Slot machines or slot machines of all kinds are synonymous with casinos around the world, whether it is the online casinos which are currently in vogue or the classic physical gambling establishments popularized by Las Vegas and Monte Carlo. They are currently present in almost every country in the world and in most of its major cities, including Spain. What not many people know is that slot machine games are actually the most popular of all casinos, far surpassing other popular games like blackjack or poker in terms of the number of players. Let’s see what makes this game so appealing to millions of users across the globe.
A very brief history of slot machines
The history of slot machines is quite interesting as it is linked to the development of casinos and gambling dens over the past two centuries. At the end of the 19th century, the first slot machines, also called poker machines, were invented in New York, they were devices that could be found in the best bars in the city. These worked the same way they do today: players fed coins and spinning reels with playing card symbols stopped.
Players get different prizes depending on the combination of symbols, in this case being taken by the price hierarchies of possible poker hands that the machine could throw. Interestingly, the biggest prize a player could win on these old-fashioned slots was a cigarette or even a glass of beer, depending on the particular model of the machine and the establishment that housed it.
At the start of the 20th century, slot machines stopped offering alcoholic beverages and cash as prizes due to a strong backlash against gambling and alcohol in the United States. However, they would be found in some candy stores and food establishments with poker machines with fruit symbols (which are still in use today) that would be priced for different kinds of candy.
It was not until the middle of the last century, with the emergence of Las Vegas as the “city of sin” and the gambling capital of the world, that slot machines began to offer cash prizes and were used in the casinos that dominated the Undress since then. Although slot machines were originally intended for wives of gamblers, they proved to be even more popular than classic games and would soon become the most popular attraction in modern casinos.