The very first slot machine was invented by Charles Fey in San Francisco, California in 1895. Fey wanted to create a machine that paid out when a winning combination emerged from random variables, as with winning hands in poker. There were too many ways to win in poker and he could not fit five drums into his machine design, so he settled for five symbols and three reels. The original symbols included horseshoes, diamonds, spades, hearts and the liberty bell.
Bally Manufacturing made the first electromechanical slot machine in 1963 called Money Honey. The technology behind the game had been tested before with other gambling machines, and allowed Money Honey to function without an attendant. The game was very popular with players and represented the first step into fully automated gambling.
A Trip to Vegas
In 1976 the first video slot was developed by Fortune Coin Co. in Las Vegas. When the prototype proved worthy, the first video slot machines went on trial in the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. They were modified slightly to prevent cheating and were eventually approved by the Nevada State Gaming Commission. These games proved extremely popular on the Las Vegas Strip.
As technological advances and the demand for slot machines continue to climb, we find ourselves inundated with hundreds upon hundreds of games. Whether you’re playing online or in a pub, you’re sure to experience some of features innovated by Fey all those years ago. The spin button replaces the lever that once gave the machines their moniker, the “one-armed bandit” (and Dr. Octavius “the eight-armed bandit” Sloctopus his nickname).
The most popular online slot games have a theme, a bonus round, a high number of pay-lines and progressive jackpots. With the likes of Playtech, Sheriff Gaming, Microgaming, Net Entertainment and Cryptologic busily crafting new and exciting games, there truly is a slot for everyone.
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