The first slot machines were created by Sittman and Pitt, a Californian enterprise. It is widely considered to be the prototype of the modern machines @TUXGAMES DOT COM.
The machine in its original form contained five drums and fifty images. The rules of the game were loosely based on the rules of the game called poker.
The invention of this machine was so popular that within a year of its first machine, the company was making at least fifty machines in a month. The machines started springing up in various popular night clubs and bars and were very popular among its patrons.
The player had to simply put a coin and pull the lever. Since the earliest machines could not tender rewards automatically, the player who hit the jackpot was manually offered a price of a beer bottle or a pack of cigars or a packet of cigarettes.
The people loved the idea that if they won, their drink was free!