The History of Casino Slots

Slot games have been popular in casinos all over the world for more than a hundred years. Nowadays, you can enjoy spinning the reels in the comfort of your home, at any time. Casino.com offers a wide selection of fast, fun slot games. Get playing now for your chance to be a winner!

The Origin of Casino Slot Games

It is believed that the first slot game was invented in 1895 by Charles Fey, a San Francisco-born car mechanic. The machine comprised of three reels, featuring five different symbols (hearts, diamonds, spades, horseshoes and the Liberty Bell, for which the game was named).

To play, a nickel (5¢) was inserted and players would pull a lever to spin the reels. Three Liberty Bell symbols in a row was the highest possible payout, of ten nickels.

Slot Machines Hit the Casinos

Once Charles Fey’s invention had made it into the local bars and saloons, the demand for them grew quickly. But with no help and only a small shop to work in, he simply couldn’t keep up with demand. Soon casino games manufacturers started to boom and were desperate to get their hands on the rights to the manufacture and distribute the Liberty Bell, but Fey refused to sell them.

In 1907, a manufacturer of arcade games from Chicago built and sold their own version of Fey’s slot machine called the Bell Operator. Instead of hearts, diamonds, spades, horseshoes and the Liberty Bell symbols, the reels featured images of fruits such as cherries, plums and lemons. This is where the name "fruit machine" came from.

By 1963 the slot machine had changed dramatically, both in the way it looked and how it functioned. The first machine to make the jump to electronic operation from mechanical was Bally's more sophisticated machine called Money Honey. Soon, people across the globe were able to play their favourite casino games, such as roulette and poker, at the touch of a button.

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