Dating back as far as the 19th century, slot machines are among the most popular methods of gambling across the globe. 

Per capita, Ireland is one of the most popular gambling destinations in the world and slot machines are a staple of the modern Irish casino. 

Every Premier Casino is kitted out with the very latest, digital slot machines and they have long been heralded as our venues’ most popular attractions.

Across six locations in Cork, Kerry and Dublin, Premier Casinos are known for slots – our jackpot machines are linked and all build towards a much bigger prize pool than any single machine can offer. 

Feel free to find out more about progressive jackpots and linked machines here.

Though slot machines themselves have changed significantly over the years, the premise has essentially remained the same for over a hundred years. 

Players wager a small amount of money in the hope that their stake will be rewarded by a major payout.

How Do Slot Machines Work?

We are all familiar with the idea of the classic slot machine – you drop a coin into the slot and push a button or pull a lever to trigger the machine. 

If the symbols on the screen – often fruits, bells, bars or 7’s – line up in a payline, the punter will receive a payout that dwarfs their initial wager. 

It is the draw to a major jackpot win that makes slots so universally exciting among punters.

From the First Mechanical Slots to Modern Casinos

Though the exact year is debated, German mechanic Charles Fey is widely credited with having invented the first slot machine some time around 1890. 

In those days, a slot machine was a purely mechanical device – the machine would pay out automatically if a punter managed to match three symbols. 

On Fey’s machine, matching three bells would award you the highest jackpot, and as a result, the machine was appropriately named the Liberty Belle. 

It wasn’t until the 1960s that a major change occurred in how slot machines operated.

Bally’s Money Honey machine was a trailblazer for electronic gambling as it allowed slot machines to function without the help of an attendant. 

The Money Honey was hugely popular and sparked even more interest in slot machines among punters, largely those in the United States. 

In the 1990s, slot machines grew again and the Reel ‘Em In machine by WMS Industries introduced a “second screen” allowing for another game, and an additional payout, to be afforded to punters. 

Those devices are similar to the digital slot machines we think of today, which now offer a massive range of games and bonuses to keep the format enticing. 

How Popular are Slot Machines?

Slot machines are very popular among new and experienced customers because of how easy they are to play and how high the prize ceiling is for a lucky winner. 

Casinos can be intimidating places for beginners who are not used to dealers and playing alongside fellow punters. 

Slot machines allow you to ease into the environment and maintain control over how much money you want to gamble.

If it is your first time in a Premier Casino, feel free to ask one of our staff members for help in explaining the rules of a game or how to use the machines.

Tips and Tricks for Slot Machines

A major reason for slots being so popular is that they do not cost a lot of money to play. 

In the past, slots players were looked down upon by other gamblers that valued games with higher stakes. 

Now, the value and entertainment factor of slot machines are fully appreciated. Some advantages are:

  • Games with a low minimum wager allow you to spread your bet across multiple paylines.
  • Different symbols add to the variation and fun in different slots. Some examples are wild symbols, bonus symbols, scatter symbols and multiplier symbols. Symbols add a unique element to slots and can dramatically improve the potential prize money.
  • Playing on a slot machine as opposed to a table can decrease the pressure to hit a jackpot as you are in a comfortable, solo setting.
  • Winning slots is arguably the most rewarding experience on offer in a casino. The machines are bright, colourful and highly advanced.

Where to Play Slot Machines in Ireland

If you decide you want to try your luck on the slot machines in Ireland, there is no better venue than a Premier Casino.

Our six Irish locations are as follows:

Slot machines in Cork City

Slot machines in Dublin

Slot machines in Kerry

All of our venues boast the very best in digital slots, with the vast majority of our machines providing dedicated seating.

Play Slot Machines Today

At Premier Casinos, we pride ourselves on prioritising our customers, and it is our attention to detail that separates us from other gambling and entertainment venues. 

Premier Casinos offer the latest in slot and roulette machines, and our facilities are on par with the very best Irish casinos have to offer. 

If you are new to slot machines and still figuring out the mechanics, feel free to ask a member of our team for help in how to play slots or roulette. 

Our professional approach is complemented by an intimate atmosphere and a feeling of camaraderie among punters. 

Remember, if you register as a member, you can claim a €20 free bet the next time you drop into a Premier Casino. 

Feel free to contact us today for any other queries regarding our venues.

Gamble Responsibly

Gambling is a form of entertainment and not a means of making money. 

You should only gamble with money you can afford to lose and when you need to stop, stop. 

Premier Casinos always aim to provide a safe, fun and social environment so remember to set reasonable limits and that you can always take a break.

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Cork City Centre (North Main Street)

Try our other Cork City Centre casino location on North Main Street, walking distance from the Leeside Leisure casino.


Cork City Leeside Leisure

Leeside Leisure in Cork City has been a part of the cities nightlife since the 1970’s. See why we are Corks favourite Casino.


Clondalkin, Dublin

Clondalkin is home to premier casinos Dublin location. If you are visiting Dublin make sure to visit us for a chance to win big.


Kinsale, Cork

Since 2015 our Kinsale casino has been a staple of the town with its wide range of gaming machines including roulette, slots and video games. It’s a relaxed and friendly location for your entertainment purposes. Pier Leisure is the newest Premier Casino location and offers all the late night entertainment you expect from premier casino.


Tralee, Kerry

Located on the town’s central Russell Street, it’s a well-established part of this busy tourism and business town.Just a short walk from the well-known Kirby’s Brogue Inn it is set up to avail of all the town’s amenities, including shops, cafes, restaurants and public parking.