Australia has a big gambling history. It is part a big part of their culture. The history of slot machines does not start in Australia. Its history started in the United States. Charles Frey developed the first slot machine in the 1800s. Later on in the early 1990s in Australia, the first slot machines made their debut on shores in that country.
In 1953, the Australian company called Aristocrat realized that the slot machine business would have a good future. They developed their first game called the Clubman. The Clubman was designed by Joe Heywood. In 1955 that game was later replaced with the Clubmaster.
The government of NSW allowed game machines to be in registered clubs a year later. This decision made the gambling culture become big in Australia and in other parts of the world. Pokies became a huge hit with players, even though they were not nearly as advanced as they are now. During the time pokies first became a huge hit, there were not any lights installed into the game. Lights did not start becoming installed into the game until several years later.
In the next few decades there were not any big changes made in the games. All of the games during that time had three spinning reels with one, three, or five lines. Jackpots back at that time were small compared to today’s terms. People had to pull a handle in order to make the reels spin and they had to wait for them to stop spinning.
The first video slots rolled off of the production lines and were released to the public in the 1980s. This was the biggest development since Charles Fey invented the first slot machine. At this point and time, the games started having five reels with much more lines. They also started having more additional ways to win. Those additional ways included a gamble option and free spin features.
During the early 1990s, many Australian states allowed poker machines into pubs. This led to there being more of a widespread availability of the slot games. Queensland started having poker machines into pubs in 1992. South Australia was first allowed to have poker machines into pubs in 1994. In 1997, NSW was allowed to do the same.
In today’s world, at any casino there are a lot of video slots. Pokies are the most popular form of gambling all around the world.
In the 1990s, the first internet casinos were developed. This was a new way for people to play pokies. The Gaming Club was one of the earliest online casinos, which still exists today. Even though online casinos have been around for about 20 years, it was not until 2004 when Microgaming released Thunderstruck. The release of this game opened the doors for hundreds of online games to be available for players to choose from online. Now a lot of pokie games are played on mobile devices. The invention of smartphones, iPads, and tablets is what led to the popularity of these games being played digitally.
There is not any documented data on when the word pokie was developed. At first it was used to describe video slots in Australia. Now the advertisements for casinos and pubs always refer to the games as pokies.
There was a time when video poker machines were in pubs and clubs. They were all called poker machines. Then later on many people started calling the games pokies. The term is only mostly used in Australia. In other parts of the world, that term is not used. Most people that do not live in Australia still uses the terms slots or slot machines.
Slot machines have had a major impact in Australia and in other parts of the world. It keeps evolving as time goes on both online and physical casinos. Slots are loved all around the world. At the rate they are going, they are going to be continued to be loved all around the world. Pokies are a way of entertainment for some people in different parts of the world. As the slots have been evolving, the love for them has grown.
The history of slot machines have been very big. Gambling is a large part of the atmosphere in Australia. Slot machines have changed so much throughout the years. It has been able to adjust to the times. Now with the quality of the machines improving, the gambling industry will continue to go further. It will be interesting to see how much different will slot machines be in the future than from how they are now. One can only assume that they will be even better than the current ones. Also, one can only assume that slot machines will continue to be loved in Australia.