Slot Machine Location

Volumes have been set forth on this issue, and the disquiet and discussion about where the "hot" slot games are installed in the casino are still there – more than 60 years after slot machines were first placed in gambling houses.

The quintessential rule is that the most favorable slots were put just inside the main door of the casino; so that persons passing by would see real jackpot winners … be stirred to come inside and play. Our feeling is that this is definitely no longer true.

The great majority of the mega casinos these days are immense complexes … you can no longer see inside from the sidewalk, so there’s no longer a reason to position the ‘loose’ slot machine games close to any doorways.

An additional traditional rule is that loose slot games are put on the major aisles inside the casinos, again so that more potential players could see winning jackpots and be influenced to play. However, we find that this also is no longer a universal rule.

What casinos found over the years is that people walking down the busy aisles were frequently on the way to somewhere else. If they played the slot machines at all, they would simply put in their loose change because they happened to be walking by. Win or lose, they would very often not stop to keep playing. And the last thing a casino wants is for someone to win a jackpot by playing only a few coins and then not stay to put it all back in!

Today, casinos are constantly changing their philosophy about where to place the loose slot machine games.

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