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New Us, New Slots!
At Isle of Capri® Casino, Kansas City, we’re excited to unveil our newest slot machines and recent renovations. In addition to freshly laid carpet, our slot machine inventory now includes the Wild Aztec™, Lucky Honeycomb™, Black & White Double Jackpot Quick Hit, and many more! To mark the occasion we’d like to share some fun facts you may not know about slot machines.
1. A 50 Cent Jackpot
The first slot machine, dubbed The Liberty Bell, offered only a 50 cent jackpot. It was invented in San Francisco by a car mechanic named Charles Fey in 1894. Considering inflation, that 50 cent prize would be worth around $13 by 2015 standards, not much compared to the million dollar jackpots from today’s machines.
2. Fruit Prizes
Gambling and alcohol were illegal in the U.S. during the 1920s. This made slot machines with money prizes illegal, so manufacturers filled the machines with fruit candies and gum. The well-known fruit pictures still found on many machines today originates from the Bell Mills Company. Each fruit picture represented gum flavors the legal machines would dispense. The illegal machines, those that dispensed money, were moved into Speakeasies where they continued to be played in secret.
3. A Random Numbers Game
Winning a slot machine game is decided by random numbers. When the lever is pulled the machine assigns a random number to each reel. This number indicates how many times the reel will spin. The random assignment is so important that the machine even picks random numbers when no one is actively playing. Every spin on a slot machine is mathematically an independent event. With this in mind, it really makes no difference what machine you choose to play, how long you wait to play a machine after another person won, or if you warm the coins before inserting them.
4. Record Number of Slot Machines
With one machine per 27 people, Japan boasts the most slot machines on earth for a total of 4.6 million machines. The United States comes in second; more than 25 percent of our 752,000 machines are located in Las Vegas. Out of those 188,000 machines, there's one machine for every eight people in Las Vegas, a higher ratio than that of the entire country of Japan.
5. Largest Pay Out
A long way from the original 50 cent jackpot, the largest slot payout was $39.7 million at the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas in 2003. The winner was a 25-year-old software engineer who played $100 on the Megabucks slot machine.
Come try your luck on one of our slot machines! Here at the Isle of Capri Casino in Kansas City, we’re proud of our recent renovations and are excited to show off our fresh new look and brand new slots. We have over 1,000 popular slot and video poker machines, ranging from penny to dollar machines, so there’s certainly something for everyone. Come take a look at us now!