161, the second branch inflow passage 146 (more precisely, to the working ball inlet 170a of the mechanism installation case 170 in the second variable start winning portion 162). The upstream branch discharge passage 84a) communicates, and the pachinko balls P distributed to the second branch inflow passage 146 flow into the internal space of the mechanism installation case 170 of the second variable start winning portion 162, and each mechanism The first operation mechanism 175 accommodated in the installation case 170 is configured to come into contact with the first operation mechanism 175.

  Further, as shown in FIGS. 10 and 18, an opening 170b that opens in the left-right direction is formed on the left side surface of each mechanism installation case 170. The opening 170b flows in through the working ball inlet 170a. The pachinko ball P that has come into contact with the one operation mechanism 175 is discharged from the opening 170 b on the left side surface of the mechanism installation case 170. In the following description, in each mechanism installation case 170, an opening through which the pachinko ball P is discharged is referred to as a working ball outlet 170b. Here, the working ball outlet 170b of each mechanism installation case 170 is configured to be substantially aligned in the left-right direction with the ball inlets of the first or second branch discharge passages 81 and 83 formed in the ball passage unit 80. The pachinko ball P discharged from the working ball outlet 170b in contact with the first working mechanism 175 of each mechanism installation case 170 can flow into the aligned first or second branch discharge passages 81 and 83. It has become. Specifically, the ball entrance of the first branch discharge passage 81 is aligned with the working ball outlet 170b of the mechanism installation case 170 in the first variable start winning section 161, and the mechanism installation case 170 in the second variable start winning section 162 is arranged. The ball inlet of the second branch discharge passage 83 (more precisely, the downstream branch discharge passage 84b) is aligned with the working ball outlet 170b. In the embodiment, as will be described later, a ball receiving portion 179 (first and second guide pieces 181 and 182) provided in the first operating mechanism 175 is provided with an operating ball outlet 170b of the mechanism installation case 170. The pachinko sphere P discharged from the working ball outlet 170b through the ball receiving portion 179 is guided to the ball inlet of the corresponding branch discharge passage. It is configured to be. Furthermore, an opening 170c that opens in the left-right direction is formed on the right side surface of each mechanism installation case 170, and an operation unit 179a (described later) of the first operating mechanism 175 is formed through the opening 170c on the left side surface. ) Protrudes outside the case. In the following description, in each mechanism installation case 170, an opening from which the operation unit 179a protrudes is referred to as an operation port 170c.

(About the first operating mechanism 175)
The first actuation mechanism 175 of the variable start winning portion 161, 162 has a corresponding branch passage (communication passageway) communicating with the actuation port 101 as shown in FIG. 11, FIG. 18, FIG. 20 (b) and FIG. 21 (b). A first actuating member 176 provided so that the pachinko sphere P passing through the branch inflow passages 145 and 146) can come into contact with the pachinko sphere P and being displaceable from a reference position to an actuating position in accordance with the contact of the pachinko sphere P; And a restraining member 190 that restrains the displacement of the member 176 from the reference position to the operating position. The first operating member 176 is displaced from the reference position to the operating position, whereby the second operating mechanism 200 is operated to displace the start port opening / closing members 165 and 166 from the closed position to the open position. ing.

(First actuating member 176)
As shown in FIGS. 11, 12, and 14 to 17, the first operating member 176 includes a first base portion 177 that is swingably supported by the mechanism installation case 170, and the first base portion. A ball receiving portion 179 provided on the first base portion 177, which contacts the pachinko ball P passing through the branch inflow passages 145 and 146, and the first base portion 177. And a first push-up portion 183 that operates the operation mechanism 200, and the first operation member 176 is displaced from the reference position to the operation position in accordance with the contact of the pachinko ball P with the ball receiving portion 179. Thus, the second start port opening / closing member 166 can be displaced from the closed position to the open position. In the embodiment, each of the first base portion 177, the ball receiving portion 179, and the first push-up portion 183 is integrally formed of a synthetic resin material. And the support shaft 177c supported by the left and right side walls of the mechanism installation case 170 is inserted into the shaft hole 177a formed so as to penetrate left and right at a position biased to the end of the first base portion 177, and the A first operating member 176 is pivotally supported around the support shaft 177c. Further, a weight member 178 having a specific gravity greater than that of the first base portion 177 is fitted into a fitting hole 177b formed at a substantially central position of the first base portion 177, so that the center of gravity of the first base portion 177 is supported. It is configured to be offset from the shaft 177c. That is, the first actuating member 176 (first base portion 177) is swingably supported by the mechanism installation case 170 in a posture in which the swing center is located on the upper side in a stationary state. The weight member 178 is formed of a metal material such as steel or brass, but is not limited thereto. The stationary state is based on a state where the pachinko ball P is not in contact with the ball receiving portion 179.

(Ball receiving part 179)
As shown in FIGS. 11 and 14 to 15, the ball receiving portion 179 extends rearward from the upper end portion of the first base portion 177 in a state where the first operating member 176 is in a stationary state. The ball receiving piece 180, the first guide piece 181 extending from the rear part of the ball receiving piece 180 to the side (left side), and the ball receiving piece 180 and the first guide piece 181 extending upward from the rear ends thereof. The second guide piece 182 is provided, and the ball receiving piece 180 faces below the working ball inlet 170a of the mechanism installation case 170. That is, the pachinko ball P that has passed through the first and second branch inflow passages 145 and 146 passes through the working ball inlet 170a of the mechanism installation case 170, and the ball receiving piece 180 of the corresponding variable start winning portion 161 or 162. The first actuating member 176 is swung by the weight of the pachinko ball P that has fallen onto the ball receiving portion 179 (ball receiving piece 180). Further, when the first actuating member 176 is swung by the weight of the pachinko ball P, the lower end portion of the second guide piece 182 abuts on the lower wall portion 173 of the mechanism installation case 170 to restrict swinging. It has come to be. Thereby, the first actuating member 176 has a stationary position where the pachinko ball P is not in contact with the ball receiving portion 179 (the ball receiving piece 180) (see FIG. 14), and the ball receiving portion 179 ( It is displaced between the operating position (see FIG. 15) that has been swung by the weight of the pachinko ball P that has fallen onto the ball receiving piece 180). The pachinko ball P is supported by the edge portions of the first and second guide pieces 181 and 182 in a state where the first operating member 176 is displaced to the operating position.

  Here, as shown in FIGS. 11 and 12, the second guide piece 182 moves toward the extended end portion (the end portion spaced from the ball receiving piece 180) of the first guide piece 181. The pachinko sphere P is formed in an inclined shape close to the guide piece 181 and is supported by the edge portions of the first and second guide pieces 181 and 182 when the first actuating member 176 is displaced to the actuated position. The second guide piece 182 is moved toward the extended end of the first guide piece 181 by the inclination of the second guide piece 182. The extended end portion of the first guide piece 181 (the downstream end portion of the pachinko ball P guided by the first and second guide pieces 181 and 182) is provided in the first or second of the discharge passage unit. Pachinko balls P that are configured to face the ball inlets of the two branch discharge passages 81 and 83 and move toward the extending end of the first guide piece 181 due to the inclination of the second guide piece 182 correspond to the first Alternatively, it flows into the second branch discharge passages 81 and 83 and is discharged to the outside of the game board 20. That is, the first and second guide pieces 181 and 182 function as a guide portion that guides the pachinko ball P, which has the first operating member 176 displaced to the operating position, to the corresponding branch discharge passage.

  Further, as shown in FIGS. 10 and 11, the first operating member 176 is formed with an operation portion 179 a that protrudes from the right end surface of the ball receiving portion 179 to the side (right side). The operation unit 179 a is configured to project outside the mechanism installation case 170 through an operation port 170 c opened in the installation case 170. That is, the operation part 179a protruding to the outside of the mechanism installation case 170 through the operation port 170c is exposed on the back side of the variable ball entry device 100 (main body member 105). Further, the operation portion 179a exposed on the back side of the variable pitching device 100 (main body member 105) is an installation window 90, 91 corresponding to each variable start winning portion 161, 162 formed in the ball path unit 80. It is exposed so that it can operate from the back side of the ball passage unit 80 (namely, game board 20) through the said installation window part 90,91. That is, by operating the operation portion 179a through the installation window portions 90 and 91, the first operating member 176 of the first and second variable start winning prize portions 161 and 162 is manually operated to perform a confirmation inspection and the like. It is configured to be easily performed.

(About the first push-up portion 183)
As shown in FIGS. 11 and 14, the first push-up portion 183 protrudes forward from the front lower portion position of the first base portion 177 in a state where the first operating member 176 is at the reference position. The first push-up portion 183 is displaced upward as the first actuating member 176 swings from the reference position to the actuated position. Then, the second operating mechanism 200 has a second movement mechanism L (see FIG. 17) along the movement locus L (see FIG. 17) of the first push-up portion 183 as the first operating member 176 swings from the reference position to the operating position. When the opening operation part 203 (both described later) of the operation member 201 is positioned, the first push-up part 183 pushes the second operation member 201 (open operation part 203) upward, and the second The actuating member 201 is rotationally displaced from a closed holding position, which will be described later, to the first ball entry working position, so that the start opening / closing members 165 and 166 corresponding to the variable start winning portions 161 and 162 are displaced from the closed position to the open position. It has become. That is, the first push-up portion 183 in the first operating member 176 functions as an operating portion that displaces the start port opening / closing members 165 and 166 from the closed position to the open position. The first push-up portion 183 is provided at the right end of the first base portion 177, and the pachinko ball that has passed through the ball intakes 115a and 116a corresponding to the variable start winning portions 161 and 162, respectively. It is configured not to interfere with P.

(About the second push-up unit 184)
As shown in FIGS. 11, 14, and 15, the first actuating member 176 has a second push-up portion 184 that protrudes upward at a position spaced upward from the first push-up portion 183. Is formed. The second push-up portion 184 is disposed at the position between the reference position and the operation position of the first actuating member 176 (hereinafter referred to as a restraining position). 192), and the second push-up portion 184 contacts the restraining member 190 so as to suppress the swing of the first actuating member 176 from the restraining position to the actuating position. It has become. Here, before the first push-up part 183 pushes up the second actuating member 201 (opening actuating part 203) of the second actuating mechanism 200 (before displacement from the closed holding position to the first ball entry actuating position). The second push-up portion 184 is configured to move to the stop position and come into contact with the stop member 190, and the contact with the stop member 190 suppresses the swinging of the first actuating member 176. ing. Specifically, before the first push-up portion 183 comes into contact with the second actuating member 201 (opening actuating portion 203) of the second actuating mechanism 200, the second push-up portion 184 is brought into the stop position. It is configured to move and contact the restraining member 190. The second push-up portion 184 is provided at the right end portion of the first base portion 177 in the same manner as the first push-up portion 183.

(About the restraining member 190)
As shown in FIGS. 11, 12, and 14 to 17, the restraining member 190 is formed in a rectangular plate shape extending in the front-rear direction in the internal space of the mechanism installation case 170 and the mechanism installation case 170. A swing plate 191 supported so as to be swingable, and a swing restraining portion 192 that comes into contact with the second push-up portion 184 formed in the first actuating member 176. When the second push-up portion 184 pushes up the swing restraining portion 192, the restraining member 190 is forcibly swung. The swing plate 191 is formed with a shaft portion 191a pivotally supported by the mechanism installation case 170 at the front end portion of the left and right end surfaces.

  14 and 17, the rear end portion of the swing plate 191 is placed on the upper surface of the first base portion 177 of the first operating member 176, and the swing plate 191 The swing restraining portion 192 is formed at the right end so as to protrude downward, and the second push-up portion 184 moves when the first operating member 176 swings from the reference position to the operating position. The swing restraining portion 192 is configured to face the moving trajectory. The swing restraining portion 192 is configured to move the second push-up when the first actuating member 176 swings to the restraining position in the process of swinging the first actuating member 176 from the reference position to the actuating position. The first actuating member 176 swings from the restrained position toward the second actuating position when the second push-up part 184 abuts against the swing restraining part 192. Is supposed to suppress.

  That is, when the first actuating member 176 naturally swings due to vibration generated in the pachinko machine 10, the second push-up portion 184 contacts the swing restraining portion 192 of the restraining member 190 at the restraining position. By contacting, the weight of the restraining member 190 becomes a resistance that the first actuating member 176 swings, and the swinging of the first actuating member 176 from the restraining position to the second operating position is restricted, and the first actuating member 176 is restricted. The operation of the second operation member 201 (opening operation part 203) is prevented. On the other hand, when the first actuating member 176 is forcibly swung by the pachinko ball P that has fallen on the ball receiving portion 179, the second push-up portion 184 of the restraining member 190 is in the restraining position. The first operating member 176 continues to swing toward the operating position even after coming into contact with the swing restraining portion 192, and the second push-up portion 184 pushes up the swing restraining portion 192 to swing the swing plate 191 ( By swinging the restraining member 190), the second actuating member 201 (opening actuating portion 203) can be actuated by swinging the first actuating member 176 to the actuating position. . In the state where the first actuating member 176 is at the reference position, the second push-up portion 184 and the rocking stop portion 192 are separated from each other, and the first push-down portion 184 is caused by vibration generated in the pachinko machine 10. The operating member 176 is allowed to swing naturally.

  Further, the restraining member 190 is provided with a weight attaching portion 194 of a weight member such as a screw or a pin at the position of the rear end upper portion of the swing plate 191 (see FIG. 12). That is, by attaching a weight member to the weight attaching portion 194 of the swing plate 191, the first operating member 176 swings to the operating position after the second push-up portion 184 contacts the swing stopping portion 192. Even when there is a concern about the occurrence of large vibrations due to the increased installation resistance of the pachinko machine 10 or the like, the first operating member 176 is restrained from naturally swinging from the reference position to the operating position. obtain.

  Further, as shown in FIGS. 11, 12, and 14 to 17, the restraining member 190 is provided with a rotation restraining portion 193 that protrudes downward on the lower surface of the swing plate 191. Then, when the second operation member 201 of the second operation mechanism 200 is rotationally displaced, the ball operation unit 206 provided in the second operation member 201 with respect to the rotation stop unit 193 of the stop member 190. 207 (both will be described later) can be brought into contact with each other, and the second actuating member 201 (the ball entry actuating parts 206, 207) and the rotation restraining part 193 come into contact with each other, whereby the second actuating member The rotational displacement of 201 is suppressed. That is, the restraining member 190 of the embodiment has a function of restraining the operation of the first and second actuating members 176 and 201.

  Here, as shown in FIG. 17, the rotation restraining portion 193 faces a movement trajectory in which the ball entering operation portions 206 and 207 move when the second operation member 201 of the second operation mechanism 200 rotates. It is provided on the lower surface of the swing plate 191. That is, in the process in which the second operation member 201 of the second operation mechanism 200 rotates in the forward rotation direction (the rotation direction from the closed holding position toward the first ball entry operation position), the ball entry operation units 206 and 207 are It is configured to be able to come into contact with the rotation stopping portion 193 from below, and when the ball-entry operation portions 206 and 207 come into contact with the rotation stopping portion 193, the weight of the stopping member 190 becomes the second operation. The rotation resistance of the member 201 is set. The lower portion of the front surface of the rotation restraining portion 193 is formed in a curved surface shape that is curved so as to retract backward as it goes downward, and the second operation is applied to the curved surface portion of the rotation restraining portion 193 that forms the curved surface shape. The ball entry operation portions 206 and 207 of the member 201 are configured to contact from below. That is, when the second actuating member 201 of the second actuating mechanism 200 is forcibly rotated in the forward rotation direction, the ball entry actuating parts 206 and 207 push up the rotation restraining part 193 to move the swing plate 191. By swinging, the rotation of the second actuating member 201 in the forward rotation direction can be continued.

