Welcome to Pub Slot Machines
We know what your thinking – sitting at home and playing online is not the same as going down to your local and playing on your favourite Pub Slot Machine. Well think again, just like we now bet more on horse racing through our phones rather than at the high street, there is a great selection of the latest games that feature amazing graphics, amazing sounds and these games offer much more than your standard slot machine that you would be familiar with at the pub. On top of that, we provide you with a great selection of bonus cash offers that will get you started and there are huge Jackpots to be had online too. Just take a look through our reviews and choose one or more Welcome Bonus offers and get playing today.
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History Of Pub Slot Machines
Slot machines come in many shapes and sizes. They also have a lot of different names, depending on where you come from. The term ‘Slot machine’ is very much an American version, while in the UK they historically called ‘Fruit Machines’. Regionally the names also differ. You may know them as ‘Puggy’ or ‘Pokie’. But whatever you call them, they all do the same thing.
Originally known as ‘One Arm Bandits’, slot machines got the name because they were operated by one lever on the side of the machine. And ‘Bandit’ because of their ability to leave you broke – like a thief!
In 1891 Sittman and Pitt developed a gambling machine which was a precursor to the modern slot machine. It was based on the game of poker and consisted of five drums holding a total of 50 cards. The idea was that you put a nickel in the machine and spin the cards hoping for a good poker hand. The machine was not automated and had no facility to issue cash prizes. What you got instead were items like free beers or cigars. basically whatever as on offer at the establishment you happened to be playing in.
Due to the huge number of wins that you could win and the machine’s inability to payout automatically, it became very difficult to manage. That as when Charles Fey devised a much simpler automatic machine with three spinning reels. They contained just five symbols which were horseshoes, diamonds, spades, hearts, and a Liberty Bell. The reduction of both wheels and symbols made wins easier to read. As a result, it was easier to create an automated payout system.
So if the original machines had symbols like horseshoes, where did the cherries, lemon and melons come from? At the time, there were quite stringent gambling laws in place in the USA. To get around this, prizes were often paid out in food rather than money. In particular, chewing gum was a firm favourite. As a result, the images displayed were actually the flavours of the chewing gum that you could win.
It wasn’t until 1963 that slot machines, as we know them today, came into being. Bally developed the first fully electromechanical machine, called Money Honey. It’s popularity led to the rise of electronic games soon the lever operated machines became few and far between.
With many advancements through the years, in 1976 a slot using a 19-inch Sony Trinitron colour receiver for the display was developed. It included logic boards for all the necessary slot functions. The Las Vegas Hilton Hotel trialled the gaming machine first and following some cheat proof tweaks, the video slot machine was approved by the Nevada State Gaming Commission.
The creators, Fortune Coin Co. were purchased by IGT (International Gaming Technology) in 1978. And for those who are interested, IGT is still one of the biggest names in slot gaming in the world. In fact, they still continually create games that are in use in nearly every online gaming and casino site in the world.