JP6386707B2 - Game medium identification device and game medium using machine - Google Patents

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JP6386707B2
JP6386707B2 JP2013192020A JP2013192020A JP6386707B2 JP 6386707 B2 JP6386707 B2 JP 6386707B2 JP 2013192020 A JP2013192020 A JP 2013192020A JP 2013192020 A JP2013192020 A JP 2013192020A JP 6386707 B2 JP6386707 B2 JP 6386707B2
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  The present invention relates to a game medium loaded in a game medium use machine such as a counting hopper arranged in a game medium lending machine for lending game media (for example, medals) used in a game machine (for example, a slot machine). It relates to the technique of authenticity judgment

  2. Description of the Related Art Conventionally, game machines and game media using machines equipped with a mechanism for determining the authenticity of medals have been actively developed. For example, Patent Document 1 discloses a game medal having an IC chip, and a game machine and a medal counter that identify the game medal. Specifically, when a gaming machine and a medal counter have a built-in reader, and the identification code read from the gaming medal is appropriate, the gaming medal is accepted and counted up. Can return the game medal to the player side and prevent the illegal medal from being mixed.

JP 2002-177626 A

  However, according to the technique of Patent Document 1, a game medal whose identification code is not appropriate is simply returned to the player side or an alarm lamp is turned on. For this reason, for example, it may not be possible to accurately grasp how much gaming medals have been inserted or paid out in each gaming machine, and management of gaming medals used in the game hall becomes insufficient. Such inadequate management of game medals may be detrimental to well-intentioned players who do not know about illegal medals and game venue operators.

  Further, in the technique of Patent Document 1, when a game medal that does not have an IC chip is used as a medal that can be used (not fraudulent) in a gaming machine, it is no longer possible to prevent inclusion of an unusable (illegal) medal. .

  Therefore, the present invention has been made in view of such circumstances, and appropriately manages game media used in a game arcade regardless of the type of game media that can be used in a gaming machine. The purpose is to avoid the disadvantage given to the player and the operator of the playground.

The present invention for achieving the above object
A game medium identification device for identifying a game medium,
A signal acquisition unit that acquires at least two or more magnetic signals for specifying different elements among a plurality of elements that characterize the game medium from the game medium that passes through the detection portion of the magnetic sensor;
Using the at least two or more magnetic signals and at least two or more reference magnetic signals previously obtained from the usable gaming media for the different elements identified by the at least two or more magnetic signals, A determination unit for determining whether the game medium is usable or unusable;
And a counting unit that counts the unusable game media.
Other means will be described later.

  According to the present invention, no matter what kind of game media can be used in the gaming machine, the game media used in the game hall is appropriately managed and given to the player and the game hall operator. Profit can be avoided.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS It is a whole block diagram of the game media rental machine of this embodiment, (a) is a front view, (b) is a right view. It is a schematic diagram of the internal structure of a game medium rental machine, and is a right side view. It is a functional lineblock diagram of the magnetic sensor of this embodiment. FIG. 3 is an end view of the magnetic sensor when cut along line AA in FIG. 2.

  Hereinafter, modes for carrying out the present invention (hereinafter referred to as “embodiments”) will be described with reference to the drawings (refer to drawings other than the referenced drawings as appropriate). Note that the directions of “up”, “down”, “left”, “right”, “front (front)”, and “back (back)” in the present embodiment are as shown in FIGS. To do.

As shown in FIGS. 1A and 1B, the game medium lending machine 1 is a device installed adjacent to a game machine (not shown) that uses a medal (game medium) to play a game.
The game medium lending machine 1 includes a vertically long rectangular parallelepiped main body 2, a coin insertion port 3, a payout function / counting function combined member 50, a nozzle 4, a control unit 101, a payout hopper 102, and a counting hopper 103. , Mainly.

  The main body 2 is a housing that houses each device of the game medium lending machine 1. The main body 2 includes a bottom plate 201, side plates 202, 202, a back plate 203, a top plate 204, and a plurality of front plates 211a, 212a, 213a, 214a that close the opening on the front side. Yes. Further, as shown in FIG. 1B, the inside of the main body 2 is, in order from the top, a bill valida unit storage unit 211, a control unit storage unit 212, a medal replenishment unit (game medium replenishment unit) 213, and a payout. It is partitioned into a hopper storage part 214 and a counting hopper storage part 215.

