How Slot Machines Have Endured Over 100 Years

It’s difficult not to be thrilled by the tenacity of a small yet amazing slot machine. Since the very beginning of casino gaming, slots have been one of the most important games affecting the entire industry. Nowadays, slots continue to attract more gamblers and create more money than any other casino games for the entire businesses.

In the past, the first slot machines being introduced to the public was from the factory of the New York-based Sittman and Pitt company in 1891. The game used to ran on rudimentary machine which look like a video poker game today. Nothing similar to the kinds of pokies that are available on the market right now, but the game has definitely pave the way for an outright revolution.

That first poker game dealt 50 cards to five drums where players bet a nickel each round hoping of winning when a poker hand lined up. There were no Jack of Spades or Jack of Hearts, to give the edge to the casino operators. Payouts were cigarettes or free beverages at the bar or even candy or bubble gum for lining up a winning combination but no such thing as a cash prize was given. 

The Origins of the Slot Machine Bell Symbol

You may have wondered why almost every slot machine has a bell, it’s actually a very interesting story. The bell symbol went all the way back to a machine Charles Fey developed at the end of the 19th century, which allowed players to automatically pay money. It replaced the drum by reels and included five symbols: hearts, diamonds, horseshoes, spades and the bell symbol.

The biggest payout was the one with three bells which based on the famous Liberty Bell that Fey named after. Unfortunately, despite the gaming machine’s famous reputation, he never bothered to request for a patent and as the result his designs were imitated by other slot machine manufacturers that came after.

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