From one-armed bandits to slot machines, the name has changed but the concept has remained the same. Today they are more commonly known as slots, but in classic casinos they have many names. These machines have been popular among casino players across the world for many years. But where did these devices originate?
The world’s first slot machine saw the light of day in 1891 and was invented by Sittman and Pitt of Brooklyn, New York. This invention had the ability to display 50 card images on the reels. Players inserted a nickel coin and pulled a level to play. They soon proved very popular and many bars across the city adopted them.
As technology has greatly developed over the past decade or so, slots are a much greater attraction and more easily available.
Eight years after the inaugural invention, in 1899, Charles Fey built a machine with three reels with five symbols on each. This machine is remarkably similar to today’s devices. The symbols on Fey’s machine included horseshoes, diamonds, spades and hearts, but it was the Liberty Bell that provided the biggest prize.
However, gambling for money was banned in many American States, so the payment would be food prizes instead to avoid laws against gambling.
By 1920, wooden slot machines were commonly used across the United States, but it wouldn’t be until 1963 that they came to Europe. Bally Manufacturing developed the first electromechanical automatic gaming machine and the