The History of Slot Machines


Slot machines have an extensive and exceptional history behind its existence to boast about apart from being popular casino gambling devices and also an exclusive work of innovation and imagination.

The Sittman and Pitt Company of Brooklyn, New York was the first company to develop the first prototype for a gambling machine. This was actually a type of video poker which contained five drums along with 50 card faces that spin. It was played by paying a nickel as the game price and what had to be done was to score a winning poker. The chances of winning a Royal Flush in these games were almost half since these machines had no Jack of Hearts or even the Spades’ ten and the outcome was always in favor of the house. The bar owner was the one who was responsible for distributing the prizes and there was no other method of handing over the prizes. Sometimes a cigar, a bottle of beer or sometimes even cash was given as prize.

In 1895, the first slot machine was invented by Charles Fey of San Francisco, California and was called The Liberty Bell. It comprised three spinning reels, and a Liberty Bell, diamonds, hearts, spades and horseshoes as the five symbols. The highest payoff given by these bells was that of ten nickels. This invention marked the beginning of casinos.

The reason behind finding pictures of fruits like cherries, lemons and strawberries painted on recent slot machine was that a slot machine had been once used that distributed fruit flavored chewing gum instead of money. 1950s brought in character slots with Frank Poll craving statues of 92 life size cowboys and characters with Indian origin. The torso was replaced by the slot machines, and is till date preserved as antiques.

The first electromechanical slot machine was developed by Bally in 1964 and named Money Honey. This laid the pathway to modern day slot machines and brought with it the concept of casinos.

Places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City are marked as the favorite destinations for different types of slot games. The machines used here ranges from 5 card drawing systems right up to ones in which a hundred hands can be drawn all at once. Both online and offline slots are have also been made available. Although the basic play system of all the slot machines are nearly the same, variations in modernization and design have been made available. More lucrative and attracting machines are being made by introducing high technological developments and faster and easier gadgets. Various Hollywood themes and popular card game themes are also being included to popularize these machines and attract people to bet more on their favorites. And hence make the game even more competitive and enjoyable.

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