(About the second operating mechanism 200)
As shown in FIGS. 10, 11, and 12 to 17, the second operating mechanism 200 is configured to hold the start opening / closing members 165 and 166 corresponding to the variable start winning portions 161 and 162 in the closed position. Position (reference position, see FIG. 14) and the entrance operation position (actuation position, FIG. 15, FIG. 16) that releases the holding of the start port opening / closing members 165, 166 in the closed position and allows displacement to the open position. A second actuating member 201 that can be displaced between The second actuating member 201 is actuated by the first actuating member 176 of the first actuating mechanism 175, and the intakes communicated with the variable start ports 102 and 103 corresponding to the variable start winning portions 161 and 162, respectively. The second actuating member 201 is actuated in accordance with the contact with the pachinko ball P passing through the passages 115 and 116.

  Specifically, the second actuating member 201 is in non-contact with the pachinko ball P that can be actuated by the first actuating member 176 and passes through the corresponding intake passages 115 and 116 in the closed holding position. The second actuating member 201 is displaced from the closed holding position to the ball entry actuating position as the first actuating member 176 is displaced from the reference position to the actuating position. It is configured. In addition, the second actuating member 201 is inoperable by the first actuating member 176 and can contact the pachinko ball P passing through the corresponding intake passages 115 and 116 at the entrance operation position. When the first actuating member 176 is displaced from the reference position to the actuating position, the second actuating member 201 is held in the ball entry actuating position without being actuated. The second actuating member 201 is configured to be displaced from the entrance operation position to the closed holding position in contact with the pachinko ball P passing through the intake passages 115 and 116.

  Here, the second actuating member 201 is configured to be displaceable to a plurality of (two in the embodiment) entrance operation positions that can come into contact with the pachinko balls P passing through the corresponding intake passages 115 and 116. Has been. That is, as the first operating member 176 is displaced from the reference position to the operating position in the closed holding position, the second operating member 201 is moved from the closed holding position to the first ball entry operating position (see FIG. 15). ) And the second actuating member 201 is moved from the first entrance operation position to the first entrance operation position by the contact with the pachinko balls P passing through the corresponding intake passages 115 and 116 at the first entrance operation position. The second operation is performed in accordance with the contact with the pachinko ball P passing through the corresponding intake passages 115 and 116 at the second entrance operation position. The member 201 is displaced from the second entrance operation position to the closed holding position (see FIG. 14). As described above, the second operating mechanism 200 (second operating member 201) is operated by the first operating mechanism 175 (first operating member 176) and variable start corresponding to the variable start winning portions 161 and 162. Along with the contact with the pachinko ball P that has won the mouths 102 and 103, the closed holding position and the first and second ball entry operation positions are sequentially switched. In other words, the first and second variable start winning portions 161 and 162 are displaced to the ball entry operation position in accordance with the contact with the pachinko ball P that has entered the operation port 101 opened as the first solenoid 135 is driven. The first operating member 176 thus configured switches the opening / closing states of the corresponding start port opening / closing members 165, 166. Here, the second actuating member 201 is rotatably arranged in the mechanism installation case 170, and the displacement direction of the second actuating member 201 that is displaced from the closed holding position toward the first ball entry working position ( The right rotation direction in FIG. 13 is referred to as the forward rotation direction (forward direction), and the rotation direction of the second actuating member 201 rotating from the first entrance operation position to the closed holding position (left rotation direction in FIG. 13). ) Is designated as the reverse rotation direction (reverse direction).

(About the second actuating member 201)
As shown in FIG. 11, the second actuating member 201 includes a second base 202 that is rotatably supported by the mechanism installation case 170, and the first actuating mechanism 175 (the first actuating mechanism 175 at the closed holding position). In accordance with the operation of the operation member 176), the second operation member 201 is displaced in the forward rotation direction toward the entrance operation position, and the corresponding start port opening / closing members 165 and 166 are closed in the closed holding position. The closing holding portion 204 that allows the start port opening / closing members 165 and 166 to be displaced to the opening position by being held at the position and displaced from the closing holding position, and forwardly rotated from the second entrance operation position to the closing holding position A closing operation portion 205 for displacing the start opening / closing members 165 and 166 from the open position to the closing position when displaced in the direction, and the variable start opening 10 at the first or second entrance operation position. , 103 so as to be in contact with the pachinko ball P passing through the intake passages 115, 116, and in contact with the pachinko ball P, the second actuating member 201 is moved in the forward rotation direction toward the closed holding position. And a ball entry operation section 206, 207 that is displaced in the direction. In the embodiment, each of the second base portion 202, the opening operation portion 203, the ball entry operation portions 206 and 207, the closing holding portion 204 and the closing operation portion 205 is integrally formed of a synthetic resin material.

  As shown in FIG. 11, the second base portion 202 is formed with a penetrating shaft hole 202 a, and the support shaft 202 b inserted through the shaft hole 202 a is supported by the left and right side walls of the mechanism installation case 170. Yes. Then, the opening actuating portion 203 is protruded radially outward from the second base portion 202 at a position biased to one end portion in the axial direction of the second base portion 202 (right end portion in the embodiment). Is formed. When the first operating member 176 is displaced from the reference position to the operating position in a state where the second operating member 201 is in the closed holding position, the opening operating unit 203 is It extends in the movement locus | trajectory which moves, and is located above the said 1st raising part 183. As shown in FIG. That is, in a state where the second operation member 201 is in the closed holding position, the first operation member 176 contacts the lower operation portion 203 from the lower side as the first operation member 176 is displaced from the reference position to the operation position. When the first push-up part 183 pushes up the opening action part 203, the second action member 201 is forcibly displaced from the closed holding position to the first ball entry action position. Further, in a state where the second operating member 201 is in a position other than the closed holding position (that is, in a state where it is in the first or second ball entry operating position), the opening operating unit 203 is determined from the movement locus of the first push-up unit 183. Is separated so that the first push-up portion 183 does not come into contact with the opening operation portion 203. That is, in a state where the second operating member 201 is in a position other than the closed holding position, when the first operating member 176 is displaced from the reference position to the operating position, the second operating member 201 is moved to the first or second position. It is designed to be held at the entrance operation position.

  In the state where the second operation member 201 is in the closed holding position, as shown in FIG. 17, the first push-up portion 183 of the first operation member 176 at the reference position and the release operation portion are provided. 203 are separated at a predetermined interval. The spacing between the first push-up portion 183 and the release operation portion 203 is such that the first push-up portion 183 and the release operation portion 203 are moved while the first operation member 176 is displaced from the reference position to the stop position. Is set to an interval at which the non-contact state is maintained, and when the first operating member 176 naturally swings between the reference position and the stop position due to vibration of the pachinko machine 10, the first The push-up portion 183 is configured to hold the second actuating member 201 in the closed holding position without pushing up the opening actuating portion 203.

(Closed holding part 204)
As shown in FIGS. 11, 12, and 14 to 17, the closing holding portion 204 protrudes radially outward from the second base portion 202 at the axial end portion of the second base portion 202. It is formed to do. In the embodiment, the closing holding portions 204 are formed symmetrically on the left and right ends in the axial direction of the second base portion 202, but the closing holding portions provided on the left end portion in the axial direction of the second base portion 202. 204 is configured to hold the corresponding start port opening and closing members 165 and 166 in the closed position, and the closing holding portion 204 provided at the right end portion in the axial direction of the second base portion 202 closes the start port opening and closing members 165 and 166. Does not contribute substantially to holding in position. In the embodiment, the closing holding portions 204 are formed symmetrically on both ends of the second base portion 202 in the axial direction, but are closed only at the ends located on the corresponding start port opening / closing members 165 and 166 side. The holding portion 204 may be formed, and the closing holding portion 204 is not necessarily formed at the end portion in the axial direction of the second base portion 202.

  As shown in FIGS. 11, 12, and 14 to 17, the closing holding portion 204 extends over a predetermined angular range in the rotation direction (circumferential direction) of the second operating member 201 (second base portion 202). It is formed in the shape of a flat plate extending. In the state where the second operation member 201 is in the closed holding position, the intake passages 115 and 116 (operation passage 118) are connected via the intake ports 115a and 116a corresponding to the variable start winning portions 161 and 162, respectively. In a state where the closing holding portion 204 protrudes and the second operation member 201 is in the first or second ball entry operation position, it is retracted to the rear of the intake ports 115a, 116a corresponding to the variable start winning portions 161, 162. Thus, the closing holding portion 204 is configured not to protrude into the intake passages 115 and 116 (operation passage 118). Here, the closing holding portion 204 is formed so as to be positioned close to the opening side edge (opening left side edge) of the corresponding intake port 115a, 116a, and the second actuating member 201 is in the closing holding position. , Variable start winning portions corresponding to the start port opening / closing members 165, 166 in the movement trajectory in which the engagement piece 167 moves when the start port opening / closing members 165, 166 are displaced between the closed position and the open position, respectively. 161 and 162 are formed so as to face the closing holding portion 204.

  That is, in a state where the second operating member 201 is in the closed holding position, the engagement pieces 167 of the corresponding start port opening / closing members 165 and 166 abut on the side surface (left side surface) of the closed holding portion 204, and The swinging to the open position due to the weight of each start port opening / closing member 165, 166 is restricted, whereby the start port opening / closing members 165, 166 are held in the closed position. In the state where the second operation member 201 is displaced to the first ball entry operation position, each corresponding closing holding portion is determined from the movement trajectory of the engagement piece 167 associated with the opening / closing displacement of the start port opening / closing members 165 and 166. 204 is released, the contact restriction of the engagement piece 167 by the closing holding portion 204 is released, and the start opening / closing members 165 and 166 corresponding to the second operation member 201 displaced to the first ball entry operation position are self-weighted. Thus, the displacement is opened from the closed position to the open position.

(About the closing operation part 205)
As shown in FIGS. 11, 12, and 14 to 17, the closing operation portion 205 is provided at an end portion of the closing holding portion 204 positioned on the front side in the forward rotation direction of the second operation member 201. ing. That is, when the second actuating member 201 is rotationally displaced from the second ball entry actuating position to the closed holding position, the engagement pieces 167 of the start port opening / closing members 165 and 166 corresponding to the second actuating member 201 are moved. Thus, when the closing operation unit 205 abuts and pushes down from above, the start port opening / closing members 165 and 166 are forcibly displaced from the open position to the closed position. When the second operating member 201 is displaced from the second ball entry operating position to the closed holding position, the closing holding portion 204 of the second operating member 201 held at the closed holding position as described above. Thus, the engagement piece 167 is regulated to contact, and the corresponding start port opening / closing members 165 and 166 are held in the closed position. Here, in the closing operation portion 205, an end portion of the second operation member 201 that is spaced radially outward from the second base portion 202 extends forward in the forward rotation direction of the second operation member 201. When the second actuating member 201 is rotationally displaced from the second ball entry actuating position to the closed holding position, the bent part of the closing actuating part 205 corresponds to the corresponding start port opening / closing members 165 and 166. By engaging with the engagement piece 167, the engagement between the closing operation portion 205 and the engagement piece 167 is prevented from being released.

(Regarding the entrance operation parts 206 and 207)
As shown in FIGS. 11, 12, and 14 to 17, the entrance operation portions 206 and 207 are formed so as to protrude radially outward from the second base portion 202. The second actuating member 201 of the embodiment is formed so that the ball-entry actuating portions 206 and 207 protrude at a plurality of locations (two locations in the embodiment) that are spaced apart in the circumferential direction of the second base portion 202. Depending on the rotational displacement position (first or second ball entry operation position) of the second actuating member 201, the intake passage 115, which communicates with the variable start ports 102, 103 corresponding to the variable start winning portions 161, 162, Entry operation parts 206 and 207 protrude into 116 (operation passage 118). In addition, each of the ball entry operation portions 206 and 207 is provided at an intermediate position in the axial direction of the second base portion 202, and the intake passages 115 and 116 (operation passage 118) of the corresponding intake ports 115a and 116a. In the state where the second actuating member 201 is in the first or second entrance operation position, the intake passages 115 and 116 (operating passages) The pachinko ball P passing through 118) can reliably come into contact with the entrance operation parts 206 and 207.

  Specifically, the second actuating member 201 has an intake passage 115, via a corresponding intake port 115a, 116a in a state in which the second actuating member 201 is rotationally displaced to the first entrance operation position. 116 (actuating passage 118) projecting through first entrance actuating portion 206, and second actuating member 201 is taken in through the corresponding entrances 115a, 116a in a state where it is rotationally displaced to the second entrance entrance actuating position. A second incoming ball actuating portion 207 projecting into the passages 115 and 116 (acting passage 118) is provided. That is, at the first ball entry operation position, the pachinko ball P that has contacted the first ball entry operation unit 206 urges the second operation member 201 in the forward rotation direction, and the second operation member 201 is moved to the first entry operation position. 2 at the second entrance operation position, the pachinko ball P in contact with the second entrance operation portion 207 urges the second operation member 201 in the forward rotation direction, and The second actuating member 201 is rotationally displaced to the closed holding position.

  Further, as shown in FIGS. 14 to 17, the rotation restraining portion 193 of the restraining member 190 is moved along the movement trajectory of the first and the ball entry actuating portions 206 and 207 due to the rotational displacement of the second actuation member 201. It is configured to extend. Specifically, in the state where the second operating member 201 is in the closed holding position, when the second operating member 201 is displaced in the forward rotation direction, the second entrance operation unit 207 moves forward in the moving direction. The rotation stopping portion 193 is located at the position (see FIG. 17). Further, when the second actuation member 201 is displaced in the forward rotation direction in a state where the second actuation member 201 is at the second entrance operation position, the first entrance operation portion 206 moves in the forward direction. The rotation stopping portion 193 is positioned at the position (see FIG. 17). That is, when the second actuating member 201 naturally swings due to vibrations generated in the pachinko machine 10, the first entrance actuating part 206 and the second entrance actuating part 207 rotate the stop member 190. By abutting against the restraining part 193, the weight of the restraining member 190 becomes the rotational resistance of the second actuating member 201, and the second actuating member 201 can be prevented from being displaced in the forward rotation direction. . On the other hand, when the first actuating member 176 in which the pachinko ball P has been dropped and displaced to the actuating position on the ball receiving portion 179 of the first actuating member 176 forcibly swings the stop member 190, The rotation restricting portion 193 is configured to retract from the movement trajectory of the first and ball actuating portions 206 and 207 accompanying the rotational displacement of the second actuating member 201. Accordingly, as the first actuating member 176 is displaced to the actuating position, the first push-up part 183 pushes up the opening actuating part 203, so that the second entrance actuating part 207 restrains the rotation of the restraining member 190. The second operating member 201 is allowed to be rotationally displaced in the forward rotation direction without coming into contact with the portion 193.

  As described above, the variable start winning portions 161 and 162 are indirectly connected to the corresponding first operation member 176 with respect to the start port opening / closing members 165 and 166 in the closed position (that is, via the second operation member 201). And a pachinko ball that has entered the operation port 101 opened by driving the first solenoid 135 in the connected state of the start port opening / closing members 165 and 166 and the first operation member 176. The first actuating member 176 displaced to the actuating position with the contact is configured to displace the start port opening / closing members 165 and 166 from the closed position to the open position. The corresponding second actuating member 176 can be connected to the start port opening / closing members 165 and 166 in the open position, and the variable start ports 102 and 102 are connected to the start port opening and closing members 165 and 166. The second actuating member 176 displaced to the closed holding position in accordance with the contact with the winning pachinko ball P displaces the start port opening / closing members 165 and 166 from the open position to the closed position.

(About rotation restricting section 210)
The rotation restricting portion 210 includes a locking arm 211 pivotally supported by the mechanism installation case 170, and a locking receiving portion that is provided on the second operating member 201 and is detachably engaged with the locking arm 211. 213, and the engagement between the locking arm 211 and the locking receiving portion 213 restricts the rotational displacement of the second operating member 201 in the reverse rotation direction. The locking arm 211 is formed in a bar shape that is long in the front-rear direction, and one end portion (rear end portion in the embodiment) of the locking arm 211 can swing on the left wall portion of the mechanism installation case 170. It is pivotally supported. A locking projection 211a is provided at the other end (front end in the embodiment) of the locking arm 211 so as to protrude toward the second actuating member. It engages with the stopper portion 213 so as to be detachable. The locking arm 211 is urged by the urging means 212 with the locking projection 211a facing downward. In the embodiment, the biasing means is configured so that the torsion spring 212 is wound around the shaft portion 191a of the locking arm 211 and the locking projection 211a is biased downward. Various conventionally known means can be employed.