  The bill burr unit storage unit 211 is a part that stores a bill burr unit (money identification device) (not shown) for identifying money inserted by the player. In the bill burr unit storage section 211, the opening on the front side is closed by the front plate 211a. The front plate 211a is formed with a money slot 3 which is a slot for money to be inserted by a player.

  The control unit storage unit 212 is a part that stores the control unit 101 that performs various controls in the game medium lending machine 1. The control unit 101 is integrally formed with a front plate 212a that closes the opening on the front side. A card insertion slot 212b and a touch panel monitor 212c are formed on the front plate 212a. A card storing player information is inserted into the card insertion slot 212b. The touch panel type monitor 212c displays the game situation of the player (for example, the number of paid-out medals, the number of acquired medals, etc.).

  The medal replenishing unit 213 is a part for replenishing the payout hopper 102 with medals. The opening on the front side of the medal replenishment portion 213 is closed by a plate-like opening / closing door (front plate) 213a. The medal replenishing portion 213 includes a hollow portion (not shown) that communicates with the payout hopper 102.

  The payout hopper storage part 214 is a part for storing the payout hopper 102. The opening on the front side of the payout hopper storage portion 214 is closed by a front plate 214a integrally formed with the payout function / counting function combining member 50.

  The counting hopper storage unit 215 is a part that stores the counting hopper 103. The opening on the near side of the counting hopper storage portion 215 is closed by a front plate 214a integrally formed with the payout function / counting function combining member 50.

The nozzle 4 includes a nozzle body 5 and a nozzle top 6, and guides medals paid out from the payout hopper 102 to a lower plate of the gaming machine.
The payout hopper 102 pays out a predetermined number of medals according to an instruction from the control unit 101.
The counting hopper 103 transmits the counted number of medals to the control unit 101.

  The control unit 101 includes a calculation unit, a storage unit, a card insertion slot 212b, a card reading unit (not shown), a touch panel monitor 212c, and the like. The storage means stores the number of payout medals paid out from the payout hopper 102, the number of medals acquired by the player through the game, the number of counted medals counted by the counting hopper 103, and the like. The calculation means performs calculations such as reading each medal number stored in the storage means and calculating the difference number.

  In the game medium lending machine 1, when money is inserted from the money insertion slot 3 by the player, according to an instruction from the control unit 101, a predetermined number of moneys are supplied by the payout hopper 102 according to the value (amount) of the inserted money. Pay out medals.

  The payout function / counting function combined member 50 includes a counting medal tray 7 (see FIG. 2) for receiving medals inserted by the player for counting, and a counting medal passage from the counting medal tray 7 to the counting hopper 103. At least a part and at least a part of the payout medal path from the payout hopper 102 to the nozzle top 6 of the nozzle 4 are configured as an integral member. Note that the counting medal tray 7 has an opening. The opening is provided in the upper part of the payout function / counting function combined member 50 and opens upward (not only in the upward (vertical) direction but also in the obliquely upward direction), and the player inputs for counting. This is the part that receives game media.

  As shown in FIG. 2, when a medal inserted from the counting medal tray 7 passes near the auto start sensor 11 in the counting medal path, the medal is detected by the counting hopper 103 from the auto start sensor 11 via the control unit 101. The counting hopper 103 is started by sending the signal. When the downward guiding member 12 having a medal drop opening is provided in the lower direction of the main body 2 at the back of the counting hopper 103, the medals released from the counting hopper 103 are guided downward in the game medium lending machine 1. For example, it is collected by a medal collection system provided below the game medium lending machine 1. The medal drop opening of the downward guiding member 12 communicates with an opening 201 a formed on the back side (back plate 203 side) of the bottom plate 201 constituting the bottom of the main body 2.

The payout hopper 102 includes a counting device 111, a storage unit 112, and a base member 113.
The counting device 111 is a device that counts medals one by one. The counted medal number is stored in the control unit 101.
The storage part 112 is a box-shaped body formed on the counting device 111 and having a hollow part. The upper part of the storage unit 112 is open, and the dropped medal is stored in the storage unit 112. The lower part of the storage part 112 is also open, and medals fall into the counting device 111.
The base member 113 is a member formed in the lower part of the counting device 111 and is a member for adjusting the height of the dispensing hopper 102.

[Configuration of Counting Hopper 103]
The counting hopper 103 can constitute the game medium identification device of the present invention, and includes a counting device 121, a storage unit 122, and a base member 123. For convenience of explanation, the internal structure of the counting hopper 103 is shown in FIG.

