You’ll find hundreds and hundreds of online slot games available these days – from cosmic hits like Starburst to big movie tie-ins like Jumanji. In fact, online slots have become so popular with players across the world, it’s hard to imagine that there was a time when you couldn’t play them on your smartphone.
But it’s true. Gamblers haven’t always had access to slots with the kind of bonus features, colourful animations and big jackpot prizes we online players have come to expect – and they certainly couldn’t access them at just a few clicks of a screen.
Believe it or not, the first slot machine, Charles Fey’s ‘Liberty Bell’, weighed over 100 pounds. It had just 3 reels, a single payline and a mechanical lever you had to physically pull to make the reels spin. You can find out more about the Liberty Bell and other early slot machines below, by checking out the ‘Origins of the Slot Machine’ guide. See how early slot machines pathed the way for the online slot games you know and love today. (more…)