Slot machines, slots and one-armed bandits as they are also called are the most popular game with online casinos. At Spela, you will find slot machines to suit all tastes. Below you can read more about the different types of slot machines we offer and the story behind them. Join us and we will tell you more!
The story of slots
The word "slots" itself stems from the English version slot machines and its history dates back to 1895 when Liberty Bell, the very first slot machine, was presented in San Francisco by Charles Fey. The reels had pictures of different playing cards and turned when a coin was inserted into the machine. A lever on the side was pulled and if the reels stopped displaying three identical symbols, the player would win a prize. Liberty Bell was a great success and could be found in a variety of places in San Francisco such as bowling alleys and hairdressing salons.
In 1963, the first electronic slot machine, Money Honey, was produced by Bally, and in 1976, Fortune Coin Co. produced the first ever video game with a TV screen. In 1996, Reel'em launched the first ever slot machine offering bonus rounds where you could win real money. Thereafter, the development continued and with the arrival of the internet, the popularity of the slot machines grew enormously as games on the Internet gained momentum in the mid-1990s.
Classic Slot Machines
When you think of classic slot machines or traditional slot machines, the three-reel slot machines with their fruit and watch symbols in land-based casinos will surely come to mind. These slot machines are much easier to play when compared to modern video slots. Five-reel video slots, compared to 3-wheel slots, pay out less frequently but pay out higher winnings. These slot machines are still very popular today at online and land-based casinos, and it is believed that their popularity will last for a long time to come.
Video slots and 3D slots
Video slots are incredibly popular and unlike the classic 3-reel slot machine, a video slot has 5 reels and comes in many different and interesting themes. In addition to different themes, you'll also find bonus rounds, sound effects, bonus betting features, animated introductions and much more. You also have the option to set the number of paylines, your coin value, play automatic rounds and make a maximum bet. Examples of popular video slots are Starburst, Gonzo's Quest, Jack and the Beanstalk and Viking Runecraft.
To take development one step further, the introduction of 3D slots allowed players to experience a more realistic gaming experience with 3D animations, outstanding sound effects, and a fast and smooth game.
Play slots for free or for real money
At Spela you can play slots for free or using real money. By playing slots for free you have the chance to try the slot before you pay from your own money. When you are ready, just spin at full speed and also take advantage of our amazing Welcome Bonus in Starburst!