Charles Fey invented the slot machine but when and where did “video slots” come
The advent of the electronic age brought about a massive modernization
with slot machines, and the first electronic slots were introduced in the
1960's. I bet you thought they just came about recently, but that’s not true.
Because they’re a lot harder to cheat with then the traditional real slots,
early pioneers knew they had a winner. By 1975, the first video slot was created
in Las Vegas, introduced by Walt Fraley. Called the "Fortune Coin", this early
model of the video slot had only three basic elements namely, "a solid state
logic assembly, a television set, and a hopper."
Throughout the decade, the video slots slowly made their presence known in
the gaming industry, and people were sceptical at first. The reason for this was
the fact that players could not physically see the reels spinning for
themselves, which led them to wonder whether they really could win. However,
this all changed in the 1980's, with the introduction Draw Poker, IGT's video
poker machine. In the years that followed, the trend towards gambling video
machines swept the gaming industry, and the once overlooked video slots gained a
Newer video slot models, such as the multi-line, with better technology were
introduced, and huge rows of the modernized machine are now found at casinos all
over the world. Video slot machines are an entertainment package in itself,
showcasing not only the well-loved games of slot, but a whole array of sights
and sounds, featuring characters and music from our popular culture of today.
Slot manufacturers like IGT and others are making themed slots with bonus
rounds, multipliers and other interactive details. Players love the touch
screens and personal feel of the machines. They are now probably the most
popular of all slots.
Slot Machine History
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