  The counting device 121 is a device that counts medals one by one. The counted medal number is stored in the control unit 101. The counting device 121 includes a counting turntable 131, a guide passage 132, a photo sensor 133, a magnetic sensor 134, a sorting solenoid 135, and a dip switch 136 (setting unit). Note that the counting turntable 131, the photo sensor 133, the magnetic sensor 134, the sorting solenoid 135, and the DIP switch 136 are communicably connected via a communication line (not shown) and communicate with the control unit 101. Connected as possible.

  The counting rotating disk 131 has a disk shape and is disposed on the counting device 121. The counting rotating disk 131 is formed with a plurality of medal storage holes (not shown) penetrating in the plate thickness direction and having an outer diameter slightly larger than the medal. Most of the medals used in each amusement hall are small medals, but there are also large medals. The size of the medal storage hole is large enough to store a large-diameter medal, and can store a small-diameter medal. In the present embodiment, three medal storage holes are formed.

  The counting rotating disk 131 rotates forward and backward in the circumferential direction by a drive motor (not shown) disposed inside the counting device 121. The counting rotating disk 131 temporarily stores the medals stored in the storage unit 122 in the medal storage hole by rotating in the circumferential direction. When the counting rotating disk 131 further rotates in the circumferential direction, the medals stored in the medal storing hole are gradually little from the counting rotating disk 131 in the direction in which the medals travel, that is, in the direction in which the medals are discharged toward the back end of the guide passage 132. Extruded but temporarily blocked by a discharge roller (not shown). Thereafter, the medal pushes the discharge roller against the urging force and is released outward from the counting rotating disk 131, and is ejected by the urging force to return to the original position of the discharge roller, and passes on the guide passage 132. .

  The guide passage 132 extends in the advancing direction of the medal from the back side of the counting rotating disk 131 to the lower guide member 12 at the upper part of the counting device 121. A part of the guide path 132 that is located behind the magnetic sensor 134 and below the sorting solenoid 135 is cut away because an unusable medal falls.

  The medals inserted into the gaming machine can be classified into two types: usable medals and unusable medals. The “usable medal” is a medal permitted to be used on one or a plurality of gaming machines. Such a gaming machine is, for example, a gaming machine that is arranged in one gaming place and has the same exchange rate from cash to medals. Among a plurality of gaming machines in which the same usable medal is used, the usable medal can be used in any gaming machine. In addition, there may be one type or a plurality of types of usable medals used in one gaming machine. On the other hand, “unusable medals” are medals other than usable medals used in one or a plurality of gaming machines. Such unusable medals correspond to, for example, medals brought in from other amusement halls or usable medals used in gaming machines having different exchange rates from cash to medals even in their own gaming halls.

  The photo sensor 133 is disposed on the front side of the magnetic sensor 134 in the advancing direction of the medals, and detects the medals released from the counting rotating disk 131 by detecting the movement of the discharge roller. When the photo sensor 133 detects a medal, the magnetic sensor 134 starts processing for determining the authenticity of the medal.

  The magnetic sensor 134 detects a voltage generated when a medal passes. The magnetic sensor 134 includes a box having a substantially rectangular parallelepiped shape, and has a hole penetrating in the advancing direction of the medal at the center of the box. The hole constitutes a part of the guide passage 132 and allows a medal (including a large-diameter medal) to pass therethrough. The magnetic sensor 134 has a hardware configuration such as a circuit that drives the magnetic sensor 134, a coil that is wound around the hole, and a voltage measuring device that measures a voltage value due to a current flowing through the coil. Contains to be contained in the body. The coil is an annular (a shape surrounding the hollow portion) detecting portion for detecting a medal, and the hollow portion of the coil coincides with the hole (see FIG. 4). The detection portion may be a circular ring or a quadratic ring.

  The medal passes through the hollow portion of the annular detection portion included in the magnetic sensor 134, that is, passes through the coil and is discharged along the guide passage 132. At this time, the magnetic sensor 134 can detect a voltage generated by electromagnetic induction caused by the medal passing through the coil. In other words, the voltage measuring device measures the voltage value of the current flowing through the coil through which the medal passes.

  Referring to FIG. 3, the magnetic sensor 134 includes functional components such as signal acquisition units 141 and 142, a determination unit 143, and a counting unit 144.

