1893 to 1909 San Francisco was the slot
machine capital of the world, and the machines popped up
in billiard halls, saloons, and other raucous enterprises
as well as in more upstanding businesses.
San Remo provided metal coins or tokens that advertised
the hotel’s original name (“New California
Hotel”), good for a drink at the downstairs
bar or to try Lady Luck again at a “one-armed-bandit” in