With the advent of the 19th century, there appeared the infamous one arm bandits. These gambling machines took the world by surprise. They are also known as slot machines by gamblers and players across the casino world.
The first gambling machine that was made to look very much like the slot machines of today was developed and manufactured by Messrs. Sittman and Pitt in New York, United States of America. The idea was simple and very effective by the standards of that time. The machine used a normal deck of cards with 52 cards placed on drum reels to create a poker game effect.
After a few years, the great bell of Liberty was manufactured by Charles Fey and this newer design helped improve the design of the slot machine also. The reason was that by using this machine, the designers were able to manipulate the winnings and with this, a new era of slot machine games began.
There was no looking back, after this. More and more slot machines were being made with newer and better designs. You will notice that some slot machine games still have the distinct bell shaped designs on them. This is reminiscent of the 19th century when the slot machines were still in their development stage. Back in those days, if you hit the winning combination, you would get packs of gums and cigarettes, instead of money. Obviously, things changed with the passing of time and now you get money in the form of coins from these machines.
Slot machine games also found their way into bars outside of the casino world, from where people would occasionally pass their time by dropping exchange into the machine. The first video slot machine game was invented in 1976, and with it there began a new era. Nowadays, more and more people are investing their time and money in online slot machines, for fun and profit.