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The History Of Slot Machines

The first slot machine was invented in the year 1895 by a man named Charles Fey. Ever since that point in time, slot machines have grown to become arguably the most popular casino game in the world. They are certainly one of the biggest earning casino games and fill the floors of most land casinos. Slot machines roughly generate over 80% of a land casinos total income.

Slot machines have earned the nickname one-armed bandits because early models were operated by use of a lever. It's only the more recent slot machines that operate by the use of buttons and sophisticated electronics. The reference to bandits comes from the ability of slot machines to leave a player broke and penniless.

Electromechanical slot machines began to emerge in the 1960s. These slot machines were much harder to cheat than the early mechanical versions. The first electromechanical slot machine was called the "Money Honey". This machine had flashing lights and played sounds whenever a jackpot was won.

The 1970s brought about even more developments in the world of slot machines with video slot machines. Slots were now displayed on a screen and fully operated by a computer.

The 1980s saw random number generators incorporated into slot machines to make spins and results more random and unpredictable.

Today there are many types of slot machines with advanced graphics, sounds, and state of the art technology. Slot machines are no longer limited to just land casinos, and can now be played over the Internet on a computer or even a mobile phone. Although slot machines have dramatically changed in appearance since 1895, one thing that has not changed is their popularity as the most preferred casino game.

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