  As shown in FIG. 11, the locking receiving portion 213 is provided at the left end portion of the second base portion 202 in the second operating member 201. The locking receiving portion 213 is formed in a cylindrical shape that opens to the left wall portion side of the mechanism installation case 170, and the locking protrusion 211a of the locking arm 211 is inserted into the locking receiving portion 213. Has been. That is, the latching protrusion 211 a of the latching arm 211 is always configured to slide on the inner peripheral surface of the latching receiving part 213 by the urging of the torsion spring 212. In the locking receiving portion 213, locking claws 213a projecting inward from the inner peripheral surface are formed at a plurality of locations (three locations in the embodiment) spaced apart in the rotation direction of the second operating member 201. The engagement protrusion 211a sliding on the inner peripheral surface of the engagement receiving portion 213 is engaged with the engagement claw 213a, so that the rotation of the second operation member 201 is regulated. It has become. Here, the locking claw 213a is formed so that the locking projection 211a can slide without being engaged when the second actuating member 201 rotates in the forward rotation direction, When the actuating member 201 is rotated in the reverse rotation direction, the locking projection 211a is engaged so that the rotation of the second actuating member 201 is restricted. That is, the inclination of the locking claw 213a provided in the locking receiving portion 213 allows the second operating member 201 to rotate in the forward rotation direction, while restricting the rotation in the reverse rotation direction. Yes.

  Here, as shown in FIG. 13, each locking claw 213a of the locking receiving portion 213 is in a state where the second operation member 201 is in the closed holding position, the first and second ball entry operating positions, It is formed so as to engage with the locking projection 211 a of the locking arm 211. Accordingly, in a state where the second operating member 201 is in the closed holding position, when the first operating member 176 is operated by the fall of the pachinko ball P onto the ball receiving portion 179, the second operating member In the state where 201 is rotated and displaced from the closed holding position to the first entry operation position without being displaced in the reverse rotation direction, and the second operation member 201 is in the first entry operation position, each variable start winning portion 161 is , 162, the second actuating member 201 is rotationally displaced in the reverse rotation direction when the first ball actuating portion 206 is actuated by contact with the pachinko ball P that has won the prize at the variable start ports 102, 103. In the state where the first ball entry operation position is not rotationally displaced from the first ball entry operation position and the second operation member 201 is in the second ball entry operation position, the variable start corresponding to each of the variable start prize winning portions 161 and 162 is performed. Mouth 102,103 When the second ball actuating part 207 is actuated by contact with the pachinko ball P that has won the prize, the second actuating member 201 is moved from the second ball actuating position to the closed holding position without being rotationally displaced in the reverse rotation direction. Is rotated and displaced.

(About special map display)
As shown in FIG. 2, at a predetermined position of the game board 20 (in the embodiment, the outer right lower position of the game area 21), the fixed start port 31 and the first or second variable start ports 102 and 103 are connected. Special figure display units (special figure display means) 50A and 50B are provided that operate in response to winning (ball detection by the detection sensors 75, 77, and 78 corresponding to each starting port). Here, the special figure display units 50A and 50B are provided with a first special figure display unit 50A that starts variable display in response to a winning at the fixed start port 31 or the first variable start port 102, and a second variable start port 103. The second special figure display unit 50B that starts the variable display upon the winning of the prize, and each of the special figure display units 50A, 50B is composed of a plurality of (8 in the embodiment) LED lamps. Yes. Then, triggered by the winning of the pachinko ball P to the fixed start port 31 or the first variable start port 102, a special figure fluctuation display is performed in which the LED lamp of the first special figure display section 50A is turned on and off sequentially. Finally, a plurality of types of special symbols (hereinafter referred to as special graphics) are displayed according to the lighting position (lighting pattern) where the LED lamp is finally lit. In addition, triggered by the winning of the pachinko ball P at the second variable start port 103, a blinking fluctuation display is performed in which the LED lamp of the second special figure display unit 50B is turned on / off, and finally the light emitting unit is turned on. A special figure is displayed by a lighting position (lighting pattern) that is definitely lit.

  Here, the special figure is a notification pattern indicating the result of the internal lottery such as whether or not the lottery result per special figure is a win (big hit), and in each special figure display section, the LED lamp is turned on. A special figure as a hit display (big hit symbol) that can recognize a big hit depending on the position and a special figure as a result of a missed display that can recognize a deviation can be displayed, and 1 according to the lottery result per special figure One special figure is displayed on the special figure display sections 50A and 50B in a fixed stop manner. In the following description, the special figure fluctuation display performed in the first special figure display unit 50A is referred to as "first special figure fluctuation display", and as a result of the first special figure fluctuation display, the first special figure display unit 50A. The special figure displayed in a fixed stop state may be referred to as special figure 1. Similarly, the special figure fluctuation display performed in the second special figure display unit 50B is referred to as “second special figure fluctuation display”, and as a result of the second special figure fluctuation display, the fixed stop display is displayed on the second special figure display unit 50B. The special figure to be made may be referred to as special figure 2.

(About the general map display 55)
In addition, as shown in FIG. 2, the game board 20 has a general-purpose display unit 55 in which an LED lamp is composed of a plurality of LEDs (two in the embodiment) at the outer right lower position of the game area 21. It is arranged. In the general-purpose display unit 55, a plurality of types of normal symbols (hereinafter sometimes referred to as “normal-purpose”) are triggered by the detection of the pachinko sphere P by the gate sensor 76 (passage of the pachinko sphere P of the gate unit 33). Fluctuation display is performed to derive one common figure by changing the. In the embodiment, the result of the general drawing lottery is displayed in the light emission mode of two LEDs. Then, from the final display result of the general map display section 55, it is possible to recognize the general map hit or miss.

(About probability change)
In addition, the pachinko machine 10 of the embodiment has a function of giving the first privilege gaming state as a gaming state advantageous to the player after the big hit game is over. Here, as a 1st privilege game state, the winning opportunity of the pachinko ball P to the said special winning opening 41 is a state which increases compared with the state where the said 1st privilege game state is not provided. Specifically, in the first privilege gaming state, the occurrence rate of the winning chance of the pachinko ball P to the special winning opening 41 can be increased by changing the probability per special figure from low probability to high probability. In the following description, the first privilege gaming state is referred to as a “probable change state” for convenience.

  The probability change function is a lottery probability (hit probability) after the jackpot game is over, provided that the type of the jackpot symbol (Special Figure 1 or Special Figure 2) that is confirmed and stopped is a predetermined symbol (special symbol). ) Is a function that gives a probability change state that fluctuates from a low probability (for example, 1/399) to a high probability (for example, 1/60). Note that a state to which a probability variation state is not assigned is referred to as a non-probability variation state. In the embodiment, the jackpot to which the probability variation state is given after the jackpot game ends is the probability variation jackpot, and the jackpot to which the probability variation state is not imparted is the non-probability variation jackpot. In this way, when a probability variation state is given, the probability of winning a big hit fluctuates with a high probability and it is easy for a jackpot to occur.Therefore, the probability variation state is advantageous to the player, and the player will become a probability variation big hit. Playing games while expecting. In addition, in the embodiment, in the case of a big hit to which a probability variation state is given, after the big hit game is finished, the probability variation state is continuously given until a predetermined number of symbol variation effects (special symbol variation) is executed. .

(About variable state)
Further, the pachinko machine 10 according to the embodiment has a function of giving a second privilege game state (second game state) as a game state advantageous to the player after the big hit game is over. Here, as a 2nd privilege game state, the winning opportunity of the pachinko ball P to the said operation port 101 opened and closed by the operation port opening / closing member 131 is the state (the 1st 1 It is a winning rate improvement state that increases compared to the gaming state. Specifically, in the 2nd award gaming state, (1) shortening the fluctuation time of the normal map change display, (2) changing the probability per base map from low probability to high probability, (3) once per base map By increasing the opening time of the operating port opening / closing member 131 that opens the operating port 101, the winning chance of the pachinko ball P to the operating port 101 can be increased. In the second privilege gaming state, the above (1) to (3) can be used alone or in combination. In addition, when increasing the opening time of the working port opening / closing member 131 that opens the working port 101 once per diagram, it may be realized by simply extending the opening time of the working port opening / closing member 131, This can be realized by increasing the number of times the mouth opening / closing member 131 is opened, or these may be combined. In the embodiment, the above-mentioned (1) to (3) are combined as the second privilege gaming state, and in the following description, the combined state of (1) to (3) is referred to as “changed state” for convenience. ". That is, the variable state is a winning rate improvement state in which the winning rate of the pachinko ball P to the operation port 101 is improved. In the variable state of the embodiment, the fluctuation time of the general map change display performed in the general map display unit 55 after the end of the big hit game is shortened, and the probability per base map is low probability low probability (in the embodiment, 1/65536) to a high probability (in the embodiment, 65535/65536). Here, the condition for assigning the variable state is determined for each type of jackpot symbol as will be described later.

(About jackpot games)
Next, the jackpot game given by the pachinko machine 10 of the embodiment will be described. The jackpot game is set to start after the jackpot symbol is stopped and displayed on the special chart display section as a result of the special chart variation display. Is opened and closed. In the jackpot game of the embodiment, the jackpot game is completed by executing a prescribed number of round games that open the open / close door 43 of the special winning portion 40. One round game ends when a specified number (for example, 10) of pachinko balls P win a special winning opening 41 or when a specified time (round game time) elapses from the start of each round game. In addition, during each round game in the jackpot game, an interval time between rounds in which the open / close door 43 is held in a closed state for a predetermined time is set.

(About types of jackpot games)
In the pachinko machine 10 according to the embodiment, as shown in FIG. 23, when the jackpot determination is won, one jackpot game is determined from a plurality of types of jackpot games having different values to be given to the player, and the determined A jackpot game is awarded. Here, which jackpot game is awarded among a plurality of types of jackpot games is determined based on the type of jackpot symbol (Special Figure 1 and Special Figure 2) determined when winning the jackpot determination. It has become so.

(About the jackpot symbol based on winning to the fixed start port 31 or the first variable start port 102)
When the determination result of the big hit determination based on the winning of the pachinko ball P to the fixed start port 31 or the first variable start port 102 is an affirmative determination, the main control CPU 60a displays a plurality of types of predetermined big hit symbols. It is set to determine one big hit symbol from the inside. Specifically, in the embodiment, three types of jackpot symbols (symbol A to symbol) are used based on the special symbol determining random number acquired when the pachinko ball P wins the fixed start port 31 or the first variable start port 102. One jackpot symbol is determined from C). In the pachinko machine 10 of the embodiment, when the determination result of the big hit determination based on the winning of the pachinko ball P to the fixed start port 31 or the first variable start port 102 is an affirmative determination, the symbol as a big hit symbol at a rate of 70% A is selected, and a special figure determination determination value is assigned so that a symbol B as a jackpot symbol is selected at a rate of 15%, and a symbol C as a jackpot symbol is selected at a rate of 15%. In addition, the distribution ratio of the big hit symbol mentioned above is an example, and is not limited to this.

  The first jackpot game corresponding to the symbol A is continuously given a probability change state until the next jackpot game is won after the end of the first jackpot game. It is set as a jackpot symbol to which the state is given. In addition, the first jackpot game corresponding to the symbol A is the variable action pitching portion 130 of the variable action pitching portion 130 when the winning of the next jackpot game until the next jackpot game is won after the end of the first jackpot game. It is set as a big hit symbol for operating the opening / closing member 131 with the first opening / closing operation pattern P1. The first jackpot game is a round jackpot game in which the prescribed number of rounds is set to “16”. In the first jackpot game, the round games in the first to fourth rounds are set so that the opening / closing door 43 performs a long-time opening operation to open the special winning opening continuously from the start to the end of the round game. ing. On the other hand, the round games of the 5th to 16th rounds in the first jackpot game are performed on the open / close door 43 by the 4th round, although the special winning opening 41 is opened continuously from the start to the end of the round game. The opening / closing door 43 is set to perform a short-time opening operation in which the opening time of the special prize opening 41 is shorter than the long-time opening operation. Here, the round game of the first to fourth rounds in the first jackpot game is the opening and closing door 43 with an open time in which a prescribed number (for example, 10) of pachinko balls determined in one round game can be won. Are set so that the opening / closing door 43 opens in the opening time in which the pachinko ball is almost impossible to win.

  Specifically, in the first jackpot game, as shown in FIG. 23, “25.0 (seconds)” as the round game time of one round game from the first round (1R) to the fourth round (4R). Is set, and in each round game, the opening / closing door 43 is opened for a long time of “25.0 (seconds)” at the maximum. On the other hand, “0.04 (seconds)” is set as the round game time of one round game from the fifth round (5R) to the sixteenth round (16R). In the first jackpot game, the interval time between rounds (Int) is set to “2.0 (seconds)”. In other words, in the embodiment, the first jackpot game opens and closes the open / close door 43 of the special prize winning unit 40 in a form in which around 500 winning balls can be obtained by winning pachinko balls in the first to fourth round games. It is configured to let you.

  The second jackpot game corresponding to the symbol B is continuously given a probability change state until the next jackpot game is won after the end of the second jackpot game, and while the probability change state continues, It is set as a jackpot symbol to which the state is given. In addition, the second jackpot game corresponding to the symbol B is the variable action pitching portion 130 of the variable action pitching portion 130 when winning the bonus game until the next jackpot game is won after the end of the second jackpot game. It is set as a big hit symbol for operating the opening / closing member 131 according to the second opening / closing operation pattern P2. The second jackpot game is a round jackpot game in which the prescribed number of rounds is set to “16”. Since the opening / closing operation of the open / close door 43 in each round game of the second jackpot game is set to be the same as that of the first jackpot game described above, the details thereof are omitted. That is, in the embodiment, the second jackpot game opens and closes the opening / closing door 43 of the special prize winning unit 40 in a form in which about 500 prize balls can be obtained in the second jackpot game, like the first jackpot game. It is configured to let you. In this way, symbol A and symbol B are set as jackpot symbols having different opening / closing operation modes of the operation opening / closing portion 131 of the variable operation ball-entry portion 130 in accordance with the winning of the bonus game after the corresponding jackpot game ends. ing.

  The third jackpot game corresponding to the symbol C is set as a jackpot game in which a probable state is not given after the second jackpot game is finished, but a shortage state is given. Specifically, in the embodiment, as the granting period of the variable state given when the symbol C (the third jackpot game) is determined, the symbol variation effect (the first one) after the third jackpot game ends. 1 special figure fluctuation display or second special figure fluctuation display) is set to be executed. In addition, the third jackpot game corresponding to the symbol C is the variable action pitching portion 130 of the variable action pitching portion 130 when the winning of the next jackpot game until the next jackpot game is won after the end of the third jackpot game. It is set as a big hit symbol for operating the opening / closing member 131 according to the second opening / closing operation pattern P2. The third jackpot game is a round jackpot game in which the prescribed number of rounds is set to “16”. Since the opening / closing operation of the open / close door 43 in each round game of the third jackpot game is set to be the same as that of the first jackpot game described above, the details thereof are omitted. In other words, in the embodiment, the third jackpot game opens and closes the open / close door 43 of the special prize winning unit 40 in a form in which about 500 prize balls can be obtained in the third jackpot game, as in the first jackpot game. It is configured to let you.

(About the jackpot symbol based on the winning to the second variable start port 103)
When the determination result of the jackpot determination based on the winning of the pachinko ball P to the second variable start port 103 is affirmative determination, the main control CPU 60a selects one jackpot from a plurality of predetermined jackpot symbols. It is set to determine the symbol. Specifically, in the embodiment, based on the special figure determining random number acquired when the pachinko ball P wins the second variable start port 103, the three types of jackpot symbols (symbol a to symbol c) are selected. It is set to determine one jackpot symbol. Further, in the pachinko machine 10 of the embodiment, the symbol a as the jackpot symbol is selected at the rate of 70%, the symbol b as the jackpot symbol is selected at the rate of 15%, and the symbol as the jackpot symbol at the rate of 15%. A special figure determination value is assigned so that c is selected. In addition, the distribution ratio of the big hit symbol mentioned above is an example, and is not limited to this.

