A Brief History of Slot Machines

Although they have been generating a lot of attention as of late – slot games have been around for quite some time.  The first slot game was called the Liberty Bell and consisted only of 3 reels and 5 different symbols way back in 1895 by Charles Fey.  This game became so popular that it was duplicated everywhere until Sitman and Pitt made their foray into the world of slots.

Design of Slots

There is no doubt that slots have evolved over the years – and Sitman and Pitt made the first move into more slightly modern machines.  These were based loosely on poker and had 50 card faces and 5 drums.  Players inserted cash into the slot and tried to make a good poker hand.  The prizes where most likely beer or cigars at that point.

There were also the one-armed bandit slot machines that were developed by Wookey Hole Caves which had the popular fruit symbols that you will still find on slots to this day.  Bally were the ones who produced the first electromechanical slot game which was called Money Honey, and was the first slot that allowed bets to be manipulated. 

These days you will find that there are advanced features, fantastic graphics, free spins, bonus rounds and lots more.  You will also find different variations of the games – such as Video Slots on sites like Rocket Bingo where you can enjoy a hybrid of bingo and slot games.

Tips for Slot Machines

If you are looking to land the biggest pay outs you are always best to place the maximum bet on slot games.  If you like the laid back approach, it’s also a good idea to use the auto play function as the reels will then spin themselves.  Be warned though, as it means you tend to go through your money pretty quickly. 

Psychology of Slots Players

There was a bit of caution from slot players when there was the transition to go online as the immediate thought was that the computer could cheat players.  That’s why slots and bingo brands have made sure to put the RTP (return to player) figures on the site so that you can get an idea as to how often the slot will play out.  As with anything though, slots should be enjoyed in moderation, make sure you set yourself betting limits.