1: History of Slot Machines

Fey's liberty bell slot machine (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons User Nazox)

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Although the technology of today’s slot machines are quite impressive, slots have actually been around for over a century.

It all began in the 1890’s…when a man named Charles Fey from San Francisco, CA conceived of a poker machine with an automatic payout mechanism.

However, poker was very complex. With so many ways to win in a game of poker, it was nearly impossible to make a machine capable of creating an automatic payout for all the winning combinations.

Instead, Fey devised a machine with three spinning reels. They contained a total of five symbols, including horseshoes, diamonds, spades, hearts, and a Liberty Bell (which also gave the machine its name).

By replacing ten cards with five symbols and using three reels instead of five drums, the complexity of reading a win was considerably reduced, allowing Fey to devise an effective automatic payout mechanism.

Three bells in a row produced the biggest payoff, which was only ten nickels….

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Lotsa Slots – How To Play Slots


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The flashing lights, the dinging sounds of the spins, the consistent wins, and the excitement of hearing tokens pour down when you hit a jackpot are quintessential to the excitement and fun of a casino atmosphere!

Yes, you guessed it, we’re talking about slot machines!

The sights and sounds of the slots are practically synonymous with the word “casino”. In fact, what would a casino be without slot machines?

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