  The fourth jackpot game corresponding to the symbol a is continuously given a probable state until the next jackpot game is won after the end of the fourth jackpot game. It is set as a jackpot symbol to which the state is given. In addition, the fourth jackpot game corresponding to the symbol a is the operation of the variable action pitching portion 130 when the winning of the next jackpot game until the next jackpot game is won after the end of the fourth jackpot game. It is set as a big hit symbol for operating the mouth opening / closing member 131 in the second opening / closing operation pattern P2. The fourth jackpot game is a round jackpot game in which the prescribed number of rounds is set to “16”. In the fourth jackpot game, the round games of the first to sixteenth rounds are set so that the opening / closing door 43 performs a long-time opening operation to open the special winning opening continuously from the start to the end of the round game. Yes. Here, the round games of the first to sixteenth rounds in the fourth jackpot game are the opening and closing doors 43 with an opening time in which a prescribed number of pachinko balls (for example, ten) determined in one round game can win a prize. Is set to open.

  Specifically, in the fourth jackpot game, as shown in FIG. 23, “25.0 (seconds)” as the round game time of one round game from the first round (1R) to the 16th round (16R). Is set, and in each round game, the opening / closing door 43 is opened for a long time of “25.0 (seconds)” at the maximum. That is, in the embodiment, the fourth jackpot game opens and closes the open / close door 43 of the special prize winning unit 40 in a form in which around 2000 winning balls can be obtained by winning a pachinko ball in the first to the 16th round games. It is configured to let you.

  The fifth jackpot game corresponding to the symbol b is continuously given a probable change state until the next jackpot game is won after the end of the fifth jackpot game, and while the probable change state continues, It is set as a jackpot symbol to which the state is given. In addition, the fifth jackpot game corresponding to the symbol “b” is the operation of the variable action ball-entering portion 130 when the winning is the common bonus until the next jackpot game is won after the fifth jackpot game ends. It is set as a big hit symbol for operating the mouth opening / closing member 131 in the second opening / closing operation pattern P2. The fifth jackpot game is a round jackpot game in which the prescribed number of rounds is set to “16”. In the fifth jackpot game, the round games of the first to sixteenth rounds are set so that the opening / closing door 43 performs a short-time opening operation of opening the special winning opening continuously from the start to the end of the round game. Yes. Here, the round games of the first to sixteenth rounds in the fifth jackpot game are set so that the open / close door 43 opens in an open time in which the pachinko ball is substantially unwinable. Specifically, in the fourth jackpot game, as shown in FIG. 23, the round game time of one round game from the first round (1R) to the 16th round (16R) is “0.04 (seconds)”. Is set. That is, in the embodiment, the fifth jackpot game is in a form (for example, about 0 to 50) in which the pachinko ball is almost impossible to win in the round game of the first round to the 16th round and almost no prize ball can be obtained. The open / close door 43 of the special prize winning unit 40 is configured to open and close.

  The sixth jackpot game corresponding to the symbol c is set as a jackpot game in which the probability change state and the short-change state are not given after the sixth jackpot game ends. In addition, the sixth jackpot game corresponding to the symbol c is the variable action pitching portion 130 of the variable action pitching portion 130 when winning the universal game until the next jackpot game is won after the sixth jackpot game is over. It is set as a big hit symbol for operating the opening / closing member 131 according to the third opening / closing operation pattern P3. The sixth jackpot game is a round jackpot game in which the prescribed number of rounds is set to “16”. Since the opening / closing operation of the open / close door 43 in each round game of the sixth jackpot game is set to be the same as that of the fifth jackpot game described above, the details thereof are omitted. That is, in the embodiment, the sixth jackpot game is similar to the fifth jackpot game in the form of the special winning portion 40 in a form in which almost no prize balls can be obtained in the sixth jackpot game (for example, about 0 to 50). The door 43 is configured to open and close.

  That is, in the pachinko machine 10 according to the embodiment, a plurality of types of game states that can be played after the big hit game are set according to the determined type of the big hit game. That is, a game state in which a probability change state and a change state are given and a game state in which the operation port opening / closing member 131 can play after the first big hit game in which the first opening / closing operation pattern P1 is operated, and a probability change state and a change state are given. In addition, a gaming state in which the operation port opening / closing member 131 operates in the second opening / closing operation pattern P2 and which can be played after the second, fourth, and fifth big hit games, and a probability changing state and a changing state with 10 changing times are provided. In addition, a game state that can be played after the third big hit game in which the operation port opening / closing member 131 operates in the second opening / closing operation pattern P2, a certain change state and a variable state are not given, and the operation port opening / closing member 131 is in the third state. A game state in which a game can be played after the sixth jackpot game that operates in the opening / closing operation pattern P3 is set. Here, the third opening / closing operation pattern P3 is an operation pattern in which the operating port opening / closing member 131 is operated in a state in which the probability variation state and the variation state are not imparted, and the ten times given after the third jackpot game Even after the number of times of changing the symbol variation effect is performed, the operation opening / closing member 131 is configured to operate in the third opening / closing operation pattern P3.

(Regarding drive control of the variable operation ball entering portion 130 and the passage distributing portion 150)
The main control CPU 60a is configured to determine a branch passage (first or second branch inflow passage 145, 146) through which the pachinko ball P that has entered the working port 101 is passed through in accordance with the normal figure. . Specifically, the main control CPU 60a determines the operation mode (opening / closing operation patterns P1 to P3) of the operation port opening / closing member 131 of the variable operation ball entry portion 130 that accompanies the universal map, and thus enters the operation port 101. The pachinko balls P are distributed to either the first branch passage (first branch inflow passage 145) or the second branch passage (second branch inflow passage 146). Here, the pachinko ball P that has entered the working port 101 is distributed to either the first branch passage (first branch inflow passage 145) or the second branch passage (second branch inflow passage 146). This is determined by the timing at which the pachinko ball P arrives in the distribution area of the variable ball entry device 100 and the operating position of the distribution body 151 of the passage distribution unit 150 at that timing. Therefore, the relationship between the operation mode of the sorting body 151 of the passage distribution unit 150 and the operation mode of the operation port opening / closing member 131 of the variable operation ball entry unit 130 determined by the main control CPU 60a will be described.

(About the operation of the sorting body 151 in the passage sorting section 150)
The passage allocating unit 150 is driven and controlled by the main control CPU 60a so that the allocating body 151 is displaced to the first allocating position and the second allocating position with a constant operation pattern according to the usual figure. Specifically, as shown in FIG. 24, when the winning per winning map is won, the sorting body 151 is moved from the first sorting position to the second sorting position at a predetermined operation timing after the winning of the winning chart. After a predetermined time (first distribution time TZ1) has elapsed from the displacement to the second distribution position, the distribution body 151 is displaced from the second distribution position to the first distribution position. After a predetermined time (second distribution time TZ2) has elapsed from the start of the hitting of the figure, the sorting body 151 is displaced from the first sorting position to the second sorting position, and the usual drawing starts. After the elapse of a predetermined time (third distribution time TZ3), the distribution body 151 is displaced from the second distribution position to the first distribution position. That is, the pachinko sphere P that has arrived at the branch area at the timing when the sorting body 151 is at the first sorting position after the start of the normal map, enters the first branch passage (first branch inflow passage 145). The pachinko ball P that has been distributed and arrived at the branching area of the variable pitching device 100 at the timing when the sorting body 151 of the passage sorting unit 150 is in the second sorting position becomes the second branch passage (second branch inflow). It is distributed to the passage 146). Here, in the embodiment, the timing at which a predetermined opening standby time (for example, 500 milliseconds) elapses after the normal map change display ends in the case of the normal map is set as the operation timing.

  Further, the first distribution time TZ1 is the time when the pachinko ball P that has entered the operation port 101 simultaneously with the displacement (operation timing) of the distribution body 151 from the first distribution position to the second distribution position reaches the branch region. The time is set to be shorter than the time required to move. That is, the pachinko ball P that has entered the operation port 101 simultaneously with the operation timing of the allocating body 151 is substantially immovable into the second branch passage (second branch inflow passage 146). As the distribution time TZ1 passes, the distribution body 151 displaced to the first position is distributed to the first branch passage (first branch inflow passage 145). That is, the passage distributing unit 150 substantially performs the second operation of distributing the pachinko spheres P to the first branch passage (first branch inflow passage 145) in accordance with the usual figure, and then performs the second operation. The main control CPU 60a controls driving so as to perform the sorting operation of the pachinko balls P to the branch passage (second branch inflow passage 146).

(Regarding the operation of the operation opening / closing member 131 in the variable operation entrance portion 130)
As described above, the main control CPU 60a opens and closes the opening / closing operation pattern P1 that defines the operation mode of the operation port opening / closing member 131 of the variable operation entrance portion 130 according to the determined type of jackpot symbol (type of jackpot game). ~ P3 is determined. In other words, when winning the winning figure after the big hit game, the operating port opening / closing member 131 of the variable action ball entering portion 130 is operated based on the opening / closing operation patterns P1 to P3 determined when the big hit was made last time. It has become. Here, as the opening / closing operation patterns P1 to P3 for opening / closing the operation port opening / closing member 131 of the variable operation entrance portion 130, the pachinko balls P that have entered the operation port 101 have the first branch passage (specifically, A plurality of types of opening / closing operation patterns P1 to P3 having different ratios (possibility) distributed to the first branch inflow passage 145) and the second branch passage (specifically, the second branch inflow passage 146) are set. Yes. The main control CPU 60a responds not only to the determined jackpot symbol type (type of jackpot game) but also to the game state after the jackpot game is switched to a state in which the probability change state and the variable state are not given. Thus, the third opening / closing operation pattern P3 is determined as the operation mode of the operation port opening / closing member 131 of the variable operation entrance portion 130.

  In the embodiment, the first opening / closing operation pattern P1 and the third opening / closing operation pattern having a high ratio that the pachinko balls P that have entered the operation port 101 with the opening operation of the operation port opening / closing member 131 are distributed to the first branch inflow passage 145 are high. P3 and a second opening / closing operation pattern P2 having a high ratio in which the pachinko ball P that has entered the operation port 101 with the opening operation of the operation port opening / closing member 131 is distributed to the second branch inflow passage 146 are set. That is, the main control CPU 60a of the embodiment has a function as an exit passage determining means for determining a branch passage through which the pachinko ball P that has entered the working port 101 is passed. It should be noted that all the pachinko balls P that have entered the operating port 101 when the operating port opening / closing member 131 is opened / closed based on the first opening / closing operation pattern P1 and the third opening / closing operation pattern P3 are the first branch inflow passages 145. Further, it may be distributed to any one of the first and second branch inflow passages 145 and 146 and to the first branch inflow passage 145 according to the timing at which the pachinko ball P enters the operation port 101. You may make it the possibility that it will be distributed. Similarly, when the opening / closing member 131 is opened / closed based on the second opening / closing operation pattern P <b> 2, all pachinko balls P that have entered the operation opening 101 are distributed to the second branch inflow passage 146. In addition, it is highly possible that the pachinko ball P enters the working port 101 and is distributed to one of the first and second branch inflow passages 145 and 146 and to the second branch inflow passage 146 depending on the timing of entering the pachinko ball P. It may be made to become.

(About the first opening / closing operation pattern P1)
As shown in FIG. 24, when the first opening / closing operation pattern P1 is won per universal figure, the opening / closing member 131 is opened from the closed position at a predetermined operation timing after the universal figure starts. The main control is performed to displace the operating port opening / closing member 131 from the open position to the closed position after the first operating port opening time TA1 has elapsed from the displacement to the open position and hold it in the closed position until the end of the normal drawing. It is set to be executed by the CPU 60a. That is, the first opening / closing operation pattern P1 is set so that the opening operation of the opening / closing member 131 is performed once for the opening of the first opening of the working port TA1 when a winning is made per normal figure. Here, the operation timing in the first opening / closing operation pattern P <b> 1 is to displace the distribution body 151 of the passage distribution unit 150 from the first distribution position to the second distribution position after the normal drawing starts. It is set to the same timing as the timing.

  The first working port opening time TA1 is set longer than the first sorting time TZ1 and shorter than the second sorting time TZ2, and when the first working port opening time TA1 has elapsed, The segment 151 is displaced to the second sorting position. The time difference TR between the second distribution time TZ2 and the first working port opening time TA1 is that the pachinko ball P that has entered the working port 101 immediately before the first working port opening time TA1 elapses moves to the branch region. It is set to be longer than the time required for this. That is, in the embodiment, when the opening / closing member 131 of the variable actuation ball entry portion 130 is opened / closed based on the first opening / closing operation pattern P1, the pachinko ball P that has entered the actuation port 101 has moved to the branch region. At that time, the variable actuation ball entering section 130 and the passage sorting section 150 are driven and controlled so that the sorting body 151 is positioned at the first sorting position, and all the pachinko balls P that have entered the actuation port 101 are Are distributed to the branch inflow passages 145. The first working port opening time TA1 is set to a time during which the pachinko ball P launched into the game area 21 (second ball flow path 21b) continuously at a predetermined launch interval can enter the working port 101. In the embodiment, the first working port opening time TA1 is set to “2.0 seconds”. That is, the first opening / closing operation pattern P1 is a first opening operation mode in which the operation port opening / closing member 131 is displaced to the opening position in a state where the sorting body 151 of the passage sorting unit 150 is at least in the first sorting position. is there.

(About the second opening / closing operation pattern P2)
As shown in FIG. 24, when the second opening / closing operation pattern P2 is won per universal figure, the opening / closing member 131 is opened from the closed position at a predetermined operation timing after the universal figure starts. After the second working port opening time TB1 has elapsed from the displacement to the open position, the working port opening / closing member 131 is displaced from the open position to the closed position, and the second working port opening time after the normal hitting starts. After the elapse of TB2, the operating port opening / closing member 131 is displaced from the closed position to the opened position, and after the third working port opening time TB3 has elapsed since the start of the normal drawing, the operating port opening / closing member 131 is displaced from the closed position to the opened position. Thus, the main control CPU 60a is set to perform the operation of holding it in the closed position until the end of the normal drawing. Here, in the embodiment, the pachinko machine that has been continuously launched into the game area 21 (second ball flow path 21b) at a predetermined launch interval after the second working port opening time TB2 has elapsed since the start of hitting the normal map. The operation port opening / closing member 131 is caused to perform opening and closing operations a plurality of times (three times in the embodiment) during the fourth operation port opening time TB4 in which the ball P can enter the operation port 101. In other words, in the second opening / closing operation pattern P2, when the winning is made according to the usual plan, the opening of the second operating port opening time TB1 is performed once by the operating port opening / closing member 131 and the opening of the fourth operating port opening time TB4 is performed. The operation opening / closing member 131 is set to perform the operation three times. Here, the operation timing in the second opening / closing operation pattern P2 is that the distribution body 151 of the passage distribution unit 150 is displaced from the first distribution position to the second distribution position after the normal drawing starts. The same timing as the timing is set.

