Slot machines are referred to as slots, 1-arm bandits, fruit machines and poker machines. Players will place wagers in the form of coins (or virtual coins if it is an online slot) in order to spin the reels of the game. Any slot machine will have a minimum of 3 reels and players can start spinning these reels by pulling a lever (or clicking on Spin if it is an online slot machine). The symbols on the reels will start to spin until they stop. When they stop, players will be awarded according to the combination of symbols they achieve on the payline. The payline is a virtual line on which players must get certain symbols in order to get paid.
Players will be paid based on the bet they have placed, the combination of symbols and the paytable of the game. The paytable is a table that shows players the different combinations and their respective rewards. This paytable is usually found at the top above the reels of the slot machine. The symbols appearing on these reels are usually cherries, bells, watermelon and sevens, this is why they were called fruit machines. Other advanced slots might have a certain theme. For these games, the symbols will be inspired by that theme. For example, Thunderstruck is an online slot which is themed around Thor and Norse gods. On this game’s reels, players will see symbols that include Thor, Thor’s Hammer and Odin among other related symbols.
The history of the first slot machine dates back to 1895. The father of the first slot machine was Charles Fey, whose original slot machine had poker symbols on its three spinning reels. The symbols also included hearts, horseshoe, bells, and spades. Since the game only had 3 reels, it was easy to make the game pay out for the winning combinations automatically. The paytable of the game was available at the top and it showed players the different winning combinations. The highest combination paid 50 cents when players got 3 bells on the win line.
In 1891, another form of slot machines was invented by Sittman and Pitt. This new machine looked a lot like the early version of slots that can still be found to this day. The game included five drums and 50 cards with a poker game theme since players were paid according to the poker hand they formed. This is why they were called poker machines. Players would start the game by putting a nickel into the game’s slot and pull the lever in order for the drums to spin so they could get a poker hand. Most of these machines used to pay players in the form of gifts such as cigars, drinks or food or other things that were sold at the pub or the bar where it was being offered. In order to increase the odds of the house and make it hard to get a poker hand of a Royal Flush, the game did not have a 10 of Spades or a Jack of Hearts.
In 1907, Herbert Mills invented another machine that was called Operator Bell and by 1908 these slots were installed in every bowling alley, cigar store or salon. One of these original “Liberty Bell” slots can still be found in a Reno Restaurant in Liberty Bells Saloon.
Another great development occurred in 1963 when Bally invented the 1st electromechanical slot machine called The Money Honey. This was the first slot to have a bottomless hopper and it offered automatic payouts as well. The biggest reward that could be claimed was 500 coins. This machine was one of the reasons behind the skyrocketing rise of electronic gambling. Reel Em was the first ever video slot that offered players any kind of bonus rounds.
Multi-line slots made an entrance to the scene in 1990s. These games had more than one winning line. This means that players could claim payouts according to combinations on more than one line that are aligned on the game’s screen. With the emergence of online gambling, slots were one of the first games to be adopted and transformed into online games. They developed quickly and can now offer up to 100 lines and 1024 ways to win. They also offer players a lot of bonuses in the form of wilds, scatters and rewarding jackpots.
How to Play Slots
Slot machines can be found at every gambling venue, whether online based or land-based. Because the online gambling world has fewer restrictions in terms of technology and development, players will find a wider array of slot machines than those found at land-based gambling venues. We are going to discuss the gaming procedure for both online slot machines and land-based slots:
For Land-Based Slots:
For land based slots, players will have to buy bar-coded coins, quarters or other coin values the game accepts. Usually, players will see the coin value the game accepts written on the game itself. After players enter the coin in the game’s slot, they will pull down the lever, causing the reels of the slot to spin. The symbols on these reels are usually themed around fruits that are accompanied by bells, sevens and the usual one bar, two bar and three bar symbols.
After the reels stop spinning, players will be rewarded if they have a winning combination on the game’s win line. Players can find out the combinations that would make them eligible for a win at the game’s paytable. This paytable can be found at the top of the reels. It will show the different combos and their rewards.
There are also slot machines that resemble video slots that can be found online. (Some can even be found online with the same features.) These video slots usually have a touch screen that players will use in order to control the game like video poker.