Since the 1970s, the popularity of slot machines has exploded. But, during that time, research from Harvard University and other institutions has shown that the rate of gambling disorders has held steady at 1 to 3 percent of Americans. There is no research indicating slot machines trigger addiction.
Slot machines should not be considered a way to earn money. They are intended only to provide gaming customers entertaining – and often exciting – experiences. The average customer spends $108 when visiting a casino – an amount that, when adjusted for inflation, has changed little during the past 35 years.
Interesting Stats and Facts about Slot Machines
59: The percentage of Americans who consider slot machines their favorite casino game.
88-98: The overall percentage that a machine will return to players in the long run. For every $100 wagered, players might lose approximately $2 to $12 over time.
1899: The year in which Charles Fey invented the first slot machine, the Libert y Bell.
30,000: The number of people employed at companies that produce slot machines and/or other casino games. These employees earn $2.1 billion annually.
2,250: The number of regulators who oversee the gaming industry. Ensuring that slot machines operate correctly is among their many responsibilities.
833,000: Approximately the number of slot machines operating in the U.S.
$38.7 Million: The largest slot machine jackpot ever won.
1,200: The average number of individual parts in a slot machine.
275: Approximately the number of pounds an upright slot machine weighs.
This article contains excerpts from “Taking the Mystery Out of the Machine: A Guide to Understanding Slot Machines”
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