  During the second working port opening time TB1, the pachinko ball P that has entered the working port 101 moves from the closed position based on the second opening / closing operation pattern P2 to the open position simultaneously with the displacement of the working port opening / closing member 131 to the branch region. The time is set to be shorter than the time required. More specifically, the second working port opening time TB1 is set to the same time as the first sorting time TZ1, and the pachinko ball P that has entered simultaneously with the opening of the working port 101 is substantially They are distributed to the first branch inflow passage 145 without being distributed to the second branch inflow passage 146. In addition, the second working port opening time TB2 is the time when the working port opening / closing member 131 is displaced to the open position with the passage of the third working port opening time TB3, and at the same time the pachinko ball P that has entered the working port 101 is branched. It is set to the time when the sorting body 151 is displaced to the second sorting position when moving to the area. More specifically, the second working port opening time TB2 is set to the same time as the second distribution time TZ2, and is entered simultaneously with the opening of the working port 101 as the second working port opening time TB2 elapses. Spherical pachinko balls P are distributed to the second branch inflow passage 146. That is, in the embodiment, when the opening / closing member 131 of the variable actuation ball entry portion 130 is opened / closed based on the second opening / closing operation pattern P2, the pachinko ball P that has entered the actuation port 101 has moved to the branch region. Most of the pachinko balls P that have entered the operation port 101 are driven and controlled so that the variable operation ball entering portion 130 and the passage distribution portion 150 are controlled so that the distribution body 151 is positioned at the second distribution position at many points in time. The second branch inflow passage 146 is distributed. The fourth working port opening time TB4 is set to a time during which the pachinko ball P launched into the game area 21 (second ball flow path 21b) continuously at a predetermined launch interval can enter the working port 101. In the embodiment, the fourth working port opening time TB4 is set to “1.6 seconds”. That is, the second opening / closing operation pattern P2 includes a second opening operation mode in which the operation port opening / closing member 131 is displaced to the opening position in a state where the sorting body 151 of the passage sorting unit 150 is at least in the second sorting position. Has been.

(About the third opening / closing operation pattern P3)
In the third opening / closing operation pattern P3, as shown in FIG. 24, when winning is made per universal figure, the opening / closing member 131 is opened from the closed position at a predetermined operation timing after the universal figure starts. The main control is performed to displace the working port opening / closing member 131 from the open position to the closed position after the fifth working port opening time TC1 has elapsed from the displacement to the open position and hold it in the closed position until the end of the normal drawing. It is set to be executed by the CPU 60a. In other words, in the third opening / closing operation pattern P3, the operation opening / closing member 131 is set to perform the opening operation once for the fifth operation opening time TC1 when winning is made per normal figure. Here, the operation timing in the third opening / closing operation pattern P3 is such that the distribution body 151 of the passage distribution unit 150 is displaced from the first distribution position to the second distribution position after the normal drawing starts. It is set to the same timing as the timing.

  During the fifth working port opening time TC1, the pachinko ball P that has entered the working port 101 moves from the closed position based on the third opening / closing operation pattern P3 to the open position simultaneously with the displacement of the working port opening / closing member 131 to the branch region. The time is set to be shorter than the time required. More specifically, the fifth working port opening time TC1 is set to the same time as the first distribution time TZ1 (second working port opening time TB1), and the ball enters the ball simultaneously with the opening of the working port 101. The pachinko balls P are distributed to the first branch inflow passage 145 without being substantially distributed to the second branch inflow passage 146. That is, the third opening / closing operation pattern P3 is a first opening operation mode in which the operation port opening / closing member 131 is displaced to the opening position in a state where the sorting body 151 of the passage sorting unit 150 is at least in the first sorting position. is there.

  That is, in the pachinko machine 10 according to the embodiment, when the symbol A is determined as the big hit symbol in accordance with the positive determination of the big hit decision (winning of the big hit), the first variable start in the game after the first big hit game. When the jackpot game based on the winning of the pachinko ball P to the mouth 102 (that is, the first to third jackpot games) is highly likely to occur and the symbol B is determined as the jackpot symbol, the second jackpot game is determined. In the game after the game, there is a high possibility that a big hit game based on the winning of the pachinko ball P to the second variable start port 103 (that is, the fourth to sixth big hit games) will occur. Further, when the symbol C is determined as the big hit symbol in accordance with the positive determination of the big hit decision (winning of the big hit), while the variable state is given in the game after the third big hit game (the third 10 until the symbol variation effect is performed after the end of the big hit game), the big hit game based on the winning of the pachinko ball P to the second variable start port 103 (that is, the fourth to sixth big hit games) Is likely to occur, and after giving the variable state is finished, there is a possibility that a big hit game based on the winning of the pachinko ball P to the fixed start port 31 (that is, the first to third big hit games) may occur. Is getting higher.

  Further, when the symbol a or symbol b is determined as the big hit symbol in accordance with the positive determination of the big hit decision (winning of the big hit), the second variable is made in the game after the fourth big hit game or the fifth big hit game. When there is a high possibility that a big hit game based on the winning of the pachinko ball P at the start port 103 (that is, the fourth to sixth big hit games) will occur, and when the symbol c is determined as the big hit symbol, In the game after the big hit game, there is a high possibility that a big hit game based on the winning of the pachinko ball P to the fixed start port 31 (that is, the first to third big hit games) will occur. That is, depending on the type of jackpot symbol determined in accordance with the positive determination of the jackpot determination (winning win of the jackpot), the pachinko ball P in the game after the jackpot game is the fixed start port 31, the first and second variable start ports 102, By changing the winning ratio to win 103, the type of the big hit game to be generated is changed.

  Thus, in the pachinko machine 10 of the embodiment, compared with the opening time of the operating port opening and closing member 131 that opens when triggered by the winning per normal drawing (when the pachinko ball P enters the gate 33) The opening time in at least one opening mode of the starting port opening / closing members 165 and 166 that are opened in response to a big win (when the pachinko ball P is awarded to the first or second variable starting ports 102 and 103) is longer. The first solenoids 135 and the special prize solenoids 42 are driven so as to be.

(Regarding the control configuration of the pachinko machine 10)
Next, the control configuration of the pachinko machine 10 will be described. The pachinko machine 10 according to the embodiment includes a main control board 60 (main control means) for overall control of the pachinko machine 10 and control objects based on control signals from the main control board 60, as shown in FIG. And a sub-control board (sub-control means) for controlling. That is, in the main control board 60, various processes are executed based on detection signals from various detection sensors (detection means) provided in the pachinko machine 10, and various control signals (control commands) corresponding to the processing results are generated. It is output to the sub-control board.

  In addition, the pachinko machine 10 of the embodiment includes, as sub-control boards, an overall control board 65 that controls overall game effects, a display control board 70 that controls display contents on the symbol display device 17, and the pachinko machine 10. Are provided with a lamp control board 72 for performing light emission control of various light emission effects means (lamp device etc.) and a sound control board 73 for performing sound output control of a speaker provided in the pachinko machine 10. That is, the overall control board 65 is configured to control the display control board 70, the lamp control board 72, and the sound control board 73 based on a control signal (control command) output from the main control board 60. Various game effects (design variation effects, light emission effects, and sound effects) executed at 10 can be comprehensively controlled. Here, based on the control signal (control command) output from the overall control board 65, the display control board 70 displays a design change effect such as a design (decorative drawing) or a background image displayed on the design display device 17. Configured to control content. In addition, the lamp control board 72 controls the lighting and extinguishing timings and the light emission intensities of the various light emitting effect units included in the pachinko machine 10 based on the control signal (control command) output from the overall control board 65. It is. The sound control board 73 controls the timing and size of audio output from various speakers provided in the pachinko machine 10 based on the control signal (control command) output from the overall control board 65.

(Main control board 60)
As shown in FIG. 22, the main control board 60 includes a main control CPU 60a for executing control processing, a main control ROM 60b for storing a control program executed by the main control CPU 60a, and data necessary for processing of the main control CPU 60a. The main control RAM 60c and the like capable of writing and reading are provided. Various sensors such as the fixed start detection sensor 75, the first variable start detection sensor 77, the second variable start detection sensor 78, the special prize detection sensor 79, and the gate sensor 76 are connected to the main control CPU 60a. The main control CPU 60a is also connected to each of the ball detection sensor 147, the second passage detection sensor 86, and the first passage detection sensor 85. Further, the main control CPU 60a is connected to each display unit such as the first and second special figure display units 50A and 50B and the universal map display unit 55, and is executed by the main control CPU 60a in response to detection of each sensor. Based on the control processing, display control of each display unit is executed. Further, the main control CPU 60a (opening control means) includes a first solenoid 135 of the variable operation ball entering section 130, a second solenoid 152 of the passage distributing section 150, and a special prize solenoid 42 provided in the special prize winning section 40. They are connected, and drive control of each solenoid is performed based on the control processing result in the main control CPU 60a.

  The main control CPU 60a determines that the pachinko ball P has won the fixed start port 31, the first variable start port 102, and the second variable start port 103 (more specifically, the fixed start detection sensor 75, the first or variable start detection sensor). 77, 78 detected pachinko balls P), various random numbers such as jackpot determination random numbers, special figure determination random numbers as determination random numbers (winning information) acquired as triggers, and the gate part 33 as pachinko balls Random number for judgment per common figure as a random number for judgment (entrance information) acquired when P passes (more specifically, when the gate sensor 76 detects the pachinko sphere P) The values of various random numbers such as are updated at a predetermined cycle (4 milliseconds in the embodiment), and the updated value is temporarily stored in the main control RAM 60c to rewrite the value before the update. Further, the main control CPU 60a executes a timer update process for measuring time. The main control RAM 60c stores (sets) various types of winning information (random numbers, timer values, flags, etc.) that are appropriately rewritten during the operation of the pachinko machine 10.

  The jackpot determination random number is a random number used in the jackpot determination (hit lottery) as to whether or not a jackpot is generated as a result of the symbol variation effect. In the embodiment, 65536 integer values from “0” to “65535” are set as the big hit determination random numbers, and are updated one by one at a predetermined period (4 milliseconds). Further, the special figure determining random number determines the special figure 1 to be displayed on the first special figure display unit 50A and the special figure 2 to be displayed on the second special figure display unit 50B according to the result of the big hit determination. It is a random number to be used. Here, in the embodiment, 101 kinds of integer values “0” to “100” are set as the special figure determination random numbers, and are updated one by one at a predetermined cycle (4 milliseconds). It has become. Each value of the special figure determination random number is set with a random number corresponding to one kind of special figure display showing the above-mentioned deviation and a random number corresponding to 100 kinds of special figure display showing the big hit. The special figure 1 to be confirmed and stopped on the first special figure display unit 50A or the special figure 2 to be confirmed and stopped on the second special figure display unit 50B is specified by the value of the random number for figure determination. . Further, by specifying the special figure 1 and the special figure 2 as the jackpot symbols, the type of jackpot given after the end of the symbol variation effect is specified. In addition, for each type of jackpot, whether or not a probable change state and a variable state will be given after the big hit game is determined correspondingly, and whether or not the special figure determination random number will give a probable state and a variable state It also has a function as a random number for determining. In addition, for each type of jackpot, the opening / closing operation patterns P1 to P3 of the operating port opening / closing member 131 of the variable operation ball entering portion 130 after the jackpot game are determined correspondingly, and the special figure determining random number is the opening / closing operation pattern P1. It also functions as a random number for determining ~ P3.

  In the pachinko machine 10 according to the embodiment, the random number for determining the big hit and the random number for determining the special figure indicate that the pachinko ball P has won a prize at any of the fixed start port 31 and the first and second variable start ports 102 and 103 (more specifically, Each random number temporarily stored in the main control RAM 60c triggered by the fact that either the fixed start detection sensor 75 or the first and second variable start detection sensors 77, 78 has detected the pachinko ball P). Are acquired at the same timing by the main control CPU 60a.

  The random number for determining the normal map is a random number used in the determination of the normal map (lottery per normal map) as to whether or not the opening of the operation port 101 (per normal map) is to be generated as a result of the fluctuation of the normal map. In the embodiment, 65536 kinds of integer values from “0” to “65535” are set as random numbers for determination per common map, and are updated one by one at a predetermined cycle (4 milliseconds). Yes. The random number for determining the normal map is a random number used when determining the general map to be displayed on the general map display unit 55 in a fixed stop state according to the result of the determination for the normal map. Here, in the embodiment, 101 kinds of integer values from “0” to “100” are set as the random numbers for determining the common map, and are updated one by one at a predetermined cycle (4 milliseconds). It has become. Each value of the random number for determining the common figure is set with a random number corresponding to one type of common figure display indicating a deviation from the normal figure, and a random number corresponding to 100 types of common figure indications indicating per figure. Based on the value of the random number for determining the normal map, the general map to be confirmed and stopped on the general map display unit 55 is specified. Then, the passage detection information (temporarily stored in the main control RAM 60c (triggered by the fact that the gate sensor 76 has detected the pachinko sphere P) when the pachinko sphere P has passed through the gate portion 33). The main control CPU 60a obtains a random number for determining a common figure and a random number for determining a common figure at the same timing.

(About judgment value)
On the other hand, the main control ROM 60b stores a jackpot determination value indicating that a jackpot is generated as a result of the symbol variation effect. The jackpot determination value is a determination value used in the determination of whether or not the jackpot is determined using the jackpot determination random number (lottery per special figure). A predetermined number of judgment values are determined from among the integers. When the jackpot determination random number acquired when the pachinko ball P wins the fixed start port 31 or the first variable start port 102 or the second variable start port 103 matches the jackpot determination value, On the other hand, when the jackpot game is determined to be given after the end of the effect, when the jackpot determination random number does not match the jackpot determination value, it is determined not to give the jackpot game after the end of the symbol variation effect. Here, the jackpot determination value differs depending on whether or not the probability variation state described above is given at the time of jackpot determination, and the jackpot probability in the case of the probability variation state (big hit probability than the non-probability variation state). The probability of matching between the random number for determination and the jackpot determination value is set to be high.

  The main control ROM 60b stores special figure determination values. The determination value for special figure determination is displayed on the fixed stop display on the special figure 1 or the second special figure display unit 50B as a big hit symbol to be displayed on the first special drawing display unit 50A when the result of the big hit determination is affirmative. This is a determination value for determining the special figure 2 as the jackpot symbol using the special figure determining random number. Here, in the embodiment, an integer value of “0” to “100” corresponding to the 101 kinds of special figure determining random numbers indicating the big hits is set as the special figure determining determination value. Special figure 1 and special figure 2 are individually associated with each determination value.

  In addition, the main control ROM 60b stores a normal figure hit determination value indicating that a normal figure hit is generated as a result of the normal figure change effect. The determination value per universal figure is a determination value used in the determination of whether or not it is per universal figure using the random number for determination per universal figure (lottery per universal figure). A predetermined number of determination values are determined from all 65536 integers up to “65535”. Here, the number of determination values set differs depending on whether or not the above-described variable state is given at the time of determining the normal map. Specifically, the number of universal figure determination values set in the variable speed state (65535 in the embodiment) is the number of universal map determination values set in the non-variable state (example). Is set more than 1). In other words, by increasing the number of determination values per common map in the variable state, it is easy for the normal map to occur. In addition, the main control ROM 60b stores the determination value for determining the normal map. The determination value for determining a common map is a determination value for determining a general map to be displayed in a fixed stop display on the general map display unit 55 using a random number for determining a general map when the result of the determination for a normal map is affirmative. Here, in the embodiment, an integer value of “0” to “100” corresponding to the above-described 100 types of random numbers for determining a general map is set as the determination value for determining a general map, A general map is individually associated with each of the determination values for determining a general map.

  That is, a hit determination means for determining whether or not a winning is made in response to a winning at the fixed start port 31, the first or second variable start port 102, 103, and a type of hit game to be given from a plurality of types of hit games. The main control CPU 60a has respective functions as a hit game determining means for determining and a winning game giving means for giving the determined type of hit game after the end of the special symbol variation display (after the end of the symbol variation effect). In addition, the main control CPU 60a determines the probability that a big hit will occur according to the type of the determined winning game (when the determination result by the hit determination means is determined) when a big hit occurs (when the determination result of the hit determination means is affirmative). It is configured to function as a probability change grant determining means for determining that a probability change state in which a probability of affirmation) is higher than usual is given.

  Further, the main control CPU 60a has a high probability that the pachinko ball P wins the operating port 101 according to the determined type of winning game when a big hit occurs (when the determination result of the hit determining means is affirmative). It functions as a winning rate improvement state grant determining means for determining that a probability changing state (winning rate improvement state) is to be given, and a prize for determining a period during which the shortening state is to be given when a winning rate improvement state is given. In addition to functioning as a rate improvement state giving period determining means, it also functions as a variable state giving means for giving a variable state only during a period for giving a winning rate improvement state determined after the end of the big hit game. In this way, when the winning determination is affirmative, the main control CPU 60a gives a privilege state (probability change state, variable change state) advantageous to the player after winning a game based on winning in the start winning device. It has a function as privilege state determination means for determining whether or not. Further, the main control RAM 60c has won the first holding storage means for storing the pachinko ball P won in the fixed starting port 31 or the first variable starting port 102 as the first starting holding ball and the second variable starting port 103. It functions as a second storage device for storing the pachinko ball P as the second starting storage ball.

