The history of the slot machines unlike classic casino games and card games as poker is quite short. The predecessors of the slot machines appeared in 1870s.
Charles Fey, “father of the slot machines” invented his first machine in 1894. This first model has stood the test of time and you can see it in the gambling parlors even now. The reels initially depicted cards, later followed by pictures of fruit. The bell rings every time you win as it used to be one hundred years ago.
The history of the machines may be divided into three periods.
The first period – mechanical slot machine.
Charles Fey was the king of the period thanks to the MEGAGAME invention of three-reel slots. The most popular slot machine of that time was cast-iron Liberty Bell.
Each of the three reels displayed ten symbols. If the player got three identical symbols, he had hit the jackpot. The chance to win a jackpot was one of a thousand. The sum of payments of the invested money in the Fey machines equaled to 50%.
When the gambling was banned, design of the slots was changed. The sums of the prizes were replaced with the pictures of the chewing gum packages, and different tastes were depicted as a respective fruit. The amounts of jackpot was also increasing along with the popularity of the machines. In order to increase jackpots additional reels were built into the machines. The slots got larger and their internal design was constantly changing.
The second period – electro mechanical slot machine.