The Casino slot machine is a fascinating device. In today’s casinos this game alone makes up over 60%-70% of the casino’s total revenue. No doubt it is the most popular game, enjoyed by men and women of all ages, backgrounds and social status. Back in the day, some say that the slot machine was introduced to casinos as an easy game for women to enjoy and keep busy while they’re husbands and boyfriends took part in other casino games. Obviously things have changed and the slot machine has surpassed many expectations.

Slot machines first appeared in the late 1800’s in San Francisco and where a long way from the machines that we see today. These early slot machines had card numbers instead of the fruit symbols that are common today. At the start the card symbols were used so that gamblers had a familiar reference for the machines and didn’t see them as something that was “new and frightening”. These machines didn’t pay out money, but prizes of free drinks and cigars were given to winning players. In 1899, Charles Fey produced the first slot machine that resembled the machines that we know today. This machine was called “The Liberty Bell” and featured three reels with various symbols, including a cracked Liberty Bell as the major symbol. This machine had the new parts of a coin acceptor, a payout table and a large handle on the side. Charles placed his first machine in a San Francisco saloon to see how the public would react to this new technology. The machine caused such a sensation that Charles quit his job and focused solely on his new invention. Because of this, Charles Fey basically monopolized the slot machine market and became very successful. With the rise of these machines, slot machines spread rapidly and soon became the icon that they are today.

All this changed in 1964 with the introduction of the first slot machines that used electronic micro-processors to determine the outcome of the games. As well as making the machines more secure, the introduction of electronic slot machines also meant that operators could offer larger prizes and jackpots on the machines thanks to the increased ability to have the reels stop where they were determined to stop.

From here, the next step for slot machines came fast. The first video slot was introduced 1975 by Walt Fraley in Las Vegas. The first video slot, named Fortune Coin, was very simple machine, which had only three components, such as a solid state logic assembly, a television set and a hopper. Video slots were not well accepted in the market. Players doubted if they were able to hit a prize truly because they could not see any actual spinning reels on the video slots. It was not until 1980’s when video poker machines became popular, that those video machines penetrated the market.

From then till now, the humble three-reeled slot machine has grown to machines of 3, 5, 7, 9 and even more reels, with huge variations on symbols, pay lines, jackpots, bet sizes and even extra side games. From video slots, the logical jump was made to add slot machines to online casinos, and this has meant that the 100 years of research and development has been put into each and every slot machine that you find at online casinos today.

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