This very difficult and complicated-looking word is something you are familiar with and use often. สล็อต is a Thai word. When translated in English, สล็อต (S̄l̆xt) means slot. A very simple word, right!
According to Google, สล็อต or slot is a long and narrow aperture or slit in a machine for something to be inserted. In simple words, it is a place or space for something or someone. We use this word in our daily lives quite often. But, this is the noun definition of the word
When used as a verb, สล็อต or slot is to place an object into a slot. Like a coin or a token. This reminds us of a very familiar and traditional game. Something which we all have played at least once in our lives. Slot machines!
What are slot machines?
In the year 1891, two guys, Sittman and Pitt from Brooklyn, New York came up with a prototype or an early version of slot machines. Just like the slot machines, it had five drums holding 50 face cards. The game was based on poker. Players won prizes based on the strength of the cards that they drew at random.
This game or machine became extremely popular in the town and everyone wanted to try their luck in this game. Thus, Slot machines slowly became popular around the world. This gambling game is quite simple and easy to understand, unlike other games. It is a machine that has spinning reels with symbols on them. All you have to do is pull the lever connected to the machine. If your luck is favorable, the symbols on the reels which appear on the display of the machine will align and you will win prizes according to the bets you place.
The name slot machines come from the word สล็อต or slots. The machine had slots for inserting and retrieving coins and prizes. They came to be known as “Fruit machines” in Britain because of the symbols of fruits. And in Australia, they also called “Poker machines.”
People love slot machines because it is a game of chance and rewards us with not just prizes, but the thrill of risk-taking. And unlike other gambling games, you don’t have to put your mind to the game. You need to place your bet and pull the lever. The rest is up to your luck and fortune.
As the machines evolved, they started to arrive in different styles and themes. With more exciting and enticing prizes along with great promotions and profits. Casino owners started giving tokens and vouchers to insert in the slot in exchange for money. That made slot machines even more exciting and fun for kids and young people.
Slot machines are one of the most played casino games in the world. According to a study, slot machines bring in 70% of the average US casino’s income.
This proves how much people love taking chances even though they are afraid of taking risks. Surprising isn’t it!