Since the day, when slots were introduced by Charles Feem in San Francisco, the history of slot machine development has undergone many changes, from one-armed bandit to the modern form of slot games – online slots. Read on to learn more about the slots history.
Slot machines were developed by an auto mechanic, Charles Feem from San Francisco (California, USA) in the late 19th century. The machine had three spinning drums, each of which depicted five characters: horseshoe, diamonds, spades, hearts and a cracked Liberty Bell (Liberty Bell). When all the three of the same symbols on the reel’s match after rotation, the player received a prize as determined by the owner of the machine. Feem designed these slot machines in his small shop, and offered them to local business people, if they agreed to share profits with him as 50-50. Slot machines called Liberty Bell had a huge success and laid the foundation for the development of mechanical industry of games.
In 1891, the first device in the history of slots was created by Pete and Sitman in New York. They presented their pride with a 5-reel, which showed hands in poker. Automatic with a high degree of certainty would make a profit, thanks to the popularity of this board game. And, indeed, the slot became a real hit among gamblers, especially in New York. It was even difficult to find a bar in a town where there was not at least a similar slot machine. But unlike machines by Feem, the slots by Sitman and Pete were not the mechanism for issuing money.
In 1963, Bally Technologies developed the first ever slot machine which is fully electronic – Money Honey. While in earlier machines, such as high poker hand, electronics is used only partially. Money Honey became the first slot machines with automatic payments, eliminating the need for a special assistant. The popularity of slot machines increased the number of games with electronic control. In the early 70s the lever button changed, which was added by slot machines by Zacharias Anthony. This allowed the player to stop each reel individually. This innovation brought an element of skill to the game: it was necessary to stop the drum in time. The first video slots appeared in 1996, and the first bonus round was proposed by WMS Industries. This gaming machine permit to change the screen to get different mini-games, where you can win extra money. Now, with the advent of online slots casinos, practically the ancient history of slot machines remained. Now online game burst into the homes of millions of people around the world.