(Operation of Example)
Next, the operation of the pachinko machine 10 according to the embodiment will be described.

  Winning of jackpot determination triggered by the pachinko ball P launched into the game area 21 (first ball flow path 21a) of the game board 20 winning the fixed start opening 31 of the fixed start winning section 30, and the game board Accompanied by the winning of the big hit determination triggered by the winning of the pachinko ball P launched into the 20 game areas 21 (first ball flow path 21a) to the first variable start opening 102 of the first variable start winning portion 161 Any of the first to third jackpot games is determined by the main control CPU 60a, and after the jackpot game is over, the number of times of change corresponding to the determined type of the jackpot game (first to third jackpot games) is A variable state is given. The big hit determination is triggered by the pachinko ball P launched into the game area 21 (second ball flow path 21b) of the game board 20 winning the second variable start opening 103 of the second variable start winning portion 162. Along with the winning, any of the fourth to sixth jackpot games is determined by the main control CPU 60a, and after the jackpot game is finished, it corresponds to the type of the determined jackpot game (fourth to sixth jackpot games) A change state of the number of changes is given. Then, according to the type of the jackpot game, the opening / closing operation patterns P1 to P3 for opening / closing the operation port opening / closing member 131 of the variable operation ball entering portion 130 when the winning after the jackpot game is won are determined. The When the pachinko ball P launched into the game area 21 (second ball flow path 21b) of the game board 20 passes through the gate portion 33, various random numbers as passage detection information are triggered by the detection of the pachinko ball P by the gate sensor 76. Acquired by the main control CPU 60a. Then, the main control CPU 60a determines whether or not to generate a base map based on the acquired base map determination random number, and according to the result of the base map change display, depending on the result of the base map determination. The normal map is displayed in a fixed stop display on the general map display section 55. When the normal hit determination is an affirmative determination, the distribution body 151 of the passage distribution unit 150 is operated, and the variable operation is performed based on the opening / closing operation patterns P1 to P3 determined in accordance with the winning of the big hit game. The opening / closing member 131 of the entrance portion 130 is opened and closed.

  Here, in the game after the first jackpot game, the main control CPU 60a is driven and controlled so that the operation port opening / closing member 131 of the variable operation ball entering portion 130 is opened / closed based on the first opening / closing operation pattern P1. The pachinko ball P that has entered the working port 101 is distributed to the first branch inflow passage 145 by the distribution body 151 of the passage distribution section 150. In the game after the third jackpot game has ended, the game after the sixth jackpot game and after the sixth jackpot game have not been given the variable state. Although the operation port 101 is difficult to open, the operation port opening / closing member 131 of the variable operation ball entry portion 130 is driven and controlled by the main control CPU 60a to open / close based on the third opening / closing operation pattern P3. The pachinko ball P that has entered the working port 101 is distributed to the first branch inflow passage 145 by the distribution body 151 of the passage distribution section 150 in the same manner as in the case of operating with the operation pattern P1.

  The pachinko balls P distributed to the first branch inflow passage 145 are guided to the first variable start winning portion 161, and the working ball inlet 170a formed in the mechanism installation case 170 of the first variable start winning portion 161. Is dropped onto the ball receiving portion 179 (ball receiving piece 180) of the first actuating member 176, and the first actuating member 176 is rocked and displaced from the reference position to the actuating position. As the first actuating member 176 swings from the reference position to the actuating position in the first variable start winning portion 161, the first push-up unit 183 in the first actuating member 176 performs the first variable start. The opening actuating part 203 of the second actuating member 201 of the winning part 161 is pushed up, and the second actuating member 201 is rotationally displaced from the closed holding position to the first ball entering actuating position. With the rotational displacement to the ball operating position, the first start port opening / closing member 165 swings from the closed position to the open position by its own weight, and the first variable start port 102 is opened. Thereafter, the pachinko sphere P is guided to the first branch discharge passage 81 formed in the ball passage unit 80 by the first and second guide pieces 181 and 182 formed in the ball receiving portion 179, and the first branch. It is discharged to the outside of the game board 20 through the discharge passage 81. That is, while the pachinko ball P guided to the first variable start winning portion 161 is guided to the first branch discharge passage 81, the pachinko ball P is placed on the ball receiving portion 179 and held in the operating position. Thus, the first actuating member 176 reliably rotates and displaces the corresponding second actuating member 201 from the closed holding position to the first ball entry actuating position.

  Then, the pachinko ball P that has won the first variable start port 102 in accordance with the opening of the first variable start port 102 of the first variable start winning unit 161 is the first pick formed on the variable pitch device 100. It passes through the insertion passage 115 and is discharged to the outside of the game board 20 through the first start port discharge passage 88 formed in the ball passage unit 80 and provided in the first start port discharge passage 88. The first variable start detection sensor 77 is detected. Further, in the process in which the pachinko ball P passes through the first take-in passage 115 (working passage 118), the second operation in the first variable start winning portion 161 facing the first take-in passage 115 (working passage 118). The pachinko ball P comes into contact with the first ball entry actuating portion 206 of the member 201, and the second actuating member 201 urged in the forward rotation direction is moved from the first ball entry actuation position to the second ball entry actuation position. It is rotationally displaced.

  In a state where the second operation member 201 is rotationally displaced to the second ball entry operation position, the first variable start port 102 is kept open without the first start port opening / closing member 165 being displaced from the open position, and Similarly, the pachinko ball P won in the first variable start port 102 is discharged to the outside of the game board 20 through the first intake passage 115 and the first start port discharge passage 88, and the first variable It is detected by the start detection sensor 77. Then, in the process in which the pachinko ball P passes through the first intake passage 115 (operation passage 118), the second operation of the second operation member 201 facing the first intake passage 116 (operation passage 118) is performed. The pachinko ball P comes into contact with the portion 207, and the second actuating member 201 urged in the forward rotation direction is rotationally displaced from the second ball entry operating position to the closed holding position. When the second actuating member 201 is rotationally displaced from the second ball entry actuating position to the closed holding position, the closing actuating portion 205 of the second actuating member 201 is engaged with the engagement piece 167 of the first start port opening / closing member 165. The first start port opening / closing member 165 is displaced from the open position to the closed position by abutting and pushing down from above, and engages with the closed holding portion 204 of the second actuating member 201 when it is rotationally displaced to the closed holding position. When the piece 167 abuts and is controlled to swing, the first start port opening / closing member 165 is held in the closed position. That is, the first variable start winning portion 161 is actuated by physical contact with the pachinko ball P that enters the operation port 101 and passes through the first branch passage, thereby causing the first start port opening / closing member 165 to move. Is displaced from the closed position to the open position, and by physical contact with a predetermined number (two in the embodiment) of the pachinko balls P that win the first variable start port 102 and pass through the first intake passage 115. By actuating, the first start port opening / closing member 165 is displaced from the open position to the closed position.

  Further, in the game to which the variable state after the second to fifth big hit games is given, the operation port opening / closing member 131 of the variable operation ball entry portion 130 is opened / closed based on the second opening / closing operation pattern P2. Most pachinko balls P that are driven and controlled by the control CPU 60 a and enter the operation port 101 are distributed to the second branch inflow passage 146 by the sorting body 151 of the passage sorting section 150. The pachinko balls P distributed to the second branch inflow passage 146 are guided to the second variable start winning portion 162 through the second branch discharge passage 83 (upstream branch discharge passage 84a), thereby As in the case of the 1 variable start winning portion 161, the first operating member 176 in the second variable start winning portion 162 is oscillated and displaced from the reference position to the operating position, and accordingly, the second operating member 201 is held closed. The second starting opening / closing member 166 is swung from its closed position to the open position by its own weight, and the second variable starting opening 103 is opened. Thereafter, the first and second guide pieces 181 and 182 formed in the ball receiving portion 179 move to the second branch discharge passage 83 (downstream branch discharge passage 84b) formed in the ball passage unit 80. Is guided and discharged to the outside of the game board 20 through the second branch discharge passage 83.

  In addition, the pachinko ball P that has won a prize in the second variable start port 103 in accordance with the opening of the second variable start port 103 of the second variable start winning part 162 is a second pick formed in the variable pitch device 100. It passes through the insertion passage 116 and is discharged to the outside of the game board 20 through the second start port discharge passage 89 formed in the ball passage unit 80 and provided in the second start port discharge passage 89. The second variable start detection sensor 78 is detected. Then, in the process in which the pachinko ball P passes through the second intake passage 116 (working passage 118), the pachinko ball P is placed on the first ball entry working portion 206 of the second working member 201 in the second variable start winning portion 162. And the second actuating member 201 urged in the forward rotation direction is rotationally displaced from the first entrance operation position to the second entrance operation position. Further, the pachinko ball P that has won the second variable start port 103 in the state where the second actuating member 201 of the second variable start winning portion 162 is rotationally displaced to the second ball actuating position becomes the second intake passage 116 ( In the process of passing through the operation passage 118), the second operation member 201, which is in contact with the second entrance operation portion 207 of the second operation member 201 and is urged in the forward rotation direction by this, enters the second entrance operation. It is rotationally displaced from the position to the closed holding position. When the second actuating member 201 is rotationally displaced from the second ball entry actuating position to the closed holding position, the closing actuating part 205 provided in the second actuating member 201 is moved to the second start port opening / closing member 166. The second start port opening / closing member 166 is displaced from the open position to the closed position and is also rotationally displaced to the closed holding position by abutting the engagement piece 167 from above and pushing down the engagement piece 167. When the engagement piece 167 abuts on the closing holding portion 204 of the actuating member 201 and is controlled to swing, the second start port opening / closing member 166 is held in the closed position. That is, the second variable start winning portion 162 is actuated by physical contact with the pachinko ball P that enters the operation port 101 and passes through the second branch passage, thereby causing the second start port opening / closing member 166 to move. Is displaced from the closed position to the open position, and by physical contact with a predetermined number (two in the embodiment) of the pachinko balls P that win the second variable start port 103 and pass through the second intake passage 116. By actuating, the second start port opening / closing member 166 is displaced from the open position to the closed position.

  As described above, when the first solenoid 135 is driven, the pachinko ball P that has entered the operation port 101 as the operation port opening / closing member 131 of the variable operation ball entering unit 130 opens is operated. In the process of passing through the first branch passage or the second branch passage communicating with the port 101, the variable start winning portion 161, 162 corresponding to each branch passage is brought into contact with the first actuating member 176 so that the variable The open / close state of the start opening / closing members 165, 16 of the start winning portions 161, 162 is switched from the closed state to the open state. In the state where the first start port opening / closing member 165 and the second start port opening / closing member 166 are in the open position, the first variable start port 102 and the second variable, which are opened by a predetermined number (two in the embodiment) of the pachinko balls P. By winning the variable start opening 103 and closing the start opening / closing members 165 and 166, the player with respect to the variable operation ball entering section 130, the first variable start winning section 161, and the second variable start winning section 162 is played. Can raise interest. That is, when the first start port opening / closing member 165 and the second start port opening / closing member 166 are in the closed position, the operation is performed when the pachinko ball P enters the operation port 101 which is opened as usual. The first start port opening / closing member 165 and the second start port opening / closing member 166 can be opened according to the path to which the pachinko balls P that have entered the mouth 101 are distributed. It is possible to create new game play and enhance the fun of the game by the variable start winning prizes 161 and 162 that are operated in association with the opening / closing operation of the operation ball entering section 130.

  In the variable pitching device 100 of the embodiment, a plurality of variable start winning portions (first and second variable start winning portions 161 and 162) are provided in each of the plurality of branch passages (first and second branch passages). Since any one of the first actuating members 176 is faced, the pachinko ball P that has entered the operating port 101 in accordance with the operation of the variable actuating ball entering portion 130 causes at least one of the variable start winning portions 161, The start opening / closing members 165 and 166 of 162 can be opened. Further, the variable start winning portions 161 and 162 that operate according to the branch passages (first and second branch passages) through which the pachinko balls P that have entered the operation port 101 pass change and enter the operation port 101. The interest in the pachinko sphere P can be increased. When the pachinko ball P enters the operation port 101, the jackpot game that can be generated in the subsequent game by the variable start ports 102 and 103 (actuated variable start winning units 161 and 162) opened by the pachinko ball P Therefore, the interest in the pachinko sphere P that has entered the working port 101 can be further increased.

  In addition, the ball passage (introduction passage 143 and communication passage 144) communicating with the working port 101 that is opened as usual is branched into a plurality of branch passages (that is, the first and second branch passages), By configuring the first actuating member 176 of the variable start winning portion 161, 162 to face at least one of the branch passages, a new game using the variable actuating ball portion 130 and the variable start winning portion 161, 162 is achieved. It is possible to increase the interest of the game by creating. In the variable pitching device 100 according to the embodiment, the first operating member 176 in the first variable start winning portion 161 faces the first branch passage, and the second variable start winning portion 162 in the second variable start winning portion 162 faces the second branch passage. Since the first actuating member 176 faces, the first start port opening / closing member 165 is actuated according to the branch passage through which the pachinko ball P that has entered the actuation port 101 passes, or the second start port opening / closing member 166 is operated. Can be activated. That is, the variable start winning portions 161 and 162 whose open / close state is switched according to the branch passage through which the pachinko ball P that has entered the operation port 101 passes change. In other words, in the conventional pachinko machine, the winning opening that is opened with the usual figure is fixed, whereas in the pachinko machine 10 according to the embodiment, the winning opening that is opened with the usual figure is changed. Therefore, it is possible to create new playability by the variable operation ball entering unit 130 and the plurality of variable start winning units 161 and 162 (specifically, the first and second variable start winning units 161 and 162). It is possible to enhance the interest of the game.

  Further, in the variable speed state, the variable operation ball entering portion 130 is driven and controlled based on the first or second opening / closing operation pattern P1, P2, so that the pachinko ball P that has entered the operation port 101 can be controlled by the opening / closing operation pattern P1. Since the sorting body 151 of the passage sorting unit 150 can sort the pachinko balls P so as to pass through a specific branch passage (first or second branch passage) according to P2, it enters the operation port 101. It is possible to change the branch passage through which the balled pachinko ball P passes under predetermined conditions. In the embodiment, the branch path through which the pachinko ball P passes can be switched by determining the opening / closing operation patterns P1 to P2 in which the variable operation ball entering portion 130 is driven and controlled after the big hit game according to the type of the big hit game. With such a configuration, the player's interest in the type of jackpot that occurs is further increased, leading to an increase in the interest of the game. Thus, according to the type of jackpot game to which the variable state is given, the operating port opening / closing member 131 is moved to the first opening / closing operation pattern P1 (first opening operation mode) and the second opening / closing operation pattern P2 (second By operating according to the opening operation mode), it is possible to appropriately adjust the branch passage through which the pachinko ball P entering the operation port 101 passes.

  Further, since the first and second branch passages are provided with the first and second passage detection sensors 85 and 86 for detecting the pachinko balls P passing through the corresponding branch passages, the variable operation entrance ball The main control CPU 60a can accurately identify the path through which the pachinko ball P passes after entering the operation port 101 of the unit 130. In addition, a ball detection sensor 147 that detects a pachinko ball P is provided in the communication passage 144, and before the distribution body 151 distributes the first and second branch passages, the operation of the variable operation entrance portion 130 is performed. Since the pachinko ball P that has entered the mouth 101 is configured to be detected by the entrance detection sensor 147, the main control CPU 60a can accurately identify the entrance of the pachinko ball P into the working port 101. Also, due to the time difference between the detection by the upstream entrance detection sensor 147 and the detection by the downstream first or second passage detection sensors 85, 86, there is a problem such as clogging of the pachinko sphere P entering the operation port 101. Can be discovered early.

