Nickel Machines

From the time the mechanical slot games were invented, the pay offs were paid in kind, rather than in cash. That was the law. Thus, for a long time, since the mechanical slot systems were first invented, the creators created them in such a way that the customers, if, and when, they won any thing while playing at the mechanical slot machine, would get paid for their winnings in business oriented checks.

These trade checks had the option of being monetized at the store counter where the mechanical slot systems were installed and were played at. The practice of paying customers with trade checks was finally banned in the year 1902. A specialized sort of mechanical slot machine, known as the "trade stimulating machine", how ever escaped from the clutches of the law and the regulations. This "trade stimulating machine" was a certain type of selective mechanical slot machine which paid off the players in terms of cigars.

A police authority who was known as Moses Gunst, from San Francisco, was the owner of a chain of stores that sold cigars. And this Moses Gunst was responsible, in part, in patronizing the company of Reliance, a company that created a lot of such "trade stimulating systems" mechanical slot machines, more commonly known then as the cigar machines.

Mechanical slots types

After the war, in the year 1945, Jennings created the primary slot for the mechanical slot machines. This was the infamous Bronze Chief. The Super Deluxe Club Chief, another slot machine, from the year 1946, in Jennings, was the very first slot with lighting arrangements. Herbert Mills' High Top nickel slot machines were a common feature in most of the casinos, along with another one of Herbert Mills' mechanical slot machines, the Mills Black Gold.

The best mechanical slot machines were those that were created by the very popular Frank Polk. Created in the years of 1940's and 1950's, these slot systems were unique because each such slot machine had the figure of a westerner, a wooden carving of a West based person, like for example, a miner with some gold. Frank Polk designed different types of items for these sculptors for the Mills and the Pace mechanical slot machines. There were only ninety two of these machines made.

Bally took over the prime spot in the slot machine franchise from Mills and Jennings in the 1960's, with its many layered characteristics, especially the Money Honey game, where the machine paid out hundreds of coins.

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