Slot Machine Online-A Closer Look

Charles Fey invented the first slot machine way back in 1895. He went on to perfect his initial innovation in 1907, when he teamed with Mills Novelty Company who manufactured the “Mills Liberty Bell.” The Liberty Bell featured a cast iron case and originally had cast iron feet with toes. In later models the toes were scrapped and replaced with ornate decorated feet. The machine”s reel strips depicted playing cards the king, queen, and jack. The machine also originally had a bell that rang when you hit a winning combination, but this was also scrapped. The initial concept, however, was not lost because now-a-days, modern slots have a bell that ring as an indicator that a player has just hit the jackpot. This “Liberty Bell” is the primary predecessor to all modern American slot machines as its basic design continues to be used in mechanical gaming devices today. The simple mechanical devices with three old-style reels holding 20 symbols have evolved into microprocessor-controlled devices with up to five spinning reels holding hundreds of symbols.

In 1910, the Mills Novelty Company introduced a slight variation to the Liberty Bell and called it the Operator Bell. This machine had a gooseneck coin entry and featured the now famous fruit symbols, which are still used in many of today”s slot machines. These cast iron slots are heavy, weighing over 100 pounds. Over 30,000 of these machines were made. The era of cast iron machines ended in 1915, when Mills introduced slot machines with less expensive wood cabinets. In the early 1930s, the Mills Novelty Company made a number of additional changes to its line of slot machines that revolutionized the industry. First, it designed its machines to be much quieter. That”s why its 1930s machines are referred to as the “silent bell”. Then it introduced a double jackpot that assured players that one could win twice in quick succession. To make its machines memorable and enticing to players, Mills introduced a series of cabinet designs that were striking and colorful, each with its own theme. The first in early 1931 was the Lion Head. In late 1931, it was the War Eagle and the Roman Head, and in 1933, it was the Castle Front.