  Further, in the pachinko machine 10 of the embodiment, the first variable start winning portion 161 and the second variable start winning portion that are released by the physical contact of the pachinko ball P that has entered the operation port 101 with respect to the first operation member 176 are triggered. When the pachinko ball P wins at the variable start ports 102 and 103 of the part 162, it is configured to be detected by the variable start detection sensors 77 and 78 that trigger the jackpot determination, and by winning the jackpot determination, Since the opening / closing door 43 of the special winning portion 40 is configured to open, the pachinko ball to the operation port 101 of the variable operation ball entering portion 130 that enables the pachinko ball P to be awarded to the variable start ports 102 and 103. Interest in the operation of the first variable start winning portion 161 and the second variable start winning portion 162 by the pachinko ball P after entering the P and the variable operation entering portion 130 can be increased, It is possible to increase interest for games to create new game properties using varying actuating ball entrance section 130 and the variable start winning part 161.

  Further, the opening time of the operation port opening / closing member 131 of the variable start winning portion 161, 162 that is opened when the pachinko ball P is won at the fixed start port 31 (that is, the opening time of the operation port 101 in accordance with the usual figure). Compared to the opening time of the opening / closing door 43 of the special winning portion 40 that operates to open when the pachinko ball P wins the first or second variable start opening 102, 103 (that is, the special winning opening 41 of the special winning opening 41 associated with the big hit). The opening time is basically longer and a large number of prize balls can be expected to be obtained. Therefore, the start opening / closing members 165 and 166 of the variable start prize winning portions 161 and 162 are caused by the pachinko balls P that have entered the variable actuation ball entering portion 130. Can raise interest in being activated. In the embodiment, the first to fourth jackpot games (that is, at least one or more opening / closing doors 43 are opened / closed) triggered by the winning of the pachinko ball P to the first or second variable start ports 102, 103 are used. When the opening mode is determined, the opening time of the open / close door 43 of the special winning portion 40 is set to be long, and an opportunity to acquire a large number of prize balls is given.

  Further, the variable pitching device 100 is a game as a single unit member including the variable actuation pitching portion 130, the first and second variable start winning prize portions 161 and 162, and the passage distributing portion 150 provided in the main body member 105. Since it is configured to be attachable to and detachable from the board 20, it is possible to reduce the man-hours for assembling the variable operation ball entering portion 130, the first and second variable start winning prize portions 161 and 162, and the passage distributing portion 150 with respect to the game board 20, Workability can be improved. In addition, each of these components is relative to the configuration in which the variable operation ball entering unit 130, the first and second variable start winning units 161 and 162, and the passage distributing unit 150 are individually installed in the game board 20. Since the arrangement relationship can be kept constant and there is no individual difference for each game board 20, the above-described gameability created using the variable operation ball entering unit 130 and the variable start winning units 161 and 162 is appropriately maintained. can do. In addition, the variable operation ball entering unit 130, the first and second variable start winning units 161 and 162, and the variable distribution unit 150 are unitized, and the operation port 101 and the variable start ports 102 and 103. Since the ball path unit 80 in which the path of the entered pachinko ball P is formed is arranged separately on the game board 20 as a separate configuration, the variable operation ball entering section 130 that has a movable mechanism and is easily damaged, When a problem occurs in the first and second variable start winning units 161 and 162 and the passage allocating unit 150, only the variable pitching device 100 can be replaced alone.

(Another example)
Next, the first opening / closing member opens and closes the first entrance when the electric drive means is driven, and the pachinko ball that enters the first entrance is in contact with the first entrance A description will be given of another example of the gaming machine provided with a second variable entry portion that can be operated to switch the opening / closing state of the second entrance by the second opening / closing member. As a gaming machine, a pachinko machine 10 in which a game is played using a pachinko ball P as a gaming ball will be described as an example.

  The pachinko machine 10 according to another example can open and close the entrances 101, 102, 103 into which the pachinko balls P enter the second ball flow path 21b of the game board 20 separately from the gate portion 33. A variable pitching device (variable pitching unit) 300 having variable pitching portions 130, 161, 162 provided with opening / closing members 131, 165, 166 is provided. Similar to the variable pitching device 100, the variable pitching device 300 includes a variable actuation pitching portion 130 as a first variable pitching portion, and a second variable start as a second variable pitching portion. While the winning portion 162 and the second variable start portion 162 are provided, the flow path of the pachinko ball P that has entered the operation port 101 and the flow path of the pachinko ball P that has won the prize in the second variable start port 103 are respectively described above. Each is different from the variable pitching device 100. The basic configuration of the variable pitching device 300 is the same as that of the variable pitching device 100 described above, and the configuration other than the variable pitching device 300 is the same as that of the pachinko machine 10 described above. The same components are denoted by the same reference numerals and the description thereof is omitted.

  As shown in FIG. 25, the electric switching unit 120 in the variable pitching device 300 is provided with a variable pitching portion 130 and a single ball passageway 302 communicating with the working port 101. That is, the electric switching unit 120 is not provided with the passage distribution unit 150, and is configured such that all pachinko balls P that have entered the operation port 101 pass through the ball passage 302. Here, the ball passage 302 is configured to open above the working ball inlet 170a of the mechanism installation case 170 in the first variable start winning portion 161 located on the upper side, and has passed through the ball passage 302. The pachinko ball P is configured to fall on the first operating member 176 (ball receiving portion 179) of the first variable start winning portion 161 through the operating ball inlet 170a. That is, when the pachinko ball P enters the operating port 101 with the first start opening / closing member 165 in the first variable start winning portion 161 in the closed position, the pachinko ball As P falls to the ball receiving portion 179 (ball receiving piece 180) of the first variable start winning portion 161 and the first operating member 176 is displaced from the reference position to the operating position, the second operating member 201 is moved. The first starting opening / closing member 165 is displaced from the closed position to the open position by being rotationally displaced from the closed holding position to the first ball entry operating position, whereby the first variable start opening 102 is opened. The pachinko ball P that has actuated the first actuating member 176 in the first variable start winning portion 161 is guided by the first and second guide pieces 181 and 182 and discharged from the ball passage unit 80 in the same manner as described above. It is discharged to the outside of the game board 20 through a passage (specifically, the first branch discharge passage 81 described above).

  Further, as shown in FIG. 25, the first start port discharge passage 304 provided in the ball passage unit 80 communicates with the first variable start port 102 and is located at the second variable start winning prize located on the lower side. The pachinko ball P that is configured to open above the working ball inlet 170a of the mechanism installation case 170 in the portion 162 and has passed through the first start port discharge passage 304 passes through the working ball inlet 170a. It is configured to drop onto the first actuating member 176 (ball receiving portion 179) of the portion 162. That is, when the pachinko ball P wins the first variable start port 102 in a state where the second start port opening / closing member 166 in the second variable start winning portion 162 is in the closed position, the pachinko ball P becomes the second variable. As the first actuating member 176 is displaced from the reference position to the actuated position by dropping on the ball accepting part 179 (ball accepting piece 180) of the start winning part 162, the second actuating member 201 is moved from the closed holding position to the first actuating winning part 162. The second starting port opening / closing member 166 is displaced from the closed position to the open position by being rotationally displaced to the 1 entrance operation position, whereby the second variable start port 103 is opened. Then, the pachinko ball P that has actuated the first actuating member 176 in the second variable start winning portion 162 is guided by the first and second guide pieces 181 and 182 and discharged from the ball passage unit 80 in the same manner as described above. It is discharged to the outside of the game board 20 through a passage (specifically, the downstream branch discharge passage 84b described above). The variable pitching device 300 is not provided with the upstream side branch discharge passage 84a.

  Here, in the first intake passage 115 communicating with the first variable start port 102, as described above, the second operating member 201 of the first variable start winning portion 161 has the first or second ball entry. The pachinko ball P that passes through the first take-in passage 115 when the first entrance operation portion 206 or the second entrance operation portion 207 provided in the second operation member 201 faces in the state of being in the operation position. Are configured to come into contact with the first incoming ball operating unit 206 or the second incoming ball operating unit 207. That is, in a state where the pachinko ball P can win a prize in the first variable start opening 102, the second operating member 201 in the first variable start winning portion 161 is in the first or second ball operating position, The pachinko ball P that has won the first variable start opening 102 comes into contact with the first or second ball operation section 206, 207 of the second operation member 201 in the first variable start winning section 161, and the second The actuating member 201 is rotated and displaced, and the first actuating member 176 is actuated by contacting the ball receiving portion 179 (ball receiving piece 180) of the first actuating member 176 in the second variable start winning portion 162. Has been.

  As described above, when the winning operation is performed per hit, the pachinko ball P that has entered the operation port 101 as the operation port opening / closing member 131 in the variable operation ball entering unit 130 is opened by the driving of the first solenoid 135 is operated. However, in the process of passing through the ball passage 302, the first opening member 166 corresponding to the first variable start winning portion 161 is opened by contacting the first operating member 176 in the first variable start winning portion 161. Therefore, a new variable starting ball portion 130 that is operated by the first solenoid 135 and a first variable start winning portion 161 that is operated in association with the opening / closing operation of the variable operation ball portion 130 are newly added. It is possible to create a game and enhance the interest of the game. Furthermore, since the opening of the first variable start winning portion 161 leads to the opening of the second variable start winning portion 162, which is another second variable winning portion, the variable operation entering portion 130 that is operated by the first solenoid 135. The plurality of variable start winning portions 161 and 162 can be continuously operated by the pachinko ball P that has entered the ball. In addition, when the pachinko ball P enters the operation port 101, the pachinko ball P enters the first variable start port 102 of the first variable start winning unit 161 and the second variable start port 103 of the second variable start winning unit 162. By giving the winning opportunities in order, the variation of the game can be expanded and a new game can be created. Further, in the embodiment, the type of jackpot game given when winning at the second variable start port 103 is different from the type of jackpot game given when winning at the first variable start port 102. Therefore, the opportunity to win the first and second variable start ports 102 and 103 is given in order, so that it is possible to create an unprecedented gameplay. In addition, in the pachinko machine 10 provided with the variable pitching device 300, the same effects as those of the pachinko machine 10 including the variable pitching device 100 described above can be expected.

  That is, as shown in FIG. 26, the variable pitching device 300 is configured so that the pachinko ball P that has entered the operating port 101 contacts the first operating member 176 of the first variable start winning portion 161, thereby The first start port opening / closing member 165 of the variable start winning portion 161 can be displaced from the closed position to the open position, and the pachinko ball P that has won the first variable start opening 102 is the second of the first variable start winning portion 161. The first starting port opening / closing member 165 can be displaced from the open position to the closed position by contacting the actuating member 201, and the pachinko ball P that has won the first variable starting port 102 becomes the second variable start winning portion 162. By contacting the first actuating member 176, the second start opening / closing member 166 of the second variable start winning portion 162 can be displaced from the closed position to the open position. Pachinko ball P that winning is configured to be a second by contacting the actuating member 201, is displaced to the closed position the second start opening and closing member 166 from the open position of the second variable start winning part 162.

  Here, in the first intake passage 115 communicating with the first variable start port 102, as described above, the second operating member 201 of the first variable start winning portion 161 has the first or second ball entry. The pachinko ball P that passes through the first take-in passage 115 when the first entrance operation portion 206 or the second entrance operation portion 207 provided in the second operation member 201 faces in the state of being in the operation position. Are configured to come into contact with the first incoming ball operating unit 206 or the second incoming ball operating unit 207. That is, in a state where the pachinko ball P can win a prize in the first variable start opening 102, the second operating member 201 in the first variable start winning portion 161 is in the first or second ball operating position, The pachinko ball P that has won the first variable start opening 102 comes into contact with the first or second ball operation section 206, 207 of the second operation member 201 in the first variable start winning section 161, and the second The actuating member 201 is rotated and displaced, and the first actuating member 176 is actuated by contacting the ball receiving portion 179 (ball receiving piece 180) of the first actuating member 176 in the second variable start winning portion 162. Has been.

  As described above, when the winning operation is won, the pachinko ball P that has entered the operation port 101 as the operation port opening / closing member 131 in the variable operation ball entry portion 131 is opened by the driving of the first solenoid 135. However, in the process of passing through the ball passage 302, the first opening member 166 corresponding to the first variable start winning portion 161 is opened by contacting the first operating member 176 in the first variable start winning portion 161. Therefore, a new variable start ball portion 131 that is operated by the first solenoid 135 and a first variable start winning portion 161 that is operated in relation to the opening / closing operation of the variable operation ball portion 131. It is possible to create a game and enhance the interest of the game. Furthermore, since the opening of the first variable start winning portion 161 leads to the opening of the second variable start winning portion 162 that is another second variable winning portion, the variable operation entering portion 131 that is operated by the first solenoid 135. The plurality of variable start winning portions 161 and 162 can be continuously operated by the pachinko ball P that has entered the ball. Further, when the pachinko ball P enters the operation port 101, the pachinko ball P enters the second variable start port 103 of the second variable start winning unit 162 and the first variable start port 102 of the first variable start winning unit 161. By giving the winning opportunities in order, the variation of the game can be expanded and a new game can be created. Further, in the embodiment, the type of jackpot game given when winning at the second variable start port 103 is different from the type of jackpot game given when winning at the first variable start port 102. Therefore, the opportunity to win the first and second variable start ports 102 and 103 is given in order, so that it is possible to create an unprecedented gameplay. In addition, in the pachinko machine 10 provided with the variable pitching device 300, the same effects as those of the pachinko machine 10 including the variable pitching device 100 described above can be expected.

(Example of change)
Note that the gaming machine is not limited to those described above, and various modifications can be made.

(1) A first variable entrance portion having a closed position for closing the first entrance to the game area and a first opening / closing member displaceable to an open position for opening the first entrance. However, the present invention is not limited to this, and may be configured to include two or more first variable pitching portions.
(2) A second variable ball entry portion having a closed position for closing the second ball entrance with respect to the game area and a second opening / closing member displaceable to an open position for opening the second ball entrance. However, the present invention is not limited to this, and one or three or more second variable ball entering portions may be provided.
(3) As the second variable entry part, an example is shown in which the entrance to the second entrance is used as a variable start entry part in which the start condition of the special figure change display and the payout condition of the prize ball are used. However, it is not limited to this. For example, it may be configured such that only the start condition of the special figure variation display is satisfied by entering the second entrance, or only the winning ball payout condition is satisfied. Further, the start condition for the normal map display may be satisfied by entering the second entrance.
(4) The actuating member (first actuating member) displaced to the actuating position in accordance with the contact with the game ball that has entered the first entrance opening (actuating opening) that is opened as the electric drive means is driven. The second opening / closing member in the second variable ball entry portion is configured to be opened, but the operation member (first operation member) displaced to the operation position is the second opening / closing member in the second variable ball entry portion. It is also possible to configure the member to be closed.
(5) In the embodiment, the two ball paths communicating with the first entrance (operating port) are branched into two branch paths, but may be branched into three or more. Further, in the embodiment, the actuating member (first actuating member) in the second variable entrance portion faces each of the branch passages, and is configured to be actuated by contact with the game ball passing through each branch passage. However, it is not necessary that the operating member (first operating member) in the second variable entrance portion be exposed to each branch passage, and the operating member (first operating member) is allowed to face at least one branch passage. It is also possible. In this case, it is possible to create a different gameability of whether or not the second variable pitching portion is actuated as the ball enters the first pitching slot.
(6) In the embodiment, as a distribution means for distributing the game balls that have entered the first entrance to any one of the branch passages, a passage distribution section that operates the distribution body by driving the electric drive means is provided. However, the present invention is not limited to this, and it is also possible to adopt a configuration in which the ball is naturally distributed to any one of the branch passages depending on the momentum and the rolling direction of the game ball rolling on the ball rolling portion. For example, a ball rolling part called a so-called crune that has a plurality of through holes formed on the bottom surface of a ball rolling part formed in a mortar shape is used as a distributing means, or extends in a certain direction and extends in the direction It is also possible to employ a so-called stage-shaped ball rolling portion provided with ball discharge portions at a plurality of locations spaced apart from each other as a distribution means, and other conventionally known vibrations that can distribute the flow direction of a game ball into a plurality of directions. Minute means can be employed.
(7) In the embodiment, a privilege (specifically, the type of jackpot game) that can be given when a game ball enters a plurality of second variable pitching portions (first and second variable start winning portions). However, it is also possible to be given the same privilege when a game ball enters a plurality of second variable entry portions.
(8) In the embodiment, the variable entrance unit and the ball passage unit are individually arranged on the game board. However, the ball passage unit may be provided for the variable entry unit. That is, it is possible to provide the variable ball entry unit with the first ball passage and the second ball passage. Thus, by providing the first ball path and the second ball path in the variable ball unit in which the first variable ball part and the second variable ball part are provided, each variable ball part is provided. In addition, the relative arrangement relationship between the ball passage and the ball passage can be uniquely determined, and the workability for assembling the game board can be improved.
(9) In the embodiment, the variable pitching unit including the first variable pitching portion and the second variable pitching portion is arranged on the game board. You may make it arrange | position two variable pitching parts separately in a game board. In addition to the first and second variable pitching portions, a closed position for closing the third ball entrance (special prize opening) with respect to the game area and the third ball entrance are opened. A third variable pitching portion (special winning portion) having a third opening / closing member that can be displaced to the open position is provided in the variable pitching unit, and a game ball flowing down the game area can pass through. A fourth ball entrance (gate portion) may be provided in the variable ball entry unit.
(10) In the embodiment, the configuration in which one second opening / closing member (starting port opening / closing member) is provided with respect to the second variable ball entering portion (variable starting winning portion) is shown. Two may be provided. Specifically, the second opening / closing member (starting port opening / closing member) of the embodiment is formed symmetrically, and the right / left second opening / closing member (starting port opening / closing member) is placed on the right side of the second operating member. The right second opening / closing member (starting port opening / closing member) is set to the closed position using the closing holding portion and the closing operation portion on the right end side provided in the second operation member. It can be easily realized by holding or displacing from the open position to the closed position. The opening / closing operation of the second opening / closing member on the right side (starting port opening / closing member) is the same as the opening / closing operation of the second opening / closing member (starting port opening / closing member) on the left side, and thus detailed description thereof is omitted.
(11) In the embodiment, as the first variable ball entry portion, the variable ball entry portion in which the first opening / closing member (working port opening / closing member) moves in the front-rear direction is adopted. However, the second variable ball entry portion The first opening / closing member swings in the left-right direction, like the second opening / closing member (start-up opening / closing member) provided on the third door, or the third opening / closing at the third variable entry portion (special winning portion). Of course, the first opening / closing member may swing in the front-rear direction as a member (opening / closing door). Similarly, although the second opening / closing member (starting port opening / closing member) swings in the left-right direction as the second variable entry portion, the variable entry portion is provided. Like the first opening / closing member (operating port opening / closing member), the second opening / closing member moves in the front-rear direction, or the third opening / closing member (opening / closing door) in the third variable ball-entry portion (special winning portion). As a matter of course, the second opening / closing member may swing in the front-rear direction as shown in FIG.
(12) In the embodiment, the case where the first to third opening / closing operation patterns P1 to P3 are set as the opening operation mode of the first opening / closing member (working port opening / closing member) in the first variable entry portion has been described. However, the present invention is not limited to this, and a first opening operation mode in which the sorting means (sorting body) is displaced to the opening position with at least the first sorting position, and the sorting means (sorting body). ) At least in the second distribution position, it may be configured to be driven by the electric drive means so as to operate in the second opening operation mode that is displaced to the opening position. The electric drive means is not limited to the solenoid, and it is obvious that various other known drive means such as a motor can be adopted. Here, as the first opening operation mode, the game ball that has entered the first entrance (operating port) is distributed to a specific branch passage (second branch inflow passage in the embodiment). This is an opening operation mode in which the ratio of distribution to other branch passages (first branch inflow passage in the embodiment) is higher. As the second opening operation mode, the first entrance (operating port) is used. The proportion of game balls that have entered the ball is distributed to a specific branch passage (second branch inflow passage in the embodiment) than the proportion that is distributed to other branch passages (first branch inflow passage in the embodiment). As long as the opening operation mode becomes higher. For example, in the embodiment, the first sorting time TZ1 is set so that the sorting body 151 of the passage sorting unit 150 as the sorting means is displaced from the first sorting position to the second sorting position, and the first sorting time TZ1 is set. When the first opening / closing member (working port opening / closing member 131) is opened / closed in the first opening / closing operation pattern P1 or the third opening / closing operation pattern P3 as the opening operation mode, the distribution body 151 is moved to the second distribution state. The first opening / closing member (operating port opening / closing member 131) is displaced to the open position even in the position, but the first opening / closing member (operating port) is omitted by omitting the operation of the first distribution time TZ1. While the opening / closing member 131) is displaced to the open position, the sorting body 151 may be continuously located at the first sorting position. Similarly, the second opening is performed so that the first opening / closing member (working port opening / closing member 131) performs the opening operation for the second operation port opening time TB1 set at the same time as the first distribution time TZ1. Although the second opening / closing operation pattern P2 is set as the operation mode, the operation of the second working port opening time TB1 can be omitted.
(13) The total opening time of the first opening / closing member (working port opening / closing member 131) opened / closed in the first opening operation mode and the first opening / closing member opened / closed in the second opening operation mode ( The total opening time of the working port opening / closing member 131) can be set to the same time. In this case, it is possible to equalize the opportunities for the game balls to enter the first entrance (operation port 101) associated with the opening operation of the first opening / closing member (operation opening / closing member 131). For example, in the embodiment, it can be realized by “(first working port opening time TA1) = (second working port opening time TB1) + (fourth working port opening time TB4) × 3”. is there.
(14) In the embodiment, the specified number of rounds in the first to sixth jackpot games is set to the same number (that is, 16 rounds), and the opening / closing operation of the doors for each jackpot game is made different to each jackpot game. The number of winning balls that can be acquired is changed, but this is not limited to this, and the number of winning balls that can be acquired with jackpot game is changed by changing the number of specified rounds in jackpot game. You may do it. For example, in the embodiment, the prescribed number of rounds in the first to third jackpot games may be set to “4 times”. In this case, by providing a round notification lamp that notifies the specified number of rounds of the winning big hit game, it is possible to notify the player of the number of round games to be performed with the big hit game. On the other hand, as in the embodiment, by setting the specified number of rounds in the jackpot game to the same number of times, even if the specified number of rounds of the won jackpot game is notified by the round notification lamp, it can be acquired along with the jackpot game The number of prize balls can be concealed.
(15) In the embodiment, the game passes through the branch passage (first branch passage) corresponding to the first variable start winning portion downstream from the first variable start winning portion as the second variable starting portion. A first passage detection sensor as a ball detecting means for detecting a ball is arranged, and a branch passage corresponding to the second variable start winning portion is arranged upstream of the second variable start winning portion as the second variable entering portion. Although the second passage detection sensor as the ball detecting means for detecting the game ball passing through the (second branch passage) is arranged, the present invention is not limited to this. For example, the ball detecting means may be arranged upstream of each of the corresponding second variable ball entering portions in each branch passage. On the contrary, the ball detecting means may be arranged on the downstream side of each of the second variable ball entering portions corresponding to each branch passage. That is, the position where the ball detecting means is arranged can be arbitrarily determined as long as it is a position where a game ball passing through each branch passage can be detected.
(16) In the variable pitching device of the embodiment, the variable start winning portion located on the upper side is the first variable start winning portion, and the variable start winning portion located on the lower side is the second variable start winning portion. It is not limited to this. That is, in the variable pitching device of the embodiment, the variable start winning portion located on the lower side is the first variable start winning portion, and the variable start winning portion located on the upper side is the second variable start winning portion. Fixed start when the determination result of the jackpot determination based on the winning information acquired when the game ball enters the variable start port corresponding to the start winning section and the corresponding ball detection sensor detects is a positive determination The jackpot symbol of the same kind as the case where the determination result of the jackpot determination based on the winning of the game ball to the mouth is affirmative determination (first to third jackpot games in the embodiment) can be determined, and the first variable start winning If the determination result of the jackpot determination based on the winning information acquired when the game ball enters the variable start port corresponding to the section and the corresponding ball detection sensor detects is a positive determination, a different type Jackpot symbol (Example) It may be configured to allow determining the fourth to sixth jackpot gaming in). In this case, after the end of the first jackpot game, the operation port opening / closing member 131 of the variable operation ball entry portion is set to operate in the second opening / closing operation pattern P2, and after the second to fifth jackpot games are ended. By setting the operation opening / closing member of the variable actuation ball entry portion to operate according to the first opening / closing operation pattern P1, the same path as in the embodiment with respect to the first variable start entry ball portion and the second variable start entry ball portion. Distribution is possible.
(17) All or part of the functions provided in the main control means (main control CPU) may be provided in the sub-control means (overall control CPU). Conversely, all or part of the functions provided in the sub-control means is provided. The main control means may be provided. In the embodiment, the main control board and the sub control board (overall control board) are provided separately, but a single control board may be used. That is, the functions of the main control means and the sub control means may be provided in a control means (CPU) provided on a single control board. Further, a separate control board may be provided, and all or part of the functions of the main control means and the sub control means of the embodiment may be provided in another control means.
(18) The display control means (display control CPU) may be provided with all or part of the functions of the overall control means (overall control CPU), and conversely the display control means (display means CPU). The overall control means (overall control CPU) may be provided with all or part of the provided functions. The overall control means (overall control CPU) and the display control board (display control CPU) are separately provided. However, a single control board may be used. That is, the functions of the overall control board and the display control board may be shared by control means (CPU) provided on a single control board. Similarly, the overall control unit can also be used for the lamp control unit that performs light emission control and the sound control unit that performs sound output control.
(19) Although special symbol display means (special symbol display) for displaying a special figure is provided independently of the symbol display means (symbol display device) for displaying a symbol (decoration diagram) for production, It is not limited to this. For example, you may make it display both a decoration drawing and a special figure in a symbol display means. Moreover, you may make it display on a symbol display means in common with a decorative drawing and a special drawing.
(20) In the embodiment, a pachinko machine has been described as an example of the gaming machine. However, the present invention is not limited to this, and various gaming machines such as an arrangement ball machine and a pinball machine can be adopted. In other words, the present invention can be suitably applied to a gaming machine having a entrance where a game ball flowing down the game area can enter.

Further, the present application includes, for example, the following technical ideas.
(A) Regarding a gaming machine including the configuration of claim 1,
A privilege determining means (60a) for granting a privilege when the game ball (P) enters the second entrance (102,103) in the plurality of second variable entrance portions (161,162),
The gist is that the privilege determined by the privilege determining means (60a) is made different depending on the second entrance (102, 103) into which the game ball (P) has entered.
In this way, interest in the plurality of second variable pitching portions whose opening and closing states are switched by changing the conditions for granting the privilege given to the player by entering the respective second variable pitching portions. Can attract.
(B) Regarding a gaming machine including the configuration of claim 1,
The variable pitching unit (300) provided with the first variable pitching portion (130) and the second variable pitching portion (161, 162) is configured to be disposed on the game board (20). The gist.
Thus, by arranging the variable ball entry unit provided with the first variable ball entry portion and the second variable ball entry portion in the game board, the first variable ball entry portion and the second variable ball entry portion with respect to the game board are provided. The assembly man-hours of the variable pitching portion can be reduced. In addition, rather than arranging the first variable ball entry portion and the second variable ball entry portion separately on the game board, the relative arrangement of the first variable ball entry portion and the second variable ball entry portion. The relationship can be made constant.
( C ) Regarding a gaming machine including the configuration of (B) ,
A ball path unit (80) in which the first ball path (302) and the second ball path (115, 304) are formed is arranged in the game board (20);
When the variable ball entry unit (300) and the ball passage unit (80) are disposed on the game board (20), the first actuating member (176) faces the first ball passage (302). The game ball (P) passing through the first ball passage (302) can come into contact with the first actuating member (176), and the second actuating member (201) is brought into contact with the second ball passage (115, 304). ), The game ball (P) passing through the second ball passage (115, 304) can be brought into contact with the second actuating member (201).
As described above, the variable ball entry unit provided with the first variable ball entry portion and the second variable ball entry portion and the ball passage unit formed with the first ball passage and the second ball passage are separately provided. By configuring and arranging each unit on the game board, when the first variable pitching portion and the second variable pitching portion having the movable mechanism are damaged, only the variable pitching unit is provided. Can be replaced alone.
( D ) Regarding a gaming machine including the configuration of (B) ,
The variable ball entry unit (300) is provided with the first ball passage (302) and the second ball passage (115, 304).
Thus, by providing the first ball path and the second ball path in the variable ball unit provided with the first variable ball part and the second variable ball part, each variable ball can be entered. The relative positional relationship between the part and the ball passage can be uniquely determined. Further, by providing each variable pitching portion and the ball path in the variable pitching unit, the workability for assembling the game board is improved.

20 Game board 20a Game area 34 Gate entrance (fourth entrance)
40 Special Prize Winner (Third Variable Ball)
41 Special winning entrance (third entrance)
42 Special winning solenoid (another electric drive means)
43 Opening and closing door (third opening and closing member)
60a Main control CPU (privilege determining means)
100 Variable pitching device (variable pitching unit)
101 Working port (first entrance)
102 First variable start port (second entrance)
103 Second variable start port (second entrance)
115 First intake passage (second ball passage)
130 Variable actuation ball entry (first variable ball entry)
131 Working port opening / closing member (first opening / closing member)
135 1st solenoid (electric drive means)
161 First variable start winning part (second variable starting part)
162 Second variable start winning section (another second variable pitching section)
165 First opening / closing member (second opening / closing member)
176 First actuating member (actuating member)
300 Variable pitching device (variable pitching unit)
302 ball passage (first ball passage)
304 First start port discharge passage (second ball passage)
P Pachinko ball (game ball)

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  1. In a gaming machine having a gaming board in which a gaming area where gaming balls can flow down is defined,
    A first variable entrance portion having a first opening / closing member displaceable to a closed position for closing the first entrance opening with respect to the game area and an open position for opening the first entrance opening;
    A plurality of second variable entrance parts having a closed position for closing the second entrance for the game area and a second opening / closing member displaceable to an open position for opening the second entrance. and,
    A third variable entrance portion having a third opening / closing member displaceable to a closed position for closing the third entrance to the game area and an open position for opening the third entrance;
    A fourth entrance through which a game ball flowing down the game area can pass ,
    The first variable entrance portion is configured such that an electric driving means is connected to the first opening / closing member, and the first opening / closing member opens and closes as the electric driving means is driven. In addition, the third variable entry portion has another electric driving means connected to the third opening / closing member, and the third opening / closing member opens as the other electric driving means is driven. And configured to operate closed
    The third opening / closing member is configured to open when the game ball enters the second entrance, and the game ball enters the fourth entrance. The first opening and closing member can be opened as
    Compared with the first opening / closing member opening time when the game ball is opened when the game ball enters the fourth ball opening, the game ball is opened when the game ball enters the second ball opening. Each electric drive means is configured to be driven such that the opening time in at least one opening mode of the third opening / closing member that operates is longer.
    Each of the second variable pitching parts is
    A first actuating member capable of displacing the second opening / closing member from the closed position to the open position by displacing from the reference position to the actuated position with the contact of the game ball;
    And a second actuating member which can be displaced to the closed holding position from the ball entrance operating position with the contact of the game ball is displaced to the second closing member to the open position placed et the closed position,
    A first actuating member of a predetermined second variable entrance portion of the plurality of second variable entrance portions faces a first ball passage communicating with the first entrance , A game ball passing through one ball passage is configured to contact the first actuating member;
    A second ball passage communicating with the second inlet ball port in the predetermined second variable ball entrance portion, the second actuating member in the second variable ball entrance portion of the predetermined faces, another second The first actuating member in the two variable ball entering portions is configured such that a game ball passing through the second ball passage comes into contact with the second actuating member and the first actuating member. To play.
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