Slot machines have been around for decades, and they remain the most popular type of game in casinos around the world.
Here are some interesting facts about slots that you may not have known.
1. Slots Are Completely Random
Slots use pseudo random number generators or PRNGs, so there is no cyclical system in place. Some players assume that there is more chance of winning if a slot has not paid out in a while, but there is no moment when the jackpot gets closer.
2. Popular Since 1891
The first slot was invented in 1891 in New York by Sittman and Pitt. It was very different to modern machines, but it was the first recognisable slot. It was based on poker, with five drums holding 50 card faces. It was an instant hit, and it became popular all over New York.
3. A Game of Many Names
Slot machines or video slots are known by many different names around the world. For example, they used to be known as 'fruit machines' in Britain and they sometimes still are. They are also called 'puggies' in some places and also as 'poker machines'.
The classic slang name for them was 'one-armed bandits' because of the lever on the side that spun the reels and how they could leave the player out of pocket.
4. The Biggest Online Slot Win
There have been some big wins on online slot games over the years, but the biggest until now came in October 2015 when Jonathon Heywood from Cheshire won £13.2 million on the Mega Moolah progressive slot. Even more incredibly, he won with a stake of just 25 pence.
5. First Electric & Video Slots
Slots were mechanical until the second half of the 20th century, until the first electromechanical slot arrived in 1963. Its popularity led to the development of more electronic games.
Video slots came along soon after. The first was created in 1976 in California by Fortune Coin Co., and it was first offered to players in the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel.
6. The Way Slots Work Hasn't Changed
Mechanical slots look completely different to modern video slots, but they actually work on the same premise. They both use a random generator, but one is mechanical and one uses a computer.
7. Slots Are Big Business
Of all the casino games in the world, slots make up for about half of them. Granted, there are many different slot games, but as a category of casino games, slots are by far the largest.
It can be useful to know some of the facts behind online slots to add to the experience of playing them. So now that you know these facts, choose your machine!