The original classic slot machine, named the Liberty Bell, was released in 1908, and was so wildly popular that production couldn’t keep up with requests. Liberty Bell played three reel strips on one line that featured hearts, spades, diamonds, horseshoes and the game’s namesake, a Liberty Bell. Over 30,000 barber shops, bowling alleys, stores, and saloons around the United States made the big fifty cent payout if you landed three bells on their machines. There were also variations that paid out bubble gum based on the fruit appearing on the reels, which is how the popular cherry, melon and bar symbols originated.
The first fully electromechanical slot machine was developed by Bally in the early 1960s. This basically ended the golden era of the classic slot machine. No matter what age, slots players felt a certain nostalgia for the simple one-line video slot machines where they’d line up three matching symbols and hear the sound of the coins falling into the drop bucket. These days most of the casino’s floor is occupied with video slots, utilizing the best of computer technology and offering second screen bonuses creating an even more exciting experience. Despite more sophisticated developments and advancements in technology, there is still that nostalgic thrill of sending the reels spinning and chasing the win.