  The signal acquisition unit 141 specifies the first element among the three elements of the material, the outer diameter, and the thickness that characterize the medal from the medal that passes through the hollow portion of the annular detection portion included in the magnetic sensor 134. The first magnetic signal is obtained. The signal acquisition unit 141 is mounted as a sensor element having a magnetic circuit that is good at specifying the first element. Details regarding the signal acquisition unit 141 will be described later.

  The signal acquisition unit 142 specifies the second element among the three elements of the material, the outer diameter, and the thickness that characterize the medal from the medal that passes through the hollow portion of the annular detection portion included in the magnetic sensor 134. The second magnetic signal is obtained. The signal acquisition unit 142 is mounted as a sensor element having a magnetic circuit that is good at specifying the second element. Details regarding the signal acquisition unit 142 will be described later.

  The determination unit 143 uses the first magnetic signal and the second magnetic signal to determine whether a medal that passes through the hollow portion of the annular detection portion of the magnetic sensor 134 is a usable medal or an unusable medal. Determine. The determination unit 143 also includes a third magnetic signal (reference magnetic signal) acquired in advance from the usable medal for the first element, and a fourth magnetic signal (reference reference) acquired in advance from the usable medal for the second element. Magnetic signal) and can be used to determine whether a medal is a usable medal or an unusable medal. The determination unit 143 transmits the determination result of the determination to the sorting solenoid 135 and the counting unit 144. The determination result transmitted to the distribution solenoid 135 is, for example, a control signal for controlling the movement of the regulating member 135a described later.

  The counting unit 144 counts medals (hereinafter, may be referred to as “passing medals”) that have passed through the hollow portion of the annular detection portion included in the magnetic sensor 134 and uses the medal based on the determination result of the determination unit 143. Count possible and unusable medals. The counting unit 144 counts the total number of passing medals, the number of usable medals, and the number of unusable medals as a counting result (for example, the control unit 101 of the game medium lending machine 1, the control unit of the hall computer). ).

  The distribution solenoid 135 distributes the medal from the usable medal when the medal that has passed the magnetic sensor 134 is an unusable medal. The distribution solenoid 135 is disposed above a part of the guide passage 132 that is cut out behind the magnetic sensor 134. The sorting solenoid 135 has a restricting member 135a that can move up and down according to the determination result of the determining unit 143. By moving the restricting member 135a up and down, the usable medal passes in the advancing direction of the medal, An unusable medal is dropped from the partial area.

  The dip switch 136 is a medal setting switch, and is used to set one or more medals from among a plurality of medals as usable medals. The dip switch 136 is attached on the left side surface of the counting device 121. The dip switch 136 includes, for example, eight switches that can be switched on and off, and each switch can correspond to one type of medal that is normally used in a game hall.

  The storage part 122 is a box-shaped body formed on the counting device 121 and having a hollow part. The upper part of the storage unit 122 is open, and the dropped medal is stored in the storage unit 122. The lower part of the storage unit 122 is also open, and medals fall into the counting device 121.

  The base member 123 is a member formed at the lower part of the counting device 121 and is a member for adjusting the height of the counting hopper 103. The base member 123 includes a collection box 137.

  The collection box 137 collects unusable medals that have been determined by the determination unit 143 and dropped by the sorting solenoid 135.

[Operation of counting hopper 103]
As shown in FIG. 2, a medal ejected by a discharge roller (not shown) from a medal receiving hole (not shown) of the counting rotating plate 131 of the counting device 121 moves around the photosensor 133 along the guide path 132. pass. When the photo sensor 133 detects a medal, the photo sensor 133 transmits a medal detection signal to the magnetic sensor 134, thereby causing the magnetic sensor 134 to perform processing for determining the authenticity of the medal.

  If the photo sensor 133 does not detect a medal for a certain period of time, the control of the control unit 101 calibrates the magnetic sensor 134 with respect to the environmental temperature change in the counting hopper 103 and the like.

  The medal that has passed near the photosensor 133 passes through the hollow portion of the annular detection portion provided in the magnetic sensor 134. Then, the signal acquisition units 141 and 142 acquire the first magnetic signal and the second magnetic signal, respectively, using the voltage value measured by the voltage measuring device of the magnetic sensor 134 when the current flows through the coil. .

