The Evolution of slots

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Most casino games have rich, interesting histories and slots are no different, although even in their simplest form do not date as far back as dice games like craps.  Nevertheless, the first slot machine debuted in 1895 and was the brainchild of mechanic and inventor Charles Fey of San Francisco.  The machine featured a very basic three reel design and was activated by pulling down on a single lever (these types of machines later became known as "one arm bandits").

In 1907 Fey partnered with Mills Novelty Company and worked at perfecting his invention which moved from a light weight wooden design and finally to the pressed sheet metal of today's machines.  Many of the symbols first used by Fey are still popular slot machine symbols in the latest land based and online slot machines we know and love.

As the slot machine progressed, so more and more reels and lines were added to it, leading to the birth of 20, 30 and even 40 line versions, although the overall design, flashing lights and ringing bell signifying wins still remain today.  In later years, the introduction of Video Slots changed the face of the slot machine forever, and replaced the traditional reels with a screen resembling that of a television featuring multiple pay lines and better graphics than ever before.  These machines were then adapted to include Video poker games where instead of reels spinning, cards are drawn.  Then of course, the progressive machines with the promise of greater jackpots emerged and drew huge crowds to the casinos.

With the advent of the internet, online casinos were born and Fey's traditional slot machine took on a virtual appearance, yet still maintained the essence of the original version but with even greater attention given to the quality of the graphics and smoothness of game play.  Online slots are the most popular games at online casinos with an entirely new generation enjoying a game invented over 100 years ago.