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Tuesday, 10 January 2012 08:00

The Slot Machines Of Yesterday Are the Online Slots Of Tomorrow

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I presume if you’re reading this post you’ve been to an online casino or you have an interest in online gaming, but have you any idea what game is the most popular at a casino?

Let me give you a clue, there are many variations of the same format and there are hundreds of different kinds. Any ideas? Well, you play them single handedly, wink wink, there are no dealers and no other players. Still not got it? OK, they guarantee the biggest payouts and constitute about 70% of the average US casino’s income. They are slot machines.

Slots, Fruit Machines or Pokies came about in the late 19th century and were first devised by the US Inventor, Charles Fey from San Fransisco. They became hugely popular and by the early 20th century, slot machines were commonplace in bars, bowling alleys and brothels, alongside many other establishments.

Gambling, especially poker, was a highly popular past time at the turn of the century amongst men, however the introduction of slot games changed all that. Slots became so well loved, they even began to supersede poker, as one of the most common forms of entertainment.

The fact that you didn’t need a group of people in order to play, meant that you could have a quick spin without getting too involved in a serious game of Poker. Slot games were instant and were able to appeal to a much wider demographic of people who didn’t know how to play poker or just wanted to try their hand at winning some money.

The online slots of today maintain the same appeal of their forefathers and are even more accessible now then ever, hence their huge popularity. But just think, the next time you play, that perhaps one of your ancestors felt the same excitement you feel, when they watched those reels spinning...