  Since the magnetic sensor 134 has a configuration in which the medal can pass through the hollow portion of the annular detection portion included in the magnetic sensor 134, it is possible to detect a voltage caused by a change in magnetic flux in all directions in a three-dimensional manner. Therefore, the magnetic sensor 134 can not only simply count the medals that have passed, but also acquire detailed information such as the material, outer diameter, and thickness of the medals. Generally, the peak intensity of a magnetic signal increases as the dielectric constant of the metal used for the medal increases. Moreover, the detection time length of a magnetic signal becomes large, so that the outer diameter of a medal is large. Further, the peak intensity of the magnetic signal increases as the medal thickness increases.

  The first magnetic signal and the second magnetic signal acquired by the signal acquisition units 141 and 142 are transmitted to the determination unit 143. The determination unit 143 determines the authenticity of the medal using the first magnetic signal and the second magnetic signal, and the third magnetic signal and the fourth magnetic signal of the usable medal stored in the determination unit 143 in advance. I do.

  The determination result by the determination unit 143 is transmitted to the sorting solenoid 135 and the counting unit 144. The determination result is that a medal that has passed the magnetic sensor 134 is a usable medal or an unusable medal. The distribution solenoid 135 does not move the restricting member 135a downward when receiving a determination result indicating that it is a usable medal from the determination unit 143. As a result, medals determined to be usable medals reach the back end of the guide passage 132 and are collected by the medal collection system via the downward guide member 12.

  On the other hand, the distribution solenoid 135 moves the restricting member 135a downward when receiving a determination result indicating that it is an unusable medal from the determination unit 143. As a result, medals determined as unusable medals fall from a part of the notch of the guide passage 132 and are collected in the collection box 137 without reaching the back end of the guide passage 132.

  The counting unit 144 counts the passing medals and transmits the total number of passing medals to the control unit 101 as a counting result. In addition, the counting unit 144 counts usable medals and unusable medals based on the determination result of the determining unit 143, and transmits the number of usable medals and the number of unusable medals to the host device as a counting result.

  When the number of unusable medals collected in the collection box 137 reaches a predetermined number, the counting hopper 103 can output an alarm from the game medium lending machine 1 via the control unit 101, for example. Even if the alarm is output when the height of the unusable medals stacked in the collection box 137 reaches a predetermined height using a height detection sensor that detects the height of the unusable medals stacked in the collection box 137. Good.

  The counting unit 144 can be set not to count passing medals. Further, it can be set not to count usable medals, and can be set not to count unusable medals. Therefore, the counting mode 144 has counting modes 1 to 7 (see Table 1). It should be noted that such setting of the presence / absence of various counts can be realized by instructing the counting unit 144 from the host device.

  By setting the counting unit 144 to count unusable medals (counting modes 1, 2, 3, and 5), it is possible to quickly and quantitatively grasp the cheating action of the player who uses the used additional medals. . In addition, the determination unit 143 uses the first magnetic signal and the second magnetic signal that specify two elements among the three elements of the material that characterizes the medal, the outer diameter, and the thickness. Identify original medals. Therefore, regardless of the types of medals that can be used in the game hall, the authenticity of medals can be determined with high accuracy.

  Therefore, the counting hopper 103 of this embodiment can appropriately manage the medals used in the game hall regardless of the types of medals that can be used in the gaming machine. It is possible to avoid the disadvantages given to the game hall operator. Specifically, even if it turns out that a predetermined number of unusable medals are included in a medal earned by a bona fide player who does not know the unusable medals, You can avoid the disadvantage of subtracting the number of acquisitions. Appropriate measures should be taken to eliminate management damage incurred by the amusement hall operators who cannot receive the rental fee for usable medals because unusable medals were brought in from other amusement halls. Can do.

  When the counting unit 144 (counting modes 1, 2, 3, and 5 are set) counts a predetermined number or more of unusable medals, the counting hopper 103 notifies that there is an unusable game medium. An instruction can be given to the notification device. The predetermined number may be a number that can be regarded as having been fraudulent, and may be, for example, five, but this predetermined number can be arbitrarily changed. The notification device may be provided in the game medium lending machine 1 and the game machine that are visible to the player, or may be installed in a game room management room that is not visible to the player. The notification mode of the notification device includes lighting of an alarm lamp, output of an alarm sound, and the like.

By setting the conditions for instructing the notification device as described above, when the number of unusable medals less than a predetermined number is mixed in the counting hopper 103, the notification device does not notify, so the notification is frequently notified. It is possible to easily confirm the presence of unusable medals while reducing the labor required for confirmation such as a game shop clerk.
The instruction to the notification device may be performed by the host device via the counting hopper 103.

