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The history of slots goes back to America to approximately 1887 though the exact date is still unknown. Some recourses claim they appeared in 1899. Charles Fey is considered to be «father» of the first mechanical slot. He called his creature «Liberty Bell» that symbolized American independence. The slot had 3 reels with 10 symbols: spades, hearts, diamonds, horseshoes and Liberty Bell itself. Since then the mechanism of the game as well as of the payment practically didn’t change. The biggest winning made ten coins and75% of payout percentage.

Fey couldn't patent his invention for a long time as gamblings were under a ban on the US territory. Therefore he had to assemble slot machines himself and rent them for 50 percent of the profit. Over time, Fey expanded the production turnover and founded a factory. As far as gamblings were under a ban in some states, slots were integrated into machines selling chewing gum and candies to fudge on the law. Candies with fruit taste were the prize. Thus «the fruit theme» of slots appeared.

Over the years slots improved. The loud irritating rotation sound disappeared, the weight of the slot reduced and numerous bell rings meaning the winning were added. As far as swindlers who loved easy money also improved their skills the security system improved as well as the design.

Bally Manufacturing Compamy presented the first electromechanical slot in 1964. It was called Money Honey and had electric motors with lighting design. The first slot with TV screen appeared in 1975. Nowadays slots are rather popular. According to some information, slots located in casino halls bring 2/3 of an establishment income.

 
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