Apr 26, 2008, 04:26 PM
da book worm--researcher
often illlegal slot tokens terms-"for amusement only" --"no trade or cash value"
often one will run across these holed in the center tokens from the 1900 to the 1930's era (some lasted until the 1950's)-- which vary in size like coins do -- nickle --dime , quarter - they often have give away terms on them like --- "for amusement only" -- "only for replay into the machine" -- this token "loaned" for play -- or "token has no cash or trade value" -- these were often used in illegal type slot machines --and thus they were used in lieu of money so the owners of the machines could say see no money in them -- often they were rigged up so it gave a cruddy bit of gum per pull of the handle --allowing the owner to say they were "gum vending" machines --these "racket" machines where rigged in such a manner that it was immpossible to hit the $5 or $1 prizes -- (royal flush --or 4 aces ) --each wheel had 10 symbols and there was 5 wheels on the poker machine --but the jack and queen of hearts were on the first "reel" so they would never line up -ever --oh sure you would see "all" the symbols needed to make a royal flush at one time or another but not being able to see the whole reels and their "set up" -- you wouldnot know about the "fix" -- same deal with the aces -- the second reel had the ace of hearts and clubs on it -- so no way for 4 aces to ever line up either-- the best that could be got was the full house --3 aces and 2 10's --which would only pay 50 cents on the 5 cent machine and which took a good bit of time till it lined up -- by which time the owner had cleaned up -- and getting the small win kept the suckers coming back for more. --- they really were one armed bandits --- Ivan
Apr 26, 2008 04:26 PM