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Slots are a common fixture in casinos around the world. Ever since the first mechanical slot machine was built in 1895 by Charles Fey, they have been popular with gamblers the globe over.
They are believed to have entered casinos in the 1940s in Las Vegas with the aim of being light entertainment for the wives of the high rolling gamblers at the main tables. Decades on and the machines have taken over the casino revenue with roughly 70% of casino activity believed to come from them.
They are so easy to use and they offer a low risk in return for a potential big win. The progressive machines can offer huge jackpots as the prize fund gets larger with each spin. The simplicity is where the appeal really is. You just put a coin into the machine and play away. Often the play fee is very low in comparison with other games but the prize is just as mouth-watering.
Slots aren't popular with everyone though. Some gamblers believe that they are too luck-orientated. There is no skill or tactical side to them. Some consider it to be 'brain dead' gambling where no real attention or approach is needed. The odds of winning are also very slim, despite the high temptation of the jackpot. Over time they have developed the nickname of 'one-armed bandits' because they rarely paid out leaving the player feeling short of pocket.
Ironically, it is this lack of intensity that helps to make it a popular casino game. Players can just sit at the machine, pay in any spare funds they have left and try to play their way to a jackpot. There is little thinking required and the potential reward can be huge.
Slot machines are always going to be a part of the casino because even though they have poor success odds, they do have a very tempting jackpot that lures in the player. The low play fee only adds to that enticement and means that despite the lack of skill or ability required it will always appeal to a certain type of gambler.