Who on Earth had the crazy idea to put a machine together with spinning wheel in it showing random fruit figures and swallowing coins… or simply put: Who made the world’s first slot machine?
The name you are looking for is Charles Fey. According to Wikipedia the first slot machine was created either in 1887 or 1895 and just before that Sittman and Pitt of Brooklyn, New York, U.S. developed a so called gambling machine in 1891 which was a precursor to the modern slot machine.
The first real slot machine from Charles Fey had five symbols – horseshoes, diamonds, spades, hearts and a liberty bell. The machine was named as Liberty Bell.
Ever wondered how the very first slots machine looked like?
The Liberty Bell slots machine was so popular that it was quickly reproduced and copied by many slots manufacturers. Thus in 1907, manufacturer Herbert Mills from Chicago produced a slot machine called the Operator Bell. By 1908 lots of “bell” machines were installed in most cigar stores, saloons, bowling alleys, brothels and barber shops. The original Liberty Bell slot machine can still be seen at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, Nevada.