Whether you’re taking your first steps in the online casino world, whether it’s not your first experience with online slots, there’s a chance you missed out some interesting facts about them. Just as fun as online casinos and slots are. Knowing that you’re more into playing than reading, we’ll keep it short, so you can spend the rest of your time playing your favourite online slots.

The first slot machine and the first online casino

The history of slot machines can be traced back to 1891, in Brooklyn, NY. Back then, Sittman and Pitt Company designed the very first slot machine. But it took nearly 4 years for the world to meet Liberty Bell, the first mechanical slot machine, and its father, Charles Fay. Keep in mind that this impressive milestone in the history of slot machines was reached more than 120 years ago.

For nearly 70 years, slot machines – the main attraction for women, while men were fascinated by other forms of gambling -, were mechanical. Then, in 1964, the gambling world changed again. And Money Honey, the first electric slot machine, invented by Bally Technologies, took casino games to a whole new level. The next decade came to rewrite, once again, the history of slots.

The arrival of microchips, in the middle of the 70s, and the very first video casino game, Fortune Coin, introduced in 1975, by Walt Fraley, completely changed both casino games and slot machines. 21 years later, in the summer of 1996, the Internet opened the gates to the very first online casino. Back then, only 18 games were available for the online gambling world.

Online casino and slots, available 24/7

So, gamblers waved goodbye to the days when they had to travel if they wanted to play slots. With online casinos available 24/7, the gambling world reached another dramatic milestone. Not only the opportunity to enjoy favourite slots at any hour, but also the possibility of playing games that were not available in the traditional world of casinos. Since then, casino gambling has only grown.

Both powerful PCs and mobile devices, with fast Internet and network connections, gave birth to a giant world of online casinos and slots and games are now available for everybody. Everywhere. Thousands of slots are introduced every month, while new and new online casinos keep appearing on a regular basis. That’s how slots grew to the most played games in the online gaming world.

Gambling between Las Vegas and Macau

Not only in the virtual world of gamblers, but in real life, too. Today, out of all the casino games worldwide, more than 50% are slot machines. If you think Las Vegas is the biggest gambling city in the world, you’re wrong. With 2.5 million visitors a month and 68% of them gambling, Vegas is the largest gambling city in the US, but not worldwide. How come?

Macau seems to be the real deal for gamblers. The amount bet in Las Vegas during a week is very close to the amount bet in Macau during a single day. But the largest ever slot win came from Vegas, $39.71 million. Meanwhile, one of the biggest win in online slots reached up to $22.97 million. Still wondering why slots are the most popular games in both real and online world?

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