Most people that play the pokies, really don’t give much thought as to how they work. What they care about, is how much could they possibly win, if they were to take a spin on one of these machines. But understanding the fundamental basics of how they work, may allow those who use them, to keep their gameplay in proper perspective.

Who Invented Pokies?

Depending on where you are playing the pokies, some countries refer to them as slot machines. This is a machine that was dubbed fondly by some as the “one arm bandit”. The reason for this is because there was, and still is on some, a crank handle on the side of the machine. This is what the “one arm” represents. Then, when players put in their coins, they pull this handle to start the gameplay. If no win is experienced, then some would call the machine a bandit, so that is how the “one arm bandit” came about.

Charles Fey has been credited with the invention of the slot machine. He was a mechanic by trade, so the inner workings of what the pokie is made of were more familiar to him. His first build of a pokie was so successful that Fey quit his day job, and started building more. By 1898 he made the Liberty Bell which was a simple three reel slot.

The Technology of the Pokies

The pokies are made of various electronics, that allow the manufacturer to determine how often the machine will pay out. Some players don’t realise that there is this type of control over this, thinking it is all chance. But there are rules and regulations put in place, that state how much a pokie must pay out during its use. So, the luck comes with hoping that the machine being played is ready to pay out.