Slot machines - An ever-growing giant

Published on September 13, 2016 in Industry News

Casino slot machinesSlot machines have been a favourite among gamblers since day one. Over the years, slot machines have gotten bigger and better and in the online casino world and this meant higher jackpots, more pay lines, and more unique designs for symbols as well as exciting bonus features. It is always good to read up on a bit of history of your beloved online slots and video slots just to see how it all began.

"The first slot machine was invented in San Francisco
in 1895 by a car mechanic named Charles Fey."

This slot machine is the grandfather of all slot machines and was called Liberty Bell. The slot came with three spinning reels that were covered in diamond, spade, and heart symbols. The highest paying symbol was of course the cracked Liberty Bell and if you managed to get three in a row you’d hit the jackpot. It is almost impossible to imagine that the payout of this jackpot was a mere 50 cents. 

The moment you walk onto a casino floor you’ll find rows and rows of slot machines with their lights flashing brightly and pulling you closer. Slot machines have always been considered one of the simplest forms of gambling in a casino as there is very little skill attached to it. All you have to do is sit down, put your money in the machine, and pull the handle or press the button thereafter it will be revealed if you won or lost.

New slot machines

When more and more casinos started popping up, the need to improve the user experience began rising. One of the main goals for any casino, whether land-based or online, is to keep players entertained and to create slots and casino games that are unique to them. This resulted in better graphics, 3D games, animations and exciting bonus features that increases the winning potential.

At first, many slot machine ideas came from board games such as Monopoly and then later on moved to popular games and iconic films and even Superheroes from DC and Marvel Comics. Thanks to the increasing sophistication of technology, developers are able to present players with high-quality interactive slots. Some video slots even include movie clips and video game elements. A few casinos are already working on creating a Virtual Reality element for their online slots. One of these days you might just get the chance to live out your favourite movie or games from the comfort of your home.