How the Slot Machine Came About
Charles Fey: Father of the Slot Machine
As the idea grew in his head, he started working on it and came up with a mechanical machine with three separated tubs or reels that would spin independently of each other when a lever was pulled. With the help of notches and ridges on the reels, they would all spin at different speeds and come to rest at different places. To this he added the picture cards of the Kings, Queens, and Jacks, and thus the first slot machine was invented. When a line of the same cards — such as all kings or all queens — was drawn, a bell rang and a winner was declared. Charles Fey gave the name Liberty Bell to this machine and made his fortune from it. This original Liberty Bell machine was a fancy machine that stood on claw feet and the public loved it.
The Most Popular Game in the Casino
Slot Machine History Advances with Technological Innovations
Then Came Online Slots
Now in the 21st century, more than 100 years after Charles Fey had originally played around in his garage, slot machines are the biggest attractions in both land-based and online casinos. The wide and varied different themes, and the low investment that is needed to play the slots, have kept slot machines as the most popular casino game for all of these years.