Online Slots – The beginning and today
120 odd years ago Charles Fey devised the first slot machine (the One Armed Bandit) which was a three reel game
using the four suites of a card pack, (spades,hearts,clubs and diamonds),as the symbols. Later as the slots
developed, various fruit was used as symbols, giving rise to the slang name of Fruit Machines. As slots have
evolved over time from the old ‘one armed bandit’ to the
machines situated in the land based casinos, to more recently with the advent of the electronic/computer age and
internet they have grown enormously in popularity, and today there are some 30 million people
playing slots, at either land based casinos, or
The huge demand that has developed in the slots market is due to a number of factors such as the variation
and depth of games using video technology and of course being able to wager small amounts to win big, after all,
the name of the game is to win, and if you can do it whilst in the comfort of your home, so much the better.
Slots today are split into 6 basic variations:-
3 Reel Slots
These are the same as the original slot machines invented way back in 1887. There is a whole host of variations
and features which means each game has a uniqueness in multiple pay lines and value options increasing the options
of winnings. Before playing always check the pay out table as the inclusion of wild symbols could affect the amount
of winnings payable as they increase the winning combinations possible.
Since their introduction, 5 Reel Slots have taken a large slice of the slots market because of their free spins,
multipliers,wild symbols and special features of each game. From the straight 5 Reel game to the twenty five line
games offering, potentially huge payouts.
Bonus slots are similar to the original one arm bandits, but with a bonus feature,which is like a game with in
a game. The bonus is triggered when a certain symbol or symbols are obtained in the normal course of playing.
Generally it will give you an option to choose a symbol which will give a winning value over and above your normal
winnings. In addition to the bonus possibility, each game has a jackpot, specific to each game.
Feature Slots are the cream of the crop of 5 Reel slot games. In these games there could be more than one bonus,
and a number of features,all adding to the normal winnings received. Some
feature slots are based on movies or TV programs, such as Tomb
Raider, and with the fantastic graphics in the games, gives you entertainment while you win. All Feature Slots
have jackpots which may vary from 5000 to 50000.(depending on currency played).
Mega Slots are multiple 3 liners played simultaneously. That is to say you may have 3,three liners all spinning
at the same time on the amount wagered increasing your chances of winning. Depending on the casino used, this
could go to 9×3 liners or more at a single spin. Remember maximum bet gives maximum pay out.
These are the biggest paying slots of all. As each player on these games plays so the jackpot increases, and
often goes over the 1 million mark,which is why they create the most interest. Some people have played and never
won, and some have wagered small amounts and walked off with huge payouts. These slots are across the spectrum
selection as they could be straight 3 liners, 5 liners or multiple up to 25 payline games,with wonderful and
sometimes comical graphics.
Casinos offer various games,but public emand puts SLOTS in the top echelon of whats on offer,it’s up to you
to peruse the rules and check the pay out schedule, and have some fun and entertainment.
As with all aspects of life there is a downside,with a certain type of person who can become addicted to this.
The vast majority of online casinos will have contact details for GAMBLERS ANNONYMOUS, who will be able to put you
in touch with an organization in your country and town to assist you.