Slot machines, also called fruit machines, are gambling machines used in casinos. They are one of the easiest machines to operate and easiest to learn if you are a beginner. Slot machines are very popular that people tried different variants. They changed how it looks, sounds, and operate. Some machines, though, still have the traditional lever on one side.

These casino machines can be played or activated with coins or tokens. Inside each machine are currency detectors that will tell the machine whether or not the player had put in a valid token or a fake or invalid one. More than half of a casino’s income is generated by slot machines. Table games and other non-slot games gain about 20% to 30% only.

Charles Fey is the inventor of the slot machine. He is a man from San Francisco, California. He constructed the machine this way:

Three spinning reels.

Reels contain five symbols: horseshoes, diamonds, spades, hearts, and a Liberty Bell that later became the name of the machine.

The popularity of the first slot machine, the Liberty Bell, spread like wildfire. And because of the high demands, Fey couldn’t handle constructing them all by himself. This situation presented itself an advantage to many commercial manufacturers to take over. They copied the original machine engineered and structured by Charles Fey and added some features like graphics and sounds.

The only objective of the game of slots is to win money and nothing else. The enjoyment is just part of the whole. Players who give money in exchange for coins, tokens, or tickets have purchased the rights to play any slot machine inside the certain casino. They have the rights to choose which slots to play on. It is also rightful that players choose when to play and when not to play. The casino has no right to dictate what players can or cannot do. The jurisdiction of the casino is limited to providing rules, regulations, policies, terms, conditions, and disclaimers. They cannot decide who wins or who loses since gambling games are games of chances.

From the simple slot machine built by Charles Fey, a new version of slot machines are now out in the market and most slot machines in casinos are now more complicated than ever. Terms were also invented for players and casinos to understand each other. These casino jargons make distinctions from the regular language or word people use most often. There were no jargons or rules before with slot machines since they were very simple and self-explanatory on their operations. But today, with the help of technology, people got to learn more words and learn more techniques in operating the slots.

Some of the terms in slot machine games are ‘bonus,’ ‘candle,’ ‘carousel,’ and ‘coin hopper’ to name just a few of them. Bonus is like a giveaway to a player but with a catch somewhere. Candle is the warning light at the top of the slot machine. When the ‘candle’ lights, it means it requires change. A Carousel is the term for the formation of slot machines in circle or any other arrangements. And lastly, the Coin Hopper is the container where payout coins are kept.

These ideas and terms are good-to-knows. They can serve as guide when playing for the first time. They can be as reminders if you are an expert player reading this.