A Short History of Slot Machines


There might be more kinds of games in a casino than ever before, but there’s still nothing quite like a slot machine. The sounds. The bright lights. The jackpots! Today’s slots are definitely more exciting than they have ever been, but the thrill of the slot machine is something that players have been enjoying now for more than 100 years.

It all started in San Francisco in 1895. A car mechanic named Charles Fey built a simple machine comprised of three reels with five symbols – the first true slot machine. He called his invention the Liberty Bell.

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Casinos Bet on Table Games Taking Over Slot Machines


Slot machines, the casino games that generally take up the most room at casino floors, are losing ground in the land based casinos in Maryland because younger gamblers prefer to play table games more and old gamblers are not enough in number to keep the slot stools busy.

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Horseshoe Casino opens in Downtown Cleveland

As a casino fan from Ohio, I was always content with jetting off to Las Vegas for some 24-hour fun at the tables. But as more and more states started allowing casino gambling, it became frustrating to watch Ohio voters consistently reject proposals that would permit casino gambling in Ohio.

Two things helped change that. First, we had the massive recession in 2008, and Ohioans saw billions of dollars leaving the state to casinos in adjoining states like Pennsylvania. Then, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert got involved. Gilbert knows how to get things done, and with his involvement the pro-casino forces finally got their act together and Ohio voters passed a constitutional amendment in 2009 that permitted the construction of four casinos in Cleveland, Toledo, Columbus and Cincinnati.

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