Thursday, March 25, 2010

Slots History


The very first gambling machine that resembled a slot machine was developed and built by the American company Sittman & Pitt in 1891. It was based on poker and proved to be extremely popular. But it was not until 1887 when Charles Fey devised a much simpler machine called the “Liberty Bell” that the first true slot machine (or one-armed bandit) was invented.
The “Liberty Bell” had three spinning reels with a total of five symbols – horseshoes, diamonds, spades, hearts and the Liberty Bell. Its biggest payoff of ten nickels was made when three bells in a row appeared on the reels. This format proved to be such a success with gambling patrons that a new industry was spawned and we still see its effect on every offline and online casino today.

But an even larger enticement also appeared during the 1980s, one that prompted countless thousands to give casinos a try for the first time. In the mid 1980s, the nation’s most popular legal game of chance was still, by far, the state lottery. The possibility of a life-changing lotto jackpot was the most pervasive enticement for Middle Americans to gamble, because it offered something casinos, at the time, did not: The prospect of instant wealth from a simple act that required no skill.

It was March of 1986 when International Game Technology introduced this style of instant, life-changing jackpot to the casino industry, in the form of Megabucks, a game that linked slot machines together (at the time, over phone lines via modem technology), with all coins played on machines in the network incrementing a giant pari-mutuel jackpot. IGT seeded each jackpot with its first guaranteed million, and from there, the portion of wagers took over, incrementing the life-changing prize on an electronic meter as slot players pumped in coins incessantly while dreaming of a new life of luxury.

1990s, slot machines made the moved to the Internet, where they became even more popular – and jackpots became even bigger – than anyone could have ever imagined. The software in the online slots on your home computer is the same as in a video slot in a Las Vegas casino.

Rules for Playing Craps


Walking up to a Craps table and seeing all the different wagering options can be very intimidating to a new player. This is especially true when it appears that everyone else at the table knows what they are doing. Do not panic if you are a first-time player–there are just a few basic rules you should know regarding how to play Craps. Once you learn to play, you can concentrate on winning.

Buying Chips
1. Purchasing chips at a Craps table in a casino requires that several steps are followed for financial security reasons. Do not hand your money to the dealer. Instead, you must place your money on the table. The dealer will then present this money to another employee, known as the boxman. The boxman will then count the money and announce it. After that, the dealer will give you the chips to wager with at the Craps table.
Placing Your Bets
2. Placing your own chips on certain areas on the Craps table is permitted, but on some areas, the dealer must place the chips for you. You can place the pass and don’t pass wagers yourself as well as the come bet and the big six and big eight wagers. For any of the other wagers, toss your chips onto the table and let the dealer or stickman know what wager you would like.
Rolling The Dice
3. Players are given the opportunity to roll the dice when wagering at the Craps table. A player can agree to roll the dice or decline the opportunity. She can even choose another person to roll the dice on her turn. When rolled, if the dice strike the stack of chips that the boxman uses to collect and pay out wagers, the roll is considered invalid. Throwing the dice off of the table, onto the railing or the floor, is another type of invalid roll. The stickman will offer the dice back to the roller after an invalid roll.
Basic Wagers In Craps
4. Players wager on the results of the roll of two dice in the game of Craps. The first wager that players can make is a pass or don’t pass wager. This means betting that the roller of the dice will roll a seven or eleven on the first roll of his dice for the pass roll, or a two, three, or 12 for a don’t pass roll. If none of these are rolled, a point is established. The pass bet is then only won if that point is rolled again before a seven is rolled. The don’t pass bet wins if a seven is rolled before the point is rolled again.

Betting on specific numbers on the playing field of the Craps table are other basic wagers. These include wagering on a specific number to be rolled. Gamblers may also bet on specific combinations to show up on the dice, or for types of doubles to be rolled. Each of these bets is paid off based on the odds that they occur, and those odds vary based on the type of bet made.