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 The History Of Slot Machines
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In Las Vegas and elsewhere, a slot machine is considered the most popular casino game. In fact, slot machines contribute to about 70% of the total income of the casino per night. The popularity of the slot machines is partly because of the jackpot prizes which tend to progress by the year. Some of the most sophisticated prizes of slot machines are cars and a million dollar. Slot machines have a colorful history.

It was in 1887 when Charles Fey invented the very first slot machine called the ‘Liberty Bell’ in San Francisco, California. The slot machine was actually invented because of poker. During that time, making an automatic payout was highly impossible since poker machines usually contain endless hands list. The slot machine was able to address the limitations of the poker machine. Fey created a simpler machine specifically in terms of the design. Instead of paying money out for each hand that a player dealt, this machine had 3 spinning reels. Each reel contained 5 symbols which when the symbol aligned on specific pay line, the jackpot can be paid out. Such simplicity of which was previously considered as the new poker machine was the reason for the popularity that the game was experiencing today. Of course, this is along with the high prizes that the player can won. The Liberty Bell paid about 10 nickels when the player won 3 liberty bells in one row.

The Liberty Bell, which is the classic game, became so popular that other manufacturers created their own machine versions. Sittman and Pitt created a machine with 5 drums and with 50 card faces in total in 1891 based on the machined used in poker. This game also became popular during that time. Herbert Mils created the ‘Operator Bell’ in 1907 in Chicago. Operator Bells were placed on different places across America where traffic is high including bowling alleys, bars and stores.

These games, while they proved to be extremely popular, imposed different challenges on the owners since the prizes can be easily won. This was a challenge because payouts were limited. For instance, the machine with 3 spinning reels with 10 symbols can yield to about 1/1000 winning chance. This effectively limited the chance of winning the jackpot prize. Such a problem was fully overcome in the year 1963 when the very first electromechanical machine was invented. This machine, which contains weighted symbols, was called the ‘Money Honey’. Money Honey was equipped with microprocessors which basically limit the frequency of aligning winning symbols on the pay line. Such a device reduced the possibilities of winning, allowing the casinos to increase the jackpot prizes in massive proportions as the profits they incur from slot machines were increased as well.

Today, slot machines can be also played online. To replicate the sophistication of jackpot prizes in live casinos, online casino operators offer special bonus rounds like the ‘Cascade’ and the ‘Hold n Spin’. These games are an addition to basic online slots plays such as video slots, interactive slots and multiple pay line.






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