Anyone know what the relation between card symbols and graphics on slot reels is? Just seems like a hold out for an old tradition. Maybe it was a way to get gamblers to relate the the slots in the early days? Since the visual image is a major part of getting and holding a player's attention, why continue to do this? Old habit? Not allowed to play with cards in some states? Think it will fade away? Just curous.
I think it has something to do with Australia, where they're called "poker machines" (or "pokies" for short) because they have had A K Q J 10 9 instead of fruit symbols for a long time.
Thanks for responses. Still a bit of a mystery. Funny how they only count as multiples (2-3-4-5 of a kind) and never a "straight".
Maybe we need the historian with the funny hat from Pawn Stars to post and give us the real what's what.
(Sorry; didn't mean any offense about the hat. I have a vague memory of its significance. He seems to be the only expert on the show with any academic credentials and nothing to gain from his evaluations.)
I believe it is simply because people understood the rankings. Aces are higher than kings which are higher than queens, etc. It was definitely the Australians that made them popular when they went to all video slots. Many video slots don't show a pay table on the slot glass so when the customers know the rankings it made it easier for them to know which symbols to root for.