Where did Slot machines Come From?

In the UK, Slot games have become increasingly popular of late – but people forget they have actually been around for quite some time!  The very first slot game was invented way back in 1895 by Charles Fey who happened to be a car mechanic.  It was named the Liberty Bell, and had 3 spinning reels.  The symbols were diamonds, spades and hearts as well as a cracked liberty bell itself. 

The biggest payout on this slot game was getting 3 liberty bell symbols in a row and awarded a player 50 cents.  Believe it or not, you can still find this slot in the “Liberty Belle Saloon and Restaurant” in Nevada. Charles Fey went on to create games such as Three Spinde, Draw Power and Klondike. 

How things Progressed

Charle's Fey invented the 'Liberty Bell' slot machine back in 1895.
Charle’s Fey invented the ‘Liberty Bell’ slot machine back in 1895.

Soon after the popularity of the Liberty Bell, there was the “one armed bandit” slot machines that instead of being card symbols ended up as fruit symbols which you will be familiar with.  you would need to pull on a lever at the side to get things moving which is how it got its nickname.


By the 1960’s – electromechanical slot machines had arrived.  These allowed bigger bets to be placed and were RNG (random number generator) games – which meant that the reels would spin and a totally random spin will be produced.  This gave inventors much more scope to manipulate themes and pay out lines. 

Online and Mobile Slots

The 1990’s were definitely the decade of online slot games – and was the biggest advancement since the launch of the Liberty Bell.  They offer everything that land based casinos do in terms of slots and more.  There are countless themes and the graphics are incredible.   You will also find that there are many more advanced features and bonus rounds, and there was also the introduction of progressive jackpots which means that there will be a prize pot that will continue to increase until won by a player.  This can be randomly activated or as part of a feature.

Then came mobile slot games which means that slot fans can get their fix anywhere.  You can now deposit on mobile casino or bingo sites, claim bonuses, take part in promotions, and of course spin on some of your favourite slot games.  All of this can be done using their mobile optimised websites or by downloading an app. 

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