badpenny wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:35 pm
It's nice looking, but I'd never be content with it. I fear there are Herberts
out there who would rub there hands at the thought of buying in order to bamboozle the unaware.
It's nice to encounter a fellow Star Trek
Just because an authentic War Eagle could possibly
exist with single-cherry payout does not mean that it's likely.
I've been unable to pin down the date for the first Jennings slot machine which paid out on 1, 2, or 3 cherries. Since the Jennings Buckaroo four-reeler from 1955 did this, I would be inclined to assume that this had been done on three-reelers either simultaneously or some time before.
However (ignoring the unconventional Mills QT) I've found that someone did beat Jennings to putting a cherry on the third reel in a conventional slot machine payout structure. In 1946, the Keeney Bonus Super Bell console had cherries on all three reels, and paid out on two cherries or three cherries.
I'm so used to the modern slot machine payout structure that I wonder why this wasn't what was done all along: why didn't Charles Fey put a horseshoe on the third reel, instead of coming up with the star? However, I presume that, at the time, when slot machines were very new, it was felt that if two horseshoes paid out, it would be confusing to have it possible to extend the sequence with the same symbol, and a special symbol on the third reel would be easier to understand.
As well, Charles Fey's machine with horseshoes, bells, stars, and card suit symbols was not actually his first automatic payout three-reeler, first it had reel strips with playing cards on them - and the need to make sensible poker-style hands on that machine may have suggested this pattern on the later version.
In the realm of large flashy console slots, although Evans' Lucky Lucre from 1939 had a traditional payout structure, paying a small prize for two cherries, and a larger prize for two cherries and a bell... they didn't want to have any nasty old lemons on their machine, to dampen player enthusiasm. (Or, at least, they didn't want to admit to them; a photo of the reel bundle shows it had plenty of lemons on both the first and third reels, so apparently the change was to allow more
lemons on the third reel.) But like other slot machines, they wanted two possibilities for the bigger cherry prize.
So for the other possibility, they paid the higher prize for two cherries and a bar - so now I even have a historical example of that (not counting the Mills QT) even if it didn't catch on.