Casinos are known for gambling, gambling games, placing bets, but nothing else!
As time flew by, casinos were introduced with electronic mediums of games such as slot machines, video poker, electronic games, etc. So, let us look at the most famous discovery related to casinos, namely, the slot machines, from birth to history to evolution to types!
What is a slot machine?
A slot machine refers to a gambling machine that deals with the ‘game of chance’ and creates the same for the customers. They are often called one-armed bandits because of their large structures and ability to make the players’ pockets and valets empty, just like the thieves do!
What are slot machines addressed as in different languages?
Slot machines are called with different names in different countries; they are called “fruit machine” in British English, “slots” in American English, “fruities” in British English, “poker machine” in Australian English, “Pokies” in New Zealand English, and “puggy” in Scottish English!
History of Casino slots:
Pitt and Sittman from Brooklyn, New York, developed a machine for gambling in 1891 that acted as a precursor to the modern slot machines. The device, based on poker, consisted of five drums holding 50 card faces in total. This machine gained immense popularity and was seen in many casinos. However, there were no direct payment methods at that time. In 1976, the Las Vegas-based Fortune Coin Co. introduced the first-ever video slot machine in California’s Kearny Mesa.
Terms used in casino slot machines:
Candle: Candle refers to the light on the top of the slot machine.
Bonus: When specific symbols appear in a winning combination, a bonus is offered, a special and unique characteristic of any particular theme in the game.
Coin Hopper: A coin hopper is the destination or a container, to be precise, where the coins that are available for the payouts are present immediately.
Carousel: A grouping of slot machines refers to a carousel in an oval or circle formation.
Drop bucket or drop box: Dropbox refers to a place situated in a slot machine’s base, where the excess coins are diverted from the hopper.
Credit meter: The credit meter displays the number of credits or amount of money on its machine.
EGM: EGM refers to Electronic Gaming Machine.
MEAL book: MEAL in MEAL book refers to Machine Entry Authorisation Log, which is a logbook of the entries of the employees into the slot machine.
Slant-top or Low-level: Slant top refers to slot machines that include the provision of stool so that the player can be seated while playing. At the same time, stand-up or upright slot machines do not provide a stool to the player while playing.