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CHARLES Fey developed  the first commercially successful Slot machine in San Francisco around 1896, according to www.casinolux.com. Made of cast iron with three internal reels, a slot for taking in coins and an external lever for activating the machine, it quickly became a fixture in saloons, gambling houses and even shops, where customers could trade their winnings for goods from the store.    

      Today, no arcade, adult gaming centre or casino would be complete without row upon row of slot machines. With the advent of digital electronics, slot machines have expanded from the original mechanical design to wide range of computer-generated displays with multi-stage games, bonus levels and other new sub games. First came multi-line slots with additional pay lines, then video slots burst onto the scene, distantly giving designers more freedom to exploit the medium.

      Furthermore, video slots can be linked together to establish progressive jackpots. With this continual evolution in excitement value, the slot machine can, and should, remain an exceedingly popular poker game for years to come. Our feature this month poses a number of interesting questions to people with a vested interest in the future of video slot machines. If you have any strong opinions on their responses, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. It’s only with discussion and debate that our industry can survive. Can I get back to watching the World Cup now, please?



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