Slot machines have come a long way since the days of the ubiquitous one-armed bandits of yester-century. According to legend, the slot machine was invented in 1894 by Charles August Fey, a mechanic in San Francisco.

Fey’s first machine had a handle you pulled down to set the reels in motion and playing card suit marks lined up to form poker hands. The machine was so successful that he quit his day job and opened a factory to produce more units. Built in 1899, Fey’s next slot machine, the Liberty Bel used horseshoes and bells as well as playing card suit marks on the reels. When three bells lined up, you won the top payout, which may have been drinks and cigars. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed all but four of the more than 100 Liberty Bell machines built by Fey. His invention proved immensely popular among saloon patrons in San Francisco. Fey’s competitors saw an opportunity  and quickly copied it

In 1976, the first true video slot machine was developed using a 19-inch Sony TV. It was installed in the Las Vegas Hilton. After some cheat-proofing and modifications, the video slot machine was approved by the Nevada State Gaming Commission and became hugely popular on the Strip.

Fast forward to 2021, slot machines have been online for more than 25 years. They were similar to bricks-and-mortar machines with the same number of reels and same types of symbols. But computer programming opened up the possibilities and many new types of games with cool themes or unusual layouts and structure began to emerge.

Today, there are online slots with more than 5 reels and totally unconventional layouts. There’s no limit to the themes and countless different symbols abound, along with innovative and imaginative bonus rounds and special game features. At Ignition Casino, our online slots have awesome graphics, they’re more immersive, offer better experiences and deliver larger payouts.

Simple, no-strategy gameplay makes online slots very popular with millions of gamblers. It’s easy. Place your bet, push the buttons, wait for the outcome. Win or lose. Repeat. But if you play mindlessly with no plan or limits, you could get into trouble, get frustrated and wander off. We don’t want that to happen. It’s bad for business, but it leaves you with a sour taste and a depleted bank account.

Here are some valuable tips to assure your online slots adventures payoff in cash and fun.

Manage your gambling budget

Gambling is meant to be entertainment, not a job and certainly not an addiction. It’s always a good idea to set yourself a gambling budget whether you play online or in person. There are two avenues: play until you lose a certain amount, or set a certain total betting amount and stop once you’re reached it — even if you’re winning. The idea is to NEVER go back to your source for additional money you didn’t plan to spend.

Include your gambling budget as part of your personal entertainment budget. How much will depend on your income and your assets. But make sure you’ve covered your needs for savings, rent or mortgage, groceries, vehicle and gas… important basics. And don’t ignore other entertainment expenses like going go out for dinner or taking a vacation.

The best idea is to open a separate account for gambling, if you can. You can add money every month or part of every paycheck. Then, whatever is in there is what you can spend — and no more!

Set a time limit

As the saying goes, “Time is money.” In our online casino world, time, like money, should never be misspent. Just like limiting your spending, you should consider limiting the time you spend gambling online. Set time alerts on your device to stop you from going down the rabbit hole and dragging your entire gambling budget down with you.

Setting and sticking to a time limit will prevent you from losing money because you’re not paying attention to how much time you’ve spent online. We get it. Hard to quit when you’re ahead ­– but also necessary to quit when time’s up.

Have fun, enjoy our games, but don’t forget your real life. We’re always here when you want to come back.

Understand the slot before you play

Slots are the most popular online casino games. Just look at how many are available compared to other types of casino games. At Ignition, we have almost 100 out of possibly thousands of variations. We stick to our selection because they’re fun, popular, and suit our members’ varied tastes.

For a beginner getting started, it can be overwhelming navigating the sea of slot machines, which is why we’ve got your back with our online slots guide.

Our online slots are divided into two categories: 5-reel and 3-reel. Basically, 5-reel slots have more elaborate storylines, and 3-reel slots are more traditional and straightforward.

To keep the online slot experience as close to the traditional slot machine as possible, the 3-reel games are your best bet. With one to three paylines, they’re easy to follow, and they do have fun themes. With most of the 3-reel slots, there’s a pay table that’s always visible. So, you can see how much you get from each winning line. Also, many games contain a wild symbol, which can take the form of any icon when needed to complete a winning line.

Featuring engaging storylines, the 5-reel slots have more capacity for varied bonus. Paylines range from 8 to 50, with some games offering the popular any-way-pay format, meaning you get paid when matching icons land anywhere on consecutive reels (starting with the leftmost reel) – they don’t need to form a line.

We’re sure there’s a slot game for you!

Take advantage of the bonuses

If you’ve been playing at Ignition Casino for even a short time, you know that we’re crazy generous with bonuses. You get a bonus by signing up, by depositing Bitcoin, by recommending a friend… and there are bonuses seeded throughout our dozens of slot games.

Check out our weekly boost bonus. You get a 100% match bonus (up to $100) on your initial deposit. And as the guy says, “Wait! There’s more!” Tell a friend about us and we’ll give you 200% of your friend’s first deposit up to $100 when he or she joins. We’ll give you an extra $25 if they deposit Bitcoin.

Play the slots and discover extras like free spins, bonus wheels, free games, and mystery symbols connected to bonus rounds that can multiply the jackpot, plus tons more!

Our online slots are fun to play, but the bonuses only Ignition Casino offers can take your winning and fun to new heights. Just read the description for each slot game and find more ways to win!

Have fun, play smart

Before you launch yourself into the world of slots, take the time to learn what’s here at Ignition. Find the games that appeal to your sense of fun, adventure or whimsy. Just be sure you understand how to put the gameplay in your favor. And take advantage of every opportunity to improve your chances and increase your winnings.

We suggest a few no-risk practice rounds to get you started!