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Slot machines are possibly the most favoured games to gamble on at casinos. On any night, bargain on most of the slot machines to be filled with enthusiastic players. They appear in a variety of wagering levels; some only cost five cents a spin while others can cost as much as twenty dollars a spin. Although slots are a wagering tool, a lot of individuals are intimidated by the high-dollar table games and prefer the entertainment and thrill of a good one arm bandit.

The first mechanical slot machine was created in 1895 and was dubbed the "Liberty Bell." Created by a California machinist, the initial slot machines had 3 reels with a cracked Liberty Bell, diamonds, hearts, and spades painted on each. Before this invention, the name "slot machines" was employed to characterize various kinds of vending machines.

The first real widespread use of one armed bandits in American brick and mortar casinos is attributed to the Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas in and around 1940. The administrator of the brick and mortar casino had initially thought the slot machines would be awesome to fascinate bored wives of some of the largest whales of the casino. He didn’t know that the slots would be a fun activity for almost everyone and that the enticement would go beyond the the apathetic wives. Now, it is said, slot machine games make up over two-thirds of all income brought in by American brick and mortar casinos.

Slot machines certainly have a rich history. From the little invention of the late-1800’s to the multi-million dollar business of today, slots will continue to expand in prominence.