10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT SLOTS 

Slot machines, fruit machines, one-armed bandits and puggys, whatever you like to call them they’re one of the most popular gambling games in the world. Due to their ease of use, bright lights and life changing wins it’s not hard to see why so many people dabble in slot machine gambling. BGO.com shares some interesting facts on slot machines and what makes them so appealing…

The first slot machine was invented in 1887…

Charles Fay, a mechanic from California, created the first ever slot machine which was named the Liberty Bell and the biggest win on the machine was fifty cents. This machine is currently on display in the Liberty Belle saloon in Nevada.

 

Slot machines are completely random and winning is not based on how skilled your friend thinks they are…

Slot Machines use a random number generator which then determines the outcome of the game. Online slot machines use this same generator meaning it’s just as likely to win online as it is to win on a casino slot, in your pub or your local chippy.

 

£29.6 million is the biggest ever slot machine win…

In March 2003, a 25 year old software engineer from Los Angeles put in £75 in the Megabucks slot machine in Las Vegas and won the biggest ever slot machine pay-out.

 

 £13.2 million is the biggest ever win in an online game…

Jon Heywood, from the UK, broke the Guinness World Records by winning £13.2 million in an online slot machine game.

 

3,173 people attended the largest ever slot machine tournament…

The slot machine tournament took place in Auburn in Washington, US, in April 2016 and ended up breaking a Guinness World Record.

 

7,471 is the biggest number of slot machines in a casino…

WinStar World Casino and Resort in Oklahoma is home to the most slot machines and spans over 616,960 square feet – that’s roughly 10 football pitches.

 

Megabucks was the first progressive jackpot machine …

This means that Megabucks games across the world can contribute to this jackpot which is seeded at over £750k. It is one of the most famous slot machines in the world.

 

Japan has the most slot machines in the world – over 4.5 million!

This means that there is a slot machine for every 28 people in Japan. Japan overtakes the US that has 889,070 slot machines, Italy with 412,252, Germany with 265,000 and Spain with 249,820.

 

Women are more likely to play slot machines…

Despite crowds of men regularly gathering around the pub fruit machine. The average age of women playing slot machines are between 55 and 60 years old.

 

The first online slot machine was introduced in 1994 when the first online casino launched…

Today, it is thought that there are over 1.6 billion people gambling at some point throughout the year with over 4.2 billion people having gambled at some point in their lives.