The main mechanical slot machine was designed in the last part of the 1800s by a Bavarian immigrant named Charles Fey (1862-1944) in San Francisco. To comprehend the historical backdrop of the slot machine however we need to hop back a little on a schedule. 

Poker Machines 

Before Fey’s development, there were other coin-worked rounds of possibility. The most well-known one, created by Sittman and Pitt of New York, was a “poker machine” that was like a slot machine and utilized 5 reels with 10 poker cards on each reel. These machines were truly beneficial and were utilized in many areas (chiefly in stogie remains) in the ’90s (the 1890s that is). The machines paid out prizes, similar to a free stogie or free beverages, which were appropriated physically by a specialist. 

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Charles Fey 

At the point when Charles started assembling machines, he at first fabricated ones that were comparable to the mainstream poker machines and called them by different names, similar to the “Duke” and the “Klondike”. In the wake of building a couple of them, setting them in areas, and doing very well with them, he at that point opened a manufacturing plant in San Francisco to chip away at his machines full-time. 

Yet, Fey needed to assemble a machine that would pay out naturally. This was beyond the realm of the imagination at the time because of the trouble of computing the immense number of winning blends of a machine with 5 reels and 10 cards on each reel. In this way, in 1898, Fey planned a poker machine called the “Card Bell” machine that held the card images of the prior poker machines yet had just 3 turning reels and just 5 images imprinted on each reel. The programmed prize-payout permitted the machine to be the first to payout coins. 

The “Freedom Bell” 

About a year later, in 1899, he made the “Freedom Bell” machine, which added horseshoes and chimes to the suit images on the reels. Arranging three ringers would win the top prize (subsequently the name). Fey’s plan turned into the standard plan for slot machines going ahead and was mainstream to the point that each of the 3-reel slot machines was alluded to as “Ringer Machines”. 

Fey leased his machines to cantinas and bars and split the benefits 50/50. The interest for Liberty Bell slot machines was gigantic and permitted Fey to corner the slot machine market. Many betting stockpile producers needed to purchase the assembling and circulation rights to the Liberty Bell yet Charles Fey would not like to sell them. 

Yet, Fey couldn’t stay aware of the interest so in 1907 he joined forces with Mills Novelty Company to fabricate a cast-iron machine called the “Plants Liberty Bell”. 

Shockingly for Fey, patent laws of the time didn’t ensure gaming gadgets in light of the fact that a Federal Judge governed the slots that must be utilized for betting and had no valuable reason. So a couple of years after the fact, in 1910, the Mills Novelty Company acquainted a slight variation with the Mills Liberty Bell called the “Administrator Bell”. The machines from Mills Novelty were the first to utilize the organic product images like lemons and cherries that you see on some slot machines today. 


Part of the development of slot machines was expected the totally open nature of San Francisco during the mid 1900s. The environment began to change rapidly however in 1909 when San Francisco prohibited all gaming machines. Nevada did likewise a year later and the territory of California made a statewide prohibition on slot machines in 1911. 

These laws didn’t have quite a bit of an impact on slot machine deals since slot machine producers had the option to discover approaches to adjust the games to abstain from getting them delegated betting gadgets. 

For instance, the “Freedom Bell Gum Fruit” model administered a bundle of gum, which permitted the machine to be named a candy machine. The Caille Brothers slots made machines that had Swiss music confine found the lower part of the bureau so the machine was delegated a melodic gadget. Another famous methodology was to have slot machines administer things like mints or gum to have them named candy machines. 

Slot machines arrived at their pinnacle deals during the Great Depression and the uncivilized long stretches of disallowance, which started in 1919. They were mainstream in the speakeasies just as the numerous good organizations that required the production machines to remain in business during the extreme financial occasions. 


After disallowance finished the public authority chose to target slot machines since they were taken a gander at as devices for coordinated wrongdoing. Assaults started to increment just as laws denying the ownership of slot machines or an offer of a slot machine to an unlawful state. Notwithstanding these endeavors, the ubiquity of slot machines was hard to stop and slots were as yet ready to work in certain spots. 


After World War II, governments began to turn out to be cordial to the slot machine industry since it currently viewed it as a wellspring of duty income. 

PC Technology 

In 1963, Bally built up the primary electromechanical slot machine, called Money Honey, that utilized electronic computer chips to determine the end result of the game. 

The first completely electronic slot machines were presented in Las Vegas in 1975. They were worked by the Fortune Coin Company and utilized mimicked reels on a screen. The electronic machines got on more slowly than anticipated on the grounds that numerous players didn’t confide in the decency of the machines.  

In 1984, a Norwegian researcher named Inge Telnaes got a patent for a gadget named, “Electronic Gaming Device Utilizing a Random Number Generator for Selecting the Reel Stop Positions.” International Gaming Technology (IGT) purchased the patent in 1988 and now all slot makers his innovation should permit the patent from IGT.


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