Imagine Vegas without slot machines. It’s a horrible thought, isn’t it?
The slot machine is arguably the biggest thing to happen to gaming since some early human used bones as dice in a cave. The early machines offered the chance to win stuff, from money to fruit-flavoured gum, and all by inserting a coin and pulling a lever.
It wasn’t just the appearance of the very first machine that changed the world of gaming, either. More than a few machines have further changed the gaming world since Charles Fey’s Liberty Bell.
Some of them are the distant ancestors of the amazing online slots you can play at Cabaret Club. Find out all about them now.
Liberty Bell Rings in the Slots Age
The slot that started it all was the Liberty Bell. Charles Fey, a San Francisco-based garage owner, invented it in the late 19th century. Fey may have created it just before or just after Sittman and Pitt unveiled their poker machine in New York City.
Either way, Fey’s iconic machine had three reels that featured symbols such as hearts, diamonds, and the Liberty Bell with its famous crack. It was an instant success, and Fey could scarcely keep up with the demand.
Players in his home state weren’t able to enjoy them for very long, as the authorities didn’t take too kindly to the new gaming machines, and banned them.
Getting Around Gambling Laws with Gum
The trade stimulator slot machine appeared shortly after the Liberty Bell. Initially installed in saloons, they also found their way into sweet shops, cigar stores, and even general dealers.
Headed by Herbert Mills, the Mills Novelty Company was responsible for the most well-known of the machines, many of which featured the familiar BAR symbol. The BAR is a slightly modified version of a fruit-flavoured chewing gum logo.
However, unlike the Liberty Bell, trade stimulator machines did not pay out money. Instead, they paid out chewing gum, sweets, cigarettes, and other prizes, which is why they could be played in places where gambling was technically illegal.
Cabaret Club’s slots don’t pay out in gum, of course. Play them for opportunities to win massive real money jackpots.
Electricity and Money Honey
Bally Technologies was behind the next slot machine that changed the world. It was 1964, hippies hadn’t yet begun to sprawl everywhere, and players saw slots go electric with a machine called Money Honey.
Not only did the three-reel machine have built-in lights, it also had an electronic coin-counting hopper, which means it could make payouts without the need for a casino employee to come around with a set of keys whenever players hit the jackpot.
Fortune Coin and Three Bags Full
More monumental changes came by way of 1976’s Fortune Coin and 1994’s Three Bags Full slot machines.
The first, developed by the Fortune Coin Company, was the world’s first video slot. Instead of traditional mechanical reels, it featured a Sony Trinitron colour receiver that had been modified.
The second, which was a release by Australia-based manufacturer Aristocrat, was the first video slot machine to boast a bonus game on a second screen.
Megabucks and the Multi-Casino Progressive
International Gaming Technology’s Megabucks sent shockwaves through the gaming world when it was launched in 1982. The slot machine was the first to feature a progressive jackpot system that was fed by all the Megabucks machines in several casinos in Nevada.
The game has paid out mind-boggling amounts of money, including one of the biggest slot payouts in history. That happened in 2003 at Vegas’ Excalibur Casino, when a 25-year-old player won $39 million.
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