The Very First Slot Machine Symbols

The Very First Slot Machine Symbols

There are a number of symbols that appear on many of the ground slots machines and video slot games on the internet that are repeating and are present on most of the games, and although everyone is aware of this and are familiar with the symbols, they have no idea how they are made or what they mean.

For all the video and ground slot game lovers out there, we are going to make a brief history of the very first symbols of the slot machines, and it is rather an exciting and unbelievable story.

 

The Very First Slot

It all started back in the days where ground based machines could earn you nothing more but food or drink in the bar where they were placed. It is strange to comprehend that the very first slot machines used five reels and it had card symbols inside it. This is why almost all of the modern video slot machines nowadays have card symbols, usually as the lower valued symbols of the game.

 

The Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell was the very first automatic slot machine which used three reels. This slot machine could payout an astonishing jackpot of £0.50 as a combination of three Bell symbols which paid x10 of the £0.05 maximum bet. This is where the Bell symbol got its attention and it has been used throughout the years and it is still used today. It counts as one of the very first symbols of slot games.

 

Bar and Fruit Symbols

Gambling was, and still is, restricted in some of the places around the world, and in order to go around the law but still have a profit out of the machines that were programmed to always give the owner much more than it gives to the players, they had to invent a new way around the law. This is where the fruit symbols come to play, and they were the perfect solution and the biggest hit back in the days. Land three of the same fruits and you would’ve received a bubble gum with that flavour, and later on a bag of the fruit and the rewards were going until they were replaced with money.

The Bar symbol has a different story. Because of the publicity of the slot machines and bubble gums, there were new companies rising that were producing bubble guns for the slot machines.  This is where the Bell-Fruit Gum Company stood out, as they had what is now the BAR symbols as their logo. They would put the BAR symbol in their slot machines as well, together with the bell and the fruits symbols, and they are one of the very first to combine these three different symbols together.

 

Today’s slots, such as Double Bubble slots and many other ones are using the Bell, Fruit and Bar symbols on their reels. Add the lucky number 7 to the reels and you have a complete image of how the classic symbols were invented.

 

 

 

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