Slot Machines FAQ

History
When were slot machine invented?

Sittman and Pitt of Brooklyn, New York, U.S. developed a gambling machine in 1891 which was a precursor to the modern slot machine. It contained five drums holding a total of 50 card faces and was based on poker. This machine proved extremely popular and soon many bars in the city had one or more of the machines bar-side. Players would insert a nickel and pull a lever, which would spin the drums and the cards they held, the player hoping for a good poker hand. There was no direct payout mechanism, so a pair of kings might get the player a free beer, whereas a royal flush could pay out cigars or drinks, the prizes wholly dependent on what was on offer at the local establishment. To make the odds better for the house, two cards were typically removed from the deck: the ten of spades and the jack of hearts, which cut the odds of winning a royal flush by half. The drums could also be re-arranged to further reduce a player’s chance of winning.

 

When was the first electronic slot developed?

In 1964, Bally developed the first fully electromechanical slot machine called Money Honey. The new electromechanical approach allowed Money Honey to be the first slot machine with a bottomless hopper and automatic payout, of up to 500 coins, without the help of an attendant. The popularity of this machine led to the increasing predominance of electronic games, and the side lever soon became vestigial

 

Who developed the first web slot machine game?

When the internet was first born in the 70s, Dan Shiends wrote a free text based online slot machine called Three Sevens which was played by all the scientists and students for years.

 

Slot Machine Features

What is a bonus?

Bonus is a special feature of the particular game theme, which is activated when certain symbols appear in a winning combination. Bonuses vary depending upon the game. Some bonus rounds are a special session of free spins (the mumber of which is often based on the winning combination that triggers the bonus), often with a different or modified set of winning combinations as the main game, and often with winning credit values increased by a specific multiplier, which is prominently displayed as part of the bonus graphics and/or animation. In other bonus rounds, the player is presented with several items on a screen from which to choose. As the player chooses items, a number of credits is revealed and awarded.

 

What is a Payline?

Payline is a straight or zig-zagged line that crosses through one symbol on each reel, along which a winning combination is evaluated. Classic spinning reel machines usually have up to nine paylines, while video slot machines may have as many as one hundred.

 

Payouts & sign up offers

What is the payout percentage of slot machines?

Slot machines are typically programmed to pay out as winnings 82–98% of the money that is wagered by players. This is known as the «theoretical payout percentage» or RTP, «Return To Player». The minimum theoretical payout percentage varies among jurisdictions and is typically established by law or regulation.

 

What are sign up bonus offers?

To allow you to test out the casino to see if it it to your liking, a lot of websites will offer you a ‘sign up bonus’ this is essentially free money for you to to and play the slots with. Some casino’s offer ‘cash matching’ which means that they will match whatever you put in to begin with (if you add £50 to your account, you will be credited with a further £50 free).

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