Ten Amazing Facts About Slot Machines You Might Not Know


Do you enjoy spinning the reels while playing online slots, or maybe down your local arcade on some real-world fruit machines? However you enjoy playing slots you might find these ten facts rather fascinating. I have fact-checked them all myself to make sure they are as truthful as I can make them. Some of them are simply amazing, while others are much more commonly known…

Ten Amazing Facts About Slot Machines You Might Not Know

Fact 1: The Worlds Biggest Slot Win is $39,713,982 (£28,602,077)

Back in 2003 a 25-year-old software engineer from Los Angeles put $100 into a big win Megabucks slot machine located at Excalibur in Las Vegas and won the jackpot. This was $5 million above the previous winner and was said to have changed his life for the better, even till today as he invested a lot of the money and still lives off it.

Fact 2: The Worlds Smallest (Working) Slot Machine

Fact 2: The Worlds Smallest (Working) Slot Machine

While it costs mere pennies to buy over on wish.com you really can buy the worlds smallest working slot machine. Sure, it doesn’t pay out when you win, but it is fully working with a little pull handle and 3 reels.

The Worlds First Slot Machine

Fact 3: The Worlds First Slot Machine

The worlds first slot machine was made back in 1887 by a New York-based company called “Sittman and Pitt”. It was simply called the “poker machine” and it had five reels and no payout mechanism as all wins were paid out at the bar it was housed in.

Fact 4: Slot Machines Have Lots of Names

Here in the UK we often call them ‘fruit machines’ (or fruites) in Scotland they call them ‘Puggies’, in Australia they call them ‘pokies’, meanwhile other countries and even those already mentioned will call them One-Armed Bandits, Betting Units, Reel Spinners, Stand Up’s and even Coin Spitters!

Fact 5: The Worlds Biggest Slot Machine

Fact 5: The Worlds Biggest Slot Machine

While it was first put into Ballys Casino, Las Vegas back in 1975 ‘Big Bertha’ is still the worlds biggest slot machine and stands at 10 ft tall, 4 feet wide and weighs over a tonne in weight! It’s also a massive $100 per spin, but well worth it for the million-dollar jackpot.

Fact 6: All Playing Tips Are Fake

If you read a blog post or article telling you about these amazing slot machine tips you really should click away because all slot machines are 100% random on each spin. It doesn’t matter how much you play or have put into the machine, the winning odds will never change.

The First Video Slot

Fact 7: The First Video Slot

These days almost all slot machines are based on this original design. It was developed in 1976 in Kearny Mesa, California and was quite small when compared to today’s machines as it was only 19-inch (48 cm) wide and basically ran off a TV and small chip-set.

The Worlds Most Expensive Slot Machine

Fact 8: The Worlds Most Expensive Slot Machine

There are multiplayer slot games that cost a few thousand to make, but none of those holds a torch to the Saint Laurent gold slot machine. Its peppered in 24K gold with real gold and silver being used on each of the 3 reels. Sure, it isn’t something you will see in casinos all over the world, but it is still very interesting.

Fact 9: Slot Machines Payout 90%+ of All Money Paid In

It might not feel that way to the thousands of people who lose money on them, but most slot machines really do pay out 90%+ of all their takings with some being as high as 96%!

The Worlds First Online Slot Game

Fact 10: The Worlds First Online Slot Game

It sounds like it was only yesterday, but it wasn’t until 1996 that the first online slot game was published to a website. It was called “Reel ‘Em” by WMS Industries Inc and is often considered to be the very first slot game online.

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