Classic Slots

videoslots-logoIn comparison to some casino games that have been known and played for centuries, classic slots are not so old. They are believed to have originated from the first video poker machine, which was designed by Sitt and Pittman at the end of the 19th century.

History of Classic Slot Machines

The first poker machine that became the prototype of the contemporary slot machines consisted of a total of 5 reels. Each of the latter had five poker cards as symbols that appeared on only one bet line. The rules were also very much like those of the current slot machines – the player, who got a winning poker combination on the bet line, won the game.

The first classic slot machine was made by Charles Fey. It was a one-armed-bandit slot called the Liberty Bell. The slot consisted of three reels. This design was kept over the years, which is why it is now considered to be the classic look of the slot machine. Later, in 1907 Herbert Mills started making a slot machine, which looked very much like the Liberty Bell, but featured the well-known fruit symbols – cherries, lemons and plums, which are now recognizable as part of the classic fruit machines.


Classic 3-reel slots have managed to become very popular because of the fact they are simple and easy to operate with. In addition, they have gained popularity thanks to the possibilities of winning large jackpots.

As already mentioned, 3-reel slots have become part of the industry since its very beginning. The original Red, White and Blue slots are among the most popular classics. Afterwards, other slots also became popular, along with tons of similar follow-up games.

Apart from the traditional 3-reel look, there are a large number of slot machines that exist in both 3-reel and 5-reel formats. The traditional format is still preferred by many players, especially by the ones that value beautiful simplicity and interface that is easy to operate with.

This made classic slots one of the most loved gambling games that are to be found in both online and landbased casinos today. There is a great variety of classic slot games that can meet each and every player’s personal needs and requirements.

Most classic slots look very much alike, but there are also differences between them. Players need to remember that every machine has its own symbols and extra features, which make it unique. Not to mention the fact that the more additional features there are, the more winning combinations vary.

The winnings are usually generated on three reels and between one and five paylines. Most classic slots feature a basic game only, but there are some that also offer a bonus game. Normally, a bonus slot game could have one or more paylines. There may also be some special features and extra symbols that trigger them.

Fruit Slots

Some casino and gaming software providers use the term “Fruit Slots” instead of using the common phrase “classic slot”. As the name suggests, the symbols used in this type of slots are primarily fruits, which adds to the overall atmosphere of the game and makes it one of the players’ favourites.

Despite the fact these slots are very similar to the classic ones, there are some differences, too. This is mainly because there are some additional features that make them recognizable.

Screenshot of Monte Carlo slot machines in casino

Classic 3-Reel Slots with Fixed Jackpots

This type of classic slot machine has three reels and features a fixed jackpot. The machine is usually made to be played with one to three coins per spin, and all wins are proportionately increased according to the number of coins played. Still, there is a possibility for the jackpot to increase disproportionately for the third coin played.

Some slot machines provide spinner with the opportunity to play between one and nine coins. The wins also increase proportionately, depending on the number of coins played. The only exception is the jackpot, which can be won by betting the maximum number of coins.

Most specialists do not recommend the maximum number of coins to be played as the odds of hitting the jackpot are actually pretty small.

Classic 3-Reel Slots with Bonus Rewards for Maximum Coins

The slot machines of this type are considered out of date. They offer payouts that are set for playing one or two coins, but there are also extra possible winning combinations for betting the maximum of three coins.

Players get the chance of winning extra prizes. This is exactly the reason why most experts recommend the player to always bet the maximum number of coins as otherwise they will miss out on the extra features and bonuses.

Classic 3-Reel Slots with Progressive Jackpots

Progressive Jackpots have become one of the most popular and preferred types of jackpots among players all over the world. Classic 3-reel and 5-reel slots may feature a progressive jackpot, which is paid only if the player qualifies for winning it. In order to qualify, players are required to play the slot with the maximum number of coins.

Slot machines that feature progressive jackpots are usually considered tighter in comparison to other machines that are characterized with smaller wins.

Screenshot of progressive jackpot slots

WAPS (Usually 4-Reel Classic Slots)

The slot machine manufacturer IGT invented the first slot machines of this type in the mid 1980s. This new “breed” of slots was called WAPS, which stands for Wide Area Progressive Slots. The name indicates that the progressive jackpot does not accumulate on a single machine only or across a bank of machines. Such jackpots are accumulated on entire carousels of slot machines located in casinos across an entire state, or in some cases, across the entire country.

The truth is that the odds of winning the progressive jackpot are really minor. A percentage of every dollar inserted in the machine goes into the jackpot.

Classic Slots with Accumulator Bonuses

These slot machines are sometimes described as “Variable State Slots” and are said to be less favorable to spinners depending on what moment they choose to play them.

The bonus of these machines is paid to the player only if they have managed to land a certain number symbols or combinations in a “bank” in order to activate the bonus.

3-Reel and 4-Reel Classic Slots with Bonus Games

This type of machines managed to popularize slots in general in a large number of casinos. The slot machines offered have a classic look with three or four reels, but the game also features a bonus, which is unlocked whenever the player lands a certain combination or a specific symbol on the reels.

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