History of Slot Machines
Way back in 1887 the slot
machine was invented by Charles Fey in San Francisco.
While there were other coin
operated games, Fey's invention was the first to pay out in coins.
The earlier machines which were poker based games typically paid out
in cigars or free drinks.
The slot machines that Charles
Fey created consisted of three reels. Each of these three reels then
had ten symbols printed on them. The symbols were horseshoes,
spades, diamonds, hearts and bells. If you got three bells then you
hit the jackpot which was ten nickels.
In 1907 Charles Fey along with
the Mills Novelty company introduced a machine called "Operators
Bell". This machine consisted of three reels that had 20 different
symbols on each reel. The symbols were changed to fruit symbols.
Over 30,000 of these machines were produced.
The popularity of slot
machines increased greatly and was no doubt helped by Bugsy Siegal
who installed several slot machines in his Las Vegas Casino, the
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By the 1950's slot machines
were in every Las Vegas casino. The next big evolution in technology
came in 1964 when the first electromechanical slot machine was
introduced by Bally. These slot machines were an instant success
thanks to their ability to give higher payouts. From there slot
machines began to incorporate sound, lights and many different
themes. Today you will instantly recognize these themes such as
Wheel of Fortune and the Addams Family.
The next big leap in
technology for slot machines came in the 1970's when electronic,
microchip controlled slot machines where introduced. These slot
machines used random number generators, commonly referred to as an 'RNG'
to produce the combination of spinning reels.
Finally, in 1995 slot machines
appeared online. Online slot machines have become wildly popular
thanks to the variety of machines, denominations and game themes. In
addition to finding reel slots online you will also find multi-line
slots which offer more than one pay-line.