A slot machine also known as fruit machine is, in simple words, a gambling machine mostly available in casinos. The machine has different names in different parts of the world; like people in America call it ‘slot machine’, whereas the British, excluding those from Scotland, call it ‘fruit machine’.
Besides, the following are some other regions wise names of a slot machine:
- People in Scotland refer to a slot machine as ‘puggy’.
- Canadians simply call these gambling machines ‘the slots’.
- People in Australia and New Zealand call them ‘poker machines’ or ‘pokies’.
- Some people in the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA) simply call this machine ‘slot’.
How Does A Slot Machine Work?
Slots are one of the most popular methods of gambling in casinos these days. These machines are meant to conduct ‘games of chance’ for the customers of a casino. The standard layout of a slot machine includes a screen that always displays three or even more reels. These reels begin to spin as the game starts or gets activated.
Sometimes, these slot machines are also called “one-armed bandits” owing to their large mechanical levers fixed at the side of each machine and also the ability to snatch all the money out of a person’s pocket like robbers or bandits. These levers are, however, not common in present-day slot machines. Only some of the modern slot machines still comes with levers to retain the classical design.
Moreover, a slot machine also consists of one or more currency detectors. The function of these inbuilt currency detectors is to identify and validate the mode of payment. Valid modes of payment in a slot machine include cash, coins, tokens and vouchers (issued by the casino).
Let Us Know The History Of Slots!
Two men from Brooklyn, a borough in New York City, USA, collectively called ‘Sittman and Pitt’ designed and developed a gambling machine in 1891. The modern slot machine is considered a direct derivative of the same gambling machine designed by them (Sittman and Pitt).
The gambling machine, invented by Sittman and Pitt, had as many as five drums that held 50 cards in total. These card faces were based on the game of poker. The machine also had a few levers on it. Moreover, soon after this machine was introduced in New York City, it gained huge popularity in most of the lavish casinos as well as bars in the city also started having it.
The ‘Sittman and Pitt” gambling machine had the following mechanism:
- First of all, the players had to insert a nickel, a five-cent coin into the machine.
- Pulling the machine’s lever had to be the second step after inserting the coin.
- The lever had to be pulled in order to spin the drums of the machine as well as the cards held by these drums.
- When this gambling machine was introduced, it did not have a direct money payout system. For example, a ‘pair of aces’ could get a player an item like beer, cigar, etc. free of cost from the bar or casino.