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A Brief History of Pokies

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Not everyone who has pulled the lever on one knows the history of poker machines, better known as pokies and fruit machines. These machines started out simply as machines that had interior reels which spun and upon matching a certain combination of images, they would result in cash payouts.

The history of pokies all start with an American man by the name of Charles Fey. He invented them during the late 1800s in San Francisco, California. “Liberty Bells” was the common name for pokies during this period in history because of the symbols that were printed upon the reels. Each reel simply had five different stamps on it and subsequently five different types of bells.

It didn't take long for pokies to become a widespread and popular game amongst gamblers. This also made the amount of different-styled pokies simply skyrocket in variety.

The next step in pokies history was a version created by a firm by the name of Sittman and Pitt in New York. This machine contained 50 different faces cards on each of the five drums. This was significant because it was the first major time that two things occurred: it was the first time that faces were missing from the drums in order to give the house better odds of winning and it marked the beginning of physical prizes, such as free beer, being commonplace.

Fast forward a hundred and some years, and you have the development of the first electronic pokies machine. Then you have touchscreen-enabled pokies with bonus rounds.

Then you have, which is the way of the future. No longer do you have to pay a large sum of money to take a trip to a casino to play pokies, you can now play from the comfort of your own home. Microgaming was the first company to have online slot machines around 1994. It offered a new way to play pokies in comfort.

With the mere click of a button, people could operate a virtual machine and spin virtual reels. The catch was that the prizes weren't virtual, they were quite real. Money, cars and even things like vacations were all things pokies players could win in a jackpot.


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