A Story of the ‘Fruit’ Slot Machines

Slot machines first came out in the 1800’s under the invention of Charles Fey. At first, they were intended to entertain the wives and girlfriends of the high-roller men; so, the game was NATURALLY EASY unlike the intimidating gambling tables. It only requires feeding some coins, pulling a lever, and watching the spinning reels till you win. This basic simplicity of the slot machine explains why the invention remains appealing to all, making it last throughout the centuries.

Yet as everyone started to play the slots, it became evident how this one-armed bandit could be so addicting and recognized to pose a serious threat to society. Hence, there had been a subtle effort to re-image the slots, which gave way to the creation of the Fruit slot machines.

The Fruit machines did replace the Card machines and made the world of slots prevail until present. Nonetheless, the arrival of the Fruit slot machines wasn’t that easy.

There was a certain point in history when casino-nations have placed a total ban on the limitless use and ownership of slot machines, with the thought of restricting owners from getting real filthy rich. (Up to now the bulk of virtually all casino profits, still come from their slots.) But thanks to the introduction of government lotteries, one event that legalized and proved that some forms of gambling could be accepted.

So, total bans have been replaced by the subtler restriction laws for slots. For instance, the operation of slot machines in Britain was permitted so long as the owners state and prove that the percentage of the coins they pay out to winners is at least 80% of the total coins collected by their machine. (This could be a proof of the slots theory that directed payouts or ‘progressive’ winnings are somehow ‘regular.’)

When Charles Fay made the renowned 3-reel “Liberty Bell” slots (which rang when there is a winning combination) in 1906, and later when the Mills (leading slots manufacturer) re-engineered the new release, the world of slot machines revolutionized and became even more famous. Although the new machines were placed mainly in adult bars, doubts still emerged as lawmakers realize and propose a ban all slots from snack cafes and other public places open to younger people. This caution probably started during the time when the company of a certain Mr. OD Jennings started to replace the playing cards symbols with fruits. This first creation of the Fruit slot machines was said to be an intentional effort to make the slots more pervasive in the public. The Fruit slot machines were even called ‘Gum Dispensers’ as suggested by the images of the Fruit flavors. What’s more surprising is that the Fruit slot machines cover-up had won its court battles by just having a built-in or actual gum dispenser in the slot machines.

It was only in the mid 30’s that governments started to permanently tax the (public) Fruit slot machines. (On the other hand, some US-states went far by keeping a ban on the slots and even to other coin-operated machines.) Total ban to Fruit slot machines had begun once again during the time of the Nazi’s. Yet that was a time over now. Compromise was reached in 1951 upon the release of the Johnson Act, banning Fruit slot machines from public places, BUT permitting them to designated casinos. Now, the Fruit slot machines prevalent all over the internet require players to be at least 21-years-old; then again, anyone can cheat his age especially since some of these software slots are available FREE.

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