The First Slot Machines

Many of those who play at the online casinos favor the slot machines. These are often taken for granted as they are so popular and there are so many to choose from. They have come a long way since they were first introduced to the gambling industry.

The first slot machine was made in San Francisco in the United States in 1887. There is some controversy over this, as many believe that the date when this first one-armed bandit came into existence was 1895. In any event, the inventor was Charles Fey.

Slot Machine Concept

Compared to today’s slot machines, the first one was not nearly as exciting. However, back in that time era, and being a new concept, it grabbed the interest of a great many people. The slot machine known as the Liberty Red was nothing more than three reels which displayed five symbols. These symbols consisted of:

  • Horseshoes
  • Diamonds
  • Spades
  • Hearts
  • Liberty Bells

The most significant achievement with the gameplay was to line up three liberty bells.


More slot machine manufacturers came into the business and began to copy the original with different versions. Mills in Chicago produced a slot called the Operator Bell. It was so popular in 1908 that many of these machines were installed in a variety of different types of businesses. For those who would like a firsthand look at the original Liberty Bell machine, it can still be seen in a restaurant in Nevada, known as the Liberty Bell Saloon.

Due to the popularity of the Liberty Red, it soon encouraged others to come up with versions of the slot machine. This was done by Sitzmann and Pitt in Brooklyn, New York. This particular slot machine was based on the much-beloved game of poker. It wasn’t long before many of the drinking establishments throughout the city would have one of these machines installed. When it came to payouts, these slot machines had no way of being able to achieve this. Instead, the players would perhaps get a free drink or a handful of cigars for their winning spins.