Slots history begins in the year 1881. This marks the invention of the slot machines. These beloved machines were invented by Pitt and Sittman. There were give drum hands, which would collectively reveal poker hands. There was no payback mechanism in the slot machine at this time, so the individuals and organizations that purchased the machines gave out prizes of their own. In many instances, these organizations gave out free drinks to the slot machine winners. It would not be for another hundred years that slot machines would find their way onto the World Wide Web. While the machines were originally popular in the United States, where they were created, they eventually gained worldwide appeal.
Charles Fey created the Liberty Bell, the first of the more traditional slot machines. Fey created the machine in his basement. It was not until years later that the machines gained wide success. This occurred after the machines were put in the Flamingo Hilton on the Las Vegas, Nevada strip. These first slot machines weighed in excess of one hundred pounds. Made of cast iron, these original machines lacked the fruit symbols that have come to be associated with the game of slots. Original slots machines featured symbols of stars, horseshoes, playing card suits, diamonds and spades. The Liberty Bell by Fey paid out fifty cents to the winners, which was a substantial amount in its day and time.
Later, Fey created the Operator Bell Slot Machine. This machine features the famous fruit symbols known for use in slot machines. Eventually, it is this machine which would become the standard for aesthetics of slot machines. However, the slot machine's history was forever changed when anti-slot machines sentiments began to develop. The machines were banned in San Francisco and, later, in the state of California in the years 1909 and 1911, respectively. In 1910, they were banned in the state of Nevada. Eventually, these bans were repealed.
As these anti-slot machine sentiments grew, Fey attempted to redesign the slot machine. As a result, these machines were designed in order to work in the same way that vending machines do. Later, owners of vending machines would come to despise slot machines as users of such machines often became confused between the two.
Slot machines became mass produced after the Bell-Fruit Gum Company got their hands on a machine. It was rumored that the company stole a slot machine from Fey. Gum was dispensed from the machines every time the handle was pulled. This was done in order to cover up the gambling nature of the slot machine. The BAR symbol comes from the company's attempt to creatively market the gum that they sold.
By the 1930's, many politicians were expected to be anti-gambling. Specifically, it was chic to be anti-slot machines. Politicians made grand gestures to show how against gambling and slot machines they were.
In the early 1960's, slot machines evolved and became electric. These machines were considered to be much more secure and more difficult to cheat. These types of slot machines were much more widespread in casinos and seen by fewer and fewer as simple novelty items. Gamblers were falling in love with the electric bells and motorized coin hoppers. During the next decade, slot machines began using microchips. In addition to microchips, random number generators were utilized in order to create the combinations of the spin of the wheels.
Today, slot machines account for between seventy and eighty percent of all revenue generated by casinos. This illustrates the fact that players are comfortable spending a great deal of money on this particular gambling game. Today, the slot machines are entirely electronic and the antiquated mechanical machines are no longer utilized. While there are many different types of slot machines, the premise and general design is the same among all of them.