Slots Becoming More Popular at Online Bingo Websites
Slot games are a very popular feature of most online bingo websites. In cities known for gambling like Las Vegas and Atlantic City most casinos literally have acres of slot machines and the games are very profitable for most casinos. Many people spend hours playing slot games in casinos and now gamblers can enjoy the same casino experience online. Slots are popular for a variety of reasons; they are easy to play and there are hundreds of unique slot games available. Slot games have been around for a long time. The first slot game was a ‘poker machine’ developed by a New York company in the mid 1800’s and is the forerunner of modern slot games. In 1887 Charles Fey invented the first slot machine that provided automated payouts. The machines were so popular that Fey had difficulty meeting the demand for his machines.
In the 1960’s electronic slot machines were developed and became known as the ‘one armed bandits’ of Las Vegas fame. Many slot machines offered huge payouts contributing to their popularity with gamblers. The new machines featured progressive jackpots and multi coin play capabilities. In the late 1980’s and 1990’s video slots were developed and were an instant hit. In the late 90’s slots went online and became a popular addition to online bingo sites. Instead of pulling a lever players now play by clicking a mouse. Online slots are easy to use, convenient, have themed graphics, and thanks to the internet slots can be played from anywhere with an internet connection. New smart phone applications have made slot games available to players using mobile devices. Slot fans no longer have to make the pilgrimage to Las Vegas or Atlantic City.
After a slow start in the late 1990’s online bingo took off at the beginning of the new century and is now a billion dollar a year industry. There are now hundreds of bingo sites online and most offer a large selection of slot and other casino games like poker, blackjack and roulette. Most bingo sites have their own original slot games with stunning graphics and sound and the technology is constantly evolving. One survey in the UK showed that roulette is almost as popular as bingo and many bingo sites provide both the American and European version of the game. Slot games have come a long way since the days of the ‘one armed bandits’ and with constantly changing technology who knows what the future may hold?
By Anthony Wayne
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