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Slots History

Practically anyone who visits a casino is familiar with slot machines. Unlike other casino games, Slots does not require one to formulate strategies or know complicated rules in order to play. Granted, this is a game of chance, but its mere simplicity and ease of use accounts for the fact that so many people play this game.

It was in 1891 that the first slot machines were designed, courtesy of Sittmann and Pitt. These slot machines did not have a payback mechanism, so those who had these machines usually just gave out free drinks as prizes. In 1985, Charles Fey, an American, invented his own slot machine, one that is deemed to be the prototype of modern slot machines. Charles Fey then collaborated with Mills Novelty Company, which then produced the "Mills Liberty Bell". These slot machines had cast iron cases and had 3 spinning reels that featured symbols such as hearts, diamonds, horseshoes, spades, and the Liberty Bell. If the person playing the game happened to hit three similar symbols in a row, the person would win the jackpot prize.

In 1915, though, Mills replaced the cast iron slot machines with ones that were made with wood. During the 1930s, these machines underwent some changes again. In the late 1940s, these machines became even more popular in Las Vegas because Bugsy Siegel acquired hundreds of them and places them in Flamingo Hilton. He did this so that girlfriends and wives of high-rollers can play the games and be entertained by them. It’s interesting to note that nowadays, many high-rollers are Slots players.

Bally Manufacturing took the step of further developing these slot machines by making electro-mechanical slot machines in 1964, which they called ‘Money Honey’. These machines were the first to deviate from Charles Fey’s earliest invention. These new machines were not made of levers and springs, but rather of electrical components. These machines also enabled players to play using multiple coins and they can win bigger prizes. Since these slot machines also featured flashing lights and exciting sounds, they increasingly became popular to more people.

In the 1970s, Bally Manufacturing created dollar Slot machines that casinos then arranged in carousels. These machines offered even bigger jackpots. During the mid 1990s, people did not even need to have coins in order to play this game since there were slot machines that were able to take bills. This gave people more time to play the game. During the late 1990s, slot machines that had bonus rounds were introduced. This made people stick around in the hopes of winning the bonus jackpot. Nowadays, this game can even be found on the Internet. With a computer and a good Internet connection, people can now play this game even if they are just in the comforts of their own homes.

Even though Slots is still considered by some as a secondary gambling game in casinos, there are more and more people who prefer to play this particular game. In fact, these machines earn the most revenue for casinos, accounting to around 60 to 65 per cent of a casino’s profits.