5 Interesting Facts you Never Knew about Slot Machines
Slot machines are fascinating pieces of machinery. We’ve seen many things grow exponentially over the last few decades – from computer and internet technology to the advent of the 4G connection on your shiny new iThing. One thing which has changed radically over the last 100 years is the slot machine. While many modern slot machines may look fairly similar to the time-honoured favourites, a lot of that is simply cosmetic. We recently came across a piece looking at the online slot, its facts & the myths clouding them. It got us thinking – the internal workings of a slot machine are actually pretty complicated, and when you really think about, they’re pretty fascinating too. Here are 5 interesting facts about slot machines you probably never new.
Las Vegas has an unbelievable density of slot machines
Las Vegas has an extremely high density of slot machines, with one slot for every 8 people in the city. To put that in perspective, in 2011 there were only 2 physicians per 1000 people in the whole of the US. For those of you who are curious, Nevada is notoriously lacking in medical staff, and is ranked in the top 10 worst states for medical professionals per capita.
The slot machine’s first jackpot was only 50c
The slot machine was invented by Charles Fey, a Bavarian car mechanic back in 1894. This novel item’s very first jackpot was only 50 cents, which was probably worth a fair amount more than it sounds, way back when. A progressive jackpot these days tends to run in the millions of dollars.
Slot machines didn’t always give out cash prizes
During Prohibition, gambling and alcohol were made illegal across the entire US. This meant that slot machines, which had become a bit of a fixture in several drinking establishments were now illegal. In order to roll with the times, fruit machines were produced, dispensing fruit candies and gum in place of cash prizes. If you’re wondering what happened to the old slot machines, they got moved into Speakeasies for the patrons to enjoy in secret.
Random number generators are very important
Whether or not you win on a slot machine is decided the moment you hit the button or pull the lever. When you do that, the machine will assign a random number to each of the reels, which will then spin a given number of times. The spinning is all for show – it’s the random numbers which decide whether or not you win. In order to keep this as random as possible, the machine sits there calculating random numbers even when people aren’t playing. Everything is random all of the time, which means that your chances of winning are the same online and at a physical casino.
There is no way you can trick the machine
There are no magic switches, no ways to convince the machine to pay out, no ways to stop the machine paying out and no ways to predict what will happen next. It doesn’t matter if you warm a coin in your hands before you play it, it doesn’t matter if you use cold machines or machines furthest from the entrance to the casino. The casino cannot affect the result of the spin any more than you can. Everything, with the exception of bonus rounds on modern machines, is entirely random.