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The Interesting History Of Slot Games

Slot machines are probably the biggest earners for a casino in the current climate but how much do you really know about them? It would be easy to assume that slots are a fairly modern invention, relying on modern technology to make the come to life. It is fair to say that slots have greatly benefitted from technological progress in recent years but you may be surprised at just how far back the slots story goes. This is a game that has been around for far longer than most people would think or probably even care to imagine!

The first ever mechanical slot machine can be traced all the back to 1895! The machine was called the Liberty Bell and was invented by Charles Fey, a car mechanic of San Francisco. The Liberty Bell slot machine had three separate spinning reels in it. On each reel, hearts, spades and diamonds were painted on and there was also the image of a cracked liberty bell. The biggest payoff possible at the time was for achieving three Liberty Bells in a row and the payoff amounted to fifty cents! It is still possible to see this machine today as it is on permanent display at the Liberty Bell Saloon and Restaurant.

Word quickly spread about the popularity of this game and Fey was soon making other slots. Other Fey slots include the Draw Power, The Three Spinde and the Klondike. It is also true that in 1901, Charles Fey created the first draw poker machine. After making these additional games, Fey would rent them to bar and saloon owners, splitting the money with them 50/50. As you would expect, bar owners everywhere wanted in on the action and it was impossible for Fey to keep up with demand. A number of gambling supply manufacturers tried to buy the distribution and manufacturing rights from Fey but he always refused.

In 1907, a knock-off of the Liberty Bell was created by Herbert Mills, who called his machine the Operator Bell. Mills machine was notable because it introduced fruit symbols to the world of slots with cherries, plums and lemons all featuring on the machine.

Slow progress was made in the intervening years with new variations and styles of slots being created but the next major step-on occurred in 1975 when the first electric slot machine was created. The Fortune Coin Company was responsible for this machine and again, it transformed the games that people know and love today. The slot machine is perhaps the iconic game of the casino, requiring no real level of skill to play the games, which would invariably be available at a low price. Even with the advent of computer technology creating further advances in slot machines, there are many players who prefer to seek out the slot machines that they know and love.