  The counting hopper 103 can stop counting medals when the counting unit 144 (in which the counting modes 1, 2, 3, and 5 are set) counts a predetermined number or more of unusable medals. The predetermined number may be a number that can be regarded as having been fraudulent, and may be, for example, five, but this predetermined number can be arbitrarily changed.

By setting the conditions for canceling the medal counting as described above, if fewer than a predetermined number of unusable medals are mixed in the counting hopper 103, the medal counting is not stopped. The presence of unusable medals can be easily confirmed while reducing the confirmation labor of a game shop clerk and the like accompanying the suspension of the counting of the game.
Instead of canceling the medal counting, the game of the gaming machine may be stopped.

  Further, the counting hopper 103 of the present embodiment is configured so that the determination unit 143 does not pass the determination result of the authenticity determination of the medals, for example, via the control unit 101 of the game medium lending machine 1 or a host device such as a hall computer. Send directly to 135. Therefore, the unusable medals can be quickly and reliably distributed by the distribution solenoid 135. Specifically, the pace at which the player inserts the medal for counting from the counting medal tray 7 may be about 10 sheets / second at maximum, but the counting hopper 103 of the present embodiment has such a medal. The input pace can be followed.

  However, regarding the present invention, if the condition that the player's medal insertion pace can be tracked can be satisfied, the counting hopper 103 alone includes the signal acquisition units 141 and 142, the determination unit 143, and the counting unit 144. Not required. For example, at least one of the functional units such as the determination unit 143 and the counting unit 144 may be provided in a host device such as the control unit 101 of the game medium lending machine 1 or the control unit of the hall computer. In this case, the first magnetic signal and the second magnetic signal acquired by the signal acquisition units 141 and 142 of the magnetic sensor 134 are transmitted to a host device such as the control unit 101 of the game medium lending machine 1 or the control unit of the hall computer. The medal authenticity determination is executed. Thereafter, the determination result is transmitted from the control unit 101 of the game medium lending machine 1 or the control unit of the hall computer to the sorting solenoid 135 of the counting hopper 103. The host device may count passing medals, usable medals, and unusable medals according to the counting mode 1 to counting mode 7 and transmit the counting result to the counting hopper 103.

  The counting hopper 103 of the present embodiment constitutes the game medium identification device of the present invention. However, in the game medium identification device of the present invention, one device is a signal acquisition unit 141, 142, a determination unit 143, and a counting unit 144. And two or more devices may include a signal acquisition unit 141, 142, a determination unit 143, and a counting unit 144.

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In the present embodiment, three elements of the medal material, outer diameter, and thickness are taken as a plurality of elements characterizing the medal. However, the elements that characterize medals handled in this embodiment are not limited to the above. For example, the weight of medals may be used as the elements. Further, the number of elements necessary for identifying the medal according to the present embodiment may be two, or four or more.

  In this embodiment, the magnetic sensor 134 includes at least two types of magnetic signals, ie, a first magnetic signal acquired by the signal acquisition unit 141 and a second magnetic signal acquired by the signal acquisition unit 142. Identification of medals passing through the hollow portion of the annular detection portion is performed. However, the medal identification may be performed using three or more kinds of magnetic signals, and therefore, the medal identification may be performed using all or some of the elements that characterize the medal.

  Further, the counting hopper 103 of the present embodiment is configured such that a medal passes through a hollow portion of an annular detection portion provided in the magnetic sensor 134. However, if the magnetic sensor 134 can acquire the first magnetic signal and the second magnetic signal, it is essential that the detection portion of the magnetic sensor 134 is annular and that the medal passes through the hollow portion of the detection portion. It is also possible to configure so that the medal passes through the detection part of the magnetic sensor 134 instead of the invention specific matter. For example, the detection part of the magnetic sensor 134 may be U-shaped or C-shaped.

  The start timing of counting by the counting unit 144 can be arbitrarily set by, for example, transmission of a reset pulse from the host device. For example, a new count may be started each time a player who plays using an IC card is switched. It is also possible to continue counting from the start time to the end time of the game hall business.

  When the game medium identification device detects an unusable medal, information relating the use of the unusable medal to the time when the unusable medal is used may be managed. Thus, when it is detected that a large number of unusable medals have been used in a short time, it can be considered that there has been an illegal act. The information may be managed by associating the use of an unusable medal with an ID of a player who plays using an IC card.

