The History of Slot Machines
The First Slot Machine
Slots and Gambling Prohibition
Electronic Slot Machines Take Over
Electronic video slot machines were launched at casinos in the 1970's. In the beginning, these machines were not very popular, seemingly due to the lack of spinning reels on the video slot machine screen. However, with the introduction of video poker in the 1980's, video slot machines became increasingly well-liked and prevalent.
Casino Slot Machines and Fruit Machines Today
Online Casinos and Online Slots
Obviously, certain modifications were necessary to the migration from casino slots to online slots, but slot machines have retained their basic format during the transition to the internet, and many variations exist which are suitable for online slot machine play. Microgaming's "Cash Splash" became the first online progressive slot machine game. Nowadays, at the best online casinos, one may find 3-reel slots, 5-reel slots, bonus slots, feature slots, progressive slots and even Megaspin slots. These are certainly different than Charles Fey's original slot creation, but they do manage to retain the magic of the slot machine in their own unique manner - and probably will do so long into the future.