Not every Nevada hotel-casino has its own golf course, Olympic-sized swimming pool or Cirque du Soleil show, but almost all resorts boast their own slots room, some of which contain thousands of machines. The one-armed bandit isn’t just a Vegas and Nevadan phenomenon: slots, known as ‘fruit machines’ in the UK’, as ‘pachisuro’ in Japan, and ‘pokies’ in Australia, are loved by players all over the world.
Let’s take a spin through five fun facts about everyone’s favorite gambling machine – whatever their local name for them!
Before beginning on the important points, it is important to mention that they are different but very similar to the regular สล็อต PG that you come across while playing slot machines because the ultimate goal is to hit the jackpot and it doesn’t matter what kind of slot you choose because the given points are going to help you decide your worth on the basis of your skills.
Fun Slots Fact #1
Around the world, people associate Nevada and Las Vegas with gambling. Surprisingly, though, it’s Japan rather than the United States which has more slot machines than anywhere else on the planet. There are close to 4.6 million slots in Japan, which is the equivalent of one machine for every 27 people in the country. The US is, however, the global slot runner-up, though a long way behind Japan, with around 752,000 one-armed bandits. More than a quarter of the American total, or 197,140 slot machines, are found in the greater Las Vegas area.
Fun Slots Fact #2
The world’s biggest slot was the Super Big Bertha, a machine with a width of two meters and a height of 2.5 meters. Manufactured in the 1950s, this one-armed bandit on steroids cost $150,000 to make (equivalent of more than $1.2 million dollars now) and featured eight reels with 20 symbols on each one. This made the chances of winning the jackpot as low as one in 25.6 billion. As Super Big Bertha now only exists as part of slots history, the biggest one-armed bandit still being arm-wrestled is the Queen’s Machine, the monumental centerpiece of the Four Queens Hotel in downtown Las Vegas.
Fun Slots Fact #3
Few people associate slot machines with winning an instant fortune. While your chances of pocketing more than $39.7 million dollars from a slot are incredibly slim – they can happen. On March 21, 2003, this was the amount won by a 25-year-old software engineer from LA when he put just $100 dollars into the Megabucks slot machine at the Excalibur Hotel on the Vegas Strip. More than a decade has passed since that win but it remains the biggest slot machine payout in the history of one-armed bandits.
Fun Slots Fact #4
Given the million-dollar payouts you can win on slot machines in the 21st century, it’s sobering to look back at the jackpot of the world’s first one-armed bandit. The Liberty Bell, designed and built by San Francisco car mechanic Charles Fey in 1895, would only pay out a maximum of 50 cents when punters managed to line up three Liberty Bells. Even when adjusted for inflation, that ‘jackpot’ only amounts to around $13.58. Thankfully The Liberty Bell’s been replaced by more generous machines. Connoisseurs of slot history were able to see the original at the Liberty Belle Saloon & Restaurant in Reno, Nevada, until it closed down in 2006. Since then, the world’s first slot hasn’t been available for public viewing. Hopefully, they’ll soon exhibit The Liberty Bell again!
Fun Slots Fact #5
So you’re in a Vegas casino on the Strip and the player next to you cries out with joy – they’ve just won big! The player leaves the slot free for the next punter. What do you do? Avoid the machine because the slot is now less likely to pay out? It’s a common myth to think that machines are programmed to follow a cycle of jackpots. In fact, each spin is entirely random and independent of the one before. You have as much chance winning immediately after someone wins the jackpot as you do waiting a month to try the same machine.
What do you think of our fun slot machine facts? Do you know any one-armed bandit trivia? Share it with us in the comments section.