  Further, referring to FIG. 1, the dispensing hopper 102 is disposed above the counting hopper 103. However, for example, the counting hopper 103 may be arranged above the dispensing hopper 102, and the arrangement of the dispensing hopper 102 and the counting hopper 103 may be reversed.

  Referring to FIG. 2, when a medal inserted from the counting medal tray 7 passes near the auto start sensor 11, a signal for detecting the medal is sent to the counting hopper 103, and the counting hopper 103 is started. However, the counting hopper 103 may be started by operating the button by using a button for starting the counting hopper 103 as an alternative to the auto start sensor 11. The button can be arranged on the outer surface of the game medium lending machine 1 or in the inside thereof, for example.

  In addition, referring to FIG. 2, the upper part of the counting device 121 is inclined so that the counting rotating disk 131, the guide passage 132, and the like advance downward in the depth direction. However, for example, the present invention can be applied even when the upper portion of the counting device 121 is horizontal.

  Of course, the present invention can be applied to a game medium using machine arranged in the game medium lending machine 1 that does not include the payout function / counting function combining member 50.

  The counting hopper 103 arranged in the game medium lending machine 1 shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 is one specific example of a game medium using machine that functions using a game medium. Other specific examples of the game medium using machine include a payout hopper 102 disposed in the game medium lending machine 1, a payout hopper disposed in the game machine, and a counter disposed in a counter such as a jet counter. There is a hopper. When the game medium using machine is a payout hopper arranged in the game machine, a magnetic sensor equivalent to the magnetic sensor 134 may be arranged at the payout port of the payout hopper. The game medium identification device of the present invention can also be applied to these specific examples.

A technique combining the techniques described in the present embodiment can be realized.
In addition, the shape and arrangement of the members constituting the apparatus of the present invention can be changed as appropriate.

1 Game media lending machine (notification device)
2 Body 3 Money slot 4 Nozzle 5 Nozzle body 6 Nozzle top 7 Counting medal tray (counting game medium tray)
11 Auto Start Sensor 12 Downward Guidance Member 50 Dispensing Function / Counting Function Combined Member 101 Control Unit
102 Dispensing hopper 103 Counting hopper 111 Counting device 112 Storage unit 113 Base member 121 Counting device 122 Storage unit 123 Base member 131 Counting turntable 132 Guide passage 133 Photo sensor 134 Magnetic sensor 135 Sorting solenoid 136 Dip switch (setting unit)
137 Collection box 141 Signal acquisition unit 142 Signal acquisition unit 143 Determination unit 144 Counting unit

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  1. A game medium identification device for identifying a game medium,
    A signal acquisition unit that acquires at least two or more magnetic signals for specifying different elements among a plurality of elements that characterize the game medium from the game medium that passes through the detection portion of the magnetic sensor;
    Using the at least two or more magnetic signals and at least two or more reference magnetic signals previously obtained from the usable gaming media for the different elements identified by the at least two or more magnetic signals, A determination unit for determining whether the game medium is usable or unusable;
    A counting unit for counting the unusable game media,
    A game medium identification device, wherein a photosensor that detects the game medium upstream of the magnetic sensor calibrates the magnetic sensor when the game medium is not detected for a certain period of time.
  2. A counting turntable for discharging the game medium toward the guide passage;
    In the upstream portion of the guide passage, the detection portion is provided,
    Of the game media released from the counting turntable, downstream of the detection portion in the guide passage, the usable game media are allowed to pass, and the unusable game media can be sorted and dropped. Has a cut-out partial area,
    And having a swinging fulcrum outside the upstream side of the guide passage, and having a regulating member projecting into the guide passage at a portion facing the notched partial region on the downstream side of the guide passage,
    When the usable game medium passes through the partial area, the restricting member is disposed at a position to be retracted from the guide passage,
    When the unusable game medium passes through the partial area, the restricting member is projected into the guide passage, and the unusable game medium passing through is dropped from the notched partial area. The game medium identification device according to claim 1, wherein
  3. The game medium identification device according to claim 2,
    A counting game medium tray unit in which a player throws in the game medium;
    A counting game medium path for guiding the game medium from the counting game medium tray to the game medium identification device;
    An auto-start sensor for detecting passage of the game medium in the counting game medium path;
    When the auto start sensor detects the passage of the game medium, a control unit that starts the game medium identification device;
    A game medium use machine comprising:
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