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A brief history of the slot machine

Playing bingo online is all very well, but one thing many players miss is the chance to have a flutter on their favourite fruit machine before they sit down to play. Of course, you can find plenty of online slots, but none of them have quite the same magic as the flashing lights and spinning reels of the real thing. But where did slot machines come from, and how did they end up looking like they do today? We know the history of bingo, but what is the story behind slots?

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The first fruit machines

The history of the slot machine can be traced back to 1891, when inventors Sittman and Pitt created the first automatic game based on poker. Their original prototype had five reels with playing cards on them. The idea was that players would already be familiar with poker hands and so it would be easy for them to move over to the machine version of the game. Unfortunately, while the game proved hugely popular, the maths made life really difficult. With so many different cards across five reels, the number of possible combinations was just too many for the technology of the time to be able to make automatic pay outs. As any slot player knows, it’s the instant gratification of the win that is so satisfying, and so having to go to the bar for a pay out just wasn’t the same. (more…)

Who invented Roulette?

Roulette is one of those casino staples that a lot of people might take for granted – if you go to the casino you might not be surprised if Keno, Faro or games like Pai Gow aren’t available but you’d be stunned if you found that slots, blackjack and roulette were all unavailable. But of these casino staples, roulette is definitely the outlier. When it comes to games like Blackjack or Craps, their often adaptions of games played throughout history with either a deck of cards or a pair of dice (even Slot Machines were originally used to simulate playing Poker), but roulette is almost unique in that it really is the only game of its kind. But where did such a unique game come from?

Pascal’s Wheel

The answer lies in the 17th century with a French physicist and statistican, Blaise Pascal. While not a gambler himself, Pascal is most famous for developing a philosophical belief known as Pascal’s wager derived from the Catholicism he converted today, consisting of a rational argument for believing in god. This, along with his contributions to mathematics (including, perhaps ironically, pioneering the field of probability in mathematics) have made him famous as one of history’s finest minds – and also, quite possibly, the inventor of roulette.

The legend goes that while attempting to create a perpetual motion device, Pascal created a stable wheel that (while it wouldn’t spin endlessly) could produce randomised results based on where a ball fell into a slot on the wheel. While he never cracked perpetual motion, this wheel is believed to have been adopted by nobility as a way to randomise any results obtained. (more…)

Online Bingo Jackpots vs. Online Slot Jackpots

If you have more than a passing interest in iGaming, you no doubt have heard of the word “jackpot.” It’s a word that all iGamers want to hear when they play — because it means they’ve won one of the best available prizes. Jackpots exist in many forms of iGaming, but the two games that are most influenced by jackpots are online bingo games and online slots. Here we’ll outline why online bingo and video slots have become so popularized, and the types of real-money prizes available to those who play them.

There is lots of moolah available thanks to online bingo and slot jackpots.

The Advent of Online Bingo and Online Slots

Today, online bingo games and video slots are accessed 24/7 on all devices, from desktops and laptops to smartphones and tablets. That has enabled players from all over the world to enjoy the thrill of bingo and online slots from the comfort of their armchair and even on the move. Since the creation of the world’s first online bingo platform in the United States back in 1996 and impressively, it still operates today. Bingo Zone has helped to pave the way for how online bingo sites and communities have developed in the 21st century. (more…)

The two new casinos that are reviving Atlantic City

During its prime, Atlantic City was one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, primarily known for its gambling resorts as well as its boardwalks and beaches. When casino gambling was legalised in 1976, the city was revitalised and quickly achieved nationwide attention as a gambling resort.

However, since the turn of the millennium, the city has being struggling. Atlantic City no longer has the benefit of being one of the few places in the States where gambling was legal, and it failed to deal with the competition when it became legal in nearby states.

In the past decade, casino revenues have fallen dramatically which has led to multiple casinos being closed and led to thousands of job losses.

However, last month Atlantic City welcomed two new casinos – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino. These new resorts have the potential to revive a city that has been suffering since the turn of the millennium. (more…)

Casino Games: History and Origins

The internet has revolutionised the way most of us play casino games. Impressive online 3D graphic and more wi-fi hotspots mean plucky chancers can pull out their smartphones and enjoy an immersive gaming session wherever and whenever they choose.

Indeed, a good online casino app nowadays will provide more than 500 mobile slot, table and jackpot games at just the tap of a button or the swipe of a screen. Most apps are free to download and custom-built for both iOS and Android devices, meaning all types of mobile user can receive a seamless casino gameplay experience without any glitches. (more…)