Did you know that the first slot machine called Liberty Bell was created in 1887 by Charles Fey in San Francisco, California, in the United States?
The invention consisted of a machine with three rotating wheels containing five symbols each: horseshoes, diamonds, swords, hearts, and a bell. It was a resounding success, and that is how the mechanics of the game industry began. Charles Fey’s Liberty Bell machine thus became an instant success that started a new – and immensely fast-growing – slot machine industry, very popular in casinos all over the world.
Today’s slots are the most significant contributors to the revenue stream generated in all casinos. In the United States alone, commercial casinos generated $51.4 billion in 2018, not counting lottery, poker or sports betting.
Why are slots so popular?
Playing a slot machine does not require any special skills. They are exciting, fun and offer a lot of entertainment. If you’re lucky enough, you might even win a bob or two. Video slots vary in type with the biggest jackpots being offered via the networked progressive slots, hitting a networked progressive jackpot can reward the player with a lottery-type win.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the largest stand-alone (not progressive) jackpot ever won was $11,107,900.00 while playing Arabian Nights with a stake of only 5 euros. The highest networked progressive jackpot won to date was $20,062,600.00 by a player playing a Micrograming game called Mega Moolah. Large winnings like the ones mentioned don’t happen every day, but they do happen.
Are Video Slots Fixed?
Many articles on the internet claim to have the perfect strategies for slots, or you might see things like “Tricks to beat the slot machine.” The truth is that all machines nowadays work entirely at random. Today’s machines use random number generators that generate random numbers that determine the outcome of each spin, so there is no possible way to “beat the machine,” and there’s no way of fixing a machine.
What is important to remember is that a slot machine will never be “hot” or “cold”; the result of each spin is random; all bets are based on luck. Each slot machine will list RTP (Return to Player) Return to Player is the published percentage that sets how much each machine will payout. Thus, if the RTP sets 97%, it means that for every $100 that is wagered, the slot machine will pay $97. The RTP is listed on each slot machine or within the game information.
Setting a budget
Playing slots is a lot of fun. However, it is essential to remember that you must keep your bets at an acceptable level that’s affordable to your pocket. Set a budget that you are comfortable and happy with and stick to it. If you keep your bets at a responsible level, the experience will be more entertaining, and you will always end up enjoying your gaming sessions.
There are hundreds of established game developers who are continually creating new and entertaining games that are then released and made available to play at various casinos throughout the world.
Each new slot produced by a game developer goes through extensive testing to ensure that all requirements are met and to allow it to be launched and played. Below are some of the primary game developers whose slot machines can be found in all casinos in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and throughout the world.
Novomatic is one of the largest game developers in the world. They export slot machines to over 50 different countries worldwide. Founded in 1980, Novomatic has produced some of the most popular slot games in history, including “Rich Witch,” “Book of Ra,” “Tiki Island” and “Roaring Forties.”
IGT claims to be the leading game developer in the gaming world. They are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and have over 12,000 employees worldwide. IGT’s slot machines can be found in all casinos around the world. They have also produced some of the most played titles such as “Cleopatra,” “Cluedo,” “Wheel of Fortune,” and “Monopoly.”
Finally, WMS – by Scientific Games Corporation, is known for manufacturing some of the most innovative and attractive games. Some of their most popular themed slots are “The Wizard of Oz,” “Star Trek: Red Alert,” “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” and “Blade.”
Slots by Characteristics
Slot machines offer a wide variety of special features in any game you choose. Multiplier Symbols, Bonus Spins, Stacked Jokers are some features found in most slot machines you can find in any casino in the world. Below is a breakdown of different characteristics a player will experience when playing a video slot for real money.
- Free Spins: Free spins are usually triggered by getting three of the same symbols and thus awarding a number of additional free spins. All winnings during the free spins are credited to the balance once the free spins have been completed.
- Re-Triggers: Getting three of the same symbols during a free spin gives the player a number of free spins in addition to the total number of free games.
- Multipliers: These consist of a symbol that is usually followed by an X. The X indicates the amount of winnings will be multiplied. For example, 2X double payout, 3X triple payout, and so on.
- Wildcards: These can be “Sticky,” “Expansive,” and “Stacked,” but there are also many other wildcard options. These increase the chances of winning in the game and are an option that every player loves to get. (Especially in a bonus round)
Slots by Theme
Nowadays, entering a casino or playing slots online has no limits, almost all games today offer state-of-the-art graphics, as well as images and audio from all kinds of famous movies or TV programs as well as quiz shows.
Branded slots based on famous movies or TV programs like Wheel of Fortune, Gladiator, Ted, or Terminator 2 always prove very popular, which offers the player a themed playing experience. Other popular themes also cover ancient civilizations as well as animal-based games such as Wolf Run, Raging Rhino, or Jungle Spirit.
If you have a favorite game theme or simply want to browse through the different slot machines available for free play, we have created a section below, which allows you to click through to a theme you’re interested in. All games found in our slots section are free to play.