A quick history of the slot machine

From classics like Starburst and Cleopatra to jackpot hits like Age of the Gods and Mega Fortune, nothing beats playing online video slots. But whilst many enjoy playing slots these days, few know the history behind them.

The story of the slot begins over a century ago, with an inventor in San Francisco named Charles Fey. In 1895, he unveiled the Liberty Bell. This was first slot machine to boast cash pay-outs. The Liberty Bell was very different to the games we play on our phones today; it weighed over 100 pounds and had just three mechanical reels featuring diamond, spade, heart, horseshoe and bell symbols.

It was a big hit with early gamblers in the bars of San Francisco, so much so that new slot machines soon started appearing across America. One of the most famous was the Operator Bell, which introduced us to the now-iconic fruit and bar symbols.

Flash forward a few decades and you come to the Money Honey, the first electromechanical slot machine. Gamblers were stuck by the Money Honey’s 500-coin jackpot, one of the biggest to be offered by a slot machine yet. But nothing could prepare them for Fortune Coin. This slot machine had a built in TV display, and pathed the way for the online video slots we now play at casino sites like Vegas Luck.