Slot machines – a short story

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Since the advent of the first official slot machine in 1895 that gave out a maximum 50 cent payout, many things have changed. Charles Fey’s machine was inspired by the classic and already well-established Poker game and donned the regular spades, and hearts along with a horseshoe and bell symbols. The machine had 3 reels and gave out payouts for winning combos automatically.

Sittman and Pitt followed with a new slot machine that is the predecessor of modern day slots games, at least with regard to their overall look. Called the “one-armed bandit”, poker machines, slots, and even pokies in Australia, this machine became insanely popular throughout the nation. Players would get paid according to the poker hand they would hold.

Back then, these machines were not exactly legally regulated and they used to pay quite unconventional rewards to players. Depending on what bar you liked to frequent, you could receive prizes in the form of cigarettes, free beer, and even food. The 10 of Spades and Jack of Hearts were two cards not included in this combination so that the house edge would increase and make it harder for the players to get a Royal Flush.

Again the industry was revolutionized when in 1907 Herbert Mills invented the Operator Bell, also known as the “Liberty Bell” and every cigar store, salon, and bowling alley from east to west acquired one of these new gambling machines. The Money Honey, with an inspiring name, was the first electromechanical slot machine to be introduced on the market by Bally.

This particular machine helped start the revolution on electronic gambling. By the time the 1990s came around the bend, multiple pay lines machines were already being produced and players got to gather payouts from more than one line per winning spin. And, with the advent of the online gambling market, slot games were the first to be converted into virtual gambling games.

Online slots are all the rave today and for this reason, we’ve included the playing rules in this article.

Unlike land-based casinos, online slots have a bit of a different flow of play. First, you must choose the game and then the wager, and you have three options when it comes to the classical or multiple pay line online video slot game:

  • Activate a certain number of active lines by placing your bet on them.
  • Modify the number of coins that you want to wager and according to which you will then get rewarded.
  • Place a wager on different coin-sized on each line you want active. The total of all coins will represent your bet.

When you are done with the wagering ritual, you can start the game by clicking the Spin button. The placement of this button varies but it is always on your control line with other important buttons.

It is just as easy to play online slots as it is to play the real machines on the casino floor. Big differences in payout and environment exist, though. The biggest advantage of online slot games is that you can play them from the comfort of your home and even on a mobile device, saving you the trouble of spending money to travel to the nearest casino that in some cases is not so close to home.

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