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History Of Slot Machine Symbols

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    History Of Slot Machine Symbols

    We all take the symbols on slots for granted and do not give them much thought when we are busy spinning the reels, but everything has a history including these.

    It all started when a mechanic named Charles Fey invented the first-ever slot machine back in 1895. This early effort had three spinning reels that contained 5 symbols that included horseshoes, diamonds, spades, hearts and a Liberty Bell.

    It was the inclusion of this symbol that influenced the name of this first-ever slot that was eventually given the title of Mills Liberty Bell. The bell was the highest valued symbol and getting three in a row produced the biggest win of 10 nickels.

    In 1891 New Yorkers Sittman and Pitt developed a gambling machine that used 5 drums. This held a total of 50 card faces and is probably one of the earliest efforts to mimic the slots that we have today - find more at Slotsracer.com.

    The Birth Of The Fruit Machine
    In the early 1900s slots were officially banned as gambling tools but still existed in a form that allowed the public to win non-cash prizes such as bubble gum. In fact, this is how fruit machines came into existence as new fruit symbols were introduced to the reels. If you matched three symbols you would win sweets instead of cash. These machines were eventually called vending machines.

    In 1907 a slot called Operator Bell that also focused on fruit symbols hit the country. It also proved highly popular and was introduced into saloons and barber’s shops.

    In 1910 The Mills Novelty Company released its own gum-dispensing machine but with a new Bar Symbol added to the reels.

    When the gambling ban was eventually lifted this company was also credited with inventing the first jackpot concept on their machines.

    The Move Towards Video Slots
    The major technological breakthrough that changed the world of slots came with the first electrical slot machine that was called Money Honey. This was introduced to the public back in 1963.

    In 1976 the first video slot was invented, this was the first time the slot machine had moved away from its mechanical predecessors. This machine used a modified 19-inch Sony TV screen for the display. These slots were accompanied by new symbols such as Stars, Crowns, 777 and Gems.

    In 1996 two events changed gambling forever, one was the invention of online video slots and the other was the introduction of the first-ever online casino on the internet.

    These two landmarks in history brought slots to the masses that were easily accessible at the touch of a computer keyboard. Hundreds of new games were invented to keep up with demand and with these games came new symbols.

    Scatter symbols that usually trigger a bonus if 3 or more land on the reels were introduced along with wild symbols that mimic other symbols on the reels. The letters A, K, Q, J and number 10 were also common.

    Now we have all of these and more, animals, superheroes and characters from popular culture fills the reels that we love to spin so much.