These days, slot machines are played on physically or online all over the world in their millions. Due to their simplistic but fun play mechanic and good pay outs, their popularity has soared in recent decades, with slot machines even cropping up in places like local pubs or eateries. Today’s slot machines have come a long way from the original one armed bandits that gave gum for prizes. Today slots players can choose from a range of virtual online slots and huge progressive jackpot wins are possible.
So, where did it all begin?
The history of slot machines
According to CCasinoc.com, ‘The first slot machine was invented by Charles Fey in San Francisco California U.S. in 1887. Many, however, believe that Charles Fey completed the first slot machine in 1895. The original machine was of course much simpler mechanism. It consisted of three spinning reels containing a total of five symbols, Horseshoes, diamonds, spades, hearts and a bell (Liberty Bell), from which this machine took its name. By replacing ten cards with five symbols with three reels instead of five drums, the complexity of reading a winning result was significantly reduced, allowing Fey to develop an effective mechanism of automatic payment’.
The machine greatly evolved from there, with simpler versions soon being created, then later followed by digital versions and online versions too.
The different types of slot machines
There are 4 main types of slot machines that are most commonly found:
• Classic slots: Generally, these slot machines have only 3 reels and 1-5 paylines. They usually have only one bonus feature.
• Fruit machines: These involve fruit symbols which require a winning combination match to hit the jackpot.
• Video slots: Usually, slots of this type have animated winning combos and bonuses.
• 3D slots: These machines have 3D graphics to catapult players into the game, using special effects.
Taking slot machines to the world of online gambling
Slot machines are one of the most popular games in online casinos. For online slots players, the same type of atmosphere can be recreated but in the comfort of your own home. Casinos can reach a wider base of slots players online and with video slot machines and online slot machines the only limits to the design and game play is the developer’s imagination and software providers are constantly pushing the boundaries to produce the most exciting, fun and original slot machines.