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Online Slots History

Liberty Bell

Online slots have big surge in popularity across the online casino world. These games (online slots) have become very popular. Players can enjoy hours of fun whilst having the chance to win big cash prizes at the same time.

Bellow read short history about their progression from land-based games to internet iGaming sensations.

First Slot Machine?

The first slot machine can be traced back to around 1891. Was invented in New York by Sittman and Pitt, known as the One-Armed Bandit. Had five drums acting as reels and a lever on the side to set them off. One-Armed Bandit had 50 card symbols to land. They were commonly used in bars across the country. Same as in case with modern fruit machine slots.

Charles Fey invented the first automatic slot in California, 1895. Liberty Bell slot had only three reels, with 5 symbols on reel. This automatic slot is kind of an influencer for some modern video slots. In the same fashion some slots today still use three reels and a minimal amount of symbols. Then Herbert Mills created fruit symbols slot called Operator Bell, as rival to Liberty Bell. Surprisingly despite the evolution of land-based and online casinos slot machines, many slots still use classic fruit symbols.

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Sittman and Pitt

New age

Finally in 1963 Bally Manufacturing produced a slot without a side-mounted lever. As the first electromechanical slot machine, it could reward coins automatically without an attendant to help. This slot machine called Money Honey, build the way for electronic games of the future.

In fact the first real video slots were made 1976 in California, by Fortune Coin Co. They developed video slot technology in 1976, mounting a display on a slot machine cabinet and gaining approval from the Nevada State Gaming Commission. In a word, video slots we know today can be traced back to the 1990s and the launch of the first online casinos.

First online casino was launched 1994. At this instant Microgaming appeared in the world. It was the internet pioneer that started developing gaming software. They launched the first ever online casino the same year  – Gaming Club Online Casino. In 1995 Microgaming developed online casino management tools and player tracking system.

At the present time there are hundreds of online casinos with thousands of casino slots.

And all started with ancient One-Armed Bandit leading the way to video slots today in every online casino…