Casino’s introduced slot machines as a way to keep the wives and girlfriends of their gambling husbands entertained. The strategy being, if the women were occupied than the men would feel free to spend more time gambling. At first, the slot machines were installed as a diversion for the game players.
The attraction of instant jackpots and ease of playing are just some of the reasons people are drawn toward slot machines. Unlike other casino games, slot machines do not require any rules or complicated strategies to memorize. They are what I call “idiot” proof, not to mean that you’re an idiot for playing them; but some will question that, but merely to say that they are user friendly. Anyone can play them, if it was permissible by law, a six year old could master the play.
The popularity of slot machines spread across the United States even though they were not legal in many States. In 1940 Bugsy Siegal put slot machines on the floor of his Flamingo casino in Las Vegas.
It was the introduction of video games that changed the slot machines forever; the casino operators developed a new line of electronic slot machines, ones that offered graphics and sound effects. They added further refinements such as progressive machines. If no one hits the jackpot for some time it can grow into a huge amounts of money, and one lucky player will win big. These “jackpots” also helped to increase slot popularity to where it is today.
Modern technology has changed that today the slot machine accounts for about 80+ percent of the casinos profits. It is doubtful that Charles Fey ever imagined the legacy he was leaving when he invented his first slot machine, but his little invention change the face of gambling forever.
Remember, you are at the casino to have fun, slot play should be fun. If you lose interest or get bored, cash out, there is always another day. The casinos and the slot machine will be there waiting for you believe me. No sense in rushing back.