It’s man against machine, but does man really have a chance?
Even in Nevada, slot machines were merely a curiosity. Even the largest casino contained no more than a few hundred machines. They were there to entertain the browsers, while the serious gambling was conducted at the tables.
A couple of things happened in the 1960s and ’70s that changed the attitudes of both the casino executives and the players. Electro-mechanical machines were developed by pinball-machine builder Bally Manufacturing which permitted many more payoffs than the mechanical machines could accommodate. And the Bally machines came complete with an enlarged ‘hopper,’ or coin storage unit, that could hold up to 2,500 coins. In addition, the Bally machines could accept more than one coin at a time, which allowed the players to insert up to five coins on one pull of the handle.
When casinos were legalized in Atlantic City, riverboats in the Midwest and on Indian reservations across the U.S., slot machines became the game of choice.
Sound effects, special lighting, music and more frequent payouts drew more and more players to the slot machines. Players could chose from three-, four-, and five-reel ligaz888 machines, and in 1980, Bally engineered a group of machines that could be linked together to create a giant jackpot. Ironically, this development would fuel the growth of Bally’s chief competitor, IGT, which developed the ‘life-changing’ million dollar jackpots now commonplace in systems like ‘Megabucks,’ ‘Quartermania,’ and ‘Dollars …