|The History Of Slot Machines|
machines are responsible for hauling in the biggest revenue for casinos
in the USA. This wasn't always the way it worked. Slots was considered a
game that most of the wives would play, as their husbands or boyfriends
played with the real games in the casino. |
The slot machine is more modern than most games that you would find at a
casino. The very first slot machine was invented by Charles Fay in
1887. Many argue about the actual year it was created, but its
considered to have been invented sometime between 1880 and 1890. Fey was
of German ancestry and immigrated to America in his younger years. He
settled in New Jersey to start with. In Germany, he had learned many
skills that would become very useful when he would finally design the
The slot machine almost never happened due to a serious illness that Fey
suffered. Doctors didn't think he would recover and estimated that he
had less than a year to live. Fey was fortunate enough to beat the
illness and live on long enough to begin the creation of his project in
The result was a creation known as Liberty Bell. The creation was
hand-built in his garage and featured 3 arrows, hearts, diamonds,
spades, bells and horse shoes, followed by stars. Not only was Fey an
inventor, but he also was an entrepreneur too. Fey soon realized that
his invention could be incredibly lucrative if he knew how to market the
machines properly. He set out to rent the machines to many gambling
outlets in the nearby state.
A common nickname for the machine is "armed bandit". When players
inserted a nickel into the machine they would then have to pull on a
large metal arm to get the reels to spin. Bandit was used in the name
because casino managers would modify the machine so that the system
could not be cheated. This allowed the casino to also enjoy its lush
earnings. Gambling laws would follow shortly.
Fey partnered with the Mills company in 1907. The company and Fey
created some top notch designs, like double jackpots and other themed
machines. Regardless of how the machine was created, it still involved
pulling a large arm to get the reels to spin.
In 1910, gambling laws made it much more difficult for gamblers to play
games. Demand for the slot machines dropped considerably. To keep the
money flowing, some companies attempted to customize the machines to
spit out gum instead of money. This wasn't very popular, and the games
ceased to function for a while.
A common misconception is that Bugsy Seigel made the slots machines
popular in the late 1940's when he decided to install these machines in
his Flamingo Hilton hotel. He did this to attempt to provide a form of
entertainment to the wives and girlfriends of all the high rollers.
Other evidence has shown that Harolds club in Nevada was the very first
place to install them instead.
As the years progressed, so did the customization and upgrades for the
slot machine. In the 20th century, the slots machine became more
electrical themed. Big Berther was created during this time period. Big
Berther cost over $150, 000 to develop, and this machine would
function by an electric motor. The chances of a player winning a jackpot
was very slim. About a 1 in 25.6 billion was possible.
Today, most of the machines are very technical and advanced. Winnings
can be generated based on numbers that are generated. Many of the
machines today now include 5 reels and have various combinations